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Source: Unlimited News Service

"Kosovo Liberation Army":
Tool of Imperialism and Drug Money

A number of sources confirm that the so-called "Kosovo Liberation Army"
("KLA") was set up by Albanian reactionaries acting in concert with the
German external intelligence service, the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst), and
special military forces. Information comes from Yugoslav, French, U.S., and
other sources. (There is material from Germany on the BND/KLA connection. If
you can read German and would like to translate please contact UNS.)

A Yugoslav journalist quotes a newspaper from Zagreb, the capital of
Croatia, an ex-Yugoslav country whose ruling party is closely tied to Bonn:

That various foreign fingers are involved in the events in Kosovo and
Metohija is also confirmed by the Zagreb "Nacional" in its latest addition,
writing that the German intelligence services are training and equipping the
members of the so-called "OVK" [i.e., "KLA"]. The newspaper recalls that the
seat of the so-called government of Kosovo in exile is located in Germany.
"Nacional" writes the following:

"At the time when OVK was being formed, at the head of the BND came Hansjorg
Gaider. One of his first decisions was establishment of one of the largest
centers for his clandestine services in Tirana. Agents of the BND for some
time now are cooperating with the operatives of the SHIK, the Albanian
secret service. SHIK is the successor of Sigurimi, the communist secret
service from the times of Enver Hodza, whose agents are operating even
today. At the same time, the office of the BND in Rome operated in the sense
of intelligence and political suspport, including talks with refugees in
Trieste and Bari".

Further on, this Zagreb weekly also writes: "Inside the broader intelligence
community it is believed that the BND had selected people for the chain of
command in the OVK, while MAD (German military intelligence officers), and
the KSK commandos were in charge of training of fighters and of securing
communication equipment. KSK special forces were engaged within the Bosnia
and Herzegovina forces in apprehension of persons indicted for war crimes.
MAD allegedly also secured telephone surveillance bugs from the former
East-German secret service Stasi. (R. Arsenic, ""OVK" Terrorists Trained by
the German Secret Service", October 9, 1998.

The Intelligence Newsletter, a French source, corroborates Arsenic's report
and adds,

When Hansjorg Geiger took over BND in 1996 the agency won a green light to
provide logistic support and training for UCK. Bujor Bukosi, who had been
Rugova's [head of an imperialist-sponsored "shadow government in Kosovo-AH]
deputy before moving on to become political head of UCK, was allowed to
install as government-in-exile in Bonn. The number two man at BND, Rainer
Kesselring, son of the Luftwaffe general who bombed Belgrade (IN 290) in
World War Two, oversaw the operation and arranged for some Kosovar guerillas
to train at Izmir in Turkey, where he had been BND's station chief in 1978.
Political support that the BND station in Rome provided for UCK was arranged
by the former chief-of-staff of foreign minister Klaus Kinkel when he was
head of BND. French sources have confirmed that special Bundeswehr [German
Army] units, Commandos Specialkrafte (KSK), which are currently operating in
Bosnia, have provided training for Kosovar fighters. Whether it's a
coincidence or not, the KSK commando force was set up by gen. Klaus Naumann,
current chairman of NATO's military committee, who has come out particularly
strongly in favor of Alliance military action against Slobodan Milosevic in
the Kosovo affair.

Intelligence Newsletter is a subscription-only, pay by the article site, but
here is the url for the page from which the article of the quote above can
be purchased:


The same source's newsletter of June 2, 1993, said that "According to
information in the local Chicago press, the public relations company Ruder
Finn "is being paid up to $40,000 a month by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian
leadership to distribute anti-Serbian disinformation." This was well into
the period of the destabilization of Yugoslavia.

Corroboration of German involvement with the "KLA" also comes from the New
York Times. Washington's first response to the "KLA" was to brand it a
"terrorist organization". It takes one to know one, after all. It was
probably out of annoyance at Bonn that the NYT ran an unusually informative
article on July 11, 1998 by Chris Hedges titled, "With Better Weapons,
Kosovo Separatists Turn Tide in War". Here are a few excerpts:

While the rebels are guarded about letting outsiders view stocks of weapons
smuggled over the border from Albania, there has been a noticeable
proliferation of rocket-propelled grenades and the highly accurate German
anti-tank weapon known as the Armbrust. A rebel in Smonica, lifting the
grayish-green tube, showed the snap-out LED display on the German weapon
with a series of tanks of various sizes profiled on the sight. . .

But the rebel movement is growing in numbers and in strength, fed by
recruits, money and arms from outside Serbia. The rebels may not have the
power to win a secessionist war against Serbia, but with arms and money they
can keep up their resistance and draw out the conflict. . .

The Kosovo Liberation Army, despite its shoddy organization and lack of
military acumen, is apparently blessed with large sums of money sent by
ethnic Albanians overseas, an inexhaustible supply line over the mountains
from Albania and thousands of recruits. Rebel soldiers, in full uniform with
the red and black patch of the Kosovo Liberation Army, pull thick wads of
German marks from their pockets. . .

The supreme commander of NATO, Gen. Wesley Clarke, during a meeting a few
days ago in Zagreb with Croatia's Defense Minister, voiced displeasure over
the flow of professional soldiers from Croatia to Kosovo, according to
Western diplomats in Zagreb.

"We are not sure that Zagreb is organizing this," said a Western

diplomat, '"but at the same time it is doing nothing to stop it."

As to the identity of the ethnic Albanians oversees who send the money,
there is evidence that at least some of them are, as in the case of the
Nicaraguan contras, druglords. The following citations are taken from the
web site of the Federation of American Scientists at
http://www.fas.org/irp/world/serbia/docs/4_e.html. The multiplicity of
weapons sources is fully consistent with the evidence of German involvement.

May 1998, No. 23 "Balkan infos" magazine, Paris ; from the article "Enough
Weapons" by Kosta Christich:

"The weapons to be found in the region were collected in Albania during
total anarchy prevailing in that country and sent to Kosovo by various
channels: one ran via Tuzi, on the Montenegrin border, and the other via
Dakovica, in Metohija... The weapons of Israeli and American make were
coming secretly from Turkey, via Bulgaria and Greece. The region in which
the conflicts have calmed down, that is, Bosnia and Herzegovina, also
supplied Albanian nationalists with their weapons and volunteers, including
foreign mujahedin. As for the Western channels, the deliveries have almost
always arrived in the Albanian port of Durres. The acquisition of these
weapons is financed out of contributions from drug trafficking, in which the
Albanian mafia enjoys privileged status [emphasis added]. These several data
are sufficient to point to the inaccuracy of a thesis that the crisis in
Kosovo, with its destructive power, is threatening to spill all over the
region. In fact, everything has been done to contaminate the region in order
to conquer Kosovo.

17 July 1998, NRK (Norwegian National TV)

"Last week, the customs officials from Oslo seized 11 kg of heroin, whose
"street value" amounts to 30 million Kroner. The drug was hidden in the
diesel tank of an automobile. The driver, a 53-year old Austrian, was
arrested. This time too, the recepients of heroin were the Kosovo Albanians.
After a few days, two Kosovo Albanians, suspected of being the recepients of
this very large shipment of heroin, were put under arrest. That same week,
the court in Stavanger sentenced four Kosovo Albanians to 13-18 years in
prison for smuggling one of the largest quantity of heroin ever to be
recorded on the Norwegian west coast.

The Norwegian and Swedish state security officials analyzed the seizures of
heroin during the past two years. According to them, ethnic Albanians
account for 80 per cent of drug smuggling. Profits from trafficking in
heroin amount to hundreds of millions of Kroner. When asked what the money
from drugs is used for, Walter Kege, head of the narcotics Division of the
Swedish Royal Police, answered: "We know for sure that this money is used
for their so-called struggle for liberation." [Emphasis added]

27 July, 1998, "Washington Post" , from the article "Refugee Donations
Finance Kosovo Rebels":

"...Ibrahim Kelmendi, who manages the "Homeland Calling" Fund in which all
donations made throughout the Albanian diaspora are kept, said that
contributions towards armed resistance amount tonearly one million dollars
each month. This amount is also accepted by the German intelligence services
which keep extremists and refugee groups in Germany under surveillance...

The Swiss authorities state that the Kosovo crisis has confirmed their
suspicion about the connections of the Albanian diaspora with widespread
arms and drug trafficking. Ninety per cent of traffic in heroin in
Switzerland - one of the main crossroads in traffic in hard drugs - is now
controlled by the Albanian traffickers' circles, says Pierre Duc, head of
the Narcotics Department in Lausanne, Switzerland... "We still have no
direct evidence but our experience tells us that the channels used for
traffic in hard drugs are also used for arms", says Duc... "During the past
few months, the amount of heroin smuggled from Turkey and Albania into
Western Europe rose enormously and Duc thinks that the amount of weapons
cannot be much smaller." [Emphasis added]

27 July 1988, "Focus", Austria; from the article "Suspicious Agencies":

"According to the Federal Crime Control Bureau (BKA), the KLA guerrillas are
also financed out of profits from criminal activities. In Germany, the state
security and law-enforcement agencies have increasingly more evidence that
money for the "liberation army" of the Kosovo Albanians (KLA) stems also
from profits from organized crime. . .

A new suspicion is arousing in neighbouring Macedonia: the Bulgarian
armament industry is concluding arrangements linked to Kosovo with an
ulterior motive to draw the Macedonian Albanians into a maelstrom, thus
contributing to the collapse of Macedonia and having a new chance to revive
old Bulgarian claims to eastern Macedonia.



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