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SERBIA-ANA-ARREST.

More than ten ANA leaders arrested.

10:13 BELGRADE , Feb 3 (Tanjug) - At least about ten ethnic Albanians, leaders of the banned Albanian national army (ANA), were arrested in coordinated police operations in the Balkans and several European countries, the German news agency DPA quoted a Belgrade intelligence official as saying.

"The arrests were a result of cooperation between law-enforcement agencies throughout the region and general political stance that we cannot allow any extremist group to endanger the quest for lasting peace in Balkans," the official told the DPA.

 
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February 3 2004, 10:19 AM 

UNMIK Deputy Head: Kosovo Provides Lessons in Preventing Ethnic Cleansing.

(UN, Washington File, AFP - 28/01/04)

The 1998-1999 conflict in Kosovo provided lessons about the kind of international efforts needed to prevent ethnic conflicts, UNMIK deputy head Jean-Christian Cady has said.

"Kosovo is a good example of what the international community and the UN can achieve to stop ethnic cleansing and build policy instruments that will prevent it from occurring again," Cady said Wednesday (28 January) in Stockholm, addressing an international forum on preventing genocide.

The success of efforts in this area, he said, required "a clear and common will of the international community to stop ethnic cleansing". Another prerequisite, he said, is the quick deployment of an international mission on the ground "with a military component and a robust mandate", as well sufficient means to ensure the establishment of law and order.

Citing the Kosovo example, where the UN leads the civil component of the international presence and the military is under NATO command, Cady said there were two main problems. One, he said, was that "during the time it took to establish the full peacekeeping presence, in the summer and autumn of 1999, numerous interethnic retaliation actions took place and the victims became the perpetrators".

The second shortcoming was in the area of refugee returns. "If practically all members of the Albanian community returned to Kosovo in a matter of weeks after the establishment of the international presence, the same thing cannot be said of the Serbs," Cady said. About four and a half years after UNMIK's establishment in June 1999, most members of the Serbian community who left Kosovo have not returned, citing fragile security and high unemployment.

Effective justice to ensure that no crime is left unpunished was a precondition for reconciliation, Cady said, reiterating UNMIK's determination to prosecute war criminals.

"The main challenge of UNMIK is to create stable conditions for a multiethnic Kosovo, not only to prevent ethnic cleansing from occurring again when the mandate of the international mission comes to an end but also to ensure a normal development and prosperity of all communities, free from harassment and with equal access to institutions, an impartial police and justice system," the UN official said, adding that a truly multiethnic police and justice system was already in place.

Kosovo's future status can only be discussed when the standards approved by the Security Council in December have been achieved, Cady said.

In a keynote speech Monday at the opening of the conference, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan proposed the creation of a special rapporteur on the prevention of genocide and a "committee of the prevention of genocide" to act as an early warning service.

Representatives of more than 50 governments, the UN, NGOs and academic institutions attended the three-day forum.

 
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Departure of KLA leaders to Hague matter of days, Batic.

09:51 BELGRADE , Feb 9 (Tanjug) - Serbian Justice Minister Vladan Batic has said that the departure of KLA (so-called Kosovo liberation army) leaders to The Hague is a metter of days.

"Indictments will be issued. Two investigations against three KLA leaders have been closed, and it is expected that the indictments will shortly be issued. It has been promised that that would done by the New Year, and I expect that that will be very soon," Batic stressed in an inteview for the Monady issue of the Belgrade daily Glas Javnosti.

 
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February 9 2004, 12:14 PM 

US Urges Kosovo to Focus on Creation of Multi-Ethnic Democratic Society.

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The United States Thursday urged Kosovo's leaders to focus on meeting U.N. standards for democracy rather than the question of the majority ethnic-Albanian province's possible independence from Serbia and Montenegro. The prime minister of Kosovo, Bajram Rexhepi, is in Washington this week and met Wednesday with Secretary of State Colin Powell and other officials.
Though Kosovo's leaders say that uncertainty about the province's future is hurting its economy, the State Department says their attention should be on creating a multi-ethnic democratic society rather than Kosovo's ultimate status.

The comments follow talks late Wednesday between Secretary Powell and Mr. Rexhepi, who was in Washington to attend Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast, an annual event that attracts a number of foreign leaders and political figures.

Kosovo, a province of the former Yugoslavia, has been a United Nations protectorate since 1999, when NATO air strikes forced Serb forces to withdraw after a brief but bloody conflict with separatist ethnic-Albanian guerrillas.

In December, the U.N. chief for Kosovo, former Finnish prime minister Harri Holkeri, presented a set of standards for building democracy for Kosovo.

They are to serve as the basis for a U.N. assessment by the middle of 2005 on whether the province is ready for talks about its final status, either independence or autonomy within the new Serbia and Montenegro.

At news briefing State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said that in meetings with Mr. Rexhepi, Secretary Powell and Under-Secretary of State Marc Grossman stressed the importance of implementing the U.N. standards and cooperating with Mr. Holkeri's administration.

"We continue to support the efforts of the U.N. in Kosovo and the leadership of U.N. Special Representative Holkeri to bring about a multiethnic, democratic society in Kosovo, as defined by U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244," he said. "At this time, we believe progress needs to focus - the focus needs to be on making progress on standards, particularly those involving multi-ethnicity, and not a discussion of final status. We have not taken a position at this time on the outcome of final status discussions."

Mr. Boucher said the United States remains committed to the province's development and will continue to work with allies to create a stable and democratic Kosovo.

In an interview with The Washington Times newspaper Thursday, Mr. Rexhepi said the U.N. administration had overstayed its welcome, and that inability of the international community to focus on an "ultimate vision" for Kosovo had made the job of governing it much harder.

He said Kosovo's uncertain future was, among other things, scaring away investors and delaying privatization deals for state-owned industries.

Mr. Rexhepi also said Kosovo's ethnic-Albanians, who make up 90 percent of the population, remain overwhelmingly committed to independence.

The province's ethnic Serbs, most of whom fled Kosovo during the war, want it to stay a part of Serbia and Montenegro. The estimated 80,000 Serbs who remain in Kosovo live mainly in enclaves protected by the 19,000 member NATO security force there.

 
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February 9 2004, 2:23 PM 

Vitina, Kosovo: Fear Forces Them To Flee From Their Centuries-Old Homes.

Reality Macedonia ^ | February 8, 2004

"Vesti" reporter visits Serbs in Kosovska Vitina

Only 208 Serbs remain in this small town out of a pre-summer 1999 population of 3,500. They are safest close to the church, the location of the KFOR checkpoint. Albanian physician who treats our illnesses threatened by his compatriots, says teacher Milusa Jokic.

Until June 1999 just over 3,500 Serbs lived in Kosovska Vitina, a small town on the fertile Kosovsko Pomoravlje plain. Today only 208 remain. Most of them moved away. Those who stayed in Vitina, where most of them live in the few small streets not far from the Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Petka and in so-called Dajic Mahala, cannot really say life is good.

"We live in fear. The only lucky thing in our misfortune is that the KFOR troops are here near the church. They have a permanent security checkpoint and since we are right next to them we feel a little safer. Otherwise we would have to leave. We don't have the feeling of security that people have who are living normal lives," said Gordana Tajic, who lives in Kosovska Vitina with her husband Dragan and their two sons. Her family owns a lot of land nearby but they still do not dare plant crops as a result of frequent attacks and provocations by their Albanian neighbors.

Planting crops a life-threatening danger

"Two years ago my husband tried to plant crops on those fields but he was attacked. They fired four shots at him," said Gordana.

When asked what they are planning for the future, Gordana shrugged her shoulders and replied that "many of our neighbors have sold their houses..."

"Recently an Albanian man who usurped a part of land[, and] built a cattle market on it. I sued him, I complained to UNMIK, 70 year-old Milorad S. Rajkovic told us. He said that the most difficult thing for him is that he is forced to live on meager social assistance.

Serb children in Kosovska Vitina attend classes for grades one to eight in the private house of Radovan Dajic. Every day the 40 or so children worry whether their teachers will come to class. The children are not provided with KFOR escorts but luckily, the locals tell us, in the last few months children have not been targeted although the fear is always there while they are on their way to and from the improvised school. In the past four years 60 Serbs have been killed in the Vitina region. One of the victims was a 17 year-old youth from Vitina, Sasa Dodic.

"We don't have a doctor in our small town. Most of the Serbs go to Vrbovac or to other Serb villages. But when someone has a problem and no transportation or opportunity to go to a Serb doctor, then we are sent to an Albanian private physician. Dr. Fetija generally charges us symbolic fees for his services. He is nice, despite the fact that local Albanians threaten him for treating Serbs," Milusa Jokic, a teacher in the Serb school, told us.

Most Serbs in the enclave are without work and waiting for buyers for their houses; meanwhile, their hopes for survival in this small town are quickly fading.

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Combination shop and reading room

The Serbs get together in the shop across the road from the church. The same building houses an area where younger Serbs, and a few not so young, read newspapers and magazines to keep up with events in other parts of Serbia.

"The foreigners say that this is an improvised youth center. Since we don't get the Belgrade press and can watch only Albanian TV, if it was not for the center, we would not even know that we are in Serbia," said 19 year-old Boban.

 
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February 18, 2004

Protection Corps Members Interrogated.

-Associations of former Liberation Army members said today that they will protest in a number of Kosovo municipalities over the arrests, accusing the UN mission in Kosovo of an attack on the values of the former guerrilla organisation.

PRISTINA -- Wednesday - An international investigative magistrate today began interrogating four members of the Kosovo Protection Corps who were arrested in southeast Kosovo on Monday.

One of those arrested is the commander of the Corps' Second Zone, Selim Krasniqi.

The four are suspected of committing war crimes against Albanian civilians in Kosovo in 1998, while members of the former Kosovo Liberation Army.

Associations of former Liberation Army members said today that they will protest in a number of Kosovo municipalities over the arrests, accusing the UN mission in Kosovo of an attack on the values of the former guerrilla organisation.

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February 18, 2004

KFOR Refuses Escort for Aid Deliveries

-More than eight thousand Serbs lived in Prizren [Kosovo's second largest city] before the NATO war of 1999. Now only 68 remain, relying on aid packages of food and toiletries.

GRACANICA -- Wednesday - Humanitarian aid packages delivered this week by the Serbian Red Cross to a monastery near Prizren cannot be delivered to the town's Serbian population because KFOR has refused to provide a security escort, Serbian Orthodox Church representatives said today.

More than eight thousand Serbs lived in Prizren before the NATO war of 1999. Now only 68 remain, relying on aid packages of food and toiletries.

The Church says the monks in the monastery have received no reply to their numerous requests for an escort in order to deliver the aid packages to the remaining Prizren Serbs.

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SCG Defense Minister Announced His Early Resignation

-Tadic said that the international community was first and foremost interested in a reformed security system, that Serbia and Montenegro did not have a good interntional position and that one of the essential ways to improve it was to reform the Army of Serbia and Montenegro.

17:08 BELGRADE , Feb 18 (Tanjug) - Serbia and Montenegro Defense Minister Boris Tadic said on Wednesday that one of the crucial issues for the future of the country was the reform of the security and defence system and announced that he would probably tender his resignation to the post of minister.

Tadic said that the international community was first and foremost interested in a reformed security system, that Serbia and Montenegro did not have a good interntional position and that one of the essential ways to improve it was to reform the Army of Serbia and Montenegro.

 
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February 20, 2004

Serbs Killed in Kosovo Village

LIPLJAN -- Friday - Two Serbs are reported to have been murdered last night in the Kosovo village of Lipljan.

Beta news agency names the victims as Zlatimor Kostic from Kosovo Polje and Miljana Markovic from Staro Gacko.

A senior Kosovo Serb MP this morning described the killings as "horrific," and blamed the "inaction" of the United Nations administration, UNMIK, and the international peacekeeping force, KFOR.

"They haven't established law and order in Kosovo or shed light on crimes committed before," said Oliver Ivanovic, a member of the Kosovo Parliament Presidency.

He claimed the murders would "encourage extremists" and were aimed at driving out the remaining Serbs.

Ivanovic warned of "tragic consequences" for efforts to improve the situation in the UN-governed province.

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February 20, 2004

Kosovo Serbs Riddled With Bullets

12:28 LIPLJAN , Feb 20 (Tanjug) - Two Kosovo Serbs were riddled with bullets near Lipljan late on Thursday, while they were driving down the Staro Gradsko - Lipljan road.

Milijana Markovic (24) from Staro Gradsko and professor of electronics Zlatimir Kostic from Susice were found dead in the car, following the late Thursday firing from automatic weapons.

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KPC Wants to be "Protection Force," Not Gendarmerie - Ceku

11:06 PRISTINA , Feb 20 (Tanjug) - Commander of the Kosovo Protection Corps (KZK) General Agim Ceku has said that KZK sees itself as the province's future "protection force" - a Kosovo-Metohija army.

In an interview for the Thursday issue of the Pristina [Prishtina] daily Zeri, Ceku said that KZK had made a project on setting up military police forces, something like a gendarmerie, as part of the future "protection forces" which would derive from the corps.

 
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