February 06, 2004

ERP KiM Newsletter 06-02-04

Bishop Artemije attends National Prayer Breakfast with U.S. president in - Diocese rejects claim by the KFOR spokesperson

The Bishop emphasized that the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija is prevented from functioning normally and that because of the poor security situation it is essential that endangered holy shrines remain under the protection of KFOR. "Without KFOR escorts the lives of my monks in most of the monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija would be impossible and the international community must not allow this," emphasized Bishop Artemije in talks with eminent U.S. congressmen and senators.


More than four years after the end of the conflict and the deployment of the peacekeeping forces in Kosovo Serbian Orthodox churches are not safe. Monks and priests are not free to perform their religious duties without military protection. Not a single out of 112 cases of attacks on the Orthodox shrines has been completely investigated. In fact, in most of cases there was no investigation at all (photo: Serb church in South Mitrovica)

Protection of Serb Patrimonial Sites

Protection of most important Serb patrimonial sites in Kosovo and Metohija, particularly the monasteries in the areas of increased security risk, must remain the responsibility of KFOR. Kosovo and UNMIK police which have failed to investigate a single case of destruction of more than 100 churches and monasteries are professionally and morally incapable of carrying this job and the Church will never agree with their involvement. The only remaining alternative to KFOR protection is to implement the provision of the UNSCR 1244 (Anex 2,6) which specifically mentions presence of the Serb personnel at the patrimonial sites in Kosovo. Cutting number of KFOR troops and dismantling the fixed check-points on expense of security of Serb enclaves and patrimonial sites will lead to further instability in the area and will deepen the mistrust of the Serb community towards the peacekeeping forces. We try to believe that the unacceptable behavior of the local German KFOR towards the brotherhood of the Holy Archangels Monastery is an isolated case and that the normal relations will be reestablished soon.

Fr. Sava Janjic - ERP KIM Info-Service editor-in-chief

CONTENTS:

Bishop Artemije attends National Prayer Breakfast with President Bush
The Bishop emphasized that the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija is prevented from functioning normally and that because of the poor security situation it is essential that endangered holy shrines remain under the protection of KFOR. "Without KFOR escorts the lives of my monks in most of the monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija would be impossible and the international community must not allow this," emphasized Bishop Artemije in talks with eminent U.S. congressmen and senators.


Diocese of Raska and Prizren rejects claim by KFOR spokesman Chris Thompson
It is the firm position of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren that the statement of the KFOR spokesman not only contradicts the existing situation on the ground but represents an open threat to the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija. Following the unprecedented behavior of German KFOR in Prizren, Bishop Artemije spoke about this problem today before representatives of the U.S. Congress, stating that the security situation for the Church has not improved at all and that the Church is exposed not only to attacks by Albanian extremists but lack of understanding and inhumane relations on the part of individual representatives of German KFOR.

APIS: Balkans targeted by Albanian terrorists
How a country is being created by the use of force - Terrorist actions in Montenegro to be carried out by ANA "division" based in Skadar, not by local Albanians

News from Kosovo and Metohija, February 3 - 5

UNMIK bans new place names in Kosovo - Holkeri to call Kosovo elections for autumn - More than ten ANA leaders arrested - No response from UNMIK to Belgrade claims - Belgrade must take part in drafting, implementation of Kosovo Standards - Flash News from Kosovo and Metohija (Feb 1-3)


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Bishop Artemije attends National Prayer Breakfast with U.S. president in Washington D.C.

The Bishop emphasized that the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija is prevented from functioning normally and that because of the poor security situation it is essential that endangered holy shrines remain under the protection of KFOR. "Without KFOR escorts the lives of my monks in most of the monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija would be impossible and the international community must not allow this," emphasized Bishop Artemije in talks with eminent U.S. congressmen and senators.

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ERP KIM Info Service
Washington, D.C. - Gracanica, February 5, 2004

On Thursday, February 5, 2004 in Washington, D.C., Bishop Artemije took party in the Annual Prayer Breakfast hosted by U.S. president George W. Bush, Jr. for almost 4,000 eminent guests from throughout the world. During the breakfast, in the formal atmosphere of the Capitol Hilton on Connecticut Avenue, Bishop Artemije had the opportunity to hear interesting presentations by several respected U.S. senators and congressmen, who spoke on several contemporary themes, frequently quoting from the Old and New Testaments.

Other Serbian representatives at this important event included Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic, Princess Katherine, Vuk Draskovic and his wife, Rasim Ljajic and Vladimir Bozovic from the Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija.

Bishop Artemije took advantage of this significant opportunity for a series of informal contacts with eminent guests and representatives of the U.S. Congress and Senate in order to inform them of the catastrophic state of human rights in the southern Serbian province which has been under the interim administration of the UN Mission for more than 4 1/2 years.

After the Prayer Breakfast, Bishop Artemije again held several official meetings with U.S. congressmen whom he informed in detail with the systematic violation of human and religious rights of the Serbian community, especially citing the most recent example of Holy Archangels Monastery, whose monks are exposed to inhumane behavior on the part of some members of German KFOR.

The Bishop also emphasized that the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija is prevented from functioning normally and that because of the poor security situation it is essential that endangered holy shrines remain under the protection of KFOR. "Without KFOR escorts the lives of my monks in most of the monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija would be impossible and the international community must not allow this," emphasized Bishop Artemije.

After eight years of determined work on a mission of peace and understanding, this year, too, the Bishop was gladly received and listened to by influential representatives of the administration of the U.S. Congress who wanted to hear first-hand testimony regarding the state of human and religious rights in the southern Serbian province.

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Will they be forced to close the monastery? - Brotherhood of the Holy Archangels
monastery with Bishop Artemije

Diocese of Raska and Prizren rejects claim by KFOR spokesperson Chris Thompson

It is the firm position of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren that the statement of the KFOR spokesman not only contradicts the existing situation on the ground but represents an open threat to the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija. Following the unprecedented behavior of German KFOR in Prizren, Bishop Artemije spoke about this problem today before representatives of the U.S. Congress, stating that the security situation for the Church has not improved at all and that the Church is exposed not only to attacks by Albanian extremists but lack of understanding and inhumane relations on the part of individual representatives of German KFOR.

If KFOR wants to leave the monastery to Albanians the Church will request "Serbian personnel" granted by the UNSCR 1244

If KFOR has the intention of discontinuing protection for Orthodox monasteries and churches in zones that are especially exposed to danger that are located in completely Albanian environments, the Diocese will ask the Government of Serbia and the highest officials of Serbia-Montenegro to insist that UNMIK fulfill the provision of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (Annex 2:6) clearly and decisively mentioning the possibility of the return of an agreed upon number of "Serbian and Yugoslav personnel" who secure a presence at Serbian patrimonial sites. (Diocese of Raska and Prizren)

(UNSCR 1244, Anex 2, 6)

After withdrawal, an agreed number of Yugoslav and Serbian personnel will be permitted to return to perform the following functions:

Liaison with the international civil mission and the international security presence;
Marking/clearing minefields;
Maintaining a presence at Serb patrimonial sites;
Maintaining a presence at key border crossings.

http://www.nato.int/kosovo/docu/u990610a.htm

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ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, February 5, 2004


At yesterday's press conference KFOR spokesperson Chris Thompson stated that the discontinuation of a security checkpoint and security for Holy Archangels Monastery near Prizren "is not related to the incident of January 21". Thompson said that "in accordance with the assessment that security in Kosovo is satisfactory" the decision was made to transfer competencies from KFOR to the Kosovo Police Service "and as a result escorts were discontinued for the monks" in Holy Archangels Monastery.

Bishop Artemije informs U.S. congressmen regarding problems of Holy Archangels monks

It is the firm position of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren that the statement of the KFOR spokesman not only contradicts the existing situation on the ground but represents an open threat to the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija. Following the unprecedented behavior of German KFOR in Prizren, Bishop Artemije spoke about this problem today before representatives of the U.S. Congress, stating that the security situation for the Church has not improved at all and that the Church is exposed not only to attacks by Albanian extremists but lack of understanding and inhumane relations on the part of individual representatives of German KFOR.

"Security in Kosovo and Metohija for holy shrines and representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church does not exist because the Church continues to be exposed to attacks and provocations. Attacks on our churches are an everyday reality. In just the past month, two of our churches were attacked: one (in Gornja Brnjica) was robbed and desecrated, while the belfry of the other (in Stimlje) was set on fire. A church utility building next to the Church of the Most Holy Mother of God of Ljevis was also robbed. UNMIK and the Kosovo police have shown themselves to be incapable of investigating and solving not only these two incidents but any one of 112 instances of destruction or damage to churches in Kosovo and Metohija that have occurred since the deployment of the peacekeeping mission. They have also failed to solve the murders of two of our monks: Fr. Chariton Lukic of Holy Archangels Monastery and Fr. Stefan Puljic from Budisavci, both of whom were abducted by Albanian extremists. The body of Fr. Chariton was found headless. We have no confidence in the Kosovo Police Service and it is our opinion that endangered Orthodox holy shrines must remain under the exclusive military protection of KFOR.

"On Christmas Day this year (January 7, 2004) Albanians stoned a bus carrying Orthodox faithful in Decani. On January 21 in Djakovica Albanians attacked our monks as they were sitting in a KFOR vehicle. Our clergy and monks lack free access to their congregation; they cannot freely visit their isolated churches and cemeteries, which makes the normal functioning of the Church a minimum of religious rights for the Serb people in the Province impossible. The claim of the KFOR spokesperson that security for the Church exists is the just a blatant falsification of the truth and avoidance of responsibility," said Bishop Artemije during a telephone conversation with the ERP KIM Info Service.

If KFOR leaves we demand return of "Serbian personnel" in accordance with Resolution 1244

If KFOR has the intention of discontinuing protection for Orthodox monasteries and churches in zones that are especially exposed to danger that are located in completely Albanian environments, the Diocese will ask the Government of Serbia and the highest officials of Serbia-Montenegro to insist that UNMIK fulfill the provision of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (Annex 2:6) clearly and decisively mentioning the possibility of the return of an agreed upon number of "Serbian and Yugoslav personnel" who secure a presence at Serbian patrimonial sites.

The possibility of turning over the protection of the most important Orthodox holy shrines, especially monasteries, into the hands of the KPS or UNMIK police is unacceptable due to the past failure of the police to find a single perpetrator of attacks on 112 Orthodox churches and their inability to provide effective protection against extremists.

If neither of these solutions proves to be possible, the Church will be forced to close down its monasteries due to the unwillingness of KFOR forces to provide necessary protection for the most important cultural and historic monuments.

"The claim of the KFOR spokesperson that security for the Church exists is the just a blatant falsification of the truth and avoidance of responsibility", Bishop Artemije

Germans refuse to provide escort for monks to obtain food today

The decision of German KFOR to discontinue escorts for the monks of Holy Archangels Monastery, who are no longer able to visit the faithful in Prizren and provide them with spiritual services, was practically confirmed today. When asked by Fr. Benedict Preradovic, the deputy abbot of Holy Archangels Monastery, to provide an escort to Visoki Decani Monastery in order to obtain essential staples and wine for Holy Liturgy, members of German KFOR coldly responded that this is no longer their job and that the monks should submit such requests in the future to the Albanians in the Kosovo police.

Even though the Diocese has repeatedly appealed to representatives of the Prizren Task Force to visit the monks and discuss existing problems with them, after the visit of lieutenant colonel Brinkmann, who recited an entire list of arrogant views in a conversation with Abbot Herman, none of the commanding officers of German KFOR has visited the monks in Prizren. "The soldiers still behave arrogantly and Fr. Miron in the Bishop's residence still has not received any food."

Representatives of Orthodox Church from U.S. bring food to monk in Prizren on their own

Today representatives of the humanitarian organization of the Orthodox Church from the U.S. visited the Bishop's residence in Prizren and brought food for Fr. Miron Kosac, who has been left without food for several days by members of German KFOR, even though leftover food is thrown away.

"This is a distressing example of inhumane behavior toward an Orthodox priest," said N.C., a member of the organization from Chicago, in a statement for the ERP KIM Info Service.

 
Oliver Ivanovic informs German foreign affairs ministry officials of German KFOR attitude toward Serbian Orthodox Church

The Diocese of Raska and Prizren has been informed that Serb Return Coalition (Povratak) member Oliver Ivanovic held a meeting yesterday with officials of the German foreign affairs ministry and conveyed his great concern as a result of the behavior of German KFOR, which represents a direct threat not only to the survival of Holy Archangels Monastery but also to the possibility of refugee returns.

Behavior of Lt.Col Brinkmann contradictory to the efforts and policy of the German Government says Fr. Sava

"The German Government is one of the most important donors for the return of displaced Serbs. Regrettably, the behavior of the German KFOR Commander Brinkmann in Prizren is contradictory to the efforts of his own Government, said Fr. Sava Janjic for the Nacional Daily (Feb 05, 2004).

The present behavior of the German KFOR is counterproductive because with the punitive measures against Holy Archangels monks not only the monastery is put under pressure but also the remaining Serbs and returnees because they are going to be deprived of their elementary religious rights (confession, baptism etc). If KFOR protection of our holy sites is lifted that would have very negative consequences for the return of displaced Serbs as well as those who stayed in Kosovo. Our Church is resolute that Kosovo Police cannot protect the patrimonial sites or provide regular escorts in the areas of security risk. They cannot protect themselves and not to mention the churches."

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Balkans targeted by Albanian terrorists - How a country is being created by the use of force

How a country is being created by the use of force - Terrorist actions in Montenegro to be carried out by ANA "division" based in Skadar, not by local Albanians

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http://www.apisgroup.org/article.html?id=1656

Apis Group, Belgrade
January 28, 2004


On the eve of Christmas (January 7, 2004) a special site appeared on the Internet belonging to the hitherto unknown "National Army of Montenegro" (UKM) which warned that "if experiments with the fate of Albanians in Montenegro continues", it will undertake "actions against vital Montenegrin installations and interests". The organization's site claimed that the Albanian community in the republic of Montenegro, and in the state union of Serbia-Montenegro, is the target of discrimination, and threatens to produce "problems in the Balkans".

The website of the so-called National Army of Montenegro, which in many ways reminds us of the sites used by Albanian extremists in south Serbia, Kosovo and Metohija and Macedonia, does not give the name of its author, or indicate who heads the organization or where it is based.
"The Supreme Command of the UKM" believes that Albanians "have been reduced to the level of Gypsies" in the preamble of the Constitutional charter of the "pseudostate" of Serbia-Montenegro which, it claims, was created "in a region that is naturally Albanian".

"Albanians seek national unification. We are not seeking to change borders by force... but we are demanding our rights using every available means, which means to freely express ourselves politically," says the site. Not long afterward the site was shut down. By whose decision is not known.

However, what is interesting is that the appearance of the so-called National Army of Montenegro is a logical development in the actions of Albanian extremists in the Balkans and in the world. In the town of Podgradec in Albania on May 3, 2000 a secret meeting was held between Ilir Meta, the Albanian prime minister at that time, Hashim Thaci and Arben Xhaferi, the head of the Party for Albanian Unification in Macedonia. They agreed that the basic political program for all Albanian parties, regardless of the Balkan country in which they are active, should be the unification of Albanians "living in Albanian territories".
One month later, Fatos Nano, the head of the Socialist Party of Albania, proposed the forming of a pan-Albanian body to work on the unification of "all six million Albanians in the Balkans" as soon as possible.

On May 31, 2001, security forces of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, that is, Serbia-Montenegro, entered the ground safety zone. It was the first time since the beginning of the disintegration of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia that the international community undertook certain measures to at least partially block the expansion ambitions of Albanian extremists to occupy foreign territories. The leaders of the Shiptar terrorists and the leaders of political parties began consultations as early as June of the same year in accordance with the Podgradec agreement. In September the leaders of the majority of political parties and terrorist organizations met in Prizren and formed the National committee for the defense and liberation of Albanian territories (NKOAT) with the task of "firmly defending the territories they have liberated".

By this they meant Kosovo and Metohija, western and parts of northern Macedonia. At the same time, they agreed to work on "liberating the territories that are still under occupation", that is, south Serbia (Bujanovac, Medvedja, Presevo), parts of Montenegro and northern Greece.

The task of NKOAT is to act as a political body and to publicly promote these views. They also formed the Albanian National Army (ANA) which will liberate these territories "by armed conflict". Since then, everyone has been working according to this program, unfortunately, with considerable success.

It is interesting that the U.S. has not included NKOAT on its list of terrorist organizations. George Bush claims that it only a criminal organization, not a terrorist organization representing a security threat in the Balkans. In order to avoid being included on the "black list" of terrorist organizations, in July 2002 the activists of NKOAT changed their name to the Front for National Unification of Albanian (FNOA). At the beginning of 2003, they also formed the Albanian National Fund, based in Zurich, as the supreme body for financing the terrorist activities of the ANA. Funds are secured from drugs, prostitution, white slave trading and other illegal activities. Earnings exceed one billion dollars per year just from drugs. One of the main financiers is a Saudi Arabian citizen, the owner of the supposedly humanitarian organization "Caravan", based in Tirana.

"At the beginning of 2003, an intelligence and counter-intelligence service was formed under the auspices of FNOA with the common name of Albanian National Security. The world is obviously neglecting terror, not terrorism," said colonel Milan Mijalkovski (retired), the former head of the department of security in the School of national defense in Belgrade. "UNMIK and KFOR are in power in Kosovo and Metohija. In any state where bands exist that terrorize the civil population, the authorities would react strongly. Whether the UN mission does not want to or cannot prevent terror in Kosovo and Metohija is a moot point. What is obvious is that Shiptar terrorists are carrying out actions with impunity. What is more, Holkeri, like his predecessors, is 'pushing' the creation of a new independent state in the Balkans, and destroying the union of Serbia-Montenegro. The Shiptar terrorists have grown strong.
They have assessed that the situation in Kosovo and Metohija, and in Macedonia, is developing in their favor; thus, they have announced the possibility of initiating conflict in Montenegro as well."

As far as Montenegro is concerned, Albanians represent the majority population in the municipalities of Ulcinj and Tuzi. There are also quite a few in Bar. Between Tuzi, Bar and Ulcinj, in the village of Krajina, the majority of the population is also Albanian, and they are present in Plav and Gusinje. There are a lot of Shiptars in five municipalities in Montenegro. Montenegrin officials, however, claim that the emergence of the National Army of Montenegro does not represent a danger and a more serious threat. They even say that Serb extremists in Montenegro are pushing Albanians "into the fire", which is completely absurd. The Albanian parties of Ferhat Dinos and Mehmed Bardij have deputies in the Montenegrin parliament. Of course, they support the current government.

However, they also say that the Podgorica government wants to fully control its territory, and are asking for autonomy for the western part of Montenegro, from Kosovo and Metohija to Bar. This is, in fact, an attempt to realize the plan of the FNOA. There is a threat because in those municipalities there are quite a few Albanians who were in the Kosovo Liberation Army in Kosovo and Metohija, who smuggled weapons or are terrorist accomplices. Anyway, if Shiptar extremists decide to carry out a terrorist campaign in Montenegro, it would not have to be done by local Albanians. ANA fighters are organized into four "divisions" - powerful bands which move from one area to another. The command of one such "division" is in Skadar, in Albania; it "covers" the north of Albania and Montenegro. If some more powerful international factor gives them the signal to begin carrying out terrorist activities, they will invade Montenegro.

The Albanian lobby is exceptionally strong in the U.S. and is doing everything possible to win a superior position for the Albanians relative to the other citizens of the Balkan countries in which they live. There are 200,000-300,000 Albanians in the U.S. Many of them are wealthy, and are involved in various legal and illegal activities. They have earned fortunes which they use to finance terrorism and pay lobbyists. One of the most important is congressman Robert Dole. U.S. citizen Morton Abramowitz was the advisor to the Shiptar delegation during the negotiations held at Rambouillet. He said that the situation in Kosovo and Metohija could have been taken care off far more quickly if the international community had not adopted the position that Kosovo and Metohija is still a part of Serbia. If all of this is taken into account, and if their organization in the Balkans is taken into account, such a scenario is entirely possible.

The destruction of the state union of Serbia-Montenegro, in either the geopolitical, national or economic sense, would be a catastrophe for both Serbia and Montenegro. Because after this appetites would be whetted not only among the Albanian extremists but also among some others. Attacks on these territories would be far more intense and the present danger would be dramatically increased.

It is apparent that the Montenegrin administration is not aware of the seriousness of the problem. Their assessments are probably based on relevant data. It is assumed that Montenegrin security agencies have insight into the illegal terrorist activities of Albanian extremists in the region. However, there is also a contradiction. The Albanian leaders in Montenegro, for example, claim they have no idea of the existence of the ANA there. Rugova also claimed, and continues to claim today, that there is no such thing as Albanian terrorism. This hypocrisy on the part of the Albanian leaders is easy to unmask. For what does it mean when Ferhat Dinos says that Albanian national minority in Montenegro is in a subjugated position. In other words, he is claiming that their status there is not good, which is not accurate. He says that there are attempts to eject him from the parliament. These attempts will be unsuccessful, resulting in an automatic joining of forces between those who do not see the ANA but claim that the situation is not good, and those who are saying they will change the situation by force to benefit the Albanians.

However, whether there will be an escalation of Albanian terrorism in Montenegro and a threat to Montenegrin security does not depend on the Albanians. For everything the Albanians have accomplished since 1990, they have not done on their own. Their terrorism has been induced either from Albania or by some Western European country. The Albanian terrorists have also been greatly influenced by the Islamist factor, that is, the Wahabi Islamist sect from Saudi Arabia, which is on the same "wave length" as al Qaida. They are the ones deciding when, what and against whom action is to be taken. Either they or some Western country will decide whether a front will be opened in Montenegro.

"An autonomous decision by Albanians living in Montenegro is excluded.
Perhaps they do not even want a conflict. But what are the terrorists doing? They have accomplices; they inject bands, carry out a terrorist action and leave. If anyone confronts them or reports them to the authorities, they kill him. The domestic Albanian population is not asked whether they agree with this or not. When they began conducting attacks against the police and army in March 2003, the present leader of the ANA, self-proclaimed general Vigan Gradica, said that the ANA is active in areas usurped by Serbian, Montenegrin, Macedonian and Greek Christian Orthodox populations. This statement shows, among other things, that jihad is the fundamental driving force of Albanian extremists and terrorists," emphasized colonel Mijalkovski.

It is interesting that although the U.S. is waging a fierce battle against jihad and al Qaida, in the case of the Albanians they appear to believe that they able to control their terrorism in the Balkans. To some extent this is true because the Shiptar extremists are careful not to carry out a terrorist act against U.S. interests. On April 17, 2003, UNMIK chief Michael Steiner pronounced the ANA to be a terrorist organization. Nevertheless, by the end of December of the same year, the U.S. State Department spokesman called the ANA a loosely organized extremist-terrorist group. With this statement, he practically gave it legitimacy. He repeated the same thing after the attack on and murder of Serb children in Gorazdevac. What would have been happened if U.S. youths had been killed. The ANA would have found itself on the "black list" right after bin Laden. They are well aware that after the first terrorist act, their funding would be cut off and their bosses arrested. As much as 90 percent of the terrorist actions of the ANA are financed by "dirty" money - money earned from drugs, prostitution, the sale of women and children. The Albanian mafia is active throughout Europe and America. The U.S. is waging a fierce battle against Islamic terrorists who attack their interests but if not under immediate threat, they are silent.

The tolerant position of the U.S. toward Albanian terrorism is creating great problems in Europe but especially in Serbia-Montenegro. But Europe is silent, too. For apart from being active in criminal and mafia-like activities in the West, the Albanian terrorists are not significantly jeopardizing the interests of any European country. The Shiptar extremists are cunning. They never say they are carrying out terrorist actions against Serbia-Montenegro; instead, they claim that their territories are occupied and that they have the right to liberate them.

The Albanians are laying the groundwork for the destruction of the territorial integrity of Serbia-Montenegro and Macedonia, in the first phase, and that of Greece, in the second. They want to establish an Islamic state in the Balkans, including Bosnia as well, that will serve as a springboard toward Europe. If the Islamists succeed, they will have the same situation as in 1878, when Austria entered Bosnia after the Congress of Berlin: once again, Europe will be under siege.

In a sense history is repeating itself; the Islamists desire a new Ottoman empire. To be sure, what is happening now is not the same as when the Ottoman empire was so powerful that it trampled European peoples to arrive at the gates of Vienna. Now the strike force of the quiet conquest of the Balkans is the global Islamist movement, whose armed force is the terrorist network of al Qaida, with tentacles all over the world, including Kosovo and Metohija, and Macedonia. Their first success was in Bosnia although it was not complete because Alija Izetbegovic sought to make all of Bosnia Muslim. Nonetheless, a new Islamic state was created. With the arrival of the UN in Kosovo and Metohija, conditions for the Serb population have become intolerable. If the world allows Kosovo and Metohija to become a state, and all indications point in that direction, it would be another great victory for radical Islamists in the Balkans. It would take little effort to connect Bosnia, Kosovo and Metohija, Albania and parts of Macedonia.

Islam has also begun to "rear its head" in Bulgaria following the assassination in Istanbul. What does this demonstrate? That the formerly conceived "green transversal" from Cazin to Bihac may be realized with the silent acquiescence of influential world powers, first and foremost, NATO.

The Albanian ethnic community is relatively numerous in northern Epirus.
There are 200,000-300,000 Albanians from Albania working in Greece. The Greek police already has information regarding their connections with extremists. With the existence of such a population, which has previously been highly saturated with radical Islamist ideas, the shaking up of Greece is not excluded. All the more so since there is no love lost between Greece and Turkey, despite the fact that they are both members of NATO. At the very dawn of the 21st century, the Turkish defense minister accused Greece of harboring Kurdish terrorists. If the Turks are making public statements of this sort about a neighbor, what is stop them from exacerbating the situation in Greece. Radical Islamist terrorists are not concerned with the strength of the state they are going to attack. They are focused on their goal of achieving a holy Islamic state ruled by sharia law. To accomplish this goal, they sacrifice their fighters. Their most potent weapon is suicide bombers against whom no one thus far has an effective response.

The greatest victims of Albanian terrorism in the past decade, nevertheless, have been the states of Serbia-Montenegro and Macedonia. Unless their governments sit and study the dangers posed by radical Islamism, this possibility is, unfortunately, quite real. All Western countries and the U.S. have several state institutes for studying and combating terrorism. Serbia-Montenegro does not have a single organization dedicated to its defense from this evil. What is more, after the terrorist actions of al Qaida in Istanbul, Morocco and Saudi Arabia, people are wondering whether the entire Balkan region is not in danger of such attacks. Albania, for example, does not publicly support terrorism in the Balkans; however, in 2003 its defense minister refused to take part in a conference on regional security in the Balkans held in Montenegro because, he said, "Belgrade still believes that Kosovo and Metohija is a part of Serbia". Consciously or not, he reinforced the very arguments terrorist use to justify their "battles". In fact, Albanian terrorism and separatism have been a noose around the neck of the Serbian state for the past 200 years. It began as long ago as 1878 when the sovereignty of Serbia and Montenegro was recognized at the Congress of Berlin. Educated Albanians became cognizant of the fact that the Turkish empire would leave from the Balkans. They convened a gathering in Prizren involving approximately one hundred Albanians from four Turkish vilayets (districts) at that time: Kosovo, Skadar, Bitolj and Janjina. These are the same territories which now wish to unite into a single state. They sought to gain autonomy for these vilayets within the Turkish state, to be called the Albanian state. In 1919-11 the Turks concluded this would in their interests because even more Albanians would become engaged in the defense of their empire. However, in 1912 the First Balkan War broke out and the idea collapsed. However, the Albanian terrorists have never given up on the agreement from Prizren.

The FNOA is, in fact, the equivalent of the Prizren League of 1878. And for the Prizren League, as well, the driving force was jihad.

Translation by www.serbian-translation.com  (February 4, 2004)

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News from Kosovo and Metohija

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UNMIK bans new place names in Kosovo

Beta News Agency, Belgrade
February 4, 2004



PRISTINA -- Wednesday - The UN Mission in Kosovo has banned the use of new, Albanian names for most municipalities in Kosovo, sharply criticising the renaming of villages and towns after the 1999 war.

UNMIK and the Kosovo interim institutions have set up a joint committee to settle the issue of naming residential areas.

The committee is to submit its recommendations to governor Harri Holkeri by the end of February.



Holkeri to call Kosovo elections for autumn

Beta News Agency, Belgrade
February 5, 2004

PRISTINA -- Thursday - Elections in Kosovo will be held in autumn this year, a spokesman for the OSCE mission in the UN-governed province said today.

Sven Lindholm said the date for the ballot would be decided by the head of the United Nations mission, Harri Holkeri.

The current parliament has a mandate of three years.

Lindholm said that in the next few weeks an election taskforce would recommend a date to the UNMIK chief.



More than ten ANA leaders arrested

Southeast Europe Online (USA)

Belgrade, February 03, 2004 - At least ten ethnic Albanians, leaders of the banned Albanian national army (ANA), were arrested in coordinated police operations in the Balkans and several European countries, the German news agency DPA quoted a Belgrade intelligence official as saying, Tanjug reported.

"The arrests were a result of cooperation between law-enforcement agencies throughout the region and general political stance that we cannot allow any extremist group to endanger the quest for lasting peace in Balkans," the official told the DPA.



No response from UNMIK to Belgrade claims

Beta News Agency, Belgrade
February 3, 2004

BELGRADE -- Tuesday - The head of Belgrade's Kosovo Coordination Centre said today that there had been no response from the international administration in Kosovo to proposals for repatriation and the return of usurped Serbian property in the province.

Covic was commenting on the drafting of implementation plans for the standards drawn up by the international community for Kosovo.

Serb political representatives in the province have boycotted the drafting process.

Covic also said today that he will not be attending Friday's sitting of the UN Security Council in New York, at which Kosovo governor Harri Holkeri will present a report to the UN secretary-general.

"Nothing new will be happening at the Security Council session," said Covic, adding that Belgrade had already presented its position on Kosovo on several occasions.



Belgrade must take part in drafting, implementation of Kosovo standards

Serbian Government

Belgrade, Feb 3, 2004 - Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija Nebojsa Covic has expressed the hope that remarks by the Kosovo Serbs related to the document on standards for Kosovo-Metohija would be acknowledged and added that Belgrade should be a partner in the drafting of the document as well as a plan for its implementation.

Covic told a press conference on Tuesday that UNMIK has rejected Belgrade's proposals for the plan for the implementation of the standards which concerned the return of displaced people and demands for restitution of usurped property of Kosovo Serbs.

Covic also called for the disbanding of the Kosovo Protection Corpus.

He said that he would not attend a session of the UN Security Council in New York on Feb 6, which is to address the problem of Kosovo-Metohija.

Instead, Serbia-Montenegro will be represented by Roksanda Nincic, charge d' affaires of the Serbia-Montenegrin Mission to the UN, and Zeljko Perovic, assistant foreign minister.


INET Flash News from Kosovo and Metohija

Tuesday 03 February 2004

23:40 Kosovo premier Bajram Rexhepi said that dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on the final status of the Province should not be postponed and that preparations should be made so they can begin in mid-2005, reported the Pristina Albanian-language daily "Koha Ditore".

19:00 German KFOR has discontinued military escorts for the monks of Holy Archangels Monastery near Prizren, monks are no longer able to use the military electrical generator they have been using until now, and the Orthodox priest on duty in the Bishop's residence in Prizren is being denied food, reported the Diocese of Raska and Prizren today.

13:40 During a meeting yesterday in Washington with Jessica Fugato, the advisor to U.S. senator Richard Lugar, Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren advised her of the present situation of the Serb community in Kosovo and Metohija and called on the influential senator Lugar, who is the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, to take concrete steps to improve return and living conditions for the Serb people in the southern province. "The meeting was very constructive and beneficial.
Ms. Fugato was visibly moved by the facts presented concerning the present situation of the Serb community," said Bishop Artemije. He emphasized that Ms. Fugato is well-acquainted with the situation in Kosovo and Metohija as she has visited the Province many times.

13:00 At least ten ethnic Albanians who are leaders of the illegal Albanian National Army have been arrested in coordinated police actions in the Balkans and several other European countries, reported an unnamed official of the government intelligence agency in Belgrade, according to a Deutsche Presse Agentur report. "The arrests represent the result of cooperation among police agencies in the region and the general political conviction that we cannot allow any extremist group to jeopardize the establishment of permanent peace in the Balkans," the intelligence official told DPA.

Monday 02 February 2004


22:30 Serbia-Montenegro defense minister Boris Tadic assessed today that "there is no dramatic threat" by terrorist organizations to the security of the country, and that the existing threat is no worse than in previous years.

20:00 Kosovo parliamentary speaker Nexhat Daci stated that reports on Kosovo should be submitted to international institutions by Kosovo Albanians, not by UNMIK representatives.

19:40 The Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija urged those employed in the areas of education, health and social welfare in Kosovo and Metohija not to sign any type of contract proposed by UNMIK and provisional Kosovo institutions.

14:00 The former commander of the Albanian terrorist Albanian National Army in Macedonia Avdil Jakupi aka Chakala and former member Adnan Abazi have turned themselves in to international forces in Kosovo and Metohija, advised KFOR. In a written statement KFOR advised that they surrendered on Friday and were transferred to the U.S. military base camp Bondsteel for questioning until the details regarding their handing over to UNMIK are worked out.

10:00 The U.S. Prayer Breakfast in Washington this year will be attended by Serbia-Montenegro human rights and national minorities minister Rasim Ljajic, Serbian Renewal Movement leader Vuk Draskovic, Montenegrin parliamentary speaker Ranko Krivokapic, Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija member Vladimir Bozovic, as well as several representatives of NGOs from Belgrade and Podgorica. The attendance of Kosovo premier Bajram Rexhepi has also been confirmed.

Sunday 01 February 2004

20:00 Serbia-Montenegro military intelligence agency director Colonel Momir Stojanovic warned that on the basis of information gathered by domestic sources and contracts with the security agencies of other countries, a major breakthrough of radical Islamism and terrorism can be expected in the Western Balkans, including the territory of Serbia and Montenegro. "According to our operational information, the Islamic extremist organizations "Wahabia" and "Red Rose" are active in Raska and Lim River region and in the north of Montenegro, "Tarikat" is active in Macedonia, and there are al Qaida cells in Kosovo and Metohija and in the north of Albania," emphasized Stojanovic.

18:40 Return Coalition (Povratak) whip in the Kosovo parliament Dragisa Krstovic said that dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina may resume in mid-February but that this will depend on the participants in the dialogue. "The fact that the new Serbian government has not yet been constituted is a problem but not an obstacle to the continuation of dialogue because the current government is also competent to resume dialogue," said Krstovic.

17:00 Return Coalition member Oliver Ivanovic said that Serbs in Kosovo are following the disagreements regarding the formation of the new Serbian government with great concern, and he expressed fear that those who are not friends of Serbs nor fond of them will attempt to take advantage of this situation. "Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija are following the situation in Serbia with great concern," Ivanovic told the BBC.


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