May 23, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 23-05-03

CONTENTS:

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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SERB HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT BEATEN UP BY ALBANIANS IN KLOKOT

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ERP 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.

MORE 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.

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SERB VILLAGERS FROM SILOVO TARGETED BY EXTREMISTS

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KIM RADIO
Silovo (Gnjilane), May 22, 2003

On 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

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USA: IT IS STILL EARLY FOR FINAL STATUS TALKS

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Free Serbia, Tanjug
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.

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OPPOSITION BLASTS KOSOVO CENSUS LEGISLATION

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Beta News Agency
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.


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KOSOVO SERBS PREVENT ALBANIAN REPATRIATIONS IN PROTEST

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SRNA News Agency, RTNS
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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