[KDN] AIM Evening News for Tuesday, November 30, 1999
===== AIM Evening NEWS for Tuesday, November 30, 1999 =====
ETHNIC SERB PROFESSOR OF PRISTINA UNIVERSITY DRAGGED FROM CAR AND
KILLED BY ALBANIAN MOB
PRISTINA, November 30, 1999 (BBC)
An elderly Serb man has been murdered by a mob of Kosovo
Albanians during Albanian independence day celebrations in the center
of the Kosovo capital, Pristina.
Nato peacekeepers said the mob pulled the man, Dragoslav Basic,
62, and two Serb women from their car early on Monday morning, before
beating all three then shooting the man.
The crowd fled after setting the overturned car alight.
The women, Mr. Basic's wife Dragica and mother-in-law Borka
Jovanovic were also severely injured in the incident, sustaining
fractures of the base of the skull and brain concussion. They were
taken to hospital but there was no immediate word on their condition.
The commander of Nato forces in Kosovo, General Klaus Reinhardt,
condemned the attack that took place as thousands of people packed
the streets of Pristina to shoot off guns and firecrackers. "Nobody
around them dared to intervene," General Reinhardt said. "I'm
appalled at what happened here... For me, it unveils a basic lack of
humanity by the people in the streets and a high degree of
intolerance on the side of the attackers and the bystanders," he
The murder comes after a series of incidents in the last two
days, including a shooting in a bar on Sunday in which two people
died in the town of Gnjilane, in the part of Kosovo controlled by US
RUSSIA SAYS WEST NEGLECTING "KOSOVO GENOCIDE"
PRISTINA, November 30, 1999 (Reuters)
Igor Ivanov, Russian Foreign Minister, accused Western states on
Tuesday of turning a blind eye to what he described as "genocide"
against Serbs in Kosovo, RIA news agency reported.
"In fact a genocide is taking place in Kosovo. This is happening
with the silent consent of Western states," RIA quoted Ivanov as
"Unfortunately, the U.N. Security Council resolution 1244 is not
being adhered to," Ivanov said, referring to the resolution calling
for disarmament of the ethnic Albanians' Kosovo Liberation Army
(KLA), which has been turned into a local police unit under a deal
forged with NATO.
"In the past few months more than 200,000 Serbs and people
belonging to different ethnic groups have been expelled from Kosovo,"
Ivanov said. "Albanian separatist leaders do not hide their intention
to pull Kosovo out of Yugoslavia."
SERBIAN POLICE RELEASES NIS HEATING MANAGER BUT HOLD EU FUEL
NIS, November 30, 1999 (Reuters)
Serbian police released the head of the heating plant in Nis on
Monday after three days, but customs officials continued holding
heating oil donated by the European Union to the opposition-held
Radislav Zlatanovic was arrested on Friday after he turned off
most of the heating in the town of 300,000, saying the delay in the
arrival of the EU fuel, which crossed into Serbia on Wednesday, meant
his plant had run out of oil.
Fourteen lorries with 350 tons of EU-funded fuel, the first in a
proposed series of deliveries intended to bring about 25,000 heating
oil to the two towns, have undergone lengthy customs checks since
they crossed the border five days ago.
The Nis city authorities on Saturday decided to resume heating
the town using government emergency stocks even though they did not
have permission to do this. The government has not yet reacted to the
NEW LICENSE PATES ISSUED IN KOSOVO
PRISTINA, November 30, 1999 (I-Net)
UN Administrators in Kosovo decided to issue first license
plates, as an attempt to implement order in chaotic roads and an
effort to end the lawlessness in the province. UNMIK Chief Bernard
Kouchner will today hand over the first set of automobile license
plates at a gas station, and the plates will read KS, which means
INTERNATIONAL DIAL NUMBER FOR KOSOVO TO BE THE SAME AS FOR MONACO
PRISTINA, November 30, 1999 (I-Net)
International dial number for Kosovo will be the same as for
Monaco - reports Itar-tass agency, quoting the sources from London.
This was explained by interests of main equipment supplier for mobile
telephony system in Kosovo, French "Alcatel" company. As Itar-tass
estimates, "communication merge" of Kosovo and Monaco represents a
diplomatic paradox, since international legislation considers Kosovo
is part of Yugoslavia, which has its' own dial number.
GERMAN COURT JAILS SERB FOR BOSNIAN WAR CRIMES
DUSSELDORF, Germany, November 30, 1999 (Reuters)
A German court sentenced a 59-year-old Serbian man on Monday to
nine years in jail for taking part in war crimes committed in
Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992.
Maksim Sokolovic, a Bosnian Serb and long-time German resident,
was convicted of complicity in genocide, false imprisonment and
grievous bodily harm against Bosnian Muslims during the 1992-95
Prosecutors said that Sokolovic had been the head of a Bosnian
Serb paramilitary unit and took part in the "ethnic cleansing" of
Bosnian Muslims in 1992.
Sokolovic, a retired miner who has lived in Germany since 1969
but returned to Bosnia for the war, denied the charges. He was
arrested on his return to Germany from Bosnia in 1996.
German courts have already tried several cases relating to the
conflict in former Yugoslavia to help reduce the workload on the U.N.
war crimes tribunal based in The Hague.
BOSNIAN OFFICIALS DISMISSED FOR OBSTRUCTING PEACE
SARAJEVO, Bosnia, November 30, 1999 (Reuters)
Western peace coordinators said on Monday they had dismissed 22
officials in Bosnia's two autonomous regions for obstructing terms of
the 1995 treaty that ended war in the former Yugoslav republic.
"These officials have failed the voters who have elected them by
pursuing anti-Dayton, anti-peace, anti-reconciliation and extra-legal
agendas," a statement by the international peace coordinators said.
The decision, with immediate effect, was signed by international
High Representative Wolfgang Petritsch as well as Robert Barry, head
of the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
"They (the 22 dismissed officials) violated the laws of their
own country, actively worked against return (of refugees) and
property repossession as well as against peace and reconciliation,"
Petritsch's spokeswoman, Alexandra Stiglmayer, told a news conference
Four years after the war ended, more than a million people, of
which 800,000 are inside Bosnia, remain unable to return to pre-war
homes or reclaim their property - thwarted by nationalist bosses
seeking to keep their turf "ethnically pure."
RUSSIA TRIES TO SURROUND GROZNY
GROZNY, Russia, November 30, 1999 (The Associated Press)
Russia's military pummeled the city of Urus-Martan near the
Chechen capital today with a barrage of artillery rounds and rockets,
but met stiffened resistance from rebels staging ambushes and
launching guerrilla raids. During lulls in the shelling, the rattle
of automatic weapons fire could be heard around the city as Russian
troops tried to advance from the west.
Urus-Martan, 12 miles southwest of the capital, Grozny, lies
along a major supply route to rebel strongholds in the mountains of
Russian forces already have closed in on the Chechen capital
from the north, west and east, and are now attempting to take control
of the main southern approach to the city.
The Russian military said Chechen resistance had increased in
recent days, but that the militants had not scored any major gains.
The heaviest fighting was around Urus-Martan, the military said,
noting that the Chechens were firing on Russian planes with
anti-aircraft systems, large-caliber machine guns and shoulder-held
RUSSIA SAYS IT CAUGHT U.S. DIPLOMAT SPYING
MOSCOW, Russia, November 30, 1999 (Reuters)
Russia said today it had caught a U.S. diplomat red-handed in
the act of spying, but hoped the incident would not harm its already
strained ties with the United States.
The FSB domestic security service confirmed reports that it had
briefly detained a second secretary at the U.S. embassy after
catching her trying to obtain state military secrets from a Russian
She was questioned in the presence of a U.S. consul and then
turned over to the embassy, the FSB said.
Itar-Tass news agency named the diplomat as Cheri Leberknight.
The U.S. embassy confirmed that an employee by that name worked in
the political section, but declined any further comment.
Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Russia hoped the incident
would not harm ties still further, but made clear it would hardly
help. "We hope and expect that this should not interfere with
relations between the United States and Russia, but certainly, such
episodes do not help improve the climate and atmosphere," he told
KOHL ADMITS SECRET ACCOUNTS
BERLIN, Germany, November 30, 1999 (Deutsche welle)
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has admitted that he used
secret accounts to receive donations for his Christian Democratic
Party, CDU, during his 16 years in power. But Kohl denied that he had
been bribed in that time.
Kohl was speaking at an extraordinary meeting called by CDU
party leaders on Tuesday who were investigating allegations of
wrongdoings involving a million-dollar donation by an arms dealer in
1991. Kohl said he used the secret accounts, held separately to the
party's main account, to channel funds to regional branches of the
CDU. He rejected outright any suggestions of being open to bribes
from CDU donors. German party financing rules require that all
substantial donations be declared.
A parliamentary inquiry was recently launched to establish
whether the undeclared donation was linked to a decision by the Kohl
government to approve the export of 36 tanks to Saudi Arabia in the
CHINA SENDS 30 FALUN GONG MEMBERS TO LABOR CAMPS
BEIJING, China, November 30, 1999 (The Associated Press)
Thirty members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement have
been sent to labor camps in northeast China, adding to the followers
of the banned sect jailed without trial nationwide, a rights group
Most of the 300 labor camps throughout China now contain members
of Falun Gong, the Hong Kong-based Information Center of Human
Rights and Democratic Movement in China reported.
The 30 followers from three cities - Jiamusi, Shuangyashan and
Changchun - were sent to labor camps last week either because they
went to Beijing to appeal the ban or practiced the group's now
outlawed slow-motion meditation exercises in public places, the
rights center said.
It estimated 2,000 Falun Gong members have been sent to labor
camps and said the number was growing.
Police in China have the authority to send criminal suspects to
labor camps for up to three years without trial.
ROMA LEAVE CZECH REPUBLIC FOLLOWING SKINHEAD ATTACK
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (The Associated Press)
A dozen Roma families from a south Bohemian town have left the
country over the last week following a skinhead attack, a newspaper
The daily Lidove Noviny quoted Roman Slivka, a regional Roma
adviser, as saying that all together 66 people, mostly families with
children, left the town of Ceske Budejovice, 90 miles south of
Prague, over the last week.
"They all want to ask for asylum in Britain or in other
countries," Slivka said. "Many of them were considering emigration
even before, but the skinhead attack made them act," he added.
On Nov. 20, seven Roma suffered light injuries when a group of
some 30 skinheads attacked a party. The skinheads broke into a
restaurant in Ceske Budejovice shortly before midnight and attacked
Roma patrons with sticks and chains.
Twenty-three of the skinheads have been charged with racially
motivated violence and hooliganism, two of them remain in custody. If
convicted, the skinheads face up to three years in prison.
Britain has already said it would resist any large influx of
Czech Roma and threatened to introduce visa requirements for all
Czech citizens if the number of asylum seekers grows further.
KUWAIT PARLIAMENT REJECTS WOMEN'S RIGHTS LAW
KUWAIT, Kuwait, November 30, 1999 (Reuters)
Kuwait's all-male parliament Tuesday narrowly rejected a draft
law granting women full political rights following seven months of
polemical debate in the conservative Gulf Arab state.
The vote was 32 against to 30 in favor while two members
abstained. With 64 MPs present, the law needed 33 votes to pass.
While MPs cannot reintroduce the proposed law in the current
parliamentary term, which started in October, the government could
push it again in the form of a new draft law. But experts doubt that
will happen in the near future.
The government argued that the current election law that bans
women violates the constitution. But it hinted Tuesday that it had
no immediate plans to refer the issue to the constitutional court.
A SIX-PACK OF NEW PLANETS
WASHINGTON, US, November 29, 1999 (Reuters)
Six jumbo-sized planets have been detected orbiting stars
outside our solar system, and five of the newly discovered objects
are just the right distance from their suns to support life,
astronomers said today.
The discoveries, made with the massive Keck I Telescope in
Hawaii, were a great leap for planet hunters, who have identified a
total of 28 so-called extrasolar planets in the last five years.
The recently found planets orbit stars that are about as big,
bright and old as Earth's sun, and the planets range in size from
slightly smaller to several times larger than Jupiter - the largest
planet in our solar system.
They are probably made of the same inhospitable stuff as
Jupiter, the scientists said: hydrogen and helium gas. But five of
them are squarely in what astronomers call the habitable zone, which
could allow the existence of liquid water - a prerequisite for life.
This makes them different from most of the extrasolar planets found
"These (five) planets are just the right distance, with
temperatures in one case around 108 degrees Fahrenheit - like a hot
day in Sacramento," Steven Vogt, an astronomy professor at the
University of California-Santa Cruz, said in a statement.
One of the planets, HD 192263, was also recently detected by a
team in Geneva, Switzerland, the U.S. team said.
Evening news edited by Nikola Stan
AIM, Belgrade, November 30, 1999 18:30
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