YUGOSLAVIA: DISTURBANCE IN KOSOVO

Created: 4/4/1981

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YUGOSLAVIA: Disturb.

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A joint meeting of the Yugoslav state and party leaderships yesterday endoroed the strong measures taken by regional leaders in the largely Albanian-inhabited Kosovo province to suppress recent disturbances there. These measures include:

limited form of martial law around Pristine,

the capital nf .

security forces deployed to Kosovo.

a precaution, forbidding foreign journal-ists from traveling to the province. B

The unrest, which began at Pristinaittleonth ago because of continued poor economic conditions in the region, has resulted in armed clashes. The demonstrations havo taken on political overtones and threaten to ignite latent hostility between the Albanian and Serbian communities in Kosovo. Thin, in turn, could touchhain reaction with Yugoslavia's other highly volatile nationalities siding with cither the Serbs or Albanians. The net result would be the undermining of the delicate baloncc in the collective leadership system Tito left. J

Following yesterday's meeting in Belgrade, the Yugo-alav news agency Tanjugtatement accusing unspecified hostile internal and foreign elements of working to undermine Yugoslav unity. Belgrade appears to be pointing an accusing finger at both Tlrane, fortiarbor inc irredentist claims on Kosovo, am) at Moscow. Mmmf

Padil Hodza, the most prominent Albanian politician in Yugoslavia, has come the closost to accusing theof being involved. peech in Pristinehe denounced those behind the events in Kosovo byarallel between their activity and the worstof thefollowing the Tito-Stalin

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