September 01, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 01-09-03c

COVIC: OPEN SEASON FOR HUNTING SERBS IN KOSOVO

Third Edition: 17:30 hrs

CONTENTS:

ONE OF WOUNDED SERBS IN SERIOUS CONDITION
Novica Simjonovic (46) who was wounded in yesterday's bomb attack in front of the local store in the Serb part of Cernica near Gnjilane was transported from Vranje to Belgrade today, Simjonovic family confirmed to BETA.
Milomir Savic, who died this morning around 05.00 from the wounds which he sustained in the blast was a father of two teenage children. His sister Milica was killed in 1999 and in the bomb attack of May 2000 his father Vladimir, mother Stanica and brother Srecko were among the injured.

COVIC: OPEN SEASON FOR HUNTING SERBS IN KOSOVO
"I am assured that the new chief of UN Mission in Kosovo Harri Holkeri is a man who will undertake all which is within his owers that perpetrators of such crimes are brought to justice as soon as possible", said Covic making appeal on all politicians and structures in Serbia to "give a chance" to the New Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Kosovo.

DIAZ: SECURITY SITUATION FOR KOSOVO SERBS DETERIORATING
"Security situation is obviously deteriorating on the expense of Serb and Roma population", said the speaker of the Office of UN High Commissioner for human rights Jose-Luis Diaz in his statement for BETA.

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ONE OF THE WOUNDED SERBS TRANSPORTED TO BELGRADE HOSPITAL IN SERIOUS CONDITION

Novica Simjonovic (46) who was wounded in yesterday's bomb attack in front of the local store in the Serb part of Cernica near Gnjilane was transported from Vranje to Belgrade today, Simjonovic family confirmed to BETA.
Milomir Savic, who died this morning around 05.00 from the wounds which he sustained in the blast was a father of two teenage children. His sister Milica was killed in 1999 and in the bomb attack of May 2000 his father Vladimir, mother Stanica and brother Srecko were among the injured.

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BETA NEWS AGENCY
September 1, 2003


CERNICA, September 1, 2003 - Novica Simjonovic (46) who was wounded in yesterday's bomb attack in front of the local store in Serb part of Cernica village near Gnjilane was transported from Vranje to Belgrade today, Simjonovic family confirmed to BETA.

"Novica is in very serious condition and that is why he was transported to a hospital in Belgrade for further therapy", said the family of the wounded.

Ljubomir Simic (31) and Milos Petrovic (48) are stil hospitalized in Vranje and their health condition is stable.

Traces of blood are still visible In front of the local store where an explosive device exploded yesterday. Locals believe that the bomb was hurled from the neighboring empty house of Stojan Stojkovic's who has lived in Switzerland since 1999.

At the time of the attack there were six persons in front of the store and among them only Sava Petrovic (66) received no injuries in the blast.

The other explosion in the lower part of the village, which was heard almost simultaneously with the first one, caused no casualties although many people were in the street in that time. The explosive device fell in the sand.

Milomir Savic, who died this morning around 05.00 from the wounds which he sustained in the blast was a father of two teenage children. His sister Milica was killed by extremists in 1999 and in the bomb attack of May 2000 his father Vladimir, mother Stanica and brother Srecko were among the injured.

After the attack Milomir Savic was reportedly left in the street for two hours and 10 minutes because the U.S. soldiers refused to transport him to the hospital. Finally a helicopter arrived and flew him directly to Camp Bondsteel.

The other three injured males were transported to the Vranje hospital (South Serbia) before the U.S. soldiers arrived, locals say.

Bosko Dinic (67), the fifth injured male, was released home after he was given the first aid.

The school in Cernica, which is located only 50 m from the site of the second explosion, did not work today. Fifty Serb children attend classes in this school.

Since the arrival of the international forces to Kosovo in 1999, 35 Serbs were injured in Cernica. Seven of them were killed including Milomir Savic. Two Serb women died in a shock after one of the bomb attacks.

Presently 200 Serbs and 3000 Albanians live in Cernica village.

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COVIC: OPEN SEASON FOR HUNTING SERBS IN KOSOVO

"I am assured that the new chief of UN Mission in Kosovo Harri Holkeri is a man who will undertake all which is within his owers that perpetrators of such crimes are brought to justice as soon as possible", said Covic making appeal on all politicians and structures in Serbia to "give a chance" to the New Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Kosovo.

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BETA NEWS AGENCY
September 1, 2003

Chief of the Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija Nebojsa Covic said that yesterday's armed attack on a group of Serbs in Cernica, in which Milomir Savic (35) died, is  "continuation of violence and terrorist attacks" in the Province.

"It appears as if there is an open season for hunting Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija", said Covic to BETA today in his reaction to the recent wave of violence.

"I am assured that the new chief of UN Mission in Kosovo Harri Holkeri is a man who will undertake all which is within his powers to bring perpetrators to justice as soon as possible", said Covic making appeal on all politicians and structures in Serbia to "give a chance" to the new Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Kosovo.

"This is the last in the series of altogether 75 attacks in the multiethnic village of Cernica after the arrival of the international mission", said Covic adding that "perpetrators of the previous attacks are known".

"No matter whether these are members of Zeqiri, Hoxha or Mehmeti clans... UNMIK and KFOR institutions must undertake urgent measures to preserve peace and security in Kosovo and Metohija", said Covic emphasizing that he expects action primarily from the new UNMIK head.

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JOSE-LUIS DIAZ: SECURITY SITUATION FOR KOSOVO SERBS DETERIORATING

"Security situation is obviously deteriorating on the expense of Serb and Roma population", said the speaker of the Office of UN High Commissioner for human rights Jose-Luis Diaz in his statement for BETA.

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BETA NEWS AGENCY, Belgrade
Geneva, September 1, 2003


Office of the UN High Commissioner for human rights assessed today that the security situation for non-Albanian population in Kosovo is deteriorating and appealed for protection of minority human rights in the Province.

"Security situation is obviously deteriorating on the expense of Serb and Roma population", said the speaker of the Office of UN High Commissioner for human rights Jose-Luis Diaz in his statement for BETA.

Regarding the frequent attacks in Kosovo, especially after the murder of two Serb teenagers near Gorazdevac on August 13, Diaz expressed concern for the security situation and violence in Kosovo.

"These attacks are impermissible and should be condemned by the entire international community", emphasized Diaz.

He added that the role of UNMIK is to protect civilian population and that the Office of the High UN Commissioner for human rights will continue warning and reminding that the rights of minorities must be respected and protected.

"For us it is very difficult to qualify what is the nature of these attacks", said Diaz in response to the complaint that the UN Security Council failed to call these acts terrorist attacks although Albanian National Army (ANA) has already been branded a terrorist organization.

Commenting the situation in Kosovo and possibilities for improvement of rights for the non-Albanian population, the speaker of the UN Office for human rights said at the press conference in Geneva last week that the situation in Kosovo has been one of priorities for this UN Agency.


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