Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Kosovo Protection Corps denies plans to hold military exercise

Members of the Kosovo Protection Corps (KZK) are not carrying out armed exercises near Vucitrn [northern Kosovo] and Serbian President Boris Tadic's statements are not true, Kfor [NATO-led Kosovo Corps] spokesman Ives de Kermabon said at a news conference in Pristina today.

"The KZK is a civilian organization and recruits of the Vucitrn school are currently undergoing training. They have not had and do not have weapons," the Kfor spokesman added.

Serbian President Boris Tadic said in a meeting with UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] chief Soeren Jessen-Petersen on Monday [28 March] that the holding of a Kosovo Protection Corps military exercise in the vicinity of Vucitrn would be absolutely unacceptable.

Tadic stressed that the holding of a military exercise would constitute "a flagrant violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and the Constitutional Framework for Kosovo-Metohija, which established the KZK as a civilian organization".

Source: SRNA news agency, Bijeljina, in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 1321 gmt 30 Mar 05

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