ERP KIM Newsletter
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
DEVASTATING RESULTS OF THE KOSOVO
"PEACE" MISSION: 1,200 KILLED SINCE DEPLOYMENT OF UN/KFOR - 6 DEAD IN LAST THREE WEEKS
GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE STILL NOT ARRESTED - DAY 9...
ONE OF MANY TERRORIST ATTACKS IN POST-WAR KOSOVO IN
PERPETRATORS HAVE NEVER BEEN ARRESTED BY UNMIK/KFOR
After the terrorist attack
on a Serb civilian bus (Feb 17, 2001) in which 11 people were killed
(two of them children) and 40 wounded a few Kosovo Albanian suspects
have been arrested by UN police. The main suspect Florim Ejupi is direcly
linked to the circles of Kosovo Albanian organized crime, close to the
former KLA and its successor UN/NATO sponosred Kosovo Protection Corps.
Despite all security measures Ejupi ran away from the American detention
facility in Camp Bondsteel. British Sunday Times reveals in its article
by Bob Graham (July 29, 2001: British troops' error led to bus bomb)
that "UN sources believe that Florim Ejupi had been working for the
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). His trial would have been a serious
embarrassment, they claim".
(The Sunday Times,
British Troops' Error Led to Bus Bomb, July 29 2001)
1,200 PERSONS KILLED SINCE DEPLOYMENT OF KFOR IN KOSOVO
ATTACKS AND OTHER INCIDENTS FROM JULY 30 TO AUGUST 15, 2003
VIOLENCE AGAIN DESTABILIZING KOSOVO
FRESH BLOOD IN KOSOVO, By Nebojsa Malic
AND METOHIJA CHRONICLE, AUG 21
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1,201 PERSONS KILLED SINCE DEPLOYMENT OF KFOR IN KOSOVO - SERBS AND
MONTENEGRINS SUFFER HIGHEST CASUALTIES
Since the deployment
of KFOR and UNMIK in Kosovo and Metohija on June 10, 1999 to August 9 of
this year, Albanian terrorists have carried out 6,535 attacks, resulting
in the deaths of 1,201 persons, the wounding of 1,328 persons and the
abduction of 1,146 persons, reports the Serbian ministry of internal
August 20, 2003
(photo: three Serbs massacred by
KLA terrorists in Belo Polje near Pec despite KFOR/UN presence.
The priests read a
hasty funeral service over bloodsmeared bodies. KFOR refused to protect the
village and all Serb villagers soon fled to Montenegro, June 1999)
the deployment of KFOR and UNMIK in Kosovo and Metohija on June 10, 1999
to August 9 of this year, Albanian terrorists have carried out 6,535
attacks, resulting in the deaths of 1,201 persons, the wounding of 1,328
persons and the abduction of 1,146 persons, reports the Serbian ministry
of internal affairs.
Of the total number of attacks, 6,468 were directed against civilians
(5,932 against Serbs and Montenegrins, 201 against Albanians and 335
against members of other ethnicities), 57 against Serbian police (members
of the ministry of internal affairs) and 10 against members of the
Serbia-Montenegro (formerly Yugoslav) Army.
In these attacks 1,173 civilians, 24 Serbian policemen and four members of
the Army were killed, while 15 policemen were wounded. Of the total number
of abducted persons, 1,107 are civilians, 29 are members of the Serbian
police and 10 are members of the Army.
Among the 1,173 civilians killed by Albanian terrorists, the great
majority (991) are Serbs and Montenegrins. The number of Albanians killed
is 109 and the number of members of other ethnicities killed is 73.
Out of the total of 1,108 abducted civilians, 960 are Serbs and
Montenegrins, 73 are Albanians and 74 are members of other ethnicities.
The fate of 846 persons remains unknown; 160 have been killed; 12 managed
to escape (nine Serbs and three persons of other ethnicities), and 89
civilians have been released, according to information of the Serbian
The fate of 15 abducted policemen and nine members of the Army also
remains unknown. Six of the abducted policemen have been killed, six have
been released, and two managed to escape from their abductors, Albanian
YEARS WITHOUT ANY CLUE ON WORST POST-WAR KOSOVO ATTACK
July 23, 1999: 14 Serb farmers were killed by Kosovo Albanian terrorists
harvesting their field. Perpetrators of the "Harvest massacre", one of
tragic post-war Kosovo terrorist attacks have never been found by
ATTACKS AND OTHER SECURITY-RELATED INCIDENTS IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA FROM
07/30/03 T0 08/15/03
MINISTRY OF INTERIOR
REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
On August 2, 2003 between the
hours of 22.30 and 23.00 in the park near the bus station in Pec unknown
attackers ambushed and opened gunfire from automatic weapons on Rexhep
Kelmendi, Rustem Dresaj and Skelzen Nikici (K/Albanians). Skelzen Nikci
was mortally wounded, Rustem Dresaj sustained serious wounds and Rexhep
Kelemendi managed to escape. As the unknown assailants opened fire, Is
Dedusi from the village of Vitomirica in Pec municipality was passing by
with two of his daughters, who were shot from automatic weapons and died
on the scene from their wounds.
It is assumed
that the attackers intended to assassinate Rexhep Kelmendi, who served as
a witness in the Dukadjin group (former members of UCK) trial, and his
cousin. Eyewitness observed the assailants leaving the scene in a white
Audi 80 passenger vehicle.
On August 4, 2003 between the hours of 16.00 and 17.00 in the village of
Gorazdevac, Pec municipality, an unknown person set a fire in a field
owned by Srboljub Dakic (S), a member of the Kosovo Police Service. A
firefighting team from Pec was dispatched to the location and managed,
with the help of local residents, to localize the fire. In the fire some
20 black locust trees on the edge of the field were burned.
On August 9, 2003 at 08.30
hours in the village of Mala Jablanica, Pec municipality, Sadri Rexhaj,
son of Azem (A), age 55 years, was shot to death. His brother Brahim (A)
and son Safet (A) were seriously wounded. The media claimed that this was
an act of inter-Albanian blood revenge because the area of the attack is
inhabited exclusively by Kosovo Albanian population.
On August 13, 2003 at
approximately 13.00 hours in the immediate vicinity of the Serb village of
Gorazdevac, Pec municipality, a terrorist attack was carried out in all
likelihood from automatic weapons against Serb teenagers swimming in the
Bistrica River (approximately one kilometer from the village). The shots
were fired from the direction of the village of Zahac, Pec municipality,
inhabited exclusively by Albanians. Six people were wounded, four of them
Јоvаnоvic, son of Milоs, date of birth 03/10/1984;
Pantelija Dаkic, son of Milоsаv, date of birth 10/08/1990;
Bogdan Bukumiric, son of Milаnа, date of birth 03/22/1988;
Marko Bоgicеvic, son of Drаgаn, date of birth 06/12/1991.
were also sustained by the following:
Ugrеnоvic, son of Dimitriјe, date of birth 01/01/1983; and
Dragana Srbljаk, daughter of Rajko, aged approximately 13-14 years.
later, Ivan Jovanovic (19) and Pantelija Dakic (11), both from the village
of Gorazdevac, died as a result of their wounds. Seriously wounded Bogdan
Bukumiric (15) and Marko Bogicevic (12) were transferred by KFOR to the
Clinical Center in Kosovska Mitrovica by helicopter.
Pavlovic (S) from the village of Gоrаzdеvаc drove without escort a wounded
Bogdan Bukumiric to the hospital in Pec. He ran out of fuel in the center
of the city. A group of ethnic Albanians stoned the vehicle and beat
Pavlovic and the comatose child, inflicting physical injuries. They were
rescued by the UNMIK police patrol.
There was a
strong presence by KFOR, special units of the police and UNMIK police in
the village of Gorazdevac. Citizens gathered in the center of the village,
embittered, frightened and in despair, awaiting news about the seriously
On August 11, 2003 at approximately 13.30 hours in the K/Albanian village
of Ajvalija, Pristina municipality, members of the Kosovo Police Service
came under fire from the house of the Ajeti family (A). The KPS patrol was
attempting to carry out a search of the Ajeti home (following the
registration of gunshots from an automatic weapon on August 10, 2003
during a wedding celebration). One KPS member was wounded in the leg.
called for reinforcements. Members of KFOR and UNMIK police appeared on
the scene and blocked off the house. They arrested three persons (the
father and two sons). According to unconfirmed information weapons and
ammunition were found inside the house. An investigation is in progress.
On August 12, 2003 in the village of Slivovo, Pristina municipality,
unknown persons of Albanian ethnicity started a fire in a forest owned by
Jovanka Simic (S),. A firefighting unit from Pristina went to the scene
and localized the fire. There was great material damage (about one hectare
of forest was burned).
On August 13, 2003 Silvana Marinovic (S) (born 1972), the wife of
kidnapped Serbian police (MUP) member Goran Marinkovic from the village of
Slivovo, Pristina municipality, left the village of Gracanica, Pristina
municipality, in Kosovo for central Serbia. Her reason for leaving was
fear of terrorists Imer and Enver Abazi (A) from the village of Labjane,
Novo Brdo municipality (who kidnapped her husband), after learning that
they were seen in front of the preschool in Gracanica in a jeep with dark
windows and had been inquiring about her daughter, Dragana.
On August 14, 2003 at about
12.00 hours in the village of Batuse, Kosovo Polje municipality, Emin
Djurevci (A) from the village of Dobrevo (Kosovo Polje municipality) came
to the yard of the house of the family of Stojan Dimic (S) and advised him
that, starting today, the field owned by Dimic (located in district of the
village of Dobrevo) was his, that he would be using it and telling him in
a threatening tone not to complain about it to anyone.
The morning of August 15, 2003
unknown persons started a fire at the Serbian Orthodox Christian cemetery
in the village of Bresje, Kosovo Polje municipality. The fire spread to
the dry brush, the crosses on the graves, the wooden fence around the
cemetery and the benches next to the graves. After speaking with locals
living near the cemetery, it was established that none of the locals had
visited the cemetery on that day.
On August 2-3, 2003 in Milosa Obilica Street in Obilic, unknown persons
tossed a hand grenade at the house of Zoran Milic (S). No one was injured.
All the windows on Zoran Milic's house and nearby houses owned by
Albanians shattered as a result of the explosion.
The house of
the family of Zoran Milic is located about 30 meters from the house of the
Stolic family (S), where unknown persons brutally murdered the three
members of the Stolic family (father, mother and son) on June 4, 2003. The
house of the Milic family was previously attacked by unknown persons in
2001. Zoran Milic repaired the house with funds from humanitarian
organizations. An on the scene investigation was conducted by UNMIK and
KPS police. An investigation is in progress.
On August 4, 2003 in Obilic an unknown person tossed a hand grenade at the
house of Sejdija Maloku (A) (a retired employee of the Serbian police
(MUP) formerly with the Secretariat for Internal Affairs in Pristina). No
one was injured. There was material damage. An on the scene investigation
was conducted by UNMIK and KPS police. An investigation is in progress.
It is assumed
that the assailants intended to frighten Maloku, who after the brutal
triple murder of the Stolic family (father, mother and son) on June 4,
2003 gave an interview to Albanian language media (in connection with the
murder) and reported the incident to UNMIK police.
On July 30, 2003 at about 20.05 hours in the predominantly Serb inhabited
village of Suvi Do, Kosovska Mitrovica municipality, in immediate
proximity to the St. Sava Elementary School, two unknown persons of
Albanian ethnicity (aged approximately 15-16 years) from the village of
Gusevac, Kosovska Mitrovica municipality, while passing next to the store
owned by Branko Radovanovic (S), in front of which Jelena Petronijevic (S)
and her two sons were standing, directed several curse words at Jelena. A
group of young Serb men who were inside the store ran to Jelena's
assistance. Members of KFOR ran to the group of Serbs and attempted to
arrest Dusan Vrzic (S). After the incident some 30 Serbs gathered who
attempted to prevent the arrest of Vrzic. UNMIK police and the KPS
appeared on the scene and took Jelena Petronijevic and Dusan Vrzic to the
police station in Kosovska Mitrovica. After talks (lasting approximately
one hour) they returned them to the village of Suvi Do.
On August 2, 2003 at about
11.45 hours in the village of Kosutovo, Kosovska Mitrovica municipality,
three unknown persons of Albanian ethnicity stoned a Zastava 101 passenger
vehicle, license plate UE 941-81, driven by Nazifa Isadikovic (Bosniac)
from Prijepolje (central Serbia) on the main highway Pristinа _ K.
Mitrоvicа _ Ribаricе. They hit the right side window (on the
co-passenger's side) where her son Senko Isadikovic (B) (about 15 years of
age) was sitting. He sustained injuries and subsequently received medical
treatment in the Zubin Potok Health Care. The incident was reported to
UNMIK police, who spoke with Nazifa and Senko.
On August 2, 2003 at approximately 23.00 hours in the northern
(predominantly Serb inhabited) part of Kosovska Mitrovica, near the main
bridge across the Ibar River, a group of Albanian young men crossed into
the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica. The Albanians immediately began
with provocations, cursing and insulting citizens of Serbian nationality
who were strolling near the bridge. An Albanian young man hit a
Serb young man with his hand. The Albanians then began to throw stones at
the Serbs. UNMIK police and the KPS arrived on the scene and pushed back
the Albanians, returning them to the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica.
After the incident the Serbs quietly dispersed.
On August 4, 2003 at about 22.15 hours local residents of the village of
Strezovce, Kosovska Kamenica municipality, heard shooting from an
automatic weapon coming from the direction of a place known as "Rid"
(located between the hamlet of Bara and Jastrebac). The next day residents
of the hamlet went to the place from where they had heard the shooting.
They found multiple empty cartridges and an oiled cloth used by unknown
persons to clean weapons. The Serbs did not report the incident to UNMIK
police out of fear.
On August 4, 2003 at about
00.00 hours (midnight) on the main highway Kosovska Mitrоvicа _ Lеpоsаvic
(North Kosovo), in a place known as "Ceranjska Reka" (Leposavic
municipality), unknown persons carried out an armed attack on an UNMIK
police vehicle. Menos Satish (a citizen of India and member of the UNMIK
police) died in the attack and a second policeman in the vehicle sustained
serious physical injuries.
above cited attack unknown persons opened fire from automatic weapons on a
passenger vehicle driven by KPS policeman Sasa Blazic (S). Blazic's
vehicle was riddled with bullets but continued to advance. After this,
various obstacles such as rocks were placed in the road. When an UNMIK
police jeep stopped at one of these, unknown persons opened fire. UNMIK
policeman Menos Satish was killed and a second policeman in the vehicle
was seriously injured. UNMIK police arrived on the scene and blocked
traffic. An investigation is in progress.
On August 9, 2003 at about
15.10 hours in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica near the main
bridge across the Ibar River approximately 20 refugees of Albanian
ethnicity crossed from the southern (Albanian) part of the city, arrived
in front of the Dolce Vita Cafe and stoned a Renault 25 bus without
license plates owned by the Trepca Company, which was parked near the
cafe. No one was injured. Significant material damage resulted.
On August 10, 2003 at about 13.30 hours in the Mikro Naselje quarter in
the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, unknown persons set fire to a
house owned by an ethnic Albanian (that had been the target of several
previous arson attempts). The firefighting unit of UNMIK police arrived on
the scene. At 15.00 firefighting was taken over by teams of the French
KFOR contingent, who managed to localize the fire by 18.00 hours.
On August 13, 2003 at about 23.30 Dragan Jovic (S) from the village of
Plemetina, Obilic municipality (a mentally handicapped person) was brought
to the Kosovska Mitrovica Medical Clinic with a leg injury. He was
admitted to the orthopedic department for further treatment.
(S), Dragan's mother, said that that day Dragan had gone to visit a
relative in the village. Unknown persons in the village of Plemetina had
put Jovic on a bus that stopped in the village en route from the village
of Samodreza to Vucitrn municipality, inhabited exclusively by Albanians.
In the bus the passengers physically abused him and inflicted a serious
physical injury, breaking his leg. The injured Jovic was then tossed from
the bus by the roadside near the village of Babin Most, Obilic
municipality, inhabited by Serbs. A local resident of Babin Most (unknown
to the mother) transported the injured Jovic by passenger vehicle to the
Kosovska Kamenica Clinical Center.
On August 13, 2003 at about 21.30 machine gun fire was heard coming from
the K/Albanian village of Zabare, Kosovska Mitrovica municipality, in the
direction of the northern (S) part of Kosovska Mitrovica. Several short
bursts were fired, followed by light bullets and again short bursts of
machine gun fire.
approximately 22.00 in the Bosnjacka Mahala quarter (inhabited
predominantly by K/Albanians, Bosniacs and
Roma) in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica near Bridge Number 2, a
strong explosion was heard, most probably that of a hand grenade. After
the explosion a number of persons of Albanian ethnicity gathered on the
The same day
at about 22.15 hours several bursts of machine gun fire were heard coming
from the direction of the village of Kicic (the southern part of Kosovska
On August 14, 2003 at about 21.40 hours in Kolasinska Street in the
northern (predominantly Serb) part of Kosovska Mitrovica and in the
immediate vicinity of three apartment buildings a strong explosion was
heard. Members of KFOR and UNMIK police arrived on the scene, blocked off
Kolasinska Street and conducted an investigation.
On August 15, 2003 at about 00.30 (half an hour after midnight) in the
Bosnjacka Mahala quarter in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica a
strong explosion was heard. An on the scene investigation was conducted by
members of KFOR and the UNMIK police.
On August 11,
2003 between the hours of 19.15 and 19.30 in the village of Skulanevo,
Lipljan municipality, Dragan Tonic (S), son of Aleksandar, (1959-2003)
from Skulanevo was fishing on the Sitnica River in the direction of the
village of Rujce when unknown persons of Albanian ethnicity approached
him, stabbed him several times with a knife and then fired a handgun into
his mouth. He was transported to the Serb run Simonida Hospital in
Gracanica. Physicians determined that Tonic had sustained serious
physical injuries (a gunshot wound through the nape of the neck). He
passed away at the Emergency Medical Center in Belgrade on Monday, August
18. According to unconfirmed information, Albanian extremists planned
the attack to frighten the Serb population and commemorate the murder of
Milorad Milic (killed three years ago) in the same location.
On July 29, 2003 at about 17.00 hours in the village of Domorovce,
Kosovska Kamenica municipality, in the place known as "Zaguzina," four
young men of Albanian ethnicity, all about 20 years old, from the village
of Toponica (Kosovska Kamenica municipality) threatened Dragutin Slavkovic
(S) as he was grazing his cows and used hand signals to signify that they
would slit his throat. The Albanians attempted to steal his cows but
Dragutin managed to escape with the animals.
On August 2, 2003 Islam Zuzaku (A) from the village of Berivojce, Kosovska
Kamenica municipality, met Milunka Mihajlovic (S) and her daughter-in-law
Zivana (S) from the same village and began to insult them, using foul
language and then removing a knife from his belt and threatening Milunka.
She reported the incident to members of UNMIK police.
On August 3, 2003 at about 17.00 hours Bozidar Maksimovic (S), his wife
Verica and Rodna Kostic (S), all from the village of Ranilug, Kosovska
Kamenica municipality, set out for the place known as "Blato" to a field
bordering with fields in the district of the village of Petrovce
(inhabited by Albanians). When they arrived at the field, they found
livestock grazing in it watched by five unknown persons of Albanian
ethnicity. Bozidar asked the Albanians to herd the livestock out of the
field. The young men headed toward Bozidar holding staffs in their hands
and insulting him. The frightened Serbs left the field and went home. They
reported the incident to UNMIK police.
In the village of Berivojce, Kosovska Kamenica municipality, after the
departure from Kosovo and Metohija of the Russian KFOR contingent from the
"Karacevo" base, the company was taken over by K/Albanians. They began to
mistreat, abuse and threaten the Serbs living in the house in immediate
proximity to the Karacevo Company every day. They forcibly hooked up to
the existing water lines by digging over gardens owned by Serbs without
their permission. When the Serbs protested, they swore at them and
threatened to kill them if they reported the incident to KFOR and UNMIK
On August 13, 2003 at 21.30 hours in the region of the village of Marovac,
Medvedja municipality (southern Serbia), three individual shots were
observed from an automatic weapon (using light bullets) coming from the
direction of the village of Lisocka Mahala "Krcelji" - Kosovska Kamenica
On August 14, 2003 at about 21.00 hours local residents of the villages of
Bosce and Strelce, Kosovska Kamenica municipality, heard multiple short
bursts from automatic weapons coming from the direction of villages
inhabited primarily by K/Albanians.
On August 9,
2003 at 23.00 hours in Strpce on the parking in front of the house of the
family of Miladin Boskovic (S), unknown persons planted an explosive
device under a black metallic VW Vento TDI passenger vehicle without
license plates owned by Zaklina Boskovic (S), temporarily residing in
Leskovac (southern Serbia), who occasionally comes to Strpce to visit her
parents. The explosive device was most probably activated by remote
control. No one was injured. The vehicle sustained significant material
damage (the front part of the vehicle was destroyed). All the windows on
surrounding houses and shops shattered as a result of the explosion.
Members of UNMIK police and the KPS came to the scene after the explosion.
They sealed off the location for investigation purposes.
On August 2, 2003 at about 19.00 hours in the village of Cernica, Gnjilane
municipality, in the center of the village, unknown persons of Albanian
ethnicity stoned an Opel Kadet passenger vehicle with Kosovo license
plates driven by Dusko Antonijevic (S), son of Srecko. No one was injured.
The vehicle sustained material damage (body damage, broken headlight and
On August 4, 2003 at about 17.00 hours Milorad Pаvic (1952), Stојаn Dеnic,
Vоја Stојkоvic, Djоrdjе and Јоrdаn Kоvаcеvic (K/Serbs), all from the
village of Koretiste, Gnjilane municipality, were grazing their livestock
on the meadow known as "Rakita" near the village when they observed four
persons around 20 years of age and five persons around 10 years of age of
Albanian ethnicity breaking off ears of corn and collecting squashes. When
Milorad Pavic told them not to do this, the Albanians showered him with
the broken ears of corn, stones and wooden stakes. At one point Pavic felt
a strong blow to his forehead. Bathed in blood he abandoned his livestock
and fled in the direction of the village. He received medical treatment in
the village primary health care center and was then transferred to the
Vranje Medical Center (southern Serbia). He is undergoing treatment in the
department of otolaryngology. Physicians have established that he
sustained light physical injuries.
On August 7-8, 2003 in the village of Paralovo hamlet of "Perici,"
Gnjilane municipality, unknown attackers set fire to the home of the
family of Ljubisa Aksic (S). There was significant material damage. The
incident was reported to members of UNMIK police.
On August 5, 2003 at about 18.00 hours Djurdja Simic, Perica Przic and
Boban Bocic (K/Serbs) from the village of Mogila, Vitina municipality,
displaced persons presently living in Smederevo (Central Serbia), set out
to visit the house of the family of Djurdja Simic (S), who fled out of
fear in 1999, escorted by two KPS policemen (an Albanian and Nenad Nojic,
a Serb). They were met in front of the house by Afrim Azemi (A), son of
Bajram, who physically attacked Bocic by hitting him with his fist in the
head, while Afrim's brother hit Przic in the face (the nose) and struck
Djurdja in the head with a rock. The KPS police stood by, observing the
physical abuse of the Serbs. When Bocic addressed policeman Nenad Nojic
with the plea that he protect them, Nojic asked the attackers to calm
down. The Serbs then left the yard of Djurdja Simic.
On August 9, 2003 unknown persons tossed two hand grenades at the
municipal courthouse in Vitina. No one was injured. There was minor
material damage (damaged facade and broken windows on the building).
On August 9, 2003 in the K/Albanian village of Djelekare, Vitina
municipality, an unknown person tossed a hand grenade at a mixed goods
shop (owned by an Albanian). No one was injured. There was insignificant
On August 14, 2003 at about 02.00 hours in Trepcanska Street in Prizren an
unknown person activated an explosive device, most probably a tossed hand
grenade, in front of the UNMIK police building, which is located in the
administrative building of the "Metohija" water company (located on the
right side of the road upon exiting Prizren toward Djakovica). At 13.00
hours a second explosive device was activated in front of the UNMIK
building. UNMIK assumes that the second explosion is a consequence of the
preceding morning attack. No one was injured. An investigation is in
progress. (Out of a pre-war population of 8,000 Serbs, only 68 elderly
Serbs remain in Prizren today. The city is now overwhelmingly ethnic
On August 14, 2003 at about 23.00 hours the Serb village of Grabac, Klina
municipality, was targeted by an armed attack of 5-6 bursts of automatic
gunfire coming from the direction of the Albanian inhabited villages of
Stupelj and Krnjince, located east of Grabac. No one was injured. The Serb
returnees in the village are frightened and afraid for their safety.
А. ARMED AND OTHER TERRORIST ATTACKS
Using hand grenades
Planting of explosive devices
Stoning of vehicles
Intimidation _ threats
ATTACKS from 07/30/03 to 08/15/03
OUTCOMES OF THESE ATTACKS
Building destroyed or damaged
House set on fire
Orthodox Christian cemetery set on fire
Forests set on fire
WHAT IS CALLED
"INCIDENT" IN KOSOVO THAT WOULD BE
A TERRORIST ATTACK IN JERUSALEM
February 2, 2000. Albanian terrorists fired an anti-tank rocket at a
bus with 49 Kosovo Serbs on board, killing two elderly people and wounding
three other passengers. As in many
other terrorist attacks (i.e. incidents, in Kosovo)
perpetrators have never been arrested (
VIOLENCE AGAIN DESTABILIZING KOSOVO
tensions in Kosovo continue to escalate in the wake of the murder of two
Serb youths and the wounding of four others by unknown gunmen near the
town of Pec, some 50 miles south of the capital, Pristina.
Source: Transitions Online
Date: 18 Aug 2003
The murder of two Serb teenagers at play sparks fears of spiraling ethnic
tensions in the province.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Ethnic tensions in Kosovo continue to
escalate in the wake of the murder of two Serb youths and the wounding of
four others by unknown gunmen near the town of Pec, some 50 miles south of
the capital, Pristina.
United Nations police are conducting an intensive manhunt for the killers,
who on 13 August opened fire from nearby bushes on teenagers who were
swimming in the Bistrica River, in the enclave of Gorazdevac. Police still
have no suspects and have made no arrests. Andrea Angeli, a spokesman for
the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), said in a statement that some 300
officers are involved in the manhunt. The UN has offered a reward of
50,000 euros for information leading to the arrest of the killer or
UNMIK officials have continued house-to-house searches. According to UN
police spokesperson Derek Chappell, investigators believe there was at
least one gunman armed with a semiautomatic rifle.
Kosovo Serbs have staged peaceful protests throughout the province. In one
violent incident, however, a grenade was thrown at the house of an ethnic
Albanian in an apparent act of retaliation. International officials are
concerned that the incident will spark greater violence in the fragile
The killings took place only one day after the arrival of the new head of
UNMIK, Harri Holkeri, who made his first official visit to the
UN-administered province. Holkeri is replacing Michael Steiner, who
resigned in June, as the province's new civilian governor.
"Certainly, it was very emotional. It's a very sad event," Angeli said.
"The new chief of the mission, Mr. Holkeri...declared here: 'I'm
devastated about this terrible tragedy. It's a tragedy for Kosovo that
four years after the conflict ended such incidents continue to take a
terrible toll on the lives of innocent citizens and on Kosovo's image in
the international community.'"
Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic, who heads Belgrade's Kosovo
Coordination Center, was more emphatic.
"[What happened] in Gorazdevac is the most brutal form of fascism. I don't
know how else to name the act when someone opens fire on children who are
swimming. Believe me, condemnations, protests, and notes are not enough.
Whatever we do, nothing has changed, and they are killing and killing
people, ethnic cleansing is going on. My proposal will be to the
government [of Serbia] and the Council of Ministers [of Serbia and
Montenegro] to demand a session of the UN Security Council in the presence
of the secretary-general [Kofi Annan]," Covic was quoted as saying by The
New York Times.
The UN Security Council was due to meet on 18 August to discuss the
security situation in Kosovo. Covic was scheduled to speak for the Serbian
Holkeri has appointed a special international prosecutor to lead an
investigation into the incident.
Both ethnic Albanian and Serbian political leaders condemned the killings.
Ethnic Albanians in the government blamed Serbian extremists for the
murder, while authorities in Belgrade are pointing fingers at Albanian
"terrorists," such as the outlawed Albanian National Army (AKSh)--a group
Steiner had earlier labelled a terrorist organization.
The 16 August funeral for the two slain teenagers was an intense scene,
with Kosovo Force (KFOR) and UNMIK police blockading the village while
mourners laid the victims to rest in a traditional Orthodox ceremony,
visiting the grave sites the day after according to custom.
In the meantime, local authorities in Gorazdevac have requested that UNMIK
and KFOR troops be replaced by local representatives and have called for
the resignation of the president of the Pec Municipality on grounds that
he failed to provide adequate protection. Members of the local Serbian
Orthodox Church delivered the request to the international community,
blaming international troops for allowing such a violent incident to occur
in an area under their direct protection.
Some 4,500 international police officers, 21,000 peacekeepers, and 5,000
local police provide security in the province.
Serbian Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic said that the killings provided
"tragic confirmation that the UN and NATO have failed" in Kosovo.
Leaders of the Serbian community also fear that the incident may keep some
of the 200,000 Serbs who fled Kosovo during and after the NATO bombing
campaign from returning to their homes.
Violence in Kosovo has been escalating over the past several months. In
early August, a UN police officer was shot dead in northern Kosovo after
his car came under attack by unknown assailants. And in early June, three
members of a Serb family were murdered in their home in Obiliq, outside of
the capital. The family was beaten to death and their house set on fire.
No suspects have yet been identified.
Aljban Vjosa, representative of the outlawed AKSh, on 17 August urged
Albanian political representatives in the southern Serbian districts of
Bujanovac, Medvedja, and Presevo to join the terrorist group to work
toward creating an ethnic Albanian state in the province, Beta news agency
reported. In an interview with preshava.com Vjosa officially declared
himself a member of the AKSh's political wing and said that Albanian
political leaders in Kosovo do not deserve the trust of their voters.
Vjosa called dreams of multi-ethnicity "naive," and insisted that the
territory of central Serbia is occupied territory colonized by Serbs with
military facilities constructed with the goal of "massacring the Albanian
--Compiled by TOL with reports from Radio B92, Beta, RFE/RL, and The New
BLOOD IN KOSOVO - OCCUPIED PROVINCE TERRORIZED AGAIN
The attack on children
was condemned by both Kosovo Serbs and the Belgrade government. As angry
Serbs protested in the streets of their ghettos, the UN authorities and
NATO occupiers pledged to find the assailants. That pledge has remained
unfulfilled as of yet, as have all others before it.
by Nebojsa Malic
August 21, 2003
as north-eastern United States clawed its way from a weekend blackout, and
the UN mission in Iraq gasped in shock at Tuesday's massacre at its
Baghdad headquarters, the occupied Serbian province of Kosovo was once
again in the headlines. A week ago, British historian Kate Hudson noted
that the attack on Yugoslavia over Kosovo in 1999 established a "pattern
of aggression" that was applied to Iraq in 2003.
Of course, the US did not occupy all of Serbia, as it did with Iraq - only
its one province, settled with Albanians bent on carving out an
independent state, or possibly annexing Albania. While Iraqis shoot at
occupation troops, the Albanians actually welcomed them. These
differences, while rightly irrelevant to Hudson's argument, have also
meant years of abject misery for non-Albanians living in Kosovo.
Last Tuesday, the government in Belgrade finally announced its official
position on the status of its occupied province, rejecting outright the
notion of independence but pledging "substantial autonomy" within Serbia.
The unexpectedly firm line by the otherwise spineless Dossie leadership
came a day before Kosovo's new international viceroy, Harri Holkeri, was
to make his first visit to the occupied province.
A Clear Response
Belgrade and UNMIK probably expected an official Albanian response filled
with righteous indignation at the very thought of anything but full
independence for the province. But the unofficial response that came on
August 13 was loud, clear and disgusting. An "unknown" gunman fired at
children swimming in the Bistrica river, killing two and injuring several
others. The attack took place just outside Gorazdevac, a Serb enclave
surrounded by Albanian villages. Serbs in Kosovo have long since been
disarmed by the NATO occupation force; the assailant had used an AK-47
Another attack followed on Sunday, only this time no one was hurt.
Earlier that week, and again on Saturday, Serbian military outposts near
the border with Kosovo came under fire. The attacks were claimed by the
AKSh, the "Albanian National Army," the newest incarnation of the KLA. It
seems to have reawakened following the announcement of Presevo area
Albanians that they would form an Albanian National Council to promote
annexation to Kosovo.
Anger and Loathing
The attack on children was condemned by both Kosovo Serbs and the Belgrade
government. As angry Serbs protested in the streets of their ghettos, the
UN authorities and NATO occupiers pledged to find the assailants. That
pledge has remained unfulfilled as of yet, as have all others before it.
Father Sava, the famous "cybermonk" at Decani, wrote that the Gorazdevac
attack was "first and foremost a shocking indicator of the real situation
in Kosovo and Metohija that the majority of UNMIK and KFOR
representatives, together with Albanian political leaders, are
persistently attempting to hide from the global public in order to
rationalize their own failures..."
Even Bishop Artemije, who once collaborated with the UN-NATO occupiers, is
embittered. "All words have been used already; everything that should have
been said has been said so many times already," he told KFOR political
officer Frederick Mathias during their meeting Saturday, quoted FoNet news
When even the most conciliatory Serbs - who have condemned Slobodan
Milosevic's government on many occasions and repeatedly reached out to
Albanians - are this embittered, it should be obvious that few if any
Kosovo Serbs trust the occupying authorities any more. KFOR may be the
only thing standing between them and the Albanian lynch mobs, but it
clearly isn't doing it well; besides, NATO occupation enabled those lynch
mobs to operate in the first place, a fact Kosovo Serbs have not
forgotten, if others have.
Mr. Covic Goes To The UN
While the murders at Gorazdevac were ghastly, they should not have been a
surprise to anyone familiar with the situation in Kosovo. Truly surprising
was the reaction of official Belgrade, where the normally ambivalent
Dossies actually did something.
Nebojsa Covic, deputy Prime Minister charged with Kosovo affairs, quickly
traveled to New York for the emergency session of the UN Security Council.
What he said there was surprisingly frank:
"[T]he hideous attack on innocent children swimming in the river near
their homes in Kosovo and Metohia had taken place only because they were
Serbs. It was an attempt to send a message to all Serbs that they had to
leave and there is no chance for a multi-ethnic society," official UN
reports quoted Covic, who added that "it was necessary to accept the fact
that last week's crimes were not unique - they belonged to a pattern of
activity by a determined minority of the Albanian population to bring the
ethnic cleansing of the province to completion."
The UN Ambassadors gave him a polite hearing and said the obligatory words
of concern and condolences, then rejected his claims outright. According
to US government-sponsored Radio Free Europe, British Ambassador Emyr
Jones-Parry said the attacks "must still be considered as isolated acts of
extremism," offering no explanation as to why. And the Council said "it
was important for leaders in Pristina and Belgrade to redouble their
efforts to cooperate in building a multiethnic Kosovo."
Let's see, double of zero is still - zero. The UN gets to sound all
proper, but do nothing. Impressive.
Lie and Deny
While at first apologetic, after Covic's presentation UN officials began
an all-out effort at spin control. Derek Chappel, UN police spokesman in
Pristina, glibly dismissed the danger of terrorism in the occupied
province in an interview to Agence France-Presse. The agency played along,
labeling the manifestly one-sided campaign of murder "inter-ethnic
violence." Here are some of Chappel's more ludicrous statements from
Tuesday's AFP story:
a. "They [the AKSh] have been classified as a terrorist organisation but
we don't believe they can seriously threaten the stability of Kosovo."
b. "We've always said that we don't believe there are any large-scale
terrorist organisations in Kosovo but there are always people who are
capable of carrying out terrorist acts."
c. "Kosovo is still awash with explosives, hand grenades and military
weapons and it is certainly true that there are people here who do not
want reconciliation and want to create instability. They wouldn't hesitate
to use violence to drive the communities apart. I think that is a very
d. (paraphrased by AFP): "the extremists' failure to generate a popular
uprising against the international police and judiciary following the
recent war-crimes conviction of an ethnic-Albanian guerrilla commander
showed that most people, whether Serb or Albanian, wanted to bury the
Chappel is either insane, or deliberately lying. To him, the AKSh exists
- but not really - and is certainly not a threat. But of course, there are
people who threaten "the stability of Kosovo," (!) and since he pointedly
avoids mentioning Albanians (and everyone knows they want a stable,
Serbenfrei Kosovo of their own), then who else could possibly be
responsible than those dastardly Serbs again??
Describing people who have systematically killed and expelled their
neighbors of all other ethnicities, then stole or torched their property
as "people who do not want reconciliation" is surely the pinnacle of
cynicism. In case he'd been living under a rock these past four years
(which is entirely possible), he could not have helped but notice that
"communities" in occupied Kosovo had already been separated into Albanians
(forcibly ruled by KLA thugs) and everybody else (killed, expelled, or
terrorized into ghettos). How many more people need to die for Chappel to
snap out of his auto-colonoscopy and confess the truth? Why, all of them,
in all likelihood. Kosovo would be very stable then.
Now Chappel isn't just some faceless UN bureaucrat. He is the official
spokesman for the UN police force, the people who are supposed to prevent
attacks like Gorazdevac from happening - or at the very least catch their
perpetrators. Which they have markedly failed to do over the past four
There are no signs they would perform differently in the future. That
"failure to generate a popular uprising" Chappel incredulously mentioned
had in reality been a week-long bombing spree against police stations and
a fatal sniper attack against a UN policeman. It appears the UN police
have heard the KLA's message, loud and clear.
Distort and Divert
AFP is not the only news service deliberately obfuscating the issue. The
Associated Press reported on the Serbian government's Tuesday declaration
with obvious derision and distortion of facts. For example, its reporter
claimed "dozens" of Serbian churches were destroyed in "revenge attacks"
since 1999, while in reality the number has been over 112, and the attacks
were motivated not by "revenge" (what have the churches done?) but sheer
The Guardian article about the Bistrica beach atrocity referred to "brutal
Serbian occupying forces," dismissed the Belgrade position as a "wish
list" that had "fat chance of becoming reality," and claimed that
"indicted war criminal" Slobodan Milosevic had "set up a police state" in
Kosovo. It did call the attack on children "exceptionally brutal" and
"extreme," but it almost sounded as a pretext for lambasting Belgrade.
Obviously, the media refuse to see the pattern in the attacks so obvious
to Covic and the Kosovo Serbs. They have toed the UN-NATO line for so
long, it has become impossible to drop it, even in face of overwhelming
evidence. So what happens in Kosovo must be distorted and the audience
diverted from obvious conclusions.
Until last week, under Imperial pressure and that of their regime, the
Serbs had gone along with this charade. No more.
Awareness of Empire
Three weeks ago, Helle Dale of the Washington Times quoted Dossie Prime
Minister Zoran Zivkovic, who supposedly said that, "There are three things
Serbs cannot stand: an independent Kosovo, NATO and the United States."
Dale was trying to be malicious and smear the Serbs as Nazis and
barbarians. But she really did them a favor.
In a letter of response, the Serbia-Montenegro embassy did not deny the
quote's accuracy, only its context: namely, that Zivkovic was trying to
tell the media how he was governing against the will of the people, like
every good modern, progressive, freedom-loving, democratic etc. vassal of
Zivkovic was right, then. As reactions from both the government and the
people show, Serbs really cannot stomach an independent (and needless to
say, Albanian) Kosovo. After what happened in 1999, they cannot stand
NATO, either. Dossies are working hard to join the Alliance, but they
might well choke themselves trying. Regarding the United States, perhaps
the Serbian peasants have figured out something that has eluded most
Americans: that the United States, once venerated by Serbs as a friendly
and fellow freedom-loving nation, has turned into a freedom-crushing
Empire, an abomination and antithesis of itself. What it has done to
Kosovo is all the evidence they need.
And that is definitely something to ponder.
KOSOVO AND METOHIJA CHRONICLE, AUG 21
KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEWS
Thursday 21 August 2003
23:20 Council of Europe Secretary General Walter Schwimmer condemned today
the gun attack on a group of Serbian children in the Kosovo village of
Gorazdevac, which left two dead and four others injured, and urged for a
dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade that should lead to a
reconciliation of all communities in Kosovo-Metohija.
18:00 President of the local community in Suvi Dol Mico Kragovic said
today that the situation in the village has deteriorated dramatically
since the arrival of the Danish KFOR contingent. Serbs in Suvi Dol have
not been feeling safe in their own homes since last February, when the
Danish contingent replaced the French KFOR contingent, said Kragovic.
17:40 Serbian Deputy Premier and President of the Coordination Center for
Kosovo and Metohija Nebojsa Covic visited at the Military Medical Academy
(VMA) today Bogdan Bukumiric, the boy wounded in the recent gun attack in
Gorazdevac, the Serbian government press release said.
17:20 Milan Jovanovic, Vladimir Jovanovic's father, told reporters today
that the door to his apartment in Leposavic was demolished by UNMIK
police. Vladimir Jovanovic (21) was arrested by the international police
three days ago on suspicion that he killed Indian policeman Satish Menon
in northern Kosovo in early August.
17:00 New UNMIK Chief will officially resume his duties on Monday, August
25th, Pristina media report today. According to the daily Zeri, Holkeri is
scheduled to meet with leaders of transitional Kosovo institutions and
political officials of Serbs on Tuesday, August 26th.
13:20 UNMIK police Commissioner Stefan Veller called upon the people of
Kosovo-Metohija to cooperate with the police in eradicating terrorism and
crime in the province.
13:00 UNMIK Police regional spokesperson Tracy Becker has confirmed that
Serb Vladimir Jovanovic is suspected with murder of Indian police officer
Satish Manon, denying at the same time that he is a Kosovo Police Service
12:20 Several dozen members of the NGO Women in Black and Belgrade
citizens protested yesterday in Belgrade against Albanian extremists'
violence in Kosovo-Metohija and murder of two Serb boys in Gorazdevac.
12:00 UNMIK's municipal administrator for Kosovska Mitrovica Mina Jervenpa
has said that horrible crime committed on Serb children in Gorazdevac
didn't produce sincere mourning of Albanian politicians, but that
reactions of Serbian politicians also haven't contributed to appeasement
of the situation.
11:40 Kosovo-Metohija premier Bajram Rexhepi says that no decision was
brought at UN Security Council session to condemn Kosovo-Metohija.
11:20 Democratic Opposition of Serbia parliamentary leader in the Serbian
Parliament Bojan Pajtic has said that starting point of the official
Belgrade in talks with Albanian representatives from Kosovo-Metohija will
be the principle that Province is an integral part of Serbia.
11:00 An impression has been created in Serbia-Montenegro (SCG) that SCG
Army and Serbian police will return to Kosovo-Metohija to protect Serbs
there, but this is, unfortunately, impossible, SCG defense minister Boris
Tadic told Serbian TV.
10:40 Serbian deputy premier Nebojsa Covic expressed confidence with
results of UN Security Council session on Kosovo-Metohija, but added that
situation in the field won't be changed soon.
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