September 4, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 04-09-03

SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH PRESENTS MEMORANDUM WHILE FEDERAL PARLIAMENT UNAMIMOUSLY ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON KOSOVO AND METOHIJA


BELGRADE, September 3rd
The Church and the state have reached a unanimous position for the first time since World War II, particularly regarding Serbia's territorial integrity and Serbia-Montenegro's sovereignty over the province, regardless of the fact that Kosovo is currently administered by the United Nations.
(left to right: Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro, Bishop Artemije of Kosovo and Metohija, Dr. Nebojsa Covic, Bishop Atanasije - the author of the Memorandum on Kosovo)

CONTENTS:

SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH PRESENTS MEMORANDUM ON KOSOVO
Stressing that he spent 34 years in Kosovo, Serbian Patriarch Pavle said he warned all responsible parties back then that "an ethnically cleansed state" was being created in Europe.

FEDERAL PARLIAMENT ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON KOSOVO

"The dream of an independent Kosovo is less and less a dream and more and more a nightmare for Albanian extremists who are aware that dream will remain unfulfilled," the Serbian prime minister told a sitting of the federal parliament.

AFP: ALBANIAN REBEL LEADER THREATENS TO LAUNCH WAR IN MACEDONIA

The self-declared commander of the banned Albanian Liberation Army (ANA), Avdil Jakupi, Thursday threatened to launch a separatist war in Macedonia in an interview with Bulgaria's bTV private television.

PERPETRATORS OF GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE STILL NOT ARRESTED - DAY 22...

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SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH PRESENTS MEMORANDUM ON KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

Stressing that he spent 34 years in Kosovo, Serbian Patriarch Pavle said he warned all responsible parties back then that "an ethnically cleansed state" was being created in Europe.

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BELGRADE
September 04, 2003


Belgrade, Sept 4, 2003 - Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija head Nebojsa Covic said at a presentation of the Serbian Orthodox Church's Memorandum on Kosovo-Metohija (see http://www.spc.rs/Vesti-2003/08/memorandum-e.html  ) that the church and the state have reached a unanimous position for the first time since World War II, particularly regarding Serbia's territorial integrity and Serbia-Montenegro's sovereignty over the province, regardless of the fact that Kosovo is currently administered by the United Nations.

The unanimous stance, confirmed in the Serbian parliament's Declaration on Kosovo-Metohija and the Serbian Orthodox Church's Memorandum, is aimed at creating conditions for the peaceful life of all citizens and religious communities in Serbia-Montenegro, said Covic.

Stressing that he spent 34 years in Kosovo, Serbian Patriarch Pavle said he warned all responsible parties back then that "an ethnically cleansed state" was being created in Europe.

Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro described the Memorandum as a reminder of developments in Kosovo-Metohija through centuries.

The 200-page Memorandum was edited by Bishop Atanasije.


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BETA: SCG FEDERAL PARLIAMENT ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON KOSOVO

The Parliament of Serbia-Montenegro this evening adopted a resolution on Kosovo tabled by MPs from DOS and Montenegro's Democratic Party of Socialists.... "The dream of an independent Kosovo is less and less a dream and more and more a nightmare for Albanian extremists who are aware that dream will remain unfulfilled," the Serbian prime minister told a sitting of the federal parliament.

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
September 4, 2003



BELGRADE -- Thursday - The Parliament of Serbia-Montenegro this evening adopted a resolution on Kosovo tabled by MPs from DOS and Montenegro's Democratic Party of Socialists.

The document calls for implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and calls for all measures to be taken to begin a dialogue which could help solve the crisis in the province.

Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic had earlier addressed the federal parliament, telling MPs that independence for Kosovo will remain a dream only and that no one in Serbia had the right to relinquish the southern province.

"The dream of an independent Kosovo is less and less a dream and more and more a nightmare for Albanian extremists who are aware that dream will remain unfulfilled," the Serbian prime minister told a sitting of the federal parliament.

Zivkovic said that no one in Serbia could insist on the return of the army and police to the province without the agreement of the international community.

"Instead, we must insist that the international community fully honour and implement Security Council Resolution 1244 because this guarantees security and conditions for a normal life for all citizens of Kosovo," he said.

The prime minister said he was optimistic that new governor Harri Holkeri would succeed where his predecessors had failed in implementing Resolution 1244.

The resolution, which established the international protectorate in the province, covers the return of refugees, the establishment of conditions for security of person and property, freedom of movement and criminal justice.

Zivkovic also expressed the hope that all who carried illegal weapons, whose number he estimated at half a million, would be disarmed.

"Neither Belgrade nor Pristina can define what the future will be, which is why it is necessary to establish standards.

"The issue of status will then be more easily resolved.

"I see the future and the final status in our accession to the EU. That is the goal and the solution for Kosovo," said the Serbian prime minister.


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AFP: ALBANIAN REBEL LEADER THREATENS TO LAUNCH WAR IN MACEDONIA
The self-declared commander of the banned Albanian Liberation Army (ANA), Avdil Jakupi, Thursday threatened to launch a separatist war in Macedonia in an interview with Bulgaria's bTV private television.

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04-Sep-2003 4:01AM


SOFIA, Sept 4 (AFP) - The self-declared commander of the banned Albanian Liberation Army (ANA), Avdil Jakupi, Thursday threatened to launch a separatist war in Macedonia in an interview with Bulgaria's bTV private television.

"Macedonia cannot be a state because Prime Minister Branko Crvenkovski is a criminal who is implicated in the murder of (slain Serbian prime minister Zoran) Djindjic", Jakupi told bTV by telephone.

"Because of this we will rise up and start a war," the rebel, who is wanted by Macedonian police, added.

"Macedonia must become a protectorate of Europe and the United States."

ANA on Monday issued an ultimatum to the Macedonian police, demanding that they withdraw from the Albanian-majority north of the country.

They had set Thursday evening as the deadline for the government to heed their call, but later extended it indefinitely.

The rebel movement has also demanded that the Albanian authorities declare a general amnesty and free detained ANA members, whom they consider political prisoners.

ANA has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Macedonia since late 2001 after the end of an ethnic Albanian insurgency, when the now defunct National Liberation Army (NLA) laid down arms following a Western-brokered peace agreement with the government.

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