July 20, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 19-07-03

SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH GAVE SUPPORT TO POLICY OF DR. NEBOJSA COVIC AND KCC
DR. NEBOJSA COVIC PRESENTED TO THE PATRIARCH AND THE HOLY SYNOD OF BISHOPS HIS VIEWS ON THE BASIC PRINCIPLES FOR ENSURING SOVREIGNITY OF REPUBLIC OF SERBIA IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA


The Information Service of
the Serbian Orthodox Church
July 19, 2003

PUBLIC COMMUNIQUE


His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Kyr Pavle, His Grace Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren and His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa received Dr. Nebojsa Covic, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Serbian Government and the head of the Joint Coordinating Center of Serbia-Montenegro and Serbia for Kosovo and Metohija (KCC) in the Belgrade Patriarchate today.

The Deputy Prime Minister informed the members of the Holy Synod regarding the activities of the Coordinating Center on a plan to protect the fundamental state interests of the Republic of Serbia in Kosovo and Metohija to date.

Pointing out our present unfavorable situation with regard to the position of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, the disregard for the human rights of minority communities and the treatment of the future status of Kosovo and Metohija, the Deputy Prime Minister presented his views on the basic principles that must be respected in order to ensure the sovereignty of the Republic of Serbia in Kosovo and Metohija, as follows:

- No one in Serbia has the right to give up Kosovo and Metohija, an inalienable part of Serbian state territory;

- We must insist on the consistent implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1244, guaranteeing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Serbian state in Kosovo and Metohija;

- We must ensure respect for the principles of inviolability and unchangeability of borders guaranteed by several internationally recognized documents, and consequently respect for national and state dignity;

- The new Serbian Constitution is expected incorporate, in addition to the part on the inalienability of its territory, a separate provision prohibiting renunciation of Kosovo and Metohija.

- The forthcoming accession of Serbia-Montenegro to Euro-Atlantic organizations is possible only within the framework of recognized Serbia-Montenegro borders as confirmed by the Badinter Arbitration Committee;

- We will seek the protection of our property in Kosovo and Metohija through the permanent International Court of Justice in The Hague; 

- Sovereignty and democracy are not opposing values and represent a sufficiently broad and flexible framework within which the final solution of the status of Kosovo and Metohija is possible taking into consideration the legitimate interests of both sides;

- We will seek to ensure wide autonomy for multiethnic and multiconfessional Kosovo and Metohija within which respect for the rights of all minority communities is guaranteed;

- We will seek to ensure the protection and prevent the appropriate of land owned by the Serbian Orthodox Church on the territory of Kosovo and Metohija.

The members of the Holy Synod of Bishops gave their support to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Serbian Government, Dr. Nebojsa Covic, for his efforts and policies being implemented with respect to Kosovo and Metohija.

Support was also expressed for Dr. Covic's view that it is essential to achieve all-Serbian unity. The Serbian Orthodox Church expressed its complete willingness to assist toward that end.

An agreement was reached that the proposed principles represent the basis for the drafting of a Declaration on the Situation in Kosovo and Metohija to be ratified by the Parliaments of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, and the Republic of Serbia.

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