June 25, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 25-06-03

COUNCIL OF EUROPE PROPOSES SPECIAL AUTONOMY FOR KOSOVO WITHIN SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

CONTENTS:

COUNCIL OF EUROPE - SPECIAL AUTONOMY FOR KOSOVO WITHIN SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

KOSOVO: THREE PEOPLE BEATEN UP - HOUSE SET ON FIRE
SERBS PROTECT HOSPITAL
ITALIAN CARABINIERI TO PROTECT SERBS IN OBILIC
POOR SAFETY CONDITIONS IN KOSOVO-METOHIJA: COVIC - SERBS DO NOT HAVE ELEMENTARY LIVING CONDITIONS

THREE KOSOVO SERB BODIES IDENTIFIED - 60 MORE BODIES EXHUMED AT DRAGODAN

DELEGATION OF THE SERB-AMERICAN CONGRESS BRIEF US ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESSMEN ON KOSOVO PROBLEMS

MACEDONIA: 'OBVIOUS MISHAP' - ETHNIC ALBANIAN SLAVER ESCAPES PRISON
MACEDONIA MINISTER DESCRIBES TWIN BLASTS IN SKOPJE AS "TERRORIST ACT"

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COUNCIL OF EUROPE - SPECIAL AUTONOMY FOR KOSOVO WITHIN SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
June 24, 2003


STRASBOURG, June 23 - The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe proposed today that Kosovo be given the status of special autonomy with guarantees by the international community that this would not bring into question the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro.

Such a status would enable respect for minority rights within both Serbia and Kosovo, states the resolution adopted on the second day of the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe assessed that under the circumstances of the new situation in Serbia and Montenegro this solution would be "possible and recommended," considering the existence of numerous examples of special autonomy in Europe.

The Council of Europe proposal was presented in the resolution called "Positive experiences of autonomous regions as a source of inspiration in resolving conflicts in Europe" in the section entitled "Kosovo within the Federation of Serbia and Montenegro."

The Commission for Political Affairs, which submitted the draft resolution, indicated that interethnic problems can be resolved by giving autonomy to minorities.

"Numerous European states have been successful in reducing internal tensions or are in the process of doing so by creating cultural or territorial autonomy, thus taking advantage of a wide selection of concrete measures whose purpose is the resolution of internal conflicts," states the resolution.

In the resolution the Parliamentary Assembly recommends that the Council of Ministers create a "legal instrument" at the European level to be based on the draft European charter on regional autonomy.

The creation of a "legal instrument", it emphasizes, would enable citizens confronted with interethnic conflicts to discover constitutional and legislative solutions preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state with simultaneous respect for the rights of minorities.

RELATED LINK:

COUNCIL OF EUROPE - PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY

POSITIVE EXPERIENCE OF AUTONOMOUS REGIONS AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION IN EUROPE (June 3, 2003)


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THREE PEOPLE BEATEN UP - HOUSE SET ON FIRE

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Vecernje Novosti daily, Belgrade
June 23, 2003

Dragan Damjanovic


LIPLJAN - Two attacks on Serbs in as many days have resulted in more fear being sown among their remaining compatriots in the municipality of Lipljan and confirmed suspicions that the terror of Albanian separatists in the Province is far from waning.

(Serb) Momi Jeftic was on his way to Kosovo Polje to inspect his house in the village of Magura, which was being watched for him by his adopted brother, (Albanian) Nezir Larli. En route they were met by a group of Albanians, who used their cars to block their vehicle and pulled Jeftic out of the car. After punching him repeatedly, the Albanians forced Jeftic to walk back to Kosovo Polje. Jeftic recognized the brother of his own adopted brother among his attackers and understood that this was his "final warning" not to return to the home of his forefathers.

On Monday afternoon a group of Albanians beat up Zivka Matic of Rabovce near Lipljan. She was admitted to the hospital in Gracanica while UNMIK police failed to arrest her attackers because, according to them, they were minors. At almost the same time Mirko Janackovic was beaten up while on his way to Kosovska Vitina. We were unable to find out more about what happened to him.

Two nights ago in Obilic the home of the refugee family of Pecelj was set on fire. Thanks to the rapid intervention of UNMIK firefighters one part of the house was saved while the rest was reduced to ashes.

Residents of northern Kosovo and Metohija were also disturbed by an incident in the train going from Kosovo Polje to Kosovska Mitrovica. Policemen from the train took a married couple, Sinisa and Stanka Jeremic, to the nearby Zvecan police station because they were convinced that they knew a Serb man who stoned an Albanian at the Vucitrn train station.

Serbs blocked the train and road toward Raska for half an hour in protest, stating that this was clearly a provocation since there has not been a resident of Vucitrn of Serb or Montenegrin nationality for more than four years. An official statement from the appropriate UN institutions regarding these incidents is expected.

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SERBS PROTECT HOSPITAL
KOSOVO POLJE - UNMIK has withdrawn security forces from the Kosovo Polje hospital and health center and left the Serbs to fend for themselves against Albanian extremists still seeking to take over the hospital.

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Vecernje Novosti daily, Belgrade
June 23, 2003


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KOSOVO POLJE - UNMIK has withdrawn security forces from the Kosovo Polje hospital and health center and left the Serbs to fend for themselves against Albanian extremists still seeking to take over the hospital.

As a result in the past two days there have been repeated provocations from vehicles passing on the nearby main road from Pristina to Pec, as well by stone-throwing minors. When the unarmed Serbs and medical staff appealed to police for necessary protection, one of them was told: "Let the Russian who turned over the hospital to you protect you."

"Everything that has happened has made us even more determined to protect the hospital, the health center and St. Sava School. We have 300-500 patients per day visiting the health center and the hospital for medical assistance and right now there are almost 50 patients resident in the hospital," said Boro Velickovic, the representative of the crisis headquarters and director of the medical school in Gracanica.

Nebojsa Covic, the head of the Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija, and his associates visited the several hundred remaining medical staff yesterday. He emphasized that the Coordinating Center would do everything possible to ensure that these buildings in Kosovo Polje and the remaining Serbs in the town and surrounding villages are protected, and that their survival here depends on the protection of the hospital and the school.


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ITALIAN CARABINIERI TO PROTECT SERBS IN OBILIC
ERP KIM info service subarticle

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Pristina, 24 Jun (Tanjug)

 Kosovo-Metohija coordinating center President Nebojsa Covic conferred with KFOR commander, Italian General Fabio Mini in Pristina late Monday, who promised Italian carabinieri of that local peacekeeping force would protect Serbs in Obilic.
Covic insisted, together with political representatives of Obilic Serbs, on greater safety and freedom of movement for the Serb community in this town in central Kosovo and Metohija, where ethnic Albanian terrorists murdered a Serb family of three 20 days ago.

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POOR SAFETY CONDITIONS IN KOSOVO-METOHIJA: COVIC

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SERBIAN GOVERNMENT
June 24, 2003

Pristina, June 23, 2003 - Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija head Nebojsa Covic said following a visit to Serb enclaves in Kosovo that safety conditions in the province are still poor and urged the international community to take more steps to provide for the return of displaced Serbs.

The situation in the province has deteriorated further after a number of recent incidents, such as the Pecelj family's house in Obilic being set on fire, ethnic Albanians attacking Zivka Pelic from the village of Rabovce and UNMIK police clashing with Serbian doctors in Kosovo Polje, said Covic.

Serbs are still deprived of the freedom of movement in the province, said Covic, adding that the main culprit for the poor safety conditions there is UNMIK head Michael Steiner.

KFOR Commander General Fabio Mini promised that Italian KFOR troops will protect local Serbs in Obilic, set up check points and increase the number of patrols, said Covic.

Covic Visited Kosovo Polje - Serbs do not have elementary living rights


June 24, 2003


The Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and the Chief of the Government's Coordination Team for Kosovo Nebojsa Covic assessed on Monday in Kosovo Polje that the Serbs do not have the elementary living rights and that the situation is on the brink of Fascism.

"We must not allow that during the talking of multi-ethnicity further ethnic cleansing of the Serbian community is being carried out", said Covic, calling all employees as well as the citizens to defend the Health center and the school ."On that depends whether you are going to live here or not", said Covic after the meeting with the Health center management and the crisis headquarters of Kosovo Polje. He publicly invited the chiefs of the international offices in Pristina, representing the so-called Five, to make the contact with the Serbian national community and not to believe in the false reports.


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KOSOVO SERBS PROPORTIONALLY AFFECTED MORE DURING THE INTERNATIONALLY GRANTED PEACE THAN KOSOVO ALBANIANS DURING THE WAR

One of burrial sites at Dragodan (near Pristina) with bodies of Serbs killed by UCK after the end of the war. Hundreds of Serb bodies were temporarily burried by local authoritiesin several locations around Kosovo during the second half of 1999. to be exhumed and identified later. Serb human rights organizations have evidence for at least 847 killed and 1154 missing Serbs since June 12, 1999 and the deployment of KFOR/UNMIK. More than one third of pre-war Serb population (240.000) fleed Kosovo in front of KLA terror which was more or less tolerated by peacekeepers. Almost ten times smaller than the Albanian community Kosovo Serbs were proportionally affected more after the war, in the KFOR/UNMIK presence, than Kosovo Albanians during the war period under the MIlosevic regime.

THREE KOSVOO SERB BODIES IDENTIFIED

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SRNA News Agency
June 24, 2003

PRIZREN -- Thursday -- The remains of three Kosovo-Serbs have been identified after being exhumed from shallow graves on the Suva Reka (dry
river) road near the village of Dulja in Prizren.

The bodies have been idenitified as those of Dejan Jezdic, a former Yugoslav Army officer from Vranje, Stanko Saranovic, kidnapped in Pristina in 1999, and Zvezdan Mojsic, abducted from a bus-stop in Djakovica in 1999.

Vujadin Otasevic, representative of the Coordination Centre for Kosovo and Southern Serbia, confirmed that the bodies are soon to be returned to their families at the Merdare administrative border crossing.


60 BODIES EXHUMED AT DRAGODAN CEMETERY, INCLUDING EIGHT BABIES

"Almost all the bodies were buried after the deployment of KFOR in Kosovo in 1999; some were even buried here in the year 2000," he said, adding that based on the fact that they were buried in caskets and a few other indicators, for now it was presumed that these had been Serbs.

Beta News Agency, Belgrade
June 24, 2003

KURSUMLIJA - Pathologist Slavisa Dobricanin told Beta news agency today that Serb and UNMIK forensic experts have completed exhumations at the Pristina cemetery of Dragodan after finding 60 bodies.

Dobricanin, who is the head of the Coordinating Center of Kosovo and Metohija's Bureau for Exhumation and Identification, said that the bodies were transferred to the Orahovac center where the autopsies will be conducted.

"We worked in the field protected by police units, which was necessary due to the Albanian settlements near the cemetery," he said.

The exhumation yielded the bodies of eight babies, as well as several bags containing two to three bodies each buried in a mass grave. Some of the bodies are missing body parts such as hands and feet; in some cases, the heads were missing. We were able to immediately determine by inspection that there were signs of violence such as broken bones, suggesting that the victims were murdered, added Dobricanin.

"Almost all the bodies were buried after the deployment of KFOR in Kosovo in 1999; some were even buried here in the year 2000," he said, adding that based on the fact that they were buried in caskets and a few other indicators, for now it was presumed that these had been Serbs.

Exhumations at the Dragodan 2 site were completed while an additional 140 bodies are still waiting to be exhumed from Dragodan 1, said Dobricanin.

The expert team for exhumations had found three more bodies today in Suva Reka, said Dobricanin, and added that the exhumation of bodies will continue in both the Orthodox cemetery in Djakovica and in Prizren.

At the same time by the end of the week several of the bodies identified in the Orahovac center are expected to be turned over to relatives.

SIXTY BODIES OF PEOPLE BELIEVED BO BE SERBS  EXHUMED BY PATHOLOGIST TEAM OF THE BELGRADE COORDINATION CENTER IN KOSOVO

Radio Yugoslavia:
June 24, 2003

UNMIK pathologists and experts from Serbia finished the exhumation at the Dragodan 2 cemetery in Pristina, during which exhumation 60 bodies of people believed to be Serbs were found, the head of the Bureau for Exhumation and Identification of the Coordination Centre for Kosmet, pathologist Slavisa Dobricanin, said. He said that traces of violence had been established on the majority of bodies and that bodies had been buried after the deployment of KFOR in Kosmet in 1999.

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DELEGATION OF THE SERB-AMERICAN CONGRESS BRIEFS REPRESENTATIVES OF THE US ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS ON KOSOVO PROBLEMS

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INET, Belgrade
June 24, 2003

21:40 Representatives of the Serbian-American Congress have met yesterday in Washington with representatives of the US administration, members of the Congress and Balkan experts to discuss relations between governments of the USA and Serbia-Montenegro. The problem of Kosovo-Metohija, cooperation with the Hague tribunal, Serbia-Montenegro economy, corruption and crime in the country and possibilities for improvement of relations between USA and Serbia-Montenegro were on the agenda.

The Serbian-American Congress is an organization consisting of the Congress of Serbian Unity, Serbian National Alliance and Serbian National Renewal.

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MACEDONIA: 'OBVIOUS MISHAP' - ETHNIC ALBANIAN SLAVER ESCAPES PRISON

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REALITY MACEDONIA
Web posted June 23, 2003
Source: A1 TV

Background: Ali Ahmeti, the amnestied Albanian terrorist turned favorite politician of Great Powers, basically admitted in an interview for MSNBC that money comming from sex slavery financed his "human rights" war, confirming numerous reports about the connections of Albanian mafia with Albanian nationalist militants.

From the report by Vasko Popetrevski
http://www.a1.com.mk/vesti/vest.asp?VestID=21399

There has been obvious mishaps in the transport procedure of Dilaver Bojku, AKA Leku, from the Struga to Ohrid prison, including not implementing all necessary meaures, remarked Deputy Minister of Justice Meri Mladenovska-Gjorgjievska, after she talked to the management of the prison and the officers who escorted the "boss pimp."

"The claim that Bojku wasn't handcuffed is true, although it should have been necessary. This is not a major violation of the regulations, but considering the identity of the convict, the wardens should have assumed what could happen and should have taken more serious measures to secure him," said Mladenovska-Gjorgjievska.

The Ministry of Justice has not made a decision about the disciplinary measures for the resposnible officers, including wether Dragan Petreski will continue working as the prison manager. The Ministry of Interior also conducts a parallel investigation on the responsibility of prison employees for the Friday debacle.

When asked if Dilaver Bojku's escape was well organized, the Deputy Minister did not reply directly, but repeated the testimony of the prison employees, which leads to such a conclusion.

"About hundred meters from the prison van, a black car appeared. Bojku entered the car and dissapeared," said Mladenovska-Gjorgjievska.

Mladenovska-Gjorgjievska designated the whole case of Dilaver Bojku - Leku as "specific" - starting from the proceedings to the judgement. She considers his 6-months-only sentence [for pimping] as "debatable."

"Judiciary which considers itself an anarchy does not mean independence, but turns into the other extreme of what it should be. If the judiciary branch does not fulfill it's profesional and expert obligations, all efforts by the executive and legislative parts of the Goverment are in vain," said Mladenovska Gjorgjievska.

From the report by Nina Kepevska
http://www.a1.com.mk/vesti/vest.asp?VestID=21398

Dilaver Bojku, AKA Leku, is still at large. The Ministry of Internal Affairs issued a national warant for his arrest, and intensified the police controls around Struga region, especially his village of Veleshta, and at the border crossings.

The investigation of the escape continues. The manager of Struga prison could not be reached for comments.

Following details about the event surfaced: Leku was accompanied by the prisoner Veljanovski who was standing at the prison gate just prior to the incident. The warden Gjore Pejchinovski and his assistants accompanied the Albanian slaver [whose involvement in human trafficking was proven in a court of law]. When one of the officers wanted to open the van which was supposed to transport Bojku to Ohrid prison, the mafiozo used his arms to push his gards and run to a black car parked about 100 meters from the prison.

All this confirms the suspicions that the whole action was planned in advance. The news of Leku's escape didn't stir the local public too much. People of struga consider the whole thing a set-up. They are not surprised, since during his stay in the minimum-security prison facility in Struga, Bojku would often spend his time in the city pubs during the day, and go to prison only to get a good night's rest.


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MACEDONIA MINISTER DESCRIBES TWIN BLASTS AS "TERRORIST" ACT

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Monday, 23-Jun-2003 10:39AM

SKOPJE, June 23 (AFP) - Macedonian Interior Minister Hari Kostov on Monday described twin explosions in the captial Skopje as "classic terrorist act" perpetrated by a group linked to other attacks in the Balkan country.

Kostov did not offer further details about the group blamed for the two blasts which went off simultaneously late on Sunday, injuring one woman and blowing out windows on neighboring buildings and cars.

One device was planted in a garbage bin, while the other was placed in front of the post office.

Two years after the signing of a peace pact, tensions persist between the Macedonian authorities and ethnic Albanians, who staged a seven-month uprising in 2001 to press for civil and political rights.


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