December 18, 2003

ERP KiM Newsletter 18-12-03

Nebojsa Covic calls for Serb national consensus on Kosovo and Metohija

"In my opinion it is necessary at this very time to express the full and active national unity of all political parties in Serbia in defense of Kosovo and Metohija from the threat of Albanian annexation. Towards this goal, I wish to propose to the leaderships of all political parties participating in Serbian parliamentary elections to sign the Resolution on the Protection of Kosovo and Metohija, and accept responsibility before the citizens of Serbia for its realizationm, " - Dr. Nebojsa Covic


Dr. Nebojsa Covic - Standards for Kosovo are fundamental revision of UNSCR 1244
The "Standards for Kosovo" politically, legally, economically and culturally carry out the Albanization of Kosovo and Metohija, and create conditions for the proclamation of the independence of Kosovo and the annexation of Serbian national and state territory.
"With united political and democratic will, we accept responsibility before the citizens of the Republic of Serbia that we will fight with all our strength, through democratic and peaceful means, against the goals of the document "Standards for Kosovo" for the defense of Kosovo and Metohija as an inalienable part of Serbia".


CONTENTS:

Coordinating Center calls for consensus on Serbian national interests in Kosovo
All political parties participating in the Serbian parliamentary elections called upon to sign the Resolution on the Protection of Serbian National Interests and Rights of the Republic of Serbia in Kosovo and Metohija - text of the Resolution follows after the Press statement by the Coordinating Center.

Only 2.5 out of 36.5 million euro budget spent on Serb returnees this year
Bishop Artemije and Mr. Nenad Radosavljevic, the special advisor on returns to the UNMIK chief, strongly criticized UNMIK's return policy. Most of the money allocated for returnees goes to international NGOs, their salaries and expensive jeeps while more than two-thirds of the pre-conflict Kosovo Serb population still cannot return to their homes.

Oliver Ivanovic on Kosovo and Metohija: Lives and rights in jeopardy
According to Oliver Ivanovic, another scandalous decision in the Kosovo Parliament was the adoption of the census law. According to procedure, namely, Serb deputies submitted five amendments to the text of the draft law. The arbitration, which is called a panel, consisting of five members decided to adopt all five amendments. The Kosovo parliament presidency followed suit. However, the deputies, more precisely, the ethnic Albanian majority, adopted the census law without the Serb amendments! By doing so, said Ivanovic, the rights of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohjia, as well as of their representatives in the Kosovo parliament, have been jeopardized.

Serb ministers in Kosovo Government boycott Standards Plan drafting
Serb ministers in the Kosovo government Milorad Todorovic and Goran Bogdanovic announced today that they will not be participating in task groups for working on a plan for the implementation of the document "Standards for Kosovo". Describing the term "minorities" and unacceptable to the Serb community, Todorovic said he would not consider being seen as a minority until UN Security Council Resolution 1244 is implemented in the province. "To make it more ironic, invitations and documents were sent to us in Albanian," he added.

UN Envoy urges Kosovo to aim for standards of "normal society"
Mr Holkeri said the 10-page standards document, launched last week with local leaders, outlines "a place where people are free to travel, use their own languages and work anywhere in Kosovo. A place where your ethnic identity - whether Albanian, Serb, Turk, Bosniak, Roma, Gorani, Ashkali, Egyptian or Croatian - has no effect on the way you are treated at work, in the street or in a court of law."

Justice after four years: Serb man acquitted in Kosovo murder case
An international trial chamber in Kosovo has acquitted a Serb man of the murder of an ethnic Albanian in 1999. Nikolic had originally been sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment by a panel of ethnic Albanian judges in Gnjiljane.

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Coordinating Center calls for consensus on Serbian National interests in Kosovo and Metohija

All political parties participating in the Serbian parliamentary elections called upon to sign the Resolution on the Protection of Serbian National Interests and Rights of the Republic of Serbia in Kosovo and Metohija

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The State Union of Serbia and Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia's joint Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija

PUBLIC COMMUNIQUE

KCK Information Service
Belgrade, December 17, 2003
 

Coordinating Center head Dr. Nebojsa Covic addressed an open call to all political parties participating in Serbian parliamentary elections and election list candidates to sign the Resolution of the Protection of Serbian National Interests and Rights of the Republic of Serbia in Kosovo and Metohija.

Dr. Covic emphasized that "the content and manner of adoption of the 'Standards for Kosovo and Metohija', as well as the reception of this document by the Kosovo Parliament and Albanian political factors, has introduced a new phase in Albanian-Serbian relations and 'the Kosovo crisis', which necessitates a new strategy and tactics with planned and intensified efforts in the defense of national and state interests of Serbia on the part of all political factors in Serbia: the Parliament, the Government and the political parties.

"This huge and crucial event has caught Serbia in a pre-election state; consequently, we are in danger of not devoting our full attention, political and diplomatic activity to the most important national and state issue for a certain time, which is not short.

"Therefore, in my opinion it is necessary at this very time to express the full and active national unity of all political parties in Serbia in defense of Kosovo and Metohija from the threat of Albanian annexation. Towards this goal, I wish to propose to the leaderships of all political parties participating in Serbian parliamentary elections to sign the Resolution on the Protection of Kosovo and Metohija, and accept responsibility before the citizens of Serbia for its realization."


Invitation to all political parties participating in elections for the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia


Gentlemen,

The content and manner of adoption of the document called "Standards for Kosovo", as well as the reception of this document by the Kosovo Parliament and Albanian political factors, has introduced a new phase in Albanian-Serbian relations and "the Kosovo crisis", which necessitates a new strategy and tactics with planned and intensified efforts on the part of all political factors in Serbia – the Parliament, the Government and the political parties – in defense of the national and state interests of Serbia.

This huge and crucial event has caught Serbia in a pre-election state; consequently, we are in danger of not devoting our full attention, political and diplomatic activity to the most important national and state issue for a certain time, which is not short.

Therefore, I believe it is necessary at this very time to express the complete and active national unity of all political parties in Serbia in defense of Kosovo and Metohija from the threat of Albanian annexation. Towards this goal, I wish to propose to the leadership of all political parties participating in the elections for the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia to sign the Resolution on the Protection of Kosovo and Metohija, and accept responsibility for its realization before the citizens of Serbia.


(Draft version of the Resolution)

Resolution

 on the protection of Serbian national interests and rights of the Republic of Serbia in Kosovo and Metohija


1.By adopting the document "Standards for Kosovo", the Security Council and UNMIK have carried out a fundamental revision in UNSC Resolution 1244 and thus seriously jeopardized the basic human rights of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, and the national and state interests of the Republic of Serbia.

2.The "Standards for Kosovo", drafted without the participation of Kosovo and Metohija Serbs or the Republic of Serbia Government, represent an annulment of the decisions and intents of the Vienna Conference and the recommendations of the European Union.

3.By their content, and undefined methodology and indicators of realization, the "Standards for Kosovo" do not reflect the political reality of Kosovo and Metohija; fail to provide real freedom, a timeframe and conditions for the return of expelled and displaced Serbs, Roma and other nationalities; and by their intent negate the existence and role of the Serbs in the political and collective life of Kosovo and Metohija.

4.The "Standards for Kosovo" politically, legally, economically and culturally carry out the Albanization of Kosovo and Metohija, and create conditions for the proclamation of the independence of Kosovo and the annexation of Serbian national and state territory.

5.The "Standards for Kosovo", if they survive as a valid political document, would only complicate and obstruct Serbia's joining of the integration processes of the European Union and weaken Serbia as a peaceful and stabilizing factor in the Balkans.

6.The "Standards for Kosovo" paralyze possible and mandatory cooperation between the Kosovo and Metohija Albanians and Serbs, the Republic of Serbia Government and the Kosovo and Metohija Provisional Government on resolving the vital issues of all ethnic communities in Kosovo and Metohija.

7.For these and other reasons, the "Standards for Kosovo" are an unacceptable political document for Serbia.

With united political and democratic will, we accept responsibility before the citizens of the Republic of Serbia that we will fight with all our strength, through democratic and peaceful means, against the goals of the document "Standards for Kosovo" for the defense of Kosovo and Metohija as an inalienable part of Serbia.


SIGNATORIES:

  1. "G – 17 Plus" - Miroljub Labus
  2. "Serbian Radical Party" – Dr. Vojislav Seselj
  3. "Democratic Party of Serbia" – Dr. Vojislav Kostunica
  4. "Democratic Alternative" – Dr. Nebojsa Covic
  5. "Democratic Party" – Boris Tadic
  6. "Serbian Renewal Movement – New Serbia" –Vuk Draskovic, Velimir Ilic
  7. "Resistence - OTPOR" – Cedomir Cupic
  8. "For National Unity Coalition" – Prof. Borislav Pelevic and Marijan Risticevic
  9. "Socialist Party of Serbia" – Slobodan Milosevic
10. "Independent Serbia" – Dr. Vladan Batic
11. "Defense and justice" – Vuk Obradovic and Borivoje Borovic
12. "Together for Tolerance" Coalition – Canak, Kasa, Ljajic
13. "Liberals of SErbia" – Dusan Mihajlovic
14. "Reformists – Social Democratic Parties of Vojvodina – Serbia" – Miodrag Mile Isakov
15. "Socialist people's party – National Block" – General Nebojsa Pavkovic
16. "Economic power of Serbia and the Diaspora" – Branko Dragas
17. "Labor Party of Serbia" – Dragan Milovanovic
18. "Alliance of Vojvodina Serbs" – Dusan Salatic

Respectfully,

PRESIDENT
Dr. Nebojsa Covic



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Only 2.5 out of 36.5 million euro budget spent on Serb returnees this year

Bishop Artemije and Mr. Nenad Radosavljevic, the special advisor on returns to the UNMIK chief, strongly criticized UNMIK's return policy. Most of the money allocated for returnees goes to international NGOs, their salaries and expensive jeeps while more than two-thirds of the pre-conflict Kosovo Serb population still cannot return to their homes.

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ERP KIM Info-Service
Gracanica, December 17, 2003

(Bishop Artemije: Grave situation on the ground shows reality opposite to what UNMIK's boastful reports try to present before the international community)

Bishop Artemije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, Mr. Nenad Radosavljevic, the special advisor on returns to the UNMIK chief, and Dr. Rada Trajkovic held a meeting with Peggy Hicks, the director of UNMIK's Office for Returns, in Gracanica Monastery today. The meeting demonstrated serious discrepancies in the assessment of UNMIK's return policy and its implementation. While UNMIK tries to over exaggerate its alleged successes in returns, Serb representatives explained that the reality on the ground is diametrically opposite to official reports and figures.

Ms. Hicks, who tried to justify UNMIK's return policy and her own efforts, met with strong criticism for the surprisingly poor results achieved in the return of displaced Serbs during this year. Although former UNMIK chief Michael Steiner had proclaimed 2003 to be "the year of returns" and 36.5 million euros were allocated for projected return projects, only 2.5 million have actually been spent on Serb returnees so far, confirmed Mr. Radosavljevic. According to his assessment, "most of the money allocated for returnees was spent on salaries of international personnel and their expensive jeeps", as well as so-called "balance programs for Kosovo Albanians". Mr. Radosavljevic highly praised the German Government, which compared to others makes great efforts to ensure that its money is used exactly for the purpose for which it is intended.

(Peggy Hicks, chief of the UNMIK's office for returns: There is still much to do but we re doing our best)

Ms. Hicks presented the Serb representatives with what she called a "Plan for returns". She said that 14 projects have already been implemented and that UNMIK expects more money from donors in the forthcoming period. She mentioned successful return projects to Novake, Suvi Lukavac and Belo Polje, and asked the Serbian Orthodox Church and Serb political representatives to provide their constructive support for returns.

Bishop Artemije strongly criticized the scandalous events in Klina last week when 10 Serb returnees narrowly escaped lynching at the hands of a Kosovo Albanian mob. The stoning of these Serb returnees was orchestrated by Ramo Manaj, the mayor of Klina and member of the League for a Democratic Kosovo (LDK), who has been persistently obstructing the return of displaced Serbs to Klina and surroundings. The Bishop added that even more scandalous is the fact that, on UNMIK's insisting, KFOR was not even allowed to provide transportation for the returnees from the village of Bicha to their homes in Klina and consequently they walked the eight kilometers to get there, exposing themselves to direct danger. At the same time, the Bishop said, the UNMIK chief and Mr. Ibrahim Rugova, who heads the party to which Mr. Manaj belongs, have not taken any measures to sanction such obstructive behavior, which could have easily ended with a tragedy had KFOR not reacted at the very end and saved the Serbs from the angry mob. In fact this serious incident was not referred at the Kosovo Parliament session nor was given any attention in the media.

Dr. Trajkovic openly stated that some UNMIK bureaucrats are intentionally obstructing the return of the displaced Serb population and making no efforts whatsoever to sanction obstruction on the Albanian side. "As long as UNMIK's position with respect to the Albanian extremists does not change, there will be no sustainable returns to Kosovo," she said. "It is a supremely disgraceful irony that the same [KLA leaders] who forced our people out of their homes are now the supposed democratic politicians calling them back home," concluded Dr. Trajkovic.


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Oliver Ivanovic on events in Kosovo and Metohija: Lives and rights in jeopardy

Decisions recently passed in Pristina a blow to justice, Serbia and UNMIK

An especially indicative incident was the stoning of some ten Serb returnees to Klina. As a result, the first attempt by Serbs to return to an urban setting in Kosovo and Metohija was prevented. "Such incidents or crimes if you will should be investigated as soon as possible by UNMIK, and the perpetrators and minds behind it punished. If this is not done, Albanian extremists and terrorists will be encouraged and will continue to commit violence and terror against the Serbs," claims Oliver Ivanovic.

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Politika daily, Belgrade
December 16, 2003.

(photo: Oliver Ivanovic, a member of the Presidency of the Kosovo Parliament)


It is true that a meeting of EU ministers in Brussels expressed support for "Standards in Kosovo" but the document was neither debated nor officially adopted. The UN Security Council, likewise, expressed support for Harri Holkeri but the "standards" themselves were not adopted. Taking this into account, once it is introduced by Harri Holkeri, the document "Standards for Kosovo" will have the legal weight of a decree by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Kosovo and Metohija. This is what Oliver Ivanovic, a member of the Kosovo parliament presidency and a Return Coalition (Povratak) deputy, stressed in an interview with "Politika".

The document "Standards for Kosovo", it has been announced, still needs to be considered by the Contact Group. This may result, said Ivanovic, in a request by the Contact Group that the document be amended with a provision defining who is responsible for the implementation of standards, how they are to be achieved, and who will determine whether the necessary level has been met. There is also a possibility that the "Standards for Kosovo" will remain unchanged, and that the passing of a new, separate document is proposed on the implementation of "Standards for Kosovo". We will find out what will happen soon, said Oliver Ivanovic.

Scandalous decisions

Despite the opposition of Serb MPs from the Return Coalition, the Albanian majority in the Kosovo parliament voted in favor of the decision to rescind all laws of the Republic of Serbia since 1989, which have been implemented in Kosovo and Metohija on the basis of a decree of the first UN special envoy to Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner, in 1999. The Albanian deputies in the Kosovo parliament have thus shown their true face - by directly attacking Serbia and UNMIK!

Less than two hours after this decision was adopted by the Kosovo parliament, Harri Holkeri overturned it.

According to Oliver Ivanovic, another scandalous decision at the same session was the adoption of the census law. According to procedure, namely, Serb deputies submitted five amendments to the text of the draft law. The arbitration, which is called a panel, consisting of five members decided to adopt all five amendments. The Kosovo parliament presidency followed suit. However, the deputies, more precisely, the ethnic Albanian majority, adopted the census law without the Serb amendments! By doing so, said Ivanovic, the rights of Serbs in Kosovo and Metohjia, as well as of their representatives in the Kosovo parliament, have been jeopardized.

It is necessary and advisable, emphasized Oliver Ivanovic, that Harri Holkeri overturn this decision by the Kosovo parliament, too.

Encouragement to extremists

The Kosovo parliament has also passed a decision on the composition of the Telecommunications Board. It consists of five Albanians. Their names were not given until the Kosovo parliament session, without previously providing their biographical data. The Telecommunications Board is to decide on the distribution of frequencies for electronic media, as well as to make other important decisions in the domain of telecommunications.

Deputies from among the ranks of the Serbs and other non-Albanians proposed to the Kosovo parliament that the membership of the Board be expanded to seven members and that the two new positions be given to one Serb and one other non-Albanian. However, they were outvoted by the Albanian majority. "Those who verbally swear by a multiethnic Kosovo have shown who they really are at the Kosovo parliament session. Not one amendment or proposal by Serb or other non-Albanian deputies has been upheld. It is more than obvious that in the Kosovo parliament anything not Albanian will not pass," claimed Oliver Ivanovic.

There is political tension as a result of everything that recently (and not only recently) happened in Kosovo and Metohija. What is even worse, among the Serbs and other non-Albanians there is growing lack of confidence in UNMIK and the Kosovo Police Service because murders, attempted abductions and other crimes that occur on almost a daily basis still remain unresolved. The most recent example was the attack on Serb woman Zlata Djuric in North Kosovska Mitrovica. Basically, the rights and lives of Serbs still remain in jeopardy.

An especially indicative incident was the stoning of some ten Serb returnees to Klina. As a result, the first attempt by Serbs to return to an urban setting in Kosovo and Metohija was prevented. "Such incidents or crimes if you will should be investigated as soon as possible by UNMIK, and the perpetrators and minds behind it punished. If this is not done, Albanian extremists and terrorists will be encouraged and will continue to commit violence and terror against the Serbs," claims Oliver Ivanovic.

by Stana Ristic


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Serb ministers in Kosovo Government boycott Standards Plan drafting

Serb ministers in the Kosovo government Milorad Todorovic and Goran Bogdanovic announced today that they will not be participating in task groups for working on a plan for the implementation of the document "Standards for Kosovo". Describing the term "minorities" and unacceptable to the Serb community, Todorovic said he would not consider being seen as a minority until UN Security Council Resolution 1244 is implemented in the province. "To make it more ironic, invitations and documents were sent to us in Albanian," he added.

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
December 17, 2003

PRISTINA - Serb ministers in the Kosovo government Milorad Todorovic and Goran Bogdanovic announced today that they will not be participating in task groups for working on a plan for the implementation of the document "Standards for Kosovo".

Todorovic told Beta news agency that and Bogdanovic received invitations today from the office of premier Bajram Rexhepi to participate in the group for "minorities and return" and "economy and finance".

He received an invitation to participate in the group for the standard on rights of minorities and returns, which also includes ministers Ali Jakupi, Resmija Mumdziju and two officials from the prime minister's cabinet.

"The irony is that the group for minorities has a name completely unacceptable to the Serbian community in Kosovo and Metohija. I have absolutely no intention of being classified as a minority as long as UN Security Council Resolution 1244 is in force in the Province. To make the irony even richer, the invitations and instructions were sent to us in Albanian," said Todorovic.

Noting that the document "Standards for Kosovo", which has been rejected by Serbian political representatives, refers to ethnic communities, not minorities, Todorovic said that "it is very obvious from the formation of the task groups what the intentions are".

The Serb ministers in the Kosovo government stated they will not participate in the government task groups until the issue of standards is resolved and they are adjusted to take into account the objections of the Serbian community in Kosovo.

"The standards need to be adjusted to designate the creation of a democratic and tolerant society, not to serve as a roadmap for achieving an independent Kosovo," emphasized Todorovic.


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UN Envoy urges Kosovo to aim for standards of "normal society"

Mr Holkeri said the 10-page standards document, launched last week with local leaders, outlines "a place where people are free to travel, use their own languages and work anywhere in Kosovo. A place where your ethnic identity - whether Albanian, Serb, Turk, Bosniak, Roma, Gorani, Ashkali, Egyptian or Croatian - has no effect on the way you are treated at work, in the street or in a court of law."

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United Nations News Center

16 December - The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo today urged the province to reach progress towards recently elaborated standards in order to pave the way for decisions on its future status.

Harri Holkeri, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to Kosovo, said the standards - which include the holding of fair and regular elections, the establishment of an impartial legal system, and the advancement of a free media - describe "a normal society."

The future status of Kosovo, which has been under UN administration since June 1999, is still to be decided. The UN Interim Mission (UNMIK) in the conflict-torn province is supposed to help build a society under which people can progressively enjoy substantial autonomy.

Mr Holkeri said the 10-page standards document, launched last week with local leaders, outlines "a place where people are free to travel, use their own languages and work anywhere in Kosovo. A place where your ethnic identity - whether Albanian, Serb, Turk, Bosniak, Roma, Gorani, Ashkali, Egyptian or Croatian - has no effect on the way you are treated at work, in the street or in a court of law."

While "every goal will not be fulfilled at once," Mr. Holkeri urged the Government and the people of Kosovo to work to deliver real change to the province so that "one day [it] can fully join the European family." He cited the examples of the transformation of post-communist countries in Eastern Europe since 1989.

Mr. Holkeri warned that inaction could leave Kosovo "a crippled society, perhaps for years to come," but voiced confidence that the province would instead attain the standards and serve as a model to others.


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Justice after more than four years: Serb man acquitted in Kosovo murder case

An international trial chamber in Kosovo has acquitted a Serb man of the murder of an ethnic Albanian in 1999. Nikolic had originally been sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment by a panel of ethnic Albanian judges in Gnjiljane.

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
December 17, 2003

GNJILJANE -- Wednesday - An international trial chamber in Kosovo has acquitted a Serb man of the murder of an ethnic Albanian in 1999.

A lawyer for Dragan Nikolic said the court had concluded the defendant was not at the scene when the crime was committed.

Nikolic had originally been sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment by a panel of ethnic Albanian judges in Gnjiljane.

The murder occurred in the village of Lubidza, near Vitina.

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News from Kosovo and Metohija, 15-16 December 2003

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*Net News, Belgrade

Tuesday 16 December 2003

19:40 The three-year anniversary of the Coordinating Body for Bujanovac, Presevo and Medvedja municipalities was marked today by the opening of a part of the Bujanovac-Gnjilane road to the administrative line with Kosovo and Metohija and the signing of the agreement on reorganization of media owned by the municipalities of Bujanovac, Presevo and Medvedja.
The Coordinating Body advised that the 12.5 kilometer section of the Bujanovac-Gnjilane was opened to traffic by Bujanovac mayor Nagib Arifi and his deputy Novica Manojlovic.

17:40 The president of the main board of the Socialist Party of Serbia Ivica Dacic called on citizens in Kosovo and Metohija to vote for that party in the parliamentary elections on December 28. On SPS election list of 250 MP candidates includes 20 candidates from the territory of Kosovo and Metohija, the SPS advised.

Monday 15 December 2003

20:20 After meeting today with EU high representative Javier Solana, Serbia and Montenegro foreign minister Goran Svilanovic said that Serbia and Montenegro wants to participate in the process of implementation of standards in Kosovo-Metohija if a mechanism is found that would include its interests.

20:00 Serbian premier Zoran Zivkovic stated that he expects Belgrade to reopen the topic of standards and status of Kosovo and Metohija after the parliamentary elections in Serbia.

19:40 Serbia and Montenegro foreign minister Goran Svilanovic and Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Nebojsa Covic called the ambassadors of the Contact Group countries and expressed their dissatisfaction with the way in which "Standards for Kosovo" was prepared and the presidential statement expressing the support of the UN Security Council on December 12.

12:00 Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Nebojsa Covic stated that instead of Harri Holkeri asking Serbia to apologize, UNMIK "should apologize to us" and that EU high representative for foreign policy and security Javier Solana should play a role in that. A Coordinating Center statement quotes Covic as saying that Solana, who is visiting Belgrade tomorrow, is "a man of authority who, first and foremost, owes us an apology".

11:40 Serbia and Montenegro human and minority rights minister and leader of the Sandzak Democratic Party (SDP) Rasim Ljajic assessed that the objective situation in Kosovo is catastrophic. He went on to say he does not expect progress a result of the policy of "standards before status" either because all the issues are politicized and the standards themselves are "not precise, not effective and not measurable". "One does not have to be particularly smart, only to open one's eyes and to see that the situation is bad and that there is still a black hole in Europe as far as human rights are concerned," said Ljajic. He added that this is now a problem primarily of the international community, whose representatives come to Kosovo almost completely unprepared.

Union Of Serb Communities To Adopt "St. Nicolas Day Declaration"

Kosovska Mitrovica, 17 Dec (Tanjug) - The Union of Kosovo-Metohija Serb Communities will hold a session on Thursday, and, in view of the present situation which followed after the adoption of so-called standards for Kosovo without the participation of the Serbian side, adopt a "St. Nicolas Day Declaration" which is to specify the stands of Kosovo-Metohija Serbs, union's president Marko Jaksic confirmed for Tanjug on Wednesday.
"Since the so-called Holkeri's (UNMIK) stands are, in fact, those of the ethnic Albanians, which are unacceptable for us, we will specify our views, stands and strategy in the 'St. Nicolas Day Declaration' with the aim of protecting the survival of Kosovo-Metohija Serbs," Jaksic said.

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