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Kosova Daily Report #1380, 98-03-23

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1380
Prishtina, 23 March 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] Measures Agreed on Implementation of Education Accord
  • [02] President Rugova Receives U.S. Diplomats
  • [03] President Rugova Receives German, Finnish and Austrian Embassy Officials
  • [04] President Rugova Talks on Phone with US Team which Was Prevented from Monitoring Elections
  • [05] LDK Claims Overwhelming Victory in Parliamentary Election
  • [06] U.S. Peace Activists Released after Two Days in Serb Jail in Prishtina

  • [01] Measures Agreed on Implementation of Education Accord

    PRISHTINA, March 23 (KIC) - The Kosovar and Serbian educational representatives (the so-called "3+3" Commission) signed today in Prishtina, in the premises of the Kosova National and University Library, a text of agreed measures for the implementation of the Education Accord which was signed almost 19 months ago, but never put to life because of Serb regime's obstructionist approach.

    The Education Agreement, known also as the Rugova-Milosevic accord on education, provided for an unconditional re-entry of Albanian students to schools and the University of Prishtina premises.

    The Rome-based Sant' Egidio Community served as a mediator in brokering the deal as well as adoption of these measures for its implementation.

    Professor Fehmi Agani, Mr. Rexhep Osmani, and Mr. Abdyl Ramaj signed the text on behalf of Kosova, and Mr. Ratomir Vico, Mr. Goran Percevic and Mr. Dobrosav Bjeletic on behalf of Serbia.

    Monsignor Vincenzio Paglia signed on behalf of the Sant' Egidio Community.

    Paglia spoke to the press in Italian, whereas the Community's spokesman Mario Marazziti read out the text of the agreed measures.

    Following is the text of the paper signed today:

    AGREED MEASURES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACCORD ON EDUCATION OF SEPTEMBER 1st, 1996

    1. The following measures are temporarily adopted for the implementation of the accord on education, signed by President Slobodan Milosevic and Dr. Ibrahim Rugova on September 1st, 1996.
    2. The Institute of Albanology in Prishtina will be re-opened to its previous occupants on March 31st, 1998.
    3. By March 31 st 1998, the Community of St. Egidio, taking into account the proposals submitted by the two parties in the "3+3" Commission, will select the first three faculties of the University of Prishtina in which Albanian students and professors will re- enter by April 30, 1998. In principle, the conditions of the re- entry will be the following: the students who are now normally studying in the premises and Albanian students will alternate in the use of the University spaces and facilities, with the system of double shifts exchanged every semester. In the first semester of implementation of these measures, the students who are now normally studying in the premises will use the facilities in the morning (till 2 p.m) and the Albanians in the afternoon. In the second semester, the shifts will be reversed, with the Albanian students in the morning and the students who are now attending classes in the premises in the afternoon, and so on in the following semesters. Beside the utilization of classrooms for teaching, the Albanian students and professors will have at their disposal adequate facilities in each Faculty for administrative functions and for the teaching staff as well (if this is not possible, other solutions will be devised).
    4. By April 30 1998, the Community of St. Egidio, taking into account the proposals submitted by the two parties in the "3+3" Commission, will select the next three faculties of the University of Prishtina in which Albanian students and professors will re- enter by May 31st, 1998. The conditions of this re-entry will be the same as those for the faculties as in the previous point.
    5. The remaining Albanian students and professors of the other seven faculties will be able to get back to the facilities of the University of Prishtina by June 30th 1998, according to the same conditions for the previous faculties, stated at points 3 and 4. By September 30th 1998, the Albanian students and professors will have access to the University facilities (dining halls, libraries, dormitories, etc.) in an adequate way. The Community of St. Egidio will provide solutions, after hearing proposals of both sides, to eventual problems which might emerge. Anyway, the academic year must start normally on October 1st 1998.
    6. By June 30th 1998, the Albanian students and professors will be able to use the facilities of seven higher schools in Prishtina and in other towns of Kosovo, specializing in pedagogic, economic and technical subjects. Their utilization will be made according to the conditions for the re-use of the University facilities, as in point 3, if these schools are used.
    7. The "3+3" Commission, assisted by the Community of St. Egidio, underlines the necessity of fund raising to build new facilities quickly, in order to increase space for teaching, research and administration at the disposal of all. New University buildings, that could be quickly built, will be able to house, on equal terms, all the structures of the University. This will be subject of a special program, containing the timetable and financing for its realization in accordance with real needs and material possibilities.
    8. Similarly, by March 31st 1998, the Albanian students and pupils will get back to high and elementary school buildings which actually are not used, according to the list prepared by the "3+3" Commission. The Community of St. Egidio will provide solutions to eventual problems that might emerge.

      The Albanian students and pupils will get back to high and elementary school buildings which are partially used by April 30th 1998. Their utilization will be made according to the conditions for the re-use of University facilities, set in point 3, or in another mutually accepted mode.

    9. The meeting of the "3+3" Commission, with the assistance of members of St. Egidio Community, will begin not later than March 30th to guarantee the implementation of the transitional measures of normalization. The "3+3" Commission will immediately form working groups for each faculty. The "3+3" Commission will study other problems concerning the normalization of the education system (financing, administration, languages, diplomas, programs, degrees, status issues of the staff).
    (end of text)

    [02] President Rugova Receives U.S. Diplomats

    PRISHTINA, March 23 (KIC) - The President of the Republic of Kosova Dr. Ibrahim Rugova received today in Prishtina Mr. Nicholas Hill, First Secretary, and Mr. Robert Pitre, Political Officer in the United States Embassy in Belgrade.

    Dr. Ibrahim Rugova and the U.S. diplomats discussed about the current situation in Kosova.

    The resolution of the Kosova issue should be sought in a well- prepared and mediated dialogue, President Rugova stressed.

    President Ibrahim Rugova expressed his appreciation for the comprehensive attention the U.S. administration has afforded to the Kosova issue.

    [03] President Rugova Receives German, Finnish and Austrian Embassy Officials

    PRISHTINA, March 23 (KIC) - The President of the Republic of Kosova, Dr. Ibrahim Rugova received today in Prishtina Mr. R^Ádiger Lotz, 2nd Secretary of the Embassy of Germany, Mr. Juha Ottman, 2nd Secretary of the Embassy of Finland, and Mr. Jan Kickert, 2nd Secretary of Embassy of Austria in Belgrade.

    Current developments in Kosova were discussed at the meeting.

    President Rugova said the situation continues to be extremely grave in the wake of the armed actions of Serbian forces against the Albanians in the Drenica villages.

    The people of Kosova are steadfast on their determination to press ahead with their struggle for freedom, independence, and democracy by peaceful means, President Rugova underlined.

    The Belgrade-based European diplomats shared an interest in diverse aspect of the situation in Kosova.

    Dr. Ibrahim Rugova said he appreciated the concern of the German, Finnish and Austrian governments over the situation in Kosova.

    [04] President Rugova Talks on Phone with US Team which Was Prevented from Monitoring Elections

    PRISHTINA, March 23 (KIC) - President of the Republic of Kosova, Dr. Ibrahim Rugova had a telephone conversation Sunday with the US congressmen Sue Kelly (R-NY), Jim Moran (D-VA) and Eliot Engel (D- NY) members of the U.S. Congressional Mission to Kosova, and Janusz Bugaisky from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

    The Serbian authorities refused to grant visas to a 14-member bi- partisan U.S. delegation, led by three U.S. Members of Congress, who intended to observe the 22 March elections in Kosova.

    The delegation decided to monitor the election process from the FYROM capital Shkup/Skopje.

    The members of the congress evaluated the Sundays elections as legitimate, since the Kosova people elected through an open vote its representative which will take them towards the strengthening of statehood of Kosova.

    President Rugova thanked the U.S. Congressional members and members of the delegation for their interest and the support given in favor of the presidential and parliamentary election of 2 March, 1998.

    [05] LDK Claims Overwhelming Victory in Parliamentary Election

    PRISHTINA, March 23 (KIC) - The 22 March parliamentary and presidential elections were successful and proved that the Democratic League of Kosova (LDK) remains the major political force in the Republic of Kosova, a member of the LDK campaign team told KIC Monday afternoon.

    According to the preliminary, but partial data, candidates of the LDK have won a meaningful majority of the seats in the Parliament of Kosova, the people at the LDK Elections Headquarters said. Over 95 per cent of the Kosovar registered voters supported the LDK presidential candidate, the incumbent President Dr. Ibrahim Rugova, they said.

    Over one million people cast their ballots in Kosova on Sunday to elect the President of the Republic of Kosova and 100 members of the 130-member Parliament. Kosova has a combined majority- proportional system of elections: 100 members are elected in direct vote, while 30 seats are allocated to the ethnic groups and parties winning at least 3 percent of the votes in the election.

    The votes have already been counted in most of the municipalities in which LDK candidates claimed virtually all seats, the LDK Headquarters said.

    The Republican Elections Commission will organize a press conference Monday at 6 p.m. when the preliminary results on the Sunday elections are expected to be published.

    [06] U.S. Peace Activists Released after Two Days in Serb Jail in Prishtina

    PRISHTINA, March 23 (KIC) - Six American humanitarian activists and reporters imprisoned by the Serb regime on Saturday were reported released today.

    David Hartsough, Executive Director of a U.S. organization "Peace Workers", as well as activists Daniel Perez, Teresa Crawford, Bruce Warren, Albarto Cavalos and Peter Lipman, a journalist, were detained by the Serbian police on Saturday and summarily sentenced to 10 days of imprisonment each at the Serb-run Magistrate Court in Prishtina.

    The US humanitarian activists were reportedly released today on condition that they leave the country immediately.

    The President of the Republic of Kosova, Dr. Ibrahim Rugova called on Sunday "outrageous' the imprisonment of the U.S. peace and humanitarian activists and urged for an immediate and unconditional release.

    Kosova Information Center


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