June 27, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 27-06-03

ORTHODOX CHURCH IN PRISTINA STONED WHILE NATO LEADERSHIP APPEALS FOR TOLERANCE

CONTENTS:

SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN PRISTINA STONED AGAIN BY ALBANIANS

PATRIARCH PAVLE IN VISIT TO KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
STATE UNION REQUESTS EURO-DEBATE ON KOSOVO SITUATION
NATO SEC-GEN: MULTIETHNICITY MUST BE ACHIEVED
NO RESULTS IN KOSOVO REPATRIATION
KOSOVO ALBANIAN MAN SUSPECTED OF ARSON ATTACKS ARRESTED
KOSOVO ALBANIAN MAN ARRESTED FOR TERRORISM
RADIO YU - NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

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SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN PRISTINA STONED AGAIN BY ALBANIAN HOOLIGANS

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ERPKIM INFO SERVICE
June 27, 2003

Serbian Orthodox church of St. Nicholas in Pristina was stoned again yesterday evening by Kosovo Albanian hooligans. Damage was made on the entrance door of the church and several windows were broken on the church and the parish home.

The incident occurred shortly after 21.00 and this is the second attack of this kind in the last month and the sixth in this year.

The stoning of St. Nicholas church occurred in the same day when NATO leadership appealed on Kosovo Albanians to show more tolerance and readiness for building multiethnic society.

Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren strongly condemns this latest attack and requests from UNMIK police to arrest the perpertrators. So far not a single attacker on 112 destroyed or damaged Serbian Orthodox churches has been brought to justice.

RELATED TEXT:

KOSOVO: NO PROTECTION IN CAPITAL FOR ATTACKED ORTHODOX CHURCH AND PRIEST - FORUM 18, OSLO

/erpkim15may03b.html

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Serbian Patriarch Pavle visited Gracanica Monastery on June 25
(Patriarch Pavle, Bishop Artemije and Abbess Euphrosynia)

PATRIARCH PAVLE IN VISIT TO KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

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ERPKIM INFO SERVICE
June 27, 2003

In the afternoon of June 25 His Holiness Patriarch Pavle escorted by UNMIK police visited Gracanica monastery where he was greeted by Bishop Artemije, his clergy and Gracanica Monastery nuns. Patriarch will stay several following days in Kosovo and Metohija in order to attend VIDOVDAN celebrations and officiate the traditional Vidovdan Liturgy and the Memorial Service to the Kosovo Battle knights.

In his speech to the gathered faithful people the Patriarch appealed that they remain faithful to Christ and so that the Lord might remain faithful to us. Bishop Artemije informed His Holiness about continuation of attacks on the Serbian Orthodox Chruch and its people in Kosovo and Metohija.

Patriarch Pavle is expected to visit several Serbian Orthodox monasteries during his stay in Kosovo and will travel around Kosovo escorted by UNMIK police.

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STATE UNION DELEGATION REQUESTS EURO DEBATE ON KOSOVO SITUATION

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BETA NEWS AGENCY
June 26, 2003


STRASBOURG -- Thursday -- A delegation of the Serbia-Montenegro Parliament has today submitted a request for debate of the human rights situation in Kosovo to the legal committee of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg.

Speaking to media, head of the delegation Radoje Prica said: "We filed a written request with the Legal Committee chairman asking that this issue be put on the agenda. Unfortunately, since there are many items on the agenda, this request still hasn't being considered, but it has been placed in the 'other' category, which is a part of the formal procedure".

Following talks with CoE Parliamentary Commission President Peter Scheider, Prica said that he was satisfied after having received Scheider's full backing for the delegation's request.

Explaining the request in detail, Prica said that the delegation's supporting document contained detailed analysis of the Kosovo judicial system, which he assessed does no function in accordance with European standards.

Prica said: "The request reads that the courts are biased, that the Albanian population is exerting pressure on the courts; that people sit in prisons for 19 months following which they are released because there are no grounds for an indictment, after which they get little or no compensation".

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KOSOVO PROTECTION CORPS IS NOT TO BECOME ARMY OF KOSOVO
Lord Robertson, Michael Steiner and Gen. Fabio Mini
at the press conference in Pristina, June 26

NATO SECRETARY-GENERAL: MULTIETHNICITY MUST BE ACHIEVED

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B92 BELGRADE
June 26, 2003


PRISTINA -- Thursday _ NATO Secretary-General George Robertson paid a visit to Kosovo today, accompanied by an entourage of 26 ambassadors of western alliance countries.

According to Radio B92's Pristina correspondent, Robertson remarked that the international community has invested much time and effort in Kosovo and will not be satisfied until democratic institutions, multi-ethnicity and freedom of movement have been guaranteed for all citizens of the troubled province.

Robertson called on Kosovo's temporary, Albanian-run institutions to fulfil the obligations they have assumed, insisting that the eyes of the world are watching what is happening in Kosovo and the time has arrived for tangible progress.

Expressing his unwavering support for previous UNMIK efforts, Robertson reiterated that the international community's stance is that Kosovo must achieve planned European standards.

Regarding the future of the Kosovo Protection Corp, the NATO official dismissed any possible of transformation to a Kosovo Army and said that those responsible for committing criminal acts while wearing the uniform of the Corps must be brought to justice.

He added that this strong message would be directly delivered to Corps Commander Agim Cheku.

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NO RESULTS IN KOSOVO REPATRIATION

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BETA NEWS AGENCY
June 26, 2003


BELGRADE -- Thursday - The chairman of the Stability Pact Refugee Initiative, Soren Jessen Petersen, agreed in Belgrade today with Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic, that absolutely no results have been achieved in the repatriation of Serbs displaced from Kosovo.

This is in contrast to the situation in Bosnia-Hercegovina, where 'excellent results' have been achieved and Croatia where considerable progress has been made, they said.

Covic, who heads Belgrade's Kosovo Coordination Centre, told media he had invited Petersen to attend the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue scheduled for July, but emphasised that the talks would only begin once departing UN governor Michael Steiner's replacement had been appointed.

'Anything done before that time would only be public relations, I think, photo-opportunities and acting, and no problems would actually be solved,' said Covic.

Underlining the lack of progress in repatriations, Petersen said that the Western Balkans would not achieve any rapprochement to Europe before it began to resolve other problems, particularly that of refugees.

'Unfortunately I have to say that almost no results have been achieved in the process of repatriating the almost 200,000 people internally displaced from Kosovo and this is a matter which we must make our priority,' he said.


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KOSOVO ALBANIAN MAN SUSPECTED OF ARSON ATTACKS ON SERB APARTMENTS IN UROSEVAC ARRESTED

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UNMIK Police
Press Release
26-06-03

ARREST FOR ARSONS

On 18-06-03, police in Gnjilane Region arrested a K-Albanian man as a suspect in an arson that occurred on 17-06-03 at an apartment building in Ferizaj/Urosevac.

Investigators have subsequently charged the suspect with an additional 9 counts of arson involving fires at the apartment building. The motive is believed to involve ethnic hatred as the target apartments were previously occupied by Serbians and were vacant at the time of the fires. The incidents occurred between 26-05-03 and 17-06-03, after which the suspect was arrested.

The suspect has been identified as 23 year-old Ramadan RAMADANI, who was a resident of the apartment building until he was evicted by the Housing and Property Directorate.

The Gnjilane Regional Investigations Unit is in charge of the case and arrested the suspect.


Derek CHAPPELL
Chief of Information
UNMIK Police Main HQ
Pristina

Barry FLETCHER
Deputy Chief of Information
UNMIK Police Main HQ
Pristina


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KOSOVO ALBANIAN MAN ARRESTED FOR TERRORISM AND RECRUTING ACTIVITIES FOR THE "ANA"

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UNMIK Police
Press Release
25-06-03

ARREST FOR MEMBERSHIP IN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION

UNMIK Police have arrested a 19 year-old K-Albanian man for membership in the terrorist organization known as the _Albanian National Army_ (ANA). The suspect is also charged with performing recruiting activities on behalf of the ANA. The arrest was accomplished without incident at an undisclosed location in Gnjilane Region during an operation on 21-06-03.

An Investigative Judge reviewed and confirmed the charges against the suspect on 24-06-03. His detention in custody has been extended by the Investigative Judge until 24-07-03 for purposes of the prosecution.

The investigation and arrest were carried out by the UNMIK Police Counter Terrorism Task Force.

The Albanian National Army was declared to be a terrorist organization after the bombing of a railway bridge in Kosovo on 11-04-03. Membership in the ANA and performing activities on behalf of the ANA are both illegal in Kosovo.
 

Derek CHAPPELL
Chief of Information
UNMIK Police Main HQ
Pristina

Barry FLETCHER
Deputy Chief of Information
UNMIK Police Main HQ
Pristina

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OTHER NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA:

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LJILJANA BELOS (KCC) - ATTACKS ON KOSOVO SERBS PLANNED AND ORGANIZED FROM A SINGLE CENTER

The head of the Sector for the Return of Internally Displaced Persons with the Coordination Centre for Kosovo-Metohija, Ljiljana Belos, said that each attack on Serbs in Kosmet had been planned and organized from a single centre, in order that the return of displaced persons be prevented. Attacks are mounted in exactly those places to which we have announced a return. The aim of those attacks, mounted by extremists, is to prevent Serbs from returning to Kosovo, Belos told BETA. She assessed that there had been no progress whatsoever in the sphere of human rights in Kosment, and especially in the case of the return of displaced persons and she accused UNMIK of having not done anything to create conditions for the return of displaced persons to Kosovo.

NICK BURNS - US WOULD MEDIATE IN DIALOGUE BETWEEN BELGRADE AND PRISTINA

US Deputy Ambassador in NATO Nick Barnes said in Pristina that the US would mediate in dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina and stressed that the State Department and NATO fully supported the initiative launched during the Thessaloniki Summit - that Belgrade and Pristina should have direct negotiations. He emphasized that the US sould continue to render military and civilian aid to Kosovo and added that Kosovo must be a multi-ethnic society and that the US would fully contribute to that. The leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo, Hashim Tachi, told a press conference that he was ready to go and have talks in Belgrade with any official and added he hoped that dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade, with the mediation of the international community, would commence soon, the media reports.

COE SPEAKER, PETER SCHNEIDER, SUPPORS REQUEST OF SERBIA-MONTENEGRO TO HAVE THE ISUE OF THE BREACH OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN KOSOVO RAISED AT COUNCIL OF EUROPE

The speaker of the Council of Europe_s Parliamentary Assembly, Peter Schieder, supported the request conveyed to him by the permanent delegation of Serbia and Montenegro to have the question of the breach of human rights in Kosovo raised, assessing that the issue must be discussed by all means. Schieder_s assessment was quoted in Strasbourg by MP Radoje Prica. Prica said that in the request the judicial system in Kosovo-Metohija is analyzed in detail and it is pointed to the fact that the judiciary in Kosmet is not functioning at all.

COVIC - BELGRADE-PRISTINA TALKS TO BEGIN ONLY WHEN STEINER LEAVES KOSOVO

Belgrade-Pristina talks may begin only when new UNMIK head will arrive in Kosmet, stated Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic, after the talks in Belgrade with Jessen Peterson, the president of the INITIATIVE FOR MIGRATIONS, ASYLUM AND REFUGEES of the Stability Pact of Southeastern Europe. Covic said that no progress had been recorded in the return of displaced persons to Kosmet. Peterson assessed that Western Balkan countries could join the EU, providing that the issue of the return of refugees would be resolved.

SERBIA-MONTENEGRO THE MOST AFFECTED COUNTRY OF EUROPE BY REFUGEES AND DISPLACED PERSONS

Dusanka Divjak-Tomic, the representative of Serbia and Montenegro Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva, pointed out that the state union was the most affected country in Europe when refugees and displaced persons were at issue. At the session of the Standing Committee of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Tomic assessed that the UNHCR had not engaged in an appropriate way in the resolving of the problem of 350 thousand refugees from Croatia and B/H and 250 thousand displaced persons from Kosmet.

DANAS: INITIATIVE TO ESTABLISH PUBLIC PROSECUTOR FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AT THE EU CORUT AT STRASBURG

The daily DANAS writes also that the European Council launched initiative whereby the position of the public prosecutor for human rights at the European Court in Strasburg would be established. The role of the prosecutor would be to assist bringing before justice all those in breach of human rights in the so-called conflict zones such as Chechnya and Kosovo. Based on a report by a Cypriot MP, president of the Committee for Human Rights will be able to propose to the public prosecutor to bring such cases before the Court. As for ethnic cleansing of non-Albanian population in Kosmet, it is believed that only individuals will be brought before the court. Serbs in Kosovo are being told not to lose hope and not to accept being expelled. They should also insist on returning to their homes in the region, reports the daily DANAS.

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