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Confused Kosovars

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA/PODUJEVO - First units of the Yugoslav Army (VJ) and police withdrew on Thursday afternoon from Kosovo, leaving behind mostly confused inhabitants of all nationalities.

It seems that most of the Serbs are in big dilemma: should they wait arrival of international forces or not.

People say that they will make final decision just when they see what will be further status of the Kosovo Liberation Army. If the members of that organization come on Kosovo armed, there is no dilemma for the Serbs.

The first units of the VJ left Kosovo`s territory around 1.00 p.m. near the place of Merdare, on the administrative border between Kosovo province and Serbia. At least two hundreds military vehicles, anti aircraft batteries, field hospitals and launchers for anti aircraft missiles were in the convoy.

In Podujevo, near the place where military convoy was passing, the streets were empty. On market, which is usually full of people, there was none of them today.

On the side road that leads to the suburbs of Podujevo, we met 60 years old Djura, who lives in one of only three Serb's houses in that region.

"I have nowhere to go. I have always had good relations with everybody, but if they force me, I would have to leave", he said. Only few minutes after our conversation, around 30 neighbors, mostly ethnic - Albanians came to us.

"The most important thing is that the war is finished. In peace, we would, probably, make better life here. However, if violence continues, there will be no life neither for the Serbs, nor for the Albanians in Kosovo", Bekim said.

Like many ethnics Albanians, Bekim also fled Kosovo, fearing of possible conflict between police and KLA and NATO bombing. After six weeks of wandering throughout Kosovo`s woods, he came back.

We heard similar story on the other side of Kosovo, near Kosovska Mitrovica, where the first police convoy of around 20 jeeps, vans and buses with several hundreds policemen left the province.

Retired worker of Accumulator Factory from Kosovska Mitrovica, Moma, watched that scene from the hill above the road.

"When army and police were here, I was safe... Now, I do not know anything", he said and added that he has nowhere to go.

"I was working for 30 years to earn enough money to buy my flat. If I live my home, who will give me another place to live? I hope that those troops will be impartial. Otherwise, I am afraid that I would have to go", Moma said.

According to his words, there were no ethnic problems in the part of Mitrovica where he lives for 30 years.

Some of the ethnic Albanian said that, they would, like the Serbs, leave Kosovo if members of KLA returned armed.

Just after police vehicles passed, four orange vans, full of stuffs, appeared on the road.

"Even Gypsies left"; Moma said and silently went back to his house.

Draskovic Denied Assertions of Zagreb`s Daily Newspaper

BELGRADE - Leader of the Serbian Renewal Movement denied on Thursday that he said for Zagreb`s daily "Jutarnji list" that Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic should be president of the Yugoslav government.

"I have never gave that interview, but I would sign many things they published. However, I would not sign statement that the Montenegrin President should be Federal Prime Minister, because it is not lawfully, Draskovic said a press conference.

Draskovic added that he just said that " the member of Djukanovic`s party should be Federal Prime Minister".

Milosevic Addressed the Yugoslav Nation

BELGRADE - In his address to the nation, made on the Serbian Radio Television on Thursday, Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic congratulated peace and urged unity to help rebuilt the war - torn country.

Milosevic maintained that Yugoslav people are the heroes of the war and that the Group of Eight and the UN are guaranteeing Yugoslav sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Yugoslav President said 462 Yugoslav soldiers and 114 policemen were killed during the 11 weeks of NATO's aggression and added that their names will be made known.

Gen. Pavkovic Announces Withdrawal to Start around Noon on Thursday

PRISTINA - Yugoslav Third Army Commander Lieutenant-General Nebojsa Pavkovic said on Thursday that "the first significant withdrawal" of the Yugoslav army from Kosovo would begin around noon.

"Around noon on Thursday, in the area around Podujevo, the first significant withdrawal (of troops) will begin," Gen. Pavkovic told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

A source close to the police told AFP that a pullout of police forces from the area around Kosovska Mitrovica would start at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Gen. Pavkovic expressed hope that the withdrawal would be accompanied with NATO's "suspension of bombing" of the FR Yugoslavia.

Referring to a military-technical agreement signed in Macedonia, Gen. Pavkovic said that "the plan is feasible".

"We can certainly carry it out, but the question remains whether they (the international forces) would be able to do it," Gen. Pavkovic said. "What has not been fully resolved as yet is the protection of the borders because the KLA is still present there, as well as the Albanian army troops."

Gen. Pavkovic said that the international forces should deploy along the borders, that the Albanian army and the KLA should withdraw from them, and that the Yugoslav Army should be the last to withdraw from the borders.

NATO is "aware of the fact that the problem of disarming (the KLA) exists" and "it is unclear how it will be resolved," Yugoslav Third Army Commander said.

Gen. Pavkovic said that his troops landed about 80,000 mines along the border and added that the Yugoslav "army will cooperate with the UN forces in their demining", but "the mines are in a way a guarantee against the KLA and Albanian army incursions".

Gen. Pavkovic also said that the Yugoslav Army had not capitulated, adding that the forces under the UN mandate "should guarantee the safety of the Kosovo Serbs".

KLA Commits Not To Attack Withdrawing Yugoslav Army Troops

TIRANA - Separatist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) said in Tirana on Thursday that it would not attack Yugoslav troops during their withdrawal from Kosovo.

"KLA's goal is the withdrawal of Serb military and paramilitary forces from Kosovo and after the signing of the peace agreement we appealed to all our fighters to show restraint," KLA spokesman Jakup Krasniqi told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

He added that the KLA would respect minority rights in Kosovo in compliance with the international norms.

"Serb civilians in Kosovo will enjoy full guarantees that their rights would be respected," Krasniqi said, adding that "the KLA is by no means going to retaliate".

Yugoslavia Enjoys Its First Quiet Night in Last 11 Weeks

BELGRADE - After 77 consecutive nights of bombing, there were no NATO strikes on Yugoslavia late on Wednesday night and early on Thursday, according to available reports.

The last target that came under NATO attack in Kosovo was a military barracks in the town of Urosevac that was hit by five missiles at 7:35 p.m. on Wednesday.

"After that, there were no strikes any more, apart from NATO warplane overflights above Kosovo," Kosovo provincial Civil Defense Information Center official said.

He added that NATO planes had flown over Kosovo and Metohija "at high altitudes" around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

How Was a Breakthrough Made in Kumanovo?

Moscow Speeds Up Negotiations

COLOGNE - A breakthrough in talks between Yugoslav military officials and NATO representatives was only made when Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov gave NATO his "categorical reassurances" at eleventh hour, Reuters quoted a US official in Cologne as saying on Thursday.

As a matter of fact, the Russians promised to vote for the UN resolution on Kosovo as soon as NATO suspended air strikes, the official told reporters in Cologne.

As they got the promise, the US and its NATO allies decided to drop the point from a military agreement under which NATO was granted a right to continue the bombing campaign within 24 hours if the UN Security Council failed to pass a resolution, an unnamed Russian Foreign Ministry official was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Serbian Radical Party To Discuss Leaving Serbian Government on Monday

BELGRADE - Serbian Radical Party (SRS) leader Vojislav Seselj reiterated on Thursday that his party would leave the Serbian Government "the very moment as the first soldier of NATO aggressor sets his foot in Kosovo and Metohija".

At a news conference, Seselj announced that the party leadership would discuss a motion for the SRS to leave the Government on next Monday.

The Serbian Radical Party leader stressed that his party would not support a possible future minority government in Serbia, adding that "in that respect, two options are possible".

"The first option is that the Socialists (SPS) and the Yugoslav Left (JUL) will enter a coalition government with the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO). The second one is to hold new elections," Seselj said and added that his party favored the latter.

The SRS leader assessed that "these elections will be a test of what has been done by whom so far because people keep a close watch on all politicians".


Kris Janowski, the UN Geneva headquarters spokesman, in an exclusive interview to Glas Javnosti

All Displaced Persons Should Return To Their Homes


First Three Months Will Be Difficult

"If we return to Yugoslavia, we will find it very hard to provide help in the first two or three months because our offices were destroyed and our equipment stolen. However, we hope the aid in food, medicines and hygiene items will reach Yugoslavia soon because our Belgrade office has kept up-to-date records of humanitarian needs," Kris Janowski concluded.

GENEVA - The United Nations humanitarian agencies will first return to Pristina and Prizren and then to other cities and towns across Serbia 28 hours after NATO troops enter Kosovo, Kris Janowski, the UN spokesman in the organization's Geneva headquarters, told Glas Javnosti.

"I cannot say exactly how many displaced persons there are in Yugoslavia. Namely, the Yugoslav Government claims that about 60,000 displaced persons from Kosovo alone have been in Serbia, but our estimates are much higher. It is difficult to provide final statistics of internally displaced persons in Yugoslavia because the figures vary daily.

"We want both the Serbs and the Albanians to return to their homes in Kosovo, but also in Serbia as a whole. However, according to our estimates, it cannot happen soon because, to our knowledge, the Yugoslav military and police have intensively attacked the Albanian civilians near Kosovska Mitrovica and in the village of Surkovac for the last two or three days. Our assessment is that a mass return of the displaced in Serbia to their homes will begin only a few days after NATO and the UN confirm officially that the agreed has been complied with."

T. Rakovic

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