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April 4, 2000

  • Ethnic Albanian terrorists attack Serb house with stones
  • Kosovo Albanian terrorists wound Serb
  • Ethnic Albanian Terrorists Attempt Kidnapping of Gudzic Family
  • Albanian Part of Kosovska Mitrovica: "Serbs Wanted"-Notices Displayed as Contribution to "Unity" of Town
  • KFOR and UNMIK’s Trick in Mitrovica, Mere Propaganda: Only Albanians Returning to ‘Trust Zone’
  • Chuse: UN civilian mission practically suspended in Kosovo-Metohia
  • Haliti: Not even elementary conditions exist for census in Kosovo
  • SNC: We are Aware of all Risks
  • Kosovo Serbs Condemn Move Made by Kosovo and Metohia Serb National Council
  • Reactions of Albanian Parties to SNC Decision: Albanians do not Need Observers
  • Serb Leader Threatens to Form New Serb National Council
  • Albanian Trial Adjourned
  • Alomerovic Insists Prison Camps Exist
  • Serbian Police Release Danish KFOR Soldiers
  • Former KLA Commander Arrested
  • Lies about "Operation horseshoe" reach Britain
  • Reporters on Kosovo: Lies and manipulations to serve politics
  • Bozovic seeks due implementation of UN resolution 1244
  • Kabasic: There are Albanian camps for Serbs
  • International forces not complying with resolution, Kumanovo agreement

    (Borba daily, 4. 4. 2000)

    Ethnic Albanian terrorists first hurled stones at the house of Serb Vladimir Markovic in Mogila village at about 6 p.m. Sunday, and then threw a Molotov cocktail at it, amateur radio operators reported on Monday from crisis areas of Serbia's Kosovo and Metohia province.

    The explosive device missed the window at which it had been aimed, fell on a haystack and set it on fire. The terrorists fled. Eyewitnesses claim the attackers were ethnic Albanian neighbours, the sources said.


    (Borba daily, 4. 4. 2000)

    Ethnic Albanian terrorists wounded Serb Apostol Rakic, 65, in an armed attack on the local road Mogila-Vrbovac at about 8 p.m. Saturday, amateur radio operators reported from Serbia's Kosovo and Metohia province on Sunday.

    After the attack, the terrorists fled in their automobile in the direction of the ethnic Albanian-populated village of Djelekare.

    Rakic was hit in the arm. He was treated for the wound at the U.S. Bondsteel base near Urosevac, and was admitted to the hospital for further treatment.

    Serbs from this area of the province link the frequent ethnic Albanian terrorist attacks with the presence of notorious terrorist Sadam Fayza of Mogila, who was recently released from prison.

    As soon as they heard about the incident, Serbs went into the streets of Vrbovac and blocked all roads through the village, protesting against ethnic Albanian terrorists, but also against the international force KFOR which is deliberately lenient in securing and controlling checkpoints, thus enabling ethnic Albanian terrorists to launch attacks on Serbs and subsequently to escape, the radio amateurs' report said.


    (Serbia info, 4. 4. 2000)

    April 03, 2000 - Lipljan, April 3 (Tanjug) - Ethnic Albanian terrorists tried to abduct Boban, Bogdan, Stevan and Angelina Gudzic from Dobrotin at a local crossroads today, while they were returning from Lipljan by car, amateur radio operators report.

    In their attack on Boban, Bogdan, Stevan, and Angelina, the terrorists stuck Boban under the eye and his father Bogdan in the right shoulder.

    Bogdan and Boban, however, managed to escape the attackers and fled to their village Dobrotin.

    The terrorists used two automobiles in the attempted kidnapping, said the amateur radio operators' report.

    After the unsuccessful attempted kidnapping, the Serbs from the village of Dobrotin blocked the road through the village, after which the soldiers of the Finnish KFOR contingent tried to disperse them by shooting into the air. The Finnish soldiers set the dogs on the gathered people, who defended themselves with broken fence.

    According to the Serbs, this was an organised action by ethnic Albanian terrorists and the soldiers of the Finnish KFOR contingent, for it is impossible for someone to attempt kidnapping in broad daylight and to run away after that, since that section of the road is in plain view from the KFOR observation post which is placed on the nearby hill.


    (Politika daily, 4. 4. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, April, 3rd (Tanjug)

    By displaying in public "Serb Wanted" -notices, bearing names of 50 Serbs, who were falsely accused of committing crimes, Albanians proved once more that they did not cared neither for reconciliation or coexistence with the Serbs.

    Oddly enough, there are no valid evidences that the Serbs in question committed whatever crime. Albanians added even the photographs of the Serbs.

    Unsuccessful photomontages

    The photos in question are the photomontages, as Tanjug has been informed. Since there are no records of the Serbs, which may be found in the southern part of Mitrovica, it is obvious that the Albanians employed by KFOR and UNMIK, took the information from them. KFOR and UNMIK possess various kinds of information about the Serbs, which they obtained by numerous contacts with them, or which are necessary to UNMIK on whatever grounds.

    One can notice false identity cards, driving licences and other documents attached, naturally, represented as originals. Lawyers, doctors, clerks SNF members headed by Oliver Ivanovic, and a good number of ordinary people, but the most striking is the one with a female, Susic Ljubinka, shop-assistant, reported to be a paramilitary.

    UNMIK and KFOR are tacitly supporting this activity, since it supports Kouchner`s policy to carry out the announced census, "regardless of the fact the Serbs, actually, did not return", as he said himself. The only purpose of these notices being displayed, is to intimidate the remaining 16.000 of Serbs from the northern part of Mitrovica and make them leave.[...] (*)


    (Politika daily, 4. 4. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, April 3rd Tanjug)

    The so-called ‘Trust Zone’, established by spanning a pedestrian bridge from the southern side to three skyscrapers in the northern side, presents only a premeditated act of UN mission to return, exclusively the Albanians, to the northern part of Mitrovica.

    Kouchner and Reinhardt’s talk that the return would be provided for both the Serbs and Albanians, presented a sheer propaganda trick. Actually, 49 Albanian families did return to the skyscrapers, but not a single Serbian one.

    Barbed wire, concrete tubes and KFOR soldiers surround "The Trust Zone" around the skyscrapers, but it did not seem to satisfy the Albanians. Accordingly, a mini KFOR base was installed by among the buildings, with sniper shooters on the roofs as reinforcement.[...’

    Cynical Reply of French Captain

    A Serb, owner of a flat in the skyscraper, stated that he begged a French Captain to protect his flat, since he bought it off. One day, however, a Captain came with a paper, a would-be contract, which read that owner’s duty was to give his flat to the French Army for a year with no charges whatsoever.

    "According to the ‘contract’ my duty would be to maintain the flat, and the Frenchmen’s to pay the electricity and water supply bills and the phone bills. It is a pure formality! No one pays for anything since KFOR arrived. Therefore I did not sign the contract and asked compensation money for the damages made in the apartment", Tanjug reports the words of this Serb.

    The French Captain’s reply was more than cynical:

    "We are KFOR, and KFOR cannot be sued". (*)


    (Borba daily, 4. 4. 2000)

    Member of the provisional executive council of Kosovo and Metohia and president of the Democratic Reform party of Albanians from Kosovo-Metohia Sokolj Chuse, talked in Pristina on Friday with representatives of the information service of the Russian contingent within KFOR, headed by Lt. Col. Vladimir Dijecovski.

    Chuse stressed that Kosovo-Metohia is held by terrorist gangs and extremist groups led by the so-called "protection corps."

    In such an environment, Chuse stressed, the UN civilian mission is practically suspended.

    Lt. Col. Dijecovski said that the UN civilian mission is no longer capable of fulfilling its commitments from UN SC Resolution 1244, above all, establishing law and order in Kosovo and Metohia.

    Chuse pointed out that many Albanians from Kosovo-Metohia, who never have and will not support either terrorists or extremists, are completely dissatisfied with the work of both KFOR and the UN Civilian Mission (UNMIK).

    The alleged corps is involved in murders, robberies, drug trafficking, terror, expulsion of non-Albanians from Kosovo-Metohia, numerous criminal activities, bringing huge misfortune to all the inhabitants in the province, Chuse said.

    Lately have been increasingly threatened also Albanians who want law and order so that they can work and do not want to support terrorists and extremists, Chuse said.


    (Borba daily, 4. 4. 2000)

    Kosovo and Metohia Temporary Executive Council member Bajram Haliti told Tanjug on Sunday that it is evident there are not even the elementary conditions for a census within preparations for the upcoming elections in Serbia's Kosovo and Metohia province, given the constant terrorism, the ethnic cleansing of non-Albanians, the lack of conditions for the return of 350,000 expelled persons, and the illegal presence of hundreds of thousands of foreign citizens in the province.

    Haliti urged Romanies, who had numbered 150,000 in the province before the arrival of the international force KFOR in June 1999, to boycott any attempts at urging imminent elections in the province until elementary conditions for this are set - solid peace and stability based on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244.

    Haliti said Romanies had no reason to be interested in a census, as they had been proclaimed ethnic Albanians during the 1971 and 1981 censuses, along with ethnic Turks and Muslims, through unprecedented pressure and manipulations by ethnic Albanian secessionists in order to provide alleged evidence of their large numbers.


    (Blic daily, 4. 4. 2000)

    Belgrade- Decision of the Serb National Council, to name the representatives for the Interim Administrative Council and the Interim Council of Kosovo and Metohia, provoked opposite reactions: from accusations for treason, to the attitude that the co-operation with the international community is a reasonable move. Observer in the Interim Council of Kosovo, Randjel Nojkic says for Blic:

    -Let us take our destiny in our own hands and let us protect our interests. Those who criticise us for treason, consider as patriotic everything that was disastrous for Serbs; they call treason something that is rational and reasonable. We are aware of the risks; but we have decided to give a chance to the international community-to show if it really wants to help the Serbs or it bluffs. Now, we are in position not only to suggest the solutions, but also to take part in the discussion when the important decisions are to be made. The decisions will not be reached unanimously any more, regardless of the fact that we do not vote, and Kouchner will have to make his decision according to our suggestions.

    What does the status of an observer imply?

    -It means that we are present at all the meetings; that we have the opportunity to suggest the solutions and take part in discussions when the decisions are reached and give objections. We only do not have right to vote. In everything else we are equal. Having entered PAVK, the doors of certain ministries opened for us: Ministry of social and labour rights, which is very important, since many of our men have been expelled from their firms. We can create conditions for return and influence the important department of agriculture. Transient Council is a sort of government, where we will present our ideas and start some things; decisions are reached in PAVK, and there we will insist on their realisation. We will synchronise our work and we will work together with Radmila Trajkovic. There we will also test the Albanian willingness for multiethnic Kosovo.

    The vital thing is that we will get information on time, as soon as the decisions are reached, which was not the case since now.

    What is the necessary minimum of the requests, so that you could activate your membership?

    -In order to see the results we have limited our willingness on three months. We will not split hairs, but observe the problems objectively. We took this risk consciously, in the name of the miserable, whose relatives vanished, or were killed, or whose closest persons are in jails. The first step is an energetic request that the trials for the arrested should begin, and that the charged should be convicted at the base of material evidences, and not only because they are Serbs.

    One of the main demands is the return of the Serbs, by which we will test both the regime and the international community, since they constantly talk about it. We are aware that they also have to take part in a part of it. We will step out if there is no results.

    How do you comment the attitude of SNV from Mitrovica.

    -We hope that there are some reasonable men in Mitrovica. Strange things happen in the Northern part of Mitrovica. There is an important highway, by which the goods from Serbia travel and which end at the Albanian market too; and you know that there is no flow of goods without control...We are not against their ways of struggle, but who gives them rights to influence ours. They probably see their chance in the division of Kosovo and Metohia, because that part would become part of Serbia. The idea of division and annexation of the communities in the northern part of Kosovo is two years old.

    Does Belgrade opposition support your decision to enter PAVK?

    -There are differences in opinions. I don t want to name the parties that did not agree, but the majority suggested that we should enter it.

    Is there a way to end the lack of unity of Serb leaders on Kosovo?

    -We left a vacant place in the Council for representatives from Mitrovica, and we are also ready for other compromises. We supported all their actions that we found justifiable. We will also try to make contacts with the Committee for Co-operation with UNMIK. Serbs from Kosovo and Metohia would come to an agreement much easier if they were not disturbed by anybody from outside.


    (Serbia info, 4. 4. 2000)

    April 03, 2000 - Kosovo Polje, Yugoslavia, Apr 3 (Tanjug) - A decision of Kosovo and Metohia's Serb National Council to join in the capacity of observer the Kosovo provisional executive council led by chief of the UN civilian mission (UNMIK) Bernard Kouchner is rash and not in the interests of the Serbian people, Sveto Grujic, chairman of Kosovo Polje's Serbian National Parliament, said Monday.

    Grujic told Tanjug that, "We, the Serbian National Parliament, do not recognise the decision and take the view that it will help legalise (leader of ethnic Albanian extremists) Hashim Thaqi, terrorising (practised by them) and all that has been done to Serbs and other non-Albanian ethnic communities in Kosovo and Metohia in the nine months of the deployment of Kouchner and UNMIK." UNMIK and Kouchner have not brought with them peace, order and work to Kosovo and Metohia but genocide and destruction of all that belongs to Serbs, he said adding that the U.S. administration's offer to Serbs to join Kosovo's provisional executive council was yet another trick aimed at salvaging Kouchner's and UNMIK's mission.

    Grujic said that all Serbs in Kosovo and Metohia would condemn the Serbian National Council's decision to join, even in the capacity of observer, Kouchner's council.

    He said that neither the Serb National Council for Kosovska Mitrovica where nearly 60,000 Serbs lived, nor Serbs in the Kosovo district backed the decision which they believed to be tantamount to treason.


    (Glas javnosti, 4. 4. 2000)

    Pristina (Beta)

    Hashim Tachi’s Party for Democratic Progress "although welcoming any initiative for creating success for Kosovo institutions, considers the presence of Serbs as observers was unacceptable. They should have signed the agreement first", reports Pristina’s "Zeri".

    Zeri’s cover also brought Bernard Kouchner’s reaction: "Finally, without forgetting the past, we can look into the future and establish basis for the generations to come".

    DSK Secretary, Nekiba Keljmendi’s statement has been also published in Zeri:. "Serbs do not wish complete success of UN mission in Kosovo. (*)


    (B2 - 92, 4. 4. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, Monday – Kosovska Mitrovica Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic today announced that a new Serb National Council of Kosovo would be established. Ivanovic was responding to the decision of the council yesterday to join the Kosovo Temporary Administrative Council as observers. He told media that the new Serb National Council would bar the present body from using that name.

    Meanwhile, KFOR Commander Klaus Reinhardt has greeted the Serbian decision to join in the work of Kosovo's administrative body, saying that this would ensure that the voice of the Serbian community would be heard when decisions on Kosovo's future were being made.


    (B2 - 92, 4. 4. 2000)

    Nis, Monday – The District Court in the southern Serbian city of Nis today adjourned the trial of Albanian brothers Ljuan and Bekim Mazreku. The brothers, from the Kosovo town of Malisevo, have been charged with terrorism and the torture and murder of civilians in the village of Klecka. The trial was adjourned until Thursday at the request of the defence because Ljuan Mazreku has engaged a new defence representative, Pristina lawyer Bora Nikolic.


    (B2 - 92, 4. 4. 2000)

    Sandzak, Monday – The president of the Sandzak Helsinki Committee, Sefko Alomerovic, has reiterated accusations of Albanian prison camps in Kosovo. Alomerovic, whose announcement of the camps last week has been widely denied by international organisations in Kosovo, told Belgrade daily Danas today that Helsinki Committee activists in Kosovo had discovered at least five camps. He accused international troops of being an accessory of the Albanians who were illegally holding Serb prisoners in the camps, saying that KFOR had denied the existence of the camps while refusing to investigate five addresses the committee had given them. Alomerovic added that most of the camps were in basements and garages in city areas, each holding between ten and fifty prisoners.


    (B2 - 92, 4. 4. 2000)

    Pristina, Monday – Two Danish soldiers arrested yesterday after straying across the administrative border between Kosovo and Serbia proper were released today and returned to the province, KFOR spokesman Patrick Chanlieau said today. Chanlieau told media that Serb police had arrested the two after they crossed the border in the Northwest of Kosovo and had taken them to Novi Pazar.


    (B2 - 92, 4. 4. 2000)

    Pristina, Monday – KFOR police have arrested a former Kosovo Liberation Army commander, Sukri Buja, Pristina daily, "Kosova Sot" writes today. Buja, who commanded the guerrilla organisation in the Nerodimlje zone, was arrested on Friday near the town of Gnjilane. The Kosovo Protection Corps in Urosevac today confirmed that Buja was being held in custody at the US KFOR contingent's Bondsteel base.


    (Borba daily, 4. 4. 2000)

    German lies about the ethnic cleansing of local Albanians from Serbia's Kosovo and Metohia province according to a system dubbed "horseshoe" have reached Great Britain, but they are an absolute fabrication, The Sunday Times said in an article on Sunday about these allegations.

    The story about alleged "operation horseshoe" was launched when the dissatisfaction of the public over the NATO aggression on Yugoslavia reached a critical point, especially in Germany, The Sunday Times said.

    German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer launched the fabrications, but the real author was Defence Minister Rudolph Scharping. The story somewhat pacified the public uproar, the weekly said.

    Retired German general Heinz Loquai, however, has now proven that the story had been a fabricated and deliberate lie. The principal source of the story is believed to have been a Bulgarian intelligence service report, but that was forged also in Germany, The Sunday Times said.

    Originally, the Bulgarian intelligence report spoke about plans of the Yugoslav Army and police to break up the ethnic Albanian terrorist organisation, the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), and not about alleged ethnic cleansing, the weekly said.


    (Borba daily, 4. 4. 2000)

    Two-day talks between Greek and foreign reporters on war and the media in the Kosovo experience, ended in Athens on Saturday at the Association of Reporters of Athens Dailies.

    Greek reporters were joined by reporters of The Independent, The Sunday Times, The Statesman, Times, and renowned Austrian writer Peter Handke.

    The Greek daily Eleftherotypia said in a report about the meeting that Greek media, even though some of them are accused of Serbophilia, reported mostly correctly and timely about developments in Kosovo and Metohia and the air strikes on Yugoslavia in the spring of 1999.

    Eleftherotypia devoted most of its space to a speech by The Independent's veteran reporter Robert Fisk, who spoke about the war against Yugoslavia primarily by reviewing the consequences of the air strikes and comparing them with the consequences of the recent air strikes on Iraq.

    He opened the issue of the future of Serbia's Kosovo and Metohia province following the use of bombs with depleted uranium filling. NATO official reports on the consequences of the air strikes on Yugoslavia are still lacking, he said, but pointed out that he was in possession of a confidential document that clearly states that the use of such bombs is very hazardous for the environment.

    Austrian writer Peter Handke said that NATO is a gangster organisation. In fact, it is worse than that, because it hides under a mask of morals in allegedly urging higher humanitarian objectives, Eleftherotypia quoted him as saying.


    (Borba daily, 4. 4. 2000)

    Yugoslav parliament Chamber of Republics President and head of the Yugoslav group of the Inter-parliamentary Union Srdja Bozovic, who heads the Yugoslav parliament delegation to the 3rd Inter-parliamentary Conference on Security and Co-operation in the Mediterranean underway in Marseilles, on Saturday urged participants to voice unconditional support for the due implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244.

    In a speech at the plenary session, Bozovic underscored that the conference was underway at the time of the anniversary of the onset of the NATO aggression on Yugoslavia. This was a barbaric act, unprecedented in modern European history, he said.

    Yugoslavia was the victim of a brutal experiment whose main objective was to legalise a new doctrine of interventionism, the violation of principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of states and the rights of citizens and peoples to live in a state according to their own ideas and interests, he said.

    The misfortune, which Yugoslavia suffered, could tomorrow be thrust upon some other nation or state in the Mediterranean or in some other corner of the world, he said.

    Can one speak of the Mediterranean as an oasis of peace and security when foreign military troops and the so-called civilian mission are grossly violating UN Security Council Resolution 1244 on Kosovo and Metohia in the territory of that Serbian province in the state of Yugoslavia, a member of the United Nations and the Inter-parliamentary Union, Bozovic asked.


    (Borba daily, 4. 4. 2000)

    Spokesman for the Serbian National Forum (SNF) of Kosovska Mitrovica district Nikola Kabasic said on Friday in Kosovska Mitrovica that in Kosovo-Metohia there are camps in which Albanians hold abducted Serbs.

    Kabasic said at a news conference that, according to information so far, camps run by former "KLA" members, now members of the "Kosovo Protection Corps," exist in Vucitrn (10 kilometres south of Mitrovica), in the village Strovce in Vucitrn municipality, and in the villages Glodjani and Izbica in Srbica municipality (central Kosovo).

    According to SNF information, in the region of Mitrovica, 50 Serbs have been kidnapped in the past two years, since the arrival of KFOR (June 1999) - 28, and the fate of the kidnapped is unknown.

    Kabasic said that the list of disappeared had been handed over to UN officials Jiri Dienstbier, Bernard Kouchner, Sadako Ogata, senior KFOR and UNMIK officers, and that none of them have so far shown a readiness to solve the cases.


    (Borba daily, 4. 4. 2000)

    International military forces and the UN Civilian Mission, also in the matter of return of a certain number of Yugoslav army and police members to Kosovo and Metohia, are not complying with that commitment under the Kumanovo agreement and UN SC Resolution 1244, said in Kosovska Mitrovica on Friday the president of the provincial board of the Socialist Party of Serbia for Kosovo and Metohia, Zivorad Igic.

    The fact that in the past nine months approximately 3,000 non-Albanians have been killed, kidnapped or wounded is sufficient for the UN mission to call the Yugoslav army and police to return to Kosovo-Metohia and help them establish law and order, as provided for by the Resolution, Igic assessed talking to reporters.

    "The fact that this has not been done so far by the generals Michael Jackson and Claus Reinhardt clearly indicates the real objective of the so-called peacekeeping mission and is further evidence of non-compliance with Resolution 1244," Igic said.

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