Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Kosovo government condemns "premeditated" attack on party offices

Text of report by Kosovo Albanian Kosovapress news agency web site

Prishtina [Pristina], 18 April: This terrorist attack was premeditated and, as such, it is aimed at escalating the security situation in Kosova [Kosovo] and at hindering the political processes in the country, as these processes are leading towards realization of the citizens' objectives of a free and democratic Kosova, the government's reaction reads.

The Kosova government said in a statement for the media today in Prishtina that last night's attack against The Hour [opposition party ORA] offices was a premeditated attack against political institutions and democracy in the country.

The Kosova government calls on the bodies in charge of security in Kosova to take all measures in order to find and apprehend the authors of this criminal attack.

As has been reported, an explosion last night at The Hour offices in downtown Prishtina injured three small children and caused material damage. The perpetrators of this act are unknown.

Source: Kosovapress news agency web site, Pristina, in Albanian 18 Apr 05

1 comment:

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