Ban Kimoon mourns death of UN police officer in Kosovo

Kynol Ivor, 25, was part of the Ukrainian Formed Police Unit (FPU) and was killed in an operation undertaken – jointly by the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the NATO-led Kosovo Force, or KFOR – to reclaim the courthouse in North Mitrovica which was stormed and occupied on 14 March. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said that he “calls on all parties to refrain from violence and to engage in a constructive dialogue and work together to promote security and stability in Kosovo.”Extending his condolences to the officer’s family, the Secretary-General also thanked the Ukrainian Government for its “dedicated commitment” to the UN’s work in Kosovo.Also mourning the policeman’s death, a senior UNMIK official today said the recent violence is “unacceptable” and will not be tolerated.“Our condolences go to the family of the Ukrainian police officer who was killed by this mob, who was murdered by this mob,” said the Secretary-General’s Principal Deputy Special Representative in Kosovo, Larry Rossin, at a press briefing.Characterizing the 14 March attack on the courthouse as an “orchestrated occupation,” he said that there had been several attempts to persuade Serbia’s Minister for Kosovo Slobodan Samardzic, as well as Kosovo Serb political figures in Mitrovica, to resolve the situation peacefully.Despite such communications, the courthouse continued to be occupied by some 40 people, including some officers of the Serbian Ministry of the Interior,” Mr. Rossin noted. Additionally, UNMIK received information that those who carried out the courthouse attack were planning to occupy another UN building in the area.After planning and consulting with both KFOR and the Police Commissioner, he said he authorized the operation which began early yesterday morning to regain control of the courthouse and restore law and order.Despite originally starting out peacefully, the situation deteriorated into violence, with a mob attacking first with rocks, then with Molotov cocktails. Shortly after, UN police and KFOR troops came under direct gunfire and hand grenade attacks, resulting in 42 UN police officers and 22 KFOR troops sustaining injuries.“I hesitate to call them demonstrators, because demonstrating implies peacefully and this was far, far beyond the limit of what is acceptable,” Mr. Rossin said of the mob.He added that 32 of those occupying the courthouse were temporarily detained, processed and released back to North Mitrovica. “Criminal investigations into all these illegal acts, including murder and attempted murder, perpetrated on UNMIK and on KFOR soldiers are ongoing and we firmly intend to bring those responsible for these crimes to justice.”The situation in the area is now calm, but tense, Mr. Rossin observed, urging all to respect the rule of law and to allow UNMIK to carry out its mandate.Last month, the Assembly of Kosovo’s Provisional Institutions of Self-Government declared independence from Serbia, and since then the Secretary-General has underlined the need for restraint from all sides. 18 March 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed his deep sadness at the death of a United Nations police officer during yesterday’s violent clashes in Mitrovica in the north of Kosovo. read more

Waitrose magazine editor causes outrage by joking about killing vegans

The editor of Waitrose magazine has caused widespread outrage by joking about killing vegans.William Sitwell, who is also a Masterchef critic, provoked anger after calling those on plant-based diets “hypocritical” in an email to a freelance journalist.The editor wrote as a response to a pitch about vegan recipes for the magazine: “Thanks for this. How about a series on killing vegans, one by one. Ways to trap them?He continued, in the email published by BuzzFeed: “How to interrogate them properly? Expose their hypocrisy? Force-feed them meat? Make them eat steak and drink red wine?”The vegan journalist, Selene Nelson, told the website she had “never seen anything like it,” adding: “If William Sitwell wants to continue eating meat and hating vegans, that’s his prerogative, but to have this attitude towards others when he’s representing Waitrose is seriously bizarre.”She said: “I’ve written about many divisive topics, like capital punishment and murder cases and domestic violence, and I’ve never had a response like that to any of my articles or pitches. “And he’s the editor. He’s representing Waitrose and he’s talking about ‘killing vegans, one by one’?”Waitrose Magazine claims to have a circulation of over 600,000 and boasts star columnists including Pippa Middleton and Yotam Ottolenghi as columnists.This is likely to cause embarrassment for Waitrose, which has recently launched a new range of vegan foods, and was the first major retailer to start a dedicated vegan section.A spokesperson said the supermarket was “thrilled” to introduce the new line, which includes ready meals like pizza, vegan mac & cheese, and vegan fishcakes, as well as staples like mayonnaise.Mr Sitwell apologised in a statement, saying:  “I love and respect people of all appetites be they vegan, vegetarian or meat eaters, which I show week in week out through my writing, editing and broadcasting. I apologise profusely to anyone who has been offended or upset by this.”A spokesperson for Waitrose said: “Even though this was a private email William’s gone too far and his words are extremely inappropriate, insensitive and absolutely do not represent our views.”We’ll be taking up this matter with William.”Waitrose shoppers have said they will boycott the brand because of Mr Sitwell’s anti-vegan email.John McLaren-Stewart, the CEO of an insurance broker firm, said: “Oops, what an a–hole thing to say. At least one regular @Waitrose shopper lost (me!).”Another Twitter user, Jojo, added: “What the hell ⁦@waitrose⁩? This is real classy given that you just introduced a whole new range of vegan options. Fire him immediately or I’m never shopping with you again.”Jenny Marie tweeted: “Yo, let @waitrose know if you’ll be shopping elsewhere from now on. I will. Which is a shame, because I’ve been a regular online grocery customer for a long time.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more