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Rambouillet Agreement

The Rambouillet Agreement named for the location at Chateau Rambouillet, France where it was reached, was NATO's proposed agreement between Yugoslavia and Albanian rebels for peace in Kosovo.
The agreement's significance comes from the fact that it was not accepted by Yugoslavia and this set the stage for the Kosovo War. It included provisions for a proposed government for Kosovo, and detailed the obilgations of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

The full text of the Rambouillet Agreement can be found at the State Department (http://www.state.gov/www/regions/eur/ksvo_rambouillet_text).

The Serbian Parliament responded (http://www.serbia-info.com/news/1999-03/24/10030) on March 23, 1999 to the agreement with a sharp criticisim. While the Parliament agreed that Kosovo should be given autonomy, it wanted the UN to be used and not NATO and accused the "separatist-terrorist delegation of ethnic Albanians" of:

"[avoiding] direct talks as it did not give up its separatist goals: to use autonomy as a means for establishing a 'state within a state'; to secure occupation of Serbia through the implementation of the political agreement; to create an ethnically pure Kosovo-Metohija under the pretext of protecting human rights and democracy; and to secure the secession of Kosovo-Metohija from Serbia with the help of their patrons and through an international protectorate and referendum."



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