October 03, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 03-10-03

IN EXPECTATION OF DIALOGUE

CONTENTS:

KOSOVO ASSEMBLEY DELAYS VOTE ON PRISTINA-BELGRADE TALKS
Kosovo MPs on Thursday postponed a vote which was expected to give the parliamentary go-ahead to the government's historic meeting with Serbian officials later this month.

CHILDREN REFUSE TO LEAVE THEIR GRANDMOTHER

The two young Kuzmanovices attend school on the other side of the Ibar River; they are escorted from the southern, Albanian-inhabited part of Kosovska Mitrovica to the northern part by Greek soldiers. Every day, in the morning and in the afternoon. Depending on Sanja's schedule of classes in the Economic Secondary School and Sasha's schedule at the Branko Radicevic Primary School.

COPLEY: EVIDENCE BETWEEEN IZETBEGOVIC AND OSAMA BIN LADEN
Commenting on information that there are al-Qaida training camps in the north of Albania, Copley emphasized that those camps were at one time supported by the USA.
"The USA and the Albanian Government worked very closely on this. These camps still exist. We know that a large group crossed from Albania into Kosovo a few months ago for terrorist operations. If the Albanian government says that it doesn't know anything about it, that means that it doesn't know what is happening on its own territory."


FLASH NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA, OCT 02

PERPETRATORS OF GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE STILL NOT ARRESTED - DAY 50...


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AFP - KOSOVO ASSEMBLEY DELAYS VOTE ON PRISTINA-BELGRADE TALKS

Kosovo MPs on Thursday postponed a vote which was expected to give the parliamentary go-ahead to the government's historic meeting with Serbian officials later this month.

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Kosovo assembly delays vote on Pristina-Belgrade talks Thursday, 02-Oct-2003 4:10AM

PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro, Oct 2 (AFP) - Kosovo MPs on Thursday postponed a vote which was expected to give the parliamentary go-ahead to the government's historic meeting with Serbian officials later this month.

The 120-seat multi-ethnic assembly was due to reply to a request by Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi to approve the proposed meeting, which would be the first official contact between the two former foes since the end of their 1998-99 war.

But the legislators were hesitant, insisting the United Nations administration (UNMIK) that runs the southern Serbian province must first transfer more authority to fledgeling local institutions.

The talks will concentrate on issues such as transport, energy, missing people and the return of those who were displaced by the conflict, when Serb forces clashed with separatist guerrillas from the province's ethnic Albanian majority.

Kosovo's lawmakers said they could not negotiate on the last two issues as they remained within the decision-making realm of UNMIK, headed by former Finnish prime minister Harri Holkeri.

Holkeri confirmed earlier this week that he would lead the Kosovo delegation at the October 14 talks in Vienna under the powers granted to him by Security Council Resolution 1244, which established Kosovo as a UN protectorate.

But Ramush Haradinaj, leader of Kosovo's third largest ethnic-Albanian political grouping, told the assembly that Holkeri was "enlarging his powers" at the expense of local institutions.

"Holkeri should be giving more competencies to the Kosovo institutions and not enlarging his powers. Since this is not happening, we cannot say yes to these talks," he said.

Parliament speaker Nexhat Daci postponed the vote to the next session of the assembly on Oct 9.

"The parliament needs more time in order to preserve its inner unity. I am not ready to push with the vote now and destroy this functioning unity," Daci said.

Kosovo has a president, prime minister and assembly but most decision-making remains in the hands of the UN mission which was established after NATO intervention drove Serb forces from the province.
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CHILDREN REFUSE TO LEAVE THEIR GRANDMOTHER
The two young Kuzmanovices attend school on the other side of the Ibar River; they are escorted from the southern, Albanian-inhabited part of Kosovska Mitrovica to the northern part by Greek soldiers. Every day, in the morning and in the afternoon. Depending on Sanja's schedule of classes in the Economic Secondary School and Sasha's schedule at the Branko Radicevic Primary School.

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Vecernje Novosti daily, Belgrade
October 2, 2003


Dragan Damjanovic

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - A house in the town center but they cannot venture into town without a military escort. That's how it has been for the past four years. And instead of hope for a better tomorrow, Sanja (17) and Sasha (8) Kuzmanovic have a new fear: What if the soldiers leave? Their grandmother Dragica (71) does not want to leave the family home and asks that, when the time comes, they bury her next to her husband in the nearby cemetery where she cannot venture. Her grandchildren, Sanja and Sasha, live in a house surrounded by a high wall, an observation tower and barbed wire. The two young Kuzmanovices attend school on the other side of the Ibar River; they are escorted from the southern, Albanian-inhabited part of Kosovska Mitrovica to the northern part by Greek soldiers. Every day, in the morning and in the afternoon. Depending on Sanja's schedule of classes in the Economic Secondary School and Sasha's schedule at the Branko Radicevic Primary School.

"If I had not built his house with my husband next to St. Sava [Serbian Orthodox] Church, I would not be here today," said Grandmother Dragica. "The Greek soldiers came just at the time when the church was first attacked. That's when the extremists set fire to our roof. I climbed up on the building to put out the fire but I fell and had a stroke. Since then the soldiers have protected us, as well as the church and two priests' families. They set up a guard post in front of our door. The soldiers even help us by providing food. All things considered, I do not want to leave. I only pray to God that no harm befalls these two children of mine. And I ask myself whether the world knows that they are not free; that Sasha learned basic Greek in just one month, and that he can only see the town from an armored vehicle and when the soldiers allow him to climb the observation tower?"

The children came from Kragujevac, where their parents, now divorced live. The father started another family, as did the mother.

"When I was little, my grandmother raised me," said Sanja. "Now it's time for me to pay her back. And she doesn't want to leave from here.

Little Sasha supports Grandmother Dragica as she walks in front of the house on her crutches. He brings her a chair. The yard is as "big" as a medium-sized room.

"Sometimes the two of them take me by the arms and pull me beyond the wall to the church. They even carry me. They are my two joys. They don't want to leave their grandmother. Sometimes I think that it would be better if I was already dead so that the two of them don't suffer. If only the two of them could be free..."


The Kuzmanovic house has been attacked by extremists several times. The last time was three years ago. Since then the Greek soldiers have reinforced their patrol and now an alert eye of a member of the small unit keeps watch day and night from the small yard. The Greeks, along with the priests' families and the three Kuzmanovices, are the only believers who attend holy liturgy on Sundays. The soldiers do not hide the fact they are happy to help and happy to be next to the church, which is for them a great Orthodox shrine.


"God forbid that they should leave us," adds Grandmother Dragica. "I'd drag myself to the Ibar and throw myself into the river. But I couldn't do something so stupid, either, because of my children. Better not to think of the hell that would ensure if the Greeks left."

Georgy Kakuk, the UN mission press secretary, confirmed that the soldiers would continue to protect the Kuzmanovices and St. Sava Church, as well as the two priests' families in it. He claims that the soldiers will stay as long as they are needed. When we transmitted this to the Kuzmanovices, we heard cries. And saw tears, the kind that come with happiness.

Happiness in the house behind bars.

ASSISTANCE

"We are doing everything possible to help them," UNMIK spokesman Georgy Kakuk tells "Novosti." "The most important thing is that they are under guard and that the soldiers are protecting them. When security improves, it will be better for them, too. Perhaps the young Kuzmanovices will then decide to remain here. In their grandparents' home."

Sanja and Sasha think much the same.

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EVIDENCE OF TIES BETWEEN IZETBEGOVIC AND OSAMA BIN LADEN
Commenting on information that there are al-Qaida training camps in the north of Albania, Copley emphasized that those camps were at one time supported by the USA.
"The USA and the Albanian Government worked very closely on this. These camps still exist. We know that a large group crossed from Albania into Kosovo a few months ago for terrorist operations. If the Albanian government says that it doesn't know anything about it, that means that it doesn't know what is happening on its own territory."

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SRNA News Agency, Bijeljina
October 2, 2003


Interviewer: Sonja Lakic

BELGRADE - Gregory Copley, the director of the International Strategic Studies Institute in Washington, claimed in an interview with SRNA that he has evidence of ties between Alija Izetbegovic and al-Qaida, as well as that a group of terrorists, trained in camps in the north of Albania, was transferred to Kosovo and Metohija a few months ago, and that one of the goals is to make Raska a state within a state.

He explained that the magazine "Defense & Foreign Affairs" and the Global Information System, under the auspices of the International Strategic Studies Institute, are just in the process of publishing documentation pointing out the ties between radical Islamists in key positions in the Bosnia-Herzegovina government with known or suspected Islamists with terrorist connections.

"There is evidence of the involvement of Izetbegovic and connections with the Islamic network al-Qaida. Izetbegovic personally met with Osama bin Laden several times, and personally intervened to ensure that bin Laden and all those who followed him receive Bosnia-Herzegovina passports," claims Copley, adding:

"According to evidence, some of them directly or indirectly participated in the tragedy of September 11, 2001. It is completely clear that people who hold positions such as Izetbegovic are attempting to cover up all traces connecting them to something like this. We are surprised ourselves that we were able to get documents directly supporting it but we also have video tapes as well as other proof from the time of the civil war in Bosnia-Herzegovina."

Copley confirmed that he also has a copy of instructions from the former war-time president Alija Izetbegovic to Muslim ambassadors in Bosnia-Herzegovina that they are issuing passports to everyone who supports him.

When asked whether the administration of then-US president Bill Clinton was aware of this, he emphasizes that this is "a big question but there is very strong evidence that the cooperation, and even friendship, at that time between Clinton and Izetbegovic resulted in the recent visit of Clinton to Srebrenica and Bosnia-Herzegovina."

"We know that Clinton also visited Izetbegovic, who is claimed to be ill and on his deathbed. And we also know that Izetbegovic's political party paid 250,000 US dollars for his arrival in Bosnia and participation in the uncovering of the monument in Srebrenica. The question needs to be asked to what extent that monument was in fact built out of political motivation instead of as a memorial to the victims of the civil war in Srebrenica," said Copley.

When reminded that he at one time published the testimony of a "Der Spiegel" journalist, who claims she met Osama bin Laden in Izetbegovic's presidential office in Sarajevo during the time of war operations, Copley answered that "most of the world's population, including the population of the USA, focused its knowledge of the situation on the Balkans through daily news coverage which confused it."

Explaining why the public ignores claims of ties between Izetbegovic and bin Laden, Copley said that this population "is happy that that conflict is now in the past."

"These events are increasingly being seen in a new light, although the process is slow. For the majority of Americans, Muslims were no longer the only victims and Serbs the only and exclusive guilty ones. Increasingly all three participants in the civil war are being blamed and sympathized," he said.

"The general opinion of people in the West was that all Muslims are naive and all Serbs are guilty but this changes after September 11 and people automatically understood that there are good guys and bad guys on all sides. The citizens of Serbia and Republika Srpska were unable to effectively protect themselves during war operations, first and foremost, in the sphere of public opinion."

"The Islamist side, Izetbegovic and the Croatian side under Tudjman together spent hundreds of millions of dollars for media and political support. I would be very surprised to learn that the Serbs spend even a million. In that sense the Serbs failed to understand that wars are not won only on the battlefield but also through other, political means," he said.

Copley confirmed that he has "complete evidence" that diplomat Safet Djatovic, who he claims organized "a summer jihad camp in Pennsylvania" one month before the terrorist attack on September 11, played a key role in logistical support for Muslim military operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina in Winter 94-95.

"Catovic participated as the spokesman of certain, now we can say so-called humanitarian organizations, which were directly involved in the al-Qaida network. We know that he got his Bosnian passport in the Bosnian Embassy in Vienna under suspicious circumstances. At this point we suspect that his real name is Safet Djatovic because he received his passport in Vienna at the same time that many other Islamic fundamentalists received Bosnian passports," explained Copley.

When asked about Mrs. Emina Keco, who served as the ambassador in Vienna throughout the war, at a time when many passports were issued, Copley answered that "at this point I would not comment on the participation of Mrs. Koce, especially in connection with her position and what was happening."

"At this moment my organization as well as other organizations are carefully following the situation," he said.

Commenting on information that there are al-Qaida training camps in the north of Albania, Copley emphasized that those camps were at one time supported by the USA.

"The USA and the Albanian Government worked very closely on this. These camps still exist. We know that a large group crossed from Albania into Kosovo a few months ago for terrorist operations. If the Albanian government says that it doesn't know anything about it, that means that it doesn't know what is happening on its own territory."

"The American government under Clinton knew of the existence of these camps but there is still no information that the camps have been dismantled but instead that people from Islamic countries are serving as instructors there and that they are training Kosovo Albanians for terrorist activities. Some of them are hiding behind the Kosovo Protection Corps," warned Copley.

He said that "connections with these people, as well as with the drug cartel, is more than apparent."

"It's actually the way that some terrorist organizations are financed. Terrorism has a strong infrastructure and regardless of the fact that Kosovo and Raska are a part of the territory of Serbia, terrorists can absolutely do whatever they want. The Serbian government and police are afraid to react because of the global black-and-white picture on human rights violations created earlier."

"Rights violations is not the issue at all but the fact that in this part of the region there has been a line for some time between politicians, drug dealers and weapons traders," he explained.

On the basis of gathered evidence, Copley believes that the terrorists "want to create a state within a state in Raska.".

"When you draw a line between Kosovo - Raska - the Gorazde corridor Serbia is completely cut off from Montenegro. Regardless of the intent of Montenegro to secede from Serbia this will be catastrophic for it because it will be completely isolated. The long-term goals of Izetbegovic's Democratic Action Party (SDA) is for all these territories to be joined all the way to Albania, including Kosovo," claims Copley.

He emphasizes that there is a lot of material that could assist the chief prosecutor in The Hague Carla del Ponte to issue indictments against Albanian terrorists.

"The question is whether del Ponte wants to proceed on this. What is tragic is that she did not issue and look at the indictments against Franjo Tudjman and Alija Izetbegovic. The Hague tribunal received evidence regarding the crimes of Izetbegovic and Tudjman a long time ago but there is still a blockade."

"And thus Tudjman is supposed to get a place in history just because he died," said Copley at the end of his interview with "SRNA," asking the question whether "the story of Izetbegovic's illness and being on his deathbed is just a way of avoiding trial."

In conclusion Mr. Copley explained that similar research is being conducted with the help of GIA and other institutions in all parts of the world, including the Middle East and Africa.

"Sometimes our studies appeal to some but not to others but we strive to be as objective as possible. We have bee faced with death threats but we hope that by spreading the truth we are contributing to the benefit of all humanity," concluded Copley.

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INET- NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA, OCT 02

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www.inet.co.yu
I*Net News, Belgrade

Thursday 02 October 2003

23:40 NATO secretary general George Robertson said today in Skopje that he and senior European Union official Javier Solana will attend the opening of the dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade on October 14 in Vienna "to confirm the support of the international community."

22:00 Vranje police advised today that there is justified suspicion that the seven people arrested in Veliki Trnovac organized and executed Serbian security intelligence agent Selver Fazliu [an ethnic Albanian].

21:20 Today in Bujanovac representatives of three ethnic Albanian political parties in southern Serbia condemned the police operation in Veliki Trnovac resulting in the arrest of several persons.

21:00 Serbia-Montenegro parliament speaker Dragoljub Micunovic and Czech diplomat Jerzy Diensbier agreed today that upcoming talks between Belgrade and Pristina should be about standards and that the issue of the status of Kosovo should be left for later.

15:00 The Kosovo parliament has postponed debate on the beginning of dialogue with Belgrade. On the basis of a majority vote the parliament decided today to delay for a week the debate on supporting for the Kosovo government with regard to the beginning of dialogue. The MPs were addressed by Kosovo premier Bajram Rexhepi, who emphasized that his cabinet is not prepared to participate in talks without a Kosovo parliament decision and a political consensus among leading Kosovo Albanian political parties.

13:40 The EU high representative for foreign policy and security Javier Solana addressed a letter to Kosovo parliament speaker Nexhat Daci stating that dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade is the only solution for the final status of the province.

13:00 The free trade agreement between Kosovo and Albania went into effect yesterday. Kosovo trade and industry minister Ali Jakupi said that it represented "an excellent opportunity for the economic development of Kosovo" and that for the next six years, the majority of products exported from Kosovo to Albania or vice versa will be free of customs duties.

11:00 After a three hour meeting in Kosovska Mitrovica yesterday, the Return Coalition (Povratak) failed to reach agreement on an eventual Serb representative in the delegation of Kosovo provisional institutions for dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade on October 14 in Vienna. According to head of the Return Coalition Dragisa Krstovic, the final decision will be made next week.

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