Thanks for the ping, Joan. Looks like good cooperation between Albania, Macedonia,and the UNMIK police made this happen. That cooperation was sorely lacking a few years ago. Since then, the United States via the Adriatic Charter and various bilateral initiatives has done more than anybody else to spur cross-border anti-crime initiatives, intelligence sharing, and military cooperation in the south Balkans.
The Balkans has been a success story under the Bush Administration. In the decade prior to President Bush taking office, there were four wars, a seven-figure refugee count, a six-figure death count, we had over 30,000 troops in the Balkans and Serbia was ruled by a thuggish dictator who was allowing war criminals to operate with impunity. Since then, we are down to under 2000 troops, there have been no wars, Milosevic was thrown out of Serbia & into the Hague, and troops from Albania, Macedonia, and Bosnia are supporting the US in the Middle East. The only unfinished business is determining final status for Kosovo and then getting Serbia up to western standards of governance so it can join the civilized world; and the Bush Administration is pushing hard to accomplish that as well.