December 07, 2003

ERP KiM Newsletter 07-12-03

Serbia: A Country with 700.000 refugees


Uncertain future for more than 700.000 Serb refugees from Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo
Two Serb refugee kids from a collective refugee camp at Resnik near Belgrade
(article: AFP: Serb refugees - Out of sight, out of mind )

 

CONTENTS:

Sunday Times: We buy bag of Semtext from [Kosovo] terrorists
"Posing as members of the Real IRA, we were also offered three shoulder-held missile launchers, an anti-aircraft gun, and enough machine guns, hand grenades and landmines to equip a small army. We made our deal in Kosovo, a breeding ground for fanatics with al-Qaeda links. Our contact was the deputy commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Niam Behljulji, known as Hulji. The group were trained by Bin Laden's men. Astonishingly, we met him under the noses of the British Army and UN forces - who remain as peacekeepers following Kosovo's bloody war with Serbia. Hulji, is said to supply terrorists across Europe and has been accused of massacring Serbian women and children during the war".

UN: UN bus damaged during disturbance in Kosovo
One person suffered minor injuries and a number of vehicles were damaged today when a public disturbance flared up in Kosovo, the UN Mission in the province reported.

Serbian PM says: Kosovo a haven for terrorists
Addressing a conference in Belgrade on fighting organised crime, Zoran Zivkovic claimed that terrorists were being protected in Kosovo.

AFP: Serb refugees - Out of sight, out of mind
Dragana Vitosevic, a nine-year-old Serb girl from Kosovo, has spent almost half her life in a refugee centre in Pancevo, a grim industrial town near the Serbian capital Belgrade. She is just one of around 700,000 Serbs, those who fled or were driven from their homes during the wars in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo in the 1990s. Now they make up about 10 percent of Serbia's population.

For Morality and Truth
A leading Serbian academician and poet Matija Beckovic supports restauration of Parliamentary Monarchy in Serbia

News from Kosovo and Metohija, Dec 5, 2003

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We buy bag of Semtex from terrorists

A TERRIFYING threat to Britain's security can today be revealed by the Sunday Mirror.

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Posing as members of the Real IRA, we were also offered three shoulder-held missile launchers, an anti-aircraft gun, and enough machine guns, hand grenades and landmines to equip a small army. We made our deal in Kosovo, a breeding ground for fanatics with al-Qaeda links. Our contact was the deputy commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Niam Behljulji, known as Hulji. The group were trained by Bin Laden's men. Astonishingly, we met him under the noses of the British Army and UN forces - who remain as peacekeepers following Kosovo's bloody war with Serbia. Hulji, is said to supply terrorists across Europe and has been accused of massacring Serbian women and children during the war".

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The Sunday Mirror (UK) - original article

Dec 7 2003

By Graham Johnson Investigations Editor

A TERRIFYING threat to Britain's security can today be revealed by the Sunday Mirror.

With the country on its highest-ever state of alert amid fears of a Christmas terror strike our investigators infiltrated a cell of Muslim extremists - and bought enough Semtex to blow up Oxford Street and the Houses of Parliament or down 40 Lockerbie jets.

Our Horrifying haul: Graham and Donal (left)
 bury the semtex for safety


Last night one of the men we dealt with was under arrest. The other was believed to have been assassinated by his own terror masters for blowing their cover.

Our 13.5kg haul of Semtex - in 108 sticks - is one of the biggest ever seized from terrorists and could have potentially armed 30 suicide bombers.

And chillingly the explosive, which we bought for £10,000, was of a form that doesn't show up on metal detectors, making it much easier to smuggle into Britain.

A small amount of the explosive was allegedly found here last week as police arrested more than 20 terror suspects.

Posing as members of the Real IRA, we were also offered three shoulder-held missile launchers, an anti-aircraft gun, and enough machine guns, hand grenades and landmines to equip a small army.

We made our deal in Kosovo, a breeding ground for fanatics with al-Qaeda links.

Our contact was the deputy commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army
(KLA) Niam Behljulji, known as Hulji. The group were trained by Bin Laden's men.

Astonishingly, we met him under the noses of the British Army and UN forces - who remain as peacekeepers following Kosovo's bloody war with Serbia.

Hulji, is said to supply terrorists across Europe and has been accused of massacring Serbian women and children during the war.

He even posed grinning for a photograph, holding the severed head of one his victims.

But we won him over by playing on one of his weaknesses...he is a huge fan of Irish rock band U2.

He couldn't wait to deal with us when we promised him one of the band's CDs - which we had signed with a fake message from lead singer Bono.

He told us: "I can give you enough Semtex for a small war. Do you need it for terrorism?"

Our investigation, carried out with Channel 5 sleuth Donal MacIntyre for his series MacIntyre's Millions, began when we arrived in Kosovo posing as members of the Real IRA.

Our first contact was with a Mafia arms dealer called Sinbad Sadkutz, who acts as a middleman for Hulji.

Sadkutz arranged a meeting with Hulji in a KLA-run cafe which was surrounded by armed guards and had been swept for "bugs".

Hulji said: "The plastics (Semtex) is the old type. No metal strips inside. It cannot be detected at airports. It is untraceable - no chemical markers."

He then offered us an anti-aircraft gun similar to one used by Iraqi dissidents last week to hit a US DHL cargo plane as it landed in Baghdad.

We next met Sadkutz in a Mafia-run brothel called The Massage Club, and agreed to buy 15kg of Semtex for £10,000.

To make sure the deal went through smoothly, Hulji insisted that we hand over a "human deposit" hostage and £7,500 in euros.

Our "deposit" was my fellow investigator Dominic Hipkins. He was to be held in a terrorist-owned bungalow - opposite the British ambassador's residence in Pristina - while the deal was sorted out.

Four days later Sadkutz took our man to collect the Semtex from his nearby home and the pair returned to the bungalow, the explosives packed into a sports holdall.

The grey-brown Semtex, wrapped in brown grease-proof paper marked "explosive", looked and felt like child's play dough.

But when burnt with a lighter it produced an intense blue flame - proving it was Semtex. As a Sunday Mirror investigator tested the explosive, Sadkutz grinned as he said: "15kgs can blow up all this neighbourhood."

After Sadkutz had left, we found the KLA had hidden 1.5kg of lead in the lining of the bag so that the actual Semtex weighed 13.5kg, instead of the 15kg we had negotiated for.

For safekeeping, our investigators buried the Semtex on a hill overlooking the British Army base in Kosovo and took a satellite reading of the exact position.

We then told the British Police in Kosovo, part of the UN presence there, exactly were it was.

It was later retrieved by a our investigators and a Finnish bomb disposal squad - who told us the hill had been mined during the war.

Following our investigation, with the whole country on red alert,
12 local policemen were arrested on terrorist charges.

The officers, said to be members of a secret cell aiding Kosovan extremists, are suspected of plotting to blow up a bridge and a power station.

Sadkutz was arrested on Thursday by British police operating in Kosovo. And there were strong rumours last night that Hulji had been assassinated for compromising the KLA's terror operations.

But the KLA were not the only group interested in selling terrorist weapons. While we were in the Balkans word had quickly spread that the Real IRA wanted to buy weapons. In neighbouring Croatia we bought a machine gun and a Walther PPK pistol.

In Belgrade, the capital of nearby Serbia, the local Mafia emailed us to offer a cache of anti-tank missiles, Kalashnikovs, a mortar and illegal landmines for £50,000.

And in neighbouring Montenegro, on the Adriatic coast's version of the Costa Del Crime, another war criminal was selling death on an industrial scale.

The man, known as Vesko - a former bodyguard of Serbian warlord Arkan - offered to supply us with 20 rocket-propelled grenades, 20 shoulder-fired missiles and 20 Spider machine guns used by the SAS.

To return to Britain, our investigators followed the route used by gun-runners out of the Balkans. We drove the short distance into Montenegro then sailed by car ferry from Bar to the Italian port of Ancona, blending in with holiday makers.

Once there they flew home - but could have easily taken a coach through Italy and France to Calais or hidden among thousands of asylum seekers hitching rides on fruit lorries and train carriages.

Last night a spokesman for Scotland Yard said: "Britain is on a high state of alert, only one below the highest level.

"That means we know the terrorists are planning to attack targets in the UK."

MacIntyre's Millions: Semtex For Sale, Channel Five, 9pm, December 17.

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UN bus damaged during disturbance in Kosovo

One person suffered minor injuries and a number of vehicles were damaged today when a public disturbance flared up in Kosovo, the UN Mission in the province reported.

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http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=9106&Cr=Kosovo&Cr1=

6 December – One person suffered minor injuries and a number of vehicles were damaged today when a public disturbance flared up in Kosovo, the UN Mission in the province reported.

The incident began this afternoon when a "delegation of an important international organization" visited a local restaurant in north Mitrovica where, by chance, the the Prime Minister of Kosovo paid an unannounced visit. "While the delegation and the Prime Minister were inside, several unknown subjects threw stones at the location, damaging the windows," the Mission, known as UNMIK, said.

The Prime Minister left the location and was not injured, but the international delegation, while leaving the scene by UN bus and cars, "became disoriented in north Mitrovica and ended up at the North Mitrovica Hospital, where regrettably the incident continued," UNMIK said.

With a crowd of about 150 people gathered at the scene, the UN bus was damaged and two Kosovo police vehicles were burned.

Eventually, the delegation made its way safely to Regional Police Heaquarters, where one member was treated for minor injuries.

UNMIK said it was "greatly disturbed that a delegation of an important international organization was attacked when their purpose was to seek ways to further the economic development in Kosovo" and called those responsible for the inident "reprehensible."

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Serbian PM says Kosovo a haven for terrorists

Addressing a conference in Belgrade on fighting organised crime, Zoran Zivkovic claimed that terrorists were being protected in Kosovo.

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www.b92.net

Beta News Agency, Belgrade
December 6, 2003


BELGRADE -- Saturday - Serbia's prime minister has branded the UN-governed province of Kosovo a haven for terrorists.

Addressing a conference in Belgrade on fighting organised crime, Zoran Zivkovic claimed that terrorists were being protected in Kosovo.

He said that the blame rested not on the Serbian government but on "those that administer the territory".

Zivkovic called on the international authorities in Pristina "to do what they know and can, if they want to".

"If our help is needed, we're prepared", the outgoing prime minister told the conference.


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Serb refugees: Out of sight, out of mind

Dragana Vitosevic, a nine-year-old Serb girl from Kosovo, has spent almost half her life in a refugee centre in Pancevo, a grim industrial town near the Serbian capital Belgrade. She is just one of around 700,000 Serbs, those who fled or were driven from their homes during the wars in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo in the 1990s. Now they make up about 10 percent of Serbia's population.

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RELIEF WEB

Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Date: 5 Dec 2003

by Aleksandar Mitic

PANCEVO, Serbia-Montenegro, Dec 5 (AFP) - Dragana Vitosevic, a nine-year-old Serb girl from Kosovo, has spent almost half her life in a refugee centre in Pancevo, a grim industrial town near the Serbian capital Belgrade.

She is just one of around 700,000 Serbs, those who fled or were driven from their homes during the wars in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo in the 1990s. Now they make up about 10 percent of Serbia's population.

It is a burgeoning underclass which Serbia cannot afford to support, and now even the United Nations is looking for an "exit strategy" so it can focus on new crises such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

"The problem is donor fatigue. Donors believe that after eight years the humanitarian crisis is ending here and they are turning to other hot spots," Andrej Mahecic, spokesman for Serbia-Montenegro operations of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), told AFP.

He said the "trend of lower (aid) budgets will continue," noting that the UNHCR had managed to raise only 12.8 million dollars for its Serbia-Montenegro operations next year compared to 18.9 million in 2003.

"This does not mean an end of all UNHCR aid operations, but rather an exit strategy from the humanitarian crisis situation," he said.

Paul Emes, the Belgrade delegation chief for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said that by the end of the year aid distributions from the World Food Programme and the UNHCR will have "ceased."

"There is also no funding foreseen for soup kitchens from international donors after the end of April," he said.

The Red Cross of Serbia and Montenegro distributes international aid to 56,000 refugees and provides food to 12,500 others in soup kitchens every day, he said.

"The government of Serbia and Montenegro clearly understands that these poor, vulnerable and hungry people are its responsibility, but despite its commitment lacks the resources to finance these humanitarian assistance operations fully," Emes said.

"As such, there is a real risk of hunger and increasing vulnerability. The Federation therefore calls upon the international community to support the government to assist its most vulnerable people."

For Dragana, there was no birthday cake or candles when she turned nine last week in the tiny room which she shares with her family.

Crowded in by stacked beds and a small refrigerator, there is barely enough space for the oven where Dragana and her mother, Ankica, prepared their favorite meal: "Kosovo pie" with cheese and cabbage.

"This is not life, this is a fight for survival. My smile is not a smile, it is a grimace of hopelessness," said Ankica, who worked for 25 years in the textile industry in Kosovo before the family fled the war there in 1999.

They receive no more than 30 euros (36 dollars) per month in foreign aid, and even that may disappear next year.

"The announced international disengagement is premature. These people should not be forgotten," said Vesna Milenkovic, the secretary of Serbia's Red Cross.

More than a decade since the fall of communism in Serbia, the benefits of capitalism are not trickling down to ordinary people. Two thirds of the population live on less than 160 euros a month and more than one million people are unemployed, out of a population of 10 million.

Industrial production actually fell this year, according to government figures. Political instability following the ouster of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic in 2000 has stymied foreign investment.

Analysts say the poverty and hopelessness is good news for a new breed of nationalist politicians. Opinion polls last week showed the ultra-nationalist Serbian Radical Party will emerge as the strongest single party in the country after general elections on December 28.

Milan Skoko, a senior Red Cross official based near Pancevo, said the wealthy nations of Western Europe should be ashamed of the poverty in their own backyard.

"The situation is catastrophic. If the international aid runs out of steam, people will begin dying of hunger. It will bring shame to Europe in the 21st century," he said.

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Monarchy or Republic
From one of receptions of the Royal Couple at the White Palace in Belgrade

For Morality and Truth

Introductory summary

"NIN”, Belgrade weekly
Belgrade, 5 December 2003

The article by Mr. Matija Beckovic academician and the member of the Crown Council to the weekly magazine "NIN"

How can we reestablish our institutions if we don’t reestablish the one that had established all the others

For more than a decade the state and the ideology that abolished monarchy and introduced republic have gone. The Day of the Republic has gone, too, but there is the inheritance , a “change” after we have paid the bill of communism – the republic without its birthday.

On the eve of the bicentennial of Karadjordje’s Uprising and the modern Serbian state, Serbia has no national anthem, no coat of arms, no flag, no government, no parliament, no president of the republic. Jajce reappears in Orasac, and Serbia is neither republic, nor monarchy, and it is hardly a state at all. If it is not a state, it is difficult to talk about the state system. In the general chaos, there is everything, left from the center, right from the center, only there is no center. At this moment Serbia has almost no institutions, except the one that is separated from the state and that has, as the carrier of continuity, said its word loud and clear. The word has been said for moral reasons and commitments to truth, and it could not have been different , for the Church had no choice. Someone has said there are no republics in heaven, and no one is elected for four years by the Grace of God.

One half of the decree that deprived the Karadjordjevics of their property and their citizenship was nullified, another half wasn’t. The decision of the communists’ assembly on abolishment of monarchy remained in power. Any democratic government would have to make such decision null and void, and until it has not been done, that issue can’t be taken as resolved. The Church has only asked for that decision to be nullified, and then what steps would be taken to reestablish monarchy would be the responsibility of the authorities in charge.

The Crown and the altar have had the same opponents during the last half of a century, even when they didn’t have the same supporters. And just the same as those who don’t believe in God think that it is the proof that there is no God, so do the supporters of republic believe that it is the proof that there is no Crown. Ever since Serbia exist, and ever since the Serbs know who they are, Serbia was a Kingdom. It is its Christian name. But during the fifty years of tyranny it seems if it has forgotten what a Kingdom is, and that it has ever been a Kingdom. Hail to the King was for the last time heard in front of the firing squads and in the courts, so it was forgotten, although many people vowed they wouldn’t.

Of course, this is not a debate about republic and monarchy. This only our case, the case of a republic established in blood and lawlessness, which were unprecedented in Serbian history, and this is about the constitutional parliamentary monarchy as a centuries long institution of Serbian people which is as old as the Serbian state itself. It is enough to be against lawlessness, there is no need to be a monarchy supporter. And the most important thing is that in Serbia there are more opponents of tyranny, then supporters of monarchy. This is a matter of principles, not of somebody being a monarchist or not. There is hardly any issue that reflects more clearly respect of human rights, freedom and democratic values. The worst approach to this issue is ideological and daily politics. Regrettably, precisely this approach is the loudest and speaks most of itself, and nothing of monarchy.

There are many reasons to reestablish monarchy and only one not do so. That one being the wish to preserve the continuity of communism and lawlessness. That is why there is no more obvious change nor more striking evidence that we have broken up with communism and its heritage than the reestablishment of monarchy. What it will look like, perhaps can be best seen by looking at today’s European Kingdoms, and by looking at any of the constitution of the twelve Kingdoms, the EU members. How can we reestablish our institutions if we don’t reestablish the one that had established all others. It is an insult to our national minorities and other confessions to say they are against the reestablishment of the Kingdom of Serbia.

The Church has spoken. It is up to us to decide whether we are going to listen to it or argue with it and lecture it how this is not the right moment for the morality and truth.

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News from Kosovo and Metohija, Dec 5

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www.inet.co.yu

I*Net News, Belgrade

Friday 05 December 2003

20:20 German defense minister Peter Struck stated today in Pristina that NATO and Germany should stay in Kosovo and Metohija until their presence become unnecessary and he opposed the sending of NATO troops to Iraq.

20:00 UNMIK police arrested a Kosovo Albanian for telephone bomb threats against the German liaison office in Kosovo and Metohija after his visa application for Germany was rejected, a police representative advised.

19:40 Serbian Resistance Movement leader Momcilo Trajkovic assessed today that Albanian renunciation of the demand for the independence of Kosovo and the willingness of the Serbian side for dialogue would create an environment for resolving of problems in Kosovo and Metohija.

12:20 On Thursday UNMIK conveyed its concern to local government in the southern, Albanian-inhabited part of Kosovska Mitrovica due to the hoisting of an Albanian flag on the municipality building, the barring of UNMIK officials from local government and threats pf physical liquidation of international staff.

12:00 At a meeting of NATO ministers U.S. State Secretary Colin Powell assessed that the international community had given a stimulus to Kosovo leaders to make progress in all fields by setting mid-2005 as a target date for assessment of whether democratic standards were being implemented in the Province.

11:40 Yesterday evening the Kosovo Protection Corps general staff [sic] accepted UNMIK's decision to suspend 12 KPC officers.



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