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Kosova Daily Report #1688, 99-02-09

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Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1688
Prishtina, 9 February 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Kosovar Delegation Works on Consensual Basis in Rambouillet
  • [02] Overnight Shelling of Podujeva Villages Reported
  • [03] Bodies of Two Killed Albanians Found near Ka^anik
  • [04] Yet Another Serb Regime Devilish Scheme

  • [01] Kosovar Delegation Works on Consensual Basis in Rambouillet

    PRISHTINA, Feb 9 (KIC) - The Rambouillet conference on Kosova entered in its fourth day today (Tuesday), with British and French foreign ministers, Robin Cook and Hubert Vedrine, expected to give the talks a push in person today.

    At the end of the week, the six-nation Contact Group overseeing the conference will meet to assess the progress in the deliberations on the basis of an interim agreement plan put forward by the West and Russia.

    The Kosovar and 'FRY'/Serbian negotiating teams are in separate rooms, with chief US negotiator Chris Hill and his European and Russian colleagues, Petritsch and Mayorski, shuttling between the parties.

    The Kosovar delegation, consisting by and large of three power blocks, the LDK, the LBD and the U^K, have been working in unison, sources said. The President of the Republic of Kosova, Dr. Ibrahim Rugova, is attending the conference, too.

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Bujar Bukoshi, also a participant to the conference, confirmed the good cooperation of the power blocs within the Kosovar delegation. Bukoshi said the decisions within the Kosovar delegation are being made consensually. The Kosova delegation has a three- member presidency, consisting of Dr. Ibrahim Rugova, Hashim Tha^i Rexhep Qosja, he said.

    [02] Overnight Shelling of Podujeva Villages Reported

    PRISHTINA, Feb 9 (KIC) - Beginning at midnight, Serbian forces shelled the villages of Sallabaj&, Godishnjak and Majac for a couple of hours, the LDK chapter in the northern Podujeva municipality reported.

    There has been no immediate word on the consequences of this recent shelling.

    Meanwhile, local sources said six Serb army tanks left the Dumosh airfield at 10 a.m. today, and headed to the Tabet e Llapashtic&s, the position from which Serb forces have been pounding Albanian villages in the recent weeks.

    Serb army movements have been reported today in the Suhareka and Ferizaj areas, too.

    [03] Bodies of Two Killed Albanians Found near Ka^anik

    They had gone missing in the last two weeks; third Albanian unaccounted for since Sunday

    PRISHTINA, Feb 9 (KIC) - Yesterday, near the town of Ka^anik, at a location called "Krivarek&", the bodies of two Albanians were found, Xhavit Avdiu (54), resident of Ferizaj, and Salih Salihu (1962), resident of Talinovc i Jerlive village, LDK sources in Ferizaj ('Urosevac') reported.

    The late Xhavit Avdiu was kidnapped by unidentified persons on 31 January, whereas Salih Salihu had gone missing on 5 February.

    The bodies of the two killed Albanians have been taken to the Prishtina morgue and were to be buried later in the day today (Tuesday).

    Meanwhile, another Ferizaj citizen has gone missing. Muhamet Gani Reka (1962), father of two, has been unaccounted for since Sunday evening.

    Reka was visiting with his uncle that day. He left his uncle's place, near his own home, at around 20:00 CET.

    [04] Yet Another Serb Regime Devilish Scheme

    Local Serb-run security structures to be formed in Prishtina villages. Why now, when the interim settlement being negotiated in Ranbouillet provides for the establishment of a Kosovar police force?

    PRISHTINA, Feb 9 (KIC) - Serbian regime-installed authorities in Prishtina, capital of Kosova, decided yesterday to form a new security infrastructure in the Prishtina villages.

    The Serbian press said "local security structures will be set up in the coming days in all ethnically-mixed settlements, but also in ethnically8 pure ones".

    Members of all 'national communities' will participate in them, the Serb press said.

    The reason why such a new structure is going to be established is to protect all the citizens and their property, the Serb regime argues.

    This is yet another devilish Serb regime ploy to drive a wedge between the Albanian community.

    Serb occupation authorities launched this scheme late last year in other parts of Kosova, recruiting so-called 'decent' Albanians, namely Serb collaborators to harass Albanians and promote fratricide.

    A conference on Kosova is being held in Rambouillet, France, which should lead to an interim settlement, part of which is the formation of a Kosovar police force. So what is the need now for further Serb occupation security structures in Kosova?

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