"FATHERLAND SECURITY" ORGANIZATION THREATENS KOSOVO PARTY "DESERTERS"
BBC Monitoring - July 13, 2004
"Phantom organization threatens those who leave and are against LDK", published by Kosovo Albanian newspaper Koha Ditore on 13 July
Prishtina (Pristina), 12 July: Edita Tahiri and Edi Shukriu, two former senior officials of the Democratic League of Kosova (Kosovo; LDK), may be the target of a threat issued publicly by a phantom organization calling itself "Fatherland Security" (Sigurimi i Atdheut), which threatens "deserters of the Democratic League of Kosova and president of Kosova's independence, Dr Ibrahim Rugova, who have been undermining the LDK activities on the ground."
A communique bearing the serial number 002/12/07/2004, issued in Prishtina and signed by "Colonel R. Miftari", was circulated to the Kosovar media outlets yesterday. The communique warns that all those who have left the LDK and have been working against the interests of this party may suffer consequences.
A while ago, Edita Tahiri and Edi Shukriu left the LDK, expressing dissatisfaction with the work of the party, and formed a new party, Democratic Alternative of Kosova (ADK).
"We warn you that if you deserters use any blackmail against LDK branches, you will pay for it with your lives. For the sake of your families and Kosova, please think things over and apologize before the start of the election campaign during which you might disorient and blackmail other LDK personalities, because we swear we will strike without warning," reads the communique. At the top of the communique, there is a red emblem with a black two-headed eagle, while, at the bottom, there is another emblem identical to the seal of the president of Kosova, which has been promoted by President Rugova himself.
"We feel obliged to advise that one of the rebellious officials of the LDK maintains contacts with and is supported by the extremists who call themselves the Albanian National Army (AKSh), and who have been seeking to unify Albania by resorting to terrorist methods, that is, they seek to unite Kosova and Albania, so that we would be led by (Albanian Prime Minister) Fatos Nano and Gafurr Adili (leader of the Front for Albanian National Unification (FBKSh)), who is closely linked to (late Albanian dictator) Enver Hoxha's successors and is seen as the 'Second Enver'. They have plans for destroying the LDK and for the unification of Kosova with Albania, while the people of Kosova have voted and will vote for Ibrahim Rugova, the president of independence," reads the communique, which suggests that it has been addressed to Edita Tahiri or Edi Shukriu as two highest-profile "deserters" of the LDK.
The "Fatherland Security" notes that it has information about new "deserters" planning to leave the LDK. "We have been informed about other 'dissatisfied' members in the LDK presidency who have been making plans to leave the LDK at the last minute and to turn their backs on Kosova independence president, Dr Ibrahim Rugova. We invite them to give up their dirty and futile games, because with such a strategy they will always be the losers," reads the communique.
Meanwhile, the two LDK "deserters" declined to comment on the threats issued by this organization.
According to one of her assistants, Edita Tahiri is on a trip outside Kosova. Edi Shukriu, although in Kosova, had not heard about the threat and declined to say if she felt threatened.
"I have no comment," she said, declining to admit if she had received any threat.
On the other hand, while the office of the President of Kosova has not come up with a reaction or explanation, officials of the Democratic League of Kosova have rejected any connection with such an organization.
After being presented the "Fatherland Security" communique by Koha Ditore, as he had not received it, LDK spokesperson Lulzim Zeneli reiterated that his party considers such practices as utterly unacceptable.
"I have no special comment except what we have said repeatedly that such things are unacceptable for the LDK," he said, and reiterated, "The LDK has condemned and condemns such actions."
According to him, anyone could have made such a threat, "but it is widely known that, during 15 years of activity, the LDK has promoted internal tolerance and tolerance among all citizens."
Meanwhile, even though this is not the first time that the "Fatherland Security" has come up with communiques, UNMIK (UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo) Police and Kosova Police Service (ShPK) have said they have no in information as to what could be behind this organization.
ShPK spokesperson Refki Morina has admitted that a special team has been investigating a "Fatherland Security" communique issued last year and that they will compare it with the latest one. However, according to him, it is not known yet who is behind such communiques.
"A special unit has been investigating the first letter but it has not been able to conclude who is behind it. Now, with the appearance of the second letter in the media, they will compare the style of writing and the language they use," Morina said.
The ShPK spokesperson did not reveal details as to whether the Democratic League of Kosova or the President's Office has been contacted by the police in connection with the phantom organization that claims to be "their protector". According to Morina, no details will be given until the special team comes up with its conclusions.
Source: Koha Ditore, Pristina, in Albanian 13 Jul 04 pp 1, 6