June 24, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 24-06-03

SERB HOUSES STILL BURNING IN KOSOVO - RECENT CASES IN UROSEVAC AND OBILIC


SERB HOUSES STILL BURNING IN KOSOVO FOUR YEARS LATER
Thousands of Serb homes were deliberately set on fire
by Kosovo Albanians after the war  in order to prevent return of Serb refugees
(photo archive: Serb house in Prizren burining after the war, a German KFOR tank passing by)
see link: Thousands of arson attacks in NATO presence

CONTENTS:

ONE MORE SERB HOUSE SET ON FIRE NEAR THE RECENT MASSACRE SITE IN OBILIC
ELDERLY SERB WOMAN BEATEN BY ETHNIC ALBANIAN TEENAGERS - POLICE REFUSE TO PRESS CHARGES

OBILIC THREE WEEKS AFTER STOLIC FAMILY MURDER - HUMAN GAME TO BE HUNTED
UNKNOWN ATTACKERS OPEN FIRE ON A PASSANGER COMBI-VAN IN SOUTHERN KOSOVO

TWO EXPLOSIONS BLAST SKOPJE CENTER - ONE PERSON INJURED
DNEVNIK (MACEDONIA) ALBANIAN-AMERICAN LOBBY WANTS TO DIVIDE MACEDONIA BY 2007

UNMIK OFFICIAL IN JAIL AFTER $4.3 MILION THEFT
JOZEF KASA: KOSOVO IS THE CRADLE OF SERBS
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ONE MORE SERB HOUSE SET ON FIRE NEAR THE RECENT MASSACRE SITE IN OBILIC

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SRNA News Agency
June 23, 2003

OBILIC - The house of the three members of the Pecelj family was set on fire in Svetog Save Street in the town of  Obilic in Kosovo at approximately 07,35 on Saturday morning. The Pecelj family fled from Obilic on June 2, the day before the murder of the Stolic family in Cerska Street, Serb sources in Obilic confirmed.

There were 11 Serb families living in Svetog Save Street prior to 1999; with the departure of the Pecelj family two days ago, there are no more Serb houses or families remaining.

Until 1999, 12 000 Serbs lived in the municipality of Obilic. Out of 5000 residents of Obilic, only 400 Serbs remained, and another 3000 in the surrounding villages.

SERB HOMES SET AFLAME IN UROSEVAC AFTER "HABITAT" INTEVENTION

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KIM RADIO
20 June 2003

KIM Radio reports that several Serb-owned apartments and houses in Urosevac were set on fire last night after the Habitat directorate for housing and property issues served notices of eviction and UNMIK police ordered Kosovo Albanian families to vacate the properties, which are owned by Serbs.

A Serb woman whose apartment was set on fire after the Habitat intervention said she passed by her apartment today and saw that it had been completely destroyed in the fire. A source who wishes to remain anonymous for reasons of personal safety claims that the house of her uncle in the street formerly called Vuka Karadzica and several other Serb apartments were also set on fire.

The Kosovo Police Service in Urosevac did not wish to make a statement regarding the incident. KIM Radio later learned that the notices of eviction were delivered to Albanian families in Serb homes in Urosevac by the regional office of Habitat in Gnjilane. UNMIK representatives were responsible for evicting the Albanian families illegally occupying Serb-owned property


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ELDERLY SERB WOMAN BEATEN BY ETHNIC ALBANIAN TEENAGERS IN LIPLJAN - POLICE REFUSE TO PRESS CHARGES

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SRNA News Agency
June 23, 2003


LIPLJAN - Three Albanian young man attacked a Serb woman, Zivka Delic, on Sunday afternoon in the village of Rabovce, municipality of Lipljan. Serb sources confirmed that Zivka Delic was going to a nearby store when she was intercepted by three Albanian young men who began to beat her.

Delic sustained light injuries and local Serb residents ran to assist her. The incident was reported to the Kosovo Police Service, which refused to press charges on grounds that the perpetrators were minors. This is the third time the Albanian young men hasave attacked Zivka Delic.

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NOT ONLY SERBS ARE TARGETED IN OBILIC....
Completely destroyed Roma settlement in Obilic in March 2000. After the end of the Kosovo war, all 700 houses were plundered and burned down by members of the UCK (KLA). Photo: Herbert Heuss

(More about the Albanian pogrom of Roma in Obilic)

http://www.mynetcologne.de/~nc-hollku3/seite3_4/site_2.html

OBILIC THREE WEEKS AFTER STOLIC FAMILY MURDER - HUMAN GAME TO BE HUNTED
Mourning of Obilic residents after murder of Stolices

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Danas daily, Belgrade
June 23, 2003

by Andrija Igic, Beta


Obilic - Despite offering a 50,000 dollar award, a special team of international policemen in Kosovo still has no information on the possible murderer of the three members of the Stolic family in Obilic some three weeks ago. The investigation is still in progress. The Stolices were brutally murdered in their houses, which their attackers then set on fire in an attempt to cover up traces of the crime. The flames from the house alerted firefighters, who in putting out the fire destroyed what little evidence remained after the fire.

In the late morning Obilic is full of Albanian young people. The Serbs live in the places where there is no one in the streets. That's the first sign of recognition. The yard of the murdered Stolices is marked off with yellow tape and a no trespassing sign. In the neighboring Serb yard with its visibly looted house, an Albanian man is grazing his cow and breaking off high branches of ripe cherries. The policeman-foreigner who finds himself at the scene does not react. The remaining Serbs in Obilic say that these are everyday spectacles in abandoned Serb houses. Although no progress has yet been made, the police is not giving up on the investigation. A special team of international policemen headed by a man personally selected by UNMIK chief Michael Steiner has questioned dozens of families so far in the hope of learning more about the murderers and the motives behind the murders.

UNMIK police are suspecting two possible scenarios where attackers were motivated to murder the three Stolices. In both cases, the house and property are factors. The first possible motive is that the Stolices allegedly resisted pressures to sell their house and property, one of the most attractive in Obilic. The Stolic property is located next to the main road in the small town, some nine kilometers from Pristina. The second motive in the Stolic murder, according to UNMIK police, was their plan to sell the house after all, a plan to which Serbs nearby were strongly opposed.

At UNMIK police headquarters they believe that the Serb neighbors kept their windows open all night because of the heat and that it is impossible that they did not hear what was going on in their neighbors house. "Unfortunately, we have to lock everything at dust. We close and lock both windows and doors out of fear that the Albanians will throw in a hand grenade or enter our houses. Those who live in greatest fear of attacks have installed metal bars on their windows," the remaining Serbs in Obilic told "Beta", claiming that it is pointless to speculate who could have killed their neighbors. "Who could have possibly killed them except the Albanians?" is the unanimous consensus among the Serbs in Cerska Street.

The remaining Serb men in Obilic are reluctant to give their given and family names. "We cannot introduce ourselves. If you insist, write that we are last remaining wretches, abandoned by our country, forgotten by the international authorities and targeted by the Albanians. We are like game to be hunted. We are not even safe in our houses and yards and if we dare to go out into the street, there is no guarantee we will return alive. This is our life and the life of our children in Obilic." One of the remaining Serbs in Obilic says that the entire situation says he is on the edge of a nervous breakdown and that it is pathetic that the Belgrade authorities remembered them only after the Stolices were murdered. "They came two days after, offering more help to induce us to stay. As if assistance can make up for the fact that we are absolutely unsafe here. KFOR and UNMIK claim they have stepped up their patrols in the part of Obilic inhabited by Serbs. Why don't you stay tonight and see for yourself if they are here or not? As soon as the light begins to fade the Albanians make our lives impossible. They honk their horns when they pass by us; they motion with their fingers that they will slit our throats; they call us nasty names. Every day is the same. It's a wonder that we have not lost our minds."

Immediately after the murder of the Stolices the remaining Serbs in Obilic had announced that they were collectively leaving; however, they decided to give another opportunity to international security forces in Kosovo to try to protect them. "We will wait until the fall or next spring at the latest. We have nowhere to go except to the collective centers." Prior to 1999 12,000 Serbs lived in the municipality of Obilic, some 5,000 of them in the town itself. Now there are 400 in town and about 3,000 in the surrounding villages of Plemetina, Babin Most, Vodica and Janjina Voda.

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UNKNOWN ATTACKERS OPENED FIRE ON A PASSANGER COMBI-VAN IN SOUTHERN KOSOVO, ONE PERSON WOUNDED

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BETA NEWS AGENCY
June 23, 2003

Prizren - Unknown attackers opened automatic gun fire near Suva Reka on a passanger combi-van which transported passangers from Belgrade to Prizren. In this attack one passanger was lightly wounded, said the speaker of the regional UNMIK police Alexander Myron. He did not mention other details of the attack.

Between Belgrade and Prizren do not regularly run buses although inofficial information says that there are at least five request to the ministry in charge for opening a bus line. The only connection with Belgrade are ten combi-vans from Dragas. These vehicles, everyday, but only during the daylight run from Dragas to Belgrade and back.

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ELUSIVE PEACE IN MACEDONIA
Police investigate the site of a bomb blast in Macedonia's capital Skopje, Sunday, June 22, 2003. Two bombs planted in trash containers exploded Sunday evening in two different locations in Skopje's central area. One person was lightly injured, police said. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

TWO EXPLOSIONS BLAST SKOPJE CENTER, ONE PERSON WOUNDED

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REALITY MACEDONIA, A1 TV
June 23, 2003

By Mile A. Ristevski, A1 TV

One person suffered light injuries from the explosion which took place Sunday evening around 19:20 hrs in front of " Makedonski telekomunikacii" (Macedonian Telecom) building in Skopje center. Almost simultaniously, another explosion blasted a garbage container in front of "Mavrovka" mall. Both explosion damaged the nearby windows belonging to shops
and apartments.

Ministry of Interior started an investigation and secured the area.

The bomb near "Mavrovka" mall was put in a garbage container on "Krste Misirkov" street. The explosion completelly disfigured it, propelling its lid to a nearby "Fontana" cafe. At the time of the explosion there were no cars nor pedestrians nearby. No casualties reported.

The bomb near the Macedonian Telecom was put in the open area near "Orce Nikolov" street. It shattered the windows of the nearby apartment blocks, and "Jadran" Hotel. The blast damaged a parked car and injured one person, who is not hospitalized.

Following the incident, the Police blocked the traffic in the area for a while.

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GREATER ALBANIA BEHIND STRUGGLE FOR "HUMAN RIGHTS"
Opening Home Page of the Albanian-American Civic League
founded by  founded by former U.S. Congressman Joseph DioGuardi
Prominent place on the opening page is given to a map of Greater Albania
including portions of Serbia-Montenegro, Macedionia and Greece

DNEVNIK: ALBANIAN-AMERICAN LOBBY WANTS TO DIVIDE MACEDONIA BY 2007

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REALITY MACEDONIA
Web posted June 23, 2003
Source: Dnevnik #2181, Sat, June 21, 2003


According to the Serbian weekly Nedeljni Telegraf ("Sunday Telegraph"), last week US Albanian lobbyists and American congressmen held a meeting where they discussed the redrawing of the Balkan borders.

Reportedly the meeting was lead by the former US Congressman Joseph DioGuardi, who is the president of the Albanian American Civic League, a lobby group advocating for a Greater Albania. The US congressmen Tom Lantos, Benjamin Gillman and Joseph Biden were present at this meeting.

Nedeljni Telegraf writes that the topics of discussion included the formation of a federation of Albanian Territories on the Balkans, which would consist of Albania, Kosovo, parts of Macedonia and parts of Greece. Moreover, a specific timelines was agreed upon, where Kosovo would gain independent status by 2005, Macedonia would be federalized by 2007,
and in the meantime unrest will be instigated in northwest Greece so that this area, which the Albanians call Chemeria, would separate from Greece and join the Albanian union. This whole "project" would be finished by 2010.

According to Nedeljni Telegraf, Congressman Biden pledged to use his influence to bring about a large foreign military presence in Macedonia, which would guarantee the unimpeded federalization of this Balkan country. In the meantime, Macedonia would be pressured to further decentralize its governance by transferring more capacities to municipalities.


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UNMIK OFFICIAL IN JAIL AFTER $4.3 MILION THEFT
ERP KIM info service subarticle

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FONET NEWS AGENCY, BELGRADE
June 23, 2003


BOCHUM -- Monday – An official of the UN mission in Kosovo was sentenced in Germany today to three and a half years in prison for stealing $4.3 million while serving in Kosovo.

A court in Bochum sentenced 37-year-old Joe Trutschler after an investigation established that he had embezzled funds intended for the Kosovo Electricity Company and transferred it to his account in Gibraltar.

A further attempt to forward the funds from Gibraltar to Belize was thwarted by investigating bodies.

Only $3.2 million of the funds has been recovered.


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JOZEF KASA: KOSOVO IS THE CRADLE OF SERBS
Deputy Serbian Prime Minister Jozef Kasa, leader of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians, has said that Serbia's problem in Kosovo has "valid sensitivity" and is akin to the Hungarian problem with Transylvania.

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THE CENTRE FOR PEACE IN THE BALKANS
B92, June 23, 2003

NOVI SAD -- Deputy Serbian Prime Minister Jozef Kasa, leader of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians, has said that Serbia's problem in Kosovo has "valid sensitivity" and is akin to the Hungarian problem with Transylvania.

In an interview for today's edition of Novi Sad's Dnevnik, Kasa said: "Kosovo is the cradle of Serbs and its loss would be extremely hard to take. As a Hungarian I understand it because losing Transylvania, which we almost did over previous decades and are still not immunised against, has the same meaning as Kosovo does for Serbs".

Vojvodina Hungarians will stay in Serbia always

Turning to the situation among Vojvodina's large Hungarian community, Kasa insisted that Hungarian people have lived in Vojvodina for centuries and want to stay.

He condemned extremism of any kind and criticised the recent appearance of a poster in the northern Serbian town of Subotica, which made note of the signing of the Trijan agreement that followed the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and insisted that Hungary had left behind a great part of its territory, including the province of Vojvodina.

Kasa insisted "Hungarians do not want to secede from Serbia. No! We are staying right here, in the province of Vojvodina within the state of Serbia".

He added that he believes Balkan territorial borders will not be changed again, saying: "There will be no more changes of borders, but if there ever is then it must be in the same way as European borders have disappeared".

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