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Armed Kosovo Terrorists Now Collecting Customs Duties

March 01, 2001, Thursday

[Source: SRNA news agency, Bijeljina, in Serbo-Croat 1445 gmt 27 Feb 01
Text of report by Bosnian Serb news agency SRNA
Monitored by BBC Summary of World Broadcasts ]

Armed Albanians in Kosovo Liberation Army [KLA] uniforms have over the past 48 hours been extracting customs duties and taxes on behalf of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo on border crossings between Serbia and Kosovo.

The Albanian-language electronic media are carrying a statement by Ilber Daci, employee of the UNMIK [UN Mission in Kosovo] customs administration, that "the customs duties have been levied in order to finance the administration of the Republic of Kosovo".

According to him, about DM1.3bn should be collected this year from customs duties on goods imported into Kosovo and from fees on crossings of the border of Kosovo and the neighbouring countries from foreigners and UNMIK employees.

Daci said that the move, i.e. customs duties, were introduced in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1244.

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