Skopje, 9th of July 2001
Low intensity conflicts in the area of Tetovo
and Tanusevci. The area of Tetovo was the
centre of the last week's conflicts between the extremists and the Macedonian
security forces. The conflicts are of low intensity. In Tanusevci, a Macedonian
Army vehicle "Hermelin" was attacked, 1 kilometre from the army
point at Tanusevci, a place where the conflicts began in March this year.
One soldier lost his life (a Muslim), while the other was heavily injured.
Arrested journalists. The
Macedonian security forces on the 4th of July near Rasce (the main water
source for Skopje) arrested four journalists of "Fakti", a daily
newspaper on Albanian language. After eight-hour arrest, the journalists
Tetovo under heavy grenade fire on the day of
the cease-fire ratification. On the 5th
of July, around 17:00, right after the declared cease fire, the extremists
in Dzepciste, Sipkovica and Gajre attacked with grenades the police and
army positions in and around the city. During the few hours' conflicts,
mostly by grenades, several civilian buildings were shot, and twelve civilians
and two soldiers were wounded.
Protests of the displaced ethnic Macedonians.
Several hundred ethnic Macedonians from the Tetovo villages of Jelosnik,
Jedoarce, Varvara, Seto, Brezno and Lesok were displaced from their homes
under the extremists' pressure. They asked the authorities to protect
them and to provide secure return to their homes. On the 6th of July the
US ambassador, Mr. Michael Einick visited Tetovo. The displaced persons
wanted to meet the ambassador. After the meeting, a group of several displaced
persons hit the ambassador's vehicle and whistled at him.
Cease fire agreements ratified.
Two separate cease-fire agreements were signed on the 5th of July 2001.
The cease-fire started on the 6th of July 2001 at midnight. The first
agreement was signed between NATO and EU representative Peter Fate, and
Ali Ahmeti, the political representative of NLA. The second agreement
was signed between NATO and EU, and the Macedonian security forces, represented
by Pande Petrovski, head of the Headquarters of the Army of the Republic
of Macedonia and Risto Galevski, a general in the Ministry of Internal
Affairs. The ratification had positive response of all relevant political
factors in the country.
Cease fire established after several hours' ignorance. Several hours after cease fire agreement officially started, the conflicts in the area of Tetovo did not stop. The extremists tried to establish control over the Tetovo suburbs and the main road from Tetovo to the Kosovo border. The next morning, on the 6th of July, the extremists retreated from the main road. Another cease-fire disruption. On the 8th of July, the extremists attacked the villages Neprosteno and Lesok. 200 inhabitants defend the village Lesok, which is with ethnic Macedonian population. The Macedonian security forces arrived in the village in the evening. NLA establishes control of territory. In some parts of Tetovo near the mountain of Sara, the extremists established control spots. On one of them (in Drenovec), the extremists did not allowed journalists of the daily newspaper "Dnevnik" to pass through.
Political dialogue renewed.
On the 4th of July, President Boris Trajkovski informed about the results
of the last meeting with the political party leaders, where the special
envoys Francois Leotar and James Perdue were also present. On this meeting
a significant progress was made about strengthening the citizen's character
of the state. The political dialogue at the President's office continues.
Another international facilitator
appointed. The chairman of OSCE and chief of the Romanian diplomacy,
Mircea Joana appointed Max Van Der Stull as personal representative in
Macedonia, who will help in enabling the political dialogue and advising
for sooner crisis resolution.
Western envoys proposed draft
changes of the Constitution. The special envoys of the EU, Francois
Leotar and the US, James Perdue, proposed an expert's framework for changes
of the Macedonian Constitution. This draft is based upon the French constitutional
law expert, Francois Badinter's proposal and the talks among the political
party and international experts.
Minority participation in the government administration improvements. The government decided to establish a commission that should work on the preparation of a programme for realization and improvement of the participation of the minorities in the government administration in Macedonia. Dzevdet Nasufi, vice president of the Government was appointed a Head of this commission.
According to the Minister of Finance, since the implementation of the so-called war tax on 1st of July till the end of the year, 80 millions German marks should be collected.
On the 4th of July, the local municipality authorities took measures against illegally built houses in several villages, suburbs and in parts of Skopje and Kicevo. According to the Albanian language media, the measures were selective, only for the Albanian owners.