September 28, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 28-09-03

HOW LONG WILL EUROPE TOLERATE ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION IN KOSOVO?


EUROPE 2003?  - PHOTOS OF DEVASTATED ORTHODOX CHURCH IN KOSOVO
Protest of Kosovo and Metohija Youth Association and the National Council of Metohija
in front of Embassies of the Western Countries which participate in Kosovo Peace Mission
Belgrade, September 27 (photo FONET)
 

CONTENTS:

40 SERBS FROM 21 DISPLACED FAMILIES RETURNED TO KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
INET - KOSOVO AND METOHIJA FLASH NEWS, SEP 26

PERPETRATORS OF GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE STILL NOT ARRESTED - DAY 45...


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First lunch for the returnees

Lukavac returnees in Osojane

40 SERBS FROM 21 DISPLACED FAMILIES RETURNED TO KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
"If it were up to UNMIK only Kosovo Serbs would not return in 200 years..."

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Istok, Suvi Lukavac, 26. September 2003



A group of 40 Serbs, representatives of 21 Serbian families including all ten members of the Dubic family arrived to Suvi Lukavac village, near Istok, yesterday late afternoon. They are the first group of displaced Serbs who decided to return to their village destroyed by ethnic Albanian extremists after the war in 1999.

Before the war 46 Serbian families lived in Suvi Lukavac village. After visiting their destroyed homes the returnees from the first group were transported to the neighboring Serb village of Osojane. There they will be provided temporary accomodation until Monday when the reconstruction of their houses at Suvi Lukavac is expected to begin.

Serb returnees from Suvi Lukavac will be escorted by UNMIK and KFOR to their village every day in order to assist reconstruction of their new homes.

The displaced Serbs from Suvi Lukavac fled Kosovo after the end of the conflict in 1999 and spent four years in refugee camps in Kraljevo, Belgrade, Kragujevac and Gornji Milanovac.

The return is organized by the Working group for returns and the "Pecki okrug" headed by Milivoje Ribac. It is expected that 200 Serbs will return to this village, out of 350 who had lived in Suvi Lukavac before the war.

The food, fuel and clothing for the returnees were provided by the German Government and the Danish Council.

Displaced Serbs are generally dissatisfied with the present UNMIK policy on returns which is seen as one of the major obstacles to the return process. "If it were up to UNMIK only, Serbs would not return in 200 years", said Goran Pavlovic from Istok. On the other hand Serb returnees are full of praises for KFOR which has provided military protection necessary to survive in a hostile surrounding.

The head of "Pecki okrug" Milivoje Ribac said that the Serb enclave of the "Osojane valley" beside 300 returnees who had already returned to the neighboring villages will now count 500 returnees alltogether. The returns to Saljinovac and Tucep villages are expected to occur soon.

Refugee aid unpacked

Several children have arrived too

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KOSOVO AND METOHIJA FLASH NEWS, SEP 26

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Friday 26 September 2003

20:40 Belgrade attorney Toma Fila, who is defending the president of the Serb National Council of Northern Kosovo and Metohija Milan Ivanovic and its executive board president Slavoljub Jovic, both accused of violence, stated today that he expects both men to receive at most a suspended sentence.

20:20 The Democratic Youth Association of Kosovo and Metohija and the Serbian National Assembly of Metohija have begun a series of protests in Belgrade in front of the embassies of countries that have zones of responsibility in the Province.

20:00 The UNMIK police spokesman in Pec Zol Fingentol (sp?) advised that in the explosion that occurred today in the center of the city Democratic Alliance of Kosovo activist Ramiz Murici was seriously injured and subsequently hospitalized in Pec. Ingentol said that Murici was wounded at approximately 10:30 as he was getting into his car, under which an explosive devise had been planted.

19:40 Kosovo president Ibrahim Rugova stated today in Pristina that it only a matter before the world will recognize the formal independence of Kosovo.

13:00 The fact that the US, as a member of the Contact Group, supported the plan of UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri for the beginning of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina mid next month in Vienna shows that the US administration officially supports this idea, stated the advisor on European security and cooperation in the US House of Representatives, Robert Hand.

12:40 On Thursday Albania welcomed the decision of the Contact Group to support all initiatives directed toward the establishment of an atmosphere of goodwill and cooperation between Belgrade and Pristina through open and constructive dialogue, the Albanian foreign ministry said in a statement.

12:20 A group of 50 displaced Serbs from Kosovo arrived safely last night in the Kosovo village of Osojane, as organized by the international task group for the return of the Serbian population to Kosovo.

12:00 The chairman of the Serbian parliament's Committee for Kosovo and Metohija, Momcilo Trajkovic, stated on Thursday evening in Zvecan that he supports the announced dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina but that he believes that these talks are not ready.

11:40 Serbia and Montenegro president Svetozar Markovic stated in New York that he and UN secretary general Kofi Annan had reached agreement that there were still problems in the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 on Kosovo.


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