September 19, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 19-09-03


How many Serb returnees to Kosovo  will spend winter in their tents?
Konic Stanija (75) in Grabac near Klina

WITH WINTER AT HAND 2003 WAS EVERYTHNIG BUT YEAR OF RETURNS

Although Kosovo Albanians cannot envisage any kind of negotiations which will not go in direction of formal independence, for Kosovo Serbs the primary interest will be the practical improvement of living conditions for all communities and establishing of necessary legal and security standards. This is exactly what Kosovo Serbs will expect from the international community knowing that a roof of a house cannot be built without solid foundations and walls. Any other procedure will be completely wrong because such a house would collapse even before it is built.

Editorial, Fr. Sava Janjic
Gracanica, September 19, 2003

As the winter is approaching every day and can say can hardly say that the of 2003 was a year of returns. At the end of 2002 UNMIK's officials were solemnly promising  brighter future to 250.000 Serbs who had fled from Kosovo and Metohija after the war. However, only a few hundred returnees eventually came back to their destroyed homes and desecrated churches. The most of them still continue living in deplorable conditions in collective centers and fail to understand how the international community could not create even minimum of conditions for normal and free life of all ethnicities in Kosovo and Metohija.

The main reason for this failure lies in general lack of basic security and alarming increase of interethnic violence which is targeting primarily Kosovo Serbs. Only in the five last months 8 Serbs fell as victims of Albanian extremists. Two of the victims were teenagers killed in a massacre in which several more Serb children were seriously wounded. Not a single one of these major ethnic crimes has been resolved by UNMIK police despite promises that not a stone would remain undisturbed before the perpertrators are brought to justice. In such an atmosphere of legal deadlock members of the Serb community continue living in constant fear for their lives. In their eyes Kosovo and Metohija is a province which can hardly promise peaceful future for anyone who is not of ethnic Albanian origin. They are also rapidly loosing confidence in UNMIK and KFOR the role of which is seen more in conserving the present ethnic Albanian domination in Kosovo rather than in making any radical changes to the better, for the benefit of all communities.

For their own part local Albanian authorities have done almost nothing to help citizens of other ethnicities feel Kosovo as their own home. On the contrary, they keep complaining that Serbs do not want to integrate in society and accept the new reality and what they call "freedom". Indeed it would be very hard to expect Serbs to normally integrate in society which offers them absolutely nothing, not even the basic use of their language and elementary freedom of movement. Kosovo Serbs would like to see a new reality in Kosovo which will not be to detriment of any ethnic group. At least this is what all inhabitants of Kosovo and Metohija deserve after a decade of war and post-war suffering which claimed so many innocent lives on both sides.

With the approaching of negotiations Kosovo Serbs will therefore naturally more rely on Belgrade and will request their Government to insist on equal treatment of all communities in its southern Province prior to any discussion on Kosovo's status with ethnic Albanians. Although Kosovo Albanians cannot envisage any kind of negotiations which will not go in direction of formal independence, for Kosovo Serbs the primary interest will be the practical improvement of living conditions for all communities and establishing of necessary legal and security standards. This is exactly what Kosovo Serbs will expect from the international community knowing that a roof of a house cannot be built without solid foundations and walls. Any other procedure will be completely wrong because such a house would collapse even before it is built.


CONTENTS:

NEGOTIATIONS  DESTROYING DREAM OF INDEPENDENT KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

Zoran Zivkovic, the Serbian Prime Minister, evaluated that the Albanians from Kosovo and Metohija, do not want negotiations on the status of the Serbian southern province because "negotiations are destroying the dream of independent Kosovo".

IVANIC - KOSOVO STATUS CAN INFLUENCE BOSNIA
Mladen Ivanic, the Bosnia and Herzegovina chief of diplomacy, stated that the change in the status of Kosovo can have negative impact on Bosnia and Herzegovina, because this would open the question of the status of the Serbians and Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

30 SERB FAMILIES POSTPONE RETURN TO KOSOVO DUE TO INTIMIDATION
Some 30 Kosovo Serb families have postponed their return to the province claiming the Albanian-language press has called on ethnic Albanians to demolish their homes.

SEVERAL MORE BODIES OF SERBS KILLED AFTER WAR RETURNED FROM KOSOVO

The families took the bodies of 87-year-old Jovan Lazarevic who was abducted in Djakovica, Petar Djuric who was murdered in his Istok home, Gordana Jovanovic (48), murdered in Prizren together with her husband and another Prizren murder victim, Radivoje Drakulovic (67)

ITALY OFFERS 3.5 MIL. EUROS TO HELP SERB RETURNS TO KOSOVO
Italy has promised a 3.5 million euro (4.2 million dollar) contribution to a UN programme to encourage Serb refugees from Kosovo to return home, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

MACEDONIA: INTERETHNIC TENSIONS MOUNTED IN HIGH SCHOOLS
Ethnic tension left for a while the mountainous volatile northern region of Macedonia, where clashes between police and criminal gangs seriously threatened fragile peace in this tiny Balkan state recently... But, new victim appeared as result of ruined confidence between two largest ethnic communities in Macedonia - education.

AIM: WESLEY CLARK'S TIES TO MUSLIM TERRORISM
The media refer to Clark's impressive military credentials but they fail to note that his main accomplishment under President Clinton was presiding over the establishment of a base for radical Islamic terrorism, including Osama bin Laden, in Kosovo.

INET - FLASH NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

PERPETRATORS OF GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE STILL NOT ARRESTED - DAY 36...

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THEY SAID....
Lt. Gen FABIO MINI, KFOR COMMANDER

KOSOVO'S MAIN CHALENGE - ABSENCE OF TOLERANCE

Prior to the termination of his mandate as chief of staff of the military peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, the KFOR commander, Italian general Fabio Mini gave an interview to daily Bota sot where he assessed the current situation, the progress achieved so far and the challenges ahead.

According to the outgoing KFOR commander, the main challenge Kosovo will have to deal with in the future is the absence of tolerance, which is dominant at all the levels and which is slowing down positive developments. He described this lack of tolerance as incapacity to look ahead and establish cooperation so that history would be looked upon as a mean to stimulate progress. Describing intolerance as a "virus that contaminates Kosovo’s software", he added that hatred is relying on "hardware" in the form of armed groups of extremists and forces that advocate violence and promote organized crime. General Mini underlined KFOR’s engagement in combating this "hardware" but that this isn’t sufficient and that the virus should be expelled from the hearts and minds of those infected.

Speaking of the outlawed Albanian National Army (AKSH), the KFOR commander described this organization as a terrorist group "with nothing in common with democracy and the right of the people". He added the AKSH maintains close relations with the criminal milieu and is gathering funds from the Diaspora, allegedly for national ideals. Fabio Mini claims this organization receives support from a number of organizations in Kosovo including certain war veteran groups. He concluded by saying that the AKSH is an obstacle to freedom and reconciliation and that its members should face legal consequences for their actions.

(Report from Albanian language media)


NEGOTIATIONS ARE DESTROYING DREAM OF INDEPENDENT KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

Zoran Zivkovic, the Serbian Prime Minister, evaluated that the Albanians from Kosovo and Metohija, do not want negotiations on the status of the Serbian southern province because "negotiations are destroying the dream of independent Kosovo".

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FREE SERBIA
Podgorica, 18 Sep

Zoran Zivkovic, the Serbian Prime Minister, evaluated that the Albanians from Kosovo and Metohija, do not want negotiations on the status of the Serbian southern province because "negotiations are destroying the dream of independent Kosovo".

"Everybody knows this. Albanian leaders in Kosovo, also known this. But the problem is that they were talking something else till yesterday, and now they will be caught in a lie," stated Zivkovic in his interview for Podgorica weekly "Monitor". He also stated that the new UNMIK chief Hari Holkeri has to raise the question on the starting of the Belgrade – Prishtina talks and added that Holkeri will do this when "analysis show that there are conditions for such thing".

Zivkovic pointed that the Serbian negotiation team has still not been formed and added "Belgrade awaits for a proposal from the representatives of the international community or the Kosovo Albanians on when and where is the start of the talks. He also stated that Serbia is ready for an immediate start of talks on the Kosovo and Metohija status, but conditioned the start of the talks with the presence of international community representatives.
"The adopted topics of discussion for the talks will determine who will participate in our delegation. Our people will be on the same level of importance as the level of importance of the people from their delegation," added Zivkovic. "Only possible topics of discussion for us are return, security, destiny of missing persons, freedom of movement, denationalization of Kosovo and Metohija, and talks on purely technical questions such as energy issues, transport, pensions, and social welfare," stated the Serbian premier.

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IVANIC (BIH) KOSOVO STATUS CAN INFLUENCE BOSNIA

Mladen Ivanic, the Bosnia and Herzegovina chief of diplomacy, stated that the change in the status of Kosovo can have negative impact on Bosnia and Herzegovina, because this would open the question of the status of the Serbians and Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Sarajevo, 18 Sep (RTS-NS)


Mladen Ivanic, the Bosnia and Herzegovina chief of diplomacy, stated that the change in the status of Kosovo can have negative impact on Bosnia and Herzegovina, because this would open the question of the status of the Serbians and Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ivanovic added that the decision on the Kosovo status has to postponed, emphasizing that if the province inhabited mostly with Albanians gets independence then this would immediately open the status question of the Croats and the Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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30 SERB FAMILIES POSTPONE RETURN TO KOSOVO DUE TO INTIMIDATION

Some 30 Kosovo Serb families have postponed their return to the province claiming the Albanian-language press has called on ethnic Albanians to demolish their homes.

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B92, Belgrade
September 19, 2003


Podujevo -- Friday – Some 30 Kosovo Serb families have postponed their return to the province claiming the Albanian-language press has called on ethnic Albanians to demolish their homes.

"The press has strongly criticised the project, saying that each and every Albanian has the right to demolish every such house," said Caslav Bojovic, the head of the Vidovdan Association of Serb Refugees from Kosovo. Bojovic said that construction of the new homes in Podujevo had been stopped.

Some 30 families had signed up to return to the municipality just over the border from Serbia proper.

 Just 20 of the 2,000 Serbs who lived in the municipality before the conflict are left.


Example of misusing media for ethnic intimidation:

KOHA DITORE IS INCITING VIOLENCE AND ETHNIC HATRED
English translation of the article published in Koha Ditore: Beware of Serb plans to colonize Kosovo, 04-03-03
/erpkim10mar03.html

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SEVERAL MORE BODIES OF SERBS KILLED AFTER WAR RETURNED FROM KOSOVO

The families took the bodies of 87-year-old Jovan Lazarevic who was abducted in Djakovica, Petar Djuric who was murdered in his Istok home, Gordana Jovanovic (48), murdered in Prizren together with her husband and another Prizren murder victim, Radivoje Drakulovic (67)

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FoNet News Agency, Belgrade
September 18, 2003


Serb bodies returned from Kosovo | 20:39 | FoNet

MERDARE -- Thursday - The bodies of four Serbs killed in Kosovo were handed over to their families at the Merdare border crossing today.

The families took the bodies of 87-year-old Jovan Lazarevic who was abducted in Djakovica, Petar Djuric who was murdered in his Istok home, Gordana Jovanovic (48), murdered in Prizren together with her husband and another Prizren murder victim, Radivoje Drakulovic (67)

More than 209 bodies, eighty of which have been identified, have been exhumed in Kosovo this year according to Belgrade figures.


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AFP: ITALY OFFERS 3.5 MILLION EUROS TO HELP SERB RETURNS TO KOSOVO
Italy has promised a 3.5 million euro (4.2 million dollar) contribution to a UN programme to encourage Serb refugees from Kosovo to return home, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

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AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Thursday, 18-Sep-2003 6:20AM

ROME, Sept 18 (AFP) - Italy has promised a 3.5 million euro (4.2 million dollar) contribution to a UN programme to encourage Serb refugees from Kosovo to return home, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

It is estimated that some 220,000 Serbs fled the province, which has a predominantly Albanian population, after a NATO bombing campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999 forced Belgrade to withdraw its security forces which had been pursuing a brutal crackdown in the region.

A NATO-led peacekeeping force, KFOR, moved into the province, which became a UN protectorate, but many Serbs left fearing Albanian reprisals for years of oppression from Belgrade, and few have returned.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini and the UN administrator in Kosovo, Harri Holkeri of Finland, signed a memorandum of understanding on the contribution.

Frattini said Italy, which currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, was trying to keep attention focused on Kosovo.

He said it was essential "to reach appropriate standards in the areas of politics, economics and ethnic cohabitation before facing up to the question of the final status" of the province.

Holkeri said that future talks between the authorities in Kosovo and Serbia "needed the impetus and the collaboration of all the parties concerned by the region."

Talks due to open at the end of July have been postponed several times because of the gulf between the two sides -- the Albanians seeking independence and the Serbs a re-establishment of their authority.

The atmosphere was further poisoned last month when two Serbian boys were shot dead and four others wounded in a suspected hate crime.

Today, around 80,000 Serbs live in Kosovo, mainly in KFOR-guarded enclaves.

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MACEDONIA: INTER-ETHNIC TENSIONS MOUNTED IN HIGH SCHOOLS

Ethnic tension left for a while the mountainous volatile northern region of Macedonia, where clashes between police and criminal gangs seriously threatened fragile peace in this tiny Balkan state recently... But, new victim appeared as result of ruined confidence between two largest ethnic communities in Macedonia - education.

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Makfax, Skopje
SKOPJE 9/18/03 2:21:14 PM


Ethnic tension left for a while the mountainous volatile northern region of Macedonia, where clashes between police and criminal gangs seriously threatened fragile peace in this tiny Balkan state recently... But, new victim appeared as result of ruined confidence between two largest ethnic communities in Macedonia - education.

Ethnic tensions entered largely into classrooms since last week and break out as violence on the streets.

Several thousand (more than 3000) Macedonian students are marching for a days on the streets of southern town of Bitola (about 200 km south of Skopje), protesting Education Minister decision to establish for the first time a high school class for ethnic Albanians in that town.

Police were forced to intervene when enraged teenagers rushed into the building, breaking windows and destroying classroom in a temporarily designated building.

Few hundreds of students and their parents massed outside government building on Wednesday, urging the Prime Minister Branko Crvenkovski to avert the Education Minister Aziz Polozani from dislocating seven forms of ethnic Albanian students from one to another high school building. Their Albanian schoolmates, together with their parents, attempted Thursday to enter the building by force. School security averted a major incident.

One student was seriously wounded on Wednesday whengroups of Macedonian and ethnic Albanian students clashed outside a high school in Skopje. Police intervened and averted escalation of violence.

Two groups of ethnic Albanian students, marching toward Education Ministry building to protest against their Macedonian schoolmates, had destroyed two busses in their anger.

"Ethnic tensions don't occur in education only, but everywhere", Education Minister, ethnic Albanian Aziz Polozani said in an interview with a local newspaper "Utrinski Vesnik".

"A lot of job needs to be done for improving interethnic relations in education process. That is the base where people should build better atmosphere", Polozoni said.

But, many accused Education Minister of "creating problems for his political reasons".

"No one can deprive the ethnic Albanians in Bitola from the right to study in their native language. But, unfortunately, Polozani put them in crossfire. The consequences could be dangerous, because he never appeared in public to explain why only 34 ethnic Albanians in Bitola should study in separate classroom", an analyst Hristo Ivanovski, editor in Skopje's daily "Dnevnik" said.

More than 5.000 students in Macedonia, both of Macedonian and Albanian nationality, are boycotting school classes for days, amid strong opposition to recent decisions of authorities. The education problems, apart from Skopje and Bitola, occurred in schools in Tetovo and Kumanovo.

As regards the mass protests of high-school students in Bitola, who protest the opening of Albanian form in their city, the OSCE 's spokeswoman Isabelle De Ruyt said "intimidating demonstrations are unhelpful and unacceptable".

"This kind of intimidating demonstrations are unhelpful and unacceptable. It is disappointing to see people mobilized against normal education opportunities for the students", De Ruit said.

The High-school Students Union issued an appeal for the students "to return to class-rooms" and to "avoid problems crated by others".

"We want to believe that young people have learnt the lesson for co-habitation, which, unfortunately, many of the elders will never learn", the Union President Jovana Bazerkova said./end/

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AIM: WESLEY CLARK'S TIES TO MUSLIM TERRORISTS

The media refer to Clark's impressive military credentials but they fail to note that his main accomplishment under President Clinton was presiding over the establishment of a base for radical Islamic terrorism, including Osama bin Laden, in Kosovo.

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http://www.aim.org/publications/weekly_column/2003/09/17.html

ACCURACY IN MEDIA
WEEKLY COLUMN

Wesley Clark's Ties To Muslim Terrorists
By Cliff Kincaid
September 17, 2003

The retired General who had been refusing to declare himself a Democrat or Republican is now declaring himself a Democratic presidential candidate. But more important than his party affiliation is Wesley Clark's bizarre view on how to fight terrorism. The media refer to Clark's impressive military credentials but they fail to note that his main accomplishment under President Clinton was presiding over the establishment of a base for radical Islamic terrorism, including Osama bin Laden, in Kosovo.

Clark, who has been making headlines by claiming that the U.S. decision to go to war in Iraq was a misjudgment based on scanty evidence, ran Clinton's NATO war against Yugoslavia on behalf of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). The House of Representatives failed to authorize the war under the War Powers Act, making it illegal. Thousands of innocent people in Serbia, Yugoslavia's main province, were killed to stop an alleged "genocide" by Yugoslavia that was not in fact taking place. Investigations determined that a couple thousand had died in the civil war there.

Kosovo was a province of Yugoslavia and the military intervention of the U.S. and NATO, a defensive alliance, was unprecedented. It was far more controversial than the policy of regime change in Iraq, which was a policy of Clinton, Bush and the Congress. Kosovo was never a threat to the U.S., and Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic didn't even pretend to have weapons of mass destruction.

Clark wrote a Time magazine column, "How to Fight the New War," in which he said we need new tactics and strategies against terrorists. He also said, "We need face-to-face information collection: Who are these people, what are their intentions, and what can be done to disrupt their plans and arrest them?"

For the answer, Clark should ask his old friend, Hashim Thaki [Thaci], the commander of the KLA. The 1998 State Department human rights report had described the KLA as a group that tortured and abducted people and made others "disappear." Yet a photograph was taken of Clark and Thaki with their hands together in a gesture of solidarity.

The KLA's ties to Osama bin Laden were also well-known and reported.

An article in the Jerusalem Post at the time of the Kosovo civil war had said, "Diplomats in the region say Bosnia was the first bastion of Islamic power. The autonomous Yugoslav region of Kosovo promises to be the second. During the current rebellion against the Yugoslav army, the ethnic Albanians in the province, most of whom are Moslem, have been provided with financial and military support from Islamic countries. They are being bolstered by hundreds of Iranian fighters, or Mujahadeen, who infiltrate from nearby Albania and call themselves the Kosovo Liberation Army. U.S. defense officials say the support includes that of Osama bin Laden, the Saudi terrorist accused of masterminding the bombings of the U.S. embassies" in Africa.

Another Democratic presidential candidate, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, has tried to prohibit funding for the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC), the successor to the KLA now being protected by U.N. troops as a result of the outcome of the conflict. Kucinich said an internal United Nations Report found the KPC responsible for violence, extortion, murder and torture.

After the war, Milosevic was ousted and put on trial, where he has been making the case in his own defense that Serb troops in Kosovo were fighting Muslim terrorists associated with bin Laden. At a hearing before the U.N. court trying him, he brandished an FBI document concerning al Qaeda-backed Muslim fighters in Kosovo.

The FBI document was a congressional statement by J. T. Caruso, the Acting Assistant Director of the CounterTerrorism Division of the FBI, who cited a terrorism problem in Albania, the base for the Muslim terrorists that attacked Serbia forces in Kosovo.

Clark's presidential decision suggests that he believes the media will not ask him about supporting the same extremist Muslim forces in Kosovo that militarily attacked us on 9/11. He's right: during interviews on ABC's Good Morning America and the NBC Today show on September 17, the subject didn't come up. Clark did say that he would not have gone to war with Iraq, and that he would have turned the matter over to the U.N. There was no "imminent threat" from Iraq, he claimed.

So where was the "imminent threat" to the U.S. from Yugoslavia? And why did the Clinton administration bypass the U.N. on that illegal war? Clark is counting on not hearing those questions from the same media going after Bush on Iraq. They are all worse than hypocrites.

Cliff Kincaid is the Editor of the AIM Report and can be reached at aimeditor@yahoo.com.

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INET - NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA, SEP 17
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I*Net News, Belgrade
KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEWS

Wednesday 17 September 2003

20:40 The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff general Richard Myers said today that US peacekeeping troops will not be withdrawn unilaterally from Kosovo and Metohija or Bosnia and Herzegovina.

20:20 The director of the Balkans Initiative in the US Institute for Peace, Daniel Serwer, who just returned from a trip to Pristina, assessed that the situation in Kosovo had improved from his previous visit but that violence against Serbs is on the rise.

20:00 Kosovo premier Bajram Rexhepi asked European Union commissioner Chris Patten to try to create a legal basis to enable Kosovo to get foreign loans.

19:40 Return Coalition (Povratak) whip in the Kosovo parliament Dragisa Krstovic confirmed today that at tomorrow's session of the Kosovo parliament MPs are to discuss the announced talks between Pristina and Belgrade.

10:00 During his visit to Kosovo on September 19 former US president Bill Clinton will receive a honorary doctorate from Pristina University. At Pristina University Clinton is to address representatives of Kosovo institutions, professors and students. The former US president first visited Kosovo at the end of November 1999 when he visited US troops in the military base Bondsteel near Urosevac where he delivered a speech. "We have been in contact with the former US president for some time and we wanted him to be a guest of the University of Pristina. After accepting our invitation, we began preparations for this momentous event," said Hairen Kuci, the director of international relations at the University of Pristina.

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