October 1, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 01-10-03

RIVER MASSACRE

ALL CLUES LEAD TO "MUSA" AND HIS "ABU BAKR SADIQ" GANG OF MUJAHEDDIN
UNOFFICIAL UNMIK AND SERB INTELLIGENCE SOURCES SAY THAT THE SERB CHILDREN IN GORAZDEVAC WERE MASSACRED BY GROUP A OF KOSOVO ALBANIAN ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS, REPORTS BELGRADE DAILIES.

Albanian terrorists opened automatic gun fire on August 13 on a group of children bathing in the Bistrica River near Gorazdevac. Ivan Jovovic (20) and Pantelija Dakic (10) were killed in the attack. Six other children were seriously wounded. Bogdan Bukumiric (15) spent six days in a coma and his life was barely saved by the physicians of the Medical Military Academy in Belgrade.

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CHILD MURDERERS FOUND
Nexhmedin Laushi, also known as Musa, is the organizer and direct perpetrator of the Serb children in Gorazdevac on August 13 this year....Intelligence data suggests that Nexhmedin Laushi headed the extremist organization "Abu Bakr Sadiq" in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, which strong evidence suggests has strong ties with the infamous al-Qaida. Musa's chief associate in this organization is a certain Ekrem Avdija, whom evidence also links to participation in the crime in Gorazdevac.

LAUSHA ONE OF MANY

Several hundred Mujaheddin financed by bin Laden in Kosovo and Metohija - Who committed the crime in Gorazdevac. The headquarters of this unit of 110 Mujaheddin was formerly in Donji Prekaz. With funding from Saudi Arabia, a well-equipped terrorist training center for Albanians was founded, who were then promoted into Mujaheddin.

AFP: HISTORIC SERBIA-KOSOVO TALKS IN VIENNA SET FOR OCTOBER 14
As the current head of the United Nations mission which has governed the province since the war, Harri Holkeri will lead the delegation from Kosovo's separatist ethnic Albanian administration.

DRAMATIC DETERIORATION IN HUMAN RIGHTS IN KOSOVO-METOHIJA
Dragoljub Micunovic, the head of a Serbia-Montenegrin parliamentary delegation at the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly session in Strasbourg, said that Kosovo-Metohija is witnessing a dramatic deterioration in human rights and called on the international community to take energetic steps to ensure full implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244, refugee return, safety and freedom of movement for all ethnic communities.

ANA PREPARES TERRORIST ATTACKS IN SOUTHERN SERBIA AND KOSOVO
The Serbian Ministry of Interior said that its operational data confirm that the Albanian terrorist organisation ANA plans to carry out terrorist attacks in southern Serbia just before the beginning of a dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

ARACHINOVO: MACEDONIAN HOUSES BURN - POLICE REMAINS CLUELESS ABOUT ARSONISTS

Two more houses of displaced Macedonian families from Arachinovo were burning the day before yesterday in this village located in Skopje area. The houses of Pero Gelevski and Cvetan Anchevski were set on fire. The owners and their families live in shelters in Skopje for more than two years.
The displaced Macedonians say that this is a message not to return to their homes.

WASHINGTON TIMES - REDRAWING BOSNIAN BORDERS
More ominously, the greatest threat to peace and stability stems from the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism in Bosnia, which seeks to either wipe out or convert all Christians in the region. The country now serves as a base for al Qaeda operatives, where numerous terrorist cells are active and plotting attacks on targets throughout Europe. In the past, Saudi Arabia has sent millions of dollars in aid to "humanitarian" agencies that encourage Bosnian Muslims to promote the doctrines of Wahhabism, a particularly intolerant and puritanical version of Islam. Mosques have been established throughout the Muslim-Croat federation, many of whom preach the need for "jihad" against the country's Catholic Croats and Orthodox Christian Serbs.

INET - FLASH NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA, SEPTEMBER 30

PERPETRATORS OF GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE STILL NOT ARRESTED - DAY 48...

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CHILD MURDERERS FOUND

Nexhmedin Laushi, also known as Musa, is the organizer and direct perpetrator of the Serb children in Gorazdevac on August 13 this year....Intelligence data suggests that Nexhmedin Laushi headed the extremist organization "Abu Bakr Sadiq" in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, which strong evidence suggests has strong ties with the infamous al-Qaida. Musa's chief associate in this organization is a certain Ekrem Avdija, whom evidence also links to participation in the crime in Gorazdevac.

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Kurir daily, Belgrade
October 1, 2003

Serbian original at
http://www.kurir-info.co.yu/Dnevne-vesti/V-01-29092003.shtml


BELGRADE - Nexhmedin Laushi, also known as Musa, is the organizer and direct perpetrator of the Serb children in Gorazdevac on August 13 this year, "Kurir" has learned from very well informed intelligence sources close to the Kosovo provisional administration. According to those sources, UNMIK police has strong evidence that Nexhmedin Laushi is the murderer of the Serb children.

"Immediately after the operation Laushi and six terrorists who took part in the crime fled to Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he hid in the area of Zenica, in a village that has been inhabited by Mujaheddin since the war," stated our source. He said that UNMIK currently does not know exactly where Musa is located but there is justifiable suspicion that he has in the meanwhile left his sanctuary in Bosnia. Currently there is an operation to locate him underway that is expected to result in his arrest.

Intelligence data suggests that Nexhmedin Laushi headed the extremist organization "Abu Bakr Sadiq" in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, which strong evidence suggests has strong ties with the infamous al-Qaida. Musa's chief associate in this organization is a certain Ekrem Avdija, whom evidence also links to participation in the crime in Gorazdevac.

"'Abu Bakr Sadiq' is known as one of the most extreme Islamist terrorist organizations and its branches are also active in Bosnia and on the territory of Macedonia," explained our source.

We have learned that UNMIK has shared its discoveries with the appropriate organs of the Serbian government, who have been promised that the criminals from Gorazdevac "will certainly be arrested and brought to justice."

Albanian terrorists opened automatic gun fire on August 13 on a group of children bathing in the Bistrica River near Gorazdevac. Ivan Jovovic (20) and Pantelija Dakic (10) were killed in the attack. Six other children were seriously wounded. Bogdan Bukumiric (15) spent six days in a coma and his life was barely saved by the physicians of the Medical Military Academy in Belgrade.

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LAUSHA ONE OF MANY

Several hundred Mujaheddin financed by bin Laden in Kosovo and Metohija - Who committed the crime in Gorazdevac. The headquarters of this unit of 110 Mujaheddin was formerly in Donji Prekaz. With funding from Saudi Arabia, a well-equipped terrorist training center for ethnic Albanians was founded, who were then promoted into Mujaheddin.

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Ekspres politika daily, Belgrade
October 1, 2003


PRISTINA - Whether the organizer and direct perpetrator of the crime against Serb children in Gorazdevac is really Nexhmedin Lausha, a member of the mujeheddin group "Abu Bakr Sadiq," as reported by some media, or not will be determined by an investigation but it is a fact that in Kosovo and Metohija there are presently at least a few hundred fanatical members of mujeheddin groups formed during 1998 and 1999 on the order and with the money of U.S. enemy number one - Osama bin Laden.

One of the Kosovo and Metohija mujeheddin units comprised of local ethnic Albanians, whose members at this time live primarily in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, is in fact "Abu Bakr Sadiq" and Nexhmedin Lausha is one of its members. The headquarters of this unit of 110 Mujaheddin was formerly in Donji Prekaz. With funding from Saudi Arabia, a well-equipped terrorist training center for Shiptars was founded, who were then promoted into Mujaheddin.

This mujeheddin unit was formed and commanded by Ekrem Avdiu of Kosovska Mitrovica, who was arrested in 1998 and sentenced to nine years in prison. However, thanks to the general amnesty after political changes in Serbia, Avdiu was released at the same time as the other eight members of the "Abu Bakr Sadiq" command: Nexhmedin Lausha, Shpend Kopriva, Imeri Lulazim, Biklichi Ertan, Ilir Haxha, Telchiu Krenar, Glogovci Bashkim and Misimi Sezaim.

Ekrem Avdiu had learned the terrorist "trade" during the war in Bosnia as a member of the most notorious mujeheddin unit "El Mujeheddin." After the war in BH, Avdiu studied Islam at the Islamic university in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. In what was obviously not a coincidence, in Riyadh Avdiu met Duhaiman Abdullah, the director of the World Bureau for Islamic Calling - an organization that preaches jihad.

For the formation of a branch of this bureau for the region of Kosovo and Metohija, Duhaiman first gave Ekrem Avdiu 20 thousand dollars, and soon thereafter another 215 thousand German marks for the purchase of weapons, jeeps and other equipment for the Drenica mujaheddin group of 110 ethnic Albanians. Command was assumed and retained by Ekram Avdiu, who took the pseudonym of Abu Suheid and formed a second group, the Smonica mujaheddin group of 20 local bandits, in the region of Djakovica. The majority of them today live quite comfortably in Kosovo and Metohija, with neither KFOR nor UNMIK commenting on their operations. (A.H.)

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HISTORIC SERBIA-KOSOVO TALKS IN VIENNA SET FOR OCTOBER 14
As the current head of the United Nations mission which has governed the province since the war, Harri Holkeri will lead the delegation from Kosovo's separatist ethnic Albanian administration.

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AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
UN Tuesday, 30-Sep-2003 9:01AM

PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro, Sep 30 (AFP) - The top UN official in Kosovo said Tuesday that he will lead the province's delegation into historic talks with Serbian officials scheduled for October 14.

As the current head of the United Nations mission which has governed the province since the war, Harri Holkeri will lead the delegation from Kosovo's separatist ethnic Albanian administration.

Serbian and Kosovo Albanian officials will meet in the Austrian capital Vienna for the first time since the 1998-99 war in Kosovo, which is the southern province of Serbia.

Speaking at a press conference Holkeri said the initial talks in Austria would be of a symbolic nature and more detailed discussions, on issues such as transport, energy, missing people and the return of displaced people, would be tackled in later meetings.

"The launching (of the dialogue in Vienna) will be a relatively short event with some high-profile international representatives and delegations from Belgrade and Pristina," he said.

"The Pristina delegation will be led by me."

The talks will deal with technical issues and will not touch on the most sensitive question for the province -- its final political status and its ethnic Albanian majority's demands for independence.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and NATO Secretary General Georges Robertson are expected to take part in the Vienna talks.

Subsequent "working group" meetings will be held in Belgrade and Pristina at unspecified dates, Holkeri said.

"The real work will start when the working groups begin their meetings," he said.

Kosovo officials have seemed hesitant about engaging in the dialogue and Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi has sought approval from the province's Albanian-dominated assembly, which will convene Thursday.

The process has been soured by a recent spate of bloody attacks against Serb civilians in the province, leading Serbian leaders to protest what they see as the UN's failure to build a peaceful, multi-ethnic democracy after the war.

The so-called Albanian National Army extremist militia has also claimed a series of attacks against Serbian security forces near the administrative border with Serbia proper in recent weeks.

Despite the simmering tensions, Holkeri said he expected both sides to use the negotiations "to help the condition of the people" rather than play "tricks" on each other.

"Serious politicians don't play tricks. Tricks belong to the circus," he said.

Kosovo has a president, prime minister and a multi-ethnic assembly but most decision-making remains in the hands of the UN mission.

Kosovo has been a UN protectorate since NATO bombed the former Yugoslavia to force then president Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw his forces from the province and end a brutal crackdown on Albanian separatist guerrillas.


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DRAMATIC DETERIORATION IN HUMAN RIGHTS IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

Dragoljub Micunovic, the head of a Serbia-Montenegrin parliamentary delegation at the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly session in Strasbourg, said that Kosovo-Metohija is witnessing a dramatic deterioration in human rights and called on the international community to take energetic steps to ensure full implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244, refugee return, safety and freedom of movement for all ethnic communities.

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http://www.serbia.sr.gov.yu/news/2003-09/30/331202.html

SERBIAN GOVERNMENT

Strasbourg, Sept 30, 2003 - Dragoljub Micunovic, the head of a Serbia-Montenegrin parliamentary delegation at the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly session in Strasbourg, said that Kosovo-Metohija is witnessing a dramatic deterioration in human rights and called on the international community to take energetic steps to ensure full implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244, refugee return, safety and freedom of movement for all ethnic communities.

Micunovic said that a debate on human rights in Kosovo-Metohija was initiated by a recent crime in the village of Gorazdevac near Pec, where two Serbian children were killed and another four wounded on Aug 13.

The crime, which Micunovic described as a terrorist act, was aimed at sending a clear message to all Kosovo Serbs that they have to leave the province and that reconciliation and a multiethnic society cannot be established in Kosovo.

The Serbia-Montenegrin parliament Speaker also pointed to the necessity of facing up with the fact that the ANA terrorist organisation exists and operates in Kosovo, western Macedonia and southern Serbia.

Micunovic also noted that Belgrade and Pristina will soon open a dialogue on Kosovo-Metohija to meet a series of standards including democracy, human rights observance, the rule of law, religious pluralism and a market economy.

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ANA PREPARES TERRORIST ATTACKS IN SOUTHERN SERBIA AND KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

The Serbian Ministry of Interior said that its operational data confirm that the Albanian terrorist organisation ANA plans to carry out terrorist attacks in southern Serbia just before the beginning of a dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

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http://www.serbia.sr.gov.yu/news/2003-09/30/331210.html

SERBIAN GOVERNMENT


Belgrade, Sept 30, 2003 - The Serbian Ministry of Interior said that its operational data confirm that the Albanian terrorist organisation ANA plans to carry out terrorist attacks in southern Serbia just before the beginning of a dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

This terrorist organisation plans to make a massacre by planting and activating explosive devices in the facilities where members of the Albanian ethnic community gather, including schools, read a statement by the Ministry.

The terrorist attack will be performed by ANA's tried members, however, it is possible that the organisation will also contract criminals of Serbian nationality, for which ANA has already set aside considerable amounts of money.

According to intelligence, ANA plans to carry out the attacks in Bujanovac, Presevo and Kosovo-Metohija, the Ministry said.

The Serbian police have stepped up security measures in order to prevent any possible terrorist attacks on the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

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ARACHINOVO: MACEDONIAN HOUSES BURN, POLICE RAMAINS CLUELESS ABOUT ARSONISTS

Two more houses of displaced Macedonian families from Arachinovo were burning the day before yesterday in this village located in Skopje area. The houses of Pero Gelevski and Cvetan Anchevski were set on fire. The owners and their families live in shelters in Skopje for more than two years.
The displaced Macedonians say that this is a message not to return to their homes.

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REALITY MACEDONIA
Web posted September 29, 2003
Source: Dnevnik, #2259, 23/09/2003


By Emil Zafirovski

Two more houses of displaced Macedonian families from Arachinovo were burning the day before yesterday in this village located in Skopje area. The houses of Pero Gelevski and Cvetan Anchevski were set on fire. The owners and their families live in shelters in Skopje for more than two years.

The houses ignited [sic] about 5 pm, and the firemen managed to localize the fire. The internally displaced persons [IDP - euphemism for refugees] from Arachinovo accuse the Albanians living in the same village for the arson, interpreting it as a clear message not to return to their homes anymore. They also claim that the local [ethnic Albanian] villagers tried to hinder the action of the fire department. But the [ethnic Albanian] mayor of Arachinovo, Reshat Ferati, responds:

"That is not true. Most probably the fire was set by the organization of the IDPs of Arachinovo 'Zora,' which is trying to prove that the Macedonians don't have conditions to return home," accuses Ferati.

In the Ministry of internal affairs say that they still don't have any notions, but they were working on resolving this case.

The displaced Macedonians say that this is a message not to go back.

"The latest happenings in Arachinovo clearly speak about the condition in the village. The statements of Ferati that we are burning our own houses are ridicilous. So far 12 houses were burned but not a single case is resolved, even that we know who is doing it. The persons guilty are pointed out to the police. When my house was burning, I was accused of arson also. We have notions that the local villagers were preventing the firemen to get to the houses, with policemen watching and keeping their mouths shut," says Robert Stojanovski, a member of "Zora".

Pero and Cveta Gelevski, owners of one of the burned houses, say that after this going back is the last thing that they have in mind:

"The police notified us about the fire in the evening, round 10:30 pm. This is the first time that our house is set on fire. We haven't visited the village for entire six months because we know what is happening. The conditions for return do not exist. More than 60% of the temporally displaced people from Arachinovo bought land elsewhere and started to build new houses. There's no future for the Macedonians in Arachinovo. Only some elderly people returned, but younger families keep away."

Cvetan Anchevski, owner of the second burned house, says that the fire was direct threat towards him and his family.

"The fire was set on five places. They wanted to burn the house to the ground so that I won't be able to return, ever. I want to go back, but how? This is not the first time something like this to occur. They were breaking into and robbing my house. They even set a bomb in the middle of the yard. My entire family could have been killed," says Anchevski.

According to the mayor Ferati, Macedonians are burning their own houses by themselves:

"It is being done by the organization "Zora." This is not the first time something like this to occur. On other occasions before, houses of Macedonians were set on fire and all the notions say that they burn their houses themselves in order to prove that they don't have conditions for return. Cvetan Anchevski is an active member of "Zora." That goes in favor of our doubts that "Zora" is involved in the newest burning of houses in the village."

"If several people don't want to go back,they shouldn't manipulate others and should not drag others in dirty games," says Ferati.

After the conflict in 2001 so far were burned houses of 12 temporally dislocated Macedonian families, but the Ministry of Internal Affairs has not solved a single arson case.


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WT: REDRAWING BOSNIAN BORDERS

More ominously, the greatest threat to peace and stability stems from the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism in Bosnia, which seeks to either wipe out or convert all Christians in the region. The country now serves as a base for al Qaeda operatives, where numerous terrorist cells are active and plotting attacks on targets throughout Europe. In the past, Saudi Arabia has sent millions of dollars in aid to "humanitarian" agencies that encourage Bosnian Muslims to promote the doctrines of Wahhabism, a particularly intolerant and puritanical version of Islam. Mosques have been established throughout the Muslim-Croat federation, many of whom preach the need for "jihad" against the country's Catholic Croats and Orthodox Christian Serbs.

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http://washingtontimes.com/commentary/20030930-084113-1005r.htm

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
COMMENTARY

By Jeffrey T. Kuhner
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Published October 1, 2003

From 1992-1995, Bosnia was the site of some of the bloodiest fighting in Europe since the Second World War. Yet since the signing of the Dayton peace accords, the country remains divided along ethnic lines. Despite massive Western foreign aid and the presence of American peacekeeping forces, Bosnia's Serbs, Croats and Muslims are no closer to genuine reconciliation and peaceful co-existence. The country's Serbs who live in the Bosnian Serb Republic seek to eventually become part of Serbia. The Bosnian Croats, most of whom live in the country's second political entity, the Muslim-Croat federation, also would like nothing more than to join Croatia.

The country's Muslims, however, remain wedded to the notion of a united, multinational Bosnia based on a strong centralized government in Sarajevo. The international community also is committed to keeping the country's borders intact. Yet the problem with that approach is that it overlooks the reality of what is occurring on the ground.

Bosnia remains an economic basket case, where the unemployment rate is 40 percent. Foreign investment is practically nonexistent. Corruption and crime remain rampant. Despite nearly a decade of nation-building, Western governments have failed to forge viable economic and political institutions.

More ominously, the greatest threat to peace and stability stems from the resurgence of Islamic fundamentalism in Bosnia, which seeks to either wipe out or convert all Christians in the region. The country now serves as a base for al Qaeda operatives, where numerous terrorist cells are active and plotting attacks on targets throughout Europe. In the past, Saudi Arabia has sent millions of dollars in aid to "humanitarian" agencies that encourage Bosnian Muslims to promote the doctrines of Wahhabism, a particularly intolerant and puritanical version of Islam. Mosques have been established throughout the Muslim-Croat federation, many of whom preach the need for "jihad" against the country's Catholic Croats and Orthodox Christian Serbs.

The result has been numerous acts of terror perpetrated upon civilians - especially the Croats. During the past several years, Catholic churches in and around Sarajevo have been vandalized by Islamic extremists. Cemeteries where Croats were buried have been desecrated. Many ordinary Catholics are afraid of walking on the streets of Sarajevo with a cross around their neck for fear of being attacked.

The most notorious incident occurred on Christmas Eve, when three Croats - a father and his two daughters - were gunned down in their home by an Islamic militant near the town of Konjic. Their crime: celebrating Christmas.

The rise of radical Islam threatens to destabilize the Balkans, plunging the region once again into bloodshed and religious conflict. Rather than forcing the three constituent peoples of Bosnia to live together against their wishes, the Bush administration would be wise to develop a realistic and coherent strategy toward the region.

Washington needs to realize that synthetic states such as Bosnia-Herzegovina are destined to fail. Recent European history is littered with examples of multinational countries such as Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union that disintegrated because they denied the fundamental human aspirations for democracy and national self-determination. Bosnia is another case in point. The Bosnian Serbs should be allowed to form a state with Serbia; the Croat territories - especially those centered around their stronghold of Mostar in Western Herzegovina - should be incorporated into Croatia. The Bosnian Muslims would have their own state, with Sarajevo as the capital.

More importantly, the Bush administration needs to foster closer ties with the Croats in Bosnia-Herzegovina for one simple reason: They are on the front-lines in the war against Islamic terrorism in the Balkans. The Bosnian Serbs, meanwhile, are unreliable allies. Many of them are still seething with resentment against the United States for its decision to use military force to end the Serbs' campaign of ethnic cleansing and mass murder during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

The Croats, on the other hand, view Washington as their strategic partner. As one high-ranking Bosnian Croat government official told me: "We can act as the eyes and ears for the West in the Balkans and monitor the activities of al Qaeda in Bosnia."

The United States should not only support the Bosnian Croats' right to self-determination, but also provide them with intelligence and military assistance to contain the growth of radical Islam in the region.

It is ironic that the West should now have to depend upon the Croats in Herzegovina as a pivotal ally in the war on terrorism. Throughout the 1990s, the Herzegovinian Croats were demonized in the Western liberal press for their "nationalism" and passionate attachment to the Croatian cause. They have always been the most patriotic and courageous of all the Croats, producing some of Europe's finest fighters. Herzegovina was primarily the site where the Croats for centuries fought off the invading Ottoman armies. For their ceaseless resistance to the Turks, Pope Leo X referred to the Croats as "the ramparts of Christendom."
The Croats in Bosnia can again take up their historic role as a strategic bulwark against Islamic expansionism on the Continent. However, this can only happen after Washington realizes Bosnia is not a Balkan Switzerland, but a smoldering cauldron of ethnic strife where the followers of Osama bin Laden have found a home to preach their message of hate and religious fanaticism. As an experiment in nation-building, Bosnia has been a noble failure. The Bush administration should take heed.

Jeffrey T. Kuhner is an assistant national editor at The Washington Times.

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KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEWS

Tuesday 30 September 2003

22:40 Commenting on the upcoming dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, Return Coalition (Povratak) MP in the Kosovo parliament Oliver Ivanovic says that the Serb representative in the Kosovo delegation will be appointed only after the Belgrade and Pristina delegations are formed.

21:00 Serbian deputy prime minister Nebojsa Covic said today that the talks in Vienna on October 14 should be talks between a state and its province, not talks between two states.

20:20 The rapporteur of the Council of Europe on the status of human rights in Kosovo will be appointed at tomorrow's session of the Committee for Legal Issues and not today as had been previously announced.

18:40 Serbian deputy prime minister Nebojsa Covic stated that nothing spectacular should be expected of the beginning of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

18:00 Serbia-Montenegro parliament speaker Dragoljub Micunovic assessed that the support received today in the Council of Europe in defense of human rights in Kosovo will be a very significant foundation for the delegation from Belgrade in upcoming dialogue with Pristina.

17:20 UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri met with Serbian premier Zoran Zivkovic, and deputy premier and Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Nebojsa Covic regarding the beginning of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

16:00 Serbian deputy prime minister and Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Nebojsa Covic said he did not expect the opening of talks regarding the final status of Kosovo and Metohija before 2005.

15:00 Serbian premier Zoran Zivkovic stated that the most important topic for dialogue for the Serbian side is the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1244, first and foremost, the realization of its provision relating to refugee returns. "We are prepared to give our adequate contribution but it is also important to ensure the willingness of Albanian leaders in Kosovo and Metohija to contribute their assistance, primarily with respect to ensuring the security of Serbs and other non-Albanians who are still in the Province today, and consequently, the security and freedom of movement of everyone preparing to return to Kosovo and Metohija," said Zivkovic.

14:00 According to the Belgrade daily "Kurir", UNMIK police has strong evidence that Nexhmedin Lausi is the organizer and primary perpetrator of the murder of Serbian children in Gorazdevac on August 13 of this year.

13:00 The US office in Pristina is pleased to report to completion of the restoration of the primary school building in Zubin Potok. US citizens through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have invested 329,844 euros for the reconstruction of the primary school. This project is part of the engagement of the US government in assisting democratic and economic development in Kosovo. The opening ceremony will be held tomorrow, October 1, at 11,00 hours in Zubin Potok.

10:20 The EU high representative for foreign policy and security Javier Solana expressed the hope yesterday that both sides in the announced dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina will send their highest officials to Vienna.

10:00 The defense ministers of Serbia-Montenegro and Albania, Boris Tadic and Pandeli Majko, respectively, reached agreement on September 27 at a meeting in Ohrid on the method of exchanging information in crisis situations. Tadic said that during the meeting he and Majko also tried to find solutions for operational problems. "My position is that Albania and Serbia-Montenegro share responsibility for the situation in Kosovo and Metohija and for the security situation for all citizens of Kosovo and Metohija, regardless of their nationality," said Tadic. "The purpose of the meeting was to reach a better understanding," he added, saying that they had agreed that war as a solution was not acceptable for Southeastern Europe, the Balkans or Kosovo and Metohija, and that it is critically important to find a solution at the negotiating table between representatives of Belgrade and Pristina with full responsibility of all regional states. Tadic concluded that communication between the two sides is now better than before.

09:40 The chief topics of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina will be the establishment of cooperation in the areas of energy, transportation and communications, the return of displaced persons and the issue of missing persons, stated UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri in Belgrade last night prior to meeting with Serbian officials.

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