October 07, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 07-10-03

KOSOVO SERBS: WE HAVE OUR OWN COUNTRY - SERBIA, AND KOSOVO IS ITS INTEGRAL PART

CONTENTS:

SNC WANTS K/SERB REPRESENTATIVE IN SERBIAN STATE DELEGATION IN VIENNA
Dr. Rada Trajkovic: "We have our own country and that is Serbia, we have our own capital and that is Beograd, and we don’t want, we cannot sit at the other side of the table, in the talks with the representatives of our country. We are not in confrontation with the government institutions, we want and we solve our problems only within our country"

VIENNA TALKS - STEP FURTHER FROM KOSOVO'S INDEPENDENCE
"Representatives of interim ethnic Albanian institutions have practically been forced to the Vienna talks. The talks are not just an opportunity for making photos or writing, but rather a moment for taking the responsibility and resolving problems. The future of Kosovo will not be on the agenda, but everything we do there, we will do for the future as well," Zivkovic explained.

HOLBROOKE SHOULD BE IGNORED
Holbrooke’s pledges for an independent Kosovo shows that he came with an already prepared stance and did not want to hear all that was discussed in Belgrade. The reasons for that could be explained by him only, Covic emphasized.

AFP: K/SERB SHOT BY K/ALBANIAN LIVING IN HER HOUSE
An ethnic Albanian was arrested Saturday for shooting and wounding a 73 year-old Serb woman who had returned to her home in the southern Serbian province of Kosovo, UN officials said. "She was shot three times in a stomach by a 53-year old Kosovo Albanian who was living in her house," UN mission spokesman Andrea Angeli said.

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SNC WANTS KOSOVO SERB REPRESENTATIVE IN SERBIAN STATE DELEGATION FOR VIENNA TALKS

Dr. Rada Trajkovic: "We have our own country and that is Serbia, we have our own capital and that is Beograd, and we don’t want, we cannot sit at the other side of the table, in the talks with the representatives of our country. We are not in confrontation with the government institutions, we want and we solve our problems only within our country"

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Free Serbia, Danas, Radio KIM
October 6, 2003

On Saturday, in Gracanica monastery, in a joint session of the Serbian National Council (SNV) for Kosovo and Metohija and the SNV for Northern Kosovo and Metohija, it was suggested that "Bishiop of Raska and Prizren Artemije (Radosavljevic) be a member of the delegation of Republic of Serbia, in the upcoming talks between Belgrade and Pristina." The reason behind this move "the Serbian Orthodox Church is the basis and the cohesion of the strength of the Serbian people".

It was also demanded "Kosovo Serb representatives be included in the work of the working commissions for the upcoming talks". SNV compiled a list of its candidates which will be forwarded to Belgrade and which among others includes Rada Trajkovic, Marko Jaksic, and Randjel Nojkic.

Kosovo Serb representatives have emphasized that "they cannot or do not want to solve their problems without their State of Serbia, without their government, but that at the same time they cannot let Belgrade solve their problems without their presence, like it was in Rambouillet".

"We are not confronting you. We can and want to solve our problems together with you. We cannot be involved in the Pristina delegation because this delegation represents the unsatisfied citizens of this country – the Kosovo Albanians. Their goals are not same as our goals. Our interests and their interests are diametrically opposite. In that delegation we would be threaded as members of a minority group, which we are not and cannot be in our own state," stresses the announcement issued by the Kosovo and Metohija SNV.

Serb National Council official Dr. Rada Trajkovic, has declared for Radio B92, that Kosovo Serbs are not going to take part in the Pristina- Beograd dialog, set for the 14 Oct, if they are not on the Beograd’s delegation side: "We are going to use all our authority and the authority of Bishop Artemije that we have among the Serb population in Kosovo to ask Milorad Todorovic not to go to this trip to Vienna. We have our own country and that is Serbia, we have our own capital and that is Beograd, and we don’t want, we cannot sit at the other side of the table, in the talks with the representatives of our country. We are not in confrontation with the government institutions, we want and we solve our problems only within our country".

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VIENNA TALKS STEP FURTHER AWAY FROM KOSOVO'S INDEPENDENCE, ZIVKOVIC

"Representatives of interim ethnic Albanian institutions have practically been forced to the Vienna talks. The talks are not just an opportunity for making photos or writing, but rather a moment for taking the responsibility and resolving problems. The future of Kosovo will not be on the agenda, but everything we do there, we will do for the future as well," Zivkovic explained.

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TANJUG NEWS AGENCY, Belgrade
Novi Sad, October 06, 2003


Serbian Premier Zoran Zivkovic told the Sunday issue of the Novi Sad daily Dnevnik that nervousness was evident among Kosovo Albanian leaders, because they were aware of the fact that the opening of the forthcoming Vienna talks represented a specific step of getting further away from their extremist aim - an independent Kosovo.

"Representatives of interim ethnic Albanian institutions have practically been forced to the Vienna talks. The talks are not just an opportunity for making photos or writing, but rather a moment for taking the responsibility and resolving problems. The future of Kosovo will not be on the agenda, but everything we do there, we will do for the future as well," Zivkovic explained.

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HOLBROOKE SHOULD BE IGNORED
Holbrooke’s pledges for an independent Kosovo shows that he came with an already prepared stance and did not want to hear all that was discussed in Belgrade. The reasons for that could be explained by him only, Covic emphasized.
 

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06 Oct (Radio Srbija I Crna Gora)

Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic said that US diplomat Richard Holbrooke’s positions and his pledges for the independence of Kosovo should not be paid much attention to.

The official position of the USA, the EU and other international subjects is ‘standards prior to status’, Covic said. According to him, Holbrooke’s pledges for an independent Kosovo shows that he came with an already prepared stance and did not want to hear all that was discussed in Belgrade. The reasons for that could be explained by him only, Covic emphasized.

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SERB RETURNEE SHOT BY KOSOVO ALBANIAN LIVING IN HER HOUSE

An ethnic Albanian was arrested Saturday for shooting and wounding a 73 year-old Serb woman who had returned to her home in the southern Serbian province of Kosovo, UN officials said. "She was shot three times in a stomach by a 53-year old Kosovo Albanian who was living in her house," UN mission spokesman Andrea Angeli said.
 

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AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
UN Saturday, 04-Oct-2003 8:40AM

PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro, Oct 4 (AFP) - An ethnic Albanian was arrested Saturday for shooting and wounding a 73 year-old Serb woman who had returned to her home in the southern Serbian province of Kosovo, UN officials said.

"She was shot three times in a stomach by a 53-year old Kosovo Albanian who was living in her house," UN mission spokesman Andrea Angeli said.

The woman was shot and injured earlier Saturday as she was checking the conditions of her property in the eastern Kosovo town Gnjilane, from which she fled in 1999 in fear of revenge attacks by ethnic Albanians following years of repression by the regime of Serb strongman Slobodan Milosevic.

A 15-member Kosovo Albanian family was living in her house in Gnjilane, 40 kilometres (24 miles) east from the provincial capital Pristina.

The woman was transferred to the Pristina hospital, and seemed to be stable, Angeli said.

Kosovo continues to be wracked by ethnic tension four years after the 1998-99 war between Serbian security forces and separatist guerrillas from the province's ethnic Albanian majority.

More than 200,000 Serbs fled to escape ethnic attacks, while those who remain -- a number estimated between 80,000 and 120,000 -- live in enclaves protected by the NATO protection force (KFOR).

The war ended with the establishment of a UN protectorate after a NATO bombing campaign to drive Serbian forces out of the province.


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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

Monday 06 October 2003

21:00 Macedonian deputy prime minister Musa Xhaferi assessed today in a telephone interview with Pristina's "Blue Sky Radio" that Kosovo is heading toward independence and that Kosovo Albanians have no reason to reject future talks with Belgrade.

20:40 The independence of Kosovo is inescapable and the sovereignty of the province will have no consequences for its neighboring countires, stated the head of the Austrian Defense Ministry's Directorate for Security Policy Erich Raiter in Vienna today.

20:20 Commenting on his meeting sin Belgrade, former US diplomat Richard Holbrooke said that he "got the impression that the Serbs are aware that they have lost Kosovo" and emphasized that the Serbs "need to choose the European Union instead of Kosovo because they have already lost present-day Kosovo."

14:20 Serbia-Montenegro minister for minority and human rights Rasim Ljajic stated that he does not expect quick solutions to problems in Kosovo, "especially not next year, which is an election year in Kosovo, in Serbia and in the US." He said that he "did not see how the Kosovo problem could be resolved without the direct engagement of the US administration." Ljajic emphasized that in addition to US engagement, agreements between Pristina and Belgrade will be key in the process. "In an election year, it is very difficult to expect any of the sides to yield because that can be costly. That is why it is important to begin talks on technical issues people are confronted with with discussion of political topics," assessed Ljajic.


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