October 05, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 05-10-03

ELDERLY SERB WOMAN SHOT BY ETHNIC ALBANIAN WHO OCCUPIED HER HOUSE

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ELDERLY SERB WOMAN SHOT IN CENTRAL GNJILANE
Sofijana Jovanovic, a 72 year-old Serb woman, was shot today in central Gnjilane when an ethnic Albanian who had illegally moved into her house opened fire on her, Serb sources from Kosovsko Pomoravlje told "Beta".

WOUNDED SERB WOMAN STABLE AFTER SURGERY
Sofijana Jovanovic, an elderly Serb woman shot today in the yard of her house in Gnjilane, has undergone surgery in Pristina Hospital and is now feeling well, Kosovo parliament MP Vesna Jovanovic told "Beta".

SNC: SERB REPRESENTATIVES FROM KOSOVO IN BELGRADE DELEGATION
The Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija asked today that representatives from the Province be included in future dialogue in the Belgrade delegation, emphasizing that Kosovo Albanians and Serbs do not have the same platform with respect to Kosovo.

FORMER US, UN OFFICIALS MEET SCG PRESIDENT OVER KOSOVO
President Svetozar Marovic of Serbia-Montenegro Friday stressed the need for dialogue and finding a European solution for Kosovo, after meeting top former US and UN officials for Yugoslavia and the UN-administered province.

MILORAD TODOROVIC HEADS KOSOVO SERBS IN BELGRADE-PRISTINA TALKS
The Povratak Coalition Presidency decided that Kosovo-Metohija minister in charge of coordinating the repatriation Milorad Todorovic represent Serbs in the Pristina delegation in the forthcoming Belgrade-Pristina dialogue scheduled for Oct 14 in Vienna.

INET - FLASH NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

PERPETRATORS OF GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE STILL NOT ARRESTED - DAY 52...

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ELDERLY SERB WOMAN SHOT IN CENTRAL GNJILANE

Sofijana Jovanovic, a 72 year-old Serb woman, was shot today in central Gnjilane when an ethnic Albanian who had illegally moved into her house opened fire on her, Serb sources from Kosovsko Pomoravlje told "Beta".

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
October 4, 2003

Elderly Serb woman shot in central Gnjilane

GNJILANE - Sofijana Jovanovic, a 72 year-old Serb woman, was shot today in central Gnjilane when an ethnic Albanian who had illegally moved into her house opened fire on her, Serb sources from Kosovsko Pomoravlje told "Beta".

After being hit with two bullets in the stomach and leg, she was transferred to Pristina Hospital. "Beta's" sources indicated she is in critical condition.

Sofijana Jovanovic was wounded at approximately 10,30 hours when she appeared at her house in Gnjilane, which she had not visited for several years.

According to a decision by the Gnjilane court, the Albanian man who had usurped Jovanovices house was supposed to have vacated it with his family today.

However, he refused to leave the house and after a brief altercation, he opened fire of Sofijana Jovanovic.

The police arrested the Albanian man who had shot the Serb elderly woman.

Central Gnjilane, where Sofijana Jovanovic's house and the Serbian Orthodox church are located, has been sealed off by strong police forces.


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WOUNDED SERB WOMAN STABLE AFTER SURGERY
Sofijana Jovanovic, an elderly Serb woman shot today in the yard of her house in Gnjilane, has undergone surgery in Pristina Hospital and is now feeling well, Kosovo parliament MP Vesna Jovanovic told "Beta".

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PRISTINA - Sofijana Jovanovic, an elderly Serb woman shot today in the yard of her house in Gnjilane, has undergone surgery in Pristina Hospital and is now feeling well, Kosovo parliament MP Vesna Jovanovic told "Beta".

Vesna Jovanovic indicated that she visited the wounded elderly woman after surgical intervention for a stomach wound and that, if Pristina Hospital physicians agree, she would be transferred to Kosovska Mitrovica Hospital for further treatment.

Sofijana Jovanovic, who is also known in Gnjilane under the last name of Peric, was targeted by an Albanian man named Kadrush from Donji Livoc, who was supposed to have vacated her house which he was illegally occupying after a decision by the Gnjilane court.

After a short altercation the Albanian man shot the elderly woman with two bullets in the stomach and the leg. He was soon arrested after police and KFOR surrounded central Gnjilane

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SNC KIM: SERB REPRESENTATIVES FROM KOSOVO IN BELGRADE DELEGATION

The Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija asked today that representatives from the Province be included in future dialogue in the Belgrade delegation, emphasizing that Kosovo Albanians and Serbs do not have the same platform with respect to Kosovo.

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GRACANICA - The Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija asked today that representatives from the Province be included in future dialogue in the Belgrade delegation, emphasizing that Kosovo Albanians and Serbs do not have the same platform with respect to Kosovo.

"We cannot and do not want to be a part of the Pristina delegation for the simple reason that it represents dissatisfied citizens of this state, the Kosovo Albanians. Their goals and our goals are not the same," the SNC said in a statement issued last week in Gracanica.

Members of the SNC KIM state that "they already have a state, Serbia; a capital, Belgrade; and a government which they elected into office."

"We cannot and do not want to sit on the other side [of the table] in talks with representatives of our state," said the members of the SNC categorically at today's meeting, which was also attended by officials of the SNC of Northern Kosovo, Milan Ivanovic, Marko Jaksic and Nebojsa Jovic.

The Council is asking that in future dialogue "the starting point should be the status of the province prior to armed conflicts, not the present situation which is the result of the ethnic cleansing of Serbs [from the Province]."

The SNC KIM requests the urgent mapping of a strategy for the return of Serbs and Serbian institutions to Kosovo and Metohija as guaranteed by UNSC Res. 1244 and also confirmed by the Serbian Parliament's Declaration on Kosovo and Metohija, and the Memorandum on Kosovo and Metohija of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The SNC KIM expressed its concern due to the progressive deterioration of the security situation in Kosovo in the past several months, listing the murder of the three members of the Stolic family in Obilic, the murder of two children and the wounding of other children in Gorazdevac, the murder of a Serb teacher in Cernica, and other instances of violence against Serbs.

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FORMER TOP US, UN OFFICIALS MEET SERBIA-MONTENEGRO PRESIDENT OVER KOSOVO
President Svetozar Marovic of Serbia-Montenegro Friday stressed the need for dialogue and finding a European solution for Kosovo, after meeting top former US and UN officials for Yugoslavia and the UN-administered province.

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AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Friday, 03-Oct-2003 3:10PM

BELGRADE, Oct 3 (AFP) - President Svetozar Marovic of Serbia-Montenegro Friday stressed the need for dialogue and finding a European solution for Kosovo, after meeting top former US and UN officials for Yugoslavia and the UN-administered province.

The only pre-condition for dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina was establishing a "European perspective" for the region, Marovic said in a statement quoted by Tanjug news agency, 10 days before the two sides are to hold their first talks since the 1999 NATO air war.

Marovic issued his comments after discussions in Belgrade with Richard Holbrooke, the former US chief negotiator for Yugoslavia, and Bernard Kouchner, the ex-UN administrator for Kosovo and former French health minister.

The US and French officials later met Serb Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic who called on them to exert their authority in getting Kosovo Albanians to begin talks with Belgrade authorities.

"We are determined to find solutions by way of dialogue with the help of the international community," Covic said.

Discussions in Vienna, which get under way on October 14, will focus on missing persons, the return of refugees, energy and transport, more than four years after the end of the war sparked by a Serb assault on the ethnic Albanian majority in the province.


COVIC, HOLBROOKE, KOUCHNER CONDEMN VIOLENCE AGAINST KOSOVO SERBS, SUPPORT BELGRADE-PRISTINA DIALOGUE


http://www.serbia.sr.gov.yu/news/2003-10/03/331282.html

SERBIAN GOVERNMENT

Covic, Holbrooke, Kouchner condemn violence against Kosovo Serbs, support Belgrade-Pristina dialogue

Belgrade, Oct 3, 2003 - Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija Nebojsa Covic, former US Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke and former UN special envoy to Kosovo Bernard Kouchner met in Belgrade on Friday to discuss situation in Kosovo-Metohija. The three officials condemned violence against Kosovo Serbs and gave their support for the start of Belgrade-Pristina dialogue, scheduled for Oct 14

Despite a difference of opinions over the situation in the province, the international community is determined to solve problems in Kosovo-Metohija through a dialogue, said Covic following the meeting.

The Deputy Prime Minister also called on Holbrooke and Kouchner to urge Kosovo Albanians to accept the dialogue with Belgrade and stop violence against Serbs in the province.

The democratic authorities in Belgrade support to the so-called "standards before status" approach prior to discussing the final status of Kosovo-Metohija, said Covic, adding that Belgrade will not respond to provocation or strain relations with Pristina.

Welcoming the announced dialogue on the Belgrade-Pristina line, Kouchner said he will visit Pristina with Holbrooke to call for putting an end to violence and murders in the province.

Holbrooke said that the meeting also focused on the position of Kosovo Serbs and strongly condemned murders and violence against the Serb population in the province. The former US Ambassador to the UN also gave his support to what he called free and democratic Serbian government.
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MILORAD TODOROVIC HEADS KOSOVO SERBS IN BELGRADE-PRISTINA TALKS

The Povratak Coalition Presidency decided that Kosovo-Metohija minister in charge of coordinating the repatriation Milorad Todorovic represent Serbs in the Pristina delegation in the forthcoming Belgrade-Pristina dialogue scheduled for Oct 14 in Vienna.

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http://www.serbia.sr.gov.yu/news/2003-10/03/331274.html

SERBIAN GOVERNMENT

Oct 2 - The Povratak Coalition Presidency decided that Kosovo-Metohija minister in charge of coordinating the repatriation Milorad Todorovic represent Serbs in the Pristina delegation in the forthcoming Belgrade-Pristina dialogue scheduled for Oct 14 in Vienna.

Serbian Minister of Justice Vladan Batic said that Kosovo Serbs might be part of the Belgrade delegation as well. That will depend on the number of delegates, he said.

He also said that the starting point and the basis that Belgrade will stick to is the Serbian parliament's Declaration on Kosovo-Metohija,

http://www.serbia.sr.gov.yu/g/documents/declaration_kosovo1208.doc

approved also by the Serbia-Montenegro' parliament.

The Serbian government will appoint members of the Belgrade delegation for the talks.

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INET NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

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

KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEWS

Friday 03 October 2003

20:20 Serbian deputy premier and Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Nebojsa Covic and the former UN special rapporteur for human rights in the former Yugoslavia Jerzy Dienstbier agreed today in Belgrade that in Serbia and Montenegro conditions have been achieved for seeking a democratic solution to the problems in the southern Serbian province.

20:00 Serbia-Montenegro deputy speaker Milorad Drljevic stated today in Geneva that Belgrade expects the dialogue with Pristina to result in solutions that will contribute to the normalization of the daily life of all residents of Kosovo, "especially improvement of security for minority peoples" who "are still exposed to attacks and pressure" in the Province.

19:40 Claiming "insufficient preparedness," the Kosovo Albanians are seeking the postponement of negotiations with the Serbian government under the auspices of the international community and scheduled to begin on October 14 in Vienna, AFP reported.

19:20 Six persons were arraigned before the District Court in Vranje, four of them members of the multiethnic police in southern Serbia, under suspicion of murdering Serbian security intelligence agent Server Fazliu [an ethnic Albanian] in February of this year in Bujanovac.

14:00 Departing KFOR commander Italian general Fabio Mini will formally transfer duties today in Pristina to German general Holger Kammerhoff, who will command multinational international military forces in Kosovo for the next year.

13:40 The dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina will begin on October 14 in Vienna regardless of the decision on the matter made by the Kosovo parliament, said UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri on Thursday in Berlin.

13:20 EU official Stefan Lene (sp?) said in Pristina that postponing the dialogue with Belgrade would be dangerous for both sides and called on Kosovo leaders to reach a consensus for the beginning of talks on October 14 in Vienna.

12:40 Former US ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke and former UNMIK chief Bernard Kouchner advised on Thursday at a joint press conference in Sarajevo that there would be no more killing in Kosovo, no matter what its final status will be.

12:00 Yesterday the Kosovo parliament postponed for one week its debate on the beginning of dialogue on technical issues with Belgrade.

11:40 Last night the presidency of the Return Coalition (Povratak) decided that Kosovo government repatriation co-minister Milorad Todorovic will be proposed as the Serb representative in the Pristina delegation for dialogue with Belgrade scheduled for October 14 in Vienna.

02:00 UNMIK police reported that four ethnic Albanians have been killed in two separate incidents in Kosovo and Metohija in the past 24 hours.


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