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Kosova Communication 302, 97-05-19

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Kosova Communication
Bulletin of the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Kosova
6th year, No. 302, 19 May 1997


  • [01] Bukoshi meets Leka Ist
  • [02] Bildt warns over Kosova
  • [03] "Trepa" management and workers call for suspension of the Serb-Greek deal
  • [04] Kosova Albanian killed at Kosova-Albania border zone
  • [05] Unbelievable sentence for a murderer
  • [06] Albanian inmates in Dubrava jail exposed to ill-treatment and torture
  • [07] Sentenced for having bought property from a Serb
  • [08] Serb regime overtaxes Albanians
  • [09] Albanian harassed by Serbian neighbour
  • [10] Albanian detained for the 25th time
  • [11] Chronicle of Violence
  • [12] Measles claim 5 lives in Kosova
  • [13] CDHRF Report on Human Rights abuses in Kosova

  • [01] Bukoshi meets Leka Ist

    Tirana, 12 May - Bujar Bukoshi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosova met with the heir of the Albanian throne, Leka Zogu, the 1st..

    Mr. Bukoshi stated that the situation in Kosova was very difficult and threatening to escalate. Our movement has proven that conflict was avoidable, but the International Community continues to make concessions to Serbia, attempting to leave Kosova within Serbia. Our stance on an independent Kosova is well known and we would under no circumstances accept to remain in the present position.

    Leka the 1st once more reiterated his position on ethnic Albania, explaining that this does not necessarily mean a declaration for war. On the contrary, diplomatic and civilised forces would understand that the option on ethnic Albania relies on the universal right to self- determination of the people, which was sanctioned by the United Nations Charter, Helsinki Charter and other international documents. The most important thing was that all Albanians, wherever they are, maintain the same position, continued Leka the 1st . The world would understand us better only if we have a unique stance and clearly articulate our intentions.

    [02] Bildt warns over Kosova

    Prishtina, 15 May - Mr. Carl Bildt, a Swedish diplomat in charge of monitoring the implementation of the Dayton Agreement on Bosnias, in a statement given to the Swedish news agency TT speaks on Kosova as one of the most sensitive political problems in the Balkans, According to Mr. Bildt an inevitable total destruction of Serbs was to be expected in the coming years. "Shaking of Serbian territory is unavoidable, because in Yugoslavia I see a non-reformed, partly communist economy, an economy run by mafia groups which has been created during the period of International sanctions", added Bildt who went on to say that the conflict can easily spread to Kosova, FYROM and Albania.

    The Kosova Albanian leadership has waited long for a political resolution to the Kosova issue, Carl Bildt said, noting that [President] Rugova had been hopeful of international support, first and foremost from the United States of America, for a kind of independence for Kosova. The Dayton Accords and following developments have caused "Rugova and the Albanian pacifists" great frustration, Mr. Bildt said, adding that, as a result, militant emerging. "We have said for years that a small spark can ignite the flames in Kosova. Dont forget, this can indeed happen", Mr. Carl Bildt was quoted as saying.

    [03] "Trepa" management and workers call for suspension of the Serb-Greek deal

    Prishtina, 13 May - The Albanian managing board of the Mitrovica-based "Trepa" mining and metallurgical works denounced late last week the signing by the Serb regime and the Greek Mytilineos Holdings company of a contract worth US$ 520 million.

    The legitimate "Trepa" management and the people who have been fired by the Serbian regime called on the Greek government to ensure that the contract is annulled. "The contract will contribute to a further increase in political tensions and aggravation of the economic situation in Kosova", the Trepa management board said, according to the Bujku newspaper. Meanwhile, trade unions of the Albanian workforce at the Stari Trg mining complex denounced the Serb-Greek deal on Trepa and said it will be "null and void" and "not binding" to them, the legal share-holders of the Trepa assets.

    The Stari Trg Albanian workers called on authorities of the Republic of Kosova to sue before the International Tribunal those involved in illegally exploiting Trepa.

    The contract, which was not signed by the legal owners and managers of Trepa, should be proclaimed null and void and suspended, the trade unions concluded. Kosova miners also called upon the Greek Mining Unions to condemn this contract.

    [04] Kosova Albanian killed at Kosova-Albania border zone

    Prishtina, 12 May - A 24-year-old Kosova Albanian, Luan Ilmi Haradinaj, fromof the village of Gllogjan near Dean, had been shot dead two weeks ago by the Serbian army at the Kosova-Albania border zone near Has village in unclear circumstances.

    The Haradinaj family were only notified about their sons death two days ago. Brother of the deceased Luan Haradinaj reportedly phoned his family from Albania and told them that Luan was shot dead by Serb soldiers at the Albania-Kosova. He was also quoted as saying that Luan Haradinaj was buried in Albania.

    Luan Haradinaj, was a physical education student at the Tirana University (Albania).

    [05] Unbelievable sentence for a murderer

    Gjilan, 16 May - The Magistrates Court in Gjilan, chaired by Stanisllav Jovanovic sentenced Zoran Markovic, member of the SerbianPolice, to one- year imprisonment for fatally wounding Luigj Ahmeti from Bin near Vitia.

    [06] Albanian inmates in Dubrava jail exposed to ill-treatment and torture

    Prishtina, 16 May - Albanian inmates at Dubrava prison in Gurakoc of Istog have been exposed to constant torture, not only by the prison wards but by the so-called prison counsellors as well, the Prishtina- based daily "Bujku" said today.

    Quoting the Council for the Defence of Human Rights the newspaper said a Serbian refugee from Bosnja, Milan Cvitkovic, employed in this prison camp as a counsellor, has been harassing and ill-treating physically Albanian prisoners. The Council says the Serb refugee lacks any training or experience.

    [07] Sentenced for having bought property from a Serb

    Prishtina, 16 May - An Albanian Ahmet Halitaj has been sentenced by a Serb court in Prishtina to 60 days imprisonment for having bought an apartment from a Serb in the town, the Belgrade daily "Dnevni Telegraf" said in its Friday issue.

    The newspaper reports that 24 other person in Prishtina (Sait Ukshini, Besa Ganiu, Islam Bucolli, Maria Demaj, Shukri Bakliqi, Vesel Hashani, Ymer Alidemaj, Ilush Kurtoviqi, Ali Krasniqi, Nafije Lajiqi, Hilmi Rexha, Ahmet Neza, Xhem Aziri, Abdyl Shkodra, Luan Hoxha, Tom Gashi, Haki Jonuzaj, Sra Qosoviqi, Ejup Berisha, Mentor Jakupi, Ahmet Haliti Musa N.) are expected to face prosecution for having purchased real- estate property from Serbs in Kosova.

    Several years ago the Serbian regime adopted legislation by which Albanian-Serb transaction of real-estate in Kosova is punishable under law. The law was introduced in order to prevent the Serbs from leaving Kosova.

    [08] Serb regime overtaxes Albanians

    Prishtina, 15 May - Citizens in Kosova municipalities where Albanians make up the majority population pay administrative taxes several times higher than those in a several of areas where the number of Serbs is larger or they outnumber Albanians, writes the Prishtina-based Bujku.

    The newspaper said citizens in the municipality of Mitrovica and Vushtrri, where Albanians make up an absolute majority have to pay up to 400 dinars administrative tax for a car license. In the neighbouring municipality of Zubin Potok, an area mainly inhabited by Serbs, one has to pay only 15 dinars for the same purpose. In Zvean, a mining village, which was given a municipality status under a new Serbian territorial arrangement, a car license fees cost only 5 dinars, Bujku reported.

    [09] Albanian harassed by Serbian neighbour

    Prishtina, 13 May - An Albanian, Murat Shala from Samadrexha village of Vushtrri has been continuously harassed by the Serbian authorities and his Serb neighbour, Miroslav Milincic, in connection with a plot of land he had purchased long time ago.

    22 years ago, Murat Shala had bought land from his Serb neighbor Milincic. Mr. Shala is in possession of the supporting papers confirming ownership and full payment for the property, yet the Serb family has been demanding that he pays additional money or return the land.

    Murat Shala has reportedly been threatened by the Serbian police several times, and is expected to appear before the Serb-run court in Vushtrri.

    [10] Albanian detained for the 25th time

    Malisheva, 16 May - Banush Sahitaj from Panorc village been summoned to police interrogations 25 times. He was exposed to severe physical torture by the Serbian police several times.

    [11] Chronicle of Violence

    Istog, 13 May - Isa Bajraj local LDK activist and accountant with the local Financial Fund was summoned on 11 May to report to the Serbian police station in Istog. While in custody he was interrogated about the activity of the Financial Fund and the activities of the local LDK branch.

    Kaanik, 12 May : On 10 May, Serbian police arrested Kemajl Dela local LDK activist, allegedly in connection with arms. He was reported to have been subjected to severe physical torture.

    [12] Measles claim 5 lives in Kosova

    Prishtina, 12 May - There have been 1,277 registered cases of measles in Kosova since January this year, the Albanian daily "Bujku" reported on its issue published on 10 May.. During the past week measles have claimed another life in Podujeva, this time of a five-year-old girl, raising the death toll to five this year.

    Cases of measles were reported in many district of Kosova during this year. The situation seems to have improved in many of these areas, yet it is not under complete control, says the newspaper. Doctors have stated there could be up to 7.000 infected children throughout Kosova, which was due to lack of proper vaccination during 1989 and 1990, when the Serbian regime cracked down on the Kosova institutions, including the health system.

    [13] CDHRF Report on Human Rights abuses in Kosova

    At least 272 persons were subjected to Serbian police in Kosova during April alone, the Prishtina-based Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms reveals in a monthly report released Thursday.

    In a long list of Serbian regime practices the CDHRF said that 41 persons were subjected to torture, 67 persons were arbitrarily arrested, 29 were ordered to report to the Serbian police stations, 31 Albanians had their households raided by Serb police, 68 persons were ill-treated in connection with arms offences.

    The CDHRF states it has registered other practices of the Serbian regime against the Kosova Albanians such as eviction from apartments (7 cases), ill-treatment of women and children (9 cases), harassment of sportsmen and interruption of sports events (12 cases) , harassment of political, human rights, humanitarian activists (22) cases), police interference in schools and institutions related to Albanian language education (11) cases, etc.

    In a quarterly report (January-March 1997) the major Kosova human rights organisation states that it has registered 1109 cases of human rights abuses. The report said 13 people were killed and 11 others wounded by fire arms during the same period.

    Kosova Information Centre - London

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