Ceasefire between Macedonian government and
Albanian rebels raises hopes for political
The ceasefire raises hopes that a political agreement
between the Slavic majority and Albanian minority in
Macedonia can be reached. Ethnic Albanians demand a new
constitution, giving them the status of a constitutive
nation, and a veto on all key government decisions.
NATO has pledged to send 3,000 troops to
Macedonia to disarm the Albanian guerrillas. However, NATO
will only send in troops once there is a durable ceasefire.
The rebels have not yet agreed to put down their