May 19 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 19-05-06

NEW CRIME OF THE "ALBANIAN NATIONAL ARMY" IN KOSOVO

CONTENTS:

SERB MAN MURDERED BY ALBANIAN NATIONAL ARMY NEAR VITINA

SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH AND SNC KIM CONDEMN CRIME - UNMIK KEEPS SILENT ABOUT "ANA" MESSAGE LATEST UPDATE

AP - SERB KILLED IN KOSOVO

DPA - KOSOVO SERBS DEMAND MORE SECURITY AS TEACHER'S BODY FOUND IN CANAL

DPA - UNDERGROUND ARMY RESPONSIBLE FOR ATTACK ON MACEDONIAN GARRISON

SPECIAL REPORT
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF - NAZI PAST OF "ANA" SKENDERBEY DIVISION LINKS
"SKENDERBEY DIVISION" IS THE ALBANIAN NATIONAL ARMY FORMATION CONTINUING TRADITIONS OF THE SS SKENDERBEY DIVISION FROM WWII, WHICH COMMITTED MANY CRIMES AGAINST THE SLAV POPULATION OF KOSOVO-METOHIJA AND MACEDONIA

AFP - THREE INJURED IN CLASH BETWEEN MACEDONIAN AND ALBANIAN TEENS

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SERB MAN MURDERED BY "ALBANIAN NATIONAL ARMY" NEAR VITINA

When the body was recovered, there was a note beside it with threatening contents signed by the Albanian National Army (ANA), a shadowy group of Kosovo Albanian extremists officially proclaimed a terrorist organization by UNMIK chief Michael Steiner last month.

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ERP KIM Info Service
KOSOVSKA VITINA, May 18, 2003

Yesterday, on Saturday, May 17, 2003, Zoran Mirkovic, a 41 year-old Serb man, was brutally murdered by the members of the "Albanian National Army" (ANA, AKSH in Albanian) in the village of Vrbovac near Kosovska Vitina, Serbian sources from Vitina have confirmed.

Mirkovic was a professor of Russian language and the father of three children, who was supporting two families. Yesterday at about 15,00 hours he set out by bicycle to visit his property just outside of the Serb village of Vrbovac. He was not seen again. His disappearance was reported to UNMIK at about 21,00; his body, with two bullets in his head, was found by 23,00, according to local sources.

When the body was recovered, there was a note beside it signed by the Albanian National Army (ANA), a shadowy group of Kosovo Albanian extremists officially proclaimed a terrorist organization by UNMIK chief Michael Steiner last month. According to the testimony of local Serbs, Mirkovic had been previously threatened by ANA terrorists. All this was reported to UNMIK police, which began an immediate investigation of the crime. The general feeling among Vrbovac Serbs is that the ANA wanted to put additional pressure on local Serbs by killing one of the most eminent villagers, a teacher who was known as a person of moderate positions and tolerance.

In recent few weeks there have been two other attacks near Vrbovac in which no one was injured. In both cases Albanian extremists opened fire on vehicles driven by local Serbs. One of the attacked, Tomislav Simic, was almost killed in his vehicle near the local cemetery ten days ago.

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SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH AND SNC KIM CONDEMN CRIME IN VITINA - UNMIK KEEPS SILENT ABOUT "ANA" MESSAGE

Although news about the ANA message is very well known to UNMIK police and UNMIK officials, this information was intentionally not included in the official report but only circulated internally among UNMIK personnel, a reliable source from Pristina confirmed for ERP KIM Info-Service. At the same time, UNMIK police spokesman Derek Chappell denied to media that the police knew anything about the message found next to the body, a statement similar to that from last month when, after the bridge blast, he flatly denied that the ANA exists in Kosovo at all.

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ERP KIM Info Service
GRACANICA, May 18, 2003

The Diocese of Raska and Prizren and the Serbian National Council of Kosovo-Metohija most strongly condemn the murder of Zoran Mirkovic. By this crime ANA (AKSH) terrorists continue their blood feast with the intention of completely expelling all Serbs from Kosovsko Pomoravlje (eastern part of Kosovo Province). The terror of the Albanian extremists regrettably continues in all spheres of life, and Serbs are exposed daily to humiliation and various forms of discrimination.

Although news about the ANA message is very well known to UNMIK police and UNMIK officials, this information was intentionally not included in the official report but only circulated internally among UNMIK personnel, a reliable source from Pristina confirmed for ERP KIM Info-Service. At the same time, UNMIK police spokesman Derek Chappell denied to media today that the police knew anything about the message found next to the body,
a statement similar to that from last month when, after the bridge blast, he flatly denied that the ANA existed in Kosovo at all, which was, of course, proved wrong the next day.

This sad fact shows that UNMIK clearly has no intention of any confrontation with Albanian National Army (ANA) terrorists, who are increasingly threatening the local Serb population in Kosovo and Metohija, and instigating new conflicts in the region, especially in FYR Macedonia. If this indifferent attitude of UNMIK towards criminals continues, new ANA attacks can be expected with complete certainty. In that case, UNMIK officials will hardly be able to deny their responsibility for possible consequences.

The Diocese of Raska and Prizren and the SNC KIM once again appeal, as they have done so many times before, to UNMIK and KFOR to find the perpetrators of this crime and begin a more decisive campaign to arrest the bands organizing and carrying out terrorist attacks in the Province. Successful action by the Serbian Police against criminals and mafia clans in Serbia after the assassination of premier Djindjic proves that it will be much easier to do the same on a much smaller territory with such large military and police resources as UNMIK and KFOR possess in Kosovo and Metohija.

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AP - SERB KILLED IN KOSOVO

Serbia's deputy prime minister, Nebojsa Covic, said the killing reflected the lack of security for minority and asked for better protection of Serb enclaves from the U.N. mission and NATO-led peacekeepers running Kosovo.

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PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro (AP)
May 18, 2003

The body of a Serb was found thrown in a canal in eastern Kosovo, a U.N. official said Sunday. Government officials in Belgrade suggested an ethnically motivated killing but international officials said no motive was established.

The body of Zoran Mirkovic, 41, was found late Saturday in a canal in an uninhabited part of the Serb village of Vrbovac, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of province's capital Pristina, said U.N. spokesman Andrea Angeli.

Mirkovic, a Russian-language teacher and a father of three, was found dead with two bullets to the head, Angeli said, adding his body was apparently dumped after he was killed somewhere else.

He said no reason for the crime was apparent. But suggesting an ethnic motive, Serbia's deputy prime minister, Nebojsa Covic, said the killing reflected the lack of security for minority and asked for better protection of Serb enclaves from the U.N. mission and NATO-led peacekeepers running Kosovo.

"The international community must send clear signals to all extremists in the ethnic Albanian community," he said.

Kosovo has been administered by U.N. and NATO since mid-1999 after an alliance air war halted a Serb military crackdown on separatist ethnic Albanians seeking independence for the Serbian province. Since then, the Serb minority has been targeted by ethnic Albanian extremists.

Authorities have reported a significant decrease of ethnically motivated crimes, but tensions remain high between the two groups.


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KOSOVO SERBS DEMAND MORE SECURITY AS TEACHER'S BODY FOUND IN CANAL

Shortly after the body was found, a crowd of local Serbs gathered in the village to protest the murder and complain to the international authorities in Kosovo about lack of security.

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DPA, May 18, 2003

Pristina (dpa) - Kosovo Serbs Sunday demanded tighter security after the body of a teacher was found dumped in a canal in a village in eastern Kosovo Saturday. He had been shot twice in the head.

Shortly after the body was found, a crowd of local Serbs gathered in the village to protest the murder and complain to the international authorities in Kosovo about lack of security.
Zivkovic, a language teacher and a father of three, went missing Saturday morning. Police believe his body was dumped in the canal after he was shot elsewhere.

Late last night outside the village of Vrbovac, near the town of Vitina, the body of 41-year-old Serb, Zoran Zivkovic, was found laying in a canal with two shot wounds in the head," said Andrea Angeli, spokesperson for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo.

The U.N. spokesperson was not able to give a motive for the murder. Ethnically motivated violence against members of Kosovo Serb minority community has dropped significantly since the end of war in June 1999, but such incidents still occur occasionally,

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UNDERGROUND ARMY RESPONSIBLE FOR ATTACK ON MACEDONIAN GARRISON

"Special units of the Skenderbeu Division, installed in the villages Drenovec and Poroj, in the early hours of the 17th of May have hit with rocket launchers the Slavic Macedonian Army garrison near Tetovo", the AKSH (Albanian National Army) statement posted on its website said.

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DPA, May 18, 2003

Pristina (dpa) - The underground organization which calls itself the Albanian National Army (AKSH) took responsibility Sunday for an armed attack on a military facility in the town of Tetovo in western Macedonia.

"Special units of the Skenderbeu Division, installed in the villages Drenovec and Poroj, in the early hours of the 17th of May have hit with rocket launchers the Slavic Macedonian Army garrison near Tetovo", the AKSH statement posted on its website said.

The aim of this attack, as explained in the statement, is "to weaken the military potential of the Slavic Macedonian authorities, which are militarizing more and more every day, in order to carry out state violence and genocide against unprotected Albanians".

In the attack several grenades were fired at the garrison, situated at the outskirts of the town, but caused no casualties.

The town of Tetovo, some 40 kilometres west of the capital Skopje, and mainly inhabited by ethnic Albanians, was one of the hot spots during the conflict between ethnic Albanian rebels and Macedonian government forces in 2001.

AKSH has not recognized the peace agreement, which ended the conflict in June 2001, and since than has taken responsibility for a number of attacks against Macedonian security forces as well as on Serbian security forces in the neighbouring Presevo Valley.

Last month it was declared a terrorist organization by the United Nations administrator of Kosovo, Michael Steiner, after it claimed responsibility for an attack against a railway bridge in northern Kosovo, on the border with Serbia.

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HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF - NAZI PAST OF "ANA" SKENDERBEY DIVISION

"SKENDERBEY DIVISION" IS THE ALBANIAN NATIONAL ARMY FORMATION CONTINUING TRADITIONS OF THE SS SKENDERBEY DIVISION FROM WWII, WHICH COMMITTED MANY CRIMES AGAINST THE SLAV POPULATION OF KOSOVO-METOHIJA AND MACEDONIA


photo: Reality Macedonia

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ERPKIM Info-Service
May 19, 2003

Skenderbey Division was the name chosen not by chance by the Albanian National Army in our days. In the WW2 there existed SS Skenderbey Division of Albanian Nazis which comitted many crimes against the Slav population in Kosovo Metohija and Macedonia acting under the protection of Hitler's and Mussolini's regime. More about this infamous division you can learn on the following pages selected from kosovo.net historical Web-Page:

LINKS:

The Holocaust in Kosovo - Sean Mac Mathuna and John Heathcote - This Web Page is focusing on the Nazism among Albanians, especially in Kosovo during the WWII. Under the support of Nazi Germany and Islamic pro-Nazi circles from the Middle East Kosovo Albanian Nazis organized persecutions of Orthodox Serbs and Jews....

Albanian SS Skenderbey Division - an important historical analysis of the development of Nazism among Albanians and forming of the infamous SS Skenderbey Division. - Many times Germans had to restrain their Moslem allies: "Bedri Pejani, the Muslim leader of the Albanian National Committee, called for the extermination of Orthodox Serbian Christians in Kosovo-Metohija and for a union of a Greater Albania with Bosnia-Hercegovina and the Rashka (Sandzak) region of Serbia into a Greater Islamic State. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el Husseini, was presented the Pejani plan which he approved as being in the interest of Islam. The Germans,however, rejected the plan"....

EC: The Roots of Kosovo's Faschism, by George Thompson - another essay "Kosovo Albanian nationalist militias called the "Balli Kombetar" (or "Ballistas") carried out a campaign of deportation and murder of Serbs in 1943 and 1944. Then, on Hitler_s express order, the Germans formed the 21st "Waffen-Gebirgs Division der SS" - the Skanderbeg Division. With German leaders and Kosovo Albanian officers and troops, Hitler_s hoped that using the Skanderbergs Germany could "achieve its well-known political objective" of creating a viable (i.e., pure) "Greater Albania" including Kosovo".....

Eyewitness to Genocide in Kosovo - Kosovo-Metohija and the Skenderbeg Division: "I was only 11 years old when Hitleris Division 'Skanderbeg' and 'Prinz Eugen' burned down the village of Velika and killed about 428 persons. Our family paid a heavy price that day - Radoje Knezevic, a Serb from Kosovo and Metohija"....

Tetovo and Greater Albania Tetovo between 1941-1944, by Carl Savich. The truth about events during the Nazi occupation of today's Macedonia. As well as in Kosovo, Albanian Nazis of Skenderbey SS division commited crimes against Slav population. - "The Skanderbeg SS Division crossed into Macedonia and occupied Tetovo and Skopje in the early part of September, 1944. The purpose for the occupation was to garrison Macedonia and safeguard the retreat of German troops from Greece and the Aegean peninsula"....


THREE INJURED IN CLASH BETWEEN MACEDONIAN AND ALBANIAN TEENS

Three Macedonian teens suffered gunshot wounds in a skirmish between ethnic Albanians and Macedonians celebrating their high school graduations, hospital sources said Saturday.

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Agence France Presse (AFP)
Saturday, 17-May-2003 5:20AM

TETOVO, Macedonia, May 17 (AFP) - Three Macedonian teens suffered gunshot wounds in a skirmish between ethnic Albanians and Macedonians celebrating their high school graduations, hospital sources said Saturday.

An ethnic Albanian woman and man and a Macedonian man, all 18 years old, were admitted to the hospital in the western town of Tetovo late Friday after being shot during a clash that ended in a shooting, a doctor told AFP.

The three were not seriously injured, the hospital source added.

Police broke up the fighting after an hour. No reason was immediately given for the clash.

Several armored police vehicles were deployed on the city's central squares. Tetovo was the scene of serious clashes between ethnic Albanian rebels and Macedonian police and army forces during a seven-month conflict in 2001 that ended with a NATO-brokered peace deal.


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