August 31, 2003

ERP KIM Newsletter 31-08-03b

HELP FIND THE MISSING - FAMILIES OF MISSING SERBS FROM KOSOVO IN SEARCH FOR THEIR DEAR ONES


Families of  missing Serbs who were abducted by
Kosovo Albanian extremists in Kosovo during and after the 1998-1999 conflict
 staged a protest on the Republic Square in  Belgrade, Aug 30, requesting
truth about the fate of their dear ones

CONTENTS:

FAMILIES OF MISSING SERBS FROM KOSOVO REQUEST TRUTH ABOUT THEIR DEAR ONES - INCIDENT WITH NATASA KANDIC

NO INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT NEW BORDERS
INET - KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEWS

 

PERPETRATORS OF GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE STILL NOT ARRESTED - DAY 18...

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HELP FIND THE MISSING - FAMILIES OF MISSING SERBS FROM KOSOVO REQUEST TRUTH ABOUT THEIR DEAR ONES
Participants of the gathering called upon the international community and the authorities in Belgrade to establish institutions that would initiate a true investigation on 1.300 missing and kidnapped Serbs.

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Radio Serbia-Montenegro
Belgrade, August 30, 2003

The International Day of Missing Persons - August 30, has been marked today in Belgrade, by the meeting entitled HELP FIND THE MISSING, organized by the Association for Missing and Kidnapped Persons in Kosovo-Metohija.

 Participants of the gathering called upon the international community and the authorities in Belgrade to establish institutions that would initiate a true investigation on 1.300 missing and kidnapped Serbs. The gathering also demanded for the opening of dossiers and mass graves and for the beginning of a real process of resolving fates of missing and kidnapped persons, as well as the honouring of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244.

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NATO - KFOR - UNMIK
WHERE ARE 1.300 SERBS

Hundreds of friends and relatives of some 1,300 Serbs who have disappeared in Kosovo since 1998, hold pictures of their loved ones at the rally on the main square in Belgrade, Saturday Aug. 30 2003. Marking the International Day of the Disappeared, the group holds the banner demanding from the NATO (news - web sites)-led Kosovo Force and U.N. officials, who run the current international protectorate in Kosovo, to reveal what happened to the missing people. The banner reads: 'NATO-KFOR-UNMIK, where are 1300 Serbs.' (AP Photo/Mikica Petrovic)

 

Families of missing and kidnapped persons chase Natasa Kandic away from gathering
Actress Ivana Zigon attempted to calm passions, addressing Kandic by saying that she was obviously unwelcome among those who had lost their dearest ones and that it would be fundamentally appropriate for her "to show respect for their pain."

Tanjug News Agency, Belgrade
August 30, 2003



BELGRADE - Humanitarian Law Fund director Natasa Kandic was literally chased away from a gathering in Belgrade's Republic Square today organized by the Association of Families of Missing and Kidnapped Persons from Kosovo and Metohija to commemorate International Missing Persons Day.

The embittered family members, who for years have not known whether their closest relatives are dead or alive, greeted Kandic with shouts of "Serbian traitor," "Get out of here," "Go to Thaci." She was protected from assault and possible beating from the most embittered by the intervention of several policemen protecting the gathering.

Angrily looking Kandic in the face, excited and irritated by her very presence, the people accused Kandic of waging an anti-Serbian policy in the middle of Serbia, which resulted in the genocide of Serbs and other non-Albanians. They asked her where she was and what she was doing when the Albanians stopped being loyal to their country.

In response to Kandic's comments "You are shaming Serbia" and "You are representing Serbia in the most vulgar and primitive manner," the people responded with "You should be ashamed," "That's what you are doing," asking her why she continues to justify the Albanians despite all the facts concerning crimes committed against Serbs.

When asked "what she was doing at their gathering anyway," Kandic
replied: "It's none of your business. It's not your day. It's a UN day." Someone from the crowd observed that, in that case, she could have organized a similar gathering herself.

When asked how she commented on these attacks, Kandic said: "Instead of being here for a reason, they are making a spectacle. Instead of going somewhere, doing something, creating documents, they still don't have a list of missing persons."

This managed to provoke several reporters present as well, who asked her "Is gathering because of the tragic disappearance and abduction of 1,300 people then a spectacle to you?"

"Today is not just the day of persons missing in Kosovo. Today is the day of persons missing everywhere. And then it is a day dedicated to remembering," she said. "Where are the names of the missing and the abducted?" she asked. "Why aren't you reading them?"

"Are you suggesting that those names don't exist?" someone shouted, reminding Kandic that those names have been read many times in the streets of Serbia during the past years but without results. "They're not listening to us because they're paying you to say what they want to hear."

Actress Ivana Zigon attempted to calm passions, addressing Kandic by saying that she was obviously unwelcome among those who had lost their dearest ones and that it would be fundamentally appropriate for her "to show respect for their pain."

When an insulted Kandic told the participants of the gathering that they had to "behave politely" and that she was there "to protect the law because she heads a human rights organization," the response she got was that "it is a sad state indeed that protects a monster like her." bs/br


An unidentified woman holds a picture of her missing sons and relatives at the protest rally held by several hundred Serbs demanding to know the fate of some 1,303 Serbs missing since the Kosovo war in 1998, marking the International Day of the Disappeared, on the main square in Belgrade, Saturday Aug. 30, 2003. (AP Photo/Mikica Petrovic)

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Police request prosecution proceedings against Natasa Kandic

Beta News Agency, Belgrade
August 30, 2003


BELGRADE - Belgrade police advised today that they will submit a request for initiation of prosecution proceedings against the director of the Humanitarian Law Fund because of her behavior at today's gathering in Belgrade's Republic Square commemorating International Missing Persons Day.

"The gathered people were joined by Natasa Kandic who became involved in a verbal altercation with them. After two policemen who were present asked her to withdraw for her own safety, she did so but remained standing on the side," it is said in the police statement.

The statement goes on to add that Natasa Kandic was then approached by Nikola Popovic from Pec, a participant of the gathering, who asked her to introduce herself "in response to which she slapped him." After that, a verbal altercation between Natasa Kandic and the gathered persons ensued.

"The police took Mrs. Kandic to the side, protecting her because she continued to insult those present. When they asked her to present her identity card, she refused to do so, calling them 'Milosevic's police' and demanding 'that she be given the identities of the participants of the gathering,' " it is said in the statement of the Serbian police. mdc/flu

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COVIC - NO INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT NEW BORDERS
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t would be unthinkable for Serbs to live in an independent Kosovo, and unthinkable for Kosovo to be independent unless there is a shift of borders in the region, Nebojsa Covic said today.

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Vesti, Belgrade
August 30, 2003



FRANKFURT -- Saturday – It would be unthinkable for Serbs to live in an independent Kosovo, and unthinkable for Kosovo to be independent unless there is a shift of borders in the region, Nebojsa Covic said today.

The deputy Serbian prime minister told Frankfurt daily Vesti that this week’s Kosovo Declaration in the Serbian Parliament was a problem for people who did not want a peaceful resolution to the situation in the western Balkans.

He was responding to a statement by Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano that Kosovo "must not return to Serbia".

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INET - KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEWS, AUGUST 31, 2003

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www.inet.co.yu

I*Net News, Belgrade
Sunday 31 August 2003


22:00 International forces in Kosovo called on all Kosovo citizens today to turn in their illegal weapons and take advantage of a one month-long amnesty, beginning tomorrow, during which persons turning in weapons will not be arrested or criminally charged.

19:20 Serbian police in Belgrade advised yesterday that a request to file charges against Humanitarian Law Fund Director will be turned in for her behavior at yesterday's gathering on the occasion of International Missing Persons Day in Belgrade's Republic Square. Natasa Kandic joined the gathered members of the Association of Families of Missing and Kidnapped Persons from Kosovo and Metohija and became involved in a verbal confrontation with them. She slapped Nikola Popovic from Pec, an older participant of the gathering, and accused the police who asked her to present her identity card of being "Milosevic's police."

18:40 UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri said that Belgrade and Pristina are sending immoderate messages in connection with Kosovo. "Some strong statements have been made. The decision of the Serbian parliament was a strong statement but it is irrelevant because the future of Kosovo and its final status will be decided on exclusively by the Security Council in accordance with Resolution 1244. There have been other strong statements, too, made by Kosovo Albanians, but they are also irrelevant," said Holkeri.

17:40 On the occasion of the commemoration of International Missing Persons Day, members of families of missing persons from Kosovo called on authorities to shed light on the fate of their dearest ones four years after the end of the conflict. At a gathering in Kosovo Polje near Pristina, families of the missing pointed out that not enough has been done in the last four years to shed light on the fate of the missing, and that little has been done with respect to returning the remains of Albanians found in mass graves [sic] in Serbia. The chairman of the Kosovo Human Rights Commission Pajazit Nusi said that failure to resolve the fate of the missing is affecting the return of displaced persons and increasing the crime rate in Kosovo.

17:20 Serbian deputy premier and Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Nebojsa Covic stated last night that "the Province cannot be granted independence without a change in borders in the Balkans." Reacting to the statement of Albanian premier Fatos Nano that "Kosovo cannot be given back to Serbia," Covic emphasized that this statement represents meddling in the internal affairs of Serbia and Montenegro and that the state union government needs to react.

17:00 Speaking at the Dialogue between Civilizations conference in Ohrid yesterday, the head of the UN civil mission in Kosovo and Metohija Harri Holkeri assessed that one of his priorities will be the return of all displaced persons to the southern Serbian province. Holkeri confirmed that efforts on establishing dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina were being made but was unable to specify when those contacts would begin.

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