|5 kilos of heroin burgled from Prosecutor’s Office in Prizren
PRIZREN, June 23, 2006 (KosovaLive) - Prizren regional police confirmed that the Prosecutor’s Office was burgled, and that 5 kilos of heroin were stolen from that.
Hatixhe Hoxhaj, regional spokesperson of Kosovo Police Service (KPS) in Prizren said that, “some yet unknown persons have burgled the building where the Procurement offices in Prizren was located.”
“The initial investigation indicate that 5 kilos and 721 grams of heroin were stolen,,” said Hoxha, adding that until now there is no one arrested and there are no suspects.
This was the first case of burgling an important public building after the war.
Polt: What is more important - status of Kosovo or Serbs' lives?
BELGRADE, June 23, 2006 (BETA) - The U.S. ambassador to Serbia stated that official Belgrade would "have to know" what was more important the
political status of Kosovo or the lives of the Serbs there?
"Let us be clear, Serbia would have to be true to itself and recognize
the fact that the majority in Kosovo want to be independent. Serbia would simply have to realize the reality of such determination. To realize does not mean to accept," Polt told the June 23 issue of the Belgrade daily Blic.
"One should be true to one's population regarding the possible outcome of negotiations about the status of Kosovo. There are no secrets, it is
possible to be either independence or autonomy - it has not yet been
decided on," Polt said, adding that "human rights are not a part of the deal," but a universal standard and that "the status is subject to negotiations," while the combining of these two things was "out of the question."
Serbs from Gracanica say that they will not pay their electricity bills
GRACANICA, June 23, 2006 (KosovaLive) - Gracanica Serb residents rejected the call of the Kosovo Energetic Corporation (KEK) to pay their electricity bills, emphasizing that no one is taking care of their living conditions.
KEK representatives received these comments during the inauguration of the cash office for payment of electricity bills in Gracanica.
“How to pay for it when no one works and no one is interested about us,” the local residents.
Deputy Manager of KEK, Pranvera Dobruna-Kryeziu voiced content that KEK managed to open this office, which will serve the residents of Gracanica.
KEK Managing Director John Ashley, evaluated the event as a proof that KEK is reaching its consumers. “In this office, residents of Gracanica can carry out all the services having to do with KEK,” he said.
UNMIK and KFOR have no knowledge about recruitment in the north
PRISHTINA, June 22, 2006 (KosovaLive) - UNMIK police, Kosovo Police Service and KFOR are the only bodies in charge of security all over the territory of Kosovo, and all other forms of organization in the field of security is illegal.
The spokesperson for UNMIK Neraaj Singh and the spokesperson for KFOR Pio Sabeta made those comments at the press conference, commenting the reports of some media that 385 former Serb militaries have been recruited in the north.
Singh said that there is no evidence that such a thing is taking place in Mitrovica North, but one thing should be clear that any initiative which is not in compliance with the law would be unacceptable.
He said that KPS is the only legitimate police service in Kosovo, and the Serbs were offered a quick mechanism to join the KPS.
Milovic: It is not true that VJ militaries are recruited in the north
MITROVICA, June 22, 2006 (KosovaLive) - Zvecan Mayor Dragisa Milovic rejected on Wednesday the reports of media that Serbs in the north of Mitrovica have recruited militaries of the Yugoslav Army (VJ).
“It is absolutely untrue. This is a campaign which aims at intensifying the pressure against Serbs. All what we have and which the public opinion knows is that we have set up security task force following the murder of the young Serb Milan Veskovic,” Mnilovic said.
He said that the members of this task force are citizens of our municipalities, and their responsibility is to monitor the situation and report to the local KPS commanders and to the municipalities.
U.S., Russia have opposing stands on deadline for Kosovo status
BELGRADE, June 22, 2006 (BETA) - At the U.N. Security Council session in New York, representatives of Russia and the U.S. presented different stands regarding the time frame for finding a solution to the Kosovo status. Namely, Moscow believes that the setting of deadlines is counter-productive, while Washington insists on the solution being found by the end of 2006.
Russia's ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the international mediators in the Kosovo negotiations should be "exactly that" and not align themselves to any side.
According to reports of the Voice of America on June 21, Churkin reiterated Russia's stand that "solving the status of the province would be universal and would affect the solution of disputes in other conflict regions." "That is why it is important to solve the status through negotiations and not through the unilateral imposition of a solution," the Russian diplomat said.
The U.S. representative, William Brensik, said everything must be done in order for an agreement to be reached, but he did not agree with his Russian colleague about the setting of deadlines, and pointed out that the solution should be found by the end of this year.
"Any further delay would extend this instability, as noted by the U.N. Secretary General's envoy," Brensik said.
DiCarlo says agreement on key issues in Kosovo is possible
BELGRADE, June 22, 2006 (BETA) - Officials of the U.S. Department of State called on the representatives of Belgrade and Pristina, who visited Washington, to be flexible in negotiations about the future of Kosovo, the assistant to the U.S. under secretary of state, Rosemary DiCarlo, told the Voice of America, adding that she was certain that an agreement was possible.
The representatives of the Kosovo and Serbian authorities visited Washington, separately.
The president and premier of Kosovo, Fatmir Sejdiu and Agim Ceku, met with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the U.S. envoy for the Kosovo negotiations, Frank Wiesner, while members of the Serbian negotiating team, Slobodan Samardzic and Leon Kojen, met with Under Secretary of State Dan Fried and his assistant in charge of Europe and Eurasia, Rosemary DiCarlo.
During the talks with Sejdiu and Ceku, Condoleezza Rice pointed out "the need for flexibility in the negotiations, from both sides," DiCarlo said. Samardzic and Kojen were given the same message, "that flexibility is very important in this process," she said.
Samardzic, who is an adviser to the Serbian prime minister, and Kojen, and adviser to the Serbian president, presented some proposals by the Serbian side, regarding decentralization, the protection of religious sites and of the minorities.
"We advised them to present their proposals to (the chief negotiator Martti) Ahtisaari, who is running the process, and we very clearly said that the U.S. is the friend of Serbia," DiCarlo said.
Pack said that Kosovo status should be solved quickly
PRISHTINA, June 22, 2006 (KosovaLive) - Eurodeputy Doris Pack said on Wednesday in Prishtina that she cannot speak over the status talks outcome, whereas she called for a faster solution, since any delay may be a bigger problem for the region.
Pack made these comments following a meeting with the Deputy Head of UNMIK Steven Schook, adding that the purpose of this visit is “to see what is going on.” “I cannot give you any outcome, but it will be good for this to end, in this way or another, because it s good for everyone to live in Kosovo, no matter if they are Albanian citizens or Serb citizens,” said Pack, adding that it is not up to her to judge.
Pack said they have also come to see the work of the Parliament and to help their Kosovar colleagues.
Berisha and Haziri: UN to take decision on status next month
PRISHTINA, June 22, 2006 (KosovaLive) - Parliament Speaker Kole Berisha and the Deputy Prime Minister Lutfi Haziri evaluated positively SRSG’s report to UN Security Council, and stated their belief that the circumstances have been created for the decision on status to be taken next month.
Parliament Speaker Berisha described Jessen Petersen’s presentation in New York as realistic. “Kosovo needs such a realistic presentation rather than a decorated one and Jessen-Petersen did just that. I believe that it would pave further the way to the process of independence,” he added.
On the other hand, Deputy Prime Minister Lutfi Haziri said that the Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) Soren Jessen-Petersen made a realistic presentation of the situation in Kosovo. “The political and the technical assessments as well as the recognition of results opened another big door for the status to be discussed next month at the Security Council session, which will be attended by the international chief negotiator Martti Ahtisaari,” Haziri said.
EU, U.S. leaders: Next year crucial for Western Balkans
VIENNA, June 22, 2006 (BETA) - Leaders of the EU and the U.S. have described next year as crucial for the Western Balkans, adding that they will continue to work on achieving security and prosperity in the region, it was said in the Declaration of the Summit in Vienna on June 21.
"We will build on the experience of our transatlantic cooperation and continue to cooperate, to stabilize the countries in the region, support their European and Euro-Atlantic perspectives, and combat organized crime and corruption," the Declaration said.
"We will continue to work with NATO and the OSCE in order to ensure the security and prosperity of the region," the Declaration added.
"As far as Kosovo is concerned, we will continue to ensure the convergence of our positions on the ongoing talks in order to promote a lasting status, which respects the Contact Group principles," the Declaration stressed.
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