Accessed: 10 July 2000

UN envoy condemns attack on Kosovo Serbs
JUNE 16 -- The head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Dr. Bernard Kouchner, today condemned yesterday's tragic incident in which two Kosovo Serbs were killed and another injured in a mine attack.

In a statement issued by UNMIK, Dr. Kouchner said this was the second incident in which Kosovo Serbs have been killed by mines. The latest incident occured near the village of Lepina, south-west of Pristina. On 2 June, outside the village of Preoce, also south-west of Pristina, two Kosovo Serbs were killed and three others injured.

Dr. Kouchner expressed his satisfaction that the presidents of both the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), Mr. Ibrahim Rugova, and the Peoples Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Mr. Hashim Thaci, had visited the scene of the incident and condemned the crime.

Meanwhile, the Interim Administrative Council agreed to a draft Press Code of Practice for Kosovo. The temporary code follows concerns over the performance of some newspapers in Kosovo. In the latest incident, Dr. Kouchner on 3 June ordered the temporary closure of a newspaper which had published an article that had put at risk the life of a Serb UNMIK staff member, who was subsequently founded murdered. Petar Topoljski was murdered not long after the publication of his address and photograph together with an article accusing him of crimes against Albanians in the newspaper 'Dita.'

The code, based on existing European standards of journalistic practice, is intended to become the foundation of a system of self-regulation for the print media in Kosovo.

Document compiled by Dr S D Stein
Last update 10/07/2000
S D Stein

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