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EXPLOSION DAMAGES RAILWAY IN SERB INHABITED
NORTHERN KOSOVO, AFP
RADA TRAJKOVIC: MORATORIUM PROPOSAL DANGEROUS FOR SERB
OLIVER IVANOVIC: STEINER INCITING ALBANIAN AMBITIONS
COVIC CALLS FOR HIGH WORKING GROUP MEETING
UNMIK POLICE: ALBANIAN ARRESTED FOR ATTACK ON SERB IN
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DAMAGES RAILWAY IN SERB INHABITED NORTHERN KOSOVO
railway is the most common means of transport for the Serb minority often
targeted by ethnic Albanian extremists and still living in isolated
enclaves guarded by NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo
PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro, April 12 (AFP) - An explosion damaged a
railway bridge in Serb
inhabited northern Kosovo Saturday, a UN official told AFP.
The incident occured at 1240 am on Saturday (2240 GMT Friday) north of the
town of Zvecan on the railway line that links Macedonia and Kosovo to
central Serbia, Barry Fletcher, spokesman for the UN police in the
"The purpose was to destroy or damage the bridge. It has been damaged, but
(the damage) has yet to be evaluated by experts," Fletcher said.
It was not immediately clear what kind of explosives were used in the
attack. No arrests have been made.
The railway is the most common means of transport for the Serb minority
often targeted by ethnic Albanian extremists and still living in isolated
enclaves guarded by NATO-led peacekeepers in Kosovo.
The incident comes days after Serb leaders in Kosovo have called for the
creation of a separate entity in the UN-administered province.
Some 200,000 Serbs have fled Kosovo since June 1999 despite the presence
of the KFOR
international peacekeeping force. Those remaining mostly live in northern
Kosovo separated from ethnic Albanians by the river Ibar in the town
of Kosovska Mitrovica.
Kosovo is virtually a UN protectorate and its final status is yet to be
decided. Ethnic Albanians want the province to be independent from
Belgrade, while the Serbs want it to remain under Belgrade rule.
TRAJKOVIC ON MORATORIUM PROPOSAL: INITIATIVE DANGEROUS FOR SERBIA
Preparation for conditional independence.
Stener begins to perceive Thaci as his chief.
April, 14, 2003
Belgrade - Initiative by Hashim Thaci to impose moratorium on settling the
final status of Kosovo is very dangerous and we have to react against it
quickly and decisively - claims Rada Trajkovic, deputy of the POVRATAK
Coalition in the Provincial Parliament.
her, Steiner has completely subordinated political reality in Kosovo to
his private life and instead of Kofi Anan begins to perceive as his chief
Hashim Thaci, the president of the Democratic party of Kosovo.
"This initiative could be a problem not only for us, but also for the
international community. It is sad that because of his private affairs
Steiner begins to forget his obligations and does not leave a chance for
Kosovo and Metohija to be in function of all national communities. The
proposal on moratorium will not bring good to anyone in the Province",
said Trajkovic for the GLAS.
She added that Thaci in fact wants to prolong status settlement and
that behind this proposal there is an intention to work in the background
on conditional independence of Kosovo.
of the power transfer from UNMIK to interim Kosovo and Metohija
institutions will be very damaging for the state interests of Serbia in
this region. I remind you that the late premier Zoran Djindjic said that
if there were transfer of powers we would be brought to fait accomplis.
Then there would be only one option left at the negotiation table - a
request for formal independence of Kosovo, concluded Trajkovic.
SUPPORT ONLY FROM STEINER
initiative was supported by UNMIK's chief Michael Steiner, but not by
other Albanian political structures in Kosovo, writes Pristina press.
While the AAK of Ramush Haradinaj and the new party of Bujar Bukoshi
proclaim the idea of the moratorium as unacceptable, Steiner is in favor
of the Thaci's proposal because it is on the line of the policy of UNMIK's
chief that Kosovo should first achieve certain standards before a
discussion on its final status could begin, writes KOHA DITORE daily.
IVANOVIC ON TRANSFER OF POWERS - STEINER INCITING ALBANIAN AMBITIONS
Next week in Mitrovica POVRATAK Coalition will decide whether to remain in
Belgrade, April 11, 2003
Olive Ivanovic the member of the Presidency of Kosovo Parliament announced
today that Coalition POVRATAK will hold a meeting in Kosovska Mitrovica
next week in order to decide whether to remain in the Parliament. He added
that prior to the meeting consultations will be made with Serbian
Government and the Council of Ministers (of Serbia Montenegro)
Ivanovic said for Tanjug that K/Albanians understand the transfer of
additional powers to the Kosovo Government as a clear signal from UNMIK
for independence, which is a matter of great concern for the Serbs in the
He said that the temporary institutions have not demonstrated maturity
neither during realization of the existing authorities and stated that it
is necessary to establish precisely what were true achievements of the one
year engagement of the Parliament and Kosovo Government
"Albanians dream of having Foreign Ministry, but this is impossible and
Michael Steiner, UNMIK's chief, will have to explain that no matter how
unpleasant a duty it was for him, said Ivanovic.
According to his words, Steiner made a mistake and encouraged excessive
Albanian ambitions. That is why he will have to resolve the existing
Steiner, despite tacit support of certain countries cannot act regardless
of the Resolution 1244, said Ivanovic and added that the international
community is still not reacting because the international mission in the
Province does not inform them on the real situation on the ground. That
concretely means that Serbs live without security, that there are no
returns and that institutions are multiethnic on paper only.
Criticizing the UNMIK's chief, Ivanovic said that it is not politically
correct that at the end of his mandate he created unbearable situation
with his inconsiderate decisions which can easily make Serbs leave temporary
institutions. That might leave rather unfavorable situation for Steiner's
COVIC CALLS FOR HIGH WORKING GROUP MEETING
Serb Vice-Premier urges Steiner
to discuss the return of the
displaced, freedom of movement, safety, decentralisation, the
implementation of an agreement on governing northern Kosovska
Mitrovica, and shifting authorities to interim institutions in Kosovo.
April 11, 2003
Belgrade, April 11, 2003 - Head of the Coordinating Centre for
Kosovo-Metohija Nebojsa Covic urged UNMIK chief Michael Steiner to call a
meeting of the High Working Group of Serbia and Montenegro and the UN
Mission to discuss the return of the displaced, freedom of movement,
safety, decentralisation, the implementation of an agreement on governing
northern Kosovska Mitrovica, and shifting authorities to interim
institutions in Kosovo.
In a letter to Michael Steiner, Covic stressed the key importance of these
issues to the
implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1244. He reminded Steiner
that the High Working Group has not met since Oct 11, 2002, and
suggested that a meeting should be held in Pristina between April 14
and April 18.
POLICE: SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR GRIEVOUS ATTACK ON SERB IN GORAZDEVAC
Police today arrested a 22 year-old K-Albanian man for the crime
POLICE PRESS RELEASE
On 07-04-03 at about 21:45h in Gorazdevac Village (Pec/Peja Region), a 43
year-old K-Serbian man sustained stab wounds during an attack by a
then-unknown suspect. Police today arrested a 22 year-old K-Albanian man
for the crime.
Investigators have learned the suspect and another man (both were
electricity workers) first encountered the victim when they asked him for
directions. The three men became involved in a verbal argument during the
encounter, and the two electricity workers left.
Later that evening, the two electricity workers encountered the victim on
the street and the verbal argument resumed. The suspect attacked the
victim with a screwdriver during the argument and then fled. The victim
was treated at hospital and then released.
The Investigations Unit at Pec/Peja Police Station identified the suspect,
located him today, and arrested him. The other electricity worker was not
involved in the attack and was not arrested.
Requests for additional information should be directed to the Pec/Peja
Region Public Information Officer.
Deputy Chief of Information
UNMIK Police Main HQ
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