Monday, April 18, 2005

Enver Haradinaj murder "attempt to destabilise Kosovo" - premier

Gllogjan [Glodjane], 17 April: Former prime minister Ramush Haradinaj's brother Enver Haradinaj, a former soldier of the Kosova [Kosovo] Liberation Army [UCK] and a wounded war veteran, was buried today with high military honours at the Dukagjin [western Kosovo] martyrs' cemetery.

Despite it being a rainy day, thousands of citizens from Dukagjin, Kosova and other Albanian areas attended the funeral ceremony. [Passage omitted]

Addressing the funeral ceremony, Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi called on citizens not to use the language of hatred for solving problems.

Kosumi said that on the day Enver was killed he [Kosumi] had immediately met UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] and police officials whom he had called on in the strongest terms to do everything necessary to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime.

"Even though the perpetrators remain unknown, the message of the crime is clear: this is another attempt to destabilize Kosova. In this case, the most sensitive and painful target has been hit - the Haradinaj family. During the war, the family made an unprecedented contribution to the freedom of Kosova and it has continued with the same determination in peacetime, too," the prime minister said.

Kosova Assembly chairman Nexhat Daci said that, regardless of the challenges, Kosova would continue to make steps towards independence. He said that he was going to do his utmost to make sure that Enver was the last victim in this struggle.

The Kosova Protection Corps [TMK] commander, General Agim Ceku, said that Kosova would never be a safe haven for criminals.

At the funeral ceremony, a telegram of condolence from Kosova President Ibrahim Rugova was also read to those present.

An increased presence of the ShPK [Kosovo Police Service] and the international police could be seen along all the roads leading to the village of Gllogjan. The funeral ceremony was concluded without any incident.

The Haradinaj family has received telegrams of condolence from all Albanian lands, such as Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Presheve Valley and representatives of associations of the Albanian Diaspora. [Passage omitted]

Source: KosovaLive web site, Pristina, in Albanian 17 Apr 05

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