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The Ohrid Agreement

Ohrid and Tsar Samoil's Fortress - Copyright by Alan Grant
Ohrid and Tsar Samoil's Fortress

The Ohrid Agreement, signed on 13 August 2001, does not read like a classical peace agreement. While cessation of hostilities and disarmament of the Albanian rebels were crucial parts of it, most of the agreement was about the increase of rights for the Albanian minority.

The main points were equitable representation of Albanians in the public administration, the use of the Albanian language in dealings with the state and a wide-reaching decentralisation programme.

By 2002, in all three areas some progress had been made, but it was largely restricted to initial legislative reforms. The most difficult part was yet to come.

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