YU demands UN Security Council meet after violenceFeb 15, 2000
BELGRADE - The Yugoslav government has demanded that the UN Security Council hold an emergency meeting to find a way to end the "genocidal" attacks on Serbs in Kosovo, following a deadly gunfight in the town of Mitrovica.
"The attack against Mitrovica is part of a clear plot by the (ethnic) Albanian terrorists who want to clean all of Kosovo of Serbs and create an ethnically pure state," the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the state-run Tanjug news agency.
It said it had sent a letter to the UN Security Council asking it take "forceful measures so that the attacks by the Albanian terrorists against the defenceless Serbian population (in Kosovo) cease immediately and that long-term consequences are avoided."
The Yugoslav foreign ministry said the attack by armed ethnic Albanians who fired on Serbs and peacekeepers from the NATO-led peacekeeping force (KFOR) in the town was an organised assault by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). The KLA was a former rebel organisation that transformed into a lightly armed civil protection force under KFORs supervision.
In its statement, the foreign ministry said that German and British soldiers in Kosovo had "encouraged the criminal attacks of the terrorist groups of the so-called KLA."
"Full responsibility for the bloodshed in Mitrovica rests with the leadership of the peacekeeping forces," said Stanimir Vukicevic, the chairman of the Yugoslav committee cooperating with UNMIK.
Both KFOR and UNMIK have "behaved in a conciliatory way towards the extremist ethnic Albanian leadership, which is trying to gain independence for Kosovo through bloodshed and ethnic cleansing in the very presence of the peacekeepers," Vukicevic said.
Sundays sniping attacks in the northern part of the town was "part of a long-prepared plan by ethnic Albanian terrorists and separatists," he said.