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Kosova Daily Report #1662, 99-01-13

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1662
Prishtina, 13 January 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Today, a Day of National Mourning in Kosova
  • [02] Assassination of Enver Maloku Condemned, Rugova, KIC and Family Condoled
  • [03] President Rugova Receives USAID Officials
  • [04] U^K to Release 'Yugoslav' Soldiers Later in the Day?
  • [05] One Albanian Killed in Mitrovica, Another in Ferizaj, Third Body Found in Gllogovc
  • [06] Gunfire and Fighting Reported Monday and Tuesday in Border Area Villages
  • [07] Serbian Military and Police Buildup in Podujeva Continues

  • [01] Today, a Day of National Mourning in Kosova

    PRISHTINA, Jan 13 (KIC) - In honor to, and on the occasion of the assassinated Enver Maloku, head of the Kosova Information Center (KIC), the President of the Republic of Kosova Dr. Ibrahim Rugova declared Wednesday, 13 January, a day of national mourning in Kosova, Rugova's Office said on Tuesday.

    Enver Maloku (1954), a leading Albanian journalist in the 1980s and 1990s, director of the KIC since 1993, was assassinated in downtown Prishtina on Monday afternoon. This was the second, now fatal, attempt on his life in six months.

    [02] Assassination of Enver Maloku Condemned, Rugova, KIC and Family Condoled

    PRISHTINA, Jan 13 (KIC) - All Kosovar institutions, the major Albanian political and cultural organizations in and outside Kosova, as well as foreign colleagues have sent President Rugova, the KIC as well as Maloku family messages of sympathy on the tragic death of Maloku, together with words of strong condemnation for the criminal act of his assassination Monday afternoon.

    Albania's Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Sokol Gjoka, said the assassination of Enver Maloku is an "expression of the official Belgrade policy of concealing the truth of the tragedy in Kosova, violating the right to freedom of information, as well as depriving an entire people of its right to live in freedom and equality".

    The deputy spokesman for the French Foreign Minister condemned in the strongest term the assassination of Enver Maloku, "the chief of the Albanian information service (KIC)", who was also a "close aide to Mr. Ibrahim Rugova".

    The Austrian Ambassador to Belgrade, Wolfgang Petritsch, said "We will remember Mr. Maloku, whose work was most appreciated, as a compassionate human being whose impressive commitment to his task has earned him the respect of the whole diplomatic community. He will be greatly missed."

    The Czech People in Need Foundation, in a letter to the KIC said, "The killing of any journalist is a reprehensible act, but Mr. Maloku's was all the more so given his moderate views and his articulately expressed desire for a peaceful and democratic Kosovo".

    The People in Need Foundation accorded last year its annual Homo Homini human rights prize to President Ibrahim Rugova of Kosova.

    The People in Need showed its solidarity with us in the KIC in our moment of loss, and made an offer of material support "that will enable you to continue and strengthen your work".

    Enver Maloku's "name stands for clear information and courage. The Milosevic regime could no longer bear his clear voice. One of Kosova's best men was murdered, and the entire nation of Kosova was hit as well", Tilman Zuelch, President of the Society for Threatened Peoples International, said in a letter of condolences to the KIC.

    A political science student, John Mullaney, from Texas, U.S., expressed his sadness about Mr. Maloku, and praised the KIC's "excellent journalism". "You are being heard. Keep trying. Never give up until you shed the shackles of tyranny and violence", the American student said, referring to "Milosevic's madness" and his terror that has plagued Kosova and the Balkan region.

    Confident that we will be unable to do justice to all who have commiserated with us on the great loss of ours, we in the KIC herewith thank from the bottom of our heart all those who have sent us messages of sympathy in whatever manner - by letter, phone or E- Mail.

    [03] President Rugova Receives USAID Officials

    PRISHTINA, Jan 13 (KIC) - The President of the Republic of Kosova Ibrahim Rugova received Tuesday evening a delegation of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), consisting of Frank Pavich, director of the Prishtina Office, and Chuck Howell, Bruce Adams, and Scotty Johnson, officials with the USAID.

    Rugova and the USAID delegation - which is on an fact-finding mission here - discussed about the most recent developments in Kosova and ways to de- escalate the situation and speed up the political process in pursuit of a settlement.

    The USAID representatives shared an interest in aspects of the organization of the Kosovar society and the ways this organization may help in the appropriate fields, as well as in the process of democratization as a whole.

    President Rugova appreciated as very significant the USAID's support for Kosova.

    [04] U^K to Release 'Yugoslav' Soldiers Later in the Day?

    PRISHTINA, Jan 13 (KIC) - The eight Serbian ('Yugoslav') soldiers, taken prisoner by the U^K last week, will be released later in the day today (Wednesday), sources said.

    The agreement on their release was concluded today in the village of Likoc, in central Kosova, during a meeting of the U^K General Staff members and representatives of the international community, American and European envoys, ambassadors Chris Hill, Wolfgang Petritsch, and William Walkeram Walker, Mr. Murat Musliu, a local human rights activist in Skenderaj ('Srbica') said.

    OSCE chairman Knut Vollebaeck said in Prishtina Tuesday evening an agreement on an early release of the Serbian soldiers had been reached.

    The U^K had initially demanded that the 'Yugoslav' soldiers be swamped with U^K prisoners in Serb hands.

    The modalities of the release of Yugoslav prisoners have not been made available as of yet.

    [05] One Albanian Killed in Mitrovica, Another in Ferizaj, Third Body Found in Gllogovc

    PRISHTINA, Jan 13 (KIC) - Two Albanians were killed in the last 24 hours in Kosova, and the body of a third person, still unidentified, was found today.

    Early in the morning today (Wednesday), unidentified assailants shot dead in front of his house Nexhmedin Sadiku (43), resident of Bair neighborhood in the town of Mitrovica, LDK sources in Mitrovica said.

    Meanwhile, unknown persons shot and fatally wounded with two bullets Sejdi Sahiti (50) in the town of Ferizaj ('Urosevac') on Tuesday evening, around 18:50 hrs, the LDK chapter in Ferizaj reported. He was taken to the Prishtina hospital, where he died today of wounds he sustained yesterday.

    Sejdiu was shot and wounded while on his way to work, in a construction material depot in Ferizaj. Six spent bullets were found in the scene of the incident, sources said.

    The Prishtina-based Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) said the body of a killed person was spotted early in the morning today near the Chicken Farm at Krivov& village of Gllogovc. The CDHRF said it could not get further information regarding the identity and the circumstances in which the person had been killed.

    [06] Gunfire and Fighting Reported Monday and Tuesday in Border Area Villages

    PRISHTINA, Jan 13 (KIC) - Heavy arms shooting was heard coming Monday night and Tuesday morning in the villages of Zulfaj, Qaf& e Prushit and Dev&, situated in the Kosova-Albania border area, LDK sources in Gjakova said.

    Fighting was reported Tuesday between the U^K (Kosova Liberation Army) and the Serbian military and police in the villages of Shaptej, Gllogjan, Ratish, Dashinoc and Maznik& of the municipality of De^an, the Prishtina- based Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF). There was no information on the casualty toll.

    The body of an U^K fighter, Hysen Rama, from Skenderaj ('Srbica'), was taken Tuesday afternoon to the town morgue in Gjakova. It is not known where he was killed.

    [07] Serbian Military and Police Buildup in Podujeva Continues

    PRISHTINA, Jan 13 (KIC) - Heavy Serbian military and police troops, backed up by tanks and other heavy weaponry, continue being deployed along the Prishtina-Podujeva roadway, the 'Tabet e Llapashtic&s', on the Podujeva- K&rpimeh roadway, which is being kept sealed off, and in several key communication sites in Podujeva, 30 km north of Prishtina.

    The fate of Nazmi Ismajli and Ismet Beqiri (42), residents of Peran village, who were arrested Saturday by the Serb military, is still unknown.

    Eight Albanians are said to be still holed up in the village of Peran, five km north of Podujeva. LDK sources have their names, adding that Albanian farmsteads are being looted by the Serb forces.

    Two dozen Albanian houses were shelled by Serb forces last week in Llapashtic& e Ep&rme and Llapashtic& e Poshtme, and in the outskirts of the town of Podujeva, LDK sources said, listing the names of family heads.

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