An agreement has been reached to end the violence between Serbs
and ethnic Albanians in the Yugoslav province of Kosovo. The accord,
negotiated by U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke and Yugoslav President
Slobodan Milosevic, came as NATO warplanes prepared for a military
strike against Serbian forces.
According to the agreement, Serbia will withdraw its forces from
Kosovo and allow a team of international observers to monitor
the pullback. President Milosevic also agreed to start negotiations
on the future status of the province.
But Western leaders remain cautious in their assessment. President
Clinton, commenting on the agreement, stated "Commitments are
not compliance. Balkan graveyards are filled with President Milosevic's
In a rare televised address, President Milosevic stated, "The
agreement ... will solve the problem in a peaceful way ... in
accordance with the interests of our country."
On Monday, leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
authorized air strikes against Yugoslavia if President Milosevic
fails to comply with UN demands.
Has peace been achieved in Kosovo? Will the agreement avert
a wider war? Did NATO's threat of force make a difference?
Alex Dragnich, Professor Emeritus of political science at
Vanderbilt University and Jonathan Landay, foreign policy and
defense reporter for the Christian Science Monitor, answer your