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Updated: 21-Dec-1999 KFOR Press Updates

Pristina,
Kosovo

20 Dec. 1999

KFOR Press Update

by Lt. Colonel Henning Philipp, KFOR Spokesman

KFOR Makes Several Arrests

KFOR troops and UNMIK police presence in the cities and towns throughout Kosovo provide a very visible sign to all citizens that respect for law and order is vital for the rebuilding process. Those who are determined not to show respect for basic rights and civil order must be aware that KFOR and UNMIK will make every effort to seek them out and arrest them. We are achieving this with increasing success.

Yesterday KFOR made again several arrests. Three men were arrested in Prizren for arson, and three in the area of Multinational Brigade (N) for illegal possession of weapons.

 


Events and incidents in Kosovo during the last 24 hours:

Weapons confiscated and arrests made

Yesterday morning, KFOR troops and police searched three houses in the town of Vucitrn in Multinational Brigade North. Two AK47's, ammunition and hand grenades were confiscated. Two Kosovo Albanian men were arrested.

Late Sunday evening, KFOR troops at a checkpoint in Multinational Brigade North confiscated a loaded pistol from a Kosovo Albanian. The man was arrested.

Arrests for breaking curfew

On Sunday after midnight, 15 Albanians were arrested in Prizren for breaking the curfew.

Also in Prizren, three Kosovo Albanians were arrested, on Sunday morning on suspicion of burning a Serbian house which had already been ruined.

Attempted Border Crossing

Yesterday during the morning and early afternoon in Multinational Brigade South, eight people attempted to cross the Morina border crossing illegally. When spotted by KFOR troops they returned.

Bomb Threat

Last night, British KFOR troops in Pristina received a bomb threat from an anonymous caller. All British positions conducted a thorough search and nothing was found

Blace Bypass Open in both directions

The Blace bypass is now open for northbound, as well as southbound KFOR traffic. This will facilitate speedier movement of civilian and military traffic across the border.

Media Opportunities:

This afternoon at 1400hrs in Multinational Brigade (Centre), the provisional members of the Kosovo Protection Corps will take First Aid training under the direction of KFOR. The training will take place at the 26 Regiment Royal Artillery Echelon location, at the old Tile Factory location just outside Pristina. Transport will be provided for those who require it, from the Press Information Centre at 1345hrs. Further details are available from Multinational Brigade (Centre) staff.

On Wednesday the 22nd of December the Swedish Battalion medical team and doctor will tour the area of Keqekolle providing medical services to the local community. This is part of KFOR's continued support to the people of the area. The medical facility will see all those requiring medical treatment and advice. Any media who wish to attend this facility should contact a member of the Multinational Brigade (Centre) staff. Transport will be available from the Press Information Centre at 1200hrs.

On Thursday the 23rd of December the Minister of Defence of Greece, Mr. Tsohatzopoulosm, will visit Kosovo. Mr. Tsohatzopoulos will meet the Greek Troops, the Commander of KFOR and the DSRSG of UNMIK, Mr. Jock Covey. A press conference will be held at the KFOR Press Centre at 10:20hrs on the 23rd of December.

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