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Preventing the Spread of War in the Balkans

1 January 1993

Report on the Action Seminar on Human Rights and Democracy in Kosovo/a | Brussels, 3-5 February 1993

The main objective of this seminar was to bring to the attention of the international community the threatening situation in Kosovo/a* and to try to suggest constructive ways forward. The seminar also aimed to contribute to a better understanding of everyday life in Kosovo/a, as well as of the background to the conflict. The urgency of the seminar arose from the real possibility of the spreading of the war in former Yugoslavia to Kosovo/a and the attendant risk of its escalation into a major international conflict with incalculable results in terms of loss of life, widespread human rights abuses and probable massive refugee flows. The intention was to suggest constructive proposals both to international bodies like the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) and the European Community (EC) as well as to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and to propose practical ways of ending extensive violations of human rights including group rights in Kosovo/a.

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