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Kosova Daily Report #1599, 98-10-31

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1599
Prishtina, 31 October 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] President Rugova Receives OSCE Delegation
  • [02] Presidency of Kosova Parliament Meets with Adem Dema^i
  • [03] U^K Arrests Local LDK Leaders in Malisheva
  • [04] Bodies of Three Women Found Together with Animal Carcasses in Llausha
  • [05] Serb Police Burns Schoolhouse in Shipitulla, Obiliq
  • [06] Serb Forces Resume Manning Scores of Outposts in Malisheva and Ka^anik
  • [07] Serb Court in Prizren Extends Detention to 120 Albanians
  • [08] Two Albanians Convicted on Terrorism-Related Charges in Peja

  • [01] President Rugova Receives OSCE Delegation

    PRISHTINA, Oct 31 (KIC) - The President of the Republic of Kosova Dr Ibrahim Rugova received a delegation of the OSCE Kosova Verification Mission, headed by General Bjorn Nygaard, Acting Head of Mission, Chief of Staff. Participating in the delegation were also Leif Windmar, Administration Director, Kare Eltervag, Political Adviser, and Mans Nyberg, Press Officer.

    The OSCE delegation briefed President Rugova on the work on the establishment of the Kosova Verification Mission.

    The current developments in Kosova as well as ways to overcome the difficult situation in many parts of the country were discussed.

    The situation is grave as a result of the Serbian military and police offensives against the people of Kosova this year, the President said. He stressed the importance of the international community's presence here to alleviate the humanitarian catastrophe and create the necessary environment for a negotiated and political solution to the Kosova issue.

    President Ibrahim Rugova assured the OSCE delegation on the readiness of the Kosovar institutions to closely work with the OSCE Mission.

    [02] Presidency of Kosova Parliament Meets with Adem Dema^i

    PRISHTINA, Oct 31 (KIC) - The Presidency of the Parliament of the Republic of Kosova - Idriz Ajeti, President, Iliaz Kurteshi, Gjergj Dedaj and Zef Morina, Vice-Presidents, and Fatmir Sejdiu, Secretary General - had a working meeting today (Saturday) in Prishtina with Adem Dema^i, the General Political Representative of the U^K (Kosova Liberation Army), the Parliament's press office said.

    The current situation in Kosova and efforts to overcome it were discussed in the meeting, focussing on the need for a closer cooperation of "the political and military factors in Kosova", a press release said.

    In the meeting, "intensification of common activities to further build the state institutions of the Republic of Kosova, acceptable to all" was discussed, especially the building of "institutions of executive power, in which all relevant political forces would be represented, in the function of the liberation struggle to implement the will of the people of Kosova for independence, expressed in the 1991 Referendum", the press release of the Parliament of the Republic concluded.

    Meanwhile, Adem Dema^i's office said the U^K political representative met today with Fehmi Agani, chief Kosova negotiator.

    Views were exchanged on concerted activities to further the activities of both parties, as well as unification of the political spectrum in Kosova aimed at the "creation of institutions, organs and genuine executive mechanisms" in the struggle for independence of Kosova, Dema^i's Office said.

    [03] U^K Arrests Local LDK Leaders in Malisheva

    PRISHTINA, Oct 31 (KIC) - On Friday, members of the U^K (Kosova Liberation Army) arrested Jakup Kastrati, chairman of the LDK chapter in Malisheva, and Cen Desku, member of the LDK chapter leadership there, LDK sources in Malisheva reported.

    The KIC has learned that the Presidency of the LDK in Prishtina contacted today Adem Dema^i, the main political representative of the U^K. The party leadership urged him to secure an early release of the local LDK leaders in Malisheva.

    Meanwhile, the LDK chapter in Malisheva has called that the motive for the arrest of Kastrati and Desku be made known, and that the be immediately released.

    [04] Bodies of Three Women Found Together with Animal Carcasses in Llausha

    Charred body of local Albanian found in Lubeniq, Peja

    PRISHTINA, Oct 31 (KIC) - The bodies of three women, slain in summer when Serb offensives were unfolding in Drenica region, were found today (Saturday) in Llausha village in Skenderaj ('Srbica').

    The Skenderaj chapter of the Prishtina-based Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) identified the three victims as Fatime Geci (73) and Mevlude Geci (45), residents of Llausha, and Hamide Taraku (51), mother of eight children from Vitak. Fatime Geci and Mevlude Geci were both disabled women and could not run away when Serb troops advanced into the village. The third woman, Hamide Taraku, had come earlier this year to the village to seek shelter with her relatives.

    The decomposed bodies of the three women were found in a hole covered with soil and mixed with animal carcasses, the human rights Councils said.

    Peja: The LDK chapter in Peja said that the charred body of Mehmet Ukshinaj (70) was found yesterday not far from his house in Lubeniq village.

    Qerim Ukshinaj told the LDK chapter in Peja that his brother Mehmet was executed by Serbs four months ago, but no one dared return to the village ever since and bury him because of the continued Serb presence in the area.

    Albanian refugees returning to their villages in the war-torn area have been finding mutilated and decomposed bodies of their relatives killed during Serb offensives earlier this year. It is suspected that hundreds of Albanians who had gone missing for months lay in fact killed in the villages and fields.

    [05] Serb Police Burns Schoolhouse in Shipitulla, Obiliq

    PRISHTINA, Oct 31 (KIC) - Serb forces set afire Friday evening the local school building in Shipitulla village of Obiliq, 19 km north- west of Prishtina. Serbs also burned down the house of a local villager, Daut R. Mjekiqi, sources in Obiliq said.

    Local chapters of both LDK and the Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) in Obiliq confirmed today that for the third straight night yesterday Serb forces opened fire in the direction of Albanian villages from seven locations in the area.

    The villages of Graboc i Ep&rm, Shipitull& and Sibovc were targeted in particular.

    Witnesses said that after the Serbs set ablaze the schoolhouse in Shipitulla at around 19:30, there was an exchange of fire between the Serb forces and a local U^K unit. There has been no word on casualties on either side.

    Serb troops are still manning several checkpoints and outposts in Obiliq municipality, including at "K&rshat e Grabocit", around the open-pit coal mines in Bella^evc, near the villages of Janovod& and Plemetin, as well as around the "Kosova A" and "Kosova B" power plants. In the village of Grabovc i Ul&t, Serb forces usually retreat into the house of a local Albanian, Rexhep Berisha, whenever foreign reporters or observers drive by in the area, the LDK and CDHRF said.

    [06] Serb Forces Resume Manning Scores of Outposts in Malisheva and Ka^anik

    PRISHTINA, Oct 31 (KIC) - Serb forces have been manning many outposts in Malisheva, which did not exist before the Serb crackdown in Kosova last spring, the head of the LDK Information Commission in Malisheva said today.

    Besides the town of Malisheva, where there is a huge presence of Serb forces and heavy armament, Serb policemen have been manning checkpoints and bases in Carralluka, Smolica, near T&rpeza, Kijeva, Mle^an and Llazic&. Fresh Serb troops have been deployed in some of these bases over the past days, Isuf Bytyqi said. he added that the Serbs have been preventing the uprooted local population from returning to their homes.

    The LDK chapter in Ka^anik, a town in southern Kosova, said Serb police and army forces are still in many places near the Albanian villages in the area. Serb troops backed by heavy armament were still dug in today in several places in the area, including near the village of Bajnica, at a location called Podi i Buganjave, in the halls of Silkapor factory. Serbs have camouflaged large arsenals of armament in the region, the LDK said.

    [07] Serb Court in Prizren Extends Detention to 120 Albanians

    PRISHTINA, Oct 31 (KIC) - The Serb-run District Court in Prizren ruled on Thursday to extended pre-trial detention to 120 Albanians to additional 60 days.

    The Albanians rounded up by Serb forces over the past months have been facing Serb regime charges for alleged "hostile activity" and "terrorism", the chapter of the Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) in Prizren said.

    The detainees are by and large residents of Suhareka villages, Vraniq, Savrova, Mohlan, Ma^iteva, Bukosh.

    Hundreds of Kosovar Albanians have been held in Serb custody facing terrorism-related charges.

    Serb court authorities in the town of Peja have instituted criminal investigations and proceedings against over 1,100 Albanians so far, according to Serb media and human rights groups.

    [08] Two Albanians Convicted on Terrorism-Related Charges in Peja

    PRISHTINA, Oct 31 (KIC) - The Serb-run Court in Peja sentenced Friday two Albanians under charges of involvement in hostile activity.

    Haki Mahmutgjekaj (1963), resident of Strellc village in De^an, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison, and Fehmi Kukiqi (1956) from T&rstenik village in Gllogovc, to 2 years.

    The two Albanians, arrested by Serb police a couple of months ago, were taken immediately to serve their prison, LDK sources in Peja said.

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