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Compilation from Belgrade daily newspapers, prepared by editorial staff of the Voice of Kosovo and Metohia
April 12, 2000
(B2 - 92, 12. 4. 2000)
Orahovac, Tuesday – A number of Serb-occupied houses were attacked in the Kosovo towns of Orahovac and Cernica last night, amateur radio operators from Kosovo reported today, quoting Serbian sources. Automatic weapons and Molotov cocktails were used in the attacks, which caused extensive property damage. No casualties were reported.
(Serbia info, 12. 4. 2000)
April 11, 2000 - Orahovac, April 11 - Ethnic Albanian terrorists keep on mistreating the Serbs from Orahovac and the surrounding villages, who face threats and physical attacks on daily basis, report today amateur radio operators.
Last night at around 10 p.m. a group of ethnic Albanian bandits opened fire at the house of a Serb Ivan Simic when all the members of his family were in it. No one was injured in the attack, but considerable material damage was caused. The windows broke into peaces, the door and the façade were damaged.
While conducting the investigation, KFOR soldiers found a threatening letter dedicated to Ivan Simic, in which ethnic Albanian terrorist demand that Simic moves out of the house at once. Many other Serbs who live in the vicinity of Simic's farm received similar threats.
(Glas Javnosti/Digest, 12.4.2000)
French troops and special units from United Arab Emirates will reinforce existing UAE troops in order to increase security of Serbs in Vucitrn municipal, announced SNF President Oliver Jovanovic, after the meeting with the commander of the north sector of KFOR.(*)
(Borba daily, 12. 4. 2000)
Ethnic Albanian extremists in Kosovo-Metohija wreaked havoc on Serb holdings in the Orahovac area in the southeast of this U.N.-administered Serbian (Yugoslav) province during the Sunday-to-Monday night.
According to local amateur radio operators' reports, extremists cut down the orchard belonging to the Velikic family, took away all gardening tools and trampled and uprooted seedlings and vegetables in the garden. They also devastated neighbouring vineyards, smashing the trellises.
Unprotected and disheartened Serb farmers have given up all hope of a crop this year, knowing from bitter experience that rampaging ethnic Albanian extremists will intensify their campaign of devastating all things Serb as the farming season advances.
(Borba daily, 12. 4. 2000)
The Serbian National Forum (SNF) Human Rights Committee in Kosovska Mitrovica protested with international organisations on Monday against ethnic Albanian extremists' printing wanted warrants for Serbs.
The SNF wrote to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the UN civilian mission (UNMIK) and the international force (KFor) in the U.N.-administered Serbian (Yugoslav) province of Kosovo-Metohija.
The letters said warrants had been issued for some forty Serbs living in the south, ethnic Albanian-held part of divided Kosovska Mitrovica.
The warrants, with photographs and personal data about prominent Serbs, including SNF President Oliver Ivanovic, as well as common citizen, branding them "murderers and criminals," have been posted in the south part of the ethnically split city.
The SNF Committee for the Kosovsko-Mitrovacki District said this kind of unprecedented primitive and uncivilised behaviour must not be ignored by anybody, including competent political factors and, most certainly, judicial bodies.
The Committee demanded of the UNMIK police and justice department to take strict measures against persons responsible for the posting of the warrants.
(Tanjug, 12. 4. 2000)
Kosovska Mitrovica - International envoys in the U.N.-ruled Serbian (Yugoslav) province of Kosovo- Metohija on Tuesday unanimously condemned ethnic Albanian media for publishing anti-Serb warrants for alleged crimes.
Officials of the U.N. mission (UNMIK) police, the international force (KFor) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were especially critical of the Republican Party of Albanians.
At a news conference in the UNMIK building in the south part of ethnically divided Kosovska Mitrovica, international officials branded impermissible and undemocratic the posting of the warrants in public places in that ethnic Albanian-held part of the city.
There are problems with this party, which has already been making unsubstantiated charges against people for alleged war crimes while no court indictments had been brought in against them, according to KFor spokesman Colonel Patrick Chanliau.
Col. Chanliau said KFor had demanded that the Republican Party of Albanians remove all photographs and warrants for Serbs posted in the party's headquarters in the north, Serb-populated part of the city.
(B2 - 92, 12. 4. 2000)
Pristina, Tuesday – Kosovo Serb leader Rada Trajkovic today attended a meeting of the Kosovo Temporary Administrative Council as an observer, UN press officers report. This was the first meeting of the temporary administration in which Serbs have taken part, despite repeated appeals from the international administration. The subject of today's Council meeting was security in the province.
(Beta, 12. 4. 2000)
The representative of the Serb People's Council of Kosovo and Metohija, Rada Trajkovic, attended the April 11 session of the Temporary Administrative Council of Kosovo (TACK) as an observer, the first Serb representative to attend a meeting of that body since it was formed.
The session of Kosovo's joint administrative body was chaired by UNMIK chief Bernard Kouchner. TACK co-chairmen Hashim Thaqi and Ibrahim Rugova also attended the session devoted to a debate on the return of Serb refugees to Kosovo, security issues in the province, draft regulations for registering public media, and the forming of an agriculture department.
"This is the first sign of good will from the Serb community, (our) arms open to the international community in an attempt to resolve the issues of the Serb community. We expect that security conditions will be created for the Serbs to survive in Kosovo, and for the return of all who were expelled from Kosovo and Metohija," Rada Trajkovic told reporters after the two-hour TACK meeting.
In his statement to reporters in front of UNMIK headquarters in Pristina, where the session was held, the chairman of the Party for Democratic Progress of Kosovo, Hashim Thaqi, welcomed the Serb community representative's presence in TACK.
(Blic daily, 12. 4. 2000)
Pristina - "My first presence at the session of PAVK as an observer was a very difficult act" Rada Trajkovic said for "Blic" daily. However, she confirmed again the necessity that Serb representatives should be present in mutual bodies of Kosovo and Metohija in view of implementation of UN Resolution 1244 and return of Kosovo Serbs. After the session UNMIK Chief Bernard Kouchner said it looked like a "regular political discussion", Reuters reported. UNMIK representatives supported presence of Rada Trajkovic. She came to the meeting in an armored vehicle and with armed police escort. "I feel very comfortable. This is my city and my country. I expect to come to these meetings without armed escort very soon. This is my small wish and serious task for the international community", Trajkovic said.
Hashim Thaqi`s comment was short: "The presence of Serb observer was positive".
(Glas Javnosti, 12.4.2000)
Vuko Antonijevic, the president of the Serb National Council (SNV) of Kosovska Mitrovica submits a resignation from the post of vice-president of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija. Antonijevic disclosed his decision during the meeting of regional SNV in Leposavic. Members of the Serbian National Council (SNV) from the north of the province challenged the legitimacy of Gracanica SNV. (*)
(Blic daily, 12. 4. 2000)
Luxembourg - EU ministers supported decision of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija to send observers in the Provisional Administrative Council of Kosovo /PAVK/. The ministers also expressed their hope that such decision was only the first step towards complete participation of Serb representatives in the work of this body.
(Borba daily/Digest, 12. 4. 2000)
Kosovo-Metohija's secession from Serbia and Yugoslavia would pose a threat to Macedonia and, due to Greece's opposition to the Albanian aspirations, lead to a NATO vs. NATO confrontation, according to a Russian diplomat, Vladimir Lukin,
In a text in a Belarus magazine entitled "NATO vs. NATO", Lukin analyses NATO's aggression on Yugoslavia last spring, the United Nations' abortive mission to the Serbian Kosovo-Metohija province and the west's interference in the Balkans, which he believes, might touch off fresh conflicts in the region.
According to Lukin, there is a specific plan for detaching Kosovo-Metohija from Yugoslavia and its rapprochement as an independent region to Albania with a view to uniting with it into one big state.
The redrawing of the borders would then continue with Macedonia, in whose western areas the population is 40 percent ethnic Albanian, in which case Greece would support east Macedonia, he maintains. In that case NATO would be waging war on NATO, while other regional conflicts would be exacerbated. Warning that the situation in Kosovo-Metohija is extremely bad, he says there is not much reason for the Russian battalion to stay there.
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