|Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on Attack on Yugoslav Representative's Residence in Kosovo
Washington, D.C., November 22, 2000
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
U.S. Department of State
SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: Early this morning a powerful bomb ripped through the residence of the senior Federal Republic of Yugoslavia representative in Kosovo. The attack resulted in one death and at least four injuries. The senior Federal Republic of Yugoslavia representative, Mr. Vukicevic, is reportedly uninjured. International police were posted in the vicinity for routine security observation and believe they saw the alleged culprits and are following leads. In an apparently unrelated development, we have also received reports of attacks today by Albanian insurgents residing in southern Serbia, adjacent to Kosovo, against Serbian police checkpoints.
The United States strongly condemns these attacks and calls upon all parties to cease these violent confrontations. These attacks are a threat to the stability of Kosovo and the region. Continued violence erodes the moral support Kosovo has traditionally had in the international community.
Over the last months, the people of Yugoslavia and Kosovo have expressed themselves clearly in support of the peaceful development of democracy throughout the region. These acts undermine the will of the people and are contrary to UN Security Council Resolution 1244. We call upon the leaders of Kosovo to denounce this violence. We urge all parties concerned to respond with restraint and to cooperate with UN authorities in Kosovo and with KFOR in working against future acts of violence and in apprehending those responsible.
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