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SERB HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
BEATEN UP BY ALBANIANS IN KLOKOT NR. VITINA
SERB VILLAGERS FROM SILOVO TARGETED BY EXTREMISTS
USA: IT IS STILL EARLY FOR FINAL STATUS TALKS
OPPOSITION BLASTS KOSOVO CENSUS LEGISLATION
KOSOVO SERBS PREVENT ALBANIAN REPATRIATIONS IN PROTEST
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SCHOOL STUDENT BEATEN UP BY ALBANIANS IN KLOKOT
KIM Info Service
Kosovska Vitina, May 23
The Information Service of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren received
information from Fr. Dragan Kojic, the Serbian Orthodox priest in Vitina,
that at least three Kosovo Albanians seriously beat up a Serb high school
student, MILAN PAVIC (16) from the village of Klokot, today at
approximately 11:00 hours at the main intersection in the village of
Klokot, Vitina municipality.
Pavic was walking from his house to school. While passing by the bus
station where Albanians normally wait for the Gnjilane bus, three
Albanians provoked and physically attacked him, inflecting serious head
injuries. Pavic was immediately transferred to the hospital where he
received emergency care.
According to unconfirmed information the three Albanians were detailed by
the police and during a search one of them was found to be in possession
of a knife.
BEATEN UP SERB SENIOR FROM VITINA IN CRITICAL CONDITION
The Diocese of Raska and Prizren has learned that SLAVKO STAMENKOVIC,
the 90 year-old Serb man who was heavily beaten up yesterday in his home
in Vitina and subsequently transferred to Vranje Hospital is in extremely
serious condition. According to a physician statement Stamenkovic is
suffering from compound fractures of the skull and doctors are fighting to
save his life.
DETAILS ON THE MURDER OF ZORAN MIRKOVIC IN VRBOVAC
Vrbovac, Vitina - UNMIK police reported that the autopsy results on
the body of ZORAN MIRKOVIC a 41 year-old Serb man (who was murdered by the
members of the "Albanian National Army" on May 17)
showed he was shot once in the chin and five times in the back of the
head. A 9 mm projectile was recovered from the body.
VILLAGERS FROM SILOVO TARGETED BY EXTREMISTS
Silovo (Gnjilane), May 22, 2003
Wednesday morning (May 21), unknown assailants fired a couple of rounds at
Momcilo Djordjevic and his wife while they were working in the fields near
Silovo. The shots came from the direction of the Albanian village of
Muadzeri. It is reported that no body was injured. This incident was
reported to the UNMIK police
USA: IT IS
STILL EARLY FOR FINAL STATUS TALKS
Washington, May 22, 2003
The Committee for international relations of the American Congress' House
of Representatives, at the request of ex-congressman and supporter of the
independent Kosovo Joseph DioGuardi, today held a meeting over the future
of this province.
At the meeting, beside Janet Bogue, the State Department representative,
notorious Albanian lobbyists explained their plans, insisting that
stabilization and peace in the region of Southeastern Balkan is impossible
without recognizing the independence of Kosovo.
Nobody was invited to represent the Kosovo Serbs interests.
Henry Hyde, the Committee President, in his introductory explanations said
that Congress must to take into consideration questions over the Balkans,
if we want "freedom, democracy, security, and prosperity in the region."
Congressman Tom Lantos, a big Kosovo independence supporter, evaluated
that there is a need to solve Kosovo's final status. He emphasized that
the announcement of Kosovo's independence "is a most important condition
for stabilizing events in the Balkans."
Janet Bogue, the representative of the Administration, and Deputy of the
State Secretary Assistant, pointed on the progress in these four years for
solving the situation in Kosovo, and building a multiethnic and democratic
society. "USA continues to support the return of all the refugees and
displaced persons," said Bogue, and added that America pays great
attention to the province's economic development. According to her, USA
will maintain a diplomatic, financial, and military presence in Kosovo,
and they greet the financial help and participation of the EU.
The State Department representative emphasized that Washington supports
stances of the Secretary General's Special envoy Michael Steiner, who has
placed standards that Kosovo should achieve before the start of the talks
for its final status. These standards must be reached regardless of the
future final status, to have good relationships with rest of the countries
in the region, to start the fight against organized crime, and to
participate in the European integration.
BLASTS KOSOVO CENSUS LEGISLATION
Pristina, May 22, 2033
Kosovo's minority leaders have refused to back legislation in the
province's assembly on a census planned for next year.
The head of the Serb Return coalition in the Assembly, Dragisa Krstovic,
said that Serb MPs were unable to accept the legislation because no Serbs
were involved in drafting it.
He warned that the census would ignore more than 230,000 Kosovo Serbs
currently living outside the province while taking into account people of
Kosovo Albanian origin who had never lived in the province.
Krstovic described the bill as an attempt to legalise the forcible
appropriation of Serb real estate by establishing the occupation of
properties in March 2004 as evidence of ownership.
KOSOVO SERBS PREVENT ALBANIAN REPATRIATIONS IN PROTEST
Strpce (Kosovo) May 22, 2003
Several hundred Kosovo Serbs are currently taking action to block the
Urosevac-Strpce motorway in the Kosovo village of Popovce.
The action, which began at 6am this morning, is aimed at preventing the
return of 50 Albanian families to the village of Donja Bitinja.
Sokol Djordjevic, local member of the Kosovo-Serb Return Coalition, told
agency SRNA "We are not opposed to the return of Albanians, but we demand
the reciprocal return of displaced Serbs".
He also stated that the return of the Albanian families was settled by the
UN high commissioner for refugees and that until a few days ago the locals
knew nothing about it. As Djordjevic put it KFOR wants to forcefully
return certain individuals which have left this county around 30 years
ago, at the same time adding that the locals want to be included in the
process of the returning and be informed who is going back.
International authorities from KFOR and UNMIK's special police units have
blocked the village road in order to prevent incidents.
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