February 26, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 26-02-03

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UNION OF SERB MUNICIPALITIES AND MUNICIPAL UNITS OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA PASSES DECLARATION ON THE SOVREIGNITY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF SERBIA AND THE UNION OF SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA


TEXT OF ADOPTED DECLARATION


ADOPTED DIRECTIVES FOR FURTHER WORK



UNION OF SERB MUNICIPALITIES AND MUNICIPAL UNITS OF KM PASSES DECLARATION ON THE SOVREIGNITY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF SERBIA AND THE UNION OF SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

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ERP KIM Info Service
Kosovska Mitrovica, February 25, 2003


The Union of Serb Municipalities and Municipal Units of Kosovo and Metohija adopted a document called the Declaration on Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Serbia and the Union of Serbia and Montenegro in Kosovo and Metohija in Kosovska Mitrovica today.

Participants included the legally elected representatives of Serbs elected last year and representatives of all Serb municipalities and municipal units in Kosovo and Metohija. Also present were individual members of the Return (Povratak) Coalition, provincial and federal delegates. The leadership of the Union Parliament was elected at the session by unanimous vote.

The vice president of the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) Dr. Marko Jaksic, who was not present at the meeting today because he is in Kraljevo recovering from injuries in a recent automobile accident, was elected president of the Union of Serb Municipalities and Municipal Units of Kosovo and Metohija. Also elected were three vice presidents from northern Kosovo, central Kosovo and Kosovsko Pomoravlje, as well as a 15-member executive board and a parliamentary secretary.

Also adopted at the founding session of the Parliament were directives for the further work of the Union of Serb Municipalities and Municipal Units of Kosovo and Metohija, which were read by Kosovo and Metohija parliamentary deputy Dr. Rada Trajkovic.

After the session, one of the participants of today’s meeting, the chairman of the SNC of Northern Kosovo Dr. Milan Ivanovic, stated for media: 'We have established that it is absolutely essential to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia and the Union of Serbia and Montenegro in this region. In the event of an attempt to establish some kind of independent state, a second Albanian country in the Balkans, we will certainly call on our officials to establish effective sovereignty in all areas where Serbs are living.'

Dr. Ivanovic emphasized that the Serb side is adhering to Resolution 1244 and that it expects UNMIK to support the establishment of the Union of Serb Municipalities and Municipal Units.

'Unlike the Albanians, who are providing destabilization of the Balkans and the formation of a Greater Albania, we are acting in accordance with the Resolution. Therefore UNMIK should support our unification so that our suspended human rights can begin to be realized,' Ivanovic stated for journalists who were present.

The representative of Pristina municipal assembly Slavisa Kostic, who attended today’s session, told reporters that this was just the beginning and that he was satisfied with today’s meeting.

However, in addition to the support the establishment of the Union of Serb Municipalities of Kosovo and Metohija received from the majority of Serb representatives, it was also possible to hear voices of dissent.

DSS representative from Pristina in the Serbian Parliament Dragan Lazic considers the establishment of the Union of Serb Municipalities and Municipal Units to imprudent. ' think that this is not a good thing. The plan of the DSS and the president of our party [Dr. Vojislav Kostunica] is that the problem of Kosovo and Metohija should be resolved as a whole. This is to the advantage of municipalities gravitating toward the northern part of Kosovo, that is, Leposavic, Zvecan, Northern Mitrovica and Zubin Potok. What to say about the rest of Kosovo and Metohija when it’s a well-known fact that only one third of the Serb national body lives in northern Kosovo and Metohija while two thirds are in various enclaves? In this entire complex situation there is no need to act egotistically,' Lazic told media.

In any case today’s session is considered to be an important development in the resolution of the Kosovo-Metohija question and the organization of the Serb people in the Province. The reaction of international and local Albanian circles as well as party representatives in Serbia and Montenegro is expected in the next few days.

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TEXT OF THE ADOPTED DECLARATION
 

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- Starting from the centuries-old yearning of the Serb people to live in their own country, which began to be realized by the First Serb Rebellion of 1804, and were finally fulfilled through victory in the First Balkan War of 1912 and the First World War in 1918;

- Keeping in mind that the first Yugoslavia was an extension of Serbia as an international subject, and the second Yugoslavia a founder of the UN at the conference in San Francisco;

- Starting from the indisputable fact that according to the UN Charter and its subsequent declarations and resolutions the right of self-determination belongs only to colonial trans-Atlantic peoples, while in Europe itself there were and there are no colonies;

- Starting from the likewise indisputable fact that the Albanian people realized its right to self-determination within the framework of Albania in 1913, and the Serb people within the frameworks of Serbia and the former Yugoslavia, to which Serbia gave its status international legal subject;

- Keeping in mind the pressing need to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of internationally recognized countries, that of Albania, as well as of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and now of Serbia and Montenegro;

- Adhering to Security Council Resolution 1244 which confirmed the sovereignty and territorial integrity of FR Yugoslavia within the framework of internationally recognized borders;

- Starting from the right of the Serb people to respect their past, to defend their present and to decide about their future;

The Union of Serb Municipalities and Municipal Units of Kosovo and Metohija hereby makes this


D E C L A R A T I O N

ON THE SOVEREIGNTY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF SERBIA AND THE UNION OF SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO (THE FORMER FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA)


1. The Union of Serbia and Montenegro, and especially Serbia as its member, have undeniable sovereignty and indivisible territorial integrity within the framework of international recognized borders.

2. In the event that anyone attempts to on a part of Union of Serbia and Montenegro, including Kosovo and Metohija establish a second Albanian state in the Balkans, the Union of Serb Municipalities and Municipal Units of Kosovo and Metohija will call on the Serbian Government and officials of the Union of Serbia and Montenegro to establish effective sovereignty in those areas where the Serb people have been living for centuries.

3. Anyone who attempts to break up the territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia and the Union of Serbia and Montenegro must known that the territorial integrity of the state can be legitimately defended using all available means.

February 25, 2003
in Kosovska Mitrovica

The Parliamanet of the Union of Serb Municipalities
and Municipal Units of Kosovo and Metohija


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ADOPTED DIRECTIVES FOR FURTHER WORK

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THE PARLIAMENT OF THE UNION OF SERB MUNICIPALITIES AND MUNICIPAL UNITS OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

at a session held on February 25, 2003 in Northern Mitrovica adopted the following

D I R E C T I V E S

for the survival of the Serbs and the creation of conditions for significant returns
 to Kosovo and Metohija


1. Return of the Serbian army and police (under the auspices of UN international forces)

- One of the provisions of Resolution 1244 is the return of the Serbian army and police to Kosovo and Metohija. The best way of realizing this provision is the return of the army and police within the framework of the Partnership for Peace program.

- Members of the Serbian army and police would participate with members of the United Nations and KFOR in protecting Serb areas and cultural and historic monuments.

- Special police teams from Serbia for fighting organized crime and terrorism would work together with international police and antiterrorist units in Kosovo and Metohija to break up terrorist groups and cut off organized crime activities (smuggling of drugs, weapons, tobacco, prostitution, etc.) in the region (within the framework of the Stability Pact for Southeast Europe program).

2. Disarming and disbanding of the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC)

- The KPC has lost all credibility because, despite its so-called transformation into civil forces, it has retained its paramilitary character and become a key factor of destabilization throughout the region.

- Proof of this is the fact that almost all primary commanders in the KPC are on the Black List of U.S. president George Bush and the European Union, that some have suspended while others are already in prison.

- It is unacceptable for the KPC to be transformed into the armed forces of Kosovo and Metohija because it has abused the international presence and participates in ethnic cleansing and murder of Serbs. (A KPC member who participated in the terrorist attack near Podujevo on February 16, 2001 in which 11 Serb civilians were killed and dozens more wounded escaped from the U.S. military base Bondsteel.)

- The KPC cannot be transformed into armed forces because it actively participates in organizing and arming Albanian paramilitary forces in the region (Presevo Valley and Macedonia) and supports the project of pan-Albanian unification.

- We demand that the Kosovo Protection Corps be demilitarized and dismissed.

- We call on all members of the Serb community not to give legality and legitimacy to this criminal organization by their participation in it.

3. Appeal to UNMIK chief and KFOR command

- Representatives of the Union of Serb Municipalities and Municipal Units kindly request and demand that UNMIK and KFOR contribute to making Kosovo and Metohija, total surface area 10,800 square meters, a safe place for all citizens and that they prevent the use of the Province for logistical support of terrorist acts in the region.

4. Decentralization and creation of functioning self-government of the Serb people in Kosovo and Metohija – the creation of a Serb entity

- Decentralization is the only path to solving the position of the Kosovo and Metohija Serbs.

- An asymmetrical two-entity system is the best solution which would provide long-term protection for the interests of the Serb community. The Serb entity would be comprised of the municipalities, municipal units and settlements in areas inhabited by Serbs (including their cultural and historical monuments), while the Albanian entity would be comprised of the rest of Kosovo and Metohija. The Serb entity would have very close ties with structures of the Republic of Serbia (education, health, judicial system, culture, security, etc.) and would function as an integral part of Serbia. The Albanian entity would enjoy a high degree of substantial autonomy and would have only mutually agreed upon ties with Serbia. Both entities would have common offices which would concern themselves with current problems involving infrastructure, the economy, prevention of ethnic violence, resolving property issues, etc.

- The entities would function like regional administrative units in European countries.

- It is urgently necessary to undertake measures toward the creation of municipal structures in all municipalities where Serbs live.

- Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija must enjoy collective rights as a constitutive people in addition to their rights as individuals.

5. Blue routes (corridors)

- Following announced reductions in the number of KFOR troops, representatives of the Union of Serb Municipalities and Municipal Units demand the definition of “blue routes” (Orahovac – Northern Mitrovica, Strpce – Gracanica, Gracanica – Merdare, Gracanica – Kosovska Mitrovica, etc.) in cooperation with the UN mission with the goal of realizing freedom of movement and better communication.

6. Methods of realizing directives

- These directives would be realized exclusively through peaceful and democratic means and in cooperation with the international community, the European Union, Russia and China.

- These directives would create realistic conditions for the return of the displaced Serb population, an improvement in the security situation, the return of the displaced, and the resolution of property and legal issues in accordance with European standards. Otherwise, Kosovo and Metohija would continue to sink into violence and monoethnicity and the Albanians of Kosovo and Metohija would be increasingly isolated from their closest neighbors.

President of the Union of Municipalities and
Municipal Units of Kosovo and Metohija

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