April 16, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 16-04-03

CONTENTS:

AFP: CLANDESTINE EXTREMIST GROUP CLAIMS KOSOVO RAILWAY-BRIDGE ATTACK
An ethnic Albanian extremist group has claimed responsiblity for blowing-up a railway bridge over the weekend in northern Kosovo, writes Agence France Presse

UNMIK POLICE: THREE PERSONS ARRESTED DURING INVESTIGATION
On the question whether the target of the attack was a bus which had to pass that way UNMIK police spokesperson answered: "We believe that the main target was the bridge itself, although any other option cannot be excluded"

RESIDENTS OF LEPOSAVIC (NORTH KOSOVO) EMBITTERED BY BRIDGE MINING
"Residents of Leposavic are embittered and revolted because members of KFOR and UNMIK police are carring out investigation slowly", said today mayor of Leposavic Velimir Bojovic to the press. The announcement of new terrorist attacks by so called Albanian National Army means "declaration of war to North Kosovo".

CONTROVERSIAL PRIVATIZATION: BILLIONS GIVEN TO ALBANIANS AS GIFT
"It should be taken into account that 80 percent of everything in Kosovo was built with the funds of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and that no less than half of those monies were invested by [the Republic of] Serbia," says Dr. Nebojsa Backovic, the vice-chair of the Kosovo and Metohija Chamber of Commerce . "Thus it is highly illogical to transfer that property into the pockets of Albanians who for decades have not contributed a single dinar for the state of Serbia."


UN SEC. COUNCIL WARNED KOSOVO ADMINISTRATION TO ADHERE TO RES 1244
The members of the SC have expressed their concern over the unlawful action of the province parliament and have emphasized the fact that this institution is not looking into the results of the process of protection of the minority human rights


REUTERS: GUNMEN KILL TWO AND INJURE THREE IN KOSOVO AMBUSH
Selimaj, possibly the target of the attack, was a witness in last year's high-profile trial of five members of the KLA guerrilla army who were ultimately sentenced to a total of 31 years imprisonment for abducting and beating four fellow Albanians, who subsequently disappeared and are presumed dead.

WITNESS AT TRIAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST KLA GROUP KILLED NEAR PEC


GENERAL MINI DEMANDS SUSPENSION OF KPC COMMANDER - DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENTS

The international authorities are not satisfied with Jashari because he has been shooting a pistol during some celebration, then for getting into an argument with UNMIK police members, using the siren and lights on his car, and gathering of "taxes" from some of the firms in Srbica.

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AFP: CLANDESTINE EXTREMIST GROUP CLAIMS KOSOVO RAILWAY-BRIDGE ATTACK
An ethnic Albanian extremist group has claimed responsiblity for blowing-up a railway bridge over the weekend in northern Kosovo

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AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
 Monday, 14-Apr-2003 7:30AM

PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro, April 14 (AFP) - An ethnic Albanian extremist group has claimed responsiblity for blowing-up a railway bridge over the weekend in northern Kosovo.

The Albanian National Army (ANA) said on it's website (www.aksh.org) it attacked the bridge that links Kosovo to Serbia in order to sever all ties of Albanian territories with Belgrade.

It said two of its members were killed during the attack north of the town of Zvecan on the railway line that links Macedonia and northern Serb-inhabited Kosovo to central Serbia.

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 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.

The ANA has in recent months claimed responsibility for several attacks both in Kosovo and neighbouring Macedonia.

The UN here and KFOR have said they have no evidence the clandestine group exists as an organized structure.


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IDOU: THREE PERSONS ARRESTED DURING INVESTIGATION OF THE RAILWAY-BRIDGE ATTACK
On the question whether the target of the attack was a bus which had to pass that way Idou answered: "We believe that the main target was the bridge itself, although any other option cannot be excluded"

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BETA News Agency (Belgrade)
April 15, 2003


KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, April 15, 2003 - Three persons have been arrested during investigation of the bridge mining at Loziste, in North Kosovo, said the regional UNMIK police spokesperson Soji Idou (sp) today.

Idou said that the investigation is continuing 24 hours a day and that it has already been found out that more than 40 kg of explosives were used for mining the bridge in the night between Friday and Saturday.

"According to the orders of the Police Commissioner the invesigation team has been expanded and special investigators from Pristina have been involved, including the regional investigators from Mitrovica and Zvecan", said the spokesperson.

"Police controls in the North Kosovo have been reinforced and additional number of Kosovo police officers, including Albanians, have been included", said Idou.

DNA analysis of the mortal remains found near the place of explosion has already begun, but the parts of body are too "small and burned" so it is not completely clear how many persons died. It was concluded, said Idou, "that at least one person was killed".

On the question whether the target of the attack was a bus which had to pass that way Idou answered: "We believe that the main target was the bridge itself, although any other option cannot be excluded".

According to his words UNMIK Police was informed that the illegal "Albanian National Army" (ANA) took responsibility for the mining and the investigation will find out "what is true".

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RESIDENTS OF LEPOSAVIC EMBITTERED BY THE BRIDGE MINING
"Residents of Leposavic are embittered and revolted because members of KFOR and UNMIK police are carring out investigation slowly", said today mayor of Leposavic Velimir Bojovic to the press. The announcement of new terrorist attacks by so called Albanian National Army means "declaration of war to North Kosovo".

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BETA News Agency
April, 15, 2003


LEPOSAVIC, April 15, 2003 - The President of the Leposavic municipal assembly Velimir Bojovic said that the mining of the bridge at Loziste near Banjska "is not only an ordinary attack, but a criminal act" and stated that the announcement of new terrorist attacks by so called Albanian National Army means "declaration of war to North Kosovo".

"Residents of Leposavic are embittered and revolted because members of KFOR and UNMIK police are carring out investigation slowly", said today Bojovic to the press.

Residents of Leposavic also object because representatives of the international community "do not react and undertake necessary steps to identify the perpertrators. They do not prevent operations of ANA (Albanian National Army) which openly threatens to cut all communications with Belgrade 'on the part of occupied Albanian territory' ", warned Bojovic.

He requested from KFOR and UNMIK to reveal the names of the "killed attackers".

Residents of Leposavic, according to his words, expect from UNMIK and KFOR normalization of traffic. They also expect from the Serbian Government to use its international contacts and request disarmament and prohibition of ANA, arrest of its leaders and bringing them to justice.

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BILLIONS GIVEN TO ALBANIANS AS GIFT

"It should be taken into account that 80 percent of everything in Kosovo was built with the funds of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and that no less than half of those monies were invested by [the republic of] Serbia," says Dr. Nebojsa Backovic, the vice-chair of the Kosovo and Metohija Chamber of Commerce . "Thus it is highly illogical to transfer that property into the pockets of Albanians who for decades have not contributed a single dinar for the state of Serbia."

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Vecernje Novosti Daily, Belgrade
April 6, 2003

By Z. Aracki

NIS - The privatization of firms in Kosovo and Metohija according to the UNMIK model will serve to transfer money invested over the years by the Serbian state into the pockets of the Albanians, as well as for money laundering acquired through the smuggling of weapons, drugs and white slaves. Therefore it is necessary to oppose the recently begun process of transferring socially-owned property and capital into private property.

This is the position of businessmen from Kosmet [Kosovo and Metohija] who are following what is happening in their ancient homeland from exile in their own country. What is especially worrisome is the fact that the privatization process has started - without the Serbs.

RETURNS, THEN PRIVATIZATION

"The UNMIK administration has really made some completely illogical moves," says Dr. Nebojsa Backovic, the vice-chair of the Kosovo and Metohija Chamber of Commerce, in an interview for "Novosti". "The ones who have the sole right to temporarily administer the firms on our territory according to the Resolution [Resolution 1244] have launched tenders to sell them."

"It should be taken into account that 80 percent of everything in Kosovo was built with the funds of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and that no less than half of those monies were invested by [the republic of] Serbia," continues Backovic. "Thus it is highly illogical to transfer that property into the pockets of Albanians who for decades have not contributed a single dinar for the state of Serbia."

Further reason for complaint among the businessmen from Kosovo and Metohija was the decision of the board of directors of the Kosovo Trust Agency which announced the publishing of tenders for the sale of the first six state-owned properties on the territory of Kosovo and Metohija. Included on the list of firms to be privatized are the "Sara" quarry in Kacanik, the brick plant in Pec, "Elektromontaza" in Pristina, "Termovent" in Orahovac and the "Napredak" brick plant in Kosovska Mitrovica.

This decision by the Agency, which is under the direct auspices of UNMIK, has caused anger among the Kosmet businessmen. In their opinion, normal conditions for living and the return of all nationalities which once lived in Kosmet must first be secured and only then is the privatization of forms possible.

"We are not opposed to privatization but it must not be discriminatory," claims Dr. Backovic. "It must include equal participation by both Albanians and Serbs in proportion to their work contribution and honor. This is why our state must do everything within its power to realize this. The initiative of late premier Zoran Djindjic represented great encouragement for us. We hope that its realization will continue and that we will see the day when we will discuss this topic in a normal business environment."

The Kosmet businessmen also point out the well-known fact that Kosovo and Metohija since the arrival of UNMIK has become a true hub of "grey" economy, as well as that trading in white slaves and drugs have become based in this region. Enormous fortunes have been created through these activities.

DIRTY MONEY

"If a campaign for fighting organized crime was conducted in Kosmet as in the rest of Serbia, then we would see where the enormous fortunes of those who today want to buy firms originate," says Dr. Backovic.

The businessmen warn that before taking concrete steps toward privatization it is necessary to precisely determine what has happened with the property of firms located there from the moment that Serbs were expelled from this region. Because many of the firms had enormous turnover capital which disappeared upon the arrival of KFOR and UNMIK. No investigations were conducted, even though enormous sums were involved.

Serbs are employed in barely 15 percent of the former 350 socially-owned and 75 public firms in Kosovo and Metohija turned over to UNMIK for administration. They are working under exceptionally difficult conditions.

"They are sent to the Serbian market, where they must secure raw materials and parts, as well as to promote their products," explains Dr. Nebojsa Backovic. "However, all this takes place under difficult conditions because of the existence of high fiscal barriers on the administrative border which significantly increases the cost of production and makes it inadequately competitive on the market."

SARA

Only a few smaller firms in the hands of the Serb population in Kosmet continue to operate under difficult circumstances.

"We must not allow the Albanians to purchase buildings in Brezovica. If this occurs through privatization, then the Serbs will have to move out from Strpce as well as from this entire part of Kosmet," says Dojcin Kukurekovic, the vice-chair of the Kosmet Chamber. "The hotels on Mt. Sara under our administration are open, and large numbers of Albanians come there during the weekends to ski. This is good because our people have something from which to live."

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UN SECURITY COUNCIL WARNED PROVISIONAL ADMINISTRATION IN KOSOVO TO ADHERE TO RES 1244
The members of the SC have expressed their concern over the unlawful action of the province parliament and have emphasized the fact that this institution is not looking into the results of the process of protection of the minority human rights

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Radio YU
April 15, 2003

The UN Security Council has warned the provisional administration institutions in Kosmet to strictly adhere to their competences established by the Resolution 1244 and the Province Constitutional Framework. The supreme body of the world_s organization supported the decision of Head of UNMIK Michael Steiner to cancel the Kosovo Parliament_s decision on enforcement of the Law on High Education, which did not envisage the University curriculum in Serbian language. The Security Council supported process of the transferring competences from UNMIK onto local authorities assessing that it was in line with the Resolution 1244 and the Kosmet Constitutional Framework.

Respect Of UN Resolution 1244 And Constitutional Boundaries

FREE SERBIA
New York, 15 April

The UN Security Council (SC) is supporting the stances of the UNMIK chief Michael Steiner who proclaimed the Kosovo parliament decision on education as unlawful.

No law in the province is valid until Steiner approve it, states the unanimously reached proclamation of the UN SC.

The members of the SC have expressed their concern over the unlawful action of the province parliament and have emphasized the fact that this institution is not looking into the results of the process of protection of the minority human rights. At the same time the SC is calling on all temporary governing institutions to concentrate on the authorities, which are already in their jurisdiction under the resolution 1244, and the constitutional boundaries.
The UNSC is demanding that all Kosovo elements support resolution 1244 and respect the authorities of the UNMIK chief, states that proclamation.


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GUNMEN KILL TWO AND INJURE THREE IN KOSOVO AMBUSH
Selimaj, possibly the target of the attack, was a witness in last year's high-profile trial of five members of the KLA guerrilla army who were ultimately sentenced to a total of 31 years imprisonment for abducting and beating four fellow Albanians, who subsequently disappeared and are presumed dead.

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REUTERS
April 15, 2003


PRISTINA -- Tuesday - Gunmen yesterday opened fire on a moving car carrying a Kosovo-Albanian family, killing two people including high-profile prosecution witness Ilir Selmaj.
UNMIK authorities have said that they do not know who carried out the attack, nor their motives.

The attack took place on a small road near the western Kosovo town of Pec, leaving a four-year-old boy, his 14-year-old sister and their father injured.

The mother of the family was killed in the attack, while the injured are all said to be in stable conditions. A UN official told the Reuters agency that the car was riddled with 20 bullets.
Selimaj, possibly the target of the attack, was a witness in last year's high-profile trial of five members of the KLA guerrilla army who were ultimately sentenced to a total of 31 years imprisonment for abducting and beating four fellow Albanians, who subsequently disappeared and are presumed dead.

Selimaj is the second prosecution witness in this trial to be shot dead.


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WITNESS AT TRIAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST KLA GROUP KILLED NEAR PEC

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Ilir Selimaj, killed on Monday near Pristina, was a member of the KLA and a witness at the trial proceedings against Dukandjin group, reports the Pristina daily newspaper Koha Ditore.

The Dukandjin group was sentenced to several years of imprisonment for crimes committed against their compatriots from the rival armed formations, close to the Kosovo Democratic Alliance of Ibrahim Rugova. The sentenced group, part of former KLA, was headed by Daut Haradinaj, brother of Ramus Haradinaj, the leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, the third ranking arty of Kosovo Albanians. Ramus Haradinaj was a KLA senior officer, responsible the region of Metohija or, as the Albanians refer to it, Dukandjin.

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GENERAL MINI DEMANDS SUSPENSION OF KPC COMMANDER
The international authorities are not satisfied with Jashari because he has been shooting a pistol during some celebration, then for getting into an argument with UNMIK police members, using the siren and lights on his car, and gathering of "taxes" from some of the firms in Srbica.

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BETA News Agency (Belgrade)
Pristina, 15 Apr

Fabio Mini, the KFOR commander has demanded for the suspension of Bashkim Jashari, the commander of the first operative zone of the Kosovo Protection Corps. (KPC), stated Pristina daily ZERI.
 
As the newspaper claims the international authorities are not satisfied with Jashari because he has been shooting a pistol during some celebration, then for getting into an argument with UNMIK police members, using the siren and lights on his car, and gathering of "taxes" from some of the firms in Srbica. KPC and Jashari have thrown of these allegations as unsubstantiated.

ZERI states that General Mini send his request for Jashari's suspension with 14 allegations, to the UNMIK chief Michael Steiner and the KPC commander Agim Ceku. According to the daily UNMIK reduced these 14 allegations to only four. Reacting to this demand Steiner evaluated that the KPC commander should only be "officially reprimanded" stated an unnamed source that is with the international authorities. It is also reviled that Ceku is trying to end the entire ordeal with as little consequences as possible for both Jashari and the Corps.

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DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENTS IN KFOR-KPC-UNMIK TRIANGLE ON BASHKIM JASHARI CASE

ZERI (Kosovo Albanian daily)
April 15 (Front Page)

A request of COMKFOR General Fabio Mini for suspension of Bashkim Jashari, the nephew of Adem Jashari, from the position of the KPC (Kosovo Protection Corps) Commander of the first zone arrived to the office of Kosovo chief administrator Steiner and of KPC Commander Agim Ceku.

An international source said that Steiner_s stance in this case is that a "written reprimand" should be applied and the case should be closed with the least possible consequences for Bashkim Jashari. After several meetings, where the head of KPC participated too, the list of 14 charges was reduced to 4. A source from General Staff of KPC says, "General Ceku is sure that Bashkim Jashari will not be suspended." According to the source, the disciplinary procedure against Bashkim Jashari is ongoing and it could be finished by the end of this month. 

The brother of the accused, Murat Jashari rejected all accusations. Zeri learnt that the charges against Bashkim are: unauthorised shootings in a wedding, arguments with UNMIK police, use of the vehicle with alarm, which was brought to KPC in Skenderaj by IOM and the collection of taxes from different enterprises in Skenderaj.  Zeri also learnt that KFOR suspected that the accused Bashkim Jashari together with Sami Lushtaku and Nuredin Lushtaku put a wreath on Adem Jashari's grave with the "ANA" inscription. "This accusation is really groundless. Nobody from our family needs to put a wreath on the graves of our family members, because the others do that,  "said Murat Jashari, brother of Bashkim Jashari.


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