A1 television reports 30 police officers and about 100 villagers were already at the spot by 2 p.m. Two buses soon arrived carrying police reinforcements , accompanied by OSCE and UNPROFOR representatives. The OSCE official made efforts to mediate between the two sides, but to no avail. Several inhabitants of Mala Rechica tried to do the same, but failed as well. The police then began pushing the crowd away from the building, and the villagers started throwing stones at them. The police tried using nightsticks, tear gas, and warning shots in the air to move the crowd. The Tetovo police headquarters claims it was the crowd which started shooting automatic weapons. The crowd was soon dispersed, but not before damaging the two police buses and a vehicle belonging to Macedonia Television. At about 4 p.m., a PDP delegation, led by leader Abdurahman Haliti, arrived at the scene. NDP parliament deputy Bekhir Kadriu persuaded the crowds to go to their homes. The situation clamed down during the evening hours. Armed police troops are deployed along roads going into Tetovo and into Mala Rechica. A meeting took place behind closed doors at the NDP head offices in Tetovo. Unofficial sources say the university's rector, Fadil Suleimani, along with representatives of NDP and the Thaci-led PDP faction, also attended the meeting. A1 Television says people tried to organize a protest by the Macedonian citizens of Tetovo and there is a possibility of a demonstration in front of the parliament building in Skopje.
- Ambassador Tore Bogh, Head of the OSCE Mission in Skopje, said, "It is with deep regret that I have received the news that there have been violent incidents in the Tetovo area, and according to some reports even with the loss of life. We in the OSCE Mission hoped that both the organizing committee of the university and the authorities would show maximum restraint in order that the situation should not get out of hand, especially in view of the high level of tension which prevailed. Such restraint was, indeed, shown by all sides on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. I still do not have sufficient information in order to give an assessment of what happened. It is not my job to allocate blame. I can only say that I am deeply disturbed by what I have heard. I sincerely hope that the events today will not bring further unrest. Because that is something that neither this country nor the Balkan region needs."
- Hugo Anson, representative of the UN special envoy, Yasushi Akashi, this morning issued a statement to the Press: "We are continuing to monitor developments throughout Macedonia closely, including Tetovo. We deeply regret that there has been some violence and we urge all parties to continue on the path of dialogue, goodwill, compromise and restraint. The United Nations urges all parties to act strictly within the Macedonian Constitution and laws of the republic. The UN Security Council has committed itself to ensuring respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. We urge all citizens of this republic to think of themselves first and foremost as citizens, and only afterwards as members of various ethnic groups, and to continue extending the hand of friendship and understanding to each other within the law. There is so much to be lost by confrontation and so much to be won through continued co-operation."
- Dime Gjurev, undersecretary in the Macedonian Ministry of Interior, told reporters in Tetovo yesterday that the police, although prepared for incidents, had not expected such violent behavior by the crowd. The police will continue to take steps to prevent such behavior in future and will bring criminal charges against the ten arrested leaders. Gjurev said the police fired warning shots in the air. It is yet to be determined from what direction the fatal bullet was fired. He said the university rector will also be held responsible, while the ex-congressman DioGuardi had already left the country.
- The leadership and executive committee of the Tetovo municipality issued a public statement appealing to all citizens of Tetovo to restrain from violence and avoid quarrels and provocation of any kind, in order to preserve peaceful coexistence in the area. The statement was signed by Shakir Aliti, Tetovo township coexistence in the region. The statement was signed by Shakir Aliti, Tetovo township committee president.
- Macedonian government spokesman, Gjuner Ismail regretted to have to say that the incident only confirmed the government's repeated statements that no problem is solvable through actions beyond the state institutions. The government hopes that the latest incident will be lesson enough for all who seek solutions outside the legal framework. The government remains ready for dialogue and it will consider as legitimate those representatives of the people who will contribute to resolving problems through negotiations.
- Radio Tirana and the Albanian Television describe the situation in and around Tetovo as highly tense after the incidents. Radio Tirana reports one killed and nine injured, as well as police and army road blocks going into Mala Rechica . The radio also announced a possibility of organized gatherings of Macedonians in Tetovo. The television broadcast a comment titled "Macedonian Chauvinists Armed Against Education", describing the incident as a brutal and criminal act by the police and a flagrant violation of human rights.
- The PDP leadership most bitterly condemned the police interference and intervention against inhabitants of Mala Rechica. The party says this is a direct attack on the ethnic relations in the country, leading to a general destabilization of the situation. The act, PDP says, is a shameful and cruel attack on the right of a people to education in its native language. According to PDP, highest political institutions in Macedonia, including the government and president Gligorov, are to be blamed for not having found an appropriate solution for educational problems of ethnic Albanians for such a long time. Bearing in mind the newly developed situation in ethnic relations after the brutal police intervention, the PDP leadership appeals to citizens to remain calm and avoid all actions which could lead to further escalation of tension in the Tetovo region and in the entire country. The PDP will continue to make all efforts possible to help resolve misunderstandings and problems in all spheres of life through mutual tolerance and dialogue. The party requests immediate withdrawal of police and troops in order to prevent further incidents and so enable citizens to carry out their normal daily obligations.
- "Mr. Frchkovski's and Mr. Gligorov's threats to make use of all means available to prevent the work of the university in Tetovo became reality today," vice-president of the PDP faction Menduh Thaci said. He pointed to the minister of interior and president of the country as the two individuals to bear the biggest responsibility for the incidents. To his knowledge, the police fired indiscriminately at the crowds.
- The Association of Students at the University "Cyrill and Methodius" in Skopje remains firm in its stand that all education in the country must be part of an integrated higher-education system, and therefore finds justification for all legal measures and instruments undertaken to protect the constitutional order and territorial integrity of the Republic of Macedonia.
Meantime, Suleimani told reporters he did not meet yesterday with Vasil Tupurkovski. Asked why he wants to meet with Tupurkovski, who is not in the government, Suleimani said it is always good to meet with an intellectual and a democrat like Tupurkovski. Asked whether he would start negotiations with government officials and temporarily cease all activities of the university, Suleimani answered that the school year must not be lost and people who want to learn will not harm anyone. He said the law must be changed now, and that new laws on education must be created urgently. The Pedagogical Academy in Skopje, Suleimani said, has never met the basic educational needs of Albanian students. "It is a ridiculous political school of no use to us." He said he had not heard the official statements of the British Foreign Office and Moscow concerning the university, inviting them to come and see for themselves what the situation is. Today's Nova Makedonija says Fadil Suleimani has never been on the "black list" of the Serbian police, and members of his family still live and are employed in Prishtina. "Our available information," Nova Makedonija writes, "indicates that Suleimani is in the service of the Serbian regime and its secret intelligence agency, KOS. His mission in Macedonia is not that of an educator. He has been assigned to transfer the focus of the international attention from Kosovo into Macedonia, as this would be in the interest of Serbia now that it is attempting to present itself as a peacemaker in order to achieve lifting of the UN sanctions."
Meantime, Macedonian Television reports Joseph DioGuardi left Macedonia early yesterday morning. Radio NOMA, on the other hand, claimed this morning that DioGuardi had been banned from the country.