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Newsletter 31 August 2003 - Second Edition

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

NO INDEPENDENCE WITHOUT NEW BORDERS
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.

INET - KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEWS


Newsletter 31 August 2003

FEAST DAY OF SAINTS FLORUS AND LAURUS CELEBRATED IN ORTHODOX CHURCHES TODAY

Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of the first Christian martyrs who suffered for Christ on the territory of today's Kosovo and Metohija Province


Newsletter 30 August 2003

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.


Newsletter 29 August 2003

ANOTHER ATTACK ON THE SERB ORTHODOX CHURCH OF ST. DEMETRIUS

On Wednesday evening (Aug 27) unknown persons damaged for the third time in last four months the fence and the gate in front of the Serbian Orthodox church of St. Demetrius in the ethnically mixed village of Susica, 2 km, east from Gracanica.

DECLARATION ON KOSOVO - PLATFORM FOR FURTHER POLICY MAKING
The Declaration on Kosovo and Metohija does not provide an absolute resolution of the problems in the province, since many other things must be completed first, the return of displaced Serbs, ensuring a satisfactory level of security and work, and to supply them with all the human rights that citizens of Serbia enjoy, said Zoran Zivkovic in a press conference today, adding that above all else these were obligations of the international community.

WOUNDED KOSOVO SERB UNDERGOES SURGERY
Kosovo Serb Zoran Doncic, wounded by Albanian snipers earlier this week, had surgery this morning in the Serb hospital in Kosovska Mitrovica. Deputy hospital director Milan Ivanovic explained that a bullet has been removed from Doncic’s abdomen and that the patient is recovering.

TWO MACEDONIAN POLICEMEN RELEASED AFTER KIDNAP BY REBEL COMMANDER
Macedonian police units Wednesday released two officers who were kidnapped by an ethnic Albanian rebel commander in northern Macedonia, near the border with the UN-run Serbian province of Kosovo, a spokeswoman said.

INET: KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEWS, AUGUST 28, 2003


Newsletter 28 August 2003- Second Edition
STATEMENT BY DR. NEBOJSA COVIC
Vice-President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia
and President of the Coordination Center of Serbia and Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia for Kosovo and Metohia at the session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia
Belgrade, 27 August 2003.


Newsletter 28 August 2003

UNANIMOUS YES TO KOSOVO DECLARATION

The Parliament of Serbia has adopted a proposed declaration on Kosovo which says that "state sovereignty and territorial inviolability of the Republic of Serbia, a member state of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro, applies to Kosovo and Metohija despite its provisional international administration, as confirmed by UN Security Council Resolution 1244" (Conclusion No2)


Newsletter 27 August 2003

ALBANIAN TERRORISTS SERIOUSLY WOUND SERB RETURNEE NEAR KLINA
The attack occurred just 500 meters from KFOR checkpoint in the area of the Serb returnee village of Bica (pr. Beechah) on the meadow where the local Serb farmers usually let their cattle to graze. Zoran Doncic (father of two little children), was seriously wounded in the back by a sniper hit from the direction of the neighboring Albanian village Shtupel.

SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH MOST STRONGLY CONDEMNS YESTERDAYS ATTACKS NEAR KLINA AND VITINA
It appears that only when UN personnel get killed one can speak of terrorism but when innocent Serb children and farmers get slaughtered at random, it is usually referred as deplorable incidents. Such policy of double standards and UNMIK's systematic hiding of  the true situation in the volatile Province of Kosovo are among the main reasons for the continuation of ethnic violence and growth of ethnic Albanian terrorism.

DONCIC IN SPANISH FIELD HOSPITAL - POLICE BEGINS SEARCH FOR ATTACKERS
BETA: RETURNEE TO KOSOVO VILLAGE OF BICA WOUNDED
WOUNDED DONCIC OPERATED ON IN SPANISH FIELD HOSPITAL
ALBANIANS STONE SERB BUS NEAR VITINA - 10 PERSONS LIGHTLY INJURED

Some ten people sustained light wounds today when a Nis Express bus transporting about 50 passengers from Belgrade and Nis to Strpce was stoned in the village of Pozaranje in Kosovska Vitina municipality

NIS-EXPRESS BUS TO STRPCE STONED
About ten people sustained light wounds today when a Nis Express bus transporting about 50 passengers from Belgrade and Nis to Stpce was stoned in the village of Pozaranje in Kosovska Vitina municipality.

ETHNIC ALBANIAN GROUP CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR ATTACK IN MACEDONIA
A group calling itself the Albanian National Army (AKSH) said today that it was responsible for firing rocket-propelled grenades yesterday at a Macedonian guard tower on the border between Kosovo and Macedonia.

LATEST INFORMATION:
Yesterday evening (Aug 26) there was attempt of kidnapping of a Serb 10 years old girl (Marina Damjanovic) in the Serb enclave-village of Dobrotin. After this incident Serb villagers sponatneusly blocked the road but the Albanian mafiosi sped away in time out of the village in their brand new Merzedes with foreign reg. plates.


Newsletter 25 August 2003 and Newsletter 25 August 2003 - Second Edition

WHY ARE YOU SILENT SERBIA?
Several hundred expelled Kosovo Serbs protest in Belgrade against terrorist attack in Gorazdevac
At the protest held on Saturday in Republic Square in Belgrade against the terrorist attack in Gorazdevac on August 13 in which two Serb children were killed and four other Serb children seriously wounded, several hundred citizens, primarily expelled Kosovo Serbs, requested from the international community that "the murderers are brought to justice, terrorist leaders and their associates arrested and immediately extradited to the Hague, and Serbs enabled to return to Kosovo and Metohija."

The Serbia and Montenegro government was asked for "more intensive activity in resolving the Kosovo problem as national issue number one, the unity of all relevant political forces, and the ratification of the Declaration on Kosovo and Metohija."

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE PAY TRIBUTE TO GORAZDEVAC VICTIMS

Several thousand people assembled last night in central Belgrade to pay last tribute to the two Serb teenagers recently killed in the Kosovo village of Gorazdevac.

People from a number of Serbian cities lit candles for the victims and expressed hope that crimes such as that in Gorazdevac would not be repeated.


Newsletter 24 August 2003

REQUIEM SERVICE FOR BOY VICTIMS OF ALBANIAN TERROR
A requiem service (parastos) for the boys Pantelija Dakic and Ivan Jovovic, who were murdered by Albanian terrorists on August 14 in Gorazdevac, was held this evening before a large number of believers, filling the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in Vracar (Belgrade) and the adjacent churchyard.

NEW TERRORIST ACTION OF ALBANIAN NATIONAL ARMY IN SOUTHERN SERBIA
Three explosions at a cultural centre in the majority Albanian town of Presevo in southern Serbia late Saturday left one person injured, the Beta news agency reported quoting witnesses.

One injured as explosions hit southern Serbia - Agence France Presse

STATE READY TO RESPOND TO EXTREMISTS
Serbia is ready to respond to any operation by extremists in south Serbia, Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic told B92 today, following yesterday's meeting of the State Security Council.

KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEWS


Newsletter 23 August 2003

KOSOVO SERBS DISAPPOINTED WITH UNMIK AND KFOR'S UNREADINESS TO CONFRONT ALBANIAN TERRORISM

"Shooting innocent children in the river, blowing up of buses and churches, killing elderly in their homes, desecration of cemeteries.. all this in order to achieve an ethnic clean Albanian state. This will be called terrorism in any western country, but not in Kosovo and Metohija because one could make a legitimate question how such terrorist acts continually happen despite a strong UN and NATO led presence in the Province four years after the war" - Fr. Sava Janjic, ERP KIM Info editor.

METOHIJA WEEPS AS CHURCH BELLS TOLL - Articles related to Gorazdevac massacre

ESCALATION OF TERRORISM IN KOSOVO THREAT FOR BALKAN'S SECURITY
The Serbian government's State Security Council stated on Friday that the escalation of terrorism in Kosovo-Metohija is a warning signal to the international community that Albanian extremists will not give up their goals, which can further degrade the security situation in the Balkans.

ALBANIAN GANG ATTACKS ARMY PATROL
When the Albanians opened fire, the patrol responded forcing the thieves to flee across the border into Kosovo.

KOSOVO ALBANIAN DAILIES WARNED OVER INACCURATE REPORTING ON VIOLENCE


Newsletter 22 August 2003

TANJUG: 1,200 PERSONS KILLED SINCE DEPLOYMENT OF KFOR IN KOSOVO
Since the deployment of KFOR and UNMIK in Kosovo and Metohija on June 10, 1999 to August 9 of this year, Albanian terrorists have carried out 6,535 attacks, resulting in the deaths of 1,201 persons, the wounding of 1,328 persons and the abduction of 1,146 persons, reports the Serbian ministry of internal affairs.

TERRORIST ATTACKS AND OTHER INCIDENTS FROM JULY 30 TO AUGUST 15, 2003


TOL: VIOLENCE AGAIN DESTABILIZING KOSOVO
Ethnic tensions in Kosovo continue to escalate in the wake of the murder of two Serb youths and the wounding of four others by unknown gunmen near the town of Pec, some 50 miles south of the capital, Pristina.

ANTIWAR.COM: FRESH BLOOD IN KOSOVO, By Nebojsa Malic
The attack on children was condemned by both Kosovo Serbs and the Belgrade government. As angry Serbs protested in the streets of their ghettos, the UN authorities and NATO occupiers pledged to find the assailants. That pledge has remained unfulfilled as of yet, as have all others before it.

KOSOVO AND METOHIJA CHRONICLE, AUG 21


Newsletter 21 August 2003

SUC: STATEMENT ON GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE
From the tragedy of the past week, let us begin anew with a process that will truly result in peace and freedom for all those who call Kosovo-Metohija their home. Let the process begin that will allow for those Serbs now living in Kosovo-Metohija to live in peace without fear of suffering from the terrorist acts of Albanian extremists.
ELDERLY SERB WOMAN ASSAULTED IN KOSOVO
Simic also stated that the assailants physically harassed and sexually mistreated the old lady, facts which were confirmed by the Prishtina medical center doctors who gave her medical assistance. The assailants attacked the old lady at the time when Gnjilane was under the usual two hours electric power restriction.
ALBANIANS STONE BUS NEAR KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - SHOTS FIRED IN GORAZDEVAC
DISGRADE FOR UNMIK
A bus taking Serbs from Kosovska Mitrovica to Suvi Dol, an enclave located three kilometers from Mitrovica, was stoned on Wednesday by ethnic Albanians when it was passing through the Albanian part of the village.
BLIC: KOSOVO PROTECTION CORPS - MAFIA'S PRIVATE ARMY
Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic, who briefed the UN SC on the actual events, said that the international community would be responsible for establishment of mono-ethnic Albanian para-state if it fails to immediately undertake measures that would put end to violence in Kosovo. Covic said that members of Kosovo Protection Corpus took part in the crime in Gorazdevac. He called for a detailed investigation that would lead to suspension of that formation.
SERBIAN CEMETERY IN PONES SET ON FIRE
On Tuesday morning, the Serbian cemetery in the village of Ponesh, near Gnjilane, was set on fire. The fire destroyed the tombstones and the church chapel. The fire blaze also destroyed what little harvesting plants the local Serbs dared to plant in the vicinity of the graveyard, reports the KIM radio correspondent.
CAR OF KOSOVO SERB RIDDLED BY BULLETS NEAR GNJILANE
The car of a Kosovo-Serb was left riddled with bullets yesterday evening after a barrage of shots were fired from a Kalashnikov rifle in Mozgov, close to Gnjilane.
DRAGAN TONIC PASSES AWAY A WEEK AFTER KOSOVO SHOOTING
Dragan Tonic, shot in the face a week ago today, died last night in Belgrade's Clinical Centre as a result of his injuries.Kosovo-Serb Tonic was leisurely fishing on the River Sitnica around 150 meters from the last Serb homes in the village of Skulanevo, when unknown attackers, suspected to be from a neighboring ethnic Albanian village, opened fire, hitting Tonic in the mouth.
UNMIK POLICE CHIEF QUESTIONS ALBANIAN APATHY
Stefan Feller, UNMIK Police Commissioner, has today sent an open letter to Kosovo citizens criticising local media coverage of the Gorazdevac attack and the distinct lack of obvious sympathy displayed by the majority Albanian population.
KILL THY NEIGHBOR - KOSOVO'S BALKAN NIGHTMARE GOES ON
Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic, who was scheduled to address a special sitting of the UN Security Council on Monday, went as far as to accuse the UN-backed Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC), made up of former ethnic-Albanian guerrillas, of supporting "terrorist" groups in the province.


Newsletter 20 August 2003
UN SC MEMBERS ENDORSE MEASURES PROPOSED BY BELGRADE AUTHORITIES
FULL TEXT OF DR. COVIC SPEECH AT THE SESSION OF THE UN SEC COUNCIL MEETING, New York, August 18, 2003


Newsletter 13-18 August 2003

GORAZDEVAC MASSACRE

ALBANIAN TERRORISTS OPENED MACHINE-GUN FIRE ON GROUP OF SERB CHILDREN WHO WERE BATHING IN THE RIVER - TWO DEAD - SIX WOUNDED - ONE IN CRITICAL CONDITION


Newsletter 08/AUG, August 08, 2003

DIOCESE OF RASKA-PRIZREN SUPPORTS GUIDELINES FOR KOSOVO BY DR. COVIC
The guidelines proposed by Dr. Covic represent a very important basis for the drafting of a Declaration on Kosovo and Metohija to be adopted by the Serbia-Montenegro Parliament and the Republic of Serbia Parliament, and the building of a broader platform for the resolution of the Kosovo and Metohija problem within the institutional framework of the Republic of Serbia as soon as possible.

DRAFT DECLARATION ON KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEXT WEEK
Kostunica told media that the declaration put an emphasis on human rights, adding that issues such as decentralisation could not be resolved until human rights regulations were in place.

CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER II OF SERBIA SUPPORTS BISHOP ARTEMIJE
With great pleasure I read your statement on Kosovo and Metohija situation. I sincerely You for the words of wisdom and courage that all of need in this moment. I completely share Your vision about possibility of the shared life in Kosovo and Metohija with the mutual respect all citizens regardless of their ethnical or religious background.

INDEPENDENT (UK) KLA LINK SUSPECTED IN UN POLICE MURDER
The killing has caused alarm as it follows recent attacks on symbols of law and order after the conviction of four ex-KLA members on war crimes charges. The men, who were sentenced to a total of 45 years, were found guilty of offences including torture, kidnapping and the inhuman treatment of civilians during the Kosovo conflict in 1998 and 1999.

THREE KOSOVO ALBANIANS ARRESTEN IN CONNECTION WITH UN POLICEMAN MURDER
Three Kosovo-Albanians have been arrested by an UNMIK special police unit and KFOR troops in connection with the murder of Indian UN police major Satish Menon.

SERB IN EASTERN PART OF KOSOVO BEATEN BY ALBANIANS
Pavic was attacked while he was looking after his livestock on a meadow near the village. After first aid assistance by his neighbors Pavic was moved to a hospital in Vranje where he was held in for medical treatment. The assailants fled the scene.

UN ADMINISTRATION IN KOSOVO ACCUSED OF INDIFFERENCE FOR "ANA" PLANS
In the announcement signed by Milan Ivanovic, the president of the SNV, this council warns that this kind of stances can have "tragic consequences". "Even every politically ignorant person from Northern Kosovo is clear" with the fact that ANA has the goal of cutting of Kosovska Mitrovica-Leposavic communication, "so that they could cause panic and fear among the Serbs from this homogenous Serb region," states the SNV.

"UNMIK OCCUPIERS OUT" - GRAFFITO ON DJAKOVICA MUNICIPAL BUILDING
Early on Wednesday morning, unidentified individuals wrote anti-UNMIK graffito on the building of Djakovica Municipal Building where UNMIK Administration led by John Rogers has its offices.

OLIVER IVANOVIC CALLS FOR DISBANDING OF CPC
On Wednesday, Oliver Ivanovic, a member of the Kosovo parliament presiding body, called on the international community to disband the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC) because of its "participation in many tragedies that have happened in Kosovo in the past four years".


Newsletter 05/AUG, August 05, 2003

BISHOP ARTEMIJE CALLS FOR MULTIETHNIC KOSOVO
Raska and Prizren Bishop Artemije has insisted that Kosovo "wouldn't, couldn't and shouldn't ever again be only Serb; but that it wouldn't, couldn't and shouldn't be only Albanian either".
Speaking to Serbian-language Frankfurt daily Vesti, the bishop said: "If we could live together with all the nations from the region in the past then I believe we can in the future too".

PATRIARCH PAVLE MEETS CHIEF OF THE COORDINATION CENTER DR COVIC
His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Kyr Pavle received Mr. Nebojsa Covic, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and head of the Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija. Mr. Covic informed His Holiness regarding the most recent worrisome events in Kosovo and Metohija resulting in the deaths of several persons with unforeseeable consequence for the already unsatisfactory security situation in the Province.

TERRORISM AND ORGANIZED CRIME ESCALATE IN KOSOVO

Belgrade, Aug 4, 2003 - Head of the Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija Nebojsa Covic said that recent incidents in the province confirm the escalation of terrorism and organised crime, warning that all citizens, regardless of their ethnicity or religion, are thus endangered.

ATTACK IN PEC AIMED AT WITNESS OF HARADINAJ

Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija President Nebojsa Covic has said the target of Sunday evening's attack in Pec was Rexhep Kelmendi, seriously injured in the attack, who was a prosecution witness at the trial of KLA leader Daut Haradinaj for crimes committed in Kosovo and Metohija.

KOSOVO OFFICIALS CONDEMN RECENT MURDERS IN KOSOVO

On Monday, Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova has most strongly condemned the recent murders in Kosovo, and has asked that the perpetrators of those acts are found as soon as possible.

SERBIAN LEADERS IN MITROVICA CONDEMN MURDER OF UN POLICEMAN

Serbian political representatives from Kosovska Mitrovica, have most strongly condemned the murder of a UN policemen, a murder that happened on Sunday, near Ceranska Reka, on the Mitrovica _ Leposavic road.


Newsletter 04/AUG, August 04, 2003

BOMB ATTACK ON SERB HOUSE IN OBILIC
On Saturday night (2/3 Aug), a minute after midnight a bomb was thrown in front of the house of Zoran Milic in Obilic. No one was hurt in the explosion and only a few windows were broken. Milic family lives in vicinity of the house in which two months ago three members of the Stolic family were massacred.

THREE DEAD IN WESTERN KOSOVO SHOOTING
PRISTINA, Serbia-Montentegro, Aug 3 (AFP) - Three people were gunned down and at least four others wounded when unknown assailants opened fire in western Kosovo late Saturday, an official told AFP.

MURDER OF A UN POLICE OFFICER
United Nations Police Officer assigned to the Mission in Kosovo has been murdered in the line of duty. The crime occurred shortly before midnight on August 3rd, 2003.


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