July 28, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 28-07-03

CONTENTS:

SERB MAN ATTACKED IN PRISTINA
Serb Svetomir Acic sustained light injuries when he was attacked by a 20 year-old Albanian man in front of his home in Ace Marovica Street in Pristina.  Acic told KIM Radio in Caglavica that the attacker had been pressuring for months to leave and sell his house.

FEAST OF HOLY ARCHANGELS CELEBRATED IN MONASTERY NEAR PRIZREN
German KFOR and UNMIK police undertook rigorous measures of protection, sealing off entire valley around the monastery. KFOR helicopters hovered above the monastery grounds and the neighboring roads were secured by check-points.

KOSOVO VOTE ON SERBIAN CONSTITUTION
People in Kosovo should also be allowed to vote on the new Serbian constitution, Democratic Party official Jelena Jeftic has said in a newspaper interview published today. 

MOMCILO TRAJKOVIC: UN GOVERNOR MUST STOP KOSOVO'S INDEPENDENCE
TRAJKOVIC: I expect [Harri] Holkeri to oppose the pressure of various lobbies and groups in the international community for Kosovo to be independent, and to work on the key issue of the return of Serbs and other non-Albanian populations to the province

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SERB MAN ATTACKED IN PRISTINA

Serb Svetomir Acic sustained light injuries when he was attacked by a 20 year-old Albanian man in front of his home in Ace Marovica Street in Pristina.  Acic told KIM Radio in Caglavica that the attacker had been pressuring for months to leave and sell his house.

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BETA, KIM RADIO
July 27, 2003


PRISTINA - Serb Svetomir Acic sustained light injuries when he was attacked by a 20 year-old Albanian man in front of his home in Ace Marovica Street in Pristina, Serb sources from Kosovo reported to Beta.

The attack occurred last night. Acic was attacked with a pickax by his Albanian neighbor. The family immediately reported the incident to police and KFOR and the attacker was arrested.

Acic and his family are the only remaining Serbs in the street, located in the center of Pristina.

Acic told KIM Radio in Caglavica that the attacker had been pressuring for months to leave and sell his house. He had already illegaly occupied Prilncevic family houses in Pristina. Not long ago, after a conflict with the Acic family, this young Albanian and his father were fined with 150 EUR for disturbing peace and order. Nevertheless, they seem to be intent to chase all Serbs from this city, said Acovic.

Despite the threats Acic is determined to remain in Pristina with his family.

At the moment only 200 out of 40.000 pre war Serb population live in Pristina.

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celebration under heavy KFOR protection
Holy Archangels Monastery - /esarhangel.html

THE FEAST OF HOLY ARCHANGEL GABRIEL CELEBRATED IN THE HOLY ARCHANGELS' MONASTERY
German KFOR and UNMIK police undertook rigorous measures of protection, sealing off entire valley around the monastery. KFOR helicopters hovered above the monastery grounds and the neighboring roads were secured by check-points.

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KIM RADIO
JULY 26, 2003

The feast of the Holy Archangel Gabriel was celebrated today in the Holy Archangels' monastery near Prizren. The holy Liturgy was served by the priests and priest-monks of the Raska and Prizren Diocese. The celebration was attended by several hundreds pilgrems who came from different parts of Kosovo-Metohija and central Serbia, escorted by KFOR and police vehicles.

Compared to the last year's celebration when an explosion on the nearby hill interrupted the ceremony  this year's celebration passed without any incidents. German KFOR and UNMIK police undertook rigorous measures of protection, sealing off entire valley around the monastery. KFOR helicopters hovered above the monastery grounds and the neighboring roads were secured by check-points.

This feast has become a focal point for many displaced Serbs from Prizren who gather every year in their monastery to pray for the return to their homes.

At the moment only 68 elderly Serbs live in Prizren, out of 8.000 of the pre-war Serb population.

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KOSOVO VOTE ON SERBIAN CONSTITUTION
People in Kosovo should also be allowed to vote on the new Serbian constitution, Democratic Party official Jelena Jeftic has said in a newspaper interview published today. 

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
Novi Sad, July 27, 2003


NOVI SAD -- Sunday – People in Kosovo should also be allowed to vote on the new Serbian constitution, Democratic Party official Jelena Jeftic has said in a newspaper interview published today. 

"It would be logical for the population in Kosovo to vote in a referendum", Jeftic, a member of the commission tasked with drafting the constitution, told Novi Sad daily Dnevnik. "Of course, we’ll see what kind of stance the international community will take on it, but I expect that we, as a state, will do everything so that the referendum is held on the whole territory of Serbia."

 Jeftic added that she "honestly" believes Kosovo will remain part of Serbia, since "Europe wants no more separatism in the Balkans."


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MOMCILO TRAJKOVIC: UN GOVERNOR MUST STOP KOSOVO'S INDEPENDENCE

TRAJKOVIC:
I expect [Harri] Holkeri to oppose the pressure of various lobbies and groups in the international community for Kosovo to be independent, and to work on the key issue of the return of Serbs and other non-Albanian populations to the province

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
Belgrade, July 27, 2003

The president of the Committee for Kosovo in the Serbian Assembly, Momcilo Trajkovic, announced that he expected from the new UNMIK head, Finn Harri Holkeri to cut off the process which leads towards independence of Kosovo, as well as to make the political scene in this province more serious.

 "I expect [Harri] Holkeri to oppose the pressure of various lobbies and groups in the international community for Kosovo to be independent, and to work on the key issue of the return of Serbs and other non-Albanian populations to the province", said Trajkovic.

The member of the Presidency of the Kosovan Assembly, Oliver Ivanovic, also considers that Holkeri can be a good solution. He added that the Security Council led by prior experiences should limit the independence and individuality of its Kosovo representative.

The former Finnish Prime Minister Harri Holkeri was named two days ago as the new head of the UN Mission in Kosovo. The decision to name Holkeri, who has no experience in the Balkans, was reached by the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, after interviewing another 10 candidates.

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