March 11 - March 17
Skopje, March 18th, 2002
Security and political situation
Curfew in Tetovo
On March 11, following an order of the Minister of Interior, the curfew in
the Tetovo area was cancelled. The curfew was in force from 23.00h to
reestablished after several-day break.
On March 11, after a several-day long pause, the ethnically mixed
police patrols escorted by OSCE, EUMM and NATO "Amber Fox" mission
representatives continued with the patrolling in the Tetovo villages
Celopek, Radiovce, Tenovo, Zerovjane, Bogovinje and Pirok. The police
patrols entered for the first time in the villages Sinicane, Dolno
Palciste, Gorno Sedlarce and Kamenjane. The ethnically mixed police
patrols also entered in Mala Recica on March 15.
10 amnestied persons
Following the adoption of the Amnesty Law, 10 persons were released
from prison on March 12. Among the released persons is Semi Hebibi, who
was suspected for the assault on the police station in Tearce in January
2001. Hebibi was recently extradited from Germany based on request from
the Macedonian authorities. The total number of amnestied persons that
should be released is about 300. The Skopje Trial Court signed a decision
for amnestying of the former political leader of NLA, Ali Ahmeti, the NLA
ideologist Fazli Veliu and the ex-deputy in the parliament, Hisni Shakiri.
Ethnically mixed police
patrols enter in Radusa.
Representatives of the villagers of Radusa in talks with the NATO
ambassador in Macedonia Klaus Follers allowed redeployment of the
ethnically mixed police patrols to the village. The Radusa representatives
demanded several villagers to be included in the reserve police
composition. The police is returning to Radusa after seven month-long
Robertson will not
contact with the Coordination Council of the Albanians.
NATO Secretary General George Robertson said he did not plan to
contact with the Coordination Council of the Albanians. If they try to
create parallel structures in Macedonia, that will be condemned.