British Diplomacy on Demonstrations of March and April 1981 in Yugoslavia (Kosovo)


  • Fati Iseni
  • Agim Jakupi



British Diplomacy, 1981 demonstrations, Kosovo unrest, Yugoslavia.


Great Britain since the late 19th and early 20th centuries had increased its interest for the developments in the Balkan region. Since the Berlin Congress in June 1878, the Conference of Ambassadors in London, December 1912-May 1913, then during WWI and WWII. Her interest continued also during the Cold War. Tito's Yugoslavia as a conglomerate of peoples had special diplomatic treatment from UK because of political, economic and military interests of the latter. Mostly after 1948 the UK built good relations with Yugoslavia. Her interest was Yugoslavia to remain stable as it was the west "protected" area from any Soviet Union threat. From this perspective the predictions were that the British could approve of any kind of internal behavior towards other ethnic minority communities. Thus in 1981 riots broke out in the province of Kosovo, Yugoslavia, and they escalated widely all over Kosovo. The UK closely followed all developments through its embassy in Belgrade and reported continuously to the FCO in London. This research will be exclusively based on these Telegrams. The declassified diplomatic reports testify more to a diplomatic and political correctness since then, from the fact that they clearly write about the discrimination that has been done to Kosovo in the Yugoslav legal and political system.




How to Cite

Iseni, F., & Jakupi, A. (2022). British Diplomacy on Demonstrations of March and April 1981 in Yugoslavia (Kosovo). European Journal of Social Science Education and Research, 9(1), 6–16.