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31 August 2003 - Second Edition
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
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
31 August 2003
DAY OF SAINTS FLORUS AND LAURUS CELEBRATED IN ORTHODOX CHURCHES
Church celebrates the memory of the first Christian martyrs who
suffered for Christ on the territory of today's Kosovo and Metohija
30 August 2003
OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD CELEBRATED IN KOSOVO
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.
AROUND SOKOLICA MONASTERY DURING FEASTDAY CELEBRATION
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
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
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
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.
29 August 2003
ANOTHER ATTACK ON THE SERB ORTHODOX
CHURCH OF ST. DEMETRIUS
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.
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.
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.
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
KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEWS, AUGUST 28, 2003
28 August 2003- Second Edition
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.
28 August 2003
YES TO KOSOVO DECLARATION
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)
27 August 2003
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
25 August 2003 and Newsletter
25 August 2003 - Second Edition
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."
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."
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.
from a number of Serbian cities lit candles for the victims and
expressed hope that crimes such as that in Gorazdevac would not
24 August 2003
SERVICE FOR BOY VICTIMS OF ALBANIAN TERROR
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.
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
23 August 2003
SERBS DISAPPOINTED WITH UNMIK AND KFOR'S UNREADINESS TO CONFRONT
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.
WEEPS AS CHURCH BELLS TOLL - Articles related to Gorazdevac massacre
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
22 August 2003
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,
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
21 August 2003
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
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.
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
13-18 August 2003
TERRORISTS OPENED MACHINE-GUN FIRE ON GROUP OF SERB CHILDREN WHO
WERE BATHING IN THE RIVER - TWO DEAD - SIX WOUNDED - ONE IN CRITICAL
08/AUG, August 08, 2003
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
ADMINISTRATION IN KOSOVO ACCUSED OF INDIFFERENCE FOR "ANA"
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.
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.
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
05/AUG, August 05, 2003
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
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
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.
04/AUG, August 04, 2003
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
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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