Pristina, 9 July 1999 (RFE/RL) - The international peacekeeping
force in Kosovo says it is investigating
what appears to be a large mass grave near Pec, in the west of the
NATO spokesman Jan Joosten said the grave was found near the
village of Ljubenic, in an area under the
control of Italian peacekeeping troops. He said it could contain more than
The U.N. High Commissoner for Human Rights issued a report today
which said that in several areas of
Kosovo basic needs such as food, shelter and safe drinking water are
available and there is no longer fear of an
imminent human catastrophe.
But the report also warned that agriculture had suffered severely
from the war and this year's wheat
harvest was expected to be only half its normal size. The UNHCR report was
based on a survey of 141 villages.
Another UNHCR report accused the Serbian authorities of harassing
up to 100,000 Kosovo Serbs as part of a
campaign to persuade them to return to Kosovo. A UNHCR spokesman in
Geneva said the UNHCR suspected that
the 8,000 Serbs who returned to Kosovo ten days ago had been coerced into
doing so by the Yugoslav authorities.
In Serbia's third largest town, Nis, the local government today passed
a resolution calling for the resignation
of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic because of his handling of the
Kosovo crisis. Nis is controlled by
opposition parties. The 21 deputies loyal to Milosevic's Socialist party
left before the vote was taken.
Meanwhile, the prime minister of the self-declared government of
the moderate Kosovo political leader
Ibrahim Rugova today called for democratic elections within a year in
Kosovo. Bujar Bukoshi, making the call in
a statement from Bonn, also asked for quicker action by international
organisations to establish civilian
structures in Kosovo.