Ethnic Conflict in FYR Macedonia and the Balkans
Appendix 2Chronology of Major Events: 1991–2007 237
Appendix 2 Chronology of Major Events: 1991–2007 15 September 1991: The Socialist Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia declares its independence from Yugoslavia. 11–12 January 1992: More than 90 per cent of Albanians in FYR Macedonia approve autonomy in a referendum. The issue hinges on the degree of autonomy sought by the Albanians of FYR Macedonia. 7 April 1992: Representatives of the Albanian population declare the auton- omy of the “Albanian Autonomous Republic of Illyria”. 11 December 1992: The UN Security Council decides in its resolution 795 to deploy/reassign 700 Blue Helmets to FYR Macedonia. 8 April 1993: FYR Macedonia is admitted to the UN (the 181st member) under the provisional name of the “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (FYROM). 16–17 February 1994: Greece imposes an economic blockade on FYR Macedonia. 17 February 1995: Violent clashes erupt between ethnic Albanians and Slav Macedonian police. Deputies from the ethnic Albanian Party of Democratic Prosperity begin to boycott parliamentary sessions. 13 September 1995: Greece and FYR Macedonia sign an interim accord in New York which is intended to normalize bilateral relations. The dispute about the national f lag is settled. 4 July 1996: More than 10,000 ethnic Albanians rally in Tetovo, protesting against the jailing of Fadil Sulejmani, the Dean of Tetovo University. Demonstrators demand the university’s legalization and its integra- tion into the of ficial education system. 9 July 1997: Two ethnic Albanians are killed and many more wounded following clashes between police and hundreds of Albanians in Gostivar....
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