Thousands of Serb houses and more than 120 churches and monasteries
were destroyed and 2000 Serbs were killed or abducted by Kosovo Albanians since the NATO and UN Mission arrival to Kosovo - not in the time of war but in the time of internationally granted peace. Albanian crimes for the last three years have occured with impunity and the UN Mission is still reluctant to bring to justice leading Albanian extremists who occupy now the leading political positions in the UN run province.
August 1999 - A Serbian house burning in front of a NATO tank (archive photo)

THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Serbs say NATO ignoring Kosovo
Conference cites double standard

By Sufiya Abdur-Rahman
Tribune staff reporter

October 7, 2002

Kosovar Serbs have been expelled from their homes while NATO forces have done little to help, according to Serbs who attended a weekend conference that focused on the aftermath of the war in Kosovo.

Members of the Serbian Unity Congress met in Rosemont to discuss the problems facing Serbs in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina and to try to win support from Serbs living in this country.

"When you have hundreds of churches destroyed and really nobody raising any issues with that, something is wrong," said Michael Djordjevich, describing the Serbian churches and monasteries that he said have been burned or looted since the introduction of United Nations peacekeeping forces in 1999.

"Standards have to be standard whether they're [for] a Muslim or a Serb. America has not had consistent standards on this and I'm very distrustful about it," said Djordjevich, president of the Serbian Unity Congress, a nonprofit organization created in 1990.The organization, based in Van Nuys, Calif., held its 12th annual convention Friday through Sunday in the Hyatt Regency O'Hare.

More than 100 people attended Saturday's conferences. Some broke into tears when they were shown images of conditions in Kosovo.

Danica Jovanovic, who said she has spent the last year and a half in Kosovo, showed pictures of what she said depicted desecrated Serbian cemeteries and the frames of abandoned homes. Serbs are being discriminated against, she said.

"The Kosovo problem cannot be solved without the presence of the international community," said Miodrag Perisic, Yugoslavian ambassador to Canada.

"The question is, which international institution will make it its priority to invest in Kosovo?"