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

May 2, 2000

  • Ethnic Albanians kill Romany woman in bomb attack
  • Kosovo-Metohia Albanian terrorists torch another Serb house
  • Illegal arms arrests in Kosovo
  • Clark on farewell tour of Kosovo
  • Serbs demand that KFOR pay the construction of the church in Grncar
  • KFOR breaks promise to return ethnic Albanians to the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica
  • Rebuilding of NATO-bombed murino starts in Montenegro, Yugoslavia
  • Pact for stability approves Kosovo projects

    (Tanjug, 2. 5. 2000.)

    Gnjilane- Hadzije Agusi, 74, a Romany woman, died of wounds sustained in a bomb attack by ethnic Albanian terrorists in Gnjilane, eastern Kosovo and Metohia province, the Committee for Protection and Human Rights of this town in Serbia's southern province said in a statement on Monday.

    Agusi died of the wounds after international force KFOR brought her to the Pristina hospital.

    Ethnic Albanian terrorists threw a bomb at her house on Thursday. Agusi was one of the remaining 35 Romanies in the Abdula Preseva district of Gnjilane, where 3,000 Romanies had lived in more than 400 households before the arrival of the KFOR.


    (Tanjug, 2. 5. 2000.)

    Obilic- Ethnic Albanian terrorists set fire to a Serb family home in a village in the U.N.-administered Serbian (Yugoslav) Kosovo-Metohia province at dawn on Saturday, according to reports coming in on Sunday.

    The outrage was perpetrated in the village of Crkvene Vodice near Obilic, some 30 km north of the province's city of Pristina, and the village Serbs themselves put out the flame, but not before it had caused considerable damage, amateur radio operators said.

    Since neither the international force KFor nor U.N. police have regular outposts in the village, the Serbs could not inform them of the incident, or alert a fire brigade, because telephone lines to the Serb houses in Obilic have been cut.


    (B2-92, 2. 5. 2000.)

    Pristina, Monday International troops arrested six Albanians in a village near Djakovica this morning for illegal possession of arms, ammunition, explosives and military uniforms, KFOR spokesman Frank Benjaminson said today. Another four Albanians were arrested near Gnjilane yesterday for the possession of large quantities of ammunition. Benjaminson also reported that a bomb was thrown at a cafe in Pec last night, adding that there were no casualties in the attack.

    Several incidents of arson were reported in Kosovo in the past 24 hours, including the burning of a Serb-owned house near Pristina.


    (B2-92, 2. 5. 2000.)

    Pristina, Monday NATO's European Commander, General Wesley Clark visited Kosovo today as part of a tour to celebrate the end of his tour of duty. Clark will be replaced on May 3 by another US general, Joseph Ralston. During his visit to the province, the NATO chief spoke to representatives of Serbs, Albanians and international missions in the province.

    Kosovska Mitrovica Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic told media that he had discussed the repatriation of Serbs to Kosovo with Clark, saying that he had dismissed as unacceptable US State Department proposals for pilot repatriation projects. Ivanovic said that larger groups must be sent immediately in order for the Serb population to feel safe, because KFOR protection had proved inefficient.

    Clark also attended today's meeting of the Kosovo Temporary Administrative Council. At the meeting, Serb National Council representative Rada Trajkovic demanded that the Security Council be called on to investigate the imprisonment of Serbs in Kosovo and to secure the presence of Hague Tribunal representatives in the province to prevent KFOR's tolerance of the daily murder of Serbs.


    (Serbia Info, 2. 5. 2000.)

    Kosovska Vitina, April 30 - At the meeting with the KFOR contingent officers in charge of security in the villages of Vrbovac and Grncar, representatives of the Serbian villages in the Vitina municipality demanded that KFOR paid the construction of the destroyed Serbian Orthodox church in the village of Grncar, report amateur radio operators.

    At the yesterday's meeting, the Serbs said KFOR was responsible for the destruction of the church by ethnic Albanian terrorists. The Serbs asked for an answer to their demand by their next meeting with KFOR officers on Wednesday. The church in Grncar, village located in the area in east Kosovo -Metohia controlled by U.S. KFOR troops to whom the protection of Serbs and their property should be the first duty, was blown up by ethnic Albanian terrorists on Good Friday two days ago.

    The way the church was destroyed showed it had been blown up by members of the so-called, allegedly disarmed KLA, who were trained in NATO's camps in Albania and Germany.


    (Serbia Info, 2. 5. 2000.)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, April 30 - A group of 80 ethnic Albanians, who crossed on Saturday into the northern, predominantly Serb-populated part of divided Kosovska Mitrovica under strong French army and foreign legion escort, had not returned to their homes by Sunday afternoon, despite promises of international KFOR force Sector North Commander Gen. Pierre de Saqui de Sannes, Tanjug agency learns from KFOR press center.

    At the same time, spokesman of the Serbian National Forum for Kosovska Mitrovica region Nikola Kabasic said at a news conference on Sunday that yesterday's incident in north Kosovska Mitrovica, which lasted some hours, had been provoked by French KFOR troops commanded by Gen. de Saqui de Sannes.

    Stressing that, without first notifying the Serbs, the French KFOR forces had tried at around 5 p.m. to bring into north Kosovska Mitrovica's Mikro District in two trucks some 80 ethnic Albanians who had never lived there before, Kabasic said the KFOR operation had disturbed the Serbs, who gathered in the streets.

    "Settling ethnic Albanians in the northern, Serb part of Kosovska Mitrovica, has but one objective - to open another front, another crisis spot inside the Serb enclave," Kabasic said.

    The situation seemed to be calming down when, according to Kabasic, the French troops and Serbs clashed, and some UNMIK vehicles were set on fire.

    The Serbian National Forum for North Kosovo-Metohia has expressed indignation at the deliberate KFOR operation of settling ethnic Albanians in Serb parts of Kosovska Mitrovica on the eve of Easter, the greatest holiday of Orthodox Christians.

    The return of ethnic Albanians to the north part of the divided town can begin only when Serbs start returning to their homes in the south, ethnic Albanian-held part of Kosovska Mitrovica, it was stressed at the news conference. Kosovska Mitrovica's Mikro District is the third district in the north of the city where KFOR has been settling ethnic Albanians.


    (Tanjug/Digest, 2. 5. 2000.)

    Murino- A ceremony was held in Murino on Sunday, anniversary of NATO's first bombing of this town in the north of the Yugoslav republic of Montenegro, to mark the start of post-NATO-war reconstruction. About 20,000 people gathered for the ceremony, attended by Yugoslav Prime Minister Momir Bulatovic, to pay their respects to the victims of the March-June 1999 NATO aggression on Yugoslavia. Addressing the assembled multitude, Bulatovic said that, a year ago, NATO had attacked Montenegro, because it had known that Montenegro was part of a united front for the defence of Yugoslavia. The Yugoslav government and the Reconstruction Directorate were helping Montenegro to return to its roots and its history and to regain its face, he stressed.

    At the ceremony, 2nd Army Commander General Milorad Obradovic said the Yugoslav Army, and the 2nd Army within it, was acting and would always act within the law and the Constitution, and be a factor of stability and peace. He stressed that a realistic assessment of an opponent, in all his elements, was part and parcel of the military profession. Measures were therefore being taken to raise the army's combat capability so as to preclude the possibility of surprises that might threaten the country's security. He went on to say that, in its impotence to defeat the Yugoslav army in the battlefield, NATO had turned to a novel form of warfare - attacking civilian targets, murdering innocent civilians and destroying all it could.

    Prime Minister Bulatovic, Vice Premier Danilo Vuksanovic and Deputy Speaker of the Yugoslav Parliament's Chamber of Citizens (lower house) Milutin Ojdanic laid a wreath on the Murino bridge for the victims killed there in NATO's air strikes last year.


    (B2-92, 2. 5. 2000.)

    Pristina, Monday The Pact for Stability in South-East Europe has approved three projects for Kosovo, Co-ordinator Bodo Hombah said last night. Hombah told media in Pristina that the first was an infrastructure project, the second a landmine clearing program and the third a sister-city project for cities in Kosovo and Europe. United Nations mission chief Bernard Kouchner, speaking at the same press conference, said that the international community must form mutual relationships because the future of Kosovo lay not in isolation but in its opening to and integration with the entire region.

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