May 11, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 11-05-03

CONTENTS:
 

Editorial:
ETHNIC TERROR IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA CONTINUES
Just in the past three weeks, a series of new incidents demonstrated that the situation in the southern Serbian province is not improving but instead is becoming increasingly difficult and uncertain - ERP KIM Editorial

SERBIAN CHURCH OF ST. NICHOLAS IN PRISTINA STONED
Until one month ago St. Nicholas Church was under constant KFOR protection. Provocations began as soon as the security patrol was removed. Bishop Artemije personally sent a written warning to international representatives in Pristina that KFOR should resecure the church and the parish hall. Regrettably, this appeal did not result in a favorable response and the church, as well as the few remaining Serb houses immediately next to it, was left without permanent protection.

KOSOVO SERBS CRITICIZE ALL AND SUNDRY
The Kosovo Union of Serb municipalities and settlements held a session in Zvecan today, assessing that the general situation in the province has worsened and that coexistence with the Albanian community is proving to be all but impossible.

SNC - COUNT LAMBSDORF'S SCANDALOUS STATEMENT IS REVEALING STEINER'S HIDDEN AGENDA IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
Nikolaus Count Lambsdorf, chief of cabinet of Michael Steiner, Special UN Secretary General representative in Kosovo, said that "Kosovo will never again be a part of Serbia" on an international meeting on Kosovo in Vienna (Austria) on May 09. By such a statement Count Lambsdorf is seriously overstepping his authorities and prejudicing future status of Kosovo and Metohija before any negotiations, claim SNC leaders in Kosovo and Metohija. In fact, this shocking statement reveals true goals of Michael Steiner's administration which is no longer hiding its open pro-Albanian agenda and support of unilateral changes of Serbia-Montenegrin internationaly granted borders.

SERBIAN LEADING COALITION WILL NO LONGER ENGAGE STEINER

BELGRADE -- Sunday _ Speaking after last night_s DOS presidency session, minister Rasim Ljajic said that DOS will insist that wanted militant Albanian Shefqet Musliu, arrested in Kosovo recently, be handed over to Serbian authorities. In an interview with agency Beta, Ljajic said DOS leaders had concluded that UNMIK governor Michael Steiner had displayed no readiness to discuss the Kosovo issue with the Serbian Government, as he had still not replied to Kosovo MP Momcilo Trajkovic_s suggestion that discussions commence.

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The cry of Serb children from Lipljan - GENEVE WAKE UP!

EDITORIAL
ETHNIC TERROR IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA CONTINUES


Just in the past three weeks, a series of new incidents demonstrated that the situation in the southern Serbian province is not improving but instead is becoming increasingly difficult and uncertain

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ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, May 10, 2003

In Kosovo and Metohija there are still two realities, which have little in common. On the one hand, there are official statements by some international representatives and Kosovo Albanian leaders describing the continuous improvement of the situation and the need to transfer UNMIK competencies to the local population as quickly as possible. On the other hand, for the Kosovo-Metohija Serbs and largely for other at-risk minority communities continuing to live under a state of siege, the situation is not improving but life is actually becoming increasingly difficult and the future more and more uncertain.

OLD SERB WOMAN FOUND IN A POOL OF BLOOD

On the eve of the Easter holidays, Orthodox Good Friday on April 25, Albanian hooligans brutally beat up a Serb woman, Smiljka Andjelkovic (66), in her home in Lipljan. The attackers broke into the Andjelkovic home at about 17,00 hours and inflicted serious bodily harm upon Smiljka Andjelkovic, who was alone at the time. When her husband, Ljubinko Andjelkovic, arrived home he found his wife lying in a pool of blood in the kitchen. There was also blood on a chair apparently used to repeatedly strike the old woman in the head. Emergency medical care was provided at the Simonida Medical Center in Gracanica, where physicians diagnosed serious injuries to the skull. The Andjelkovic family has long

been the target of threats from local Albanian extremists using all means to force then to sell their apartment and move out of Lipljan. This attack has caused further unrest in this central Kosovo municipality where the remaining couple of thousand Serbs have lived under the constant ethnic terror of the Albanian majority for the last four years.

On the same day Albanian police belonging to the Kosovo Police Service
(KPS) detained a convoy of Serb buses and vehicles at the administrative border of Kosovo and Metohija near Podujevo without any concrete reason. Even though the convoy had a regular KFOR escort responsible for accompanying it to Brezovica to celebrate the oncoming holidays with relatives, the Kosovo police refused to allow the vehicles to pass. Only after the intervention of Mrs. Svetlana Stevic, a reperesentative of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren, in UNMIK headquarters in Pristina did the Albanian police allow the Serb convoy to continue on its journey.

SERB LITERARY CLASSICS IN GARBAGE DUMPSTERS

On the salme day, as Orthodox Christians marked the day of Christ's crucifixion and suffering on Golgotha through prayer, disturbing news arrived from Gnjilane that the Albanians had thrown about 1,000 Serbian language books from the city library into the garbage. Among the books ending up in garbage dumpsters were works by Serbian Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric, Njegos and poetess Desanka Maksinovic. Unfortunately this barbaric act reminiscent of the burning of the books during the time of Nazism is not the only incident of this time. Immediately after the end of the war in 1999 and the arrival of the international UN mission and KFOR in Kosovo and Metohija, thousands of Serbian language books were ejected from the libraries of Kosovo-Metohija towns inhabited by an Albanian majority population and burned. The same occurred with books from private collections which their Serb owners were unable to evacuate in time. This latest anti-cultural act best illustrates the horrific contours of the new state being established in this region, sadly, under the administration and auspices of the UN. Kosovo Ombudsman Marek Nowicky, a Pole, has orded an urgent investigation and sought to preserve the remaining Serbian language books from destruction. As in similar instances in the past, not one representative of the Kosovo Albanians has condemned this act nor has the so-called Albanian intellectual community expressed any interest in the destruction of Serbian language books.

FREQUENT ALBANIAN ATTACKS AGAINST SERBS IN SUVI DO

On May 3, just days after the Orthodox celebration of the Resurrection of Christ, Milan and Milorad Jeftic, local residents of Suvi Do, a village not far from Kosovska Mitrovica, were injured when they were intentionally hit by a bus driven by a Kosovo Albanian. The international police immediately arrested the driver who is to be indicted by the court within days. Only three days later, on May 6, a Kosmetprevoz Bus Lines bus transporting Serb students between Kosovska Mitrovica and Suvi Do was stoned by Albanians. No one was injured but the bus was demolished.

Serbs from Suvi Do, embittered by the frequent attacks by Albanians, organized a protest meeting on May 7 to demand more effective protection from Albanian extremists. In order to disperse the 250 Serbs who gathered for the protest, members of the Danish KFOR battalion fired tear gas at the local residents, including women and children. This resulted in the injury of Gordana Jeftic, who was transported to the medical center in Kosovska Mitrovica in serious medical condition. What is more, according to local Serbs, members of KFOR confiscated their bus (which had been stoned the previous day) thus removing their only means of transportation to Kosovska Mitrovica.

On the same day, Albanian extremists inflicted serious injuries upon Dejan Jeftic, a taxi driver from Suvi Do, who is still undergoing treatment in the medical center in Kosovska Mitrovica.

KOSOVO PROTECTION CORPS RESPONSIBLE FOR TERRORIST ATTACK

In the meanwhile, UNMIK representatives finally officially confirmed that two members of the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) were responsible for planting explosives under a bridge in the village of Loziste near Zvecan. This news appeared in the wake of increasing attempts by KPC representatives to create an impression in public that this organization should be transformed into the future Kosovo army. The Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija immediately called on Kosovo Serbs not to join the Kosovo Protection Corps because "it is the direct heir of the Kosovo Liberation Army and an organization responsible for numerous terrorist attacks on members of the Serb and other non-Albanian communities". "All Serbs need to be cognizant of the fact," cites the Coordinating Center in its statement, that the KPC is providing "logistical support to the ANA, a terrorist organization responsible for recent terrorist attacks in northern Kosovo".

Unofficial confirmation that the KPC really has strong ties to the so-called Albanian National Army, placed on the list of terrorist organizations last month by the chief of UNMIK, was also given by international represenatives of the UN mission who informed the public that due to the involvement of members of the KPC in the terrorist attack in Loziste, they are cancelling the training program abroad for members of the KPC. According to Kosovo Serb leaders, the notorious ANA is in fact a phantom organization serving as a front for the human resources and logistical support of the Kosovo Protection Corps itself.

SERB CEMETERY NEAR VITINA DESECRATED

Unfortunately this recap of tragic news concludes with the latest instances of desecration of an Orthodox cemetery in the village of Zitinje near Kosovska Vitina, where unknown persons have completely destroyed eleven tombstones. According to Zoran Stankovic, a displaced person housed not far from his village in neighboring Klokot, the desecration of the tombstones most probably occurred during the May Day holidays. Among the tombstones destroyed was that of his son, who was killed four years ago on the threshold of his home by Albanian extremists. The Serbs of Zitinje were forced to leave their village in the summer of 1999 under pressure from local Albanian extremists; since then, the village has been inhabited solely by Albanians.

In all these instances, as in the past, an appropriate response by Kosovo institutions has been completely lacking; apparently, they are more concerned with how the Province can become an independent Albanian state as soon as possible than with the living conditions of its population. Respect for the rights of the non-majority population, law and order have long ago been put on the back burner by leading Albanian politicians. At the same time, they are seeking to project a completely different image abroad not corresponding at all to the real situation in the region and cover up the bitter truth that since 1999 a regime of terror and ethnic discrimination was established in Kosovo and Metohija, which continues on to this day with the silent acquiescence of international circles.

PRISONERS IN THEIR OWN HOMES

That these most recent incidents are not isolated cases and the exception in Kosovo reality is also confirmed by the latest report of the U.S. human rights organization Amnesty International, published in April of this year under the title "Prisoners in Their Own Homes" providing detailed descriptions of the position of the Serb people and minority communities in Kosovo and Metohija in the last two years. The report, the most complete international effort of its kind to date, discusses in detail attacks on the non-majority population, destruction of churches and cemeteries, ethnic discrimination and the most brutal trampling of basic human rights.

In the conclusions of this report it is clearly emphasized that UNMIK and KFOR "have failed in their task to ensure respect for human rights by failing to undertake timely and appropriate measures against their violation" and appeals to members of international UN mission and KFOR "to bring those committing crimes to justice and undertake more effective measures of protection for the at-risk population".

After last month's report by the UN Security Council, in which for the first time a harsher tone is used to criticize the behavior of the Kosovo Albanians, and indirectly the work of the UN mission itself, which tolerates the excesses of the extremists, the hope remains that the international community will not continue to ignore the catastrophic situation existing for the past four years under its protectorate.

To what extent these words of criticism and warning by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will influence representatives of the UN mission and KFOR, as well as the local population, remains to be seen in upcoming months which will be of key significance for the fate of the one of the most burning crisis areas in the Balkans.

S.M.D.


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SERBIAN CHURCH OF ST. NICHOLAS STONED BY ALBANIANS
DIOCESE OF RASKA AND PRIZREN MOST STRONGLY CONDEMNS STONING OF ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH IN PRISTINA

Yesterday's stoning of the Pristina church once again proves that removing security patrols protecting religious sites located in risk zones represents a dangerous experiment possibly leading to serious and undesireable consequences

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ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, May 11, 2003

The Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija most strongly condemns the stoning of the Orthodox Serbian Church of St. Nicholas in Pristina by Albanian hooligans last night. According to ERP KIM sources in Pristina the intense attack occurred last night just after dusk. During the stoning the windows of the church were broken. The church was built at the beginning of the 19th century on the foundation of the much older Orthodox St. Nicholas Monastery, mentioned in historical records as having existed in this location as early as the 16th century.

Unfortunately, this is not the only attack on St. Nicholas Church in Pristina; since the end of the war in 1999 it has been the target of vandal attacks on multiple occasions. There have also been previous multiple attacks on the incomplete Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior near the University Settlement.

Until one month ago St. Nicholas Church was under constant KFOR protection. Provocations began as soon as the security patrol was removed. Bishop Artemije personally sent a written warning to international representatives in Pristina that KFOR should resecure the church and the parish hall. Regrettably, this appeal did not result in a favorable response and the church, as well as the few remaining Serb houses immediately next to it, was left without permanent protection.

Yesterday's stoning of the Pristina church once again proves that removing security patrols protecting religious sites located in risk zones represents a dangerous experiment possibly leading to serious and undesireable consequences. It should be enough to recall the blowing up of the Orthodox church in the village of Ljubovo near Istok and the attack on the church in Djurakovac in December last year.

The Diocese urgently demands that UNMIK and KFOR undertake appropriate measures to prevent further attacks of this kind and that St. Nicholas Church be protected to meet the needs of the remaining 200 or so Orthodox believers who continue to attend Holy Liturgy escorted by KFOR or the police.

The Office of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren
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KOSOVO-SERBS CRITICIZE ALL AND SUNDRY
http://www.balkanpeace.org/hed/archive/may03/hed5764.shtml

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B92, May 09, 2003

ZVECAN, Kosovo, Serbia -- The Kosovo Union of Serb municipalities and settlements held a session in Zvecan today, assessing that the general situation in the province has worsened and that coexistence with the Albanian community is proving to be all but impossible.

Marko Jaksic, president of the union assembly, told press afterwards that participants were harshly critical of the international community's failure to secure conditions enabling repatriation.

He also confirmed that attendees were disappointed with Belgrade's Coordination Centre for Kosovo and Southern Serbia for failing to realise its goal of improving living conditions for the remaining Serbs in Kosovo.

Continuing his attack, Jaksic accused UNMIK of applying double standards to Serbs and Albanians and assessed that the only way to ensure a functioning multi-ethnic Kosovo would be the creation of two entities.

He explained: This does not equate to the division of Kosovo, just like it did not mean the division of Bosnia-Hercegovina.

He added that the forming of a separate entity would enable displaced Serbs to return to regions in which their state's legal system was in force.


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SNC - COUNT LAMBSDORF SCANDALOUS STATEMENT IS REVEALING STEINER'S HIDDEN AGENDA IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

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ERP KIM Info-service
Gracanica, May 11, 2003

Nikolaus Count Lambsdorf, chief of cabinet of Michael Steiner, Special UN Secretary General representative in Kosovo said that "Kosovo will never again be a part of Serbia" on an international meeting on Kosovo in Vienna (Austria) on May 09.

By such a statement Count Lambsdorf is seriously overstepping his authorities and prejudicing future status of Kosovo and Metohija before any negotiations, claim SNC leaders in Kosovo and Metohija. In fact, this shocking statement reveals true goals of Michael Steiner's administration which is no longer hiding its open pro-Albanian agenda and support of unilateral changes of Serbia-Montenegrin internationaly granted borders.

On the other hand Lambsdorf easily dismisses an idea of division of Kosovo claiming that "division of Kosovo could encourage Albanians to request Albanian inhabited territories in Macedonia and South of Serbia by force". Howver, he seems to forget that the very request of proclaiming independence of Kosovo and Metohija province which is still a part of Serbia-Montenegro by itself constitutes a precedent that is directly encouraging secessionist claims in many other European and non-European countries.

After four years of interantional-Albanian rule in Kosovo it is more than evident for Kosovo Serbs that the only kind of states Albanians can make in Kosovo is an ethnically clean Albanian society which will be one of the most monoethnic and repressive societies in Europe. Supporting of such ideas by an UN official is simply scandalous and is additionally eroding allegedly non-biased image of UNMIK, claim SNC officials in Gracanica.

After the mandate of the former UNMIK chief Hans Haekerrup Steiner's admnistration did everything to obstruct implementation of the UN SC Resolution 1244 and encourage ethnic Albanian claims for secession of Kosovo and Metohija. The famous Steiner's slogan Standards-before-status has become nothing but a smoke screen behind which UNMIK intends to hand over most important competences to almost ethnically clean ethnic Albanian institutions which openly continue with their gross violations of minority rights and actively pursue a policy of creating a second ethnic Albanian state in the Balkans.

Therefore, this statement of one of Steiner's closest associates brings an urgent need to replace a present UNMIK leadership by more evenhanded and constructive representatives who will finally start working on implementation of the Resolution 1244 and creating of proper conditions for all ethnic communities in Kosovo.

The statement of Count Lambsdorf was also strongly condemned by the Serbian-Montenegrin ambassador in Austria Mihailo Kovac who explained to the participants of the meeting in Vienna that Serbia has undergone very important democratic changes and that it is headed now by people who strongly fought against Milosevic's policy and pursue a policy of tolerance and human rights respects which can be seen in South Serbia. On the other hand in Kosovo, under UNMIK's policy of transfer of competences a monoethnic society is emerging and its politicians only pursue a policy of independence without readiness to grant minimum of rights to non Albanians, Kovac stated.

This fact was, also recognized by UNMIK's chief Michael Steiner himself who said a few days ago that Kosovo is ruled by organized crime in which also some international representatives are involved.

"Many criminals and terrorists put on uniformes of Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) and keep throwing bombs and arming Albanians in South Serbia and Macedonia, said Kovac, adding that in Kosovo there is "a tragic lack of democratic potential and positive authority among local Albanians. He also said that international representatives hipocritically refuse to confront such reality and implement the Resolution 1244 which constitutes their mandate in the Province.

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SERBIAN LEADING COALITION (DOS) WILL NO LONGER ENGAGE STEINER

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SRNA, FoNet, Beta
May 11, 2003


BELGRADE -- Sunday - Speaking after last night's DOS presidency session, minister Rasim Ljajic said that DOS will insist that wanted militant Albanian Shefqet Musliu, arrested in Kosovo recently, be handed over to Serbian authorities.

In an interview with agency Beta, Ljajic said DOS leaders had concluded that UNMIK governor Michael Steiner had displayed no readiness to discuss the Kosovo issue with the Serbian Government, as he had still not replied to Kosovo MP Momcilo Trajkovic's suggestion that discussions commence.

Accordingly, DOS will no longer request UNMIK co-operation in that area, although they will continue to insist that Musliu be delivered.

The Saturday evening DOS session also saw the acceptance of an initiative for the forming of a state council for Kosovo, discussion of the Action Plan for the Montenegrin harmonisation negotiations and confirmation of the Social Democratic Union's membership of the ruling coalition.

The next session will focus on the drafting of the new Serbian Constitution and Ljajic said that he expects laws governing a ministerial council and a high court of the state union to be formed as soon as possible.


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