War in the Balkans: The Balkan Question - Key issues behind the war explained
Known for his commentary on international relations and US politics, Rupert Cornwell also contributes obituaries and occasionally even a column for the sports pages. With The Independent since its launch in 1986, he was the paper's first Moscow correspondent - covering the collapse of the Soviet Union – during which time he won two British Press Awards. Previously a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters, he has also been a diplomatic correspondent, leader writer and columnist, and has served as Washington bureau editor. In 1983 he published God's Banker, about Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge.
Thursday 06 May 1999
Unfortunately, not. Indeed divisions among Albanians will be one of the biggest headaches facing international efforts to rebuild political stability in the region, once the war is over. The horror of the pillage, murder and ethnic cleansing within Kosovo has obscured the divisions between Kosovo Albanians and the corresponding divisions within Albania proper.
Over the past 18 months, the Kosovo crisis has polarised differences between Ibrahim Rugova, the erstwhile political leader of the province's ethnic Albanians, and the Kosovo Liberation Army, led by Hashem Thaqi. Mr Rugova believes the KLA are incompetent to lead the Kosovo Albanians. The KLA accuses Mr Rugova of failing to use the funds he controls abroad to finance the war against the Serbs.
This split extends into the tribal, unstable politics of Albania itself. The Prime Minister, Pandeli Majko and his ruling Socialist party, support the KLA, which has bases in northern Albania.
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