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Updated: 5 August 1999 KFOR Press Updates

Pristina,
Kosovo

22 July 1999
as of 11:00

KFOR Press Statement

Delivered by Major Jan Joosten, KFOR spokesman

  • AT 1500, YESTERDAY IN MULTI-NATIONAL BRIGADE (MNB) CENTRAL, A KFOR PATROL ARRESTED 4 ALBANIANS IN PRISTINA FOR ATTEMPTING TO BREAK INTO A BANK THE MILITARY POLICE IN INVESTIGATING

  • AT 1930 THE MILITARY POLICE IN PRISTINE RELEASED A SERB WOMAN WHO WAS HELD AGAINST HER WILL IN A FLAT. SHE EXPLAINED THAT 3 MEN HAD KIDNAPPED HER FOUR DAYS AGO FROM HER HOME VILLAGE OF GNJILANE. THE FLAT WAS KEPT UNDER OBSERVATION AND AROUND MIDNIGHT A MAN WAS ARRESTED AS HE ENTERED THE FLAT. HE IS NOW IN CUSTODY AND QUESTIONED BY THE MILITARY POLICE.

  • KFOR TROOPS HAVE A ROBUST AND EVEN- HANDED APPROACH TO ALL THEIR ACTIVITIES IN KOSOVO. WE ARE DETERMINED TO SECURE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE NO ONE SHOULD LIVE IN FEAR. KFOR WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY CRIMINAL ACTS THAT WE MAY ENCOUNTER. INNOCENT CIVILIANS OF ALL ETHNICITIES IN KOSOVO HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH. IT IS TIME TO REBUILD KOSOVO AND WORK TOWARDS A SECURE FUTURE.

  • AT 1600 YESTERDAY IN MULTINATIONAL BRIGADE WEST A PATROL FOUND 15 UCK SOLDIERS IN UNIFORM AND ARMED AT _____ THEIR WEAPONS WERE CONFISCATED AND AFTER QUESTIONING AT THE BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS THEY WERE RETURNED TO THEIR ASSEMBLY AREA.

  • THIS INCIDENT IS IN CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE UNDERTAKING. KFOR EXPECTS THE UCK LEADERSHIP TO TAKE THE NECESSARY STEPS TO ENSURE THAT UCK ENFORCES TIGHT CONTROL MEASURES IN ORDER TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE. THE KFOR JOINT IMPLEMENTATION COUNCIL WILL TAKE UP THIS INCIDENT WITH THE UCK COMMANDER GENERAL CEKU AND DEMAND AN EXPLANATION.


  • AT 1715 IN MULTINATIONAL BRIGADE EAST REPORTED THAT ONE CIVILIAN WAS INJURED BY A MINESTRIKE AND WAS TAKEN TOP THE HOSPITAL BY LOCALS THE MINEFIELD HAD BEEN MARKED PREVIOUSLY BUT THE MARKINGS HAD BEEN REMOVED.

  • THE PEOPLE OF KOSOVO ARE REMINDED ONCE MORE TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION AS THEY RESUME WORK AROUND THEIR HOMES AND FARMS. ANY MARKING OF MINEFIELD SHOULD NOT BE TOUCHED. WHILST THIS WILL ENDANGER OTHER PEOPLES LIFE

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