KDOM Daily Report
Released by the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs, Office of South Central European Affairs,
U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC,
December 14, 1998
Compiled by EUR/SCE (202-647-4850) from daily reports
of the U.S. element of the Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission
December 14, 1998
December 14, 1998 Light snow and fog blanket Kosovo today, making road conditions hazardous in some areas, including the Pristina-Podujevo highway where three French embassy officers were killed when their car and a bus collided. KDOM again accompanied routine police patrols, one of which was turned back due to the zero-visibility conditions.
An incident involving the reported death of three or more ethnic Albanians took place at the Albanian border near Kusnin (west of Prizren). The clash, which apparently involved Albanians entering Kosovo being intercepted by border guards, reportedly left thirty injured. KDOM and OSCE/KVM are investigating this incident.
Tensions in some outlying villages seem to be rising but the confidence of the people in the ability of KDOM and the OESC/KVM to maintain the cease-fire remains high. The situation in Gornje Nerodimlje (west of Urosevac) where humanitarian workers were detained on Saturday remains tense. KDOM will send a team to the area tomorrow to meet with KLA and try to defuse the tensions.
KDOM met today with the police chief in Podujevo to gather information on a protest planned for today. According to the police, the protest meeting involves local Serbs and Montenegrins getting together to formulate lists of grievances they have with the KLA. The police chief said he or his deputy would attend the meeting.
KDOM and OESC met today with the deputy police commander of Kosovo to discuss police and VJ checkpoints at Junik (south of Decani) and Drenovac (NW of Orahovac). The commander claimed to have no information on the issue but agreed that combined checkpoints were not acceptable. He will look into the matter and advise KDOM and OSCE of the results. The deputy commander also agreed to send a special team to sweep the school, the hospital, and other buildings in Malisevo of explosives.
Some thirty Serbian protesters from Orahovac and Pristina met with OESC officials today to request help in locating missing relatives. The meetings were peaceful.
Local media gave attention to a statement by President Milosevic that any NATO troops entering Kosovo to rescue international observers would be considered an act of aggression.
The KLA commander in Spajevica Mahala (NW of Podujevo) told KDOM today that if things "do not change soon the KLA will have to take action to assure that the Serb government is hearing its demands". The commander said the KLA had no involvement in the killing of three ethnic Albanians in the Glogovac power station incident. He also warned of trouble from the Serbs if KDOM and OSCE were to send their monitors out of the country for the Christmas holiday.
KDOM staged 26 missions today with 29 vehicles and 139 personnel.
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