NY Times
Kosovo Albanian loyal to Serbia dies

May 13, 2000


BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) -- A Kosovo Albanian loyal to Serbia was killed today in his home in the Kosovo town of Djakovica, Yugoslavia's state-run Tanjug news agency reported.

Adnan Zerka, a member of the Democratic Reform Party of Albanians, died en route to the hospital after unknown attackers opened fire on his house and injured him, Tanjug said.

NATO or the United Nations had no comment on the attack, which occurred about 45 miles southwest of the province's capital of Pristina.

The Democratic Reform Party has represented a minority of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo who do not support secession from Serbia. Its members have come under increasing threats and attacks since Serbian authorities were forced to hand over the province to NATO-led peacekeepers and the United Nations after the 78-day NATO bombing campaign last year.

The party's president, Sokol Cusa, condemned the killing, saying Zerka "advocated a multiethnic Kosovo and equality for everybody."

Tanjug also said that hours before the killing, more than 100 "raging ethnic Albanians" stoned an apartment building in the town of Obilic, just outside of Pristina which is home to a number of Kosovo Serb families.

Nobody was injured in the attack, which was stopped by members of the NATO-led Kosovo Force, according to Tanjug.



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