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It can, however, be assumed that the ancestors of the Albanians were living in the southern part of the Balkan peninsula long before the Slavic invasions of the sixth and seventh centuries AD, and an affiliation with the Illyrians would seem logical. INTRODUCTION • liii Geographically, Albania has always been at the crossroads of empires and civilizations, even though it also has often been isolated from the mainstream of European history. For centuries it formed the political, military, and cultural border between East and West, that is, between the Roman Empire of the western Mediterranean, including much of the northern Balkans, and the Greek Empire of the eastern Mediterranean, including the southern Balkans.
17 July: Albania joins the World Trade Organization. 9 percent of the popular vote. Edi Rama elected mayor of Tirana. 2001 17 January: Albania and Yugoslavia resume diplomatic relations. 20 February: Fighting in Macedonia between Albanian guerrillas and Macedonian government forces. 14 March: Fighting in CHRONOLOGY • xlvii Macedonia spreads to center of Tetova. 17 March: National Liberation Army of Macedonia calls on all Albanians there to join its struggle. 15 May: Serious fighting flares up in the Presheva valley between Yugoslav forces and the Liberation Army of Presheva, Medvegja and Bujanovc.
3 April: Opposition leader Fatos Nano sentenced to 12 years in prison. 21 May–2 July: Trial of Ramiz Alia and six other members of the communist politburo. 6 November: Referendum for a new constitution rejected. Rise of further anti-Berisha sentiment. 1995 29 June: Albania joins the Council of Europe. 12 September: President Berisha visits the White House in Washington. 1996 26 May: Democratic Party under Sali Berisha wins parliamentary elections under questionable circumstances. 5 percent of the popular vote.
Historical Dictionary of Albania, Second Edition by Robert Elsie