- Title: YUGOSLAVIA: THE CONFLICT IN KOSOVO CONTINUE
- Date: 24th July 1998
- Summary: JUNIK, KOSOVO, YUGOSLAVIA (JULY 24, 1998) (RTV) 1. TRACKING SHOT KOSOVO LIBERATION ARMY (KLA) SOLDIERS RUNNING THROUGH VILLAGE 0.14 2. SLV VARIOUS OF KLA SOLDIERS TAKING UP POSITIONS OVERLOOKING SERB SNIPER POSITIONS (2 SHOTS) 0.41 3. LAS TILT UP / SCU KLA SOLDIERS AIMING THEIR RIFLES OVER A WALL 0.53 4. SLV DAMAGED HOUSES (7 SHOTS) 1.21 5. MV KLA SOLDIERS INSIDE HOUSE VIEWING DAMAGE/ WALKING DOWN STAIRWAY INSIDE HOUSE / MV KLA SOLDIERS LEAVING HOUSE AND RUNNING IN STREET (4 SHOTS) 1.46 6. MV KLA SOLDIERS ENTERING BUNKER OVERLOOKING SERB POSITIONS 1.50 7. SCU FLORIM SHALA SAYING THEY PICKED UP THEIR WEAPONS FOUR MONTHS AGO AND THEY'LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT UNTIL THEY ARE LIBERATED (ALBANIAN) 1.57 8. SCU /CU KLA SOLDIERS RUNNING THROUGH BUNKER/ AIMING RIFLES (3 SHOTS) 2.12 9. MV GANI SHEHU PRESIDENT OF LDK IN JUNIK WITH INTERVIEWER/ SCU SAYING IT WILL BE MUCH BETTER IF INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS AND NATO FORCES ARE INSIDE KOSOVO TO PREVENT A SECOND BOSNIAN WAR AND THE DESTRUCTION OF VILLAGES (ALBANIAN) (2 SHOTS) 2.30 10. SLV KLA SOLDIERS MANNING TOWN 2.36 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: JUNIK, KOSOVO, YUGOSLAVIA
- Country: Yugoslavia
- Duration: 00:02:37
- Story Text: Western powers grappling with the conflict in Kosovo are being warned that if NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) is to become involved then any intervention must be in Kosovo itself and not in neighbouring Albania.
The village of Junik is four kilometres from the Albanian border.It's held by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and is the direct link of supplies and KLA forces travelling over the mountains from northern Albania.
Situated 20 km south of the Serb-held town of Pec, Junik is surrounded on three sides by Serb police units, in some cases only 300 metres away from KLA positions.
The village is under daily attack from Serbian forces who fire mortar rounds and sniper fire to try and cut off the Albanian supply route to the interior of Kosovo.
Thirty-two year old Florim Shala, a former resident of Junik, is now a KLA soldier.He says they took up weapons four months ago and they'll continue to fight until they win their freedom.
There are fears the present conflict could escalate into a second Bosnian war.Gani Shehu, President of the LDK in Junik, believes the only solution is through dialogue.And he's appealed to western powers that if NATO is to get involved international observers and NATO forces must be inside Kosovo itself rather than sitting in northern Albania, a position he maintains would resolve nothing.
KLA troops continued to man the perimeter of Junik village on Friday (July 24) but all appeared quiet.
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