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

April 15, 2000

  • KFOR troops refuse to arrest ethnic Albanian suspected of murder
  • KFOR refused to arrest Albanian assassin
  • KFOR arrested ten Albanians
  • Explosion in southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica
  • Ammunition haul in Kosovska Mitrovica
  • Serbs held in custody in Kosovska Mitrovica still on hunger strike
  • Albanian journalists spread hatred, OEBS and UNMIK are quiet
  • Kosovska Mitrovica Serb official - ethnic Albanian reporters sow hatred
  • Kosovo-Metohija needs strict application of UN resolution - SPS
  • In reaction to NATO indications, Denis McNamara said: No conditions for return of 25,000 of expelled Serbs
  • Kouchner: refugees should return, but not too fast
  • Census in collision with UN Resolution 1244
  • Dan Everts: Nobody sholud be afraid of census
  • Radmila Trajkovic: International community promissed rebuilding of Serb homes
  • Studies for returning of 20.000 Serbs
  • Bishop Artemije will visit Moscow
  • Macedonian, Russian officials uphold UN Kosovo-Metohija resolution
  • Monitor: Albanian bridge for breakthrough of Islam
  • Britain repairs Istok prison
  • Norway returns 5.000 Albanian refugees
  • NATO seeks 3.500 troops more
  • KFOR TROOPS REFUSE TO ARREST ETHNIC ALBANIAN SUSPECTED OF MURDER

    (Borba daily, 15. 4. 2000)

    A patrol of the UN peacekeeping force KFOR has refused to arrest a 20-year-old ethnic Albanian suspected of having murdered a Serb teacher in the village of Binac at Kosovska Vitina, Kosovo and Metohija, on October 22, 1999, local radio enthusiasts said Friday.

    The suspect was recognised by the victim's family in the vicinity of the local Serbian Orthodox church in Kosovska Vitina. The family contacted the nearest KFOR patrol on Thursday asking that the ethnic Albanian be arrested.

    The patrol refused to do so claiming that it had not authority to do it and that this was the job of the UN civilian mission (UNMIK) police.

    UNMIK police arrived an hour later, however, during which time an ethnic Albanian interpreter had enough time to warn the suspect who escaped.

    KFOR has arrested Serbs even in the absence of UNMIK police and on the strength of false information submitted against them by ethnic Albanians or without any evidence at all.

    KFOR REFUSED TO ARREST ALBANIAN ASSASSIN

    (Serbia info, 15. 4. 2000)

    April 14, 2000 - Kosovska Vitina, April 14th, - KFOR patrol refused to arrest 20-year-old Albanian, who, on October 22nd last year, killed teacher Milivoje Ilic from Binca near Kosovska Vitina with a gun shot, radio amateurs reported today.

    This young Albanian was identified by late Ilic`s family near Serbian Orthodox Church St. Petka in Vitina. The family appealed to the nearest KFOR patrol demanding that this Albanian be arrested. The patrol refused to do so, explaining that they were not authorized for such actions and that it was UNMIK police's responsibility.

    UNMIK police arrived only after one hour, as the amateur radio report says, but in the meantime Albanian interpreter warned his suspected compatriot and he managed to run away.

    KFOR has arrested Serbs so far even without the International Police's presence, without evidence and according to false charges on the Albanian side.

    Ilic was wounded on October 22nd last year, radio amateurs remind, when a group of Albanians ran into his front yard, allegedly looking for their tractor. When Ilic said that there was no tractor around, the young Albanian shot him in cold blood, after which the terrorists escaped from the crime scene by car. Milivoje Ilic died from his wounds a month later.

    KFOR ARRESTED TEN ALBANIANS

    (Blic daily, 15. 4. 2000)

    Pristina - Yesterday KFOR arrested ten Albanians in the territory of Kosovo. In houses in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, larger quantity of weapons was confiscated. Five Albanians were arrested for illegal possession of weapons and delivered to UNMIK Police, KFOR spokesman reported.

    One Albanian suspected of murder was arrested the day before in Prizren. He has been also delivered to UNMIK Police. In Klina one Albanian was arrested for illegal possession of weapons.

    In the west of Kosovo Spanish Military Police arrested three Albanians after they had attacked one Serb woman in her house. The attacked woman was pregnant, KFOR spokesman said without giving any other details.

    Radio amateurs reported that KFOR patrols in Vitina refused to arrest murderer of teacher Milivoj Ilic. His relatives recognized as murderer one 22 years old Albanian who with another four attackers killed Ilic in November last year. The relatives requested from KFOR to arrest the Albanian but KFOR refused claiming it to be in the competence of UN Police. In the meantime, while the Police was expected to come, Albanian interpreter informed suspected Albanian who ran away from Vitina by car.

    EXPLOSION IN SOUTHERN PART OF KOSOVSKA MITROVICA

    (Politika daily/Digest, 15. 4. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, April 14, (Tanjug) - According to unconfirmed information, an explosion took place in southern, Albanian, part of Kosovska Mitrovica 15 minutes after midnight. There were three victims of the accident. (*)

    AMMUNITION HAUL IN KOSOVSKA MITROVICA

    (B2 - 92, 15. 4. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, Friday - A large quantity of ammunition was confiscated during a house search in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica yesterday, KFOR told media today. During the past 24 hours, KFOR also reported the arrest of six Kosovo Albanians for carrying illegal weapons.

    SERBS HELD IN CUSTODY IN KOSOVSKA MITROVICA STILL ON HUNGER STRIKE

    (Borba daily, 15. 4. 2000)

    Serbs held in custody in the ethnic Albanian-run prison in Kosovska Mitrovica, in the north of Kosovo and Metohija, are still on hunger strike because of a decision to allow an ethnic Albanian to be out on pretrial release, according to a local Serb official.

    Oliver Ivanovic, head of the Serb National Forum's executive board, told reporters on Thursday that he had not been allowed to visit the prison. Ivanovic said that Serbs did not have confidence in the local court made up exclusively of ethnic Albanian personnel.

    He said that 42 Serbs were currently held in custody over small offences, saying that they had been in prison between five and 10 months, while ethnic Albanians suspected of serious crimes were released after spending a month in prison.

    The local ethnic Albanian judiciary allows Serbs to be out on pretrial release only if they pay it up to 10,000 German marks.

    ALBANIAN JOURNALISTS SPREAD HATRED, OEBS AND UNMIK ARE QUIET

    (Serbia info, 15. 4. 2000)

    April 14, 2000 - Kosovska Mitrovica, April 13th - Oliver Ivanovic supported today's reaction of Serbian journalists - correspondents of domestic and foreign news redactions. They demonstratively left regular KFOR and UNMIK press conference in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, due to the accusations made by Albanian journalist, Fadilj Bistari. He said that "Every other Serb in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, should be arrested on the account of criminal activity".

    "Behaviour of Albanian journalists, especially lately, is the best example of the intention of responsible people in Albanian population, and their attitude towards Serbs in this region", Ivanovic emphasized at the press conference.

    Ivanovic said that these were the same journalists who issued an APB in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, with the names of 42 respectable Serbs, who spread the news about paramilitary units and about the alleged abuse of Albanians in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica.

    With such information, Albanian journalists spread hatred, emphasized Ivanovic, and international organizations - OSCE and UNMIK do nothing to prevent them from doing that.

    Ivanovic judged that writings of Albanian press were biased and politically motivated in order to create multiethnic hatred between Serbs and Albanians, who can live one next to the other, in Kosovska Mitrovica, according to his judgment.

    KOSOVSKA MITROVICA SERB OFFICIAL - ETHNIC ALBANIAN REPORTERS SOW HATRED

    (Borba daily, 15. 4. 2000)

    Head of Kosovska Mitrovica's Serb National Forum's executive board Oliver Ivanovic has backed Serb reporters who walked out of a regular news conference staged by world organisations on Thursday after an ethnic Albanian reporter had alleged that every other Serb in the town's northern, Serb-populated section should be arrested for criminal activities.

    Ivanovic told a news conference held in the town's southern, ethnic Albanian-populated section that, "The ethnic Albanian reporters' behaviour, especially lately, reflects in the best way possible the ethnic Albanian leaders' intention and attitude to the Serbs in the region."

    Ivanovic said that these same reporters had issued a warrant for the arrest of 42 renowned Serbs in Kosovska Mitrovica's southern section and launched fabrications about Serb paramilitary units and the harassment of ethnic Albanians in the town's northern section.

    Ethnic Albanian reporters spread hatred through these fabrications, Ivanovic said adding that the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the UN civilian mission to the Yugoslav republic of Serbia's southern province (UNMIK) were doing nothing to prevent them from acting in this way.

    KOSOVO-METOHIJA NEEDS STRICT APPLICATION OF UN RESOLUTION - SPS

    (Borba daily, 15. 4. 2000)

    What the U.N.-ruled Serbian (Yugoslav) province of Kosovo-Metohija needs is a strict application of UN Resolution 1244, according to a Serbian Socialist Party (SPS) official in Belgrade on Thursday.

    Nikola Sainovic of the SPS Main Board Executive Board stressed that Yugoslavia wishes to cooperate and have normal contacts with the United Nations.

    There is no security for all in Kosovo-Metohija, there is no freedom of movement and no repatriation of displaced Serbs, Sainovic told a regular news briefing.

    "Conditions do not exist for an election to be held in Kosovo-Metohija at this time", he said.

    He added it will be impossible to say that anything is good in Kosovo-Metohija as long as people do not have the fundamental freedom to live and the security that their homes will not be burned or dogs set on them.

    He went on to say that those who do not or will not see this, or who deliberately suppress these facts, are "acting blind" to glaringly obvious facts which are claiming lives every day.

    He said that UN mission (UNMIK) chief Bernard Kouchner is preparing elections in Kosovo-Metohija for bodies that are not clearly defined.

    "The way he is doing it, they will serve the purpose only of ethnic Albanian domination and further organised expulsions of Serbs", Sainovic said.

    Speaking about the opposition's rally planned for Friday in Belgrade, he said the protest has been called by NATO's servants.

    He appealed to the patriotic and civic responsibility of those who take part in the protest, and said that the organisers will bear the responsibility for the consequences.

    IN REACTION TO NATO INDICATIONS, DENIS MCNAMARA SAID: NO CONDITIONS FOR RETURN OF 25,000 OF EXPELLED SERBS

    (Blic daily, 15. 4. 2000)

    Pristina - UNHCR special representative for the Balkans Denis McNamara said that for the time being this organization was unable to start official action for return of the Serbs expelled from Kosovo.

    In reaction to indications from NATO headquarters in Brussels that "soon conditions for return of 25,000 Kosovo Serbs will be provided", McNamara said there were no "data that could sustain such claim".

    KOUCHNER: REFUGEES SHOULD RETURN, BUT NOT TOO FAST

    (B2 - 92, 15. 4. 2000)

    Pristina, Friday - The head of the UN mission in Kosovo, Dr. Bernard Kouchner, yesterday appealed for an orderly and voluntary return of the tens of thousands of Kosovo refugees around the world.

    In an open letter, he said the host countries should allow refugees to return at a pace that would allow refugee and humanitarian agencies to provide the necessary support.

    Kouchner appealed to host governments to "abide by the spirit as well as the letter" of the understanding they had entered into with the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo last year, which called for an orderly return of refugees once the winter was over. "We already have problems with too many arriving simultaneously and with lack of regard for the dangers to ethnic minorities," he said. Dr. Kouchner also urged host authorities to "minimize" forced returns, especially of those who are socially or ethnically vulnerable and those with a history of violence.

    Kouchner said an influx of refugees would endanger the fragile institutions set up to provide social welfare and would "tarnish" the efforts to restore stability and law and order in Kosovo. He warned that it was crucial to put things right quickly, "otherwise the tens of thousands of returnees expected this year will swamp the capacity to absorb them," he said.

    Communities have already been greatly stretched by the large influx of people without homes and jobs who came back voluntarily from the camps last summer. Nearly 90 per cent of the more than 850,000 Kosovo refugees who fled the province after fighting started in March returned by August last year, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

    CENSUS IN COLLISION WITH UN RESOLUTION 1244

    (Politika daily/Digest, 15. 4. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, April 14. - OSCE regional election representative, Froede Stronen, said for "Politika" that census in Kosovo and emission of IDís, passports and other documents signed by OSCE were in collision with UN Resolution 1244, but he added that these measures were necessary to enable citizens of Kosovo to travel. (*)

    DAN EVERTS: NOBODY SHOLUD BE AFRAID OF CENSUS

    (Glas javnosti/Digest, 15. 4. 2000)

    Pristina (Beta) - The Chief of the OSCE Kosovo mission, Dan Everts, said for Kosovo Albanian daily "Koha Ditore" that nobody sholud be afraid of census, neither Serbs nor Albanians. Everts emphasized that census will be carried according to international standards with strict control of all documents. The President of the Serb National Forum, bishop Artemije, announced that Serbs would not participate in the census and elections before clear measure of international community toward returning of expelled Serbs. OSCE still tries to convince Kosovo Serbs to accept participation in the census.(*)

    RADMILA TRAJKOVIC: INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY PROMISSED REBUILDING OF SERB HOMES

    (Glas javnosti/Digest, 15. 4. 2000)

    Belgrade, Gracanica - The representatives of international community promissed rebuilding and adaptation of Serb homes in Kosovo and Metohija, says Radmila Trajkovic, after the meeting of Temporary Administrative Council (PAVK). "I pointed out that there was no minimum condition for fair and democratic elections", while the 2/3 of Serb Kosovo population was expelled and there were no conditions for their returning, as well as security for the rest of Serbs in Kosovo, dr Trajkovic added. (*)

    STUDIES FOR RETURNING OF 20.000 SERBS

    (Danas/Digest, 15. 4. 2000)

    The leaders of Serb National Forum (SNF) of Kosovska Mitrovica, Oliver Ivanovic, Vuko Antonijevic i Marko Jaksic, visited Serbian town of Kraljevo on Thursday. They were invited at local TV to promote Studies for returning of 20.000 Serbs to municipalities Istok and Klina. The conclusion of SNF is that returning of Serbs is quite possible and that international community has to respect this. (*)

    BISHOP ARTEMIJE WILL VISIT MOSCOW

    (Glas javnosti, 15. 4. 2000)

    Beograd - The President of the Serb National Forum of Kosovo and Metohija, bishop Artemije and the President of the Executive Board of that forum, Momcilo Trajkovic, will visit Moscow next week upon the call of Igor Ivanov, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

    Trajkovic said that Serb Kosovo delegation would have talks in Russian Duma and that Russian patriarch, Aleksej II, would arrange their reception. (*)

    MACEDONIAN, RUSSIAN OFFICIALS UPHOLD UN KOSOVO-METOHIJA RESOLUTION

    (Borba daily, 15. 4. 2000)

    A consistent implementation of UN Resolution 1244 is the most important requirement for peace in the U.N.-ruled Serbian (Yugoslav) Kosovo-Metohija province, according to Macedonian and Russian defence officials in Skopje on Thursday.

    This position is shared by the Macedonian and Russian governments, Macedonian Defence Minister Nikola Kljusev and Russia's Defence Ministry Central Administration deputy chief Valentin Kuznyetsov said, as quoted by the Skopje ministry's statement.

    Kljusev and Vice Admiral Kuznetsov devoted the greatest part to their meeting to the situation in the Balkans, the statement said.

    Promotion of military cooperation between Macedonia and Russia which, according to the statement, is prepared to help equip the Macedonian army, will be discussed in particular during the Russian delegation's visit.

    MONITOR: ALBANIAN BRIDGE FOR BREAKTHROUGH OF ISLAM

    (Politika daily/Digest, 15. 4. 2000)

    Sofija, April 14. (Tanjug) - Albanian population in Kosovo and Metohija, Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro could play crucial role for breakthrough of Islam in Western Europe, reported independent Bulgarian daily "Monitor".

    First "strategic point of Islam in Europe" was made in the Balkans by creation of independent Bosnia and Herzegovina, while the second one would be "Greater Albania" if the international community and especially U.N. allows separation of Kosovo from Yugoslavia and separation of western Macedonia. (*)

    BRITAIN REPAIRS ISTOK PRISON

    (Danas/Digest, 15. 4. 2000)

    The prison Dubrava near Istok in Metohija, the largest jail in Yugoslavia, permanently bombed during the NATO-Serbia war, will be reopened in two months, London Guardian reported . The new governor is an Irishman, Billy Irvine, who served in the Northern Irish Maze jail. The prisoners of Dubrava were mostly ethnic Albanians, suscpected members and of KLA, while the Serb prisoners were sent to Kosovska Mitrovica jail. In the future Istok prison will contain Albanian sinners. (*)

    NORWAY RETURNS 5.000 ALBANIAN REFUGEES

    (Danas/Digest, 15. 4. 2000)

    Oslo - Norway will send home about 5.000 Kosovo Albanian refugees. (*)

    NATO SEEKS 3.500 TROOPS MORE

    (Danas, 15. 4. 2000)

    Washington - NATO asked member countries to provide 3.500 troops for the Kosovo peacekeeping operation, but no more U.S. forces are likely to go, said Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon. Agencies remind that NATO currently has 39.000 troops in Kosovo, including about 6.000 Americans. (Srna) (*)

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