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Kosova Daily Report #1709, 99-03-03

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Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1709
Prishtina, 3 March 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Political Parties Represented in the Kosova Parliament Support Rambouillet Accords on Kosova
  • [02] Sporadic Fire Reported in Southeastern Kosova, along the Border with FYROM
  • [03] Vushtrri and Mitrovica Villages Shelled Overnight and Today
  • [04] Four Albanians Found Killed in Three Separate Incidents

  • [01] Political Parties Represented in the Kosova Parliament Support Rambouillet Accords on Kosova

    The efforts of the U.S. Administration, first and foremost the commitment of Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to a political resolution to the Kosova issue applauded by local political and NGO representatives in Kosova

    PRISHTINA, March 3 (KIC) - The eight Kosovar political parties represented in the Parliament of the Republic of Kosova elected on 22 March 1998 have given support to the Rambouillet accords on an interim settlement for Kosova.

    The representatives of the eight parties, including the Democratic League of Kosova (LDK), President Ibrahim Rugova's party which has most of the seats in the Parliament, met today in Prishtina to discuss the plan.

    The peace conference on Kosova held in Rambouillet, France, should be supported and a clear 'yes' given to the interim settlement, because it "is of great importance to Kosova and all its people", a statement issued by the parties said.

    The agreement is an interim one and it opens the way for the realization of the independence of Kosova, the parties said. Only NATO, led by the United States, can guarantee its implementation, the parties stressed.

    The parliamentarian parties said they supported fully Ibrahim Rugova, the President of the Republic, and the Kosova delegation to the international conference which approved in principle the document on the interim settlement for Kosova. They thanked the Contact Group, the European Union, France as host to the Conference, but singled out the role of the United States of America and Secretary Albright in their unrelenting efforts to secure a resolution to the Kosova issue.

    The LDK chapters in Kosova have been discussing and giving support to the Rambouillet conference, local sources said.

    Meanwhile, the round-table of political and non-governmental organizations in Gjakova supported yesterday unanimously the Kosovar delegation's decision to approve the Rambouillet conference's results. The round-table hailed the engagement of the United States of America and the six-nation Contact Group.

    Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's efforts on a political resolution to the Kosova issue were applauded by the political and non-governmental organizations' representatives in Gjakova during a meeting yesterday, according to a press release issued today.

    The Women's Forum of the LDK likewise gave support to the Rambouillet Accords, and pressed the Kosova delegation to sign it.

    [02] Sporadic Fire Reported in Southeastern Kosova, along the Border with FYROM

    PRISHTINA, March 3 (KIC) - For an hour today, beginning at 7 a.m., Serbian forces opened sporadic fire against the villages of Pustenik, Meliq, Brav and Seqisht&, municipality of Hani i Elezit ('General Jankovic'), local LDK sources said.

    Serbian machine-gun fire against the village of Pustenik was reported today.

    Two Albanians were reported wounded during yesterday's fighting.

    Several Albanian houses were burned in Pustenik yesterday.

    Meanwhile, four Albanians have been reported unaccounted for, sources said, naming them as Menduh Bushi, Halit Bushi, Aqif Bushi (70) and Enver Bushi (45).

    Six Albanians were reported arrested by Serb police in Hani i Elezit yesterday.

    A 120 mm shell exploded in the center of the small town of Hani i Elezit. No damage was reported.

    The Albanian population has been on the move. As many as 400 residents of Krivenik village crossed over to Gra^an village of neighboring Macedonia.

    [03] Vushtrri and Mitrovica Villages Shelled Overnight and Today

    PRISHTINA, March 3 (KIC) - Last night and today morning, Serbian forces shelled six villages in the municipalities of Mitrovica and Vushtrri, in northern Kosova, local LDK sources said.

    From their positions in Frash&r i Vog&l, Serbian military troops pounded the villages of Pir^, Verrnic&, Vaganic&, Oshlan, Pantin& and Lkej.

    Increased Serbian military and police movements have been reported in the town of Mitrovica today.

    2Columns of Serb vehicles have been seen heading towards Skenderaj.

    Serbian military aircraft overflew the Mitrovica area today.

    Meanwhile, an explosive situation is reported in the town of Skenderaj, as Serbs have been massing armor and troops there.

    [04] Four Albanians Found Killed in Three Separate Incidents

    PRISHTINA, March 3 (KIC) - Two Albanians were found murdered today in the village of Serboc, municipality of Mitrovica, local LDK sources said.

    The killed were named as Sejdi Rushiti, around 30 years of age, and Nexhat Azemi (40), both of them residents of the town of Mitrovica.

    The circumstances of their killing are still unknown. Sejdi and Nexhat were probably together, and the former's car has been found near the railway station in Mitrovica. The car was open and the keys to it were inside, local LDK sources said.

    Meanwhile, sources said the body of Gani Hajda (49) was found yesterday afternoon in the suburbs of Rahovec ('Orahovac'). Serbian police, with a black BMW car without license plates, kidnapped Gani Hajda and two other Albanians, Ilir A. Dina (1978) and Qerim I.

    Rexhaj (1980), last month. Ilir and Qerim were later found killed.

    The body of an Albanian, bearded and with U^K uniform, was found killed in the village of Trakani^, municipality of Gjakova, yesterday morning, Koha Ditore sources said.

    The LDK chapter in Prizren said eight persons were found killed in unsolved circumstances in the municipality last week alone, and four more early this week.

    Three Albanians - Murat Syla, Shani Tha^i, Zymer Morina - have been unaccounted for for an unspecified period of time, according to the LDK chapter in Prizren.

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