[Marxism] Kosovo: Rugova-Haradinaj Junta Cuts Power To Finish Off Serbs

David Quarter davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Tue Dec 28 21:45:50 MST 2004


From:           	Rick Rozoff 


http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/12/29/2003217183


Deutsche Presse-Agentur
December 29, 2004


Unpaid bills leave 4,000 in Kosovo without electricity


-Some 200,000 Serbs have been driven out of their
homes since the UN took control over the troubled
province in 1999, including 4,500 who fled central
Kosovo during Albanian riots last March. 



Pristina -  Some 4,000 Serbs in central Kosovo have
been cut off from electricity for three straight weeks
on Monday owing to unpaid bills - a development which
could seriously harm ethnic relations in troubled
province before a series of "crucial developments"
expected next year.

The situation in Serb villages Laplje Selo, Caglavica
and Preoce in the southern suburbs of Pristina was
described as "horrible" after the Kosovo Electric
Company (KEK) cut off power to some 1,000 homes,
schools and medical services.

"If the blackout continues we will be forced to erect
road-blocks on the Pristina-Skopje road," local Serb
leaders said.

The power company said that their debt mounted at some
35 million euros, which led to the "unpopular
decision" to halt the delivery of electricity to Serb
clients, whose leaders immediately accused the
province's UN mission of "tacit ethnic cleansing."

The Kosovo's overall debt to the power company was
estimated at some 250 million euros (US$340 million),
since the international administration failed to
establish a firm billing system despite the 600
million euros of foreign donations pumped into the KEK
in past five years.

The blackout in isolated Serbian enclaves raised a
storm of criticism in Belgrade, as President Boris
Tadic's cabinet offered 16,000 euros to cover the
initial debt, but Kosovo authorities immediately said
that "Serbs have to pay the full amount."

In addition, Belgrade officials blamed the KEK of
using the issue to "force Serbs out of their homes" in
central Kosovo's enclave, surrounded by hostile
Albanians.

Some 200,000 Serbs have been driven out of their homes
since the UN took control over the troubled province
in 1999, including 4,500 who fled central Kosovo
during Albanian riots last March. 






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