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Center for Balkan Development
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Press Release
February 19, 2001

Friends of Bosnia condemns bus bombing in Kosovo and calls on civic leaders to take a more active role in preventing violence

Monday, February 19, 2001

Friends of Bosnia is deeply disturbed by recent attacks on Serbs in Kosovo including the bombing on Friday near Podujevo that killed ten Serb civilians including children. Terrorist acts such as these will only further delay a just and peaceful resolution to the wars that have engulfed the Balkans since 1991 and will embolden extremists who would prefer to continue ethnic cleansing on all sides.

This horrendous act of violence has demonstrated that KFOR alone cannot stop terrorists. Full cooperation by all segments of society including the media, political leaders, law enforcement agencies, and the judiciary is necessary to create an environment where such acts are considered inconceivable.

Friends of Bosnia calls on KFOR and UNMIK to use all resources available to locate the perpetrators of this attack and calls on civic leaders to take a more pro-active role in preventing such violence in the future.

Based on statements from the Kosovar Albanian media, it is clear that the violence is being openly condemned. FOB looks to the same media to use their resources to foster an environment of restraint within the Albanian community.