September 01, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 01-09-03b

CERNICA SERBS ON POINT OF LEAVING THEIR VILLAGE DUE TO LACK OF SECURITY AND FREEDOM

CONTENTS:

REUTERS: KOSOVO SERB DIES AFTER SUNDAY BLASTS
ERPKIM: U.S. SOLDIERS TRIED TO SEARCH HOUSE OF KILLED SERB DESPITE FAMILY IN MOURNING

MACEDONIA: SECURITY COUNCIL SAYS MULTIETHNIC PATROLS SHOULD ARREST EXTREMISTS

PERPETRATORS OF GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE STILL NOT ARRESTED - DAY 19...

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REUTERS: KOSOVO SERB DIES AFTER SUNDAY BLASTS
Two blasts, believed to be caused by hand grenades, occurred at 8 p.m. on Sunday in the village of Crnica, near Gnjilane, which has a mixed ethnic Albanian and Serb population. Four Serb men were injured.

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Kosovo Serb Dies After Sunday Blasts - U.N.
September 1, 2003 03:52 AM ET


PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - A Serb man died of his injuries after blasts in eastern Kosovo which also hurt three other Serbs, a spokesman for the United Nations in charge of the province said on Monday.

"During the night Milomir Savic, 35, died at Bondsteel camp from the wounds sustained in last night's (Sunday night's) explosion," Andrea Angeli told Reuters.

Two blasts, believed to be caused by hand grenades, occurred at 8 p.m. on Sunday in the village of Crnica, near Gnjilane, which has a mixed ethnic Albanian and Serb population. Four Serb men were injured.

Savic, who had been the most seriously hurt, was transferred to the American Bondsteel base while the three others were taken to Vranje in southern Serbia.

Sources said that KFOR, NATO-led peacekeepers in the province, had seized some weaponry, but no one from the force was immediately available for comment.

The blasts follow an attack in western Kosovo earlier this month in which a suspected ethnic Albanian gunman killed two Serb boys bathing in a river and wounded four other youngsters, provoking condemnation from the international community and the Serbs.

The U.N. has administered Kosovo since 1999, after 11 weeks of NATO bombing forced Serbia to end its military crackdown on the ethnic Albanian majority in the province.

Belgrade says it has failed to provide security for the less than 100,000 Serbs who remained in Kosovo after nearly twice that number fled, fearing acts of revenge for the deaths of some 10,000 Albanians in the previous two years.

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U.S. SOLDIERS TRIED TO SEARCH HOUSE OF KILLED SERB DESPITE FAMILY IN MOURNING

Serbian Orthodox Church is shocked by inconsiderate and rude behavior of the U.S. KFOR soldiers which looks more as behavior of invaders than that of peacekeepers

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ERPKIM INFO-SERVICE
Cernica
, September 1, 2003

Reporter of the ERP KIM Info-service from Cernica village has advised the Diocese of Raska and Prizren that the U.S. soldiers have launched this morning a thorough weapon-search operation in the village after yesterday's attack in which one Serb was killed and four more wounded. However the search operation caused additional pain to the Serb community.

Cernica Serbs are overwhelmed with pain and bitterness, especially after the attempt of U.S. soldiers to forcefully enter the house of the deceased Milomir Savic and search it despite the family in mourning and many villagers who came to express their condolences, local sources confirmed.

KFOR soldiers reportedly insisted to enter the house showing no human respect to the pain of the Savic family. The tensions were almost culminating when a few Serb women fell on the ground to prevent with their bodies desecration of the home. When they realized that their insisting might provoke new incident U.S. soldiers left the courtyard of the Savic family.

"Only perverted minds could come to an idea to search the house of the victim in presence of the mourning family and crying children", said one Serb villager for the ERP KIM Info-service. "Such behavior recalls memories from the Second World war and the time of Nazi occupation", he added.

Representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese expressed their indignation and shock to the KFOR Command in Pristina in a telephone conversation this afternoon. It was requested from the KFOR authorities to make the U.S. KFOR excercise at least a minimum of human sympathy to the pain of Cernica Serbs.

Regrettably, the U.S. KFOR applied the same pattern like in previous attacks on Serbs in their zone. After each attack the U.S. soldiers would first search Serb homes, as if Serbs themselves were killing their families, thus leaving ethnic Albanian extremists to safely run away. Such a shocking behavior of the U.S. KFOR, on which local Serbs regularly complain, is seen by the Serb community in Eastern part of Kosovo as one of the reasons why perpetrators of major attacks on Serbs in the U.S. area of responsibility succeeded to evade justice.

In Cernica more and more local Serbs are thinking of collectively leaving their village in order to terminate the agony in which they have been living in the last four years. A similar collective feeing of the Serb population occured in the very beginning of the "peace mission" in Kosovo when Serbs from the nearby village of Zitinje collectively left their homes because U.S. KFOR failed to grant them security.


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MACEDONIA: SECURITY COUNCIL SAYS MULTIETHNIC PATROLS SHOULD ARREST EXTREMISTS
'A few groups of armed extremists are held accountable for the recent attacks against state institutions as well as for other armed incidents in Macedonia. These groups should be arrested by multiethnic police patrols, the National Security Council concluded at its late Sunday's session.

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MAKFAX: Skopje 9/1/03 10:51:00 AM

'A few groups of armed extremists are held accountable for the recent attacks against state institutions as well as for other armed incidents in Macedonia. These groups should be arrested by multiethnic police patrols, the National Security Council concluded at its late Sunday's session.

The Council concluded that the foremost objective of attacks perpetrated by these groups of extremists is to undermine security of the Republic of Macedonia, hinder further stabilization and implementation of the Framework Agreement.

The Council voiced a full support to current activities of the Interior Ministry in terms of eliminating the risk of further attacks and safeguarding the security of the citizens.

The Council reckons that multiethnic police patrols should arrest the armed extremists. At the same time, the Council underscored that all political parties as well as local authorities should support the activities of the competent state institutions given the fact that the foremost goal of state institutions is to make sure that the laws are implemented and security of all citizens regardless of ethnicity is safeguarded. /end/

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