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Kosova Daily Report #1595, 98-10-27

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From: Kosova Information Center <http://www.kosova.com/>

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1595
Prishtina, 27 October 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Serb Police Leave Many Checkpoints, Still Manning Many Others
  • [02] U^K Will Show Self-Restraint as Long as Serb Side Does Not Provoke It, Dema^i Says
  • [03] Hill Plan Unacceptable, Kosovar Politicians and Legal Experts Say
  • [04] Bodies of Three Killed Albanians Found in Drenica Today
  • [05] Serbs Set Ablaze Albanian Houses as They Move Out of Villages
  • [06] Serb Forces Spray with Fire Malisheva Villages Monday Night
  • [07] Albanian Held Hostage by Serbs in His House for 60 Days

  • [01] Serb Police Leave Many Checkpoints, Still Manning Many Others

    PRISHTINA, Oct 27 (KIC) - Sources from Kosova municipalities reported during the morning hours today that Serb troop were leaving a considerable number of checkpoints on the roads, intersections and near the Albanian communities. Serbs have been reportedly dismantling the checkpoints established over the past several months.

    Below are the accounts circulated by LDK chapters in several Kosova municipalities on the withdrawal of Serb troops by mid-morning today: Gllogovc: Serb police has withdrawn from T&rstenik, Komoran, while military ones left a base at ^ukat e Zabelit above Komoran. Part of Serb troops also left the compounds of the Ferrous-Nickel "Feronikeli" plant. It is not certain if all Serb forces left the factory halls which, for several months, had been turned into a virtual detention center where scores of Albanians were held for days and tortured severely.

    Serb forces were still by midday in the villages of Korrotica and Llapushnik.

    Podujeva: At around 20:00 on Monday, Serb forces left a huge checkpoint near the Besiana motel on the edge of the town of Podujeva, on the Podujeva- Prishtina roadway. Sources said that most of the Sreb policemen retreated into the motel, to only leave today. It is not certain, however, if all of them have withdrawn from that base.

    The checkpoint in the northeastern town of Podujeva had been turned into a surrogate border control post between Kosova and Serbia, with all vehicles entering Kosova being stopped there, and Albanian traders and ordinary passengers paying arbitrary taxes/fines levied on them by the Serbian police manning the checkpoint!

    Sources in Podujeva said around 100 buses with Serb forces on board were seen moving in the direction of Serbia travelling the Prishtina-Podujeva- Nis road after 21:00 hrs last night.

    Peja: An LDK activist in Lugu i Baranit, a valley on the south-west of Peja which was targeted by huge Sreb offensives earlier this year, said Serb forces have retreated from the checkpoints in Kosuriq and Gllogjan. Serb police in an armored vehicle was seen moving between the Baran and Nepole on repeated occasions today.

    Witnesses said that before leaving the Gllogjan village, Serbs demolished the local schoolhouse as well as the farmhouse of Zymer ^eku in Kosuriq.

    Lipjan: Serb forces pulled Monday evening from checkpoints in V&rshec, ^ylag&, Grac& e Vog&l, Gllavic&. Serbs also evacuated the "Jeronim de Rada" school in the mining town of Magura.

    A resident of Qulaga village told the KIC today morning that he went to his village last night after having seen the Serbs leaving.

    Shaban Bytyqi said dozens of houses in his village were levelled to the ground, others were damaged and demolished and virtually each house pillaged. Serb damaged and filled with rubble many wells, sources of drinking water for the local population.

    Suhareka: Serb forces withdrew today from Samadraxha village. They warned the local villagers not to remove the sandbags from the houses they were garrisoned in, saying that they would be back soon.

    Sreb police were today still manning checkpoints and bases at the villages of Reshtan, Bllac&, and Mohlan villages. Serb police patrols roamed the street of Suharka, harassing, intimidating and offending passersby in the morning hours today.

    Obiliq: By midday today, Sreb police were still manning checkpoints and outposts in several places in the municipality of Obiliq, including at a location known as "K&rshat e Grabocit", Graboc i Ul&t, Shipitull&, Siboc and Lajthisht& villages, as well as around the Bella^evc coal mines.

    Serb forces opened fire in the direction of Hajredinaj neighborhood in Graboc i Ep&rm last night, local sources told the KIC.

    [02] U^K Will Show Self-Restraint as Long as Serb Side Does Not Provoke It, Dema^i Says

    PRISHTINA, Oct 27 (KIC) - The Office of the Ushtria ^lirimtare e Kosov&s (U^K, Kosova Liberation Army) has contacted people who deal with the issue of the Hague Tribunal, Adem Dema^i, the political representative of the U^K, said in a press conference today.

    The U^K will help the Tribunal in all ways so that the truth on all crimes and massacres committed in Kosova be established, he said.

    There have been Serb troop withdrawals in the past 24 hours, Dema^i said, but he cautioned against making hasty judgments. "We do not know whether they have gone, not to return to Kosova".

    The General Staff of the U^K has "reassured me the U^K will continue to show self-restrain as long as the Serb side does not provoke the U^K and as long as it respects the agreements between the U^K and the international verifiers on their positions and emplacements".

    Adem Dema^i reaffirmed his idea for the formation of an Assembly of Kosova, which would include the current legislature of the Parliament, but also representatives of parties and other organizations which did not take part in the 22 March elections.

    "This Assembly would elect a Government", which would be representative of all the political specter and have "competent" people in it.

    The world should know that our goal one and the same, laid down in the 1991 Referendum for independence, Adem Dema^i said, adding that no agreement on Kosova would be accepted unless there is a clear provision in it, specifying the date when the Albanian will exercise their right to self- determination. "There are no substantial differences between the LDK and U^K. Our goal is the same".

    Meanwhile, in a written statement, Dema^i's Office called on the Albanian people of all walks of life not to "accept any solution which has not been made known to the people and which is in opposition to the independence of Kosova". The allusion was to the Holbrooke-Milosevic deal.

    [03] Hill Plan Unacceptable, Kosovar Politicians and Legal Experts Say

    The plan degrades even the autonomy Kosova enjoyed in former Yugoslavia, Milazim Krasniqi, a senior LDK official says

    PRISHTINA, Oct 27 (KIC) - The draft idea for a settlement in Kosova, what is frequently referred as the [Ambassador Chris] Hill plan for Kosova, is unacceptable, participants in a round-table organized by the Democratic League of Kosova (LDK) Youth Forum Monday said.

    The Holbrooke-Milosevic deal on Kosova on the implementation of UNSCR 1199 has been shrouded in mystifications, Milazim Krasniqi, member of the LDK Executive, said. "There was no need for so much ado about what is a routine deal on the implementation of Resolution 1199, because it was mandatory anyway", he said.

    Echoing comments by Bobe Dole, Krasniqi said the deal put pressure on the Albanian side - the victims of aggression - in order to force them accept damaging solutions. "The Hill document degrades even the autonomy that Kosova used to enjoy [in former Yugoslavia], let alone the political will of the people expressed in the 1991 referendum," he said.

    One thing is clear, Milazim Krasniqi said, as long as the international community seeks a status for Kosova within the state framework of Yugoslavia, excluding the possibility of self- determination and independence for Kosova, "there will be no solution".

    Mr. Gjergj Dedaj, Vice-President of the Parliament of the Republic of Kosova, and leader of the Liberal Party, said his party was appreciative of the efforts of the international community, especially the USA, to discontinue the negative trends in Kosova.

    The Kosova Albanian side has been sidelined in the political process heretofore, he noted.

    Mr. Dedaj said for the PLK any solution for Kosova within "Serbia or the FRY, which is in fact Serbia, is unacceptable".

    The draft ideas for a solution in Kosova which do not safeguard the right of the people of Kosova to decide its future in a referendum after the provisional period expires are unacceptable, the PLK leader concluded.

    A similar round-table was organized last week by the KACI (Kosova Action for Civilian Initiative], in which Albanian legal experts and university law professors took part.

    They slammed the draft plan put forward by Ambassador Chris Hill early September, noting by and large that what it offered was far less than what Kosova had with the 1974 Constitution. "Russian experts would not have written a worse document", Kurtesh Salihu, a constitutional law professor at the University of Prishtina, was quoted as saying, referring to the Hill plan.

    [04] Bodies of Three Killed Albanians Found in Drenica Today

    PRISHTINA, Oct 27 (KIC) - The bodies of three Albanians have been found today after Serb forces withdrew from many of their checkpoints in Drenica, Murat Musliu, a local human rights activist in Skenderaj ('Srbica') told the KIC.

    The decapitated body of Xhavit Halit Kadriu (22) was found today in his native village of Likoc. He had gone missing on 25 September.

    The bodies of Cen& Gjinovci (67), resident of Mak&rmal, and Idriz Gashi (60), resident of Rrezall& village, were found today.

    Idrizi was killed on 17 October together with another Albanian, Ali Ahmeti, the human rights activist said.

    People have started trickling back to their villages, although many of them have no home to return to, Mr. Musliu said.

    [05] Serbs Set Ablaze Albanian Houses as They Move Out of Villages

    PRISHTINA, Oct 27 (KIC) - Serb forces set ablaze two houses of Albanians in the Balinc& village of Malisheva, a local resident told the KIC today. In addition to that, Serbs opened fire in the direction of a group of local residents who attempted to return to the village after having been informed that the police had left it this morning.

    The villager said that 42 houses were burned down in the village earlier this year.

    The Malisheva LDK Information Commission said a Serb police convoy driving through the Carralluka village today set ablaze several local Albanian houses.

    The Commission said that the body of killed Jashar Krasniqi, a local schoolteacher from T&rpez& village, was found on Monday not far from his house. The late Krasniqi, who had been among the missing people lists, was probably killed three months ago when Serb forces launched a fierce offensive in the area.

    [06] Serb Forces Spray with Fire Malisheva Villages Monday Night

    PRISHTINA, Oct 27 (KIC) - A senior LDK activist of Malisheva told the KIC that the villages of Sferk& e Gashit, Panorc, Rud, Llap^ev& and Bub&l, were sprayed with machine-gun fire last night.

    Fetah Rudi, member of the LDK branch leadership in Malisheva, said Albanian villages were pounded with fire from two bases, Pishat e Volljak&s (Volljaka Pinewood) and a bauxite mine in Volljaka.

    [07] Albanian Held Hostage by Serbs in His House for 60 Days

    PRISHTINA, Oct 27 (KIC) - A local Albanian from Samadraxha village of Suhareka was held hostage in the hands of Serb forces for 60 days, the LDK chapter in Suhareka said today.

    Bafti Murtez Musaj (70) was caught in his home two months ago, when Serb forces advanced into the village of Samadraxha. He was ever since held as hostage to only be let free yesterday.

    Sources said the whereabouts of another Albanian from the same village area have been unknown since his kidnaping by Serbs a month ago.

    G&zim Krasniqi (38) was abducted at Zojz village of Prizren on 25 September.

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