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Kosova Daily Report #1712, 99-03-06

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1712
Prishtina, 6 March 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] Tens of Thousands of Albanian Mark Anniversary of Death of Emblematic U^K Figure, Adem Jashari
  • [02] Kosova Parliament Supports Rambouillet Accords
  • [03] One Albanian Killed, Five Wounded in Cafe Attack
  • [04] Serbian Military Attack Six Villages in Mitrovica and Vushtrri Areas
  • [05] Six Serbs Wounded in Explosion in Peja

  • [01] Tens of Thousands of Albanian Mark Anniversary of Death of Emblematic U^K Figure, Adem Jashari

    PRISHTINA, March 6 (KIC) - Tens of thousands of Albanians turned out in a manifestation organized in Prekaz village of Drenica today, marking the first anniversary of the death of Adem Jashari, an emblematic figure of the U^K (Kosova Liberation Army).

    Sylejman Selimi - Sulltani, the Supreme Commander of the U^K, addressing the crowd, said the U^K will not accept anything which contradicts "freedom and independence for Kosova".

    March 5th 1998, the day Prekaz was attacked with artillery by Serbian paramilitary police, and tens of Albanians killed, many of whom members of the Jashari family compound, marked the beginning of real war in Kosova, analysts say.

    [02] Kosova Parliament Supports Rambouillet Accords

    PRISHTINA, March 6 (KIC) - The Parliament of the Republic of Kosova met today (Saturday) in a plenary session in Prishtina to discuss the interim agreement on Kosova negotiated in the peace conference at Rambouillet, in France, last month.

    Today's was the second plenary session of the Kosova Parliament, elected almost a year ago.

    The speaker of the Parliament, Idriz Ajeti, said the Kosova issue has now become fully internationalized. Europe has come to understand, at long last, that there can be no peace and progress in the Balkans unless the Kosovar issue has been duly solved, he said. "The emergence of the U^K (Kosova Liberation Army) in the military scene has made the international factor step up efforts to solve the issue of the Albanians of Kosova", the Parliament's speaker said, paying tribute to the armed struggle of the U^K against Serbian occupation forces.

    The Rambouillet conferences was the result primarily of the engagement by the United States of America, which encouraged other factors in Europe to get fully involved in efforts to secure a settlement for Kosova, according to Idriz Ajeti.

    The Parliament's speaker, himself a member of the Kosova delegation to the Rambouillet conference, as well as Fehmi Agani, a leading Kosova negotiator, elaborated on the basic elements of the kind of self-government provided by the Accords.

    Dr. Agani recalled that the Rambouillet conference was not about Kosova's independence, but rather talks to secure an interim, three-year-long, settlement. The Contact Group had limited the framework, which essentially produced a compromise, he said, noting that "the bad thing about the compromise is that it satisfies none of the parties".

    If it was not for the support of a great part of the international community, especially the commitment of the United States and Madame Albright in person, this outcome - be it not a perfect one - would not have been achieved, Dr. Fehmi Agani said. The interim agreement should be supported, because it gives Kosova a high level of self-government, giving Kosova all the key institutions - legislative, executive, the judiciary, a Parliament, a Government, a Constitution, the President, etc. - the Kosovar negotiator said.

    The MPs Gjergj Dedaj, Behxhet Brajshori, Simon Augustini, Hilmo Kandiq, Jakup Jahiri, Syl& Hoxha, Latif Berisha, Mehmet Kurteshi, Tom& Hajdari, Izadin Kryeziu, and Adil Pireva spoke in support of the agreement.

    Dem& Fetaj, an LDK member of Parliament from the war-ravaged western De^an area said he had no constituency to consult, for "only ruins" remain there.

    Ali Laj^i, also an LDK MP, expressed his reservations about the Rambouillet agreement, because, as he put it, "it does not recognize the Republic of Kosova". This agreement, legally speaking, is unacceptable, he said. "It is not legitimate that the Parliament of the Republic of Kosova decide on this Agreement".

    After lengthy discussions, the Parliament of the Republic of Kosova adopted a seven-point declaration in support of signing the Rambouillet Accords.

    The Parliament of the Republic supports the 3-year-long interim settlement for Kosova, which secures real and independent self- government by the Kosova organs, because the Agreement does not "prejudge the final solution, nor does it close off the process leading to independence for Kosova", point 2 of the declaration said.

    The international community, first and foremost the U.S. and NATO, should through an energetic intervention force Serbia and self-proclaimed Yugoslavia bring an end to Serbian offensives against the people of Kosova and "immediately withdraw [Serbian] military, police and paramilitary units from Kosova", the Parliament said.

    There can be no successful implementation of the Agreement unless NATO troops are committed to the ground in Kosova, the Parliament of the Republic insisted.

    The Parliament made it clear that in the three years, the people of Kosova and its "political and state institutions" will demonstrate they can build a "genuine civic and democratic society",, thus justifying their natural right to live in freedom as an independent statehood and become a significant factor of stability in the region.

    In its seventh, final point of the declaration adopted today, the Parliament of the Republic "expresses its readiness to ratify the interim agreement after having been signed by the Kosova delegation".

    [03] One Albanian Killed, Five Wounded in Cafe Attack

    PRISHTINA, 6 March (KIC) - One Albanian, Agim Revu^i (36), father of four, and six others were wounded in an attack by unidentified gunmen against an Albanian-owned "Kova^i" cafe in the Xhemajl Ibishi street in capital Prishtina on Friday evening.

    Local LDK sources said Shaban Zeqiri (46), father of five, who received six gunshot wounds, is in a critical condition.

    Abdyl Mushica (46) and another person named Isa were seriously wounded in the attack, whereas Ismet Llapjani (37) and another man, named Gani were lightly wounded.

    Local sources said two persons from a passing Golf car opened automatic fire on the Albanian-owned cafe.

    [04] Serbian Military Attack Six Villages in Mitrovica and Vushtrri Areas

    PRISHTINA, 6 March (KIC) - For three and a half hours on Friday evening, the Serbian military shelled and machine-gunned U^K positions in Pir^, V&rrnic& and Vaganic& villages of Mitrovica and Oshlan, Pantin& and Lkej villages of Vushtrri municipality, northwest of Prishtina.

    Serbs launched the attack from their positions in Frash&r i Vog&l and Shipol, local LDK sources said.

    Arms shooting was reported last night in several parts of the town of Mitrovica.

    Meanwhile, a convoy of Serbian military involving 8 lorries trailing heavy guns and an armoured vehicle moved into Bukosh villages at 10:00 CET today (Saturday).

    [05] Six Serbs Wounded in Explosion in Peja

    PRISHTINA, March 6 (KIC) - A bomb tossed Friday evening in an restaurant of Peja, western Kosova, left six Serbs wounded, none of them seriously, the Serbian media reported.

    KIC


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