Prishtina- Kosovo, Feb. 05,2006(Balkan Update)-A source within the Kosova Protection Corps (KPS) has told Balkan Update that the Former Prime Minister of Kosovo Ramush Haradinaj ordered the KPC to lead the burial ceremony for the late President Ibrahim Rugova. The source tells me that the official honor guard of KPC refused to honor Rugova because he had never visited the grave of Adem Jashari. The source tells me that Jashari Family did not want the KPC Honor Guard, which bears Adem Jashari’s name, to honor Rugova. Apparently the Family is still furious that Mr. Rugova never visited the memorial of their family when every Albanin politicians on earth has done so.
According to the source, who works for the KPC and knows Haradinaj well, Agim Ceku, who is the overall General of the KPC, ordered the main KPC guard to honor Rugova but then refused to have his order carried out once he heard about objections from Jashari family. After this fiasco, Ceku called Haradinaj to tell him about the situation and asked him for advice. The source tells me that Haradinaj said he would take care of this, and ordered the KPC Honor Guard of Dukagjini region to take place in the ceremony. I asked the source how he could have ordered the KPC when he is not a member of KPC. His replay was short: “everyone in KPC has a great deal of respect for Haradinaj. They would do anything for him”.
Haradinaj told Mr. Ceku that we have to have KPC take part in the ceremony for two reasons: If KPC did not take part, the LDK militants would do so and this would cause infighting between different parties in Kosovo. The second reason had to do with the fact that Haradinaj respected Mr. Rugova and wanted the ceremony to be and honorable one. He told Ceku that this would also improve the image of KPC and Kosovo in general. The source tells me that Ceku agreed with Haradinaj and allowed the KPC Guard from Dukagjini to take part in the ceremony. This allowed everyone, including the Jashari Family and KPC, to save face.