09 July 2007

Police search Kosovo extremist offices

UPI, Feb. 12, 2007

PRISTINA, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Kosovo police searched offices of ethnic-Albanian extremists after clashes with police that left two men killed and 80 injured, media said Monday.

The police statement said they searched offices of the pro-independence Vetvendosja movement Sunday evening in five major towns in Serbia's predominantly ethnic-Albanian Kosovo province, Belgrade's Beta news agency reported.

Police confiscated computers and compact discs and detained three people who allegedly resisted the searches.

A Vetvendosja activist in Pristina said police wanted to close the offices and obstruct activities of the movement.

Demonstrations were staged Saturday in Pristina to protest a U.N. draft plan that stopped short of declaring Kosovo's full independence from the Serbian government in Belgrade.

About 20 ethnic-Albanian extremists were detained Saturday.

A new round of U.N.-led Serb-ethnic Albanian talks on future status of Kosovo is scheduled for Feb. 21 in Vienna.

U.N. administrators and NATO troops have been deployed in Kosovo since 1999 armed conflicts.