September 06, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 23-09-03

BUS WITH SERB CHILDREN FROM GORAZDEVAC STONED NEAR KLINA


Delegation of Serb children and their teachers from Gorazdevac
visited their friends wounded in the attack of Albanian extremists
On their way back Serb convoy with children was stoned

CONTENTS:

CONVOY OF SERB CHILDREN FROM GORAZDEVAC STONED
During the stoning the windows on one of the buses were smashed but there were no injuries among the children.
ALBANIANS SHOOT AROUND GORAZDEVAC - KFOR SEARCHES SERBIAN HOMES
"Instead of looking for the murderers on the Albanian side, they are coming to the village everyday, and are pressuring twenty year old Boshko Bogicevic, who was wounded that same day at the river, into giving a statement regarding the incident," stated Dakic.

POLITIKA: UNMIK IS MANIPULATING NUMBER OF SERB RETURNEES
"Whenever we ask the international representatives for an exact number and names of the returnees which came back to the province, we constantly receive over exaggeration, and often they simply give up on this task. So for example UNHCR and UNMIK were saying that 60 Serbs returned to the village of Klokot in Kosovska Vitina. But when we asked them to give us the names they simply did not want to talk about it. Truth is that only 8 Serbs returned to Klokot," stated Milorad Todorovic, the coordinator for returns

COVIC CALLS FOR DIALOGUE WITHOUT POLITICIZATION
"Those who want this must realize that it is most important that the dialogue begin as soon as possible, that it be constructive, and that we must come together to a resolution of various problems," he said

INET - FLASH NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA, 20-21 SEP

PERPETRATORS OF GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE STILL NOT ARRESTED - DAY 40

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CONVOY OF SERB CHILDREN FROM GORAZDEVAC STONED IN RUDNIK
During the stoning the windows on one of the buses were smashed but there were no injuries among the children.

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
September 22, 2003


PEC - A convoy of buses returning Serb children to their home in Gorazdevac after a visit to Belgrade was stoned today in the village of Rudnik near Srbica, on the Kosovska Mitrovica-Pec road, Serb sources in Kosovo informed.

During the stoning the windows on one of the buses were smashed but there were no injuries among the children.

After a short stop, the convoy with some 150 children from Gorazdevac continued on the road toward Pec.

Police have launched an investigation.

The children of Gorazdevac spent several days in Belgrade their wounded peers and touring the attractions of the Serbia and Montenegro capital.

Yesterday the children were received by Serbian premier Zoran Zivkovic.


Serbian Premier Zoran Zivkovic received a group of Serb children
from Gorazdevac in Belgrade this weekend


SERBIAN ORTHODOX DIOCESE STRONGLY CONDEMNS STONING OF THE SERB BUS
Albanian extremists systematically target Serbian children

ERPKIM Info-Service
Gracanica, September 23, 2003

Serbian Orthodox Diocese for Kosovo and Metohija most strongly condemns yesterday's stoning of the bus with Serb children from Gorazdevac. The  reiterated attack on already traumatized children, many of whom survived the massacre on the river on August 13, demonstrates that Kosovo Albanian extremists and their sympatizers among their ordinary people systematically target Serbian children as the weakest part of Serb population.

Such acts of intolerance show utmost lack of basic moral criteria in the society and should be unanimously condemned by all communities of the Province. At the same time this is one reason more for KFOR to reinforce protection of Serb children and other civilians who apparently are not safe even when they travel in escorted convoys.

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ALBANIANS SHOOT AROUND GORAZDEVAC, KFOR SEARCHES SERBIAN HOUSES

"Instead of looking for the murderers on the Albanian side, they are coming to the village everyday, and are pressuring twenty year old Boshko Bogicevic, who was wounded that same day at the river, into giving a statement regarding the incident," stated Dakic.

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FREE SERBIA
Gracanica, September 20

On Saturday, Milisav Dakic, the father of Panta Dakic, the boy killed by Albanian extremists on 13th of August stated for Tanjug news agency that Albanians are continuing to shoot around Gorazdevac, and instead of increasing the security measures, KFOR and UNMIK police are every day coming to the village and are announcing searches of Serbian houses.

"Instead of looking for the murderers on the Albanian side, they are coming to the village everyday, and are pressuring twenty year old Boshko Bogicevic, who was wounded that same day at the river, into giving a statement regarding the incident," stated Dakic.

He also stated that on Friday morning three Albanians were shooting near the village, and that his cousin Rade Dugandzic, saw them and came back to village all frightened, adding that because of this incident parents did not let their children to go to school.

According to Dakic, KFOR is passing through the village every day and is warning the locals that the amnesty for surrendering weapons will last till the end of the month, and that after that they will start searching houses.

In Gorazdevac, there are 150 children, who are less then 7 years old, and 250 children, which attend basic school or one of the three high schools.


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UNMIK IS MANIPULATING NUMBERS OF SERB RETURNEES

"Whenever we ask the international representatives for an exact number and names of the returnees which came back to the province, we constantly receive over exaggeration, and often they simply give up on this task. So for example UNHCR and UNMIK were saying that 60 Serbs returned to the village of Klokot in Kosovska Vitina. But when we asked them to give us the names they simply did not want to talk about it. Truth is that only 8 Serbs returned to Klokot," stated Milorad Todorovic, the coordinator for returns

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POLITIKA, Belgrade daily
Kosovska Mitrovica, 20 September 2003

The latest report of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and displaced persons (UNHCR), states that by June first of 2003, 7,531 persons which left escaped to the Central Serbia and Montenegro have returned to Serbia’s southern province. Report also states that of these people 4,115 are Serbians, 1,179 are Ashkalis, 734 are Romas, 358 Bosniaks, 109 Gorans, and 426 are Albanians. According to this report most of the Serbian returned three years ago. This organizations state that back then 1,826 Serbians returned to the province! It is added that 966 Serbs returned in 2002 while in 2001, 679 Serbs returned to their houses, and that in the first half of 2003 646 Serbs have returned to their houses!
UNHCR states that the data is based on information, which are monthly received from the field, and as it is added are received from "different and very trustworthy sources". What is obvious is that none of the reports have the names of the persons that have returned in Kosovo and Metohija.

According to Milorad Todorovic, the coordinator for return, in the Kosovo temporary government, "the returnees in Kosovo are just numbers for the UNHCR". As Todorovic stated official Serbian sources are saying that so far 850 Serbs have returned to the villages of Osojane, Bica, Grabac, Dolac, and Belo Polje, all of them in Metohija, around thirty of them have returned to Novake near Prizren, and only a dozen of them have returned to Kosovo Pomoravlje and central Kosovo. Most of the Serbs returned to the village of Osojane, where it is stated that around 300 of them returned. Todorovic added that the rest of the villages in which there was any return still do not have ambulances and schools while the returnees are living only from the humanitarian help.

"Whenever we ask the international representatives for an exact number and names of the returnees which came back to the province, we constantly receive over exaggeration, and often they simply give up on this task. So for example UNHCR and UNMIK were saying that 60 Serbs returned to the village of Klokot in Kosovska Vitina. But when we asked them to give us the names they simply did not want to talk about it. Truth is that only 8 Serbs returned to Klokot," stated Milorad Todorovic.

He also states that the international community has no interest in returning the Serbs because it is quiet obvious that they are protégées of only the Albanians. Although year 2003 was proclaimed as a key year for the return of the dispersed nothing came out of this. Process of return was being also sowed down by the politics of the ex UNMIK chief Michael Steiner.

Todorovic reminds that biggest organized return happened this summer when 30 Serbs returned in the village of Belo Polje near Pec. According to the UNMIK program for return, it was planed that this year Serbs were to return to 24 locations in 9 municipalities, most of which were in the region of Metohija. But everything remained just dead letter on a peace of paper. This is also due to the fact that there is no unified data on the number of exiled from the province territory. UNHCR has information that since June of 1999, when the province became UN protectorate, 238,000 citizens have been exiled out of which 180,000 were Serbs. On the other hand official Belgrade, that is the Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija, has a number of 300,000 exiled out of which 218,000 are Serbs.

Serbian representatives in Kosovo are pointing that if the return of the refugees continues with this pace, and having in mind that so far not even one percent of the Serbian refugees have returned, that then the rest of the Serbian families will return to the province in the next 2 centuries!

Donated money planed for the return of the Serbs for this year, which come to around 37 million Euros, are enough for the return of only around 4,700 refugee Serbs. 3.5 million euros are the money needed just for the building of 90 houses for the 450 Serbs from the villages near Pec.

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COVIC CALLS FOR DIALOGUE WITHOUT POLITICIZATION
"Those who want this must realize that it is most important that the dialogue begin as soon as possible, that it be constructive, and that we must come together to a resolution of various problems," he said.

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B92, Belgrade
Belgrade, 20 September 2003

Deputy Serbian Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic said today that Belgrade does not want to politicize the situation in Kosovo ahead of its dialogue with Pristina.

"Those who want this must realize that it is most important that the dialogue begin as soon as possible, that it be constructive, and that we must come together to a resolution of various problems," he said.

Covic, who heads Belgrade’s Kosovo Coordination Center, declined to comment on calls from Albanian parties for south Serbian representatives to be included in the dialogue, but said that the delegation would be composed of officials and political consultants.

Asked whether he ruled out negotiations with possible Hague Tribunal indicted from the Albanian side, Covic replied that nobody could impose rules on the make-up of the delegations.

However, he said, it would not be helpful if someone from the delegation were to be indicted by The Hague in the months after the dialogue.

He described the first phase of the dialogue as being a process of building trust for the negotiations.

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INET - KOSOVO AND METOHIJA FLASH NEWS, 20-21 SEP

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Sunday 21 September 2003

23:40 The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Pavle, served vespers service today in the Congregational Church in the presence of 150 children from Gorazdevac, who are spending this weekend in Belgrade.

20:20 UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri stated that the beginning of dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade will be "in a matter of days, not weeks." Holkeri, who is to participate in a meeting of the Contact Group in New York this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, stated that he will ask the Contact Group to accept his suggestions in connection with procedural issues concerning the dialogue.

19:20 The director of the Balkan Initiative at the U.S. Institute for Peace in Washington, Daniel Serwer, the assessed that representatives of the Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija are still not ready for the beginning of dialogue with the government in Belgrade and that they need more time in both the technical and the political sense. "It is difficult to be prepared for talks when one does not know with whom he will talk, what will be the format of the talks and what is on the agenda. The international community has not made these matters clear," Server told the BBC. Server has recently held a series of lectures for ministers and political advisors in the Kosovo provisional government in preparation for the forthcoming dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade on the future status of the southern Serbian province. [sic]

18:20 During his meeting today with the children from the Metohija village of Gorazdevac who are on a three-day visit to Belgrade, Serbian premier Zoran Zivkovic promised that the Serbian government and everyone who is responsible for taking care of the state and its citizens will do everything possible to realize what the children of Gorazdevac expect them to do. Zivkovic met with the pupils of Gorazdevac in the Children's Cultural Center in Belgrade, where a special program was prepared for them, and presented them with gifts on behalf of the government.

18:00 Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Nebojsa Covic stated that he spoke with UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri and that he believes that his proposals for the beginning of dialogue are fair and constructive because they do not favor any side. "He will present his views to the Contact Groups and, of course, I expect that the Contact Group will support what needs to occur, and that is dialogue. If people don't talk or conduct dialogue, then I don't see how they can solve problems. We have seen the methods used when there are no talks; we have seen what occurred when there was no dialogue. I expect that the initial meeting or dialogue will also be attended by senior officials of the EU and NATO, for example, Mr. Solana and Mr. Robertson. That would be beneficial," said Covic.

17:20 His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Kyr Pavle served holy archierchal liturgy today, on the feast day of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God (Mala Gospojina), in Rainovac Monastery in the Belgrade municipality of Grocka, with the assistance of several priests and deacons of the Diocese of Belgrade and Karlovac.

17:00 Serbia and Montenegro president Svetozar Marovic is traveling to New York where he will head the state delegation at the 58th session of the United Nations General Assembly next week. In New York Marovic will meet with state and UN officials, and is also expected to meet with U.S. state secretary Colin Powell and UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri.

12:00 Approximately 150 school-age children from Gorazdevac are on a three-day visit to Belgrade. This is an attempt to assist the children in overcoming their psychological trauma resulting from the massacre of their peers by Albanian terrorists. Upon their arrival to Belgrade, they first visited their wounded friends still undergoing treatment in Belgrade hospital. The school year in Gorazdevac began with a requiem service for the children who were murdered by Albanian terrorists while bathing in the river.

11:00 The date and place where negotiations between Serbs and Kosovo Albanians will take place will probably be known after September 23. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the most probable venue for holding the meetings will be Vienna, not Brussels as initially thought.

Saturday 20 September 2003

21:00 Former US president Bill Clinton called on Kosovo residents to accept reconciliation and renounce revenge and hatred. Reconciliation is the only possibility of building a stable and prosperous Kosovo, said Clinton after receiving a honorary doctorate from the University of Pristina.

20:40 Serbian deputy premier Nebojsa Covic stated that Belgrade does not want to politicize the situation prior to beginning dialogue with the ethnic Albanians.

20:20 Representatives of the Return Coalition (Povratak) took part in a breakfast meeting with UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri prior to his departure to New York for a meeting with members of the Contact Group where a decision on the place and time for the beginning of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina is expected to be made.

20:00 During his meeting in Pristina with Kosovo officials and representatives of leading parties, UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri failed to reach an agreement regarding the beginning of dialogue with the Belgrade government; consequently, the date and the place where the talks will be held will probably be determined at the Contact Group meeting in New York on September 22 and 23, it was advised in Pristina.

19:40 Serbian deputy premier and Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Nebojsa Covic who will head the Serbian team in talks on Kosovo with the ethnic Albanians, stated in Belgrade that he is prepared to talk about every topic with the exception of the future status of the Province.


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