PRISTINA, March 24/ATA/-March 24 is the 19-th anniversary of the NATO’s intervention in Kosovo. The NATO’s air strikes on Yugoslavia began on March 24, 1999 in the context of the operation for putting an end to genocide and paving the way of Kosovo toward freedom.
This is a day of remembrance and gratitude for the democratic world that didn’t allow the ethnic cleansing of the Albanian population in Kosovo.
Albanian Telegraphic Agency covered all the Kosovo War non-stop although the situation on the ground was dangerous; the telephone connection was interrupted while most of the foreign reports and the OSCE mission observers had left Kosovo before the military intervention of the North Atlantic Alliance.
The big news of NATO bombing was broadcasted via satellite from Pristina to Demë Jashari in Switzerland and then by fax to Tirana…
Following NATO intervention, Kosovo got under administration of KFOR according to Resolution 1244 of the U.N. Security Council until the historical date of February 17, 2008 when Kosovo declared its independence. Actually, 116 world countries have recognized Kosovo as an independent state./k.s/p.s./