PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo was liberated from Serbian suppression by NATO troops entering the now independent state on 12th. June 1999. Several Kosovo officials on this occasion expressed gratitude to the European Union and the USA. The NATO intervention 12 years ago ended a (at least) decades long ruling of a racist apartheid regime of Serbia in Kosovo. Particularly under the Milosevic presidency of Serbia respectively Yugoslavia, Kosovo Albanians faced a strong suppressi- on, starting from the annulment of Kosovo’s autonomy status within Serbia and Yugoslavia in 1989:
Almost all workers of public enterprises (the mayor economic sector) were fired from their workplaces and the connected social and health care systems. Teachers and Professors of Albanian ethnicity were pushed out of Schools and Universities (and all cultural institutions), and – against the Yugoslav constitution – Albanian curricula were deleted and teaching in Albanian language was forbidden. Comprising about 90 percent of the Kosovar population Kosovo Albanians were forced to live in a parallel society and feel like foreigners in their own country.
Recently published figures of victims data by The Hague Tribunal reveal that only in the short time from March to June 1999 as many as 10,356 ethnic Albanians were killed in Kosovo. These figures in addition refer to a departure of at least 700,000 Kosovo Albanians from Kosovo in the same time. Further two thousand persons are still missing.