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Albanian separatists, Feith responsible for terrorist attack, EULEX condemns violence

03. July 2010. | 07:00 07:21

Source: EMGportal, Tanjug

The National Security Council assessed that EU Special Representative in Kosovo Pieter Feith is objectively responsible for the attack.Serbian President Boris Tadic said the explosion was meant to provoke Serbia and undermine peace in Kosovo, but said Serbia would not react.EULEX has deployed two special unit troops in order to help the Kosovo Police Service (KPS) secure the area.

The National Security Council has qualified the Friday bombing attack in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, in which one person was killed and 11 more were injured, as a terrorist attack of ethnic Albanian separatists, and assessed that EU Special Representative in Kosovo Pieter Feith is objectively responsible for the attack.

EULEX Spokesperson Irina Gudeljevic stated Friday that EULEX most fiercely condemns all acts of violence including the one that happened in Kosovska Mitrovica on Friday.

Gudeljevic told Tanjug that EULEX has deployed two special unit troops in order to help the Kosovo Police Service (KPS) secure the area.

Pediatrician Mesud Dzekovic died of consequences of injuries suffered in explosion in Bosnjacka Mahala, a district in northern Kosovska Mitrovica. Director of the Healthcare Center in Kosovska Mitrovica Milan Jakovljevic told Tanjug that Dzekovic died around noon and that doctors did everything to save him.

"Dzekovic suffered chest wounds, including heart. The doctors did all, but unfortunately could not save him," Jakovljevic said. Dzekovic was injured in front of his family house. Eleven persons, who took part in peaceful protest in Kosovska Mitrovica, were injured in a blast that hit Bosnjacka Mahala, but they are not in jeopardy of life.

Out of the total of 11 injured, five are men and six are women, and in most of the cases they have suffered shrapnel wounds. So far, police have no information on who activated the device.

One of the injured Zoran Rakic stated that Serbs did not provoke anyone and that those were peaceful protests.

"We were standing still. At one moment we heard and felt the blast. I was with my wife and at the moment I felt pain in my arm," said Rakic, who is being treated in the hospital in Kosovska Mitrovica.

At a session which Serbia's President Boris Tadic called because of the escallation of violence in northern Kosovska Mitrovica and the attempt of breaking into the office of the province's interim institutions, The National Security Council demanded that the perpetrators of the crime be immediately located and punished.

The Council also demanded that any further attempts to enter the premises of the Kosovo temporary institutions by force be prevented, as such actions threaten the peace and stability in KiM, as well as in the region as a whole.

Serbian President Boris Tadic called on international institutions on Friday to react fiercely so as to protect law and order in Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) and pointed out that Serbia will not respond to provocations which threaten the stability of the region.

Tadic pointed out that the situation in KiM is the greatest security challenge for Serbia and called on the international community to react to the attempts of destabilization in the province.

"As the president of the Republic of Serbia, I urge all international institutions to react in the gravest manner so as to protect the law and order in Kosovo-Metohija and prevent provocations and threats to peace," Tadic said at the ceremony of delivering officer's swords and certificates to the 53rd class of general-staff specialized officers who graduated from the National Defense School.



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