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Kosova Daily Report #1618, 98-11-21

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Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1618
Prishtina, 21 November 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] President Rugova Receives French and Norwegian Ambassadors
  • [02] Serb Forces Crack Down on Albanians in the Wake of Unsolved Shoot- out Incident near De^an
  • [03] Serb Forces Fire Onto Albanian Communities of Klina on Friday and Saturday
  • [04] Serb Forces Boosted in Suhareka Area Intimidate Local Population
  • [05] Unidentified Burglars Demolish Schoolhouse in Obiliq

  • [01] President Rugova Receives French and Norwegian Ambassadors

    PRISHTINA, Nov 21 (KIC) - Today, the President of the Republic of Kosova Ibrahim Rugova received today the Shkup/Skopje-based Ambassador of France, Mr. Jacques Huntzinger, to discuss the situation in Kosova.

    In the meeting with Ambassador Huntzinger, the special envoy for Kosova of the French Foreign Minister Huberat Vedrine, President Rugova warned that the situation in Kosova has continued to be grave and dangerous amidst a huge and growing presence of Serbian military and police forces. A speedy deployment of OSCE and NATO verification missions may calm the tensions and create an appropriate climate to pursue a political process for a negotiated settlement of the Kosova issue, he said.

    The President emphasized that independence for Kosova is the best solution for the country, but also a stabilizing factor for the entire region of south-east Europe.

    The negotiations between Prishtina and Belgrade should be well prepared, Rugova said.

    Meanwhile, President Ibrahim Rugova received yesterday (Friday) the Ambassador of Norway in Belgrade, Mr. Jon Gaardner, who was visiting Kosova in the capacity of a senior NATO representative.

    The situation in Kosova is grave as a consequence of this year's Serb military aggression, Rugova said, adding that huge Serb forces continue to be present all around, making it hard for displaced people to return to their homes and start rebuilding their lives in safety.

    The Norwegian Ambassador delivered President Rugova a message of the North Atlantic Council expressing concern over the deteriorating situation in Kosova.

    [02] Serb Forces Crack Down on Albanians in the Wake of Unsolved Shoot- out Incident near De^an

    PRISHTINA, Nov 21 (KIC) - The village of Prejlep of De^an was held for hours under virtual siege by heavy Serb forces on Friday following a shoot- out incident near the village.

    The Serb media reported that two Serb police officers were killed and four others were wounded on Friday morning near Prejlep village when a police vehicle came under fire by unknown attackers.

    The LDK chapter in De^an said that in the wake of the incident Serb police cracked down on the three houses of the Latifaj extended family in Prejlep, brutally maltreating family members.

    Azem Latifaj, Hazir Latifaj, both elderly men, and Musli Latifaj (50), were initially beaten up in front of their families. The three men were arrested subsequently.

    Several female members of the Latifaj family, including Zade, Gale Ajmane and Zylfie, as well as two little girls Shqipe and Gentiana were beaten by the police.

    The three detained Albanians were released in the evening hours on Friday with the intervention of the OSCE verifiers, the LDK said.

    They suffered severe body injuries from the beating, it added.

    [03] Serb Forces Fire Onto Albanian Communities of Klina on Friday and Saturday

    PRISHTINA, Nov (KIC) - From 20.30 through 22.30 on Friday evening the Serb forces posted near the bauxite mines at Voljaka (Klina) sprayed with machine-gun fire the outlying villages in the area, sources said.

    The Malisheva LDK Information Commission said the villages of Sferka e Gashit, Panorc, Rud and Llap^eva came under intermittent fire until late in the evening hours on Friday.

    The head of the Commission told the KIC that the Serb forces garrisoned near Voljaka opened fire towards these villages today morning, at around 11, as well.

    [04] Serb Forces Boosted in Suhareka Area Intimidate Local Population

    PRISHTINA, Nov (KIC) - The local LDK chapter in Suhareka described today the situation in the town and the area as highly volatile.

    Fresh Serb police force have been deployed in the area on the daily basis and rolling checkpoint have been proliferating, it noted.

    At Reshtan village the Serb forces have been garrisoned in the farmhouse of a local Albanian Rrahman Morina, at Grej^ec village in the house of Alush Lubovci, and Mohlan the Serb forces have been posted in the local clinic, the source said.

    Heavily armed Serb police units have been roaming regularly on the streets of the villages in the area, including in Sopija, Savrova, Bukosh, Vraniq, Popolan, Mushtisht, Grejkoc, Gjinoc, Studen^an, Reshtan, Samadraxha, Duh&la, Bllaca, Bellanica.

    Serb forces manning the roadblocks have been maltreating and intimidating the local population a well as the IDPs returning to their homes, the LDK said.

    [05] Unidentified Burglars Demolish Schoolhouse in Obiliq

    PRISHTINA, Nov 21 (KIC) - Still unidentified persons broke into the "Pandeli Sotiri" schoolhouse in Obiliq on Thursday night, demolishing and ravage school invent....

    The LDK chapter in Obiliq, a town 8 km north-west of Prishtina, said the intruders deliberately destroyed the school library, students record books, and other inventory in the classrooms and offices.

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