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pupils and students in worst situation in Europe
Since the arrival of UNMIK and KFOR in June 1999 (Kosovo) Albanians
expelled Serb pupils and teachers from more than 300 schools.
At the same time more than 10.000 Serb students were expelled
from Pristina University and the high schools in Gnjilane, Urosevac,
Pec and Prizren.
24 December, 2003
BY FR. SAVA JANJIC
woos to Vatican in order to hide Kosovo's bleak reality
Communique of the Council for Kosovo and Metohija of the Holy
Synod of Bishops
The Council for Kosovo and Metohija of the Holy Synod of Bishops
of the Serbian Orthodox Church, chaired by His Holiness the Serbian
Patriarch Kyr Pavle, met on December 23/10 [according to the Gregorian
and Julian calendars, respectively], 2003 in the Serbian Patriarchate
in Belgrade, and deliberated the latest conditions in the southern
Serbian Province. The Council ascertained that the state of life
security, human rights, freedom of movement and work, Serb returns,
protection of the Church and people's Holy Shrines and property
has remained unchanged, regrettably in the negative sense, during
these more than four years that Kosovo and Metohija has been under
the administration of the International Community.
Center on visit of Ibrahim Rugova to the Vatican
"How else can we describe the appeal to the spiritual leader
of the largest religious organization in the world, to recognize
the independence of Kosovo-Metohija where, in just a few years,
were destroyed hundreds of churches and monasteries and killed
or went missing thousands of citizens, whose only fault was their
Christian faith and different ethnicity," the statement of
the Coordination Center said.
Roman Catholic prelate in Serbia and Montenegro agrees that Catholics
are endangered in Kosovo
Hocevar: "The Catholic Church there is in minority and amidst
a very delicate political process. Since the expectations and
tendencies of the majority population (Albanian Moslems, ed.)
are very different the Catholic community who always wanted to
cooperate is under pressure".
and Serbian Police resolve a murder case in a joint operation
The investigation led to the arrest of suspect Erol Jahiri, Kosovo/Roma,
from Zitkovac, Mitrovica region, who had murdered Slavisa Maksimovic
on 05/04/03 in Grabovac, 6 km away from Mitrovica. The motive
of the murder is unknown. Erol Jahiri showed UNMIK Police Investigators
the place where he had buried Slavisa Maksimovic.
in Macedonia "Commander Jamie Shea" surrenders
Ex-Albanian rebel commander surrenders to peacekeepers in Kosovo.
Xhemail Hiseni, also known by his nome-de-guerre, "Commander
Jamie Shea", was sentenced to seven years in prison by the
Macedonian judiciary in November for two bombings, one on a vital
Belgrade-Skopje railway and the other on the main square of the
northern town of Kumanovo.
warns on Kosovo's independence
Any proclamation of independence in Kosovo would lead to Kosovo
Serbs declaring their own autonomy, with the support of Belgrade,
Nebojsa Covic warned today.
23 December, 2003
pupils and students in worst situation in Europe
Since the arrival of UNMIK and KFOR in June 1999 (Kosovo) Albanians
expelled Serb pupils and teachers from more than 300 schools.
At the same time more than 10.000 Serb students were expelled
from Pristina University and the high schools in Gnjilane, Urosevac,
Pec and Prizren.
Coalition Deputies leave Kosovo Parliament Session
On Monday, representatives of the Serbian coalition "Povratak"
left the Kosovo parliament session, because during this session
it was decided that without any discussion this institution adopts
a declaration on not recognizing the elections for Serbian parliament,
on the territory of Kosovo and Metohija.
There will be elections in Kosovo
Nebojsa Covic, the chief of the Coordination center for Kosovo
and Metohija, stated that Serbian parliament elections would be
conducted in Kosovo, "regardless of decisions reached by
some temporary Kosovo parliaments".
gives nod to voting in Kosovo
Eligible Kosovo voters have the right to take part in the Serbian
parliamentary elections on December 28, the United Nations mission
in Kosovo said today. "It is a customary and internationally
recognised practice that voters with voting rights take part in
elections regardless of whether they reside in a region administered
by the authorities organising the election," said UNMIK in
a statement forwarded to media in Serbia.
between Albanians and UNMIK
On Monday, the return of a group of Kosovo Serbs to Klina should
be one of the subjects about which representatives of UNMIK, the
municipality officials and the Albanian political party from Klina
and the delegations of returnees in Pec will discuss.
bodies returned to families
According to information from the Bureau for Exhumation and Identification,
271 bodies have so far been exhumed in Kosovo of which 72 have
been returned to Serbian families.
of insurgency in Macedonia surrenders
A former leader of an ethnic Albanian insurgency in Macedonia
has surrendered in Kosovo, a statement from the international
peacekeeping force, KFOR, said last night.
Monarchy is key to European integration
Political analysts say Draskovic's party is a possible junior
coalition partner to the conservative Democratic Party of Serbia
of ex-Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica, which is expected
to play a key role in the next government.
Flash News from Kosovo and Metohija, December 21-22, 2003
20 December, 2003
Kosovo Serbs will not be celebrating Christmas in their homes
this year either
Unity Congress (U.S), ERP KiM Info-Service
with the centuries old tradition of celebrating the Nativity of
Christ in the cradle of Serbian civilization and the historic
seat of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Kosovo Serbs for the fifth
consecutive Christmas remain either displaced outside the province
and unable to return, or restricted to isolated islands within,
lacking basic freedoms fundamental to life such as movement. During
this the most joyous of seasons, Kosovo Serbs driven from the
province worship far away from their homes hoping desperately
for a return, while the few Serbs who remain within will worship
fearfully under strict KFOR protection gradually losing hope in
any equitable peace.
you gather to celebrate this holiday season, traveling freely
from home to home visiting your loved ones, remember those who
cannot. Keep in mind the Kosovo Serbs among them those who have
perished, those whose struggle is survival, and those who continue
to light the way and gleam hope into the hearts of others.
19 December, 2003, Second edition
of St. Nicholas Day at Gracanica Monastery
the dignitaries who attended St. Nicholas celebration and the
luncheon were: Serbian deputy PM and chief of the KCK Dr. Nebojsa
Covic with Vladan Begovic, Commander of the US KFOR Brig. General
Jerry Beck Jr. with the representatives of the US Office in Pristina,
Ambassador Pasquale Salzano, the chief of the Italian Office in
Kosovo with Lt. Col. Aurelio Dell'Angelo (Italian KFOR), Col.
Per Oeyvind Semb, Political Advisor to the COMKFOR (Gen. Kammerhoff),
as well as members of the POVRATAK Coalition Oliver Ivanovic (DA)
and Randjel Nojkic (SPO)
19 December, 2003
Artemije: We do not need "minority rights" in exchange
of Serbia's sovereignity in Kosovo and Metohija
Serb people in this region desire a free and dignified life but
cannot accept, in exchange for the land of their fathers, offers
of abstract "minority rights" in a society Kosovo Albanians
are tailoring exclusively according to their needs and interests.
The document "Standards for Kosovo", which does not
mention the sovereignty of Serbia and Montenegro and the essential
elements of UN Security Council 1244, fundamentally prejudices
the secession of the southern Serbian province and as such must
be urgently revised in order to be acceptable for the Serbian
of Serb municipalities and settlements in Kosovo and Metohija
proposes two-entity solution - St. Nicholas Day Declaration
today's meeting of representatives of the Union of Serb Municipalities
and Settlements in Kosovo and Metohija held in North Mitrovica
more than one hundred deputies from all parts of the Province
(north and central Kosovo, Novo Brdo, Pomoravlje, Brezovica and
Metohija) adopted the St. Nicholas Day Declaration asking for
the return of Serbian state institutions and proposing a two entity
solution such as that in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which would,
best protect the interests of the Serb people in this part of
concerned with the Kosovo "Standards" document
Serbia-Montenegrin Ambassador to the United Nations Dejan Sahovic
told a UN Security Council session on Wednesday that Belgrade
is concerned with the Kosovo "standards" document, released
by UNMIK head Harri Holkeri last week.
- Kosovo: UN officials cites poor records on minorities
The UN's undersecretary-general for peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guehenno,
told the UN Security Council in a briefing today that Serbs are
under-represented and poorly integrated. He said less than 10,000
Serbs have returned to Kosovo from a pre-1999 population of about
18 (Norway) - Hand grenade attack on Orthodox church
Orthodox officials are skeptical anyone will ever be arrested
for the latest attack. "There has been no further information
on this incident," Deacon Srdjan, diocesan secretary, told
Forum 18. "What we have to say we have said hundreds of times
so far. We do not expect any more news." Since 1999, no-one
has been prosecuted for attacks on Serbian Orthodox sites.
rebel leader charged in Kosovo - Sefket Musliu under indectment
An international prosecutor in Kosovo has issued an indictment
against the former leader of an ethnic Albanian rebel group responsible
for the 2001 insurgency in southern Serbia, UN officials in the
province said today.
stops transport for 15 Serbian children (in Svinjare village)
UNMIK administration has stopped the transport of 15 Serbian children
from the village of Svinjare to a school in Kosovska Mitrovica.
Confirmation of this action came from Predrag Stojcetovic, the
head of the Education department in Kosovska Mitrovica. Transport
was stopped on Wednesday morning, and after an intervention they
send a bus in the afternoon, to take the kids back to Svinjare.
from Kosovo and Metohija, December 17 - 18, 2003
18 December, 2003
Covic calls for Serb national consensus on Kosovo and Metohija
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, " - Dr. Nebojsa Covic
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.
2.5 out of 36.5 million euro budget spent on Serb returnees this
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
from Kosovo and Metohija, December 15-16, 2003
16 December, 2003, Second edition
(Italy) In Kosovo the Orthodox Church is under siege in Kosovo
Orthodox Serbs are a besieged and endangered minority. Of the
roughly 250,000 who fled following NATO's military intervention,
only a few thousand have returned. Together with the 130,000 who
remained, they are herded in restricted zones and kept under constant
threat. Power rests in the hands of the Muslim Kosovar Albanians.
The future status of the region is uncertain.
Miron: We respond to Albanian grenades with prayer
The Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija "responded"
to the bomb attack two days ago on the Church of St. Uros in Urosevac
with Holy Liturgy served today, on the patron saint's day of the
Holy Emperor Uros, in the church.
Monastery celebrates the patron saint's day of St. Joanikije in
the heart of Drenica
The monastery patron saint's day of St. Joanikije of Devic the
Miracle Worker was celebrated today in the monastery of Devic
near Srbica. After the Holy Liturgy, which was served by Metropolitan
Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Bishop Artemije
of Raska and Prizren and clergy and the cutting of the slava cake,
Metropolitan Amfilohije addressed the numerous believers who arrived
at the monastery, in the heart of Drenica, with a KFOR escort
to celebrate the Lord and his great chosen servant, Joanikije
(Janicije) of Devic.
Why as a Christian I can't tolerate seeing Serbs suffer, Rev.
The BBC's opinion notwithstanding, the Serbs of Kosovo were not
invaders or interlopers or occupiers of land not their own. On
the contrary, they had at least as historic a right to a presence
in that province as any other ethnic group in that place, their
churches and gravestones bearing more than adequate testimony
to that fact.
16 December, 2003
National Council of Kosovo and Metohija requests urgent reaction
Despite a series of clearly positive elements with respect to
universal human and civil rights, from the legal perspective "Standards
for Kosovo" is yet another political decoy supposed to enable
the unobstructed continuation of the formation of an Albanian
parastate on the sovereign territory of the Republic of Serbia
and the state union of Serbia and Montenegro.
dissatisfied with drafting of "Standards for Kosovo"
Serbian Prime Minister Zivkovic reiterated that the document "Standards
for Kosovo-Metohija" was unacceptable for the Serbian government
as it clearly indicates the way the standards would be applied
and by its structure seems more like a text defining the future
Kosovo status rather than standards. Serbia-Montenegrin Minister
of Foreign Affairs Goran Svilanovic and Head of the Serbian Coordinating
Centre for Kosovo-Metohija Nebojsa Covic also expressed discontent
with the way in which the document "Standards for Kosovo"
was drafted as well as with the Presidential Statement by which
the UN Security Council endorsed the document on December 12.
urges Holkeri to stop privatization in Kosovo and Metohija
The Head of the Coordinating Centre warned the UNMIK chief that
these decisions do not have legal basis as per UNMIK's legislation
and that the KTA Managing Board is not authorised to transform
public companies, but to restructure them, and that it is also
not authorised to transfer property to interim institutions and
Changing face of the Serbian armed forces
This improved situation has to do with two things: one, Serbia's
offer to send troops anywhere the US likes, and two, increased
Western distaste for Albanian intimidation of UNMIK forces in
Kosovo. While they aren't planning to send Serbian troops back
into a province which at least nominally belongs to the country,
they have become more sympathetic to Serbian concerns over the
lawlessness, violence and believed terrorist links of the Kosovo
15 December, 2003
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
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.
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".
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.
from Kosovo and Metohija, 13-14 December 2003
14 December, 2003
in the yard of St. Uros Serbian Orthodox church in Urosevac
Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija most strongly condemns
Friday night's attack on the St. Uros church in Urosevac. The
Diocese concludes with regret that attacks by Albanian extremists
on holy shrines in Kosovo and Metohija are continuing. Since the
summer of 1999 to the present day there have already been several
similar attacks on this holy shrine. If the Church of St. Uros
had not been under the constant protection of KFOR it is likely
that it would have been destroyed like the other Serbian Orthodox
churches in the Urosevac and Nerodimlje region.
Orthodox Church fights to protect its holy shrines in Kosovo
Unfortunately, despite the presence of international peacekeeping
forces, the destruction of Serbian Orthodox holy shrines and the
looting of church property continues. It is incomprehensible that
our Church and general public is finding out about instances of
looting and reselling of our icons and books from the foreign
press. In the past four years the Church has not received a single
official report from UNMIK regarding the destruction and looting
of its patrimonial treasure. The Church itself does not have the
resources to conduct a detailed investigation of these incidents,
prepare documentation and verify whether any church artifacts
remain intact under the ruins of churches
Security Council supports "Standards for Kosovo"
Under the "standards before status" policy, designed
for Kosovo (Serbia and Montenegro) and endorsed by the Council
in application of its resolution 1244 (1999), Provisional Institutions
for Self-Government have to achieve certain standards before final
status of Kosovo can be addressed. The eight standards under the
policy are: functioning democratic institutions; rule of law;
freedom of movement; returns and reintegration; economy; property
rights; dialogue with Belgrade; and the Kosovo Protection Corps.
progress in return of displaced without personal safety and freedom
Covic called on the international community to take a more resolute
stand to help eliminate problems hampering the return of displaced
persons. According to him, there will not be any progress in the
process unless perpetrators of crimes and incidents in the province
are brought to justice and as long as property of non-Albanians
is being destroyed and international community officials continue
saying that safety cannot be guaranteed.
Rugova changes "Kosovo flag" - black eagle on a blue
It's not the color of the Kosovo sky, as Rugova says, but the
color Albanians want to use to woo the powerful European countries,
says Dr. Rados Ljusic
News from Kosovo and Metohija, December 12, 2003
12 December, 2003
Orthodox Church - Holekeri tries to con the Serbs
This is a document representing a collection of abstract concepts
without any clearly defined mechanisms for measuring implementation
of standards. The Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija are defined as
a national minority in the para-state that has been built on the
territory of Serbia-Montenegro for the past four years contrary
to UN Security Council Resolution 1244.
refugees from Klina still waiting - "We still want to return
to our homes"
The returnees are still in shock following yesterday's incident
and stoning but they remain firmly determined not to give up in
their battle for their basic human rights. "This our joint
decision and we have no intention of giving up our desire to return
to our homes and live in peace with our Albanian neighbors,"
said Petko Pesic.
informed the Patriarch about deficiencies of the "Kosovo
Mr. Covic informed the Holy Synod of Bishops regarding the latest
course of events with regard to the presentation of the final
version of a UNMIK document called the Standards for Kosovo, which
fails to take into account any key objection or suggestion of
the Serbian Government and does not create a framework for "substantial
autonomy" as foreseen by United Nations 1244.
Holkeri's speech at inauguration of the "Standards for Kosovo"
Our task, together, is to prepare Kosovo for final status. There
is now a date for a decision, but there is nothing inevitable
about that decision. That decision depends on what is said and
done here in Kosovo, because there s only one route to final status.
And that is through progress on standards.
Kosovo law repeal legally "not sustainable
Unless Holkeri returns to the standards for Kosovo as defined
by UN Security Council Resolution 1244, said Covic, Belgrade would
have no argument for demanding any kind of constructive behavior
from the province's Serb population. _There are laws which should
have been repealed by our parliament by now; these are simply
anachronistic and outdated laws. But this is not about the legislation,
it is about an attitude to the sovereignty of Serbia-Montenegro
which, according to 1244, still applies on this territory,"
and international extremist groups operate in Kosovo (says KFOR
Local as well as international extremist groups operate in Kosovo.
I am sorry I cannot offer you more detailed information, but extremist
group that want destabilization of Kosovo will not reach their
objective, I can guarantee you," added MNB-C Commander.
Albania soldiers in rape scandal
Human trafficking and the forced prostitution of women continue
to plague post-communist Albania. Attempts by the authorities
to address the problems, in an effort to join eventually join
Nato and the European Union, have so far been in vain. Criminal
gangs take advantage of police corruption, a weak judicial system
and lax border controls to exploit young women.
Ceku wants to resurrect former KLA as a new Kosovo Army
"We're not questioning UNMIK's authority, which defines the
KPC as a civil organisation, but the KPC will become an army",
Agim Ceku told BBC Radio. "We're capable of it, we have a
right to do it, and no one should fear this".
News from Kosovo and Metohija, December 11, 2003
11 December, 2003
returnees barely escape lynching in attempt to return to their
homes in Kosovo
to Petko Pesic, one of the Serbs evacuated by KFOR from Klina,
the Albanians laid a real siege to his home. "There were
a few hundred of them and they were exceptionally aggressive,"
said Pesic. Seeing that the unprotected civilians were about to
be lynched, KFOR responded quickly. According to eyewitnesses,
KFOR and Kosovo police officers showed up on the scene to secure
the evacuation of the house. As the Serbs were leaving the house
the Albanians began to stone the Serbs and the KFOR vehicles.
Under the shower of rocks one Serb man, Miodrag Mazic, sustained
minor injuries. While the convoy of KFOR vehicles was leaving
Klina they were also stoned on several locations but there were
returnees barely escape lynching in attempt to return to their
homes in Kosovo
Klina Albanians marked International Human Rights Day by expelling
11 Serb returnees who arrived into an empty Serb-owned house with
the intent of returning to their native town and reclaiming their
Post (Canada): Crime, terror flourish in "liberated"
Kosovo - Ethnic cleansing, smuggling rampant under UN aegis
violence continues despite an 18,000-strong NATO-led peacekeeping
force and an international police force of more than 4,000. Serbs,
who now make up 5% of the population of Kosovo, down from 10%
before the NATO campaign, are the main targets of the paramilitary
groups. "The whole process of rebuilding Kosovo-Metohija
as a democratic, multi-ethnic society failed due to both the inability
of the UN mission and [NATO] forces to protect Serbs and other
non-Albanians from large-scale ethnic cleansing, this time primarily
against Serbs," said Dusan Batakovic, a Serb diplomat and
leading expert on Kosovo.
Rights Watch Report: End cruel limbo for Kosovo Roma refugees
The Human Rights Watch briefing paper argues that conditions are
inappropriate for the return of most Kosovo Roma, because their
property in Kosovo was destroyed when they were expelled and their
security cannot be guaranteed there.
from Kosovo and Metohija, December 8 INET
10 December, 2003
Rights Day - Annual theatrical performance in Pristina
December 10 is International Human Rights Day. Paradoxically,
this day will also be celebrated with footbal matches and music
performances in Kosovo, a province known for the past slightly
more than four years as the "black hole" of human rights
and a territory rife with ethnic discrimination and brutal persecution
against all non-Albanians.
of Serb Returnees still awaiting UNMIK's permission to return
to their homes
Humanitarian assistance needed: heart and blood pressure medication,
antibiotics, winter clothing (wool socks, winter footwear, boots,
sweaters), as well as duvets, blankets and mattresses.
explosion rocks southern Pristina
A loud explosion was reported in southern Pristina just after
10.00 last night. The explosion occurred in front the building
in which 15 out of the last 200 Serbs in Pristina live. There
were no casualties but windows on the building were broken in
(UNMIK Police): PM Rexhepi must inform police of his itinerary
Commenting on the incident in Kosovska Mitrovica, UN police spokesman
Derek Chappell said today that UNMIK and the Kosovo Police Service
were not informed of the visit of Kosovo premier Bajram Rexhepi
to the city. Chappell said Rexhepi has the right to travel throughout
the territory of Kosovo but that he needs to inform police of
his itinerary, especially when traveling into an area of risk.
near Pristina without power for three days
Serbian maintenance workers on the power system state that the
reason for the power outages is increased demand by old distribution
stations to which many newly built private buildings owned by
Albanians have been hooked up.
(UK): Hard lessons that keep Kosovo children safe
Thousands, mainly women and girls from Moldova, Ukraine or neighbouring
Albania, have been trafficked by criminal gangs, either bound
for Western Europe or forced to work in the burgeoning local sex
industry. The capital (Pristina) boasts at least 130 brothels,
which flourished in the cash-rich chaos that accompanied the end
of the war in 1999 and the huge influx of international organisations
Crown Prince Alexander - It is time for unity
The right time is every day for stability, unity and continuity.
The aim is to do everything to make the democratic process work.
The King reigns, the government rules the country.
Crown as a reconciliator
Interview with Prof. Pavle Nikolic, member of the Crown Council,
09 December, 2003
Orthodox Church expresses regret for the Mitrovica incident
Government: Kosovo Standards Implementation Plan Unacceptable
draft document is essentially at a level lower than UN Security
Council Resolution 1244. Keeping this in mind, this document,
without changes and additions proposed by the Republic of Serbia
Government, is not acceptable as a framework for further resolution
of the crisis in the autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija
and the implementation of Resolution 1244," it was advised
after the meeting of the Government in Belgrade today.
We do not want minority standards in exchange of sovreignity -
Kosovo is generator of organized crime in the region
Covic repeated that "the most important thing is
that the standards must be in complete accordance with UN Security
Council Resolution 1244, and Article 10 and Annex 2(5) of the
Resolution clearly state that "the status of Kosovo and Metohija
is substantial autonomy within the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia",
that is, of Serbia and Montenegro". "We can talk about
anything within this context. We do not want minority standards
in exchange for sovereignty, thank you very much.
does the plan for implementation of standards in Kosovo entail?
Criticisms of the latest document, which obviously blazes a path
toward an independent Kosovo, are numerous. What is certain is
that the document, that is, the plan for the implementation of
standards in Kosovo and Metohija, threatens to completely invalidate
UN Security Council Resolution 1244 from June 1999. Because it
is immediately obvious that in this document Belgrade and Serbia
are mentioned only in the context of negotiations begun in Vienna
but without any institutional ties with the southern Serbian province,
which is presently under a UN protectorate.
Resolution 1244 remains the basis
"We will approach the resolution of final status in an appropriate
manner, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244,
and this process will include both the Belgrade government and
the elected leaders of Kosovo institutions, as well as political
representatives in Pristina," said Javier Solana.
Kosovo and the Aid Paradox
The international response in terms of rebuilding destroyed and
damaged homes and infrastructure was timely and right but there
is another side to this `coin_. The conflict was waged in the
name of _stopping Milosevic_s ethnic cleansing_ and of _restoring
the rights of the people_ in Kosovo. It is a bitter irony then,
that the new Kosovo established under KFOR and the UN has become
a no-go area for Serbs and other _minorities_.
Monarchy solves political crisis
_This is very important, for it could provide continuity of the
state, like in many countries in the world, such as Australia,
Malaysia, Canada etc, since the constitutional parliamentary monarchy
would protect the state structure and the constitution through
its mediating and symbolic role, while the parties would go on
with their normal political activities_ _ believes Mr. Copley.
Maceodnia's headcount clarifies ethnic picture
The State Statistical Office published results showing Macedonians
account for 64.18 percent and Albanians form the second largest
ethnic group with 25.17 percent, out of total population of 2,022,547
from Kosovo and Metohija, INET, Dec 06-07, 2003
07 December, 2003
research of Sunday Mirror reporters:
Mirror : 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 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.
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
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.
Morality and Truth
A leading Serbian academician and poet Matija Beckovic supports
restauration of Parliamentary Monarchy in Serbia - 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.
from Kosovo and Metohija, Dec 5, 2003
05 December, 2003
SERBS CONCERNED BY NEW STANDARDS IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
draft version of plan for implementation of standards ultimately
leads to secession of Kosovo and Metohija
If the latest version of Grossman's plan is compared
with the text of Resolution 1244 it becomes completely obvious
that this another attempt to carry out a revision and selective
implementation of Resolution 1244, which can be revised or repealed
only by the UN Security Council, the ERP KIM and the SNC KIM said
in a statement.
Coalition dissatisfied with proposed vision of standards (BETA)
Objections from the Serb side to the proposed plan for achievement
of standards "are related to the lack of sufficient guarantees
for the preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity
of Serbia and Montenegro in Kosovo and Metohija". "The
proposed standards are insufficiently clear and impossible to
accurately measure. The proposal offers the possibility of different
interpretations of achievements of standards," said Oliver
Ivanovic on behalf of the Return Coalition.c
interview of Fr. Sava Janjic to the Belgrade daily DANAS (Today)
- An Introduction to the revision of the UN Security Council Resolution
can exist only in relation to a broader entity, not as an independent
whole or an artificial para-state, which is in fact what
UNMIK has created in Kosovo and Metohija in the past five years.
Accepting the draft plan for implementation of standards without
this essential provision of Resolution 1244, as a result of which
Slobodan Milosevic agreed to an end of the conflict with NATO,
prejudices the final status of the Province, which is contrary
to the UN Security Council document. Through the gradual
transfer of competencies from UNMIK to provisional Kosovo institutions
(PISG) without any ties with appropriate Serbian institutions
the survival of Kosovo and Metohija within Serbia and Montenegro
is becoming an abstraction, and with the increasing passage of
time a practical impossibility."
text in Serbian is available at the DANAS daily site:
concerned after threats to personnel in Mitrovica
UNMIK conveyed its concern to local authorities in the southern,
Albanian-inhabited part of Kosovska Mitrovica today due to the
hoisting of the flag of the Republic of Albania on the municipal
building, the exclusion of UNMIK officials from local government
and threats of physical liquidation of international personnel.
Bastagli emphasizes that assembly members, using "extremely
strong language directed against an individual member of UNMIK,
went so far as to threaten him". "One member of the
assembly went so far as to allude to beheading the [UN] official,"
by the SNC: If the Incident in South Mitrovica happened in Bosnia
the entire municipal board would have been dismissed.
Deteriorates in Kosovo, Politika daily
The safety situation in Kosovo and Metohija is deteriorating.
Bomb attacks on the Serbs in Cernica near Glina, physical assaults
on the Serbs in north part of Mitrovica as well as the yesterday_s
bomb planted in the part between the Technical school and the
student dormitory in the center of the town, are the best indicators
that the terrorism is in Kosovo and Metohija and security deteriorating.
Members Accused Also of White Slavery and Smuggling, Epoka e re
UNMIK administration made it known that the suspension of the
12 TMK members came after an investigations of the events that
happened on April near Zvecan. But according to the UNMIK spokesman
they are also accused of involvement in trafficking people and
News from Kosovo and Metohija, 3-4 December 2003
03 December, 2003
to letter of Mr. Hashim Thaci in The Christian Science Monitor
Mr. Thaci, the president of the Kosovo Democratic Party and the
former leader of KLA, sent a letter to the The Christian Science
Monitor, which was published on November 17. ERP KIM Info-Service
editor Fr. Sava has sent an answer to Mr. Thaci's letter.
chief demands suspension of KPC members
The UN's chief diplomat in Kosovo, Harri Holkeri, has requested
the immediate suspension of 12 members of the province's "Protection
Corps" until an investigation into alleged misconduct is
completed, Beta news agency reports.
to enter NATO programme in May 2004
Serbia-Montenegro should be admitted to NATO's Partnership for
Peace in May next year, Alliance defence ministers agreed today.
from Kosovo and Metohija, December 01, 2003
02 December, 2003
must be mutual and sincere -rhetoric without acts means nothing
commentary on the yesterday's statement of the UNMK's chief Hari
Holkeri in Belgrade.
statement of UNMIK's chief Mr. Hari Holkeri in Belgrade yesterday
in which he called Belgrade officials to apologize for what happened
in Kosovo and thus ease the tensions in the Province has created
lots of confusion among Kosovo Serbs, not because a sincere apology
has universal and human meaning which no one can deny, but because
of the present political and security context both in Kosovo and
in Belgrade. We may try to believe that Mr. Holkeri just wanted
to give a good piece of advice, but his words quite legitimately
bring forward the following question: Is it also not Kosovo Albanian
leaders and UNMIK leadership who should apologize to Kosovo Serbs,
Roma, Gorani and Bosniaks for their suffering in Kosovo which
continues after more than four years of "the internationally granted
01 December, 2003
Commentary on the interview of Mr. Ibrahim Rugova to Corriere
the world community - Ibrahim Rugova for Corriere della Sera
his four months of specialization at the Sorbonne and the photograph
of the Pope in his salon, Mr. Ibrahim Rugova has very little understanding
of the authentic values of Christianity in the region where he
has been elected as president. Moreover, he does not even mention
the existence of the Serbian Orthodox Christian monuments that
comprise more than 90 percent of the entire cultural and historical
wealth of Kosovo and Metohija. He does not even mention the more
than 100 Serbian churches and monasteries destroyed by Albanian
extremists after the end of the armed conflict in 1999 (not in
the time of war), which, by the way, he has never publicly condemned.
More sensitive questions of the Corriere journalist Mr. Rugova
gently evaded hiding behind Pope JP II.
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