Macedonia Escalation

NPR's Guy Raz reports from northwest Macedonia that army tanks today began shelling positions held by ethnic Albanian rebels in the hills over Tetovo. The government tonight gave the rebels 24 hours to clear out of the hills — or face an all-out assault. In the capital, Skopje, the European Union's security chief, Javier Solana, warned the rebels they would achieve nothing by force. The rebels said they were prepared to negotiate, but vowed to continue fighting if the government refuses to grant the Albanian community greater civil rights.

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