August 30, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 30-08-03

AMIDST GROWING TENSIONS LIFE IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA GOES ON...

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August 30
International day of the
missing persons

DORMITION OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD CELEBRATED IN KOSOVO
In his homily following holy liturgy, Bishop Artemije called on the people to repentance "which must be long and steadfast for we have wandered very far from God." Bishop Artemije prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ that love and peace may fill the hearts of all men in Kosovo and Metohija, and that attacks on innocent civilians finally stop.

GUN-FIRE AROUND SOKOLICA MONASTERY DURING FEASTDAY CELEBRATION
Abbess Makaria said that during the Holy feast of the Dormition of Mother of God, (August 28), gun fire could be heard from the neighboring Albanian villages surrounding her Monastery. Serb Orthodox pilgrims from Mitrovica and Zvecan region who gathered for prayer in Sokolica Monastery were alarmed by this quite obvious provocation which was intended to spread fear among Serb congregation during the celebration.

SERBS DEMAND ESCORT FOR SCHOOL BUS
UNMIK chief Hari Holkeri was given a letter demanding that he provide escort for school buses and a return of the check points near Kosovo schools in which the education program is in the Serbian language.

INCIDENT IS OBVIOUS SET-UP - UCK ROAMS AROUND CAGLAVICA VILLAGE
In the unfinished house of Momcilo Trajkovic, the president of the Serbian Parliament Committee for Kosovo and Metohija, 300 m from the Serb village of Caglavica unknown attackers were preparing an ambush - On Friday morning, at around 0800 hours, three persons dressed in black uniforms with the UCK emblem, armed with pistols, passed by the Caglavica management school, stated Predrag Mitrovic to KIM radio, who at that time was at work in the this school building.

MACEDONIAN INTERIOR MINISTRY ISSUES STATEMENT ON EXPLOSIONS
The statement says three consecutive explosions took place late on Thursday in Skopje’s central area between 22:10 and 22:20 hours. The Ministry of Interior is pursuing a thorough investigation aimed at tracking down the perpetrators of this crime.

PERPETRATORS OF GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE STILL NOT ARRESTED - DAY 17...

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AMIDST GROWING TENSIONS IN VOLATILE UN-ADMINISTERED PROVINCE ORTHODOX CHURCH CELEBRATED DORMITION OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
In his homily following holy liturgy, Bishop Artemije called on the people to repentance "which must be long and steadfast for we have wandered very far from God." Bishop Artemije prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ that love and peace may fill the hearts of all men in Kosovo and Metohija, and that attacks on innocent civilians finally stop.

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ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, August 28 (August 15 Church Calendar), 2003


On Thursday the Serbian Orthodox Church celebrated the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God (Velika Gospojina), one of the great religious feasts dedicated to the Mother of God.

Bishop Artemije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija served holy archierchal liturgy at Gracanica Monastery, which celebrates this religious holiday as its monastery patron saint's day, with the assistance of clergy and monks.

In his homily following holy liturgy, Bishop Artemije called on the people to repentance "which must be long and steadfast for we have wandered very far from God." Bishop Artemije prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ that love and peace may fill the hearts of all men in Kosovo and Metohija, and that attacks on innocent civilians finally stop. The feast day celebration continued in the monastery courtyard with the cutting of the feast day bread.

The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God was commemorated throughout Kosovo and Metohija. In Visoki Decani Monastery holy liturgy was attended by Serb returnees to Belo Polje near Pec who arrived in the monastery with a KFOR escort. In the evening a traditional prayer service (moleban) to the Holy King Stefan was held with prayers to strengthen the faithful Orthodox people in Kosovo and Metohija, and especially returnees who are attempting to resume their lives on the ruins of their former homes.

The feast day was also celebrated in the Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas in Djakovica, where five Serb little old ladies have been living in complete isolation for four full years as the only Serb residents of this Metohija town. Holy Liturgy, which was served by the monks of Decani Monastery and Holy Archangels Monastery in Prizren, was also attended by the sisters of the Pec Patriarchate Monastery. The service was held with the usual strong military protection of Italian KFOR troops.

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THE DORMITION [THE FALLING ASLEEP - THE ASSUMPTION] OF THE MOST-HOLY BIRTH-GIVER OF GOD

The Lord Who, on Mt. Sinai, commanded by His Fifth Commandment: "Honor your father and your mother" (Exodus 20:12), showed by His own example how one should respect one's parent. Hanging on the Cross in agony, He remembered His mother and indicating to the Apostle John, said to her: "Woman behold your son" (St. John 19:26). After that, He said to John: "Behold your mother" (St. John 19:27). And so providing for His mother, He breathed His last. John had a home on Zion in Jerusalem in which the Theotokos settled and remained there to live out the end of her days on earth. By her prayers, gentle counsels, meekness and patience, she greatly assisted the apostles of her Son. Primarily, she spent her entire time in Jerusalem often visiting those places which reminded her of the great events and of the great works of her Son. She especially visited Golgotha, Bethlehem and the Mount of Olives. Of her distant journeys, her visit to St. Ignatius the Theophorus [God-bearer] in Antioch is mentioned, as well as her visit to Lazarus (whom our Lord resurrected on the fourth day), the Bishop of Cyprus, her visit to the Holy Mountain [Athos] which she blessed and her stay in Ephesus with St. John the Evangelist [The Theologian] during the time of the great persecution of Christians in Jerusalem. In her old age, she often prayed to the Lord and her God on the Mount of Olives, the site of His Ascension, that He take her from this world as soon as possible. On one occasion, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her and revealed to her that within three days she will find repose. The angel gave her a palm-branch to be carried at the time of her funeral procession. She returned to her home with great joy, desiring in her heart once more to see in this life, all of the apostles of Christ. The Lord fulfilled her wish and all of the apostles, borne by angels in the clouds, gathered at the same time at the home of John on Zion. With great rejoicing, she saw the holy apostles, encouraged them, counseled them and comforted them. Following that, she peacefully gave up her soul to God without any pain or physical illness. The apostles took the coffin with her body from which an aromatic fragrance emitted and, in the company of many Christians, bore it to the Garden of Gethsemane to the sepulchre of [her parents], Saints Joachim and Anna. By God's Providence, they were concealed from the evil Jews by a cloud. Anthony, a Jewish priest, grabbed the coffin with his hands with the intention of overturning it but, at that moment, an angel of God severed both his hands. He then cried out to the apostles for help and was healed since declaring his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Thomas was absent, again according to God's Providence, in order that a new and all-glorious mystery of the Holy Theotokos would again be revealed. On the third day, Thomas arrived and desired to venerate [kiss] the body of the Holy All-pure one. But when the apostles opened the sepulchre, they found only the winding sheet and the body was not in the tomb. That evening, the Theotokos appeared to the apostles surrounded by a myriad of angels and said to them: "Rejoice, I will be with you always". It is not exactly known how old the Theotokos was at the time of her Falling Asleep but the overwhelming opinion is that she was over sixty years of age.

Lives of Saints and Great Featdays - PROLOGUE OF OCHRID


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GUN FIRE AROUND THE MONASTERY OF THE VIRGIN MARY - SOKOLICA
Abbess Makaria said that during the Holy feast of the Dormition of Mother of God, (August 28), gun fire could be heard from the neighboring Albanian villages surrounding her Monastery. Serb Orthodox pilgrims from Mitrovica and Zvecan region who gathered for prayer in Sokolica Monastery were alarmed by this quite obvious provocation which was intended to spread fear among Serb congregation during the celebration.

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ERPKIM INFO-SERVICE
AugustN 29, 2003

His Grace Bishop Artemije visited today the Monastery of the Most Holy Mother of God - Sokolica - in vicinity of Mitrovica and was informed by Abbess Makaria that during the Holy feast of the Dormition of Mother of God, one day before (August 28), gun fire could be heard from the neighboring Albanian villages surrounding the Monastery. Serb Orthodox pilgrims from Mitrovica and Zvecan region who gathered for prayer in Sokolica Monastery were alarmed by this quite obvious provocation which was intended to spread fear among Serb congregation during the celebration.

The shooting was also heard by soldiers of the French KFOR but there was no reaction to this provocation.

"This is one more evidence that ethnic Albanian villages are full of illegal weapons. If KFOR continues tolerating such open display of hostility around Serb Christian holy sites and villages the security situation might even more deteriorate", said Bishop Artemije in his statement for the ERP KIM Info-Service, appealing to French KFOR to reinforce protection of the Sokolica Convent.

The Sokolica Monastery is located only several kilometers away from the bridge near Banjska which was mined by Albanian National Army terrorists earlier this year.

Sokolica Monastery Web-page:
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SERBS DEMAND ESCORT FOR SCHOOL BUS
UNMIK chief Hari Holkeri was given a letter demanding that he provide escort for school buses and a return of the check points near Kosovo schools in which the education program is in the Serbian language.

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RTS Novi Sad
August 29, 2003


Kosovska Mitrovica – On Friday, UNMIK chief Hari Holkeri was given a letter demanding that he provide escort for school buses and a return of the check points near Kosovo schools in which the education program is in the Serbian language. This statement came from Predrag Stojcetovic, the head of the Mitrovica regional department for education, which is part of the education ministry.

If the UNMIK chief does not come forward and comply with this demand, then the education program in certain schools would be brought under question, stated Stojcetovic and added that, in spite the suggestion that the new school year in Kosovo will not start because of the deteriorated security situation, the school program will go according to plan which means that the new school year will start on September first, with a one minute silence as a sign of respect for Pantelie Dakic and Ivan Jovovic who both died in the Gorazdevac terrorist attack which took place on the 15th of August of this year.


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INCIDENT IS OBVIOUS SET-UP
In the unfinished house of Momcilo Trajkovic, the president of the Serbian Parliament Committee for Kosovo and Metohija, 300 m from the Serb village of Caglavica unknown attackers were preparing an ambush

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DANAS, Belgrade Daily
Gracanica, 29 Aug

"The incident is an obvious set-up. While I was on vacation, I often visited my house, which has a roof on it but is still not finished. They have obviously noticed that," stated Momcilo Trajkovic, the president of the Serbian Parliament Committee for Kosovo and Metohija, coordinator of the movement for Kosovo and Metohija, and the leader of the Serbian resistance movement, in light of the news that after his brother Tomica Trajkovic reported suspicious movement around Momcilo’s house near Caglavica, Kosovo police discovered an automatic rifle and two full magazines which were left by the unknown perpetrators.

According to Trajkovic his house is located 300 meters from Caglavica, whose citizens are frightened by this incident. "My brother was on his way to his fruit garden to gather some plums, when he noticed an unknown person. He returned to the village and reported the incident to the police, who during investigation of the scene discovered a rifle and two full magazines. I expect an investigation. So far no one has told us anything," stated Trajkovic and reminded "so far he has still not received any information from the in-charge institutions on the investigation of the incident when he was wounded in his apartment in Prishtina back in 1999." The Gracanica Kosovo Police station was not able to give any information on this case.

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UCK Roams Around Caglavica Village
On Friday morning, at around 0800 hours, three persons dressed in black uniforms with the UCK emblem, armed with pistols, passed by the Caglavica management school, stated Predrag Mitrovic to KIM radio, who at that time was at work in the this school building.


Gracanica, 29 Aug (KIM Radio) – On Friday morning, at around 0800 hours, three persons dressed in black uniforms with the UCK emblem, armed with pistols, passed by the Caglavica management school, stated Predrag Mitrovic to KIM radio, who at that time was at work in the this school building.

"While I was at my work place three armed persons in black uniforms passed me by and told me "Good Morning" in Serbian! Then with out stopping they distanced themselves through the fields in the direction of the village of Ugljare, where on the road a red car of the type "Askona" was waiting for them," stated Mitrovic.

The case has been reported to the Kosovo police service, which on Friday morning conducted an investigation in to this incident. So far there has been no official announcements.


INTERIOR MINISTRY'S STATEMENT ON LATE THURSDAY'S EXPLOSIONS IN SKOPJE
The statement says three consecutive explosions took place late on Thursday in Skopje’s central area between 22:10 and 22:20 hours. The Ministry of Interior is pursuing a thorough investigation aimed at tracking down the perpetrators of this crime.

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MAKFAX, Macedonia
Skopje, August 29, 2003

The Macedonian Ministry of the Interior released a statement pertaining to late Thursday’s detonations in Skopje. The statement says three consecutive explosions took place late on Thursday in Skopje’s central area between 22:10 and 22:20 hours. The Ministry of Interior is pursuing a thorough investigation aimed at tracking down the perpetrators of this crime.

The first attack took place at 22:10 hrs. Two grenades were fired at District Court Skopje 2. The explosion broke the windows on the 3rd floor of the courthouse. Furthermore, the explosive device caused a 30-centimeter-wide hole on the 3rd floor of the courthouse.

Based on preliminary findings, a Mercedes automobile with no registration plates was spotted near the courthouse. Once the grenades were hurled, the automobile was driven off with high speed toward ‘Goce Delcev’ boulevard, downtown Skopje.

An explosive device was hurled at the underground parking lot of the government. The explosive device caused 70-centimeter-wide and 10-centimeter-deep crater. The explosion caused neither injuries nor material damage.

Third explosion took place at 22:20 hours near the Ilinden Barracks. A missile was fired from a hand mortar. The missile struck just outside the Barracks. The Interior Ministry and anti-terrorism units, along with representatives of the ARM and the Ministry of Defense, are conducting a thorough investigation to track down the perpetrators of these acts.

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