Skip to comments.Progress in Kosovo 'Slow-Going,' Security Council Told
Posted on 11/08/2002 10:34:38 AM PST by Destro
Progress in Kosovo 'Slow-Going,' Security Council Told
Thursday, November 07 2002 @ 04:05 PM GMT
NEW YORK - More emphasis needs to be placed on reconciliation efforts in Kosovo, where developments of the last four months illustrate the difficulties faced in making consistent progress in the province, the top United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council today in an open briefing.
"It is, inevitably, slow-going," the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, said in his briefing on the latest developments as well as Secretary-General Kofi Annan's recent report on the work of the UN Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK). The ensuing discussion saw the participation of representatives of some 20 countries, including the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Mr. Guéhenno noted that while progress has been made on a number of fronts, there still have been some negative developments, most notably the continued existence of parallel government structures.
The consolidation of sustainable institutions depends on an effective public administration, but recruitment remains slow, the UN official said. Also, obstacles such as security concerns, inter-ethnic tensions in the workplace and the limited pool of minority community applicants still hamper the multi-ethnic character of the civil service.
As for the security situation, there has been a regrettable continuation of attacks targeting the Kosovo Serb community, including an assault last month against 50 elderly people registering for their pensions, Mr. Guéhenno said. UNMIKs fight against crime, meanwhile, had yielded an increase in the amount of contraband seized and a subsequent rise in the number of arrests on charges of economic crime and corruption.
Nevertheless, although the elections on 26 October and the prior campaign passed largely free of violence, the day after the polls saw the killing of the President of the Kosovo Albanian Municipal Assembly and two others.
While the Kosovo Serb community has expressed a desire to see faster progress in many areas, Mr. Guéhenno said, its low turnout for those elections was to its own detriment, diminishing its ability to participate in decision-making processes throughout the province.
Meanwhile, Kosovo's leaders had a responsibility to create conditions conducive to improving "inter-communal" relations and promoting reconciliation, Mr. Guéhenno stressed. In that regard, he welcomed the statement made by political leaders last Friday.
"But more needs to be done, including turning words into actions and speaking out more clearly against violence," he said. "The brunt of the effort lies with the majority community."
-United Nations News Center. Redistributed via Press International News Agency (PINA).
Just imagine...interpol says that the albanian mob is worse that the Italian mafia...more violent and hardened. AMAZING....klintoon knew who da' bo$$ was, didn't he???
I guess this means that the UN forces and their KLA terrorist proteges still haven't completely cleansed the area of those pesky Serbs, and that some of them are even getting out of their fenced enclosures! Oh, and also the fact that there are still some local teenage girls who haven't yet been sold in to sex slavery. Still some work to be done in that department too, it seems.
Thanks for broaching the subject.
There's no feeling any greater - than to, bomb first and ask questions later!
Perhaps you weren't paying attention?
...by Bill Clinton. He wouldn't lie, now would he?
I guess if you weren't paying attention at the time, it's easy to fall victim to the Serb Nationalist lies and revisionism currently being promulgated on the net.
And Racak was a massacre of civilians, no matter what the World Socialist Web Site and all it's fine cohorts say.
Alas, who can you blame for being misled other than yourself?
Something for you to ponder.
And just to clear up a point of confusion, we were talking about the bombing of Serbia on this thread, not the bombing of the Bosnian Serbs.
it is you who should "ponder" your manners and language!Still peddling your rubbish and rabid hatred of the Serbs,dear?!
I hope that they pay you well,or,at least,that you`ve been promoted!After all,FR has no "grater fighter against Serbian revisionisam" than you!?
I have an idea:why don`t you go to Belgrade and shoot a few hundred of Serbian bastards personaly??
It should be an orgazmic feeling for you,mate!
If you dare...
My name is Miro Bajramovic and I am directly responsible for the death of 86 people. I go to bed with this thought, and - if I sleep at all - I wake up with the same thought. I killed 72 people with my own hands, among them nine were women. We made no distinction, asked no questions; they were "Chetniks" [Serbs] and our enemies. The most difficult thing is to ignite a house or kill a man for the first time; but afterwards, everything becomes routine. I know the names and surnames of those I killed...nothing remains of a man but ashes
It was enough to be a Serb in Gospic to mean that you did not exist anymore. Our unit liquidated some 90 to 100 people in less than a month there...
We kept prisoners in the school cellar; and when we had more prisoners, we would put them in classrooms. Nights were the worst for them, since it was then that we "interrogated them" ...; this consisted of finding the best way to inflict the greatest pain in order to make them confess the most amount of information...
Wounds were opened and salt or vinegar scattered over them; we did not let the bleeding stop. The prison commander Mijo Jolic forced them to learn on the same day the Croatian anthem; today he possess- just like Suljic- restaurants all over Croatia. Why don't I have anything?
When I recall all that torturing, I wonder they managed to think of all of those methods. For example, the most painful is to stick little pins under the nails and to connect it to the three-phase current; nothing remains of a man but ashes. I would never think of that, although I do know of the Lenz law. I was doing the interrogation of prisoners, but I never harassed them nor did I enjoy that; but some did, as Munib Suljic for example...
It is difficult to say how long we held prisoners. This depended on how long it took us to wear them out. In most cases we held them 4-5 days before we killed them. If they had survived, they would not have been normal. Serbs, who were good and loyal served us by digging graves, we told them that they were digging covers for machine guns. Once, one of the prisoners from Kutina said that this was the 15th or 16th cover that he was digging. He was executed on the spot. It wasn't up to him to count but to dig... I could not say that mass executions were carried out in Pakracka Poljana. These were mostly groups of 7 to 10 people. It actually depended on how many people were in the prison at the time. Sometimes we executed people in their homes, and then blew up the house. There were no bodies left. There were many houses like this, mostly in the village of Bujavica.
executed people in their homes, and then blew up the house. There were no bodies left
This shows how many Serbs were destroyed without a trace - no need for graves in many cases. But the results of what the Croats did were confirmed in the recent census where Serbs are down to 4.5% from a pre-war population of 12.2%.
If they had survived, they would not have been normal
Freeper wonders, who was a UN officer in Croatia for years, knew a teenage boy who was tortured by Croats after Operation Flash. She said they destroyed his kidneys and his mind too:
After "Op Flash," what went on in Bjelovar Prison was not pretty. Croats denied Red Cross, UN and OSCE access to the prison, which for some reason also did not make it into the press. In July 1995, I interviewed a young man (16 years old) who had no kidneys (and very little mind) left after Bjelovar. I helped him get to relatives who had already relocated in Banja Luka. I still pray for him now and then.
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