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

April 22, 2000

  • Two Albanian attackers killed
  • Two Albanians killed and two Serb policemen injured in Bujanovac
  • Further deaths in Kosovo
  • One German soldier killed himself
  • Traces of Albanian vandalism still could be seen in Devic
  • Hunger strike in Kosovska Mitrovica continues
  • Demand for Serbs to have medical protection is refused
  • Store robbed in Gnjilane
  • Ivanovic met regional administrator of Kosovska Mitrovica region
  • Kosovo-Metohia Serbs say UN mission failed
  • PDD requires autonomy
  • Occurrence of tularemia in the province of Kosovo-Metohia
  • Kouchner doesnít recognize Egyptian community in Kosovo and Metohia
  • Espresso: Albanian government in firm contact with mafia
  • TWO ALBANIAN ATTACKERS KILLED

    (Blic daily, 22. 4. 2000)

    Vranje - Two Albanians were killed and two policemen were injured in three incidents that happened in the area of Bujanovac last night. That area is within tampon zone by the administrative border with Serbia.

    A police vehicle and an emergency vehicle transporting a baby to the hospital in Vranje were attacked about midnight the day before yesterday. The attack occurred at the village of Bresic by Konculj-Lucane road. Two policemen Branislav Dzogic /24/ and Goran Velickovic /30/ from Vranje were lightly injured. After medical treatment they were released for home recovery. The baby was not injured and after KFOR escort to Konculj it was transported to the hospital in Vranje.

    Two Albanians were killed in the second attack on police patrol. This attack happened yesterday morning at 5 a.m. in the area of the village of Djordjevac, also in tampon zone.

    Five or six missiles were fired on police checkpoint at the village of Konculj on Thursday late afternoon. This village is at the very administrative border with Kosovo. The missiles were fired from the direction of Dobrosin three kilometers east of Konculj. Nobody was injured in this attack.

    In Dobrosin there is a group of armed Albanians calling themselves "Liberation Army of Bujanovac, Medvedja and Presevo"

    In the south of Serbia from August last year till today there were 34 incidents in which 14 people were killed and 15 injured. In that period there were eight attacks on police checkpoint at Konculj including the one that happened yesterday.

    TWO ALBANIANS KILLED AND TWO SERB POLICEMEN INJURED IN BUJANOVAC

    (B2 - 92, 22. 4. 2000)

    Bujanovac, Friday - Two Albanians were killed and two Serb policemen injured during incidents last night near the town of Bujanovac in the tampon zone between Serbia and Kosovo, Beta reports today. The incidents took place when unknown Albanians attacked both the police station and a police patrol with a hand grenade. The two policemen who were slightly injured were later released from hospital after receiving medical treatment. Since the implementation of this tampon zone 34 incidents have taken place in which 14 people have been killed and 15 injured.

    FURTHER DEATHS IN KOSOVO

    (B2 - 92, 22. 4. 2000)

    Kosovo, Friday - Two persons were found dead during the last 24 hours, KFOR spokesperson Major Frank Benjaminsen told a press conference today. Benjaminsen also said that the destruction of repossessed arms will begin on Monday, adding that since their arrival in the province KFOR have confiscated 13,000 machineguns, 2,500 pistols and 1,100 machineguns and mortar shells.

    A 25-year-old German KFOR soldier committed suicide last night in the camp near the town of Prizren, German forces stated today. No further details regarding the incident have been released.

    ONE GERMAN SOLDIER KILLED HIMSELF

    (Blic daily, 22. 4. 2000)

    Pristina - One German KFOR soldier killed himself the evening before yesterday in a military camp near Prizren. A 25 years old soldier from medical unit died the day before yesterday late in the evening, German command reported giving no other details.

    TRACES OF ALBANIAN VANDALISM STILL COULD BE SEEN IN DEVIC

    (Politika daily/Digest, 22. 4. 2000)

    Few journalists from Kosovska Mitrovica and members of The Serb National Forum from north of Kosovo, visited monastery of Devic in Metohia. Monastery is surrounded by KFOR troops and barbed wire in diameter of 300 meters. Traces of Albanian vandalism still could be seen. Prior of the monastery, mother Anastazija, in retrospective of events after the arrival of KFOR said that monastery is robbed, frescoes and icons destroyed, and staff beaten and raped. (*)

    HUNGER STRIKE IN KOSOVSKA MITROVICA CONTINUES

    (B2 - 92, 22. 4. 2000)

    Kosovo, Friday - One Serb prisoner was released from Kosovska Mitrovica prison today, while a further 42 Serb prisoners continued the hunger strike they started 10 days ago. Danilo Misic who stands accused of war crimes was set free today after seven months because of a lack of evidence.

    DEMAND FOR SERBS TO HAVE MEDICAL PROTECTION IS REFUSED

    (Serbia info, 22. 4. 2000)

    April 21, 2000 - Kosovska Mitrovica, April 20th - Delegation of Yugoslav Committee for Cooperation with UN in Kosovo and Metohia demanded from prison administration of District prison in Kosovska Mitrovica and from UNMIK's representatives today, late in the afternoon, to enable team of doctors and Committee's representatives to visit every day detained Serbs and Romanies who are in hunger strike, in order to keep on their medical health and to give them medical protection.

    Representative of this Committee, Jovica Jovanovic demanded an explanation - what means forming commission by the UNMIK, which will examine court's acts of detained Serbs and Romanies in Kosovo and Metohia, because medical health of detained Serbs in prison in Kosovska Mitrovica is getting worse. Jovanovic said that their demands are refused with the explanation that arrested Serbs have a right for visit only once a week and that they used their right yesterday.

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    Kosovska Mitrovica - District prison's administration in Kosovska Mitrovica haven't allowed the member of Yugoslav Committee for Cooperation with UN's mission and doctor's consultation to visit and examine detained Serbs and Romanies in that prison.

    Representative of Prison's administration, referring to the authorized in UNMIK, announced to the member of Yugoslav Committee and doctors that they are allowed to visit and examine detained Serbs and Romanies once a week. In the expert finding, which doctors delivered to the Yugoslav Committee, it is stating that yesterday from forty detained Serbs and Romanies they examined only twelve, four of them are in critical condition.

    STORE ROBBED IN GNJILANE

    (Politka daily/Digest, 22. 4. 2000)

    Gnjilane, April (Tanjug) - "Mag" store in Gnjilane owned by Serb, Dragan Jocic, was robbed and demolished this morning, radio amateurs reported. The value of the stolen goods is about 15.000 German Marks. "Mag" is just few meters away from KFOR position.. (*)

    IVANOVIC MET REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR OF KOSOVSKA MITROVICA REGION

    (Glas javnosti/Digest, 22. 4. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica - After a meeting with William Nesh, new UNMIK administrator for Kosovska Mitrovica region, Ivanovic said that Nesh supported program for returning of expelled Serbs and Serbs expect concrete steps in that direction. Serbs are ready to return in Osojane, Drsnik i Dolac. Ivanovic asked for stronger international protection of Serbs in Svinjare, Suvi Do, Slatina, Miroc, and Nojbulja.

    General Ortunjo, Bernard Kouchner, regional administrators of Pec and Kosovska Mitrovica and municipal administrators of Klina, Istok and Leposavic will be invited on meeting in Zubin Potok next week.

    Ivanovic stressed that Serbs could break all contacts with Kouchner if he again ban visit to Strpce, Sirinicka Zupa and Belo Polje near Pec. (*)

    KOSOVO-METOHIA SERBS SAY UN MISSION FAILED

    (Borba daily, 22. 4. 2000)

    Since the UN mission was deployed to the Serbian (Yugoslav) Kosovo-Metohia province last June, 7,000 Serbs and 4,000 other non-Albanians have fled Kosovo Polje (near Pristina) alone, 11 have been abducted and 7 others have disappeared, according to local Serb sources on Thursday.

    The Yugoslav committee liaising with the UN mission, the Provincial Executive Council and representatives of the Serb National Assembly and local self-rule quoted the figures at their meeting on Thursday.

    According to their figures, 120 houses have been torched, another 280 houses, stores and flats have been occupied and their lawful tenants evicted, and yet not a single perpetrator has been brought to book for these crimes.

    These facts amply illustrate the failure of the UN mission, it was stressed at the meeting, chaired by Kosovo District Administrator Veljko Odalovic and attended by the Committee Chairman, Ambassador Stanimir Vukicevic, among others.

    Although anti-Serb terrorism is intensifying in Kosovo Polje, Obilic, Lipljan and other localities with Serb populations, the Serbian National Assembly, which coordinates the work of local organisations, is making huge efforts, together with the Committee and the Yugoslav government, for the Serbs' unity and survival in the Kosovo District, a statement from the meeting said.

    The participants in the meeting reiterated their demand, made many times before, that UN civilian mission (UNMIK) chief Bernard Kouchner be held accountable for his arbitrary decisions and non- implementation of UN Resolution 1244.

    PDD REQUIRES AUTONOMY

    (Blic daily, 22. 4. 2000)

    Presevo - Party for democratic action /PDD/ with principal office in Presevo accused yesterday police and army forces for violence against Albanians in the south of Serbia and requested from Yugoslav and Serb authorities to demilitarize the area of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja.

    OCCURRENCE OF TULAREMIA IN THE PROVINCE OF KOSOVO-METOHIA

    (Serbia info, 22. 4. 2000)

    April 21, 2000 - Pristina, April 20th - With the arrival of Kfor, in the general canceling of existing governmental agencies, besides communal and medical services in Kosovo-Metohia, population's health conditions is on the medical level which hadn't been worse as it is today.

    Almost 500 people in Kosovo-Metohia are infected with tularemia and international team for fight against this disease is formed. Bacterial diseases like tularemia spreads from trash dumps which are many in Kosovo-Metohia after the Kfor's arrival and on which carriers of diseases are gathering - rats and rabbits. First incidents of disease are discovered in August last year, two months after the withdrawal of Serbian troops from Kosovo-Metohia, according to the agency. Tularemia is not plague and there is no reason for panic, said Kirsten Haupt from the UN's transitive administration in Kosovo-Metohia. That disease treats with antibiotics. Team of World Health Organization, which has 25 members arrived in Kosovo-Metohia this week in order to study development of epidemic and establish program for control of that disease.

    KOUCHNER DOESNíT RECOGNIZE EGYPTIAN COMMUNITY IN KOSOVO AND METOHIA

    (Politka daily/Digest, 22. 4. 2000)

    Cerim Abazi, leader of Kosovo Egyptian community, stressed that Kouchner, OSCE and Albanians as well, donít recognize their nationality. There were more than 60.000 Egyptians in Kosmet before NATO aggression on Yugoslavia and ethnic cleansing of non-Albanian population. Therefore, only 25.000 Egyptians live in Kosmet today. (*)

    ESPRESSO: ALBANIAN GOVERNMENT IN FIRM CONTACT WITH MAFIA

    (Politka daily/Digest, 22. 4. 2000)

    Rome, April 21 (Tanjug) - Albanian governmental power is in firm contact with local criminals, while some high ranking politicians, military representatives and policemen are part of organized "chain" of Albanian mafia, Italian weekly Espresso claims according to the reports of Italian secret services SISDE and SISMI. (*)

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