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Compilation from Belgrade daily newspapers, prepared by editorial staff of the Voice of Kosovo and Metohia

March 27, 2000

  • Lepina Village in Lipljan Municipality: Finnish KFOR Soldiers Let Bloodhound Dogs at Serbs
  • Attack on several Serbs in the village of Cernica: Two people wounded by a bomb
  • Two Serbs wounded in Gnjilane
  • Crkvene Vodice Village, 3 km from Obilic: Bomb Thrown at House of Ratko Mitrovic
  • Service of Commemoration for Serbian victims - Albanians' Reason to Celebrate
  • Hieromonk Sava from London: To Establish Peace in Kosovo
  • Philippe Anido, KFOR Spokesman: Albanian Youth Accused of Murdering Russian Soldier Re-Arrested by Spanish KFOR; American Soldier Wounded Himself to Avoid Service
  • Massacre in Racak - Walker's forgery
  • "Dynamic Response 2000" Commences Today: KFOR Will Have Two Week Exercise
  • Kosmet Albanians refused to leave Great Britain
  • Ogata: Too early for return of Albanian refugees in Kosovo: There is no multi-ethnic society in Kosovo
  • Ogata: Mass return of Kosovo Albanian refugees will threaten stability in the province
  • Jaksic blames UNMIK and KFOR for Serb exodus, KFOR Realised Albanians are Threat
  • Representatives of Montenegrin parties about special status of Albanians in Montenegro: Democratic Party of Socialists: Questionable arguments of Albanian party leaders
  • According to London Times: Robertson's Visit Ended with Humiliation
  • Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis about Kosovo: EU results minimal
  • Ivanov: Three principles for Kosovo
  • Serbian Renewal Movement: Support to regime
  • LEPINA VILLAGE IN LIPLJAN MUNICIPALITY: FINNISH KFOR SOLDIERS LET BLOODHOUND DOGS AT SERBS

    (Politika daily, 27. 3. 2000)

    Lipljan, March 26th (Tanjug) Serbs peacefully protested against brutal arrest of Dejan Slavic from Lepina, and the Finnish soldiers let the bloodhound dogs at them. Many Serbs were bitten and suffered physical injuries.

    Among those with major injuries are Slobodan Rasic, mother of the arrested Dejan, Miroslava Slavic, Mladjan Mitrovic and Zoran Slavic, who was not allowed to go the Russian hospital by the KFOR soldiers, but only when UNMIK police insisted on it.

    Lieutenant Peter Ramstell hit Predrag Slavic in occipital (back part) of the head with butt-end of the rifle, which caused him severe injuries and fractures and he is receiving medical treatment now. (*)

    ATTACK ON SEVERAL SERBS IN THE VILLAGE OF CERNICA: TWO PEOPLE WOUNDED BY A BOMB

    (Blic daily, 27. 3. 2000)

    Pristina - Two Serbs, Dragan Zaric and his neighbour Aleksandar Radakovic were injured in Gnjilane the evening before at about 20,30 in a bomb attack on Zivic`s house in 140, Stojadin Trajic Street, Church-national council of Gnjilane reports. Zaric was seriously injured. Detonation was strong and it broke window glass of several nearby houses and caused large material damage. Parts of bomb fell in the kitchen and it was luck that Zaric`s wife and children were in another room.

    In the village of Cernica the extremists set on fire accessory house of Petar Simic. In the same village the day before, Bozidar Sinivojevic was attacked by stones. On Friday the extremists stoned the houses of Trajan Petrovic, Stojadin Vasic, Svetozar Kostic, Slobodan Vasic and several other Serbs. When Serbs went out from their homes to defend their families and houses from the stones, KFOR intervened and prevented serious conflict.

    The day before at about 4 p.m. teenagers in Obilic set on fire houses of Isljam Jasari and Dzafer Dzaferovic. KFOR intervened shortly afterwards and the fire was extinguished. However, the attack was repeated at 6.30 p.m. when considerable amount of the houses disappeared in fire.

    On Tuesday March 21 Dejan Dzuzic was arrested on the ground of "false testimony given by the Albanians that he plotted to kill a KFOR soldier". Dzuzic was taken to the American camp "Bondsteel".

    Albanian Nedzamin Azemi broke the day before into the house of Zika Simic and beaten his wife and mother. Yesterday morning Simic`s head was injured by a thrown stone. Simic was taken to the police station in order to recognize the attacker. After that incident, representatives of Serbs and Albanians from the village of Mogila had meeting with KFOR and UNMIK representatives in order to agree about the measures to improve the security in the village.

    TWO SERBS WOUNDED IN GNJILANE

    (Serbia info, 27. 3. 2000)

    March 26, 2000 - Gnjilane, March 26th (Tanjug) - Two Serbs were wounded in Gnjilane, Kosovo-Metohia, late on Saturday when ethnic Albanian terrorists launched a bomb attack on the house belonging to one of the two Serbs, the town's church-national board said.

    The owner of the house was seriously wounded and doctors have been unable to remove all shrapnels from his body. The other Serb sustained light injuries.

    The powerful detonation shattered windows and window frames on a number of nearby houses, causing considerable damage.

    Ethnic Albanian extremists have continued to stone Serbs and torch their property in the village of Cernica at Gnjilane, in the east of the Yugoslav republic of Serbia's southern province.

    CRKVENE VODICE VILLAGE, 3 KM FROM OBILIC: BOMB THROWN AT HOUSE OF RATKO MITROVIC

    (Politika daily, 27. 3. 2000)

    Obilic, March 26th (Tanjug)

    Serbs from Crkvene Vodice blocked Obilic - Veliki Belacevac road as a sign of protest against the bomb attack on Ratko Mitrovic, in which fortunately no member of Mitrovic family has been wounded.

    After incessant attacks being carried out, the Serbs from Crkvene Vodice directed a letter of protest to Norwegian KFOR commander Major Anderson, demanding that the Norwegian soldiers provide elementary conditions for the life of the villagers. (*)

    SERVICE OF COMMEMORATION FOR SERBIAN VICTIMS - ALBANIANS' REASON TO CELEBRATE

    (Serbia info, 27. 3. 2000)

    March 26, 2000 - Gnjilane, March 25th - On the occasion of the anniversary of the beginning of NATO bombing of FR Yugoslavia, a mass was given for the victims of the aggression and Albanian terror against the Serbs and other non-Albanians after the bombing, since the arrival of KFOR and UNMIK, reported the Human Rights Committee in Gnjilane.

    While the Serbs from Gnjilane were expressing their protest on the occasion of the anniversary of the NATO aggression on Yugoslavia, when several hundred civilians were killed in the so-called collateral damages, the Albanians in several places in Kosmet organized a celebration, in sign of support to NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and to the US policy of creating the so-called KLA, reported the radio amateurs.

    Yesterday, in the village of Cernica near Gnjilane, the Albanians got permission by US KFOR to celebrate. Even the curfew was postponed until 9.00 p.m. Already at 3.00 p.m., the Albanians started their "celebration", throwing stones at the Serbs working in their fields

    HIEROMONK SAVA FROM LONDON: TO ESTABLISH PEACE IN KOSOVO

    (Glas javnosti, 27. 3. 2000)

    Belgrade, London - "During the panel-discussion in the House of Commons I particularly emphasised that even the basic order has not been established in Kosovo and Metohia.

    "It is necessary to do everything possible in order to establish the basic order and peace in the Province, to implement the UN Resolution; and first of all to provide the conditions for the exiled Serbs to come back. If not, the UN mission would collapse completely", said Fr Sava, a monk from Visoki Decani monastery in his talk to the British MPs.

    Fr Sava particularly emphasised that any solving of the Kosovo issue presented "absolutely unacceptable" act, since the basic conditions for the normal democratic society were not provided.

    Fr Sava also attended the Anglican Church Conference in Bratford titled "The Yugoslav Crisis, international reactions and a path forward".

    - The conference gathered a large number of academicians throughout the world, non-governmental organisations and institutes who spoke about different aspects of the Yugoslav crisis after nine months, said Fr Sava.

    A Wake by being silent has been organised at the square in Bratford, as a sign of solidarity with the people of Yugoslavia after the first anniversary of bombing in Yugoslavia. Fr Sava is to meet the throne prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic today in London. (*)

    PHILIPPE ANIDO, KFOR SPOKESMAN: ALBANIAN YOUTH ACCUSED OF MURDERING RUSSIAN SOLDIER RE-ARRESTED BY SPANISH KFOR; AMERICAN SOLDIER WOUNDED HIMSELF TO AVOID SERVICE

    (Danas, 27. 3. 2000)

    Pristina - KFOR Spokesman Philippe Anido stated that an Albanian youth accused of murdering the Russian soldier has been re-arrested by the Spanish KFOR at a checkpoint.

    KFOR stated that American soldier Buddy Deal has been accused of lying that he had been wounded by a sniper shot, while being on the sentry duty on March 11th. Deal has been accused of shooting himself, in order to avoid military service in the dangerous zone.

    Philippe Anido also stated that celebrations of NATO air raids first anniversary were being carried out by Albanians throughout Kosovo. Despite the illegal shooting, few people attended the gatherings. The Albanian participants in Vitina, were carrying inscriptions "Many Thanks to United States of America", "Thank you NATO".

    He also said 300 Serbs in Leposavic protested against NATO bombing. (FoNet) (*)

    MASSACRE IN RACAK - WALKER'S FORGERY

    (Serbia info, 27. 3. 2000)

    March 26, 2000 - Berlin, March 25th - Famous "massacre" in the village of Racak, which was the motive for last year's NATO aggression on Yugoslavia, was nothing but a pure forgery, whose author was William Walker, former CIA official and chief of ESCE mission in Kosovo-Metohia, reported Die Berliner Zeitung in the Friday issue.

    The German daily backed up its claim with irrefutable evidence, since the reporters of this daily procured the copy of the report of an autopsy, performed by a team of Finnish experts headed by Helena Ranta. In all official statements made by western politicians', as well as the Hague Tribunal indictment, include the version made public by William Walker, and which has little to do with thew truth, according to the "Berliner Zeitung".

    "DYNAMIC RESPONSE 2000" COMMENCES TODAY: KFOR WILL HAVE TWO WEEK EXERCISE

    (Danas, 27. 3. 2000)

    Pristina - KFOR Spokesman Philippe Anido stated that the American, Dutch, Polish and Romanian soldiers deployed in Kosovo, to participate in military manoeuvres "Dynamic Response 2000", which starts today.

    Romanian and Polish brigades are positioned near Prizren, American marines are in Suva Reka and the Dutch are near Pristina. The Argentine paratrooper unit will also participate. (FoNet) (*)

    KOSMET ALBANIANS REFUSED TO LEAVE GREAT BRITAIN

    (Serbia info, 27. 3. 2000)

    March 26, 2000 - London, March 26th (Tanjug) - More than 3,000 ethnic Albanians, transported to Great Britain by planes last year, during the NATO aggression on Yugoslavia, refused to return to Kosovo-Metohia, London media reported.

    In the organization of British government, they were moved to Great Britain under excuse that their relatives were "KLA members" and that they did not feel safe from the "Serbian police". Now, according to the Sunday Telegraph, they claim they, allegedly, cooperated with the Serbian police, and , thus, could not return to the province because of the so-called KLA.

    At the same time, the British government claims that some of the Kosmet Albanians have already returned and that it is one of the major achievements of the NATO aggression. Apparently, even a year after the aggression, lies never ended.

    OGATA: TOO EARLY FOR RETURN OF ALBANIAN REFUGEES IN KOSOVO: THERE IS NO MULTI-ETHNIC SOCIETY IN KOSOVO

    (Blic daily, 27. 3. 2000)

    Pristina - UN High Commissioner for refugees Sadako Ogata appealed European countries not to force thousands of Albanian refugees to return to their homes. According to her their massive return might cause instability in the province.

    At the news conference in Pristina Ogata suggested it was not right time for about 100,000 Albanians presently living in Germany, Switzerland and other countries to return in Kosovo. "We are not concerned about the return of the people, but the influence such return would have on the services here", Ogata explained.

    "What we now have in Kosovo is not a multi-ethnic society and is not what international community wants to achieve". She also expressed satisfaction at the statement given by Kosovo Albanian leaders about "return to tolerance".

    Speaking about expelled Serbs and other non-Albanians, Ogata said that there were more than 200,000 people in Serbia and Montenegro that would like to return in Kosovo.

    OGATA: MASS RETURN OF KOSOVO ALBANIAN REFUGEES WILL THREATEN STABILITY IN THE PROVINCE

    (B2 - 92, 27. 3. 2000)

    Kosovo, Sunday UN High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata today urged the international community not to force thousands of Kosovo Albanian refugees to return to their homes in Kosovo. At a press conference in Pristina today, Ogata said that their mass return to the province was likely to further threaten the instability in the region, adding that Albanians and other citizens in Kosovo were faced with the enormous responsibility of securing a unified life in peace.

    Ogata also said that ethnically "clean" enclaves should not be established in Kosovo. Commenting on the so called zones of trust set up by KFOR and UNMIK in both the Serbian and Albanian parts of the troubled town of Kosovska Mitrovica, Ogata said that these zones should be regarded as the path towards rebuilding trust between these nations.

    In other news from Kosovo today, KFOR spokesman Philip Anido reported that two Serbian males were injured last night when a hand grenade was thrown at their home in Gnjilane. Four Albanians were arrested by Italian KFOR troops on possession of weapons in the town of Urosevac and a further four Albanians were arrested for illegally attempting to enter the territory of Kosovo from Albania near the town of Dragas.

    JAKSIC BLAMES UNMIK AND KFOR FOR SERB EXODUS, KFOR REALISED ALBANIANS ARE THREAT

    (B2 - 92, 27. 3. 2000)

    Jagodina, Sunday Serbian National Council for Kosovo official Marko Jaksic yesterday accused UNMIK and KFOR of allowing the exodus of Serbs from Kosovo. In an interview for TV Palma last night, Jaksic said that there were no remaining Serbs in the regions of Klina and Istok and that Kosovo would only remain part of Serbia if Serbs began returning to their homes in the province. Jaksic also said that he believed that KFOR and UNMIK intended to leave Kosovo as soon as they had organised general elections and completed a census in the province.

    REPRESENTATIVES OF MONTENEGRIN PARTIES ABOUT SPECIAL STATUS OF ALBANIANS IN MONTENEGRO: DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF SOCIALISTS: QUESTIONABLE ARGUMENTS OF ALBANIAN PARTY LEADERS

    (Blic daily, 27. 3. 2000)

    Podgorica - "Montenegro has been defined as a civil state. The Constitution provides special protection of the rights of minorities", Miodrag Vukovic, president of executive board of the Democratic Party of Socialists said for "Blic" daily referring to the statement given by Ferhat Dinosa that the Albanian parties will seek so-called positive discrimination within Montenegro and that they will suggest special status for the Albanians.

    "Civil parties have been dominating in Montenegro for 10 years already. Montenegro has no intention of turning into a national state. In these parties there are representatives of all nationalities and religions so nobody has an exclusive right to politically represent the whole nation or a minority", Vukovic says. Therefore, he finds the request of the Albanian parties that only they can legitimately represent the interests of all Albanians, to be without any grounds. He further says that nobody has the right to change the present concept of Montenegro as a civil state or to bring such concept it into question.

    Vuksan Simonovic of the Socialist Peoples Party shares Vukovic`s opinion. "However there is no doubt that Dinosa`s request is the result of the promises given by Montenegrin regime in exchange for the support to the regime of Milo Djukanovic", Simonovic concluded.

    Savo Markovic of the Peoples Party is of the opinion that Dunosa`s and his followers stance is not a naďve one. He also pointed out that Montenegro was a civil state and that such request was without any grounds.

    ACCORDING TO LONDON TIMES: ROBERTSON'S VISIT ENDED WITH HUMILIATION

    (Danas, 27. 3. 2000)

    Belgrade - London Times wrote on the cover that visit of NATO Secretary General George Robertson to Kosovo ended up with a humiliation, since his visit to Kosovska Mitrovica has been cancelled due to, as it was stated, the operative reasons, reports BBC Radio.

    Despite such an explanation, there were some disputes and mutual accusations between the NATO seat in Brussels and the KFOR, for the debacle of Robertson's not visiting Kosovska Mitrovica, remarks Times.

    Introductory lines of this article reveal that he tried to take advantage of the NATO "Kosovo campaign" first anniversary to call attention to two inconvenient, but interrelated facts.

    The first is- Kosovo is still on "the razor blade" which separates success from the failure.

    The second - European countries are decreasing their defence budgets, despite their military weaknesses, concludes Times. (FoNet) (*)

    GREEK PRIME MINISTER KOSTAS SIMITIS ABOUT KOSOVO: EU RESULTS MINIMAL

    (Blic daily, 27. 3. 2000)

    Athens - Greek Prime Minister Kostas Simitis said that the results of European Union in Kosovo and the region were "minimal". After EU summit in Lisbon was over, Simitis said that European Union was yet to establish its strategy for the Balkans. "It is important that EU without any exceptions applies the principles of respect of integrity of all countries and existing borders in the Balkans. The Government of Greece has been constantly giving proposals in that respect.". Greek Foreign Minister Papandreu said that three of them were evaluated as very positive so he hopes they would be accepted at the next EU meeting scheduled for April 10. According to him Greek diplomatic activity concerns conference on the Balkans under UN and EU patronage that would "put an end to all speculations about possible new independent countries in the region".

    IVANOV: THREE PRINCIPLES FOR KOSOVO

    (Blic daily, 27. 3. 2000)

    Paris - Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov defined in article published by "Figaro" daily of Paris, conditions for settlement of Kosovo crisis. First, Ivanov points out "necessity of renewal of political discussions about the status of the province in which Albanian separatists should have no illusions that they will impose to the international community the scenario for secession from Yugoslavia".

    As second condition Ivanov defined "strict isolation of Albanian extremists", confiscation of illegally kept weapon, "strict supervision of Kosovo Protection Corps activities" and closing of Yugoslav borders with Macedonia and Albania.

    As third condition Ivanov defines necessity that Belgrade joins the process of finding permanent solution in the Balkans and application of those provisions of UN Resolution 1244 on Kosovo that define return of certain number of Yugoslav soldiers in Kosovo.

    On occasion of anniversary of NATO aggression on Yugoslavia, Ivanov wrote that the aggression " led Kosovo crisis into dead end" and that behavior of UN representatives in Kosovo was encouraging for the Albanian separatists.

    SERBIAN RENEWAL MOVEMENT: SUPPORT TO REGIME

    (Blic daily, 27. 3. 2000)

    Belgrade - "Statement given by Agim Cheku the commander of so-called Kosovo Protection Corps that he and his followers would like that Slobodan Milosevic remains in power as long as possible shows that the actual regime in Serbia and Yugoslavia is suitable for the Albanian separatists and terrorists. Cheku who is responsible for numerous brutal crimes against the Serbs joins the socialists, radicals and leftists in their attacks on Serb opposition admitting that Serb opposition is the only true obstacle to the idea of ethnically clean Kosovo. After this statement, all mask have been indeed removed and now it is clear to the citizens of Serbia who the patriots and who the traitors are", the statement by Serb Renewal Movement reads.

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