Belgrade Media Monitoring
Compilation from Belgrade daily newspapers, prepared by editorial staff of the Voice of Kosovo and Metohia
August 15, 2001
Body of first identified Kosovo Serb victim handed over to family
Covic announces “complete relaxation” of buffer zone
BODY OF FIRST IDENTIFIED KOSOVO SERB VICTIM HANDED OVER TO FAMILY
(Tanjug, 15. 8. 2001.)
Merdare - The body of the first identified Serb victim was handed over to relatives in Merdare,
on the administrative boundary between Kosovo-Metohija and Serbia proper by the UNMIK department
for missing and detained persons in the presence of members of the Federal Committee for Kosovo
subcommittee for human rights. Petrija Piljevic was abducted from her home in Pristina on June 28,
1999, and was killed with two shots in the head. Her body was recently exhumed from a mass grave
in the Pristina district of Dragodan.
COVIC ANNOUNCES "COMPLETE RELAXATION" OF BUFFER ZONE
(B92, 15. 8. 2001.)
Merdare - Belgrade’s south Serbia head Nebojsa Covic today reached an agreement on removing the Kosovo
buffer zone, paving the way for Yugoslav forces to advance to the administrative border from Friday.
Following four hours of talks with the UN’s administrator in Kosovo Hans Haekkerup, Covic announced
that the “complete relaxation of the ground buffer zone will begin.” He added: "The agreement cancels
the last limitations on our forces in the buffer zone." Covic had masterminded the successful return
of Yugoslav joint security forces to the ground security zone be the end of May this year, in cooperation
with NATO and K-For. The international troops had however reserved a thin strip of land between south Serbia
and Kosovo which became the subject of today’s agreement. Talks were also attended by Army and Police generals
Ninoslav Krstic and Goran Radosavljevic as well as the commander of international peacekeepers in Kosovo
Thorstein Skiaker. (B92/FoNet)
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