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Kosova Daily Report #1579, 98-10-11

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Kosova Information Center
Prishtina, 11 October 1998


  • [01] "Kosova Is Asking Vociferously for and Looking Forward to NATO's Intervention"
  • [02] Qosja Slams Interim Accord Plan for Kosova, Agani Says It Is Unacceptable
  • [03] Serbs Start Burning Cerovik Village, Klina, Sunday Afternoon
  • [04] Shooting Reported in Skenderaj Villages, Albanian Houses Ablaze in Mak&rmal, Sunday
  • [05] Albanian Dies After Being Tortured in Serb Hands
  • [06] Women and Children Die in Refugee Camping Sites

  • [01] "Kosova Is Asking Vociferously for and Looking Forward to NATO's Intervention"

    Summary of Informatori daily's leading article

    PRISHTINA, Oct 11 (KIC) - The international community has been entreating Milosevic to comply with the demands of the UN Resolution and the Contact Group over Kosova, but the entreaties have fallen on deaf ears so far, Enver Maloku, the editor in chief of the Informatori evening newspaper maintains in a leading article on Sunday. Milosevic has been refusing to accept what are "extremely soft" demands put forward by international factors, Maloku writes.

    What has done the Contact Group since March 1998? How many lives have been saved by the UN Security Council? Has the political process made any headway since Ambassador Holbrooke's engagement?

    Have statements by Clinton, Blair, Chirca, Anan, Kohl thwarted at all the Serb killing machinery? - to these questions the Informatori writers answers negatively. "Therefore, it is futile for the world to continue to threaten and plea Serbia as heretofore, and it is pointless for leading diplomats to continue kneeling down to the man who is responsible for the most menstruous crimes this half century".

    It is high time for the Western diplomacy to give up such futile efforts, to accept defeat, Maloku writes. The Western world, including the United States, have made many mistakes and undermined their authority and credibility by "being fooled from a petty dictator", the Informatori writer notes. "It is hard to believe diplomacy will be able to achieve anything without force backing it."

    In their continued entreaties to Milosevic, the international community is giving signs of its willingness to accept his plans for Kosova, which, summed up, mean subjugation, violence and terror, Enver Maloku writes. "Therefore, the arrival of U.S. diplomats in Prishtina (on Saturday), was seen with dread here, because the problem of Kosova is not in Kosova, but in Belgrade!

    The possibility of averting (NATO) military intervention against Serb targets should not be sought in the Kosovar politics, but rather in Belgrade, which can prevent it by allowing Kosova to be free".

    Mr. Maloku concludes his leading article in the conviction that the Western diplomats have been persuaded once more that "Kosova is asking vociferously for and looking forward to NATO's intervention".

    [02] Qosja Slams Interim Accord Plan for Kosova, Agani Says It Is Unacceptable

    It could become a permanent status for Kosova within Serbia/Yugoslavia, opposition leader maintains

    PRISHTINA, Oct 11 (KIC) - Rexhep Qosja, leader of the United Democratic Movement (LBD), a political coalition of four opposition parties in Kosova, said the interim accord plan for Kosova which has been presented to the Kosovar side was unacceptable.

    Mr. Qosja, who met with Chris Hill, the U.S. envoy for Kosova, on Saturday, told the Koha Ditore daily the plan, which was drafted by the Contact Group, envisages that Kosova remain within both Yugoslavia and Serbia.

    "The interim accord, the transitional agreement, the provisional status, such as it is envisioned in the document, can become a permanent resolution for the Kosova issue, rather a permanent status. Naturally enough, such a status for the LBD is utterly unacceptable", Rexhep Qosja said.

    The Parliamentary Party of Kosova (PPK), the Albanian Democratic Movement (LDSH), the Party of National Unity (UNIKOMB), and the Albanian Liberal Party (PLSH) formed last week a coalition named the United Democratic Union (LBD) under Qosja's leadership.

    A plan for an interim accord for Kosova, referred to sometimes as only a set of ideas for further discussion, was presented early last month by U.S. envoy Chris Hill and published by the Koha Ditore daily in Prishtina. It has been harshly criticized in Kosova as being unacceptable, pro-Serb, some even cynically suggesting it had been drafted by the Serb side itself.

    Veton Surroi, the Koha Ditore editor, was the first to slam the draft plan as unacceptable. A former Kosova negotiating team member, Surroi met yesterday with visiting U.S. diplomats in Prishtina.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Fehmi Agani, the chief Kosova negotiator, told the Serb Blic daily, the revised U.S. plan for Kosova was unacceptable.

    "In principle, this proposal is unacceptable, because it sees solution (for Kosova) within Serbia and Yugoslavia". Kosovar Albanians will not give up their independence bid, Agani said, according to Beta news agency.

    [03] Serbs Start Burning Cerovik Village, Klina, Sunday Afternoon

    PRISHTINA, Oct 11 (KIC) - Early afternoon today (Sunday), Serb forces entered Cerovik village of Klina, central Kosova, and embarked on a large- scale arson campaign in the village, local sources reported.

    Serbs have been deliberately setting afire Albanian farmhouses, witnesses told the LDK chapter in Klina.

    The local population has never returned to the Cerovik village in the wake of Serb attacks during summer months, the LDK said. It added that a foreign television crew who happened to be in the area was able to film the burning houses in Cerovik today.

    [04] Shooting Reported in Skenderaj Villages, Albanian Houses Ablaze in Mak&rmal, Sunday

    PRISHTINA, Oct 11 (KIC) - Serb forces set several farmhouses in the Markermal village of Skenderaj ('Srbica') on fire today (Sunday) morning, local sources reported.

    The Skenderaj chapter of the Prishtina-based Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) said around midday toady that plumes of smoke were billowing from houses in Mak&rmal since morning. The CDHRF failed to provide other details regarding the extent of the Serb forces' attack in the village or possible casualties there today.

    The human rights group said, however, that there was increased movement of Serb forces in the area since last evening. At around 18:30 yesterday, a convoy of Serb forces consisting of 19 vehicles, trucks and tanks, drove through Mitrovica and Skenderaj, and headed for Likovc village. Shooting was heard in the area around Likovc after 19:00 hrs, it said.

    Shooting from machine-guns was heard today morning around the village of T&rstenik village in the neighboring municipality of Gllogovc. The LDK chapter in the town could not tell still by early afternoon today what had happened in the area around T&rstenik.

    [05] Albanian Dies After Being Tortured in Serb Hands

    PRISHTINA, Oct 11 (KIC) - A 58-year-old Albanian, Sherif Buzhala, resident of Budakova village of Suhareka, died on Saturday after having been tortured by Serbs the previous day.

    The LDK chapter in Suhareka said Serb forces cracked down on Budakova village, terrorizing and arresting local Albanians.

    The now late Sherif Buzhala fell unconscious when assaulted by the Serb policemen. He died the next morning.

    The LDK said the Serb police rounded up several villagers in Budakova on Friday, including Gani Sallauka (29) and Arif Daka (27), whose whereabouts have been unknown ever since.

    [06] Women and Children Die in Refugee Camping Sites

    PRISHTINA, Oct 11 (KIC) - Two Kosvar Albanian women died in makeshift refugee camps in Drenica region, central Kosova, on Saturday and Sunday.

    Emine Kurtaj (1962) resident of A^areva (Gllogoc), died last evening in T&rstenik village where her family had found shelter earlier this year. The late Mrs Kurtaj died in a childbed, while her baby survived, sources said.

    Rahime Brahimi (30), resident of Plluzhina (Sk&nderaj), died today morning in T&rdefc village. The chapter of human rights Council in Skenderaj said Rrahime Brahimi, mother to four children, had fled her village three months ago.

    The LDK chapter said two children died in refugee camping sites in the area in the past couple of days. Rrahman Muhamet Byty^i (3) died in Sllapuzhan village on Friday. Another infant, Mihrije Sahiti died in a camping site at Karvansari valley.

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