Congressional Briefing on Kosova
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Congress of the United States
Washington, DC 20515

November 4, 1997

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Dear Colleague:

One month ago, Serbian riot police firing tear gas charged and violently
suppressed a group of 20,000 ethnic Albanian students peacefully
demanding the right to Albanian language education in Kosova, a formerly
autonomous region in Serbia. This event may signal that after years of
passive, non-violent opposition to Belgrade's domination of Kosova's 92%
ethnic Albanian majority, the local population has begun to step up its
campaign for human rights and self-determination.

Currently, the United States maintains an "outer wall of sanctions"
against Serbia and Montenegro which conditions international loans and
membership in international institutions in large part on resolution of
the conflict in Kosova. Given recent developments, however, U.S. and
international policy must reflect the more volatile, current situation.
This briefing will focus on how the humanitarian and political situation
has worsened in Kosova and how the U.S. and international community
should respond.

Panel 1: Eileen Malloy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for

Panel 2: Fred Abrahams, Human Rights Watch/Helsinki.
Janusz Bugajski, Director of East European Studies, Center for
Strategic and International Studies.
Dr. Sami Repishti, President, National Albanian American

When: Thursday, November 6, 1997
3:00 pm
Where: 2358 Rayburn House Office Building

We invite you and your staff to join us at this important briefing on
the crisis in Kosova. If you have any questions, please have your staff
contact Jason Steinbaum with Rep. Engel at x52464.


Eliot L. Engel, Co-Chair Peter T. King, Co-Chair
Albanian Issues Caucus Albanian Issues Caucus

Tom Lantos, Co-Chair John Edward Porter, Co-Chair
Cong. Human Rights Caucus Cong. Human Rights Caucus

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