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

May 3, 2000

  • Serb from Pasjane killed in his field
  • A bomb thrown on a Romany woman
  • Serb shot by KFOR troops after hit and run
  • KFOR French troops wound Serb civilian
  • Kosovo-Metohija Albanian terrorists torch another Serb house
  • Bomb attack on a crowd of Serb children
  • Albanians tried to kidnap a Serb girl
  • Albanian terrorist attack in Bosnjacka mahala
  • New Albanian terrorist attack in Pones
  • Terrorism in villages Klobukar and Bostane
  • Hand grenade thrown at the Yugoslav Committee for Cooperation with UNMIK offices
  • Three Serb engineers arrested
  • US warns Albanians against provocations in southern Serbia
  • Committee for return of Kosovo Serbs established
  • KFOR breaks promise to return ethnic Albanians to the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica
  • Ivanovic confers with OSCE delegation
  • UNMIK Chief in Kosovo Bernard Kouchner: Protection of Serbs has changed the character of UN mission
  • Odalovic - Kouchner's census cannot be legal or legitimate
  • Cherm Abrazi: We do not want Kouchner`s census
  • Security Council must deal with imprisoned Kosovars: delegation head
  • Former KLA chief awards decoration to NATO commander
  • SERB FROM PASJANE KILLED IN HIS FIELD

    (Politika daily/Digest, 3. 5. 2000)

    Gnjilane, May 2 (Tanjug) – Armed Albanians killed, Milorad Peric (50) from Pasjane village near Gnjilane, in his cultivated field just a day before Orthodox Easter. American KFOR troops were nearby but didn’t react.(*)

    A BOMB THROWN ON A ROMANY WOMAN

    (Serbia info, 3. 5. 2000)

    May 02, 2000 - Gnjilane, May 1st - In Gnjilane, a 74 year old Romany woman, Hadije Agusi, died from injuries received when Albanian terrorists threw a bomb, the Committee for Protection and Human Rights of Gnjilane reported.

    When she arrived to Pristina hospital, where she was driven by KFOR, she succumbed her wounds received when terrorists threw a bomb on her house last Thursday.

    The bomb was thrown when Hadija Agusi stepped out of the house to fetch water from a fountain. The bomb fell over her head and exploded.

    The murdered woman was one of the remained 35 Romanies in the settlement "Abdul Presev", where, before the arrival of KFOR, 3.000 of them lived in over 400 homes.

    Relatives of the murdered woman did not still manage to take the body, in spite of the promises given by KFOR and UNMIK police.

    SERB SHOT BY KFOR TROOPS AFTER HIT AND RUN

    (B2 - 92, 3. 5. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, Tuesday – French KFOR troops opened fire on a Serb at a checkpoint near Kosovska Mitrovica last night. The man, Zoran Milic, was seriously wounded in the incident which occurred after he crashed through the checkpoint, slightly injuring a KFOR member. Serb sources described Milic as affected by alcohol. He was admitted to hospital in the northern, Serb, zone of Mitrovica where he is reported to be in a satisfactory condition after undergoing surgery.

    KFOR FRENCH TROOPS WOUND SERB CIVILIAN

    (Tanjug, 3. 5. 2000.)

    Kosovska Mitrovica - Serb Zoran Milic, 30, sustained three bullet wounds when members of the French legion within the international force KFOR in Serbia's Kosovo and Metohija province opened armed fire at him at a control checkpoint at the road entering Kosovska Mitrovica from the north, from the town of Zvecan, at about 10 p.m. Monday.

    The incident occurred when the French troops tried to halt the automobile driven by Milic. Milic refused to stop his automobile, in which his wife and child were travelling as well, and the troops fired 11 bullets at the vehicle, Serb National Forum President Oliver Ivanovic confirmed on Tuesday.

    The doctor on duty at the Kosovska Mitrovica hospital said Milic was no longer in critical condition and that no other passengers had been injured.

    It is true that Milic had been driving under the influence of alcohol, but the Serb National Forum has lodged a sharp protest with the KFOR against the extreme way in which the troops reacted.

    KOSOVO-METOHIJA ALBANIAN TERRORISTS TORCH ANOTHER SERB HOUSE

    (Tanjug, 3. 5. 2000)

    Obilic - Ethnic Albanian terrorists set fire to a Serb family home in a village in the U.N.-administered Serbian (Yugoslav) Kosovo-Metohija 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.

    BOMB ATTACK ON A CROWD OF SERB CHILDREN

    (Glas javnosti/Digest, 3. 5. 2000)

    Crkvena Vodica – Albanians threw two bombs on a crowd of Serb children in the village of Crkvena Vodica. Few persons were wounded, radio-amateurs reported. (*)

    ALBANIANS TRIED TO KIDNAP A SERB GIRL

    (Politika daily/Digest, 3. 5. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, May 2 (Tanjug)– In the village of Zupce, Zubin Potok municipality, Albanian bullies tried to kidnap a Serb girl, Marina Vucinic, but neighbors thwarted intentions of Albanians. (*)

    ALBANIAN TERRORIST ATTACK IN BOSNJACKA MAHALA

    (Politika daily/Digest, 3. 5. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, May 2 (Tanjug) – Albanian terrorists threw a bomb in the yard of Radic family from Bosnjacka mahala quart in north part of Kosovska Mitrovica, said for Tanjug Nikola Kabasic, a loudspeaker of Serb National Forum (SNF). Fortunately, nobody was hurt. (*)

    NEW ALBANIAN TERRORIST ATTACK IN PONES

    (Politika daily/Digest, 3. 5. 2000)

    (Tanjug) - Three days ago Albanian terrorists attacked again on a property of Ljubomir Ristic from Serb village Pones near Gnjilane and burnt his last good - a haystock and straw. Ristic’s house was completely destroyed a month ago. (*)

    TERRORISM IN VILLAGES KLOBUKAR AND BOSTANE

    (Serbia info, 3. 5. 2000)

    May 02, 2000 - Novo Brdo, May 1 - Albanian terrorists set fire on houses of Zivorad Simic and Velibor Stojanovic, in village Klobukar, and brutally beat their owners, radio amateurs from Kosmet report today.

    Also yesterday, terrorists set fire to a barn and one more object owned by Slobodan Stankovic, in nearby village Bostane.

    In the village Klobukar, an orthodox cemetery was destroyed, all tombstones were torn down and crosses thrown away.

    Setting the houses on fire and barbarian raging in orthodox cemeteries, as Serbian sources state, is coordinated and conducted by two groups of Albanian terrorists from villages Donji Makres and from settlement Milinac in village Klobukar.

    HAND GRENADE THROWN AT THE YUGOSLAV COMMITTEE FOR COOPERATION WITH UNMIK OFFICES

    (B2 - 92, 3. 5. 2000)

    Radio Belgrade reports that a hand grenade was thrown at the Yugoslav Committee for Cooperation with UNMIK offices in Kosovska Mitrovica last night. According to the report, committee representatives were in the building at the time but there were no casualties.

    THREE SERB ENGINEERS ARRESTED

    (Politika daily/Digest, 3. 5. 2000)

    Strpce, May 2 (Tanjug)- Three engineers of Serbian Telecom from Pristina, Radomir Bisercic, Miodrag Ilic and Jovica Livrinic, have been arrested by American Kfor troops on the road to hotel "Morika" near Strpce in Metohija, where they intent to eliminate damage on the transmitter of mobile telephony. (*)

    US WARNS ALBANIANS AGAINST PROVOCATIONS IN SOUTHERN SERBIA

    (B2 - 92, 3. 5. 2000)

    Pristina, Tuesday – The US has warned Albanians in southern Serbia against provoking unrest in the region. US Defence Secretary William Cohen, visiting Kosovo today, told media at a US base near Urosevac that Washington was watching the situation carefully. Cohen warned that the US was increasing its capability to stem the illegal flow of arms from Kosovo to the demilitarised zone around the administrative border between Kosovo and Serbia.

    The head of US Army headquarters, General Henry Shelton said today that NATO was authorised to send troops into the demilitarised zone if necessary, AFP reports.

    COMMITTEE FOR RETURN OF KOSOVO SERBS ESTABLISHED

    (Glas javnosti/Digest, 3. 5. 2000)

    Gracanica (Beta) – Representatives of the Serb National Forum (SNF) and the province's UN administrators on Tuesday set up an official panel for return of expelled Kosovo Serbs. (*)

    KFOR BREAKS PROMISE TO RETURN ETHNIC ALBANIANS TO THE SOUTHERN PART OF KOSOVSKA MITROVICA

    (Serbia info, 3. 5. 2000)

    May 01, 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-Metohija 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.

    IVANOVIC CONFERS WITH OSCE DELEGATION

    (Tanjug, 3. 5. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica - Serb National Forum President Oliver Ivanovic conferred with a five-member OSCE senior delegation in Kosovska Mitrovica on Tuesday about the situation in this divided town and the announced census in Serbia's Kosovo and Metohija province.

    The talks were held in the OSCE regional headquarters in the southern, ethnic Albanian, part of Kosovska Mitrovica.

    Ivanovic said Serbs live in semi-war conditions, when they cannot visit even Serb enclaves located only about 15 km from Kosovska Mitrovica, when they are intimidated and frustrated. He reiterated that Serbs would not take part in the census unless the 350,000 expelled Serbs, Montenegrins and other non-Albanians return to the province.

    Commenting the OSCE delegation stand that participation in the census and elections was the best way toward a normalization of the situation in Kosovo and Metohija, Ivanovic said there could be no fair and correct census, let alone elections, in the tense and abnormal social-political situation.

    The OSCE can organize a test interim census for ethnic Albanians only, since they boycotted censuses by the Yugoslav state for 20 years, he said. Next year, when the regular census is conducted in Yugoslavia, it could also cover Kosovo and Metohija since hopefully all expelled non-Albanians will have returned by that time, Ivanovic said.

    UNMIK CHIEF IN KOSOVO BERNARD KOUCHNER: PROTECTION OF SERBS HAS CHANGED THE CHARACTER OF UN MISSION

    (Blic daily, 3. 5. 2000)

    Gracanica - "The international community came in Kosovo to protect one minority, the Albanian, but it additionally became aware that it should protect the Serbs, Gypsies and Turks, as well, what gave the mission quite different character", Bernard Kouchner, UNMIK Chief in Kosovo said after the Easter lunch with Bishop Artemije.

    "Albanians needed 11 days only to get freedom, right and possibility to do what they want under the patronage of the international community. Killings and crimes were allowed them as a minority in jeopardy. A serious injustice was committed after the arrival of the international community", Bishop Artemije said in reply.

    Kouchner agreed and added that the army and police were not sufficient to protect the minorities. That can be achieved by establishment of reconciliation and trust, as it has been always the case everywhere else in the world. In some case such process may take even 25 years.

    Bishop Artemije reminded Kouchner that six months had passed since the Serbs requested opening of media in Serb Language.

    Kouchner could not evaluate the so far success of UN mission in Kosovo in "just two minutes", but he concluded that significant results had been achieved so far and that "a long road to success is still ahead of the people of Kosovo". He denied claims that UNMIK had proofs about the prisons for the Serbs in Kosovo.

    ODALOVIC - KOUCHNER'S CENSUS CANNOT BE LEGAL OR LEGITIMATE

    (Tanjug/Digest, 3. 5. 2000)

    Jagodina - Serb National Assembly Executive Committee President and Kosovo District Chief Veljko Odalovic on Monday said he was strongly opposed to the census in Serbia's Kosovo and Metohija province planned arbitrarily by local international mission UNMIK head Bernard Kouchner. Serbs and Montenegrins will not take part in Kouchner's census or in possible elections organized by the OSCE in Kosovo and Metohija, Odalovic said, underscoring that more than 350,000 Serbs and Montenegrins have been expelled from Kosovo and Metohija through the terrorism of ethnic Albanian separatists, in spite of the presence of United Nations forces.

    CHERM ABRAZI: WE DO NOT WANT KOUCHNER`S CENSUS

    (Serbia info/Digest, 3. 5. 2000)

    Pristina, May 2 - The member of the Temporary Executive Council of Kosovo-Metohija and the president of Egyptian National Community of the province, Cherim Abrazi, said today that the alleged census of citizens in Kosovo-Metohija was one more in a row of self-willed decisions of Bernard Kouchner, which was directly opposed to the UN Security Council Resolution 1244.

    SECURITY COUNCIL MUST DEAL WITH IMPRISONED KOSOVARS: DELEGATION HEAD

    (B2 - 92, 3. 5. 2000)

    New York, Tuesday – The head of a UN Security Council delegation which visited Kosovo last week has called on the United Nations to appoint a special envoy to investigate the issue of Albanians detained by Serbian authorities. Anwarul Chowdury told media in New York today that the Council must deal with the issue in order to preserve its credibility and could not ignore about 1,200 Albanians imprisoned in Serbia.

    FORMER KLA CHIEF AWARDS DECORATION TO NATO COMMANDER

    (B2 - 92, 3. 5. 2000)

    Pristina, Stuttgart, Tuesday – The co-president of the Kosovo Temporary Administrative Council, Hashim Taqi, today commended retiring NATO European Commander General Wesley Clark on his services to Kosovo Albanians. Taqi, a former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army presented Clark with the Adem Jashari Medal, named after one of the KLA's founders. Clark, said Taqi, had understood Kosovo Albanians' aspirations for freedom and NATO had contributed to the survival of the Albanian people.

    Clark handed over command of NATO in Europe to US General Joseph Ralston today. US Defence Secretary William Cohen used the occasion to present Clark with a special medal recognising NATO's air strikes against Yugoslavia.

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