The Macedonian government proclaimed a
unilateral ceasefire on 12 August in a bid to ensure that the
signing of a peace deal with Albanian guerrillas goes ahead.
However, renewed fighting between government forces and ethnic
Albanian guerrillas in the early hours of 13 August has called
into question the likelihood of the signing ceremony going
The peace deal aims to give the ethnic Albanian minority in
Macedonia a more equal status with the Macedonian majority.
Of particular concern to Albanians is the status of their
language and a say in the ethnic make-up of the police in
those parts of the country where they are in a majority.