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Passed House amended (09/23/1998)

Condemns the loss of life and the destruction of property in Kosova that is the consequence of the brutal actions of the Serbian police and military forces against the ethnic Albanian population of the province. Expresses the belief of the Congress that the Government of Serbia is primarily responsible and should bear the principal burden of providing compensation for the loss of life and for the costs of rebuilding areas which its forces have devastated.

Urges: (1) the President and officials he designates to work with the Congress to draft legislation and regulations which will permit the claims of ethnic Albanians from Kosova who have suffered as a consequence of the actions of Serbian police and military forces in Kosova to be considered, without prejudice to the claims of U.S. nationals, when claims settlement negotiations involving the assets of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), which the United States has blocked or asserted control over, take place; (2) that in drafting such legislation and implementing regulations, special consideration be given to the circumstances of the Government of the Republic of Montenegro and to persons located in Montenegro; and (3) the President and the Secretary of State to urge all other countries to follow a policy which permits ethnic Albanians who have suffered as a consequence of the actions of Serbian police and military forces in Kosova to make claims against the assets of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia which are in the control of the respective country.