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[Note from www.emperors-clothes.com. The following excerpts are taken from an interview with pro-Yugoslav Albanians, driven from Kosovo by the KLA, transcribed and edited by Greg Elich. Further editing by Jared Israel. Please feel free to duplicate. Please include all text including this note.]
Kosovo Albanians: The Other Side
9-22-99

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"My father was killed two years ago by the KLA terrorists. One day before I left [i.e., fled from] Kosovo, a woman came to my flat and said that if I told people my father was killed by Serbs, I could have a high-ranking position in the Kosovo Liberation Army, the KLA. The US is heavily involved with the KLA, they work closely together. What can one think when one sees Madeleine Albright, President Clinton, [KLA leader] Hasim Thaci together, and Albright gives Thaci a kiss? We accuse Mr. Clinton for the crimes Thaci has committed, not only against Albanians in Kosovo, but against all ethnic groups. Mr. Clinton is indirectly connected with the murder of my father." (Albanian leader Fatmir Seholi, Belgrade, 8/9/99)

Interviews are with Faik Jasari, Corin Ismali, and Fatmir Seholi, all members of the Kosovo Democratic Initiative.

Comments are by: Biljana Koteska, First Secretary of the United Nations Law Projects Center in Belgrade; Bajram Haliti, Secretary of the Republic of Serbia Secretariat for Development of Information on the Languages of National Minorities, and editor of "Ahimsa"; Jovan Damjanovic, President of the Roma organization in Yugoslavia.

Interview conducted by Barry Lituchy, Joe Friendly, Ayman El-Sayed, Ken Freeland, Jeff Goldberg and Gregory Elich, members of the North American Solidarity with Yugoslavia Delegation.

Belgrade, August 9, 1999

FIRST INTERVIEW

Faik Jasari, President, Kosovo Democratic Initiative, representative at peace talks in Rambouillet, member of the Temporary Executive Board in the pre-NATO Kosovo Government

Lituchy: Would you tell us a little bit about the Democratic Initiative?

Jasari: This is a new political party, formed only last year. Our position was for Kosovo-Metohija to stay in Yugoslavia, organize humanitarian aid for people, and oppose secession [from Yugoslavia].

Freeland: How many people does this party represent?

Jasari: We have 30,000 members. During the NATO aggression, we tried to encourage people to stay in Kosovo, not to leave. We helped people with food, medicine, blankets and so on. If anyone had trouble we tried to help.

[Since the NATO occupation began] about 10,000 members [of our party] have left Kosovo, about 20,000 remain. Many have been kidnapped or tortured by the KLA {EC Note: Kosovo Liberation Front which is now essentially running Kosovo under NATO occupation.}The refugees went to Serbia and Montenegro.

Lituchy: Are you a refugee?

Jasari: Yes, of course. I had to leave on June 18th. Members of the KLA were showing photos of my family and me to people, taking the pictures from home to home. One of my colleagues, Cafre Cuka, from Pec, was kidnapped. We still [know nothing] of his fate.

Lituchy: What did you leave behind?

Jasari: Our flat, all our furniture and belongings. My wife and I worked 34 years, now we have nothing. Nothing.

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