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Kosova Daily Report #1714, 99-03-08

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KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1714
Prishtina, 8 March 1999


CONTENTS

  • [01] German Foreign Minister Fischer Meets with Kosovar Leaders in Prishtina
  • [02] President Rugova Receives Dutch Ambassador
  • [03] Serbian Forces Shell Two Hani i Elezit Villages in Southeastern Kosova
  • [04] Serbian Forces Shell Vushtrri and Mitrovica Villages Sunday Evening
  • [05] Serbian Forces Shell Albanian Villages in Podujeva Area
  • [06] Prishtina Neighborhood of Emshiri Sealed off by Serb Police
  • [07] Albanian Woman Dies in Serb Police Checkpoint
  • [08] Two Bodies Found in Gjakova Area
  • [09] Albanian Girl Wounded in Gorozhup

  • [01] German Foreign Minister Fischer Meets with Kosovar Leaders in Prishtina

    PRISHTINA, March 8 (KIC) - The Foreign Minister of Germany, Joschka Fischer, was expected to meet President Ibrahim Rugova and other Albanian leaders in Prishtina today (Monday) afternoon to discuss the Rambouillet Accords in the run-up to the resumption of negotiations on an interim settlement for Kosova in France next week.

    Meanwhile, reports said the U^K (Kosova Liberation Army) commanders were to meet today to discuss the plan, which received approval in principle by the Kosovar delegation last month.

    [02] President Rugova Receives Dutch Ambassador

    PRISHTINA, March 8 (KIC) - The President of the Republic of Kosova Ibrahim Rugova received today in Prishtina Mr. Jan Piet Kleiveg de Zvan, ambassador of the Netherlands to Belgrade, to discuss the most recent developments in Kosova and the consultations of political forces on the Rambouillet Accords for Kosova in the run- up to the resumption of negotiations on an interim settlement.

    Rugova said the situation in Kosova continued to be grave and dangerous amidst the unrelenting Serbian military and police actions in separate parts of the country. He pressed for urgent pressure on Belgrade to bring an end to its offensive operations against the people of Kosova.

    Regarding the Accords negotiated last month at Rambouillet, France, President Rugova said most of the political forces and the people of Kosova approve the deal and press that its implementation, once it is concluded, be carried out by NATO troops.

    [03] Serbian Forces Shell Two Hani i Elezit Villages in Southeastern Kosova

    Three Albanians reported wounded by Serb forces

    PRISHTINA, March 8 (KIC) - Serbian forces shelled two villages of Hani i Elezit, Strazh& and Ivaj&, with heavy artillery pieces since 8 o'clock in the morning today (Monday), local LDK sources in Ka^anik said.

    Serbian forces have been pounding Albanian villages from their positions in locations known as "Ferina" and "Guri i Zi".

    Many Albanian houses have been reported in flames today amidst the continued heavy shelling by Serbian forces.

    The village of Pustenik was reported fired by Serbian forces from 8:40 through 9:00 CET today.

    A convoy of Serbian military, backed up by twenty tanks, armored vehicles and APCs, headed at 3:00 a.m. today towards the Gllobo^ic& village of Ka^anik municipality, local human rights (CDHRF) sources said. Three armored vehicles parted ways with the convoy heading to Goranc village, whereas four others in the direction of Kotlin& village.

    At 8:00 CET today, Serbian military troops raided five Albanian households at Gllobo^ic&, local sources reported.

    In the past few days, Serbian forces vandalized a number of Albanian-owned businesses in the small town of Hani i Elezit and in Se^isht& village, local LDK sources said.

    Meanwhile, two Albanians were shot and wounded by Serbian forces along the Kosova-FYROM border yesterday, local LDK sources in Hani i Elezit said. One of them was named as Adem Curri. He was taken to FYROM for medical treatment. The identity of the second wounded Albanian has not been made known.

    Meanwhile, sources told the KIC a wounded Albanian, Avni Neziri, in his mid- twenties, was brought by Serb police to the Prishtina hospital early today morning. Avni, who sustained grave wounds to the legs and the stomach, has been operated upon. The Albanian, wearing civilian clothes, was dubbed a 'terrorist' by Serb police who took him to the Prishtina hospital.

    [04] Serbian Forces Shell Vushtrri and Mitrovica Villages Sunday Evening

    PRISHTINA, March 8 (KIC) - Mid-evening on Sunday, Serbian military forces stationed at Bukosh and Dolak pounded with heavy artillery the villages of Pantin&, Okrashtic&, Liqej, Balinc, Oshlan, as well as a number of other Albanian settlements on the other side of the ^i^avica massif in the Vushtrri municipality, local sources said.

    Today (Monday) morning, Serbian forces were reported stationed in the crossroads between the villages of Novolan and Dubofc.

    Meanwhile, for three and a half hours on Sunday evening, Serbian forces shelled the villages of Vaganic& and Pir^, municipality of Mitrovica. Mitrovica citizens spent the night in anxiety, to the sound of artillery fire pounding Albanian villages. Sporadic fire was reported overnight.

    Fresh Serb troops and armor, including four tanks and five lorries, have joined the Serbian military base at Frash&r i Vog&l ('Svinjare') village of Mitrovica today.

    [05] Serbian Forces Shell Albanian Villages in Podujeva Area

    PRISHTINA, March 8 (KIC) - Serbian military and police forces shelled Sunday evening the villages of Godishnjak and Peran, in the northern Podujeva municipality.

    Meanwhile, Serbian forces resumed a heavy attack against a number of Podujeva villages at 6:00 CET today. After 10:00 there was sporadic fire, local sources said.

    A volatile situation has been reported in the town of Podujeva today, with a heavy police presence.

    At 7:45 CET, a column of Serbian forces on board 15 buses, 9 lorries and 2 APCs arrived from Serbia, heading towards capital Prishtina. A bit later, a convoy of Serb military troops and combat equipment left the Dumosh airfield near Podujeva, a Serb military base for three months now, heading to Podujeva and Lup^ directions, respectively.

    At least eight Albanian houses have been burned during the Serb shelling of Majac, Godishnjak, Penuh& and Buric& villages.

    [06] Prishtina Neighborhood of Emshiri Sealed off by Serb Police

    PRISHTINA, March 8 (KIC) - The southern Prishtina neighborhood of Emshiri was sealed off by Serb police for a second day in a row today morning, local sources said.

    Albanian residents of the neighborhood are being ill-treated.

    Police hit an Albanian, Ymer Olluri (20) with a glass full of water and caused him grave injuries in a shop. Another Albanian, Bajram Sopi, a passer-bye, was beaten up unconscious and had his jaw broken by police, local sources said.

    Two Serb police were killed and one wounded in an unsolved incident in the Emshiri neighborhood yesterday. Serb paramilitary police, backed up by armored vehicles, terrorized Albanians in their homes afterwards. At least 17 Albanians were reported to have suffered injuries during the Serb police crackdown against the people there yesterday. Local LDK sources publicized their names.

    [07] Albanian Woman Dies in Serb Police Checkpoint

    PRISHTINA, March 8 (KIC) - Mrs Naile Kalludra (56), resident of Gremnik& village of Klina, died on Saturday at a Serb police check- point at Dollc village, because police prevented her from being taken to hospital, local human rights sources claimed.

    The sick Naile was on her way to visit a doctor in Gjakova, together with her husband, Brahim. The man was ill-treated for two hours in the Serb police checkpoint. Naile died there, CDHRF sources said, "of pain and indignation over her husband's ill- treatment".

    [08] Two Bodies Found in Gjakova Area

    PRISHTINA, March 8 (KIC) - Serbian police took yesterday the body of a person to the town morgue in Gjakova. The unidentified body was found by the Gjakova - Bizhtazhin roadside.

    The body of a killed person was found in Rezhin& village along the Gjakova- Peja road yesterday, Serb media reported.

    Meanwhile, local human rights activists in Gjakova said the fate of two Albanians, Latif Arifaj, resident of Gjakova, and Rrustem Aliaj, resident of G&rgoc village, who had been abducted six weeks ago, remains unknown.

    [09] Albanian Girl Wounded in Gorozhup

    PRISHTINA, March 8 (KIC) - A young Albanian girl, Gjyle ^unaj (15) has been reported wounded with a bullet in the village of Gorozhup, municipality of Prizren. She was staying with her uncle's when she was shot, probably from Serb positions along the Kosova-Albania border zone. She did not receive life-threatening wounds, local sources said.
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