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Kosova Daily Report #1721, 99-03-15

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

Kosova Information Center
KOSOVA DAILY REPORT #1721
Prishtina, 15 March 1999

First Edition: 13:00 CET
Second Edition: 17:00 CET

CONTENTS

  • [01] Kosova Conference Resumes in Paris, Albanians Reportedly Willing to Sign Deal
  • [02] Serbian Military Launches Artillery Attack against Mitrovica, Vushtrri and Skenderaj Villages
  • [03] Serbs Pound Podujeva Villages with Artillery Overnight
  • [04] Police Kills Four Members of Albanian Family in Grejkoc Village of Suhareka
  • [05] Bodies of Two Men Found in Zabllaq, Istog Area
  • [06] Serbian Forces Resume Attacking Sferk& Village of Klina
  • [07] Two Albanians Wounded by Serb Shells in ^upeva Village of Klina
  • [08] Kosovar Delegation Agrees to Sign the Rambouillet Accords
  • [09] One Albanian Killed, Two Wounded from Serbian Shell Landing in Bradash
  • [10] Arms Shooting Reported in Villages Straddling Prishtina-Podujeva Highway
  • [11] Third Killed in Podujeva Bombing Blast Identified
  • [12] Serbian Forces Shell Five Vushtrri Villages
  • [13] Body of Albanian Found in Rahovec Village on Sunday
  • [14] The Killed in Zabllaq Identified
  • [15] Two Albanians Found Killed Near JeshkovŰ Village of Prizren
  • [16] Some 20 Albanians Arrested in Gjakova, Taken to an Unknown Destination
  • [17] Serbian Forces Pound Two Dešan Villages Overnight and Today Morning

  • [01] Kosova Conference Resumes in Paris, Albanians Reportedly Willing to Sign Deal

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - The international conference on Kosova resumed work today (Monday) in Paris, France, three weeks after the conclusion of the first round of negotiations at the Rambouillet chateau in February.

    The Kosova delegation had a plenary session today, in which the U^K (Kosova Liberation Army) representatives made it clear they will say 'yes' to the Rambouillet accords.

    Today morning, Hashim Thaqi, a leading U^K member, met with the chief international negotiator, U.S. ambassador Chris Hill, reportedly informing him of the acceptance to sign the agreement.

    The Kosova delegation will meet with the international mediators sometime in mid-afternoon today, after which a statement is expected confirming the readiness of our delegation to sign the Kosova deal negotiated at Rambouillet, namely the 23 February document.

    [02] Serbian Military Launches Artillery Attack against Mitrovica, Vushtrri and Skenderaj Villages

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - At 7:30 a.m. today (Monday), the Serbian military launched a fierce attack against a number of villages in northwestern Kosova which fall administratively within the municipalities of Mitrovica, Vushtrri and Skenderaj ('Srbica').

    LDK sources in Mitrovica said the villages of Vaganic& and Verrnic& of Mitrovica municipality were being shelled, then the village of Lubavec (Skenderaj municipality), as well as the villages of Galic&, Lkej, Oshlan and Pantin&, Vushtrri municipality.

    Serbian forces have launched their attack from their positions in Frash&r i Vog&l and Pir^.

    The same villages were targeted by Serbian gunfire overnight, too.

    Speaking about today's attacks, local LDK sources in Vushtrri said Serbian forces were engaged in heavy shelling of Albanian villages from their bases at Dolak and Shtitaric& at 9:00 a.m. The school village in Mihaliq has been burned.

    A Serbian military convoy, involving 19 vehicles full of soldiers and police, headed towards Mihaliq today morning. Private-owned lorries were seen to have joined the Serb convoy, too.

    Albanian vendors will not work at the fruit market in Mitrovica today, but rather pay homage to the victims of the bombing blast of Saturday by laying flowers in the marketplace.

    Five persons were killed and over sixty wounded in the terrorist attack at the market in Mitrovica that day.

    Meanwhile, the Vushtrri municipal education authority ruled that schools in the area will be discontinued till 22 March amidst the continued Serbian offensive against the Albanian villages and insecurity for all, including pupils and students.

    [03] Serbs Pound Podujeva Villages with Artillery Overnight

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - All night long, Serbian military and police forces pounded with artillery and mortar fire a number of villages in the northern Podujeva municipality, local sources said.

    The shelling was very powerful, sources from the town said, failing to offer any details about the consequences.

    Early in the morning today, fresh Serbian troops and armor moved into Kosova from Serbia via the Nis-Podujeva-Prishtina highway, local sources said.

    A Serbian military convoy, consisting of over 100 combat vehicles, entered Kosova early in the morning today, the Prishtina-based Council for the Defense of Human Rights and Freedoms (CDHRF) said.

    Meanwhile, 5 Serb tanks and other army pieces were reported deployed in the village of Peran, where for more than two months now the Podujeva-K&rpimeh roadway has been blocked. Serb forces have established their presences in other locations along this roadway, too.

    Heavy Serbian forces have been roaming the streets of Podujeva, home to 20,000 inhabitants, of whom 99 percent Albanians. There has been a very limited movement of citizens, though.

    [04] Police Kills Four Members of Albanian Family in Grejkoc Village of Suhareka

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - Four members of an Albanian family were killed Sunday afternoon in the woods near their native Grejkoc village of Suhareka, local LDK sources said.

    Xhemajl H. Tafaj (42), Ismajl H. Tafaj (35), Rizah I. Tafaj (19) and Ibrahim Xh. Tafaj (16) were killed by the Serbian police in the woods between Grejkoc and Mushtisht villages at 15:00 CET.

    They had gone to fetch wood, a family member who survived said. The police killed them with no reason whatsoever, he added.

    [05] Bodies of Two Men Found in Zabllaq, Istog Area

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - The bodies of two still unidentified men, aged between 30 and 40 years of age, were found today morning at Zabllaq, municipality of Istog, local LDK sources said.

    Their faces were bloodstained, and their shirts half stripped, eye- witnesses said.

    A month ago, an Albanian, Haki Hoti, was found killed in the same location.

    [06] Serbian Forces Resume Attacking Sferk& Village of Klina

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - Serbian army and police troops resumed attacking Sferk& village of Klina with all kinds of weapons, local LDK sources in Malisheva reported.

    The villages of Sferk& and Dush have been burned down, and the residents who fled their homes are in a desperate humanitarian situation, sources said.

    [07] Two Albanians Wounded by Serb Shells in ^upeva Village of Klina

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - Two Albanians, Naser H. Krasniqi (18) and Hysni Sh. Morina (43), were wounded yesterday in their native ^upev& village of Klina from Serb artillery shells, local LDK sources in Malisheva said.

    Other sources spoke of four Albanians killed during the fighting in Dush i Sferk&s village yesterday.

    The U^K said only three of its soldiers had been wounded in the fighting there.

    Meanwhile, local LDK sources in Klina said a police car took the bodies of four killed persons to the police station yesterday. They were taken out of the car, photographed, and then driven away to an unknown direction.

    [08] Kosovar Delegation Agrees to Sign the Rambouillet Accords

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - The leadership of the Kosovar delegation to the international conference being held in Paris showed up before reporters just past 16:30 CET today, making it clear it agreed to sign the interim agreement on self-government for Kosova negotiated last month at Rambouillet, France.

    As to the signing itself, it is matter depending on when the ceremony would be organized, sources tell the Kosova Information Center (KIC)

    Meanwhile, in an interview with the CNN today afternoon, President of the Republic of Kosova Ibrahim Rugova said the agreement would be accepted as a whole, with both the political and implementation components. We await NATO now, he said, because NATO "is guarantor of the agreement".

    Asked whether Kosovars would give up their independence bid, President said "We will never give up independence".

    The current agreement provides for a three-year-long period of self-government, with a NATO-led implementation mission to enforce it.

    [09] One Albanian Killed, Two Wounded from Serbian Shell Landing in Bradash Village of Podujeva Today

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - One Albanian was killed and two others were wounded when two Serbian army shells landed in the village of Bradash today (Monday) at 14:30 CET, local sources told the Kosova Information Center (KIC).

    Hazbi Veliu (18), final year student with the Middle Economics School in Podujeva, was killed, whereas Kadrush and Ramush Tahiri, all residents of Bradash, were wounded.

    The shells were fired from Serbian army positions in the border village of PŰrpellac ('Prepolac'), half a dozen km away from Bradash.

    The funeral of Hazbi Veliu will take place in Bradash tomorrow (Tuesday), a family member told the KIC.

    At least four Serbian army shells landed in the village of Bradash today afternoon.

    A highly explosive and dangerous situation is reported in the town of Podujeva itself. Serb snipers have been posted on top of the buildings, including the town granary.

    The movement of people in town has been reduced to a bare minimum.

    [10] Arms Shooting Reported in Villages Straddling Prishtina-Podujeva Highway

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - Today morning, there was a heavy concentration of Serbian forces along the Prishtina-Podujeva highway, namely around the villages of Besi, LebanŰ, Vranidoll and Prugoc.

    Arms shooting was reported in the area.

    There has been no immediate word on what actually happened there.

    [11] Third Killed in Podujeva Bombing Blast Identified

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - The third Albanian killed in the bombing blast in Podujeva on Saturday has been identified as Sadik Zhegrova (58), resident of LlapashticŰ e Poshtme village of Podujeva.

    The two others killed were Besnik Shabani and Nexhat Miftari, whereas some 40 Albanians were injured. Besnik Shabani was killed by a Serb sniper while helping the wounded in one of the two explosions in Podujeva on Saturday.

    [12] Serbian Forces Shell Five Vushtrri Villages

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - Serbian military and police forces have been shelling five Vushtrri villages (Gllavotin, Bešuk, ZhilivodŰ, Strofc and Bivolak) from their positions at PrilluzhŰ village since early morning today, local LDK sources reported.

    The shelling was reported to be very intensive. There has been no immediate word on casualties and material damage.

    Serbian police has been physically abusing, robbing and arresting Albanians in the town of Vushtrri today.

    Haki S. Hajrizi suffered body injuries when police beat him up in his Novolan village yesterday.

    [13] Body of Albanian Found in Rahovec Village on Sunday

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - The body of Zyber Kadri Morina (55), resident of GexhŰ village of Rahovec ('Orahovac') was found killed in the village of Kramovik on Sunday, local LDK sources in Rahovec reported.

    Mr. Morina has been unaccounted for since 24 February, when he was arrested by the Serbian police at the police station in Prizren.

    [14] The Killed in Zabllaq Identified

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - The bodies of two killed persons found today morning at Zabllaq of Istog municipality have been identified as Rrahman Morina (35), resident of BaicŰ village of Istog, and Shaban (Hajredin) Ramšaj (50), resident of BanjŰ e PejŰs village.

    They were probably killed from close range, eye-witnesses said, adding that their faces were bloodstained and shirts stripped off.

    [15] Two Albanians Found Killed Near JeshkovŰ Village of Prizren

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - The bodies of two killed Albanians, both of them in their twenties, dressed in UăK uniforms, have been found near JeshkovŰ village of Prizren, Koha Ditore daily reported today.

    They seem to have been killed from close range, the newspaper said, adding that their bodies have been taken to the Prizren town morgue.

    The bodies of four more killed Albanians are feared to have remained inside the village of JeshkovŰ.

    The identification of six bodies, taken to the town morgue in Prizren on 12 March, has not been carried out yet.

    [16] Some 20 Albanians Arrested in Gjakova, Taken to an Unknown Destination

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - Early in the morning today (Monday), a Serbian police expedition involving some 30 policemen established a check-point near the "Ura e Tabakut" (the Tabaku bridge) in Gjakova, arresting and physically abusing Albanian passers-by and motorists, local LDK sources in Gjakova said.

    Some twenty civilian Albanians, residents of Gjakova municipality's villages, were rounded up, forced into a van and taken to an unknown destination, sources said.

    Police arrested also Sefer Seferi (28), resident of Gjakova, who suffered a mental breakdown after a brutal police treatment earlier.

    Today is a market-day in the southern town of Gjakova.

    [17] Serbian Forces Pound Two Dešan Villages Overnight and Today Morning

    PRISHTINA, March 15 (KIC) - Serbian forces opened fire against the villages of Ratish and Dashinoc, municipality of Dešan, last night and today morning, local LDK sources reported.

    The Serbs were firing from their positions in Lumbardh, Irzniq and 'Suka e Baballoqit' (the 'Baballoq upland').

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