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

April 7, 2000

  • Kosovo Albanian Terrorists Brutally Murder Ethnic Czech Aged 87
  • Kosovo Albanians Gravely Wound two Serbs in Cernica Village
  • Two Serbs Gravely Wounded
  • An Old Man Killed in Pristina
  • An Albanian Killed in Tampon Zone
  • Gracanica: KFOR Soldiers Shot at Serb
  • Fr Sava after Serbs' Protest in Gracanica: Prevent Enemy's Rejoicing
  • Rada Trajkovic: In interest of Serbs
  • 2 German and 1 Jordan UNIP officers Released
  • Training of "Democracy" in American Style: With Wolf Dogs at Serbs
  • After Clash with KFOR Situation in Strpce Still Tense: Yankees Setting up Conditions
  • UNMIK Press Conference in Mitrovica: It is Hard to Provide Return of Serbs
  • House of Zivorad Igic set on Fire
  • Veton Suroi Publisher of "Koha ditore" daily: We have Right to Independence
  • Kosovo on way to independence: Surroi
  • War in Kosovo Broke my Heart: German President
  • Security Council Mission to Visit Kosovo-Metohia on April 28-29
  • Annan, D'Alemma: Peace in Kosovo condition for stable Balkans
  • Kitanovski said KLA Terrorists Kidnapped Macedonian Border Guards
  • Macedonia Protests with KFOR over Border Guards' Abduction
  • KOSOVO ALBANIAN TERRORISTS BRUTALLY MURDER ETHNIC CZECH AGED 87

    (Borba daily, 7. 4. 2000)

    Ethnic Albanian terrorists brutally murdered Metodije Haljauska, 87, an ethnic Czech, in Pristina's Grmija Park on Sunday, April 3, the Centre for Peace and Tolerance said on Thursday.

    The terrorists abused Haljauska in his apartment downtown Pristina before they shot him in the back of the head in the park.

    The centre said the only possible reason for this murder could be that Haljauska was not an ethnic Albanian. All non-Albanians in Serbia's Kosovo and Metohia province are now intimidated by ethnic Albanians, the centre said. They receive disturbing and threatening phone calls and are exposed to constant pressure.

    The centre reiterated in its statement that there are no classes in Serbian in Pristina, no Serb restaurants or cafes, that Serbs cannot move freely, even to go to church or the cemetery.

    KOSOVO ALBANIANS GRAVELY WOUND TWO SERBS IN CERNICA VILLAGE

    (Borba daily, 7. 4. 2000)

    Two Serbs were seriously wounded in Cernica village near Gnjilane late Wednesday, when three missiles from the ethnic Albanian part of the village fell in a field where a group of Serbs were playing soccer near their houses in the Serb part of the village, amateur radio operators said.

    The three missiles were fired from grenade launchers from an ethnic Albanian house in the ethnic Albanian part of the village. Two missiles exploded, and the third did not because it struck some loose earth.

    Zivko Nisic received head wounds and Dobrivoje Trifunovic was wounded in the leg. The other Serbs suffered only minor injuries, the report said.

    TWO SERBS GRAVELY WOUNDED

    (Serbia info, 7. 4. 2000)

    April 06, 2000 - Gnjilane, April 5th (Tanjug) - Tonight, two Serbs were seriously wounded in Cernica village near Gnjilane, when a group of Serbs who were playing soccer on an improvised field near their houses in the Serb part of the village, was attacked with a hand-grenade launcher.

    The three missiles were fired from grenade launchers from an ethnic Albanian house in the ethnic Albanian part of the village. Two missiles exploded, and the third did not because it struck some loose earth.

    Zivko Nisic received head wounds from the explosion, and Dobrivoje Trifunovic was wounded in the leg. The other Serbs luckily, suffered only minor injuries.

    Today in Cernica, after the arrest of the Serb Stanimir Vasic, unsatisfied Serbs demonstrated asking for KFOR to release innocent Vasic, who was arrested because he was protecting his house from the Albanian children, who have been throwing stones on his and other Serb houses for several months now.

    AN OLD MAN KILLED IN PRISTINA

    (Blic daily, 7. 4. 2000)

    Pristina - On Wednesday afternoon dead body of Milisav Halauske /86/ was found in Grmija. He was killed in his flat downtown Pristina on Sunday evening. He was taken wrapped in a blanket and left by the road.

    In regard to the incident in Sevce, Yugoslav committee for co-operation with UN mission yesterday sent a note of protest to General Reinhardt signed by Randjel Nojkic and Aleksandar Vidojevic advisor to Bishop Artemy.

    After meeting with Serbs, Nojkic had several meetings with UNMIK representatives requesting from them that KFOR soldiers do not use force and do not believe Albanian provocation.

    AN ALBANIAN KILLED IN TAMPON ZONE

    (Blic daily, 7. 4. 2000)

    Pristina - One Albanian was killed in the area of the village of Dobrosin in the tampon zone on the administrative border between Serbia and Kosovo, KFOR reported in Pristina yesterday.

    Three Albanians brought the dead body to the American observation point at the border.

    GRACANICA: KFOR SOLDIERS SHOT AT SERB

    (Glas javnosti, 7. 4. 2000)

    Pristina - KFOR soldiers have shot at Momcilo Sekulic (56), who was in his house yard, on Thursday evening, in Gracanica. The incident instantly provoked sharp protests of the Serbs.

    Sekulic has been shot at the right lower-leg, but the bullet smashed the blood vessels in his leg. Consequently, the doctors are still fighting for his life at the improvised Gracanica hospital. (*)

    FR SAVA AFTER SERBS' PROTEST IN GRACANICA: PREVENT ENEMY'S REJOICING

    (Glas javnosti, 7. 4. 2000)

    Belgrade, Gracanica - "It is the right of our people to visit this monastery and express disagreeing with our Bishop and his associates. However, we emphasise, it can be done in a civilised, peaceful manner without swear words and threats to set the monastery on fire. It undermines the respectability of the Serbian nation of this village, whose pride presents this very Monastery", explains Fr Sava the events taking place in Gracanica during the protests against Serbs entering the KIAC.

    "We received the protest letter handed out to us by Ljubinko Stevic, but unfortunately we cannot reply since no one signed the text. Unfortunately, the arguments stated therein, cannot be taken as formed on good grounds, since they accuse the SNC of treason.

    The decision we reached was not an easy one, not in the least, and I have to call attention to the fact that we entered it only partly, in the capacity of observers in order, not to allow any Council's decision being reached without Serbs' consent, or without possibility for the Serbs to express their protests and suggestions publicly.

    In order that our members, or any decent Serb may sit in as equal as any other IC member, the UNMIK and KFOR should provide conditions for the exiled Serbs to come back to Kosovo and create security condition for them to stay, as well. These are the same demands that were stated in the unsigned letter of protest.

    We have always emphasised the truth about the suffering and hardships of our people to the international community. The truth about the number of the murdered and the kidnapped Serbs, demanding that the UN Resolution be applied. Never did we took upon ourselves the role of being the sole representatives of the Serbs and whatever we did, we did openly and sincerely with a wish to help those who suffer.

    Therefore, in the name of God, Sense and the Unity of our nation, do not allow our enemies to rejoice and triumph, while looking at the Serbs who threaten to set Gracanica monastery on fire, or to force their Bishop into exile, who has been persistent in surviving on the Cross of the joint suffering, together with his monks and his nation for months", emphasised Fr Sava.

    "We are open for any constructive criticism that may improve our position. If the majority of our people really consider that the Church and SNC cannot work in the Serbs' interests, we shall withdraw from the political life and let others to represent Serbs. But, in that case we shall not take the responsibility for everything that happens to our people in this immensely hard period of temptations and hardships. We appeal to our people not to be mislead by any set-up provocation of some individuals, but to conduct with dignity, sensibly and responsibly", concluded Fr Sava.(*)

    RADA TRAJKOVIC: IN INTEREST OF SERBS

    (Blic daily, 7. 4. 2000)

    Belgrade - Rada Trajkovic future observer in the Provisional Administrative Council of Kosovo said that she accepted to join this body in the said capacity because such decision was in the interest of the Serbs. "I do believe I am truly representing the interests of my people in Kosovo and the interests of my country", Trajkovic said.

    2 GERMAN AND 1 JORDAN UNIP OFFICERS RELEASED

    (Glas javnosti, 7. 4. 2000)

    Pristina - Serbian authorities released three members of UN international police officers who strayed into Serbia, on the administrative line near Gnjilane, confirmed UNMIK.

    The officers in question are two German and one Jordan UNIP members. They were returned to Kosovo fully equipped and they fell well. (*)

    TRAINING OF "DEMOCRACY" IN AMERICAN STYLE: WITH WOLF DOGS AT SERBS

    (Glas javnosti, 7. 4. 2000)

    Belgrade - Americans have "invented" a new weapon for fighting few remaining Serbs in Kosovo - to use trained wolf dogs. They applied this method for the first time in Vitina, ten days ago, only to repeat it in Strpce on April 4th.

    On the following day, they used wolf dogs again in Gracanica, in order to set apart the people who gathered to protest against a decision of Serbs entering the KIAC.

    This way of training "democracy" in American fashion, almost resembling the fascists' methods, displaying arrogance and brutality, met sharp protests of Kosovo Serbs. Now they are afraid of possibility of new methods being applied.

    However, they are determined to defend themselves. They have no other choice. Their spontaneous reaction in Jazince incident, has been approved of and welcomed by Serbs in all other Serbian enclaves.

    This time, the Serbs have learnt and accepted something from Americans. By acting heroes against the barehanded Serbs , the Yankees provoked the only reaction from the Serbs - they used the Sharplanina dogs, which scared away the trained American dogs.

    The Serbs from other enclaves are now expecting the similar thing, considering their 10-month-experience with KFOR. They started seeing things in "American way", and recalling the old Serbian saying- "one nail drives out another". (*)

    AFTER CLASH WITH KFOR SITUATION IN STRPCE STILL TENSE: YANKEES SETTING UP CONDITIONS

    (Glas javnosti, 7. 4. 2000)

    Belgrade - American General Sanchez has decided to stop, for the time being, delivery of humanitarian help and trafficking of Serb convoys, heading from Strpce to Serbia and Macedonia.

    At the same time, he brought re-enforcement to this area. This decision will be valid until Strpce representatives went to Bondsteel base in Urosevac to talk with General Sanchez.

    However, "Glas" sources claim the Serbs are decisive in decision not to go to Bondsteel base. They thought it appropriate that Sanchez should come to them, since they did not provoke the incident that happened three days ago.

    The situation is very tense, for citizens of Strpce municipality are afraid of what is the next thing the Americans might do in order to intimidate them.

    However, they are ready to defend themselves, even barehanded, since they managed to survive in the region surrounded by Shara Mt. heights even throughout the 500 years of Turkish occupation. Therefore, the life in a kind of isolation presents, something they are used to.(*)

    UNMIK PRESS CONFERENCE IN MITROVICA: IT IS HARD TO PROVIDE RETURN OF SERBS

    (Politika daily, 7. 4. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, April 6th (Tanjug) -UNIP representatives have stated that 200 Albanians did return to the Trust Zone enclosing the three skyscrapers in northern Kosovska Mitrovica, but not a single Serb returned to the southern part.

    "We tend to return, or at least to register the Serbs for the return into 2 "Jugobanka" buildings, where a safety zone was established", said UNIP spokesman Ivan d'Sen Fois.

    He also said 544 UNIP officers and 35 of the so-called Kosovo police officers guard the town; they also have at their disposal 132 interpreters. However, Sen Fois was precise and said the so-called Kosovo police officers are Albanians, placed exclusively in the southern part of the town.

    OSCE spokesman Hans Christian Klasing said "all people who live in Kosovo should participate in the census, in order to obtain regular documents".

    When asked if the census would comprise 200.000 Albanians who came from other states, while 300.000 non-Albanians are in exile, with Serbs and Montenegrins from Kosovo, who announced they would boycott the census, Klasing said "the census criteria comprise even the people who are not present in the Province".

    After the press conference, KFOR, UNMIK and UNIP escorted the Serbian journalists across the bridge, thus demonstrating the Trust Zone. (*)

    HOUSE OF ZIVORAD IGIC SET ON FIRE

    (Glas javnosti, 7. 4. 2000)

    Obilic (Tanjug) - Albanian terrorists have set on fire on Thursday night the house of Zivorad Igic, the president of Kosovo SPS county board.

    Igic's house has already been plundered and it was set on fire. (*)

    VETON SUROI PUBLISHER OF "KOHA DITORE" DAILY: WE HAVE RIGHT TO INDEPENDENCE

    (Blic daily, 7. 4. 2000)

    Prague - "Nothing can stop Kosovo on its way towards independence. Collective guilt presently imposed on all Kosovo Serbs cannot last for long. However, the Serbs are now paying the price for their long identification with Slobodan Milosevic. Reconciliation is necessary. The idea of multiethnic Kosovo should be given up in favour of the tolerance", Veton Suroi publisher of "Koha ditore" daily of Pristina said in his interview with "Mlada fronta dnes" of Prague. He denied that Mafia was ruling Kosovo.

    KOSOVO ON WAY TO INDEPENDENCE: SURROI

    (B2 - 92, 7. 4. 2000)

    Pristina, Thursday

    The publisher of Pristina daily Koha ditore, Veton Surroi, said today that Kosovo was unstoppable on its way towards independence, adding that the current pinning of collective guilt on Kosovo Serbs would not last long. Surroi told Czech daily Mlada fronta Dnes that it was necessary to establish the rule of law and relinquish a multiethnic Kosovo in favour of tolerance, adding that Serbs were paying for their long period of identification with Slobodan Milosevic.

    WAR IN KOSOVO BROKE MY HEART: GERMAN PRESIDENT

    (B2 - 92, 7. 4. 2000)

    Thessaloniki, Thursday -- German President Johannes Rau said today that his heart had been broken over the war in Kosovo from the time it began. "I myself did not know whether or not I agreed with the war, which was not caused by the US but decided on by the government of the NATO countries," said Rau in Thessaloniki today. The German president added that he could not answer the difficult question of whether sanctions against Yugoslavia should be abolished.

    SECURITY COUNCIL MISSION TO VISIT KOSOVO-METOHIA ON APRIL 28-29

    (Borba daily, 7. 4. 2000)

    The UN Security Council delegation which will visit Serbia's Kosovo and Metohia province on April 28-29 will have the task to see the situation in the field and determine the reasons for the non-implementation and violations of Resolution 1244 on Kosovo and Metohia, Russian Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department Director Alexander Yakovenko said in Moscow on Thursday.

    The task of the mission is to determine ways for strengthening support to the realisation of this resolution, and the results of the visit will be considered at a Security Council session, he said.

    The delegation will be headed by Bangladeshi Ambassador to the UN Anwarul Chowdhury and will include representatives of Russia, China, Ukraine, France and some other countries, Yakovenko said.

    The Yugoslav authorities will be informed about the decision to send the mission to Kosovo and Metohia.

    The Russian diplomat said the decision was a result of intensive negotiations and serious mistakes in the timely and complete execution of Resolution 1244, which Russia had systematically indicated at council sessions and at other international forums.

    Moreover, Russia regularly points out gross violations of the most important articles of this resolution, primarily the principle of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Yugoslavia, he said.

    On more than one occasion, the work of the UN secretary-general's special representative, Kosovo civilian mission head Bernard Kouchner was severely criticised, as well as the international force KFOR leadership, Yakovenko said.

    Unfortunately, the situation is not improving, he said. This is why the Security Council has decided to send its mission to visit Kosovo and Metohia.

    ANNAN, D'ALEMMA: PEACE IN KOSOVO CONDITION FOR STABLE BALKANS

    (Borba daily, 7. 4. 2000)

    United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan and Italian Prime Minister Massimo d'Alemma said in Rome on Wednesday that it was necessary to achieve maximum co-ordination in order to secure peace in Serbia's Kosovo and Metohia province, and a coexistence of the different nations in the Balkans.

    Annan and d"Alemma addressed a press conference after talks which were mostly devoted to poverty and wars in the world.

    Annan is in Rome in an effort to bring closer to the US stand Italy's demand for a reconstruction of the United Nations and Security Council, as it is completely opposite to the option which is being strongly advocated by the United States in its wish to preserve its dominant role in the world organisation.

    KITANOVSKI SAID KLA TERRORISTS KIDNAPPED MACEDONIAN BORDER GUARDS

    (Borba daily, 7. 4. 2000)

    Former Macedonian Defence Minister Lazar Kitanovski said on Wednesday in Macedonian parliament that four Macedonian border guards were attacked, disarmed and kidnapped by members of the terrorist KLA.

    There were over 30 masked attackers. They had KLA insignia, Kitanovski said, who is now a deputy in the parliament of the opposition Social Democratic alliance.

    The incident, he said, took place on April 2. The border guards were then taken to Kosovo-Metohia, 20 km from the spot where they were kidnapped, and they spent there 24 hours until an agreement was reached between the so-called KLA and the Macedonian authorities for releasing from Skopje investigative prison of Javid Hassani, accused of shooting at Macedonian policemen two years ago.

    When representatives of the so-called KLA paid a 200,000 DEM bail, Hassani was released from prison, and the Macedonian border guards were returned to the country, said Kitanovski, who called everything "an unprecedented scandal for what the state leadership should be called to account."

    Defence Minister Jevdet Nasufi, who attended the parliament session, admitted that Hassani has been released from prison, but that it "coincided by accident with the release of the Macedonian border guards."

    Macedonian Defence Minister Nikola Kljusev said on Wednesday that the exchange of border guards for Hassani does not mean anything, and that the most important thing was that the "troops have returned alive and well."

    MACEDONIA PROTESTS WITH KFOR OVER BORDER GUARDS' ABDUCTION

    (Borba daily, 7. 4. 2000)

    Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski met at his own request in Skopje on Wednesday with KFOR commander in Kosovo-Metohia Gen. Klaus Reinhardt to voice deep concern over the April 2 abduction of four Macedonian border guards.

    A statement from the presidential cabinet quotes Trajkovski as describing the incident as very serious, and demanding of Reinhardt that KFOR do its job and secure the Macedonian-Yugoslav border from the side of that UN-ruled Serbian (Yugoslav) province.

    The border must be secured according to international norms, Trajkovski said, stressing that KFOR, which has assumed the obligation to guard the border on the Kosovo-Metohia side, should co-operate with the Macedonian army.

    In this way alone is it possible to prevent incidents like the abduction of Macedonian soldiers and illegal crossings of the border, he stressed.

    He addressed a similar message to the NATO command in Brussels and to the ambassadors of Great Britain and Germany in Skopje, the statement said.

    According to the Macedonian defence ministry's official version of the incident, the four border guards were abducted by "persons unknown" from the Ravna border post in the country's north and taken to Kosovo-Metohia. They were released after some hours.

    According to claims in Skopje, however, the border guards were abducted by the ethnic Albanian terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and exchanged for KLA member Xhevad Hasani who was in investigative detention in Skopje.

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