Updated: 20-Dec-1999 KFOR Press Updates


19 Dec. 1999

KFOR Press Update

by Lieutenant-Commander Philip Anido, KFOR Spokesman

Students and Journalists Show the Way

During the past few days, two noteworthy events have taken place which demonstrate that vital groups within Kosovo are speaking out for an end to violence and hostility.

Late last week, about 1,000 students from Pristina University and other citizens gathered to light candles as a symbol of peace and goodwill. They expressed their desire for an end to the hatred and mistrust which the people of Kosovo have experienced in recent times.

On Friday evening in Mitrovica, Serbian and Albanian journalists crossed the western bridge together following a meeting with OSCE, to show that they are willing to work in cooperation. They have decided to meet regularly twice a week to discuss current issues.

The Commander KFOR, General Dr. Reinhardt, was among a number of officials who attended the candle light event. "I applaud these events because they show that people at the grass roots level are tired of violence and hatred," said Gen Reinardt. "I congratulate those who have taken the initiative to gather for peace, and trust that their vision will spread throughout Kosovo."

Events and incidents in Kosovo during the last 24 hours:

KFOR troops continued to conduct security patrols in cooperation with UNMIK Police throughout the province. The past 24 hours have been relatively calm.

Multi-National Brigade (Centre) Stages Security Operation

In Pristina, last night, Multi-National Brigade (Centre) KFOR troops and UNMIK Police staged a intense security operation throughout the city. The operation involved the use of vehicle checkpoints and helicopters with night visibility equipment. These operations are ongoing and will be used regularly to ensure that the rule of law and order is maintained.

Weapons Confiscated

In Multi-National Brigade West KFOR troops confiscated one AK 47, another rifle, a hand grenade and ammunition during a house search. No arrests were made.

Troops Deliver Tons of Blankets

Last week, Russian troops in MNB North delivered four tons of warm blankets to the village of Vocnjak.

Bridge Repairs Completed

The French Engineer Battalion completed repairs to the Mitrovica railway bridge last week. Italian engineers will commence repairs to the railway line soon. It is expected that the line between Leposavic and Kosovo Polje will open around Christmas.

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