August 08, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 08-08-03

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DIOCESE OF RASKA-PRIZREN SUPPORTS GUIDELINES FOR KOSOVO BY DR. COVIC
The guidelines proposed by Dr. Covic represent a very important basis for the drafting of a Declaration on Kosovo and Metohija to be adopted by the Serbia-Montenegro Parliament and the Republic of Serbia Parliament, and the building of a broader platform for the resolution of the Kosovo and Metohija problem within the institutional framework of the Republic of Serbia as soon as possible.

DRAFT DECLARATION ON KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEXT WEEK
Kostunica told media that the declaration put an emphasis on human rights, adding that issues such as decentralisation could not be resolved until human rights regulations were in place.

CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER II OF SERBIA SUPPORTS BISHOP ARTEMIJE
With great pleasure I read your statement on Kosovo and Metohija situation. I sincerely You for the words of wisdom and courage that all of need in this moment. I completely share Your vision about possibility of the shared life in Kosovo and Metohija with the mutual respect all citizens regardless of their ethnical or religious background.

INDEPENDENT (UK) KLA LINK SUSPECTED IN UN POLICE MURDER
The killing has caused alarm as it follows recent attacks on symbols of law and order after the conviction of four ex-KLA members on war crimes charges. The men, who were sentenced to a total of 45 years, were found guilty of offences including torture, kidnapping and the inhuman treatment of civilians during the Kosovo conflict in 1998 and 1999.

THREE KOSOVO ALBANIANS ARRESTEN IN CONNECTION WITH UN POLICEMAN MURDER
Three Kosovo-Albanians have been arrested by an UNMIK special police unit and KFOR troops in connection with the murder of Indian UN police major Satish Menon.

SERB IN EASTERN PART OF KOSOVO BEATEN BY ALBANIANS
Pavic was attacked while he was looking after his livestock on a meadow near the village. After first aid assistance by his neighbors Pavic was moved to a hospital in Vranje where he was held in for medical treatment. The assailants fled the scene.

UN ADMINISTRATION IN KOSOVO ACCUSED OF INDIFFERENCE FOR "ANA" PLANS
In the announcement signed by Milan Ivanovic, the president of the SNV, this council warns that this kind of stances can have "tragic consequences". "Even every politically ignorant person from Northern Kosovo is clear" with the fact that ANA has the goal of cutting of Kosovska Mitrovica-Leposavic communication, "so that they could cause panic and fear among the Serbs from this homogenous Serb region," states the SNV.

"UNMIK OCCUPIERS OUT" - GRAFFITO ON DJAKOVICA MUNICIPAL BUILDING
Early on Wednesday morning, unidentified individuals wrote anti-UNMIK graffito on the building of Djakovica Municipal Building where UNMIK Administration led by John Rogers has its offices.

OLIVER IVANOVIC CALLS FOR DISBANDING OF CPC
On Wednesday, Oliver Ivanovic, a member of the Kosovo parliament presiding body, called on the international community to disband the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) because of its "participation in many tragedies that have happened in Kosovo in the past four years".

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DIOCESE OF RASKA AND PRIZREN FULLY SUPPORTS THE GUIDELINES FOR KOSOVO AND METOHIJA OF DR. NEBOJSA COVIC
PARTICIPATION OF SNC KIM REPRESENTATIVES IN ZUBIN POTOK MEETING WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE AND BLESSING OF BISHOP ARTEMIJE

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ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, August 06, 2003

In its public communiqué issued today the Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija completely distances itself from the joint statement of both Serb National Councils (SNCs), the Union of Serb Municipalities and the Serbian Resistance Movement (SPOT) issued two days ago rejecting the Basic Guidelines for Resolving the Kosovo Issue proposed by Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Dr. Nebojsa Covic and asking for his resignation.

The meeting of representatives of these organizations was held in Zubin Potok without the knowledge and blessing of Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren, the president of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija, and decisions made there do not express the position of the Diocese of Raska of Raska and Prizren, nor the official position of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija, says the Diocese in its statement.

The Diocese of Raska and Prizren wholeheartedly supports the Basic Guidelines for Kosovo and Metohija, and the activities of Dr. Nebojsa Covic and the Coordinating Center on behalf of the Church and its faithfull, and appeals to Kosovo and Metohija Serb leaders to direct their activities toward the goal of achieving all-Serb unity and mutual cooperation.

With the blessing of His Eminence the Bishop of Raska and Prizren Artemije, we include the whole text of the public communiqué:



SERBIAN ORTHODOX DIOCESE OF
RASKA-PRIZREN AND KOSOVO-METOHIJA

PUBLIC COMMUNIQUE

The Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija completely distances itself from the joint statement of both Serb National Councils (SNCs), the Union of Serb Municipalities and the Serbian Resistance Movement (SPOT) issued two days ago rejecting the Basic Guidelines for Resolving the Kosovo Issue proposed by Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Dr. Nebojsa Covic and asking for his resignation.

This meeting was held in Zubin Potok without the knowledge and blessing of Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren, the president of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija, and decisions made there do not express the position of the Diocese of Raska of Raska and Prizren, nor the official position of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija.

The Diocese of Raska and Prizren wholeheartedly supports the Basic Guidelines of Serbian deputy prime minister Dr. Nebojsa Covic, as well as the great efforts that the Coordinating Center and he personally are making for the good of the Church and the Serb people in this region.

The guidelines proposed by Dr. Covic represent a very important basis for the drafting of a Declaration on Kosovo and Metohija to be adopted by the Serbia-Montenegro Parliament and the Republic of Serbia Parliament, and the building of a broader platform for the resolution of the Kosovo and Metohija problem within the institutional framework of the Republic of Serbia as soon as possible.

As well, the Diocese of Raska-Prizren appeals to the representatives of the Kosovo and Metohija Serbs to direct their activities toward the goal of achieving all-Serb unity and mutual cooperation, emphasizing the position of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church from August 4, 2003 that "neither Kosovo and Metohija nor the Serbian Orthodox Church can be used and abused in political clashes."

The Serbian Orthodox Church will continue to support every constructive political initiative with the goal of ensuring the survival of the Serb people and the preservation of Orthodox Christian holy shrines in this region, as it has done in the past.

Office of the Orthodox Diocese of
Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija
August 6, 2003
Gracanica Monastery


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DRAFT DECLARATION ON KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEXT WEEK
Kostunica told media that the declaration put an emphasis on human rights, adding that issues such as decentralisation could not be resolved until human rights regulations were in place.
 

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SRNA News Agency, Bijeljina
August 7, 2003


BELGRADE -- Thursday - The draft declaration on Kosovo will be completed by next Monday, Vojislav Kostunica said today after a meeting of the Return Coalition presidency.

Kostunica, who chaired the meeting, said that the declaration would tabled in the Serbian Parliament in the first autumn sitting and would also be debated in the Serbia-Montenegro Parliament.

He told media that the declaration put an emphasis on human rights, adding that issues such as decentralisation could not be resolved until human rights regulations were in place.

Also attending the meeting of the Kosovo Serb Return coalition presidency were Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic and Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic.

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CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER II SUPPORTS BISHOP ARTEMIJE
With great pleasure I read your statement on Kosovo and Metohija situation. I sincerely You for the words of wisdom and courage that all of need in this moment. I completely share Your vision about possibility of the shared life in Kosovo and Metohija with the mutual respect all citizens regardless of their ethnical or religious background.

The Royal Palace
Belgrade 11040, August 5, 2003

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LETTER OF SUPPORT FROM HRH CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER II TO THE BISHOP OF RASKA AND PRIZREN ARTEMIJE

Belgrade, August 5th, 2003. _ HRH Crown Prince Aleksandar II sent the letter of support to the Bishop of the Raska and Prizren Artemije, today, in which he says:

"With great pleasure I read your statement on Kosovo and Metohija situation. I sincerely You for the words of wisdom and courage that all of need in this moment. I completely share Your vision about possibility of the shared life in Kosovo and Metohija with the mutual respect all citizens regardless of their ethnical or religious background.

Using this opportunity, I deplore again any act of violence and terrorism toward members of Serbian community, as well as toward any other citizens of Kosovo and Metohija.

I want to assure You, that You can always count to my support of your noble ambition".

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BISHOP ARTEMIJE CALLS FOR MULTIETHNIC KOSOVO

B92, Vesti - Frankfurt
Frankfurt (Germany), August 4, 2003

Raska and Prizren Bishop Artemije has insisted that Kosovo "wouldn't, couldn't and shouldn't ever again be only Serb; but that it wouldn't, couldn't and shouldn't be only Albanian either".
Speaking to Serbian-language Frankfurt daily Vesti, the bishop said: "If we could live together with all the nations from the region in the past then I believe we can in the future too".

The bishop expects new UNMIK governor Harri Holkeri to approach both communities impartially, realize what the real problems are and solve them in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244.

Bishop Artemije said that if the former Finnish PM "succeeds in fully implementing the resolution, I think he would do a great job not merely for Kosovo but the whole of the international community as well".


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INDEPENDENT (UK) KLA LINK SUSPECTED IN UN POLICE MURDER
The killing has caused alarm as it follows recent attacks on symbols of law and order after the conviction of four ex-KLA members on war crimes charges. The men, who were sentenced to a total of 45 years, were found guilty of offences including torture, kidnapping and the inhuman treatment of civilians during the Kosovo conflict in 1998 and 1999.

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THE INDEPENDENT (London)
06 August 2003

By Stephen Castle in Brussels


The United Nations offered a ?50,000 (£35,000) reward yesterday for information leading to the arrest of the killer of one of its policemen serving in Kosovo, amid fears that law enforcement agencies had become the target of an upsurge of violence.

Some fear the killing is linked to recent attacks on court and police buildings, which followed the conviction of former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) on war crimes charges.

Yesterday, investigators refused to speculate about who might have killed Major Satish Menon, a 43-year-old Indian officer who was shot by a sniper in an ambush on Sunday near the village of Slatina, 28 miles north of the capital, Pristina. A British officer driving the vehicle was unhurt.

Major Menon is the first policeman to die in Kosovo since the international community took over the administration after Nato's bombing campaign in 1999. The shooting took place in a Serb area but within easy reach of Albanian villages, and the two communities are blaming each other.

The killing has caused alarm as it follows recent attacks on symbols of law and order after the conviction of four ex-KLA members on war crimes charges. The men, who were sentenced to a total of 45 years, were found guilty of offences including torture, kidnapping and the inhuman treatment of civilians during the Kosovo conflict in 1998 and 1999.

In an apparent reprisal for the ruling, a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at a district court
building in Pristina on 20 July, causing serious damage. That was followed immediately by an explosion outside a police station near by.

Three days earlier, a hand grenade exploded outside another police station, north-east of Pristina, near the birthplace of the four convicted men. UN police vehicles have also been vandalised and daubed with graffiti, and last weekend, gunmen fired into a car in the mainly Albanian town of Pec, killing three people, including two girls passing by. The violence has posed new questions for peace-keepers, who once saw the KLA as allies of the Nato alliance against the Serb forces of the former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic.

Sven Lindholm, spokesman for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, said the attacksv on court and police buildings "can be seen as an attack on the rule of law because they were targeted on the institutions that are trying to instil the rule of law".

While some see the spate of recent attacks as a political statement by those who retain a loyalty to former KLA colleagues, others believe that it is the work of criminal gangs.

Stefan Feller, the UN police chief, linked the earlier attacks with the trial verdict, but was careful not to connect the latest death in the same way. He said Major Menon died "because he was a police officer" and that he was "apparently selected at random to be killed".

He added: "This was a cold-blooded and deliberate killing of an officer who had no chance to defend himself."

More than 4,000 UN police officers patrol Kosovo. Many former KLA members have joined the unarmed 6,000-strong local police force, the Kosovo Protection Corps. The region has been administered by UN and Nato-led peace-keepers from K-For since June 1999, after a 78-day bombing campaign forced the withdrawal of Serb forces under the command of Mr Milosevic.


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THREE KOSOVO ALBANIANS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH UN POLICEMAN MURDER
Three Kosovo-Albanians have been arrested by an UNMIK special police unit and KFOR troops in connection with the murder of Indian UN police major Satish Menon.

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SRNA News Agency, Bijeljina
Beta News Agency, Belgrade

August 6, 2003

PRISTINA -- Wednesday -- Three Kosovo-Albanians have been arrested by an UNMIK special police unit and KFOR troops in connection with the murder of Indian UN police major Satish Menon.

UN police spokesman Derek Chappell confirmed the arrests, insisting that the men were not arrested for murdering the policeman, but over weapons discovered during a search of the area.

Chappell explained that a thorough search of the terrain is being conducted in order to determine how the attackers came, set up the ambush and fled. Rifles and other items have so far been discovered.

According to a statement of the UNMIK police's Information Office, the three, whose names have yet to be released, have been remanded into custody while a large-scale investigation is carried out.

UNMIK urge Kosovo citizens to cooperate with the investigation team, reminding them of the 50,000-euro reward offered for information leading to the identification and arrest of Menon's killers.

Menon was killed while travelling on the Zvecan-Leposavic Road in a UN marked car when his vehicle was fired upon just before midnight on Sunday.


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A SERB IN EASTERN PART OF KOSOVO BEATEN BY ALBANIANS
Pavic was attacked while he was looking after his livestock on a meadow near the village. After first aid assistance by his neighbors Pavic was moved to a hospital in Vranje where he was held in for medical treatment. The assailants fled the scene.

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KIM RADIO
Gnjilane, 05 Aug

On Monday, at around 18:00, a group of unidentified Albanians beat 50 years old Zivorad Pavic from Koretiste, near Gnjilane, causing him serious injuries.

Pavic was attacked while he was looking after his livestock on a meadow near the village. After first aid assistance by his neighbors Pavic was moved to a hospital in Vranje where he was held in for medical treatment. The assailants fled the scene. UNMIK and KFOR have been informed of this incident. There is an ongoing investigation regarding this case.

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UN ADMINISTRATION IN KOSOVO ACCUSED OF INDIFFERENCE FOR "ANA" PLANS
In the announcement signed by Milan Ivanovic, the president of the SNV, this council warns that this kind of stances can have "tragic consequences". "Even every politically ignorant person from Northern Kosovo is clear" with the fact that ANA has the goal of cutting of Kosovska Mitrovica-Leposavic communication, "so that they could cause panic and fear among the Serbs from this homogenous Serb region," states the SNV.

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Kosovska Mitrovica, 06 Aug (Free Serbia) _ Serbian national council (SNV) for Northern Kosovo has accused the international administration in the province of "being indifferent" towards as they have put it "the intentions of the Albanian National Army (ANA) to stop the communication between Kosovska Mitrovica and Leposavic".

In the announcement signed by Milan Ivanovic, the president of the SNV, this council warns that this kind of stances can have "tragic consequences". "Even every politically ignorant person from Northern Kosovo is clear" with the fact that ANA has the goal of cutting of Kosovska Mitrovica-Leposavic communication, "so that they could cause panic and fear among the Serbs from this homogenous Serb region," states the SNV.

"The ANA sightings in the Zvecan municipality and surrounding area and the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, the murder of the UNMIK policeman on the Mitrovica-Leposavic road, or to put it more preciously in the region dominated by the Albanian villages of Koshutovo, Ceranja, and Shaljska Bistrica, then the suspicious suicide of the French KFOR soldier in the same region at a moment when there was an exchange of fire between KFOR and ANA, speaks that ANA has started actions for fulfilling its idea of great Albania," states SNV.

The SNV also points, "This same organization has on two occasions mined the railroad bridge in this region," openly admitting this acts. "Almost at the same time there are numerous statements of Albanian officials claiming that with their presence UNMIK and KFOR are posing as an obstacle for Kosovo_s independence, which is surly an inspiration for numerous violence_s," states the announcement.

The SNV evaluates that the international administration "is approaching this problem with indifference", and that "there is an impression" that "they are sticking their head in the sand not wanting to call things by their real name". (Beta)

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"UNMIK OCCUPIERS OUT" - ALBANIAN GRAFFITO ON DJAKOVICA MUNICIPAL BUILDING
Early on Wednesday morning, unidentified individuals wrote anti-UNMIK graffito on the building of Djakovica Municipal Building where UNMIK Administration led by John Rogers has its offices.

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"UNMIK Occupiers Out"

07 Aug (Koha Ditore) _ Early on Wednesday morning, unidentified individuals wrote anti-UNMIK graffito on the building of Djakovica Municipal Building where UNMIK Administration led by John Rogers has its offices.

On the right side of the building across the "Mother Theresa" main road it was written "UNMIK Occupiers Out." UNMIK Officials didn' give any opinion about this graffito, which is the first of its kind these last four years in Djakovica.

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OLIVER IVANOVIC CALLS FOR DISBANDING KPC (KOSOVO PROTECTION CORPS)
On Wednesday, Oliver Ivanovic, a member of the Kosovo parliament presiding body, called on the international community to disband the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) because of its "participation in many tragedies that have happened in Kosovo in the past four years".

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DANAS, Belgrade daily
07 August, 2003,

On Wednesday, Oliver Ivanovic, a member of the Kosovo parliament presiding body, called on the international community to disband the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) because of its "participation in many tragedies that have happened in Kosovo in the past four years".
In his interview for Jagodina "Palma Plus" TV station Ivanovic stated, "it is normal for Kosovo to have a fire prevention unit which will act as separate formation, but not as an armed formation with the goal of one day becoming an army".

Two days ago the KPC headquarters demanded that the international community implements the KPC in the policing duties in Kosovo

Currently the KPC has the status of civilian formation, which is to assist during extraordinary situations.


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