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

May 2, 2000

  • Two arrested over Kosovo drive-by shooting
  • Senior UNMIK official rules out customs
  • Customs dispute draws to a close?
  • Trajkovic boycotts Kosovo Council
  • Kosovo framework violates Resolution 1244
  • South Serbia negotiations rescheduled for Friday
  • Two arrested over Kosovo drive-by shooting

    (B92, 2. 5. 2001.)

    Pristina, Wednesday – UN police in Kosovo yesterday arrested two ethnic Albanians in connection with the shooting dead of a Serbian teenager in Vitina. The 17-year-old died of his wounds, while an Albanian passerby was also seriously injured in the drive-by shooting on Monday.

    Senior UNMIK official rules out customs

    (B92, 2. 5. 2001.)

    Pristina, Wednesday – Senior UNMIK official Gerard Fischer declared today that there would be no customs on the administrative border between Kosovo and Serbia proper. Fischer, also regional administrator in Kosovska Mitrovica, made the announcement today amidst continuing road blockades over the customs points imposed several weeks ago. He confirmed that the central tax service in Pristina would provide its employees with different uniforms from those worn by customs officers. Fischer made clear that the sovereignty of Yugoslavia over Kosovo is completely accepted within the draft of the judicial framework for the future status of the province. (FoNet)

    Customs dispute draws to a close?

    (B92, 2. 5. 2001.)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, Wednesday – The Kosovo-Serbia customs dispute could be resolved within the next 48 hours, Kosovo Serb representative Vuko Antonijevic said today. Antonijevic, a member of the Political Committee for the Defence of Northern Kosovo, made the announcement following talks with senior UNMIK official Gerard Fischer. Antonijevic said he did not believe that KFOR would use force to remove the road blockades which sprang up in reaction to UNMIK’s decision to impose customs points on the administrative border. A Political Committee delegation is to meet with the Yugoslav and Serbian prime ministers to discuss the situation, he added. (Srna)

    Trajkovic boycotts Kosovo Council

    (B92, 2. 5. 2001.)

    Pristina, Wednesday – The leading Serb representative in Kosovo’s Temporary Administrative Council boycotted today’s session, complaining that Serbs are not being listened to. Rada Trajkovic stated that it has become impossible for the Serbian side to exert any influence on the judicial framework for the province. “We really wanted to be cooperative but virtually none of our community’s amendments have been accepted,” she argued. Trajkovic added that she would consult Serbian and Yugoslav authorities on her future participation in the Council. (FoNet)

    Kosovo framework violates Resolution 1244

    (B92, 2. 5. 2001.)

    Pristina, Wednesday –The imminent framework for Kosovo is in total violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1244, Serb representative Dusan Celic stated today. Celic told Radio B92 that he expects UNMIK Head Hans Haekkerup to sign the completed framework for the future status of Kosovo by the end of the week. ”It is clear that by this framework Resolution 1244 is violated because it contains obvious attributes of independence,” Celic complained. He confirmed an informal meeting of the joint working group tomorrow at which he expects the adoption of the title ‘constitutional framework’ as suggested by the Albanians. Celic also predicted the legal recognition of the Kosovo Protection Corps and the creation of the post of president. (Radio B92)

    South Serbia negotiations rescheduled for Friday

    (B92, 2. 5. 2001.)

    Konculj, Wednesday – Signs are promising today that the faltering fourth round of south Serbia negotiations will begin on Friday. Agreement was reached between NATO’s Belgrade head Sean Sullivan and Albanian representatives in the village of Konculj, regarding the disputed agenda for talks. Friday’s topics will be the return of refugees to the Medvedja municipality, the creation of a multiethnic police force and the demilitarisation of sector B of the ground security zone. Sullivan had headed for Konculj after the Albanian side had refused to take part in negotiations on April 26. Albanian negotiating member Riza Halimi told Radio B92 that the fourth round had previously stumbled because all sides were under-prepared. Halimi was confident Friday’s talks would go ahead and that they would produce “concrete results.” (Radio B92)

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