April 14, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 14-04-03

CONTENTS:

EXPLOSION DAMAGES RAILWAY IN SERB INHABITED NORTHERN KOSOVO, AFP

RADA TRAJKOVIC: MORATORIUM PROPOSAL DANGEROUS FOR SERB INTERESTS

OLIVER IVANOVIC: STEINER INCITING ALBANIAN AMBITIONS

COVIC CALLS FOR HIGH WORKING GROUP MEETING

UNMIK POLICE: ALBANIAN ARRESTED FOR ATTACK ON SERB IN GORAZDEVAC

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EXPLOSION DAMAGES RAILWAY IN SERB INHABITED NORTHERN KOSOVO

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

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Agence France Presse
Saturday, 12-Apr-2003 8:30AM

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 province, said.

"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.


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RADA TRAJKOVIC ON MORATORIUM PROPOSAL: INITIATIVE DANGEROUS FOR SERBIA

Preparation for conditional independence. Stener begins to perceive Thaci as his chief.

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Glas Javnosti
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.

According to 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.

"Consequences 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

Thaci's 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.

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OLIVER IVANOVIC ON TRANSFER OF POWERS - STEINER INCITING ALBANIAN AMBITIONS

Next week in Mitrovica POVRATAK Coalition will decide whether to remain in Kosovo Parliament

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Tanjug (Belgrade)
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 Province.

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 problems himself.

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 successor.

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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.

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SERBIAN GOVERNMENT
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.

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UNMIK POLICE: SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR GRIEVOUS ATTACK ON SERB IN GORAZDEVAC
Police today arrested a 22 year-old K-Albanian man for the crime

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UNMIK POLICE PRESS RELEASE
11-04-03

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.

Barry FLETCHER
Deputy Chief of Information
UNMIK Police Main HQ
Pristina


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