April 22, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 22-04-03

Memory eternal to Zoran Djindjic


40 day commemoration service to the assassinated Serbian Premier Zoran Djindjic
served by Bishop Atanasije Rakita in presence of the Serbian Government and Djindjic family
St. Sava Cathedral - Belgrade, April 19

CONTENTS:

NOWICKY: RETURN OF DISPLACED PERSONS DEPENDS SOLELY ON ALBANIANS
The present situation is not encouraging. I do not see signs indicating that, generally, the attitude of the Albanian community has changed to the point where we can say there is a chance. This attitude is not helping prospective returns; it is not helping the Serbs Roma and non-Albanians living in Kosovo and thinking about their future in this region. They are very pessimistically disposed," stated Kosovo Ombudsperson Marek Antoni Nowicky

NEW INCIDENTS: STONING IN GNJILANE - ABUSE IN MITROVICA

New icidents in Kosovo and Metohija - Serb owned cars stoned in Gnjilane area, Kosovo police officer pointed abused Serbs in Mitrovica - Servera ANA members arrested

OLIVER IVANOVIC: STEINER WILL SLOW DOWN TRANSFER OF COMPETENCES
Steiner now understands, that the present Kosovo institutions have neither political, nor expert level maturity to accept additional authority, says Oliver Ivanovic

MANY A.N.A. GRAFFITI AT PUBLIC PLACES IN GNJILANE
Many ANa graffiti have appeared in Gnjilane recently, especially on the walls of the large buildigns in this city

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NOWICKY: RETURN OF DISPLACED PERSONS DEPENDS SOLELY ON ALBANIANS

The present situation is not encouraging. I do not see signs indicating that, generally, the attitude of the Albanian community has changed to the point where we can say there is a chance. This attitude is not helping prospective returns; it is not helping the Serbs Roma and non-Albanians living in Kosovo and thinking about their future in this region. They are very pessimistically disposed," stated Nowicky

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
April 21, 2003

(photo: Kosovo Ombudsperson - Marek Antoni Nowicky)

PRISTINA - The success of refugee returns to Kosovo depends solely on the support of the Albanian majority, Kosovo Ombudsman Marek Antoni Nowicky stated today.

"We can have good programs for returns, donors, financial means, even people who are ready to return; but the return itself can only succeed in the Kosovo Albanians accept the returnees as their neighbors," said Nowicky for Pristina's Blue Sky Radio Serbian language program.

In his opinion, the Albanians will decide whether various forms of integration will be possible in Kosovo.

"The present situation is not encouraging. I do not see signs indicating that, generally, the attitude of the Albanian community has changed to the point where we can say there is a chance. This attitude is not helping prospective returns; it is not helping the Serbs Roma and non-Albanians living in Kosovo and thinking about their future in this region. They are very pessimistically disposed," stated Nowicky.

Nowicky said that the Kosovo government and municipal authorities should employ returnees in order to create an atmosphere of good inter-ethnic relations.

"One of the main criteria for determining the level of development of a democracy and the level of culture of a society is the protection of the rights of minorities," said the Kosovo Ombudsman.

Nowicky requested that Kosovo Albanian leaders take a more active role in pointing out to their compatriots that continuation of hate, enmity and attacks on non-Albanians are not helping achieve a better future for Kosovo.


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STONING IN GNJILANE - ABUSE IN MITROVICA
New icidents in Kosovo and Metohija - Serb owned cars stoned in Gnjilane area, Kosovo police officer pointed abused Serbs in Mitrovica - Servera ANA members arrested

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TANJUG State News Agency, Belgrade
April 21, 2003

STONING IN GNJILANE

Gnjilane - A van belonging to Zvonko Dimitrijevic of Pasjane near Gnjilane was stoned on the Presevo-Gnjilane road in the village of Mucibaba. The windows on the vehicle were smashed but no one was injured. On Saturday a similar attack occurred on the same part of the road near the administrative border between Kosmet [Kosovo and Metohija] and central Serbia. Two passenger vehicles owned by Serbs were stoned.

ABUSE IN KOSOVSKA MITROVICA

Kosovska Mitrovica - An Albanian member of the Kosovo Police Service abused a young Serb, Srdjan Gudzica of Dobrotin near Lipljan, local media report. "While returning home, a white car stopped in the center of the village. The Albanian man got out and pointed a gun at me for no reason whatsoever," stated Guzic. He added that the same policeman also pointed the gun at a group of young Serb men who promptily gathered to find out what was going on. Local residents of Dobrotine insist that this incident is part of the strategy of Albanian extremists. Serbs have already been expelled from every village from Urosevac to Lipljan, and the village of Dobrotin appears to be the next target on the list for radical Albanian groups.

UNMIK ARRESTED SEVERAL ANA MEMBERS

Pristina - Immediately after UN Kosovo mission chief Michael Steiner decided that the ethnic Albanian National Army (ANA) be proclaimed as a terrorist organization, the international police put in custody several persons that are suspected of being connected with the organization, UNMIK spokesman Barry Fletcher has told Radio Free Europe.

Fletcher also said that the persons had been brought in on suspicion that they were members of a certain organization, or were helping it, as well as those they were suspected of having blown up a bridge in the village of Banjsaka.

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OLIVER IVANOVIC: STEINER WILL SLOW DOWN TRANSFER OF COMPETENCES

Steiner "now understands," that the present Kosovo institutions "have neither political, nor expert level maturity" to accept additional authority

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DANAS (Belgrade daily)
Novi Sad, April 21, 2003

Oliver Ivanovic, the Kosovo Parliament Presidency member, stated that the TOA by UNMIK to the Kosovo temporary institutions, "in essence didn’t even start," and the UNMIK Chief Michael Steiner "will slow down this story."

In the statement for the Gradjanski list daily (Novi Sad), Ivanovic evaluated that Steiner "now understands," that the present Kosovo institutions "have neither political, nor expert level maturity" to accept additional authority.

"The Serbian Government clearly said that Serbians don't trust these institutions, which are not multiethnic and democratic, and the proceeding of the TOA will lead only towards new tensions between ethnic unions, so that is not a solution," said Ivanovic.

Rada Trajkovic, the "Povratak" coalition member, said that SNV will continue to organize protests against the TOA by UNMIK to the Kosovo temporary institutions, and added that she knows, that soon, there will be a transfer of authorities in the Decani community. "That means, the UNMIK administration is withdrawing, and Kosovo police takes over Decani under control. For me, as a Serbian, it is a disabling of the refugees return process," stated Trajkovic.

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MANY "ANA" GRAFFITI AT PUBLIC PLACES IN GNJILANE

Many ANA  graffiti have appeared in Gnjilane  recently, especially on the walls of the large buildings in this city.

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KOHA DITORE (Kosovo Albanian daily)
Pristina, April 21, 2003

Many ANA  graffiti have appeared in Gnjilane recently, especially on the walls of the large buildings in this city. ANA graffiti can be seen by everyone who passes by these buildings. The graffiti have been written in different colors, but the most of them are in black, so it can be said that these graffiti could have been written in one night.

Probably UNMIK officials did not notice these inscriptions, even though they are written in large letters.

None of the citizens are able to say when these inscriptions were written, while is difficult to get any information from the police, because their information officials are absent.

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THE LATEST EDITION OF KOSOVO CRUCIFIED AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET
/ckos/page_01.htm

The latest edition of KOSOVO CRUCIFIED with fully documented 107 destroyed or damaged Serbian Orthodox churches is available on the Internet. Each illustrated page can be seen as a jpg image, approximately 180 kb large. The latest, third edition was published in summer 2001. In the meantime five other churches were damaged or destroyed by Kosovo Albanian extremists, the last attack being in November 2002 when the church in Ljubovo near Istok was blown up and a church in Djurakovac damaged. All documented churches were destroyed or damaged during the UN peace mission in Kosovo, since June 1999

Historic Books on Kosovo and Metohija - kosovo.net historic library
(complete Internet editons)

 
Kosovo Origins
by Hugo Roth
 
Kosovo Chronicles
by Dusan Batakovic
 
Kosovo
by William Dorich
 
The Saga of Kosovo
By Alex Dragnich


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