Reportage: Kosovo Crisis
Following several massacres by Serb forces against ethnic Albanians in the southern Yugoslav province of Kosovo, tensions began to rise between the Serbian military and the shadowy Albanian guerrilla force, the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK). As the conflict increased, the EU and the United States attempted to find an agreement between the parties at Chateau Rambouillet outside Paris. When the negotiations failed, and despite the threat of military intervention by NATO, the Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic moved his forces into position and began executing the biggest campaign of forced deportation since the Second World War. Even the NATO air campaign was powerless to halt the ethnic cleansing. Between March and June 1999, hundreds of thousands of Albanian Kosovars flooded across the borders in a mass exodus seeking refuge in neighboring countries.