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

August 17, 2001

  • Troops deployed on administrative border with Kosovo
  • Serbs protest in Kosovska Mitrovica
  • TROOPS DEPLOYED ON ADMINISTRATIVE BORDER WITH KOSOVO

    (B92, 17. 8. 2001.)

    Merdare - Yugoslav troops began deployment on the administrative border with Kosovo immediately following the signing of an agreement this morning on the complete relaxation of the buffer zone. Belgrade’s south Serbia chief Nebojsa Covic welcomed the agreement with K-For as the “continuation of everything the state team achieved in the previous period.” Contrary to a K-For press release, Covic denied the international peacekeepers could suspend the agreement after six months if Yugoslav forces do not comply. The K-For press release states however that “the agreement will be reviewed after six month” and K-For “will still have the right to revoke the agreement signed by both parties under existing military and technical agreements.” K-For spokesman Howard Rhoades had earlier echoed the terms listed in the press release. Covic commented to reporters, “Those K-For spokesmen have had great trouble over the last few days.” (Srna)

    SERB PROTEST IN KOSOVSKA MITROVICA

    (B92, 17. 8. 2001.)

    Kosovska Mitrovica - Several hundred Serbs staged a protest march through the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica today. The march was in support of hunger-striking Serb prisoners in the town. Prison warden Ray Cardinal proposed to protest organisations that they seek permission from the head of the District Court to visit the prisoners. Belgrade’s South Serbia chief Nebojsa Covic is due to visit Serb prisoners in the town later today. (FoNet)

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