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Updated: 23-Dec-1999 KFOR Press Updates

Pristina,
Kosovo

22 Dec. 1999

KFOR Press Update

by Lieutenant-Colonel Henning Philipp, KFOR Spokesman

KFOR Ready for Icy Roads

The first major snowfall hit hard yesterday, causing treacherous driving
conditions in many parts of Kosovo. Numerous accidents were reported,
though none involved KFOR vehicles.

KFOR is ready to help the population overcome the challenges of winter and
has taken on the responsibility for clearing the major roads. The secondary
road from Pec to the Montenegro border will also be cleared to allow
humanitarian aid to get through.

KFOR has 50 modern snowplows in Kosovo, and another 20 are expected soon.
In addition, 2,000 tons of sand and salt have been delivered to control icy
conditions.

Today, driving conditions remain poor and traffic is moving very slowly. On
the main road from Skopje to Pristina, for instance, some truck drivers have
abandoned their vehicles, causing long tie-ups.


Alleged Attacks False

Every now and then we read articles in local newspapers about Serb
paramilitaries operating inside Kosovo. We look closely into every report
about any such alleged activity. Yesterday, some local media again reported
that such gangs had attacked two villages in northern Kosovo, on Monday 20
December, forcing the villagers to flee into the mountains. After having
sent KFOR troops to investigate the allegations, we can say that they are
totally unsubstantiated.

Events and incidents in Kosovo during the last 24 hours:

Weapons confiscated and arrests made

Late yesterday afternoon an Albanian man from Vitomirica was arrested for
illegal possession of a rifle and ammunition.

In Vitina in Multinational Brigade East another Albanian was arrested
yesterday for a weapons violation

Fire destroys OSCE and UNMIK Buildings

The OSCE and UNMIK buildings in Gazivode, Multinational Brigade North burned down yesterday afternoon. The fire is suspected to have started in the
heating system of the OSCE building

Arrests for Breaking Curfew

Yesterday in Prizren, Multinational Brigade South, one man was detained for
breaking the curfew


Media Opportunity:

The Press Conference with the Minister of Defence of Greece will take place
tomorrow on Thursday 23 December at 11:00hrs (not as announced earlier at
10:20hrs).

Every year it is traditional in the French Army to organize a contest of
Christmas creches of the nativity scene. In Kosove this contest will take
place in the French unit in Srbica, Banja, Rudnik, Stari Trg, Mitrovica, and
Banjska. The result of the contest will be decided on Christmas Day. Media
interested in covering this event are asked to contact MNB North PIO.

 

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