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SERB LEADERS SKEPTICAL ABOUT KOSOVO APPEAL FOR RETURN
WHAT KOFI ANAN SHOULD TELL SECURITY COUNCIL?
THACI AND 13 OF HIS FELLOW FIGHTERS SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRACY AND NUMEROUS
CRIMES COMMITTED IN FOUR MUNICIPALITIES
WE WILL PUT
THACI ON TRIAL IN SERBIA - THACI WILL BE TRIED IN ABSENTIA
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LEADERS SKEPTICAL ABOUT KOSOVO APPEAL FOR RETURN
gap between the rhetoric and everyday reality ... is too huge for us to
consider the appeal a serious encouragement," said a statement by the
Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serb National Council in Kosovo.
July 4th 2003
Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - Serb leaders in Kosovo on Thursday dismissed a
fresh appeal by key ethnic Albanian politicians urging minorities to come
home, demanding action rather than words.
Leading ethnic Albanian politicians in the U.N.-administered province
published the appeal Wednesday, calling on the 200,000 Serbs and other
minorities to bury past grievances and return to Kosovo. But the ethnic
Albanian leaders failed to offer security guarantees against extremist
attacks - an omission that Serb leaders found unacceptable.
"The gap between the rhetoric and everyday reality ... is too huge for us
to consider the appeal a serious encouragement," said a statement by the
Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serb National Council in Kosovo.
International officials who have been running Kosovo since the end of the
NATO air war in 1999, praised the ethnic Albanian appeal as an important
step toward reconciliation. At least one key official - Serbian deputy
prime minister Nebojsa Covic - grudgingly agreed.
"It is a step forward, if only because the ethnic Albanian leaders put
their signature under such an appeal," Covic said.
Serbs fled Kosovo fearing attacks leveled in revenge after the 78-day
alliance air war that pushed out troops serving under former Yugoslav
President Slobodan Milosevic. NATO bombed Yugoslavia to end Milosevic's
crackdown on ethnic Albanians seeking independence.
Also Thursday, Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic said his government
has begun developing a new strategy on the issue of Kosovo, which
officially remains part of Serbia even though it has been run by
international officials since 1999.
"The ultimate goal of this strategy would be the end of hostilities and
suffering," Zivkovic told reporters in the in the Serbian town of
Krusevac, some 80 miles south of Belgrade.
He said he expected the government to have completed developing its
strategy by the end of the week, but did not elaborate. It wasn't clear
whether Serbian leaders would be willing to give up their key demand that
Kosovo return to Belgrade's control.
Is UN headquarters
getting accurate information regarding the situation in Kosovo and
Metohija? Serbs live in a ghetto, UNMIK satisfied
WHAT KOFI ANAN SHOULD TELL
THE SECURITY COUNCIL
guilty of numerous crimes against non-Albanians and responsible for
creating a general crisis have not been arrested
Javnosti daily, Belgrade
July 3, 2003
By Ljiljana Staletovic
murder of the three members of the Stolic family in Obilic, frequent
attacks on Serbs in Kosovsko Pomoravlje, planting of explosive devices in
northern Kosovo - and all this in the matter of the last few weeks.
Two months ago, two Serb houses were burned down in Obilic and Zoran
Mirkovic was murdered in the village of Vrbovac near Vitina. Pressure on
the remaining Serbs to sell their property is increasing. The Stolices
were subject to this pressure while alive. They paid for their resistance
to it with their lives.
Is Kosovo and Metohija safe and to what extent?
Running out of Serbs
Commenting on security, Jean Cody (sp?), the head of UNMIK's judicial and
police department, said that eighteen Serbs were murdered in 2001, four in
2002 and already five in the current year. Seven of the 27 cases have been
solved. During the same period 183 Albanians were killed.
The Serbs of Kosovo and Metohija agree that the security situation is not
the same as four years ago. There are fewer murders but also increasingly
fewer Serbs to target. And they are angry with Cody for not providing the
statistics for 1999, when the Albanians expelled more than 250,000 Serbs
and approximately 100,000 Roma, Turks, Muslims, Goranis and Egyptians in
the presence of KFOR. And their own compatriots who refused to accept the
politics of the Kosovo Liberation Army. Approximately 70,000 houses and
apartments have been usurped; 112 churches and monasteries have been
destroyed; about 1,200 people have been murdered. None of these crimes
have been resolved, not even the most horrible of them all: the massacre
of 14 Serb farmers harvesting their crops in Staro Gracko near Lipljan in
There is no security
What is going on in Kosovo and Metohija today, four years after the
deployment of the UNMIK mission and KFOR? The fact is that there has been
no progress in the four years since the establishment of the UN mission in
Kosovo and Metohija. Security for members of non-Albanian communities,
especially Serbs, is at a very low level and the UN apparently has neither
recognized problem nor realized that the Civil Mission has taken on the
attributes of a state where human rights are violated. And lives taken.
Oliver Ivanovic, a member of the Kosovo parliament presidency, says that
there is no reason to be satisfied because those responsible for numerous
crimes and creating a crisis have not been arrested. "One gets the
impression that crime pays," observes Ivanovic and adds that Serbs in
Kosovo lack not only physical safety but also legal and economic security.
The security situation is marginally better than in 1999 but far from
enabling Serbs to have freedom of movement, to travel, to visit relatives,
to visit their deceased. With regard to economic conditions, Ivanovic, a
pre-war industrial manager, emphasizes that conditions are excruciatingly
At UN headquarters, however, everyone seems to think differently. UNMIK
officials agree that the implementation of the rule of law in Kosovo and
Metohija remains critical. However, in this situation, there is an ongoing
transfer of competencies from UNMIK to provisional institutions that have
demonstrated they are not mature enough to handle them. Despite this, the
dominant school of thought in the palace on the East River is that
significant progress has been made in achieving autonomy and
self-government, in establishing the rule of law, that a firm foundation
has been created for economic growth, that the crime rate is falling.
The reason for this opinion, without doubt, is the fact that there is
little or no discussion in New York regarding the implementation - and
violation - of UN Security Council Resolution 1244. So the key question
becomes - how to get information from Kosovo and Metohija to the
No less important is what our ambassador Dejan Sahovic will respond to
Kofi Annan's report to the Security Council at today's session.
Harder now than before
When asked if conditions for Serbs will improve any time soon, Ivanovic
said that this is difficult until those responsible are found. Serb
freedom of movement, he said, is severely limited. Returns are not
happening. In companies that are still working, there are no Serb
employees, especially in management positions. "The economic situation is
extremely difficult, more difficult that before the war or even during the
time of the bombing. The average production in the thermoelectrical
facilities is lower than it was during the war. The experience of the
Serbs could come in very handy," emphasizes Ivanovic.
13 OF HIS FELLOW FIGHTERS SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRACY AND NUMEROUS CRIMES
COMMITTED IN FOUR MUNICIPALITIES
the District Court in Pristina with regard to Hashim Thaci Sentenced to 10
years in prison
July 4, 2003
By Ljiljana Staletovic
- The dilemma regarding whether the indictment against Democratic Party of
Kosovo leader and the former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army's
Drenica group Hashim Thaci has been withdrawn, as the Hungarians claim in
justifying his release after his arrest at Budapest Airport, or not, as
the Belgrade government insists, has yet to be resolved. Apparently it no
longer matters, except for the fact that on July 11 the displaced District
Court in Pristina condemned him to 10 years in prison in absentia. The
decision has not been changed.
Goals of the "KLA"
Today "Glas" published the decision sentencing Thaci and 13 of his fellow
fighters - Adem Jashari, Jakup Nuka, Fadil Kadriu, Sahit Jashari, Rafet
Rama, Sami Lustaka, Iliaz Kadriu and Rexhep Selimi - to multiple year
prison sentences. The indicted are pronounced guilty because "beginning in
1992, after their visit to the Republic of Albania, where they received
military training together with members of the Albanian Army and under the
command of its officers, all of the accused established, on the territory
of Srbica, an enemy terrorist association, as part of an organization of
the same type."
The decision further states that this organization was active throughout
Kosovo and Metohija, with the intention of carrying out organized and
coordinated acts of violence, inspired by political motives and directed
against the constitutional order of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia,
with the ultimate goal of forcing the secession of the territory of Kosovo
and Metohija, and other regions inhabited by members of the Albanian
national minority, from the FRY and the establishment of a separate state
to be then annexed to the Republic of Albania.
With this goal, the decision states, they began to arm themselves and
toward this end obtained large quantities of weapons: automatic rifles,
sniper rifles, handguns, ammunition, hand grenades, rifle grenades and
other explosive devices.
Thereafter they conducted regular trainings in the handling of firearms
and practiced firing from same, holding illegal meetings, most frequently
in the village of Donji Prekaz, where they agreed, prepared and planned to
carry out armed terrorist activities on the territory of the
municipalities of Kosovska Mitrovica, Glogovac, Vucitrn and Srbica.
After these preparations were completed, the justification of the court
decision notes, they carried out acts of violence on the territory of
these municipalities, coordinated by agreement with members of
associations in other locations, which carried out these activities
continuously and simultaneously with those of the accused throughout the
territory of Kosovo and Metohija. They used firearms and hand grenades to
attack facilities of the Yugoslav Army and buildings housing refugees,
committing the premeditated murder of four persons and the attempt to
commit murder of 16 others, thus creating a feeling of insecurity among
the citizenry. Thereafter, this organization, calling itself the "Kosovo
Liberation Army," issued 29 communiques in which took responsibility for
the committed acts of terrorism, concludes the court decision.
Neither Thaci, who earned the nickname "the Snake" for his cruelty, nor
any of the other indictees filed an appeal against the decision with any
judicial institution. His crimes, as well as the crimes of his
co-fighters, are amply documented in extensive evidence submitted, along
with the testimony of eyewitnesses, to the Hague tribunal. However, none
of this prevented William Walker from accompanying him from Pristina
Airport to Rambouillet in 1999 and, once there, from proclaiming him the
head of the Albanian delegation, instead of Democratic League of Kosovo
leader Ibrahim Rugova. Today Thaci, whose connections with the Albanian
drug mafia are also documented, travels the world with the "blessings" of
senior representatives of the international community and a diplomatic
The investigation of the crimes committed in Kosovo and Metohija by Thaci
and other members of the KLA was conducted by Judge Danica Marinkovic,
investigative judge of the District Court in Pristina. During her
investigation, Marinkovic, frequently risking her own life, collected her
evidence, including the testimony of witnesses, holding Thaci responsible
for the deaths of 661 Serbs, Montenegrins and other non-Albanians in
Kosovo and Metohija; serious physical injury to 518 Serbs and
Montenegrins; and the abduction of 584 persons. Thaci is also responsible
for the premeditated expulsion of 250,000 Serbs and Montenegrins, as well
as 80,000 other non-Albanians, from Kosovo and Metohija after June 1999,
and is responsible before the Hague tribunal for these acts as both an
individual and a commander.
WILL PUT THACI ON TRIAL IN SERBIA, BATIC
Serbian Justice Minister Vladin Batic said today that Serbia would put a
former ethnic Albanian rebel leader on trial in a Serbian court.
July 04, 2003
Vladan Batic, the Serbian Minister Of Justice, commenting The Hague
Tribunal spokesperson Florens Artman's statement that there is no enough
of gathered evidences against the ex- KLA leader Hashim Taci for his
trial, said that he doesn't want to comment amateur's statements, but
these statements "probably have some political omen."
Batic said that this statement was given after Taci's meeting with Javier
Solana, and the entire war crimes documentation of Taci, Ceku and
Haradinaj was delivered to The Hague Tribunal two years ago. Batic
precisely stated that 40.000 pages of documents were delivered - testimony
of witnesses, records, war plans, maps, photos, audio and video tapes, DNA
analysis, dozens of witnesses’ statements given at the First District
Court in Belgrade where The Hague Tribunal investigators also attended.
Also, he reminded that Carla del Ponte many times has announced the
beginning of Taci's and other Albanians war criminals trial, and those
announcements and voluminous documentation, deny Florens Artman's
"The evidence materials are enough big, so even some "lost world place"
judge would have raised the indictment against Taci, Ceku and Haradinaj.
After all, do we need more evidences having the fact that since UNMIK
entered Kosovo, more than 1000 Serbs were killed, disappeared or
kidnapped, and Hashim Taci was the KLA leader,” said Batic. (Tanjug)
THACI WOULD BE
TRIED FOR WAR CRIMES IN ABSENTIA
July 04, 2003
The Serbian minister of justice Vladan Batic said that the president of
the Democratic Party of Kosovo and the former leader of the KLA Hashim
Tachi would be tried for war crimes in Belgrade, and that following that
the reaction of the international community would be witnessed. Batic
assessed that Tachi is the greatest war criminal in Europe following World
On the occasion of the allegation of the Hague Tribunal’s spokeswoman,
Florence Hartmann, that the documentation which was submitted by Belgrade
regarding the leader of the former KLA is insufficient for the initiating
of a court process. Batic said that it is impossible to deny the relevancy
of more than 40 thousand various documents, unless there is a political
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