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Kosova Communication 270 (96-07-01)

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From: Kosova Information Center <kosova@gn.apc.org>

Kosova Communication

Bulletin of the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Kosova

5th year, No. 270, 1 July 1996


CONTENTS

  • [01] Qosja: Granting Kosova its independence would be the most just step to take
  • [02] Pjetr Arbnori: We will support only that which is decided by the people of Kosova
  • [03] The Serb academician Pavle Ivic advocates dividing up Kosova
  • [04] The German Greens support an independent Kosova
  • [05] Elisabeth Rehn expresses her preoccupation for the situation in Kosova
  • [06] Kosova Imports are Two Times Higher than Exports
  • [07] Enrollment of Students Has Already Begun in Kosova
  • [08] Hemorrhagic fever claims second victim
  • [09] A maternity clinic opens its doors within the framework of the Mother Theresa Association
  • [10] News Briefs
  • [11] Ethnic Purification

  • [01] Qosja: Granting Kosova its independence would be the most just step to take

    Prishtina, 27 June - At their request, two collaborators of Carl Bildt, the High Civil Representative for ex-Yugoslavia, Ambassador Martin Luc and political consultant David Ostin, met with academician Rexhep Qosja, announced the newspaper, Rilindja (27/6). Answering their questions, Qosja affirmed that any solution which plans to leave Kosova under what remains of Yugoslavia would not be acceptable for the Albanians. He made it known that it is time that Europe rectify the unjust decisions that it took regarding the Albanians at the beginning of the century, when half of Albanian territories and the Albanian people were left under foreign rule. Today, Kosova is the major component of the Albanian question which is why its accession to independence from Serbia would be the most important step, and the most just, in order to reach a veritable resolution to the Albanian question. Mr.Qosja stressed the necessity to resolve the Albanian question in its entirety, believing that only in this manner can an enduring peace and stability be guaranteed in southeast Europe. Mr. Luc and Mr. Ostin thanked Mr. Qosja for his explanations and assured him that the reason for their visit was that the international community is preoccupied with the resolution of the question.

    [02] Pjetr Arbnori: We will support only that which is decided by the people of Kosova

    Prishtina, 21 June - In an interview given to the newspaper of Rijeka, Novi List, reprinted afterwards by the newspaper, Vecerni Novosi, Pjetr Arbnori, President of the Albanian parliament, says that Albania has already recognized the Republic of Kosova. It is for the people of Kosova to decide where and how it must live. The state of Albania support the Kosovars and their decision. We will only support that which is decided by the people of Kosova, said Arbnori. As for the possible division of the territory of Kosova, he said that the Albanians of Kosova will never accept it. According to the Serb newspaper, Pjetr Arbnori thinks that a Serb military solution for the question of Kosova would be considered as an attack against Albania. Albania has the right to defend itself in the case of an attack, he said.

    [03] The Serb academician Pavle Ivic advocates dividing up Kosova

    Prishtina, 21 June - The recent declaration of the President of Academy of Science and Arts of Serbia, Despic, concerning Kosova (see Kosova Communication 269), created numerous reactions in Serb and Albanian public opinion. Hence, the Serb academician Pavle Ivic declared to the newspaper Politika Ekspres that to his credit, President Despic drew attention to a vital problem which is the most important problem for the Serb people. He states that the only pacific, fair and democratic solution would be to divide the territory of Kosova between Serbs and Albanians. After losing large parts of our national areas, we remain a state where more that a third of the citizens are non-Serbs and have primarily an antagonistic attitude toward our state, says Ivic. Referring to demographic problems, he says that we are facing a demographic explosion of certain minorities including the Albanian minority which is that largest. The percentage of Serb newborns is in continual decline. In 1981, it was found that the average number of children born to an Albanian woman in Kosova was 6.66 while those born a woman of central Serbia averaged 1.85, three times less. According to Ivic, the increase in the Albanian population is three time greater than that of the Serbs which is falling. In some time, he says, in Serbia, from Horgosh to Dragash, the number of newborn Albanians will surpass those the Serbs. When they will be 20 years old, they will constitute the majority of young army recruits. They will then represent the majority of the electorate and consequently, will become a majority in parliament. Power will thus be maintained by the Serb party which will have assured support to the Albanians. This backing will only be obtained through concessions, says Ivic. About the idea of Serb colonization of Kosova, Ivic says that it is only an illusion. According to him, few Serbs would accept to go to Kosova which is why the only fair, pacific and democratic solution would be the division of the territory which would insure Serb maintenance of the most important monuments dating back to the era of the Nemanics. I am aware that by evoking such facts, I take the risk of provoking reactions. I accept to run that risk, because in such a situation, it is important, not to force oneself to preserve external tranquillity but to preserve internal tranquillity and conscience, says Ivic.

    [04] The German Greens support an independent Kosova

    Prishtina, 26 June - A delegation of the Green Party of Germany recently visited Kosova. Among its members was Mrs. Angelika Kster-Lossack, a deputy at the German Bundestag. After the visit during an Albanian-German meeting held on 24 June in Heidelberg, Mrs. Kster-Lossack states that her party had arrived at the conclusion that for Kosova there is no solution other than independence. Autonomy can no longer remain on the table as an option for the future of Kosova, for it is this very status which resulted in the establishment of apartheid in Kosova, she said. Mrs. Kster-Lossack then announced that her party intended to take up the question of Kosova at the order of the day of the Bundestag.

    [05] Elisabeth Rehn expresses her preoccupation for the situation in Kosova

    Belgrade, 24 June - The special rapporteur of the United Nations for ex-Yugoslavia, Elisabeth Rehn, stayed in Belgrade today where she met with senior Serb civil administrator. Among the main themes that she discussed with them was also the question of Kosova. After the meeting with Milosevic, Mrs. Rehn expressed her great preoccupation with the situation in Kosova. She said that it is clear that there exists a distrust and miscomprehension between Albanians and Serbs. That is why measures must be taken to deal with the situation. She emphasized that children are in a particularly grave position given that they are being deprived of school premises and are threatened by diseases such as tuberculosis.

    [06] Kosova Imports are Two Times Higher than Exports

    Prishtina, le 24 June - The Serb occupying authorities speak of an upturn in the Kosovar economy. However, analyses done by the Economic Body of Kosova demonstrates the contrary. Referring to these analyses, the Serb newspaper of Prishtina, Jedinstvo published that during the first five months of this year, the value exports of goods from Kosova was 28 million dollars, while imports were around 50 million dollars.

    [07] Enrollment of Students Has Already Begun in Kosova

    Prishtina, 24 June - Enrollment for the academic year 1996/1997 began at the University of Prishtina and in other Albanian higher institutions. The number of candidates is estimated to be around 6,087 (or 4,418 regular students with the rest being correspondence students). It is important to remember that this year also courses will be held in private locales, since the premises of the University and those of other schools of higher learning have been and remain usurped by the Serb authorities.

    [08] Hemorrhagic fever claims second victim

    Prishtina, 24 June - Once again, a patient with hemorrhagic fevers died at the Clinic of Infectious Diseases in Prishtina. According to the specialist, Salih Ahmeti, he was a major from the district of Gjilan. Two of six patients hospitalized in this clinic with hemorrhagic fevers have already died which leads one to think that this year also, this disease might have grave consequences.

    [09] A maternity clinic opens its doors within the framework of the Mother Theresa Association

    Prishtina, 25 June - Today, a gynecological clinic opened its doors in the Kodra and Trimava neighborhood in Prishtina. It is the first maternity built in Kosova within the framework of the Mother Theresa Humanitarian and Charity Association. The deputy director of the association, Jak Mita, addressed the people gathered for the occasion. International organizations like the American organization, Mercy Corps International, and Caritas from Vienna contributed to the construction. The clinic is established in a building place donated freely by Shaban Sfirca. It has eight beds and will function thanks to volunteering doctors and nuns who will be able to carry out between 30 and 40 births per day.

    [10] News Briefs

    Prishtina, 21 June - The Serb imposed management of the enterprise, Liria fired 57 other Albanian workers yesterday. Since the institution of exceptional measures, 600 of 688 workers from this company have been fired under various pretexts. At present, the collectivity is almost ethnically pure...Serb.

    Pristina, 22 June - The President of the Admissions Committee in the universities of Albania, Behlul Nasufi, declared to the Information Service of the Party of Democratic Action whose headquarters is in Presheva that during the 1996/97 school year, 40 students from the commune of Presheva will be able to enroll in universities and higher institutions of Albania-- 33 in Tirana, 5 in Shkoder and 2 in Kore.

    Prishtina, 27 June - The President of the Republic of Kosova, Ihrahim Rugova, received the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Belgrade, Gerhard Schrmbgens, in Prishtina yesterday. President Rugova informed his German guest about the situation in Kosova. The German ambassador made known Germanys preoccupation over the situation in Kosova and stressed that the government of his country will continue its involvement to reach a just solution to the question of Kosova.

    Ulqin, 27 June - The Education Ministry of Albania is offering 25 spots in the universities of Albania to Albanian students of Montenegro. Thirteen of them may enroll at the University of Tirana, ten at the University of Shkoder, one at the University of Elbasan and another at the University of Vlora.

    Prishtina, 27 June - The Serb prosecutor in Prishtina requested the opening of legal proceedings against the Serb priest, Lubomir Jeftic (76) of the village of Majdova and Milan Lukic (40) of Gomji Milanovci, accused of arms trafficking. The former would have played the role of intermediary. Both have been placed in preventive custody.

    [11] Ethnic Purification

    Prishtina, 24 June - On 22 June, during eight hours, Serb security inspectors interrogated Jakup Krasniqi, a member of the parliament of the Republic of Kosova and President of the Teachers Council of Arllat, as well as Naim Bujupi, director of the primary school of this locality. The interrogation was about their political activity and recent incidents in Kosova where a Serb police officer lost his life.

    Prishtina, 25 June - After the incident which happened on 17 June, around Mitrovica, where a Serb police officer was killed and another was injured, the Serb police mistreated dozens of Albanian citizens of the commune. Thus, 23 June, around midnight, an expedition of the Serb police accompanied by an armored vehicle and three cars, intervened in the neighborhood of Tavnik in Mitrovica. Bajram Jaha, the owner of the cafe, Malesorja, as well as two clients, Shefqet Haxhaj and Sabaudin Aliu, were taken in to the police station in Mitrovica. There, they were maltreated, insulted on a nationalistic basis, and menaced with the words someone will pay for the bloodshed.

    Prishtina, 26 June - Yesterday, in Gjakova, Sylejman Sylejmani, the President of the Communal Teaching Council, was summoned again to the Serb police station. Serb security inspectors interrogated him for around five hours and liberated him on the condition that he return on 1 July.

    Prishtina, 26 June - Today Serb police pillaged great quantities of goods from the clothing market, Qylhan, in Prizren. The value of the goods is estimated at several thousand marks. Such acts of pillage are repeated every day the market takes place (Wednesday).

    Prishtina, 27 June - The journalist, erkin Ibishi, correspondent from Bujku in Mitrovica, was arrested today by four Serb police who took him to the police station where he was detained for three hours and interrogated on the subject of recent articles.

    Prishtina, 27 June - Yesterday evening, around 6:00 p.m., three Serb police were arrested at Gerlica (Ferizaj), the bus of Kosovatrans which services the Shkup - Mitrovica line. They made the passenger descend from whom they pillaged thus appropriating goods belonging to Bejte Shala and Behram Tupella with a value of 740 and 670 marks respectively.


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