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Kosova Daily Report #1703, 99-02-25

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1703
Prishtina, 25 February 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Kosova Delegation Returns Home, Rambouillet Agreement Called 'Very Important'
  • [02] More than 40 Tanks Deployed in Vushtrri Area, Bukosh Village Fired On
  • [03] Serbian Military Building up in the Mitrovica Area
  • [04] Serb Army Building up in Volljak& Area
  • [05] Unidentified Murdered Man Found in Prizren Village

  • [01] Kosova Delegation Returns Home, Rambouillet Agreement Called 'Very Important'

    PRISHTINA, Feb 25 (KIC) - The delegation of Kosova to the Rambouillet conference, whose first stage concluded on 23 February, landed in the Prishtina airport around 13:20 hrs today (Thursday).

    The delegation was flown in by a French military airplane.

    Three members of the delegation, members of the U^K (Kosova Liberation Army), were driven away by international observers.

    Ambassador William Walker, head of the OSCE KVM, was also in the airport to welcome the Kosova delegation.

    Speaking to reporters at the airport, Dr. Ibrahim Rugova, the President of the Republic of Kosova, said there would be consultations in Kosova about the interim agreement before signing it. "This agreement is a very important event for Kosova, because it will be an integrated agreement, with political and military components to implement it".

    The chairman of the United Democratic Movement (LBD), Rexhep Qosja, said the delegation worked consensually. "We approved the statement unanimously, and we are now presenting it to the people".

    The agreement has several positive elements, Qosja said. Firstly, it is an agreement for an interim status for Kosova, during which time democratic, legislative, law enforcement and independent judiciary institutions will be created. Secondly, in three years' time the permanent status of Kosova will be determined on the basis of the will of the people of Kosova, Qosja said. "The Serbian forces will be pulled out during this time, and the U^K will be transformed pursuant to an agreement with the United States of America". On top of this is NATO in Kosova, the LBD leader said, noting that this would mean Kosova in the West. "I am hopeful Kosova enters the road to independence", Qosja concluded.

    "We have said 'yes', but we want to have that political organizations and the U^K have a say also, that the decision-making goes down to the people in every village and town", Veton Surroi, a member of the Kosova delegation told reporters in the Prishtina airport.

    [02] More than 40 Tanks Deployed in Vushtrri Area, Bukosh Village Fired On

    PRISHTINA, Feb 25 (KIC) - At 9:30 CET today, a convoy of more than 40 Serbian tanks and other motorized vehicles arrived in the municipality of Vushtrri ('Vucitrn'), local LDK sources said.

    Three tanks were stationed at Stanoc i Posht&m village, two others in the crossroads linking Novolan, Bruznik, and Dubofc, and a further ten tanks left for Novolan, while others headed for Bukosh.

    A Serbian paramilitary police convoy also moved towards Bukosh village, sources said.

    Around 11:10 CET, Serbian forces started firing in the direction of Bukosh. A bit earlier, a Serb military convoy, involving four lorries trailing two cannons, had moved into the area.

    After 11:00 hrs, a Serb military column headed towards the village of Pantin&.

    More Serb troops and weaponry were heading in the direction of Bukosh village after 14:00 CET today. The Albanian population has fled the village. The Serb police turned back the people who tried to enter the town of Vushtrri, so they had to look for refuge in the Mitrovica villages.

    Albanian-run educational authorities in Vushtrri have decided to close down the schools until Monday in view of the extremely dangerous situation prevailing there.

    [03] Serbian Military Building up in the Mitrovica Area

    PRISHTINA, Feb 25 (KIC) - Serbian troops, backed up by heavy weaponry, have been deployed around the Vaganic& village, just outside the town of Mitrovica, as well as on the uphill linking the Bair negihbourhood and the villages of Vaganic& e Ep&rme, Verrnic&, Pir^ and Oshlan.

    The Serbian army has been building up in the mountainous area linking the villages of Lusht&, Zhabar, Koshtov&, Broboniq and Kopriv&, local sources said.

    [04] Serb Army Building up in Volljak& Area

    PRISHTINA, Feb 25 (KIC) - For three days now, Serbian military and police forces have building up around the bauxite mine at Volljak&, in two locations, "Pishat" and "Guri i zi".

    Serbian forces have been digging in, opening trenches across a two- line, local LDK sources from Malisheva reported.

    The heavy weaponry barrels are aimed at Sferk&, Dush, Panorc, and Rudosell& villages.

    The Albanian population lives in fear as Serb forces concentrate in the area.

    [05] Unidentified Murdered Man Found in Prizren Village

    Albanian goes missing in Suhareka

    PRISHTINA, Feb 25 (KIC) - The body of a murdered man has been found today morning near the village bridge at Gjonaj i Hasit, municipality of Prizren.

    The man was said to be around 50 years of age, and was presumably hurled down from the bridge and killed, local LDK sources said, failing to offer other details surrounding this tragic and violent death.

    Meanwhile, LDK sources in Suhareka reported that Muharrem Ahmet Hysenaj (39), resident of Re^an village, has gone missing since Tuesday, February 23rd. He was last seen in the village road.

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