Head of UN in Kosovo condemns attack on Serb cathedral in Pristina, appeals for end to violence

from UN Department of Public Information
Published on 02 Aug 1999
Condemning the bombing of a Serbian Orthodox cathedral in Pristina over the weekend, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Dr. Bernard Kouchner, appealed on Sunday for an end to the cycle of violence and revenge.
Dr. Kouchner visited the cathedral on Sunday morning where a bomb had exploded the night before, causing structural damage to the cathedral and shaking buildings in central Pristina.

Also on Sunday, Dr. Kouchner, who heads the UN Interim Administrative Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), met with the visiting Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, at UNMIK's headquarters in Pristina.

Dr. Kouchner and Mr. Blair later met with commanders of KFOR, the international security force in Kosovo, and representatives of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), to review progress in efforts to demilitarize the KLA.

On Saturday, Dr. Kouchner met with Ibrahim Rugova, leader of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK), who had just returned to Kosovo.

During the meeting, joined by other LDK members, the two men reviewed the situation in Kosovo and discussed the LDK participation in the Kosovo Transitional Council. The Transitional Council is open to all groups in Kosovo and will serve as the highest political body in the province.

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