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Kosova Daily Report #1663, 99-01-14

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1663
Prishtina, 14 January 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Secret Serb Police Behind the Assassination of Enver Maloku, U^K Spokesman Says
  • [02] Eight Serb Soldiers Released as Part of Deal to Release U^K Prisoners, U^K Claims
  • [03] Serb Forces Shell Two Suhareka Villages
  • [04] Podujeva-K&rpimeh Roadway Blocked by Serb Forces
  • [05] Serbs Engage in Shooting Spree, One Albanian Wounded
  • [06] Four Serb Policemen Wounded in De^an Village

  • [01] Secret Serb Police Behind the Assassination of Enver Maloku, U^K Spokesman Says

    PRISHTINA, Jan 14 (KIC) - Bardhyl Mahmuti, a spokesman for the U^K (Kosova Liberation Army) abroad, said Serbian secret services were behind the assassination of Enver Maloku, the Kosova Information Center (KIC) head, who was killed Monday afternoon in the Kosova capital, Prishtina.

    Speaking during a press conference in Geneva today, Mr. Mahmuti said the Serb secret services have been targeting not only the U^K, but also Albanian "journalists and intellectuals". After killing them, the Belgrade regime fuels speculation, as part of a special warfare to mislead the public and cause disunity amongst the Albanians, Bardhyl Mahmuti said.

    "These Serbian schemes will fail, because Albanians are committed to liberate Kosova from Serbian occupation", the U^K representative concluded in Geneva.

    The assassinated KIC head, Enver Maloku, was buried in his native village of Bradash, half a dozen km north of Podujeva, in the presence of U^K fighters who paid their last respects to Maloku, alongside around 4,000 other compatriots from all parts of Kosova.

    [02] Eight Serb Soldiers Released as Part of Deal to Release U^K Prisoners, U^K Claims

    PRISHTINA, Jan 14 (KIC) - The eight Serbian ('Yugoslav') soldiers, taken prisoner by the U^K last Friday, were released Wednesday afternoon in Likoc, central Kosova, after an agreement concluded between the U^K General Staff members and representatives of the international community, headed by William Walker, head of the OSCE Kosova Verification Mission.

    U^K representatives claimed the deal meant an exchange of prisoners of war, adding that Serbs would have to release U^K fighters taken prisoner late last year.

    Ambassador Walker called the deal a fair and 'balanced one'.

    In a statement issued today (Thursday), the U^K General Staff said the agreement had been reached as part of an deal with the EU, USA, and OSCE KVM representatives, that is with "guarantees by the latter that U^K prisoners be released" in exchange, in conformity with international rules.

    [03] Serb Forces Shell Two Suhareka Villages

    PRISHTINA, Jan 14 (KIC) - Serbian forces opened automatic and shell fire against the villages of Javor and Luzhnic& villages of Suhareka around midday today, Hamz& Gashi, an LDK activist, told the KIC speaking from Ngucat village.

    Serb forces were firing from two locations, Bajrak and Lisat e Dug&s, he said.

    The residents of a family compound at Luzhnic& left their homes after the Serb firing, Gashi added.

    [04] Podujeva-K&rpimeh Roadway Blocked by Serb Forces

    PRISHTINA, Jan 14 (KIC) - Heavy Serb military and police troops continue being deployed along the Prishtina-Podujeva highway and the Podujeva- K&rpimeh roadway, as well as in other strategic locations in the northern municipality of Podujeva, despite the fact that eight Serb soldiers taken prisoner by the U^K late last week were released Wednesday afternoon. This had been cited as the pretext for the Serb buildup in northern Kosova.

    Eight Serb tanks and a lorry left Podujeva for the village of Peran, five km north, at 10 o'clock in the morning today, LDK sources said, adding that they returned to Podujeva later in the day.

    The Podujeva-K&rpimeh roadway has been closed off today by the Serb forces, LDK sources said.

    The Albanian population has been displaced from a dozen villages in the Podujeva area in the wake of recent Serb military offensives.

    A 15-year-old Albanian, resident of Bradash village, was killed over the weekend while fleeing the fighting initiated by Serb forces in Podujeva.

    [05] Serbs Engage in Shooting Spree, One Albanian Wounded

    PRISHTINA, Jan 14 (KIC) - The local Serb community engaged Wednesday night in a shooting spree in capital Prishtina and elsewhere in Kosova, arguably to celebrate the traditional Serb New Year Eve, which falls on 13 January.

    The Serb and Montenegrin community in Kosova has been fully armed by the Serb regime in the 1990s.

    A 20-year-old Albanian, Abaz Hoti, was wounded in Carralluk& village of Malisheva by Serb fire opened from the Mirusha plantations.

    Meanwhile, LDK sources said Fehmi Krasniqi, resident of Drenoc village, a biology teacher at the "Abdyl Frash&ri" high school in Malisheva, has been missing for three weeks now.

    [06] Four Serb Policemen Wounded in De^an Village

    115 Serb policemen killed in Kosova last year, Serb press says

    PRISHTINA, Jan 14 (KIC) - On Tuesday afternoon, four Serb policemen were wounded in Dashinovc village of De^an, western Kosova, when their car ran into an anti- tank mine planted on the road, the Serb regime press said.

    Last year, 115 Serb policemen were killed and 399 wounded and injured in Kosova, the Serb Blic daily reported.

    Serbian military and paramilitary police waged a war of aggression in Kosova early in 1998, killing around 2,000 Albanians, most of whom civilians, turning half a million people into refugees, and destroying hundreds of Albanian villages in Kosova.

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