April 04, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 04-04-03

CONTENTS:

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL
OF EUROPE More


Editorial:

HUMANITARIAN DOUBLE STANDARDS
Why does the international authorities in Kosovo  insist on building multiethnicity in Serb-inhabited areas while allowing the Albanians to create an ethnically pure Albanian society elsewhere?

SERB DEMONSTRATIONS IN MITROVICA - NO TO INDEPENDENT KOSOVO (photos)
At least 2000 Serbs protested in North Mitrovica against Steiner's decision to transfer vital administrative authorities to Kosovo institutions...

KOSOVO SERBS WILL NOT APPROVE POWER TRANSFER AT THIS POINT
Kosovska Mitrovica, April 1, 2003 - Kosovo Serbs will abandon Kosovo institutions if UNMIK head Michael Steiner continues to transfer powers to the local level, said Kosovo Assembly presidency member Oliver Ivanovic.

SERBIAN HOLY LAND IS NOT FOR SALE, Vecernje Novosti daily
During the past four years the international community has built and rebuilt 39,000 houses in Kosovo and Metohija for Albanians. With a few individual exceptions almost nothing has been done for the Serbs and the Montenegrins...

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO - MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
STRASBOURG - Following the accession ceremony, the playing of the national anthem of the former Yugoslavia and the raising of the flag, the state union of Serbia-Montenegro has become a full member of the Council of Europe.

COLIN POWELL: US Will help Serbia-Montenegro Become Integral Part of Europe

Powell said he was impressed by what he heard from officials in Belgrade, by the dedication to reforms initiated by Zoran Djindjic and actions against criminals. He emphasized that Washington was ready to help reforms in Serbia and Montenegro in every possible way.

UNCONTROLLED EXTREMISTS, PEOPLE OF POLITICAL GROUPS OF ANA
Even though there are not many cases reported at the police station in Decan, residents of the villages of Lluke, Pozhare, Lumbardh…speak with low voices about meeting with uniformed and masked people, especially during the last two-three weeks.

More News Available on our:
KOSOVO DAILY NEWS LIST (KDN)
KDN Archive

This newsletter is available on our ERP KIM Web-site:
/erpkim04apr03.html


HUMANITARIAN DOUBLE STANDARDS

Why does the international authorities in Kosovo  insist on building multiethnicity in Serb-inhabited areas while allowing the Albanians to create an ethnically pure Albanian society elsewhere?

TOP

ERPKIM Info-Service
Gracanica, April 04, 2003


After the end of the conflict in Kosovo and Metohija in June 1999, millions of German marks and euros were invested in the rebuilding of Kosovo Albanian houses and infrastructure which today are used almost exclusively by one ethnic community. At the same time that numerous international humanitarian organizations were rebuilding damaged Albanian houses, thousands of Serb houses were burned down despite the presence of over 40,000 NATO troops in this region. At the same time more than a hundred Serbian Orthodox churches were blown up in the name of the new Kosovo "Kalashnikov democracy". While the international community worked on building "a multiethnic society", the Province under their eyes became the most ethnically pure territory in Europe where even today the freedom of its citizens depends on their nationality, language and religion. It is paradoxical that the worst violations of human rights in Europe today happen on the territory which is under the direct rule of the UN.

In the meanwhile, the most of humanitarian organizations have already left Kosovo on their way to new crisis areas in the Near East. Nevertheless, humanitarian assistance has begun to slowly make its way into Serb-inhabited areas, too. However, international organizations have suddenly begun implementing standards which were rarely or never adhered to  with respect to assistance which is arriving in ethnically pure Albanian areas. All humanitarian aid and the construction of every building, school and primary health care facility in a Serb area must have a "multiethnic use" or the Serbs will not get it, insist representatives of UNMIK and local Albanian administration. Of course, there is nothing wrong with insisting on multiethnicity but the fact that Serbs today live for the most part in their own reservation-like enclaves leaves the Serb community without most of these already waning humanitarian funds. The UN international mission together with Kosovo Albanian authorities continues to disregard that the Serbs live in these enclaves or ghettoes not because they like living in isolation and poverty but because outside of these areas they lack minimal human rights and freedoms despite the fact that four years have passed since the end of the war.

While expelled Serbs are persistently encouraged to return, Serb returnees in the Metohija (Western Kosovo) villages of Osojane and Bicha and newly arrived returnees in the village of Novake near Prizren and Sredacka Zupa live at an existential minimum. Their security in the majority of cases continues to depend exclusively on the presence of KFOR while conditions for employment and living of the working-age population are nowhere close to being realized. Serb returnees are very vocal in their criticism of international organizations which either ignore them or set impossible bureaucratic conditions. Returnees are most grateful for KFOR which is solely responsible for enabling these isolated communities to continue to function.


Serbian children with Spanish soldiers in Crkolez
Local UNMIK and Albanian authorities
do not allow these children to have their school

"MULTIETHNICITY" IN FUNCTION OF ETHNICALLY CLEAN SOCIETY

Examples of humanitarian double standards, mostly due to UNMIK orders, are numerous. We will cite only two or three for purposes of illustration:

CRKOLEZ (ISTOK)

For example, in the Serb village of Crkolez, Istok municipality, home to 86 Serbs and surrounded by Albanian villages, a school is needed for 15 Serb children because children are currently receiving instruction in a dilapidated private house. UNMIK, under pressure from local Albanian authorities, is insisting that if a new school is built it must also accept Albanian children from surrounding villages -- despite the fact that there are dozens of monoethnic Albanian schools in the surrounding Albanian villages and towns, built without insisting that they also include Serb or other non-Albanian students in their student body.

BABIN MOST (OBILIC)

The situation is similar with the school in the village of Babin Most near Obilic where 980 local Serbs, despite a series of attacks and provocations in recent years, have managed to consolidate and convince village inhabitants not to leave. Now international representatives are insisting that Albanian children from surrounding ethnically pure Albanian villages attend the new school so that it is "multiethnic" -- despite the fact that not one Serb child is able to attend any Albanian school in the area. Of course, in this case the criterion of multiethnicity was not applied when assistance was given to the surrounding ethnically pure Albanian villages; however, with respect to the Serbs in Babin Most, everything must be multiethnic.

PRISTINA - ETHNICALLY CLEAN CITY

In Pristina there are dozens of schools and educational institutions where Albanian is the sole language of instruction. Approximately 20 Serb children out of about 300 remaining Pristina Serbs are forced to leave the city each day to attend classes in the neighboring Serb village of Laplje selo because the Albanians will not permit them to receive instruction in the Serbian language nor ensure freedom of movement outside the small ghetto where they have lived for the past four years. At the same time, enormous international funds have been invested in monoethnic Albanian schools and the University of Pristina, which serve only one ethnic community.

The situation is similar in the Pristina Medical Center where before the war 50% of medical personnel were Serb. Today it is an exclusively Albanian institution in which Serbs cannot receive medical care. Local Pristina Serbs are compelled to seek their medical services either in Serb run clinics in Kosovo Polje or Gracanica. It is interesting that there are  hospitals in other cities in Kosovo and Metohija where medical treatment is unavailable to Serbs solely because of their ethnicity. There are many cases that solely ethnic Albanian facilities would receive ample funds under the pretext of "multiethnicity" although practically these facilities remained in monoethnic use and control. International donors would often invest money to help "Kosovars" although the money on the ground would eventually go into the hands of one ethnic community only. Due to their lack of free movement and security Serbs are not in position to use the most of infrastructure in Kosovo, primarily in urban areas dominated by Albanians.

KOSOVO POLJE

In Kosovo Polje there is a school "St. Sava" which is attended by Serb speaking children of Serbian and Roma ethnicity. Although all other schools in this city are Albanian, local Albanian municipal authorities and UNMIK insist that this Serb school should also become "multiethnic" although it is already functioning as multiethnic school.

Taking over the building or bringing in Albanian students can cause new wave of removal of Serbian families from this area. They say if there is no possibility for their children safely and not too far away to go to school, they will try to find better place for living. Serbian parents, also consider unacceptable the possibility to make a "multiethnic" school in the building. Their opinion is that primary topics for discussion is return to schools, to University and to apartments in nearby Pristina. If multiethnicity is not possible in Pristina, it's useless to speak about it in Kosovo Polje. In that case they would simply withdraw also because they do not feel their children would be safe in school attended by Albanians as well. It's well known that several attacks and stoning of Serbs happened near by primary and secondary school in Kosovo Polje (close by Post Office). According to statements of attacked persons, the ones who have committed those attacks were Albanian school children.

This is yet another example how under the pretext of "multiethnicity" ethnically clean Albanian institutions are created and the remaining Serbs forced to leave.

"BALANCE PROGRAM" ONLY WHEN FUNDS GO TO SERBS

When humanitarian or a reconstruction project was given to purely Albanian inhabited villages international authorities never insisted on "balance program" in the neighboring Serb villages. But this is not the case now when Serb villages receive assistance, because certain amount of money allocated for the Serbs has to go to Albanians in order to make them more receptive of the Serb community. In this way those already inadequate funds for Serbs become much smaller because of these "imbalanced" programs.

Through great efforts conditions were satisfied for the only Serb primary health care facility in the enclave of Gorazdevac (pop. 850 Serbs, 20 Roma) near Pec to get a single ambulance vehicle. However, local Albanian authorities and UNMIK (under their pressure) keep insisting that the vehicle be based in the city of Pec where there is a hospital which Serbs have not been able to access for years due to lack of basic security for Serbs in this city. In Pec there is not a single Serb resident left, out of a pre-war population of over 10,000. An attempt to bring a bus with Serb pensioners to receive their pensions in Pec last November resulted in a public uproar in which a bus was demolished by rocks and petrol bombs. After this incident it is very hard to expect Serbs from Gorazdevac to use medical facilities in that city.


Serb enclaves are the poorest areas in Kosovo and Metohija

FORCEFUL "INTEGRATION" THROUGH DOUBLE HUMANITARIAN STANDARDS

These are just a few examples of how local Albanian dominated institutions and UNMIK in Kosovo and Metohija are abusing the standards of multiethnicity and putting political pressure on the Serb community using humanitarian aid and reconstruction projects. Using every possible means UNMIK is attempting to force the Kosovo Serbs who have barely managed to survive in their enclaves to "integrate" by force into an Albanian society which for its part does not even offer minimal security and rights for Serb citizens. The Serbs are faced with the choice of continuing to live without assistance in their sad and poor villages or moving out of the Province as soon as possible. Thus, the real outcome of UNMIK's "multiethnic policy" will be an ethnically pure Albanian Kosovo which, in all honesty, is what has already been established here under international administration.

It is interesting to note that the most multiethnic areas in Kosovo today are those areas where political authority is not held by Kosovo Albanians. Therefore, the question that must be asked is why UNMIK and humanitarian organizations are persistently insisting on building multiethnicity only in Serb-inhabited areas while not bothering to create basic security conditions for Serbs in areas dominated by Albanians? Why are double standards being used to apply pressure on the Serb community and indirectly force the remaining Serbs to leave Kosovo and Metohija? Finally, why were millions of euros and dollars spent on ethnically pure Albanian institutions benefiting only one ethnic community and serving to create an ethnically pure Albanian society and state in Kosovo and Metohija?

It is likely that someone will one day have to answer these questions. In the meanwhile, Kosovo Serbs will continue living on the edge of existence and being forced to gradually move away. The UN mission in Kosovo and Metohija, incapable of creating a multiethnic society throughout the Province, will attempt to do this at least in the Serb-inhabited areas. Gradually, the Albanians will extend their rule to the Serb enclaves and implement their own monoethnic "standards" already in effect throughout most of he Province. When this occurs the smokescreen UNMIK has been kept in place for the past four years in order to rationalize its own failures will finally disappear. Unfortunately for the many Serbs who will be the new "collateral damage" of UNMIK's erroneous policies, any apologies will come too late.

Fr. Sava Janjic
Editor-in-chief
ERP KIM Info-Service


TOP


KOSOVO SERBS PROTEST OVER TRANSFER OF AUTHORITY
No to independent Kosovo - No to Greater Albania, say Kosovo Serbs

TOP

BETA NEWS AGENCY
April 03, 2003

(photo: Dr. Rada Trajkovic speaks to the gathered Serbs in Mitrovica)


KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Thursday – About two thousand Serbs today demonstrated in Mitrovica under a banner reading "For Serbia – No to independent Kosovo".

The protesters said that their message to the international community was that Serbs would not allow yet another Albanian state to be formed in the Western Balkans.

They claim that UNMIK chief Michael Steiner has failed to implement UN Security Council 1244, which ended the 1999 war and established an international protectorate in Serbia’s southern province.

Kosovo Serbs claim that the transfer of powers from the UN mission to Kosovo’s transitional government is the first step to independence for the province.

Serb representative Milan Ivanovic told the rally that Serb Kosovars would use all democratic means available to might the governor’s decision.

He also accused Steiner of being responsible for the lack of refugee repatriations, failure to implement regional decentralisation and the lack of investigation of the fate of Serbs missing in the province.

Ivanovic was today sharply critical Belgrade’s Kosovo Coordination Centre, saying its strategies were not serious.

(photo: Unanimous message from the rally - No independent Kosovo, No Greater Albania)

TOP


KOSOVO SERBS WILL NOT APPROVE POWER TRANSFER AT THIS POINT

Kosovska Mitrovica, April 1, 2003 - Kosovo Serbs will abandon Kosovo institutions if UNMIK head Michael Steiner continues to transfer powers to the local level, said Kosovo Assembly presidency member Oliver Ivanovic.

TOP

Serbian Government, Belgrade
April 01, 2003

(Serb rally in Mitrovica: NATO - KFOR - UNMIK Where are 1.300 (missing) Serbs. During the UN/KFOR mission since June 1999 Albanian extremists have killed or kidnapped 1300 Serb civilians)

Kosovska Mitrovica, April 1, 2003 - Kosovo Serbs will abandon Kosovo institutions if UNMIK head Michael Steiner continues to transfer powers to the local level, said Kosovo Assembly presidency member Oliver Ivanovic.

Speaking at a press conference in Kosovska Mitrovica, Ivanovic called on Steiner to temporarily freeze the transfer of authorities to interim Kosovo institutions, which, he said, are neither multiethnic nor politically or professionally capable of taking over powers.

"It is necessary to include Serbs in interim institutions as well, in accordance with the agreement made between Covic and Haekkerup in November 2001. If Steiner fails to desist from power transfer, that will increase tensions, force Serbs to withdraw from interim institutions and encourage the formation of parallel institutions," Ivanovic said.

He added that all this can diminish the already minute chances for the return of Serbs to Kosovo-Metohija and further endanger the safety of the Serbs who have remained in the province.

If Serbs are forced to form parallel institutions, which will be done by Serb representatives who were given legitimacy not only from their people, but from international organisations and the OSCE, which organised elections in Kosovo, said Ivanovic. They include 22 deputies of the Coalition Povratak in the Kosovo Assembly, 93 municipal councillors and 6 members of the Advisory Body for Kosovo-Metohija.


TOP


SERBIAN HOLY LAND IS NOT FOR SALE

During the past four years the international community has built and rebuilt 39,000 houses in Kosovo and Metohija for Albanians. With a few individual exceptions almost nothing has been done for the Serbs and the Montenegrins.

TOP

Vecernje Novosti Daily, Belgrade
March 23, 2003


PEC - When the representatives of the international community in Pec received a list of 100 Serb family names ready to return on April 1 to three villages in Istok municipality - Srbobran, Lukavac and Kosh - to live under tents, they were very surprised. And when Milivoje Ribac, the coordinator for returns, called them two days ago to announce that he had the names of 2,000 more families ready to return to their homes, the foreigners could not simply shrug their shoulders as they had done in the past. They were almost speechless. The intent of the expelled and displaced to return is reaching the critical point and it is becoming increasingly evident that the international community will finally have to make good on what it has been promising -- enabling the return of Serbs in considerably greater numbers.

THEY WILL NOT BE ALONE

Osojane, Bicha, Grabovac, Cerkolez, Suvo Grlo, Banje... The Istok plateau and Klina Valley, where 97 families have returned so far, will not remain a small oasis in the once wide belt of Serb villages in Metohija for long, judging from the present disposition of the expelled. There are approximately 15,000 on the lists who want to return immediately to the land of their ancestors, with but a single condition: security for all families!

"Now we have confirmation that not an inch of land has been sold in Metohija. Even though we were offered enough money to buy 100 hectares in Vojvodina. This is church land which the Orthodox Church since the time of St. Sava gave to its believers for their use and which our ancestors subsequently bought," says Milivoje Ribac, the coordinator of the expelled from Metohija.

"Metoh" means church estate. The natives of Metohija say they have no right to sell this land. Their predecessors did not leave it even during the time of the Great Migration under Arsenije Carnojevic. Even the Ottoman Empire had some degree of understanding towards them and the church property. And today?

"On the threshold of the 21st century our Christian brothers did not hear our pleas to protect the local population. We were forced for the first time in our history into a collective migration," adds Dr. Svetomir Samardzic, a member of the Return (Povratak) Coalition, who was also expelled from Metohija. He does not hide the fact that people have had enough of life in collective shelters, expensive apartments and with relatives. "We all have our property and in our own country we have no right to it. That is why we are demanding that we return to our centuries-old home this spring."

"We want to go home. If necessary we will live in tents like Gypsies. On the foundation of our destroyed homes we will build new ones. We believe that Christian Europe and America should help us do this. If it is really true that the world wants a multiethnic Kosovo and Metohija, they have to help us," says Rade Zivkovic of Klina.
 

"I am convinced that some representatives
 of the international community in the Province
 are carrying out the wishes of the Albanian leaders
 to prevent Serbs from returning", Dr. Milan Ivanovic

DRSNIK AND DOLAC

The announcement of the mass return of Serbs to Kosovo is serious this time. The 2,000 families mentioned above registered just in the office in Kraljevo. The situation is similar in other locations in Serbia and Montenegro. However, the lists of names and places are still incomplete. The Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija is also doing everything possible for displaced persons to return. The latest announcement of the Serbian government that it will demand that late Serbian premier Zoran Djindjic's proposal for the return of expelled persons and their freedom of movement be given priority placement on an upcoming UN session agenda have encouraged the Kosovo and Metohija Serbs.

"Someone wanted us to become the Kurds of the Balkans after everything that has happened to us," claims Dr. Sava Stanojevic of Djakovica. "You see our status today for yourself. We have our property. We cannot get to it without an escort. None of us is asking for anything that doesn't belong to us. Why is the world not more just toward its allies from World War II and toward a nation which has made a considerable contribution to world civilization."

UNMIK and KFOR still don't know what to do. In the meanwhile, the Serbs from the village of Drsnik near Klina yesterday announced the return of 120 families. Two days ago, the residents of Dolac, slightly more numerous than nearby Drsnik, announced the same intention. A final list, which is being added to each day, will be submitted on March 27 of this year to Mr. Mistrija Adiji of India at the UNMIK office in Pec. This will be done by a delegation of Metohija Serbs headed by Milivoje Ribac.

29 plus 39 plus 31

The lists of returnees include, besides the given and family names of the family members, their age and occupation, and accurate information regarding their real property, the names of the villages where their property and destroyed homes are located. So far there are 29 villages just in the municipality of Pec; 39 villages in the municipality of Istok; and 31 villages in the municipality of Klina, not counting the villages and hamlets of the municipalities of Djakovica and Decane, nor the town of Prizren where the international community expects the return of about 1,000 Serbs.

"For now we are dealing with rural locations. We will address urban centers later on," says Milivoje Ribac, adding that some of the families wishing to return left their native land two or three decades ago.

39,000 HOUSES FOR THE ALBANIANS

During the past four years the international community has built and rebuilt 39,000 houses in Kosovo and Metohija for Albanians. With a few individual exceptions almost nothing has been done for the Serbs and the Montenegrins.

"I am convinced that some representatives of the international community in the Province are carrying out the wishes of the Albanian leaders to prevent Serbs from returning. The reasons for this are numerous. And we will soon be discussing them," emphasizes Dr. Milan Ivanovic, the chairman of the Serb National Council of Northern Kosovo. He adds that Serbs in northern Kosovo are busy building houses and business and that none of them has any intention of leaving.

TOP


COUNCIL OF EUROPE WELCOMES SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO FROM TODAY A REGULAR MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE

TOP

Beta News Agency
03 April 2003

(photo: Walter Schwimmer and Svetozar Marovic in Strassbourg)

STRASBOURG -- Thursday – Following the accession ceremony, the playing of the national anthem of the former Yugoslavia and the raising of the flag, the state union of Serbia-Montenegro has become a full member of the Council of Europe.

In his opening speech in the main hall of the Palais de l’Europe, CoE Secretary General Walter Schwimmer said "Serbia-Montenegro is welcome home", adding that members would help the state union to develop democracy and the market.

Union president Svetozar Marovic handed over accession documents to the Statute of the Council of Europe and, together with Schwimmer, signed the contract of obligations.
Following Schwimmer’s insistence that the assassination of PM Djindjic would not halt the flow of democracy in the country, Union President Svetozar Marovic assessed that the day of accession sends a "clear message that Serbia and Montenegro wants peace, stability, democracy and full integration".

Federal Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic said, among other things, that today’s act must be a reminder to all of the "responsibility of everyone in the government to bring war criminals to justice".

Svilanovic finalized the accession by signing the European Convention on Human Rights, Protocol Nos. 6 and 13 on the abolition of the death penalty, and Protocol Nos. 1, 4, 7, and 12 to the Convention.


Council of Europe Press Release
Spokesperson and Press Division
April 03, 2003

(photo: Walter Schwimmer and Svetozar Marovic in Strassbourg)

Strasbourg, 03.04.2003 - On the occasion of the accession of Serbia and Montenegro as the 45th Council of Europe member State, the leaders of the Organisation today praised this historic event as an opportunity for the country to build a new future in the midst of Europe.

The Chairman of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers and Maltese Foreign Minister Joseph Borg said that the country had overcome the worst and found the courage to leave the heritage of the past behind it.

"Serbia and Montenegro, which rid itself of a tyrannical regime, barely three years ago, has made considerable progress in a very short time. It is no easy task to confront the past when it is as painful as that of Serbia and Montenegro, but the new authorities have tackled it most courageously," he said.

Parliamentary Assembly President Peter Schieder praised Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic, killed on 12 March, as a courageous and visionary leader and recalled that on that day, the remnants of the Milosevic regime had made
their last desperate attempt to return the country to the darkness of its past. "Instead, the resolute response of the authorities and, above all, the citizens has catapulted Serbia and Montenegro into the future," he said.

"This is what we are celebrating here today. A tribute to what is best in Serbia and Montenegro. A tribute to its people, who have decided to break,irreversibly, with the past. We are welcoming a country which is oriented towards Europe, and which is strongly committed to our common ideals," he concluded.

Secretary General Walter Schwimmer praised the impressive work done by Serbia and Montenegro, and stressed that Council of Europe membership would help the country face the tremendous challenges yet to come.

"Today, we add the missing link in the chain of our south-east European member States. The road towards further integration into Europe is now open for the whole region," Mr Schwimmer said.

"My wish is to continue to see a vibrant, vital and attentive society, ready also to tackle the painful question of looking at the past in order to be able to look with more confidence and optimism to the future," he added.


TOP


POWELL: U.S. WILL HELP SERBIA-MONTENEGRO BECOME INTEGRAL PART OF EUROPE
Washington is ready to help reforms in serbia and Montenegro in every possible way

TOP

Radio Yugoslavia, Press Review
April 3, 2003

(photo: U.S. State Secretary and the new Serbian Premier Zoran Zivkovic)

The DANAS daily quotes US Secretary of State Colin Powell as saying that the US will do everything to help Serbia and Montenegro become an integral part of Europe. The improvement of cooperation with the Hague Tribunal is an important element of international obligations of Serbia and Montenegro. After fulfilling those obligations, the state union of Serbia and Montenegro can expect faster admission to the Partnership for Peace and the European Union, Powell said after talks with the highest state and republican officials in Belgrade. T

The US secretary of state praised the normalization of trade relations between the US and Serbia and Montenegro and said that the Army of Serbia and Montenegro would receive full support of the Pentagon and NATO. Powell said he was impressed by what he heard from officials in Belgrade, by the dedication to reforms initiated by Zoran Djindjic and actions against criminals. He emphasized that Washington was ready to help reforms in Serbia and Montenegro in every possible way.

(photo: Colin Powell with the family of the late Serbian Premier Zoran Djindjic in their home)
 

TOP


UNCONTROLLED EXTREMISTS, PEOPLE OF POLITICAL GROUPS OF ANA
MASKED EXTREMISTS APPEAR IN DECANI MUNICIPALITY

TOP

KOHA DITORE, Pristina daily in Albanian (Front Page)
April 03, 2003


The sickness of his four-year nephew made Nezir from the village of Llukë, Decan, to travel to a neighbouring village at 3 a clock in the morning. He never experienced what his co-villagers spoke about the way he had to travel. "They were masked and uniformed. They were five and were armed," said Nezir. Masked people stopped the car with which they were travelling. "They just asked me who I am and where we are going. I told that that we were going to see a doctor and then they left us." […] 

Even though there are not many cases reported at the police station in Decan, residents of the villages of Lluke, Pozhare, Lumbardh…speak with low voices about meeting with uniformed and masked people, especially during the last two-three weeks. Local government and political parties in Decan say that there is no need for masked people, but they do not exclude the possibility that they came from political groups. A source close to the Albanian National Army said that there is no need for them to appear in this region. "It has been said in Decan that masked and uniformed people have started to appear. Also, I have information that these people did not make evil things. I have never met them," said Ibrahim Selmanaj, the president of Decan municipality. "However, the fact itself that they are masked is not ok. I see no need for their existence," said Selmanaj.

The police are very limited in giving any information because of investigations. "We are aware that masked people terrorise people," said Bobby Baeker, the chief of investigation unit at the police station in Decan. "The thing is that we posses more unofficial information than direct ones as it was the case of last week when these people stopped and identified a person. People do not report much cases," said Bob Richardson, the chief of Peja regional police.

(translation from the OSCE Monitoring Bulletin)

TOP


ERP KIM Info-Service is the official Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren and works with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Artemije.
Our Information Service is distributing news on Kosovo related issues. The main focus of the Info-Service is the life of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian community in the Province of Kosovo and Metohija. ERP KIM Info Service works in cooperation with www.serbian-translation.com as well as the Kosovo Daily News (KDN) News List

Disclaimer:
The views expressed by the authors of newspaper articles or other texts which are not official communiqués or news reports by the Diocese are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Serbian Orthodox Church

If you received this message by error or you don`t want to receive our e-mails anymore, please write to us: erpkim@kosovo.net

Our Newsletters are available on our ERP KIM Info-service Web-Page:
/erpkiminfo.html

Additional information on our Diocese and the life of the Kosovo Serb Community may be found at:

Copyright 2003, ERP KIM Info-Service