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Der Gangster Ramuz Hardinaj als Kosovo Premier

Erstellt von lupo-de-mare, 24.11.2004, 21:01 Uhr · 47 Antworten · 2.696 Aufrufe

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    New Kosovo Prime Minister committed numerous crimes

    An underage girl beaten and raped by Haradinaj

    Ramush Haradinaj, newly elected Kosovo Prime Minister ordered and personally committed killings, tortures and rapes of non-Albanian civilians in the territory of Djakovica during withdrawal of Serbian Army and Police from Kosovo and Metohija in 1999. Because of all these crimes, the War Crimes Council of the District Court in Belgrade ordered on August 20, 2004 investigation against Haradinaj and another six members of Kosovo Liberation Army /KLA/ for war crimes against civil population.

    According to documents that 'Blic' got, former commander of KLA HQ for Metohija founded a prison in the cellars of Pastrik Hotel. There, non-Albanian civilians were tortured, raped and then taken to the bank of Ernik River and shot dead. That happened at the place called ' Gropa Coftinave'.

    On June 12, 1999 at Haradinaj's order, Arben Skrupi, Anton Lekaj, Besim Bestrazimi, Saban Azemi and Hode Hekuran seized Gypsies that attended a wedding ceremony and took them to Pastrik. They objected the Gypsies for having addressed them in Serbian Language. A day later, Serb Rade Gagovic was also taken into prison.

    Haradinaj who personally questioned the captives, also gave orders for their torture. On June 12 in a hotel room of Pastrik and underage girl G.T. was brutally beaten and raped by Haradinaj. After that, over two days, other KLA members were constantly raping the girl. Sofija Tafa was also permanently beaten and raped. At night between June 13 and 14 Arben Krupi and Anton Lekaj raped and beaten a man called Bedri Salja. The same night Skupi cut off the ear of Rade Gagovic and then put it in the mouth of Redi Salja forcing him to eat the ear up. There were many other cases of torture.

    On June 15 Arben Skupi told Badri Salja, Redja Salja, Bajram Krasnici, Zvezdan Ljusaj and Rade Gagovic that at the order of Ramush Haradinaj they would be shot.

    Lekaj, Bestrezimi, Azemi and Uksinaj took the victims by a car to a place called 'Gropa Coftinave' and there shot them dead. Only one, Bedri Salja, managed to escape.

    On October 1, 2004 War Crimes Council of the District Court in Belgrade ruled one-month detention for that crime. Since, according to police report, they are not in the territory of Serbia and Montenegro, the Council issued a wanted list for these individuals the same day.

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    Zitat Zitat von Partibrejker
    New Kosovo Prime Minister committed numerous crimes

    An underage girl beaten and raped by Haradinaj

    Ramush Haradinaj, newly elected Kosovo Prime Minister ordered and personally committed killings, tortures and rapes of non-Albanian civilians in the territory of Djakovica during withdrawal of Serbian Army and Police from Kosovo and Metohija in 1999. ...............

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    Daut Haradinaj wurde zu 12 Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt als typischer Vollstrecker von seinem älteren Bruder Ramuz:

    Wegen: Folter, Entführung, Ermordung von Zivilisten, Tötung von Kindern und Frauen. Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit.

    Die Vergewaltigung von Kindern, ist total typisch für solche UCK Verbrecher, welche ausserordentlich primitiv sind.

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    Dieser Artikel in der SZ sagt ja Alles:

    "Fällig für Den Haag"

    Serbien protestiert gegen die Wahl des Kosovo-Premiers
    Von Bernhard Küppers



    Belgrad -- Serbische Politiker und Medien protestieren gemeinsam gegen die Wahl Ramush Haradinajs zum Chef der Regierung im UN-Protektorat Kosovo. "Fällig für Den Haag", titelte die Belgrader Zeitung Politika am Montag. "Haradinaj schreckte weder vor Vergewaltigungen noch vor bestialischen Folterungen von Serben zurück." UN-Gouverneur Sören Jessen-Petersen lehnte eine Annullierung der Wahl Haradinajs ab. Auf einer außerordentlichen Sitzung der Regierung, an der auch der serbische Präsident Boris Tadic teilgenommen hatte, hatte am Wochenende ein Belgrader Untersuchungsrichter für Kriegsverbrechen über Ermittlungen gegen Haradinaj berichtet. Das Belgrader Bezirksgericht hat bereits am 1. Oktober Haftbefehl gegen den Kosovo-Albaner wegen "Kriegsverbrechen gegen die Zivilbevölkerung" erlassen.

    Der serbische Ministerpräsident Vojislav Kostunica sprach von mehr als hundert Strafanzeigen gegen Haradinaj. Ex-Justizminister Vladan Batic erklärte auf einer Pressekonferenz, Haradinaj habe als Kommandeur der Kosovo-Befreiungsarmee (UCK) im Westen der früher serbischen Provinz "67 Morde persönlich begangen, mindestens 267 befohlen und etwa 400 Entführungen von Serben und anderen Nicht-Albanern organisiert". Journalisten übergab Batic eine Computerdiskette, auf der 20 000 Dokumente und Fotografien eine direkte Verantwortung Haradinajs belegen sollen.

    Unter Berufung auf "vertrauliche Dokumente", die sie erhalten hätten, berichteten die Belgrader Zeitungen am Montag allesamt über einen Vorfall gegen Ende des Kosovo-Kriegs mit der Nato. Haradinaj und fünf Mitbeschuldigte hätten am 12. Juni 1999 einen Hochzeitszug von Roma in Djakovica gefangen genommen, im Keller des Hotels "Pastrik" auf abscheulichste Weise gefoltert und schließlich an einer Grube für Kadaver bei der Schlachterei Agimi erschossen. Haradinaj habe ein minderjähriges Mädchen in einem Hotelzimmer vergewaltigt und es danach seinen Komplicen überlassen. Ein Mann habe fliehen können.

    Die serbische Regierung nannte die Wahl Haradinajs eine "Provokation". Sie gefährde eine gemeinsame Suche nach Lösungen im Kosovo. Ein Sprecher Jessen-Petersens sagte, die Wahl stelle den legitimen Willen der Abgeordneten dar. Letzten Monat hatten Haager Ermittler Haradinaj mit unbekanntem Ergebnis vernommen.

    http://www.sueddeutsche.de/sz/2004-1...-a.8k__kosovo/

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    U.N.-APPROVED TERRORIST TO RUN KOSOVO

    by Srdja Trifkovic

    Imagine a "multi-ethnic" Palestine, administered by the United Nations, in which a Hamas leader notorious for terrorist attacks on Jewish civilians is certified as the Authority's "democratically" elected chief executive. Imagine Abu Musab al-Zarqawi being approved by a future UN governor as Iraq's prime minister. Imagine that in Kosovo a KLA murderer . . . but then in Kosovo you don't have to imagine anything. On December 3 the provincial parliament in Pristina voted to elect Ramush Haradinaj as prime minister. This 36-year-old former commander of the "Kosovo Liberation Army" has been indicted in Serbia on 108 detailed counts of murder, rape, and other crimes. He is also under investigation by The Hague War Crimes Tribunal, which is usually reluctant to take an interest in non-Serbs unless the case is particularly egregious. The chief prosecutor, Carla Del Ponte, has implied that an indictment could be issued for him by the end of the year. The nation-building farce reached surreal proportions as Soren Jessen-Petersen, the UN/EU governor of Kosovo, described Haradinaj's election as an example of "democracy at work . . . in full conformity with democratic and constitutional principles."

    The appointment followed a coalition agreement between Ibrahim Rugova, whose party won most votes at the province's general elections, and the much smaller Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, led by Haradinaj, which came in third. Petersen's posture reflects the desire of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) to keep an illusion of order at any price. Two years ago UNMIK arrested Haradinaj and his KLA colleague 'Remi' Mustafa, but the event sparked violent protests demanding "freedom for the freedom fighters."

    Haradinaj returned from Switzerland—where he worked as a night club bouncer—to Kosovo in early 1998, joined the KLA, and soon acquired reputation for brutality. In April the KLA commander Hashim Thaci appointed Haradinaj commander of the Metohija region. His HQ was located in the village of Glodjane, where he was born. At that time the KLA was still on the State Department list of terrorist organizations and Haradinaj's behavior amply justified such designation. Haradinaj established a special unit called the Black Eagles, which under Haradinaj's command kidnapped and brutally murdered dozens of civilians, mostly but not exclusively Serbs. In the vicinity of Glodjane 39 bodies of civilians were discovered in three mass graves in September 1998. Later that month 13 unidentified bodies of civilians of both sexes and various ages were discovered in the canal supplying a nearby lake, and 21 bodies were recovered elsewhere in the district. According to the forensic experts' report,

    "Due to various stages of decomposition, it was not possible to establish the cause of death solely on the basis of the autopsy. In 19 cases bone fractures indicated wounds made by bullets fired from small caliber weapons. In 24 cases signs of heavy objects were found; in two cases there were traces of sharp mechanical weapons, while in three instances the victims were exposed to high temperatures (bodies found in Dasinovac). Several objects on and near the bodies (metal wire and adhesive tape) suggest that some of the victims were first tied up and tortured."

    Over 70 pounds of documents and testimonies submitted to The Hague indicate that during the 1998-99 KLA insurgency Haradinaj was responsible for those and other atrocities not only against local Serbs, but also against Romanies, Slav Muslims, and Albanians who were not supporting the KLA. Some of the documents include specific instances of crimes committed under Haradinaj's direct orders.

    In 2001 Haradinaj extended his "zone of operations" to Macedonia, this time under the label of the ANA (Albanian National Army). According to the Macedonian Defense Ministry, its goal was to fight for new territories and to keep the dream of creating the greater Albania alive.

    In Kosovo itself, Haradinaj has masterminded a highly developed network that threatens and intimidates those UNMIK police and administrative officers who are reluctant to accept his "lobbying contributions" (bribery). It is common knowledge that Albanian leaders in the Kosovo Police Service obey Haradinaj, and not their nominal UN masters. His men have been appointed municipal mayors and, paradoxically, are also members of negotiating groups for displaced persons from Kosovo and Metohija, which gives them, and him, access to confidential Serbian and UNMIK plans. As an astute commentator has noted, it was not enough for the UN to whitewash NATO's illegal invasion and occupation of Kosovo, to sit idly by and even justify the ethnic cleansing and barbaric destruction of Serbs and their cultural treasures, or even to stage sham elections designed to give a veneer of legitimacy to the abomination they have created—no, they had to go all the way and allow the appointment of a gangster, murderer, and terrorist as "prime minister" of the occupied province:

    "It's not that the UN and NATO and EU and the U.S. don't know who Ramush Haradinaj is. After all, they made him: sponsored his terrorist army, promoted him from a local thug into a politician, covered up his murderous activities, and even patched him up when his victims shot back. So, his appointment is deliberate, and the limp protestations of EU's foreign policy commissar are likely just a smokescreen."

    With such a man at the helm it is to be feared that Kosovo will continue to be the worst-administered corner of Europe by far, a terminally dysfunctional polity plagued by crime, violence, and degrading inhumanity. Haradinaj's promise that his government "will be engaged in the realization of the demands of the international community for the implementation of democratic standards in Kosovo" has chilling connotations, especially in view of Petersen's earlier explanation why he could not reject Haradinaj's candidacy for Prime Ministership: "If I say no to this candidate, I would be saying no to democracy."

    If the new PM and his UN mentor follow the model of "democratic standards" Haradinaj first perfected in his fiefdom at Glodjane back in 1998, before too long we'll witness yet another outbreak of mob violence like the one last March 17. That episode was described by a senior UN official as the "Kristallnacht": thousands of armed Albanian extremists torched Serb houses and medieval churches, clashed with UN police and NATO-led peacekeepers, and forced thousands of Serbs and other minorities to flee.

    More seriously for American interests, Haradinaj's external links are not limited to the network of pimps and dope traffickers in Brooklyn, Milan, or Zurich. Interpol now believes that Osama bin Laden is linked to Kosovo-Albanian gangs who have taken over a growing web of crime across Europe. According to The Independent, "The investigations into organized crime links with his terrorist network also show that bin Laden supplied one of his top military commanders for an elite KLA unit during the Kosovo conflict." The Black Eagles, perhaps? It is a fair bet that the recipient of bin Laden's assistance is now the prime minister of a self-designated republic in the heart of Europe. With friends like the UN/EU administrators in Kosovo and the illustrious Mr. Haradinaj himself, the United States needs no enemies.

    http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/Ne...sST120604.html

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    Srdja rocks.....!!!!

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    Lupo habe da einen interessanten Bericht bei "Free Republic" gefunden. Dieser stammt aus dem Jahr 2000...ist aber bezueglich der aktuellen Nachrichten um den Al-Baner Haradinaj auf jeden Fall lesenswert...

    Published on Sunday, September 10, 2000 in the London Observer (UK)

    US 'Covered Up' For Kosovo Ally

    UN claims that American officials withheld evidence linking a leading politician to a gunfight, drugs and war crimes

    by Nick Wood

    American officials in Kosovo are being accused of interfering with an investigation into a senior Kosovo Albanian politician implicated in murder, drug-trafficking and war crimes.
    Ramush Haradinaj, a former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), was the key US military and intelligence asset in Kosovo during the civil war and the Nato bombing campaign that followed.

    In the latest twist in the saga of an increasingly flawed electoral process, United Nations police in the province complain that US personnel withheld evidence about a gunfight involving Haradinaj, who is now head of one of the province's leading political groups.

    UN investigators leading the case say US officials based at their main base, Camp Bondsteel, removed forensic evidence from the scene of the gun battle, including bullets retrieved from walls. The incident, which took place in the village of Strellc in the west of Kosovo, is well out of the US Army's area of responsibility, which lies in the south-east of the province.

    Following the shooting Haradinaj, known almost universally in the province as simply Ramush, was flown by helicopter to Camp Bondsteel and then onto Germany to be treated in an US Army hospital for shrapnel wounds. UN investigators were denied access to him during that time.

    Evidence from the incident was eventually handed over after angry phone calls from Fred Pascoe, the American policeman heading the UN investigation.

    The news of American reluctance to co-operate with the investigation comes amid a catalogue of accusations linking Haradinaj to murder, drugs trafficking and war crimes.

    The shooting revolved around a dispute between Haradinaj and members of the Musaj family, who accuse him of ordering the murder of their brother and three other men shortly after the arrival of Nato troops in Kosovo in June 1999. The men were all part of FARK (Armed Force of the Republic of Kosovo ), a rival group to the Kosovo Liberation Army.

    Three Musaj brothers had visited Haradinaj's father to demand the bones of their brother, a right they had according to Albanian custom. Haradinaj admits he went to the Musaj family home at around one in the morning to stop the brothers from visiting his father again.

    This is the second time this year Haradinaj has been caught up in violence. He was injured in a fight with Russian soldiers at a K-For checkpoint in the spring. Western diplomats say he has damaged his party's prospects in UN-organised local elections due this October.

    This latest incident does not appear to have damaged his contacts with US military or political figures.

    His party officials were invited to a discussion on the future of Kosovo at a meeting organised by the US state department. He himself is currently in Washington on a fund-raising trip and as the guest of a US Congressman, Benjamin Gillman.

    His standing with the international community is summed up by British officials who describe him as 'one of the few former commanders of the KLA who can deliver'. They say he was crucial in smoothing over the transition of the KLA from a guerrilla army to a civilian-based national guard.

    But British military personnel who liaised with Haradinaj before and during the Nato bombing campaign paint a different picture. One former soldier, who served with the Kosovo Verification Mission, described him as 'a psychopath' and accused him of terrorising his own men and the local population into loyalty to him. 'He would beat his own men to maintain a kind of military discipline,' he said.

    'Someone would pass him some information and he would disappear for two hours. The end result would be several bodies in a ditch,' he added

    The man said he was also present when Ramush 'went to deal with' an Albanian family who had let Serb police into their house. The incident matches a human rights report issued by the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) last year in which seven masked men entered a house in the village of Gornja Lucka. Two men were beaten and a third was taken to a nearby canal and never seen again.

    During this time the same former soldier says Haradinaj was maintaining daily contact with American military personnel in the US and that these links were then taken over by Nato at the beginning of the bombing campaign in Kosovo.

    Another alleged victim of Ramush's men was Suad Qorraj, who had operated a satellite telephone for a rival KLA commander during the war. His family say he went missing from the town of Decani on 23 June 1999, two weeks after the end of the war. On 1 August Suad's charred remains were found in a nearby forest. The burial notice said he had been 'killed by Serbs'.

    A year on from Suad's death, Haradinaj still wields considerable power in western Kosovo. 'He can very easily bring the area to a halt,' says Robert Charmbury, UN administrator of the biggest town in the region, Pec, citing as evidence the fight against Russian peace keepers in which the town was 'blockaded in minutes'.

    The Alliance party has strong representation on local municipal boards and is discussing the possibility of a pact with the Kosovan Democratic Party (PDK), led by Hashim Thaci, former political leader of the KLA. Such a deal might squeeze out the favourites to win in the region, the Democratic League of Kosovo, in October's elections.

    Whatever the outcome of the polls, senior UN officials are concerned about Haradinaj's long-term impact on the province. One aide claims Haradinaj is now financed by two men, Naser Kelmendi and Ekrem Lluka, both of whom are suspected to be involved in smuggling. UN police reports, seen by The Observer, go further and describe Lluka as trafficking drugs and cigarettes in Greece, Kosovo, Albania and Italy.

    Meanwhile the Musaj brothers are worried about what Haradinaj will do in the next few weeks. 'If he doesn't attack us before the elections he'll attack us afterwards,' said Sadic Musaj. He and his brother have already built up the walls around their compound in case of another attack. He doubts however whether anybody will take action against Ramush. 'Nothing will happen, he has strong people behind him.'

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    Published on Sunday, September 10, 2000 in the London Observer (UK)

    US 'Covered Up' For Kosovo Ally

    UN claims that American officials withheld evidence linking a leading politician to a gunfight, drugs and war crimes

    by Nick Wood
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    B.Küppers brachte damals genau diese STory auch in der SZ!


    Unglaublich, welches primitiven Verbrecher und Drogen Gangster nun den Kosovo repräsentieren soll.

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    Mit einem Bein im Gewahrsam in Den Haag
    Ramush Haradinaj - der neu gewählte Premierminister von Kosovo könnte noch dieses Jahr verhaftet werden

    Für die einen ist der 36-Jährige ein makelloser Kriegsheld, der die Albaner gegen die Serben verteidigt hat. Weit mehr Albaner im Kosovo jedoch fürchten ihn: Ex-UÇK-Komandeur Ramush Haradinaj, seit Montag gewählter Premierminister des Landes.

    Hinter dem freundlich-glatten Gesicht verberge sich ein knallharter Mann, der ins organisierte Verbrechen verwickelt sei und nicht davor zurückschrecke, politische und geschäftliche Gegner zu liquidieren, meinen seine Kritiker. Die Serben werfen Haradinaj vor, im Krieg 1997-99 Kriegsverbrechen begangen zu haben. Der frühere serbische Justizminister Vladan Batic spricht von 67 Morden und hunderten von Entführungen. Haradinaj soll als Befehlshaber der Untergrundarmee UÇK sogar selbst mehrere Albaner, Serben und Roma ermordet haben.

    Auch wenn die Ermittler von Den Haag um die Parteilichkeit mancher Quellen wissen, so liegen doch tatsächlich erhebliche Verdachtsmomente vor und es verdichten sich die Informationen, dass Haradinaj noch vor Ende des Jahres verhaftet und nach Den Haag gebracht werden könnte.

    In dem von Bardh Hamzaj herausgegebenen Buch "Erzählungen über den Krieg und die Freiheit" gibt Haradinaj bereitwillig über sich selbst Auskunft. 1968 in der Stadt Decani in Westkosovo geboren, interessierte er sich nach der Schule für Atomphysik und wollte Naturwissenschaften studieren. 1988 leistete er freiwillig seinen Wehrdienst in der jugoslawischen Volksarmee ab und ist noch heute stolz darauf, nach drei Monaten zum Unteroffizier und Spezialisten für chemische Kampfstoffe avanciert zu sein.

    Angesichts der 1989 von Belgrad geführten antialbanischen Kampagne emigrierte Haradinaj, lebte fortan in der Schweiz, in Frankreich und auch in Albanien und organisierte sich in militanten Exilkreisen. Er glaubte schon damals, dass Kosovo nur mit Gewalt zu befreien sei, erklärt er in dem Buch, zu einer Zeit also, als sein jetziger Gönner, Präsident Ibrahim Rugova, für friedlichen Widerstand eintrat. Schon 1994 schmuggelte Harandinaj Waffen nach Kosovo.

    1998 kehrte er endgültig zurück und stieg schnell zum Kommandeur der UÇK in Westkosovo auf. Er wurde zu einer legendären Gestalt, weil es ihm gelang, der serbischen Armee mit seiner Guerillatruppe empfindliche Niederlagen beizubringen. Nach dem Einmarsch der Nato im Juni 1999 übernahm er sofort auch die zivile Gewalt in Westkosovo. Er gründete die albanische Fortschrittspartei (AAK), die führende Partei in "seiner Region".

    Von Serben vertriebene und wieder nach Kosovo zurückkehrende Geschäftsleute aus Peje mussten nach deren Aussagen Schutzgelder an Haradinaj bezahlen. Einer seiner Freunde, der "Zigarettenhändler" und Besitzer von Zeitungen sowie Radio- und Fernsehstationen, Ekrem Lluka, soll einer der Bosse der kosovoalbanischen Mafia sein. Bislang konnte Haradinaj jedoch nichts nachgewiesen werden.

    "ERICH RATHFELDER

    taz Nr. 7534 vom 8.12.2004, Seite 12, 98 Zeilen (TAZ-Bericht), ERICH RATHFELDER

    http://www.taz.de/pt/2004/12/08/a0168.nf/text.ges,1

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    Wo sind also nun die über 1.200 ermordeten Zivilisten im Kosovo, durch die UCK Terror Banden?

    ttp://www.antiwar.com/ips/zimonjic.php?articleid=4183

    December 18, 2004

    Disputes Grow Around Kosovar Prime Minister

    by Vesna Peric Zimonjic

    BELGRADE - How did Slobodan Radosevic die after being abducted from his home five years ago? For the Radosevic family this is a question about closure of grief. For Serbian prosecutors it is one of 108 charges against now Kosovan Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj. For all of Serbia and Kosovo, it could be a matter of their political future. Haradinaj (36), an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, has been charged by Serb authorities with crimes against humanity and armed rebellion in the southern Serbian province Kosovo in 1998-99. Haradinaj was then a commander with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), an armed group that rebelled against Serb security forces and direct rule from Belgrade. Serb authorities called KLA members "terrorists". For Kosovo Albanians they were, and remain national heroes, regardless of what they might have done. The KLA did not just attack Serbs, but also ethnic Albanians and others seen as Serb collaborators. More than 1,200 are still missing since 1999. Earlier this month the controversial Haradinaj became prime minister of Kosovo, which is still a part of Serbia but under United Nations control. His Alliance for the Future of Kosovo party ranked third in the elections but formed a coalition with the Democratic Alliance of Kosovo to run the government. Haradinaj now faces his own declarations besides evidence from the families of victims of KLA violence. In a book he wrote called 'Stories of War and Freedom', Haradinaj said "we (KLA) constantly attacked Serb forces. At any place. During the day and during the night. Without hiding. Each and every day we killed Serb policemen..." In his acceptance speech to parliament he said: "I am proud of the part that I played in protecting my people. I am ready to defend my record against criticism and innuendo." UN administrator Soren Jessen Petersen declared he was "impressed with Haradinaj" and his commitment to the democratic future of Kosovo. "The next 12 months will be crucial in determining the future of Kosovo," he said. "The work of the parliament, the government will determine whether Kosovo succeeds or fails." Albanians were victims of Serb repression for years, but their ordeal ended after11 weeks of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) bombing of Serbia and withdrawal of Serb security forces from Kosovo in 1999. The UN was given the mandate to run the province and introduce democracy. The future of the province will be discussed by the end of next year. Serb and Kosovan governments and representatives of the international community will be involved in the negotiations. Kosovo has a population of about two million ethnic Albanians and some 90,000 Serbs. But the controversy around Haradinaj could endanger and complicate any talks. After an emergency meeting last week, Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica described Haradinaj's election as "a political provocation". He called on the UN to annul the election of Haradinaj, which the UN administration has the power to do. "A man who carries a heavy burden of crimes committed both in war and peace was elected the head of government," Kostunica said. "That could have a decisive influence on the situation in Kosovo and the whole region." Serbian authorities are firm in their stand against Haradinaj, particularly after it was revealed that the UN-founded International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) investigators talked to him last month. The details of the talks were not disclosed. The ICTY has made no statement about Haradinaj. But diplomatic sources in Belgrade told IPS that an indictment against Haradinaj could be ready in the near future. The ICTY has already indicted three ethnic Albanians for war crimes in Kosovo. Last week NATO delivered a stern warning to Haradinaj and his supporters against any violent reaction if he is indicted for war crimes. NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said any misbehaviour would not be tolerated if the ICTY charged Haradinaj with crimes against Serb and other civilians. NATO has some 20,000 troops in Kosovo. In an outbreak of ethnic Albanian violence against Serbs in March this year, 19 people died and hundreds of Serb homes were burnt down. Haradinaj was blamed for organising the clashes, as NATO peacekeepers were caught off guard. "Let us hope nothing similar happens if Haradinaj gets indicted," former Serbian justice minister Vladan Batic said at a recent press conference. "The province should not once again become a tinderbox of the Balkans after the sour experience in the past."

    (Inter Press Service) Copyright 2004 Antiwar.com

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