Decembar 15, 2003

ERP KiM Newsletter 15-12-03

Kosovo Serbs insist on full implementation of UN SC Resolution 1244

Serb woman attacked in segregated Kosovo town - Serbs in the ethnically mixed part of North Mitrovica complain of insecurity

Serbian Coalition within Kosovo Parliament wrote a letter to the UN Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan expressing their concerns because the most fundamental elements of UN SCR 1244 are missing in the "Standards for Kosovo" plan. Belgrade Government and Kosovo Serbs see the "the Standards for Kosovo" as a roadmap to Kosovo's secession from Serbia and an attempt to make a revision of the Resolution 1244. Serbian Patriarch Pavle and the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church supported the position of Dr. Covic and the Povratak Coalition on this document which in return for short term "minority rights" leaves only independence of Serbia's southern province as an option for negotiations. Bishop Artemije appealed on Belgrade and Serb MP's in Kosovo Parliament not to support a plan with such serious deficiencies, but to request fundamental elements of 1244 Resolution to be implemented prior to any further discussion on Kosovo's final status - specifically: substantial autonomy of Kosovo within Serbia-Montenegro and the return of "Serb personnel" to Kosovo.

Extract from the letter to Kofi Annan
Serb MP's indicate that they will not participate
 in institutions which are in opposition with UN Mandate

     The Return Coalition reminded that, according to Resolution 1244, the status of Kosovo is defined as substantial autonomy within Serbia and Montenegro, with respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, now the state union of Serbia and Montenegro.
     "The question that must be asked is if substantial autonomy of Kosovo and Metohija is not achieved within Serbia and Montenegro, with respect for her sovereignty and territorial integrity in this phase of implementation of Resolution 1244, what can then be expected in the phase of determining the future status of Kosovo and Metohija?" the Return Coalition emphasizes in its letter to the UN secretary general.
      "Otherwise, political representatives of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija within the provisional institutions of self-government are not prepared to offer by their presence the illusion of acquiescence with what is in grave contradiction with the UN mandate, as well as with the political and national interests of the Serbian people and state in the region of Kosovo and Metohija," the Coalition underlines in the letter to Kofi Annan. More

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"Povratak" Coalition sends (protest) letter to Kofi Anan
The Serb political representatives in Kosovo sent the letter to Annan yesterday in which they stated that they are concerned by the practice of "the imposition of the content of the document on 'Standards for Kosovo' as the culmination of the misuse of provisional institutions of self-government by Albanian political representatives in the parliament and government of Kosovo and Metohija".

Serb woman attacked in segregated Kosovo town
Hospital spokesman Marko Jaksic told media that the attack followed the beating of two Serb teenagers in the same area less than a month ago. He said the Kosovo police were obviously unable to protect Serbs in the area and that UN police and KFOR troops no longer patrolled the border between the Serb and Albanian occupied parts of the town.

Zlata Djurovic's condition presently stable but uncertain
The second attack in a row on Serbs in the mixed part of North Mitrovica has caused unrest among them, and they have asked KFOR officials to either ensure their peace and security or to return their confiscated weapons. UNMIK police commander in North Mitrovica John Napolitano (sp?) said that the attack on the two elderly Serb women was "a horrible act". He informed the frightened Serbs that "there is evidence regarding the perpetrator of the attack and that all suspects will be questioned during the course of the day". The municipal board of the Democratic Alternative in North Mitrovica condemned the attack on Zlata Djurovic, emphasizing that "this is the last reminder to members of KFOR and UNMIK police in the region to reinforce security measures and protect the representatives of the Serbian community".

Policeman attacked in Western Kosovo
 A Kosovo Police officer was seriously injured in an armed attack on a police patrol near Pec on Saturday evening. The attack appears to be  linked to the Kosovo Police investigation into drug smuggling and prostitution in the west of the province.

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"Povratak" Coalition sends (protest) letter to Kofi Anan

The Serb political representatives in Kosovo sent the letter to Annan yesterday in which they stated that they are concerned by the practice of "the imposition of the content of the document on 'Standards for Kosovo' as the culmination of the misuse of provisional institutions of self-government by Albanian political representatives in the parliament and government of Kosovo and Metohija".

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
December 14, 2003

Return Coalition sends letter to Kofi Annan

PRISTNA - In a letter addressed to UN secretary general Kofi Annan, the Return Coalition (Povratak) stressed that adopting the "Standards for Kosovo" without participation by the Serbian side, as well as the content of the document itself, is "a serious violation of Resolution 1244 and blazing a path to an independent Kosovo".

The Serb political representatives in Kosovo sent the letter to Annan yesterday in which they stated that they are concerned by the practice of "the imposition of the content of the document on 'Standards for Kosovo' as the culmination of the misuse of provisional institutions of self-government by Albanian political representatives in the parliament and government of Kosovo and Metohija".

Informing Annan that they did not attend the promotion of "Standards for Kosovo" this week in Pristina, the representatives of the Return Coalition explained that they thus wished "to once again stress their disagreement with the content and manner of enactment of the document whose passage is of critical importance for the future of Kosovo and Metohija".

"Unfortunately, this is also a consequence of the irrational insistence of UNMIK that the participation of legitimate representatives of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija, as well as of the Serbian Government, be formal instead of substantive, that it is, that it be reduced to being informed of the content of the document," the Return Coalition said in the letter, a copy of which has also been sent to EU high representative Javier Solana and officials of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament.

The Serb political representatives point out that the majority of their suggestions in the drafting of the document were rejected while, on the other hand, "the key conclusions are obviously those of Albanian political representatives".

The Return Coalition reminded that, according to Resolution 1244, the status of Kosovo is defined as substantial autonomy within Serbia and Montenegro, with respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, now the state union of Serbia and Montenegro.

"The question that must be asked is if substantial autonomy of Kosovo and Metohija is not achieved within Serbia and Montenegro, with respect for her sovereignty and territorial integrity in this phase of implementation of Resolution 1244, what can then be expected in the phase of determining the future status of Kosovo and Metohija?" the Return Coalition emphasizes in its letter to the UN secretary general.

The Return Coalition therefore energetically demands that the process of implementation of standards be returned within the scope of the mandate of the United Nations in Kosovo and Metohija.

"Otherwise, political representatives of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija within the provisional institutions of self-government are not prepared to offer by their presence the illusion of acquiescence with what is in grave contradiction with the UN mandate, as well as with the political and national interests of the Serbian people and state in the region of Kosovo and Metohija," the Coalition underlines in the letter to Annan.

The Serbian deputies in the Kosovo parliament informed Annan that it is "the last opportunity for the UN Security Council, as well as for you personally, to become concretely engaged in the resolution of current problems in Kosovo and Metohija, so that the entire process does not get out of control and open a new cycle of territorial and other disputes with unforeseeable consequences for the entire region".

The Return Coalition proposes that Annan receive a delegation of legitimate representatives of the Serbian people in provisional institutions in Kosovo at the upcoming UN Security Council session on Kosovo in New York where standards of Kosovo are to be discussed in order to present problems and proposals for a way out of the existing crisis.

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Serb woman attacked in segregated Kosovo town

Hospital spokesman Marko Jaksic told media that the attack followed the beating of two Serb teenagers in the same area less than a month ago. He said the Kosovo police were obviously unable to protect Serbs in the area and that UN police and KFOR troops no longer patrolled the border between the Serb and Albanian occupied parts of the town.

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SRNA News Agency
December 14, 2003

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- Sunday - A Serb women was beaten in the northern part of the divided town of Kosovska Mitrovica late on Saturday evening.

Zlata Djurovic suffered serious head injuries in the attack and was admitted to hospital where she is reported to be in a satisfactory condition.

Hospital spokesman Marko Jaksic told media that the attack followed the beating of two Serb teenagers in the same area less than a month ago.

He said the Kosovo police were obviously unable to protect Serbs in the area and that UN police and KFOR troops no longer patrolled the border between the Serb and Albanian occupied parts of the town.

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Zlata Djurovic's condition presently stable but uncertain

The second attack in a row on Serbs in the mixed part of North Mitrovica has caused unrest among them, and they have asked KFOR officials to either ensure their peace and security or to return their confiscated weapons. UNMIK police commander in North Mitrovica John Napolitano (sp?) said that the attack on the two elderly Serb women was "a horrible act". He informed the frightened Serbs that "there is evidence regarding the perpetrator of the attack and that all suspects will be questioned during the course of the day". The municipal board of the Democratic Alternative in North Mitrovica condemned the attack on Zlata Djurovic, emphasizing that "this is the last reminder to members of KFOR and UNMIK police in the region to reinforce security measures and protect the representatives of the Serbian community".

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
December 14, 2003


KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - The medical condition of Zlata Djurovic (52), the Serb woman beaten last night in her home in Northern Mitrovica, is stable but the further course of treatment is uncertain, Mitrovica Hospital physician Dr. Trajko Bogeski told Beta news agency today.

The uncertainty in the treatment of Zlata Djurovic is a result of the fact that she sustained serious injuries to the head, which were inflicted upon her by a yet unidentified attacker.

Dr. Bogeski said that the woman had a broken bone in the region of the nape of the neck, as well as multiple wounds to the head, adding that the injuries have been treated but that does not exclude the possibility of further complications.

Zlata Djurovic conveyed to a Beta reporter that she was attacked while she was getting ready to go to sleep.

"Suddenly an unknown man flew through the door of the house. His head was covered by a black cloth. He said nothing; he immediately began to hit me in the head. After the third blow, I fell," said Djurovic.

Her 80 year-old mother cried for help and a few minutes later their neighbors in the Microsettlement (Mikronaselje), a nationally mixed quarter in North Mitrovica, ran to their assistance.

Zlata Djurovic said that she had offended no one, that she and her mother lived on social assistance, and that she knows no reason why she would be a target of attack.

The second attack in a row on Serbs in the mixed part of North Mitrovica has caused unrest among them, and they have asked KFOR officials to either ensure their peace and security or to return their confiscated weapons.

UNMIK police commander in North Mitrovica John Napolitano (sp?) said that the attack on the two elderly Serb women was "a horrible act". He informed the frightened Serbs that "there is evidence regarding the perpetrator of the attack and that all suspects will be questioned during the course of the day".

The municipal board of the Democratic Alternative in North Mitrovica condemned the attack on Zlata Djurovic, emphasizing that "this is the last reminder to members of KFOR and UNMIK police in the region to reinforce security measures and protect the representatives of the Serbian community".

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Policeman attacked in western Kosovo

A Kosovo Police officer was seriously injured in an armed attack on a police patrol near Pec on Saturday evening.

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SRNA News Agency, Bijeljina
December 14, 2003

PEC -- Sunday - A Kosovo Police officer was seriously injured in an armed attack on a police patrol near Pec on Saturday evening.

The policeman was admitted to hospital in Pec with several gunshot wounds.

The incident came only fifteen days after an attack in which two police were killed on the Pec-Decani road.

Both attacks are being linked to the Kosovo Police investigation into drug smuggling and prostitution in the west of the province.

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News from Kosovo and Metohija, 13-14 December 2003

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I*Net News, Belgrade

Sunday 14 December 2003

23:00 Serbian deputy prime minister responsible for Kosovo and Metohija Nebojsa Covic called on UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri to stop the process of privatization of socially owned companies in the Province or Serbia will be forced to lodge a complaint with the International Court of Justice.

22:00 A member of the Kosovo Police Service was wounded on Saturday evening during an armed attack in Vitomirica near Pec. Immediately after the incident, the wounded policeman was transferred to the hospital in Pec where he underwent surgery, reported Kosovo Television. According to doctors the policeman, whose name was not released pending investigation, is not in life threatening danger. According to police sources, the attacker has been arrested but his name has not been released, either, nor his reasons for attacking members of the KPS.

20:20 In a letter addressed to UN secretary general Kofi Annan, the Return Coalition (Povratak) stressed that adopting the "Standards for Kosovo" without participation by the Serbian side, as well as the content of the document itself, is "a serious violation of Resolution
1244 and blazing a path to an independent Kosovo". The letter points out that the "Standards for Kosovo" have been rejected both by Serb representatives in Kosovo provisional institutions and by the Serbian Government.

20:00 Commenting on an incident last night in which Zlata Djurovic, a Serb woman, was injured, Union of Serb Municipalities of Kosovo and Metohija president Marko Jaksic stated that the ethnically mixed quarter called the Microsettlement (Mikronaselje) in North Mitrovica is a permanent flashpoint and that neither the UNMIK police nor the Kosovo Police Service are able to protect the Serbs. "The UNMIK police never showed any willingness to do something and ever since mixed patrols of the Kosovo Police Service went into force two or three months ago, the Serbs are even worse off," assessed Jaksic.

18:40 Zlata Djurovic, a Serb woman who was attacked last night by unidentified persons in an ethnically mixed quarter of North Mitrovica, remains in intensive care but is now in stable condition, hospital director Dr. Vladimir Adjic confirmed for Tanjug news agency. She is conscious but is suffering from head injuries; therefore, complications are possible and prognosis is uncertain, said Dr. Adjic.

17:00 Last night unidentified attackers beat up Zlata Djurovic (52), a Serb woman from an ethnically mixed quarter of Northern Mitrovica inhabited by Serbs and Albanians called the Microsettlement. According to Dr. Trajce Bogeski, the physician on duty at Mitrovica Hospital, the injured woman is in bad condition and has been placed in intensive care.
Her recovery is uncertain.

Saturday 13 December 2003

21:00 A strong explosion occurred last night near the Orthodox Church in Urosevac in southeast Kosovo and Metohija. No one was injured and minor material damage resulted. The surrounding windows shattered as a result of the explosion. KFOR and UNMIK conducted an on-the-scene investigation and further investigation is in progress.

20:40 The Serbian Orthodox Church's Diocese of Raska and Prizren advised that it is necessary to undertake urgent diplomatic action of the broadest scope in order to prevent the further Albanization of the southern Serbian province and insist that the UN mission and KFOR remain within the scope of their mandate in Kosovo and Metohija, as defined by UNSC Resolution 1244.

20:20 Democratic Alliance of Kosovo official Haki Satri assessed in Vienna that the time has come for full transfer of powers from the international community to Kosovo institutions of self-government.

19:40 On Friday the UN Security Council expressed strong support for the document of UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri on the implementation of the policy of "standards before status" for Kosovo.

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