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Kosova Daily Report #1628, 98-12-04

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Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1628
Prishtina, 4 December 1998


CONTENTS

  • [01] President Rugova's Press Conference
  • [02] New Draft on Interim Settlement Presented to the Kosovar Side
  • [03] At Least One Albanian Killed, Four Others Wounded in Shoot-out Incident in Peja Hospital
  • [04] Eight Kosova Albanians Killed near Kosova-Albanian Border Identified

  • [01] President Rugova's Press Conference

    PRISHTINA, Dec 4 (KIC) - The situation in Kosova continues to be grave and volatile amidst a still heavy presence of Serbian forces, the President of the Republic of Kosova Ibrahim Rugova said at the outset of his press conference in Prishtina today (Friday).

    Speaking about the Serb regime violence, Rugova denounced the continued detention of the LDK chapter vice-chairman in Gjilan, Lutfi Haziri.

    Greater security should be created so that people can safely return to their homes, President Rugova said, maintaining that the deployment of NATO troops would provide a permanent security in Kosova. He urged international organizations to offer all the care during the winter to thousands of Kosova refugees in northern Albania.

    President Ibrahim Rugova reiterated that an independent Kosova, with all guarantees for local Serbs, is the best solution, pressing for an interim stage international protectorate pending a lasting resolution.

    Asked by a foreign reporter to comment on Ambassador Chris Hill's draft plan for an interim solution in Kosova, Rugova said the Albanian side has been working with the U.S. envoy and experts of the State Department on the drafts. The latest draft will be discussed by the Kosova negotiating team, he said, adding that the most recent draft [the Kosovar side had] was the one of November 1st.

    Regarding the recent killings in Kosova, Rugova said this is evidence to the fact that the issue of security is still very much a thing of urgency. "As soon as possible, Kosovar security forces should be created to protect the citizens and bring about an end to Serbian violence".

    The Kosova negotiating team will be completed with new members if and when the need comes, President Rugova said in reply to a question. "The negotiating team has worked a lot, and with results", he said, adding that the size of the group was not the most important thing, but rather the position on the Kosova issue.

    Given the huge gap between the parties in the Kosova conflict, is there any likelihood for an international conference, a local newspaper's reporter asked. Work is being done at present on an interim deal, President Rugova said. "Ambassador Hill has been trying to narrow the differences", he said, adding that work should be done towards an international conference.

    The issue of the Ministry of Defense in the Government of the Republic of Kosova is a matter for the Government itself, President Rugova said when asked to comment about it.

    The Government of the Republic said in a statement earlier this week Col. Halil Bicaj had been named Acting Minister of Defense.

    [02] New Draft on Interim Settlement Presented to the Kosovar Side

    PRISHTINA, Dec 4 (KIC) - Aides to the U.S. envoy for Kosova, Ambassador Chris Hill, presented Friday the new draft plan on an interim settlement in Kosova to the Kosovar negotiating team, the KIC has learned.

    The draft was presented to Belgrade on Thursday, during a meeting Ambassador Hill had with Serbian President Milutinovic, sources said.

    The most recent draft should be a reworked version of the November 1st draft plan on Kosova, which had been referred to as 'an enhanced' version but still not acceptable to the Albanian side.

    The Serb side had referred to it as utterly unacceptable.

    [03] At Least One Albanian Killed, Four Others Wounded in Shoot-out Incident in Peja Hospital

    PRISHTINA, Dec 4 (KIC) - Today (Friday), at 11: o'clock in the morning, a five-minute barrage of shooting from automatic weapons was heard inside the Peja town hospital, but also in the front entrance to it, sources from the local LDK and the Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) chapters in Peja said.

    Since the beginning of this year's conflicts, a huge number of Serb police has been staying inside the town hospital day and night.

    In the entrance to the Peja hospital, after the checking of the identity of a young man, a conflict broke out, eye-witnesses said, adding that a burst of automatic weapons ensued in the admissions office in the hospital. Reportedly, a man, his wife and their son, as well as a boy around 10 years old, were badly wounded.

    After the shooting incident inside, several armed policemen in plain clothes opened automatic fire in front of the hospital, fatally wounding a woman whose identity is still unknown. The body of the woman was taken to the hospital morgue.

    Around the hospital area, automatic fire continued for some time up to the Lungs Hospital, where police entered and started illtreating hospital personnel and Albanians who happened to be there, threatening them with liquidation. Tahir Ademaj (48), a lab staff member, was arrested.

    The LDK chapter and the local chapter of the Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) in Peja said prior to the shoot-out incident, a Serb police van had arrived to the hospital. The van had come from the Dubrava (Istog) jail house, from which (the van) a wounded, handcuffed young man got out.

    Eye-witnesses said there were casualties amongst the Serb police, too.

    The area around the Peja hospital was sealed off in the aftermath of the shoot-out incident, sources said.

    Meanwhile, local sources said at a police checkpoint in the suburbs of Peja one or more people on a tractor were stopped, arrested and taken to the Peja police station today. Other details surrounding the fate of the people travelling with the tractor from the Rugova region remained unknown. The tractor was seen parked in front of the police station.

    [04] Eight Kosova Albanians Killed near Kosova-Albanian Border Identified

    Twelve Albanians killed in Kosova in two days

    PRISHTINA, Dec 4 (KIC) - Early Thursday morning, at a location called "Trumsh" in the Kosova-Albania border area, Serbian military forces killed eight Albanians, seven from Krusha e Madhe village of Rahovec, and one from Mazrrek village of Prizren, the LDK chapter in Prizren.

    The LDK named the eight killed Albanians as: Muhamet Mal&sori, Hysni Duraku, Isak Adem Hoti, Ismet Daut Hoti, Sedat Aziz Hoti, Hyda Isa Hoti, Sinan Abaz Hoti (all from Krusha e Madhe), and Sk&nder Hameli, resident of Mazrrek village of the Hasi region in the municipality of Prizren, southern Kosova.

    The eight Albanians were killed deep inside Kosovar territory, and not at the borderline zone, the LDK sources said.

    The bodies of the killed Albanians were taken by Serb forces to the town hospital morgue in Prizen Thursday. They will be buried today (Friday) in their native villages.

    Twelve Albanians were killed in Kosova in two days, Wednesday and Thursday.

    Three Albanians, including a Bujku journalist, were gunned down in their car in Prishtina Wednesday.

    An Albanian, Nexhmedin Bedra, 46, was killed Wednesday afternoon at Dollc village in the Prishtina-Peja highway.

    All the killings have been blamed on Serb security forces.

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