Western apology to Kosovo leader

Saturday, 8 January, 2000

The top international officials in Kosovo have issued an apology to one of the leaders of the province's ethnic Albanians, Hashim Thaci, after a series of incidents involving his family and staff.

Mr Thaci had accused the officials of endangering cooperation with ethnic-Albanians following the brief arrest of his bodyguard, and a raid on his brother's apartment earlier this week.

More than half-a-million dollars were confiscated during the raid.

Later UN police also entered the garden of Mr Thaci's house.

But the officials, the head of the UN mission, Bernard Kouchner, and General Klaus Reinhardt of the NATO-led peacekeeping troops, said the incidents were not related, and that they were not conducting any particular investigation against Mr Thaci.

[URL may be different next day if article is archived]