February 20, 2004

ERP KiM Newsletter 20-02-04

Two Serbs murdered in Lipljan

The Diocese of Raska and Prizren has been warning on a daily basis of a deterioration of the security situation which the result not only of the existing ethnic terrorism on the part of the Albanians, who have carried on their activities unhindered and unpunished during the past five years despite the presence of the UN mission and KFOR, but also of the unwillingness and unreadiness of international forces to implement Resolution 1244 and carry out the mandate they were deployed to carry out in Kosovo and Metohija.

Deputy PM of Serbia Dr. Nebojsa Covic blamed KFOR and UNMIK for the murder, emphasizing that their officials are falsely portraying the security situation in Kosovo. "Who has the right to give false reports to the UN Security Council on the security situation in Kosovo? Who has the right to accuse monks for expressing their fear when they say that the Kosovo Police Service cannot protect them?" asked Covic.

 


Since arrival of KFOR to Lipljan 22 Serbs were killed in Lipljan
Kosovo Serbs gather in Staro Gracko and stage a protest against the yesterday's mureder and continuation of Albanian ethnic terror against Kosovo Serbs (photo: Serbs in front of Lipljan 14th century church)

Two rounds of shooting

BETA News Agency, Feb. 20

Lipljan deputy mayor Borivoje Vignjevic said last night that the bodies were found after two rounds of shooting were heard in Lipljan.

 
The first shooting at around 20,30 was aimed at Serb houses in the village of Staro Gracko and coming from the Albanian village of Alas.
 
According to Vignjevic, no one was hurt in this attack but there was material damage. A little later, shots could be heard on the other side of Lipljan near the firestation.
 
KFOR and UNMIK have blocked all roads to Lipljan, and patrols have also been reinforced on the road to the village of Staro Gracko.

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Zlatomir Kostic and Milijana Markovic murdered near Lipljan
The bodies of the victims were found near the fire station in Lipljan on the outskirts of the city. According to the same sources, they were ambushed and killed on a transit road while in Kostic's automobile.

Diocese of Raska and Prizren most strongly condemns murder in Lipljan
The Diocese of Raska and Prizren has been warning on a daily basis of a deterioration of the security situation which the result not only of the existing ethnic terrorism on the part of the Albanians, who have carried on their activities unhindered and unpunished during the past five years despite the presence of the UN mission and KFOR, but also of the unwillingness and unreadiness of international forces to implement Resolution 1244 and carry out the mandate they were deployed to carry out in Kosovo and Metohija.

Oliver Ivanovic - Murder in Lipljan a horrible and unjustifiable crime
Ivanovic said that UNMIK and KFOR are responsible for this latest murder of Serbs, assessing that "by failing to do anything, they made these crimes possible. They have not established law and order in Kosovo nor solved previous crimes."

Covic condemns Lipljan murder, slams UNMIK and KFOR
Covic blamed KFOR and UNMIK for the murder, emphasizing that their officials are falsely portraying the security situation in Kosovo. "Who has the right to give false reports to the UN Security Council on the security situation in Kosovo? Who has the right to accuse monks for expressing their fear when they say that the Kosovo Police Service cannot protect them?" asked Covic.

IWPR (UK)_Blood Feuds revive in unstable Kosovo
Honour killings are deeply rooted in Albanian society and were given formal recognition in the collection of medieval tribal laws known as the "Canon of Lekė Dukagjini". This states that "if one man kills another, a male member of the victim's family must respond in kind".

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Albanians have so much weapons and KFOR searches our homes

ERP KIM Info-Service
February 20, 2004

The local Serbian Orthodox parish priest in Lipljan Fr. Randjel Denic said for the ERP KIM Info-service that the yesterdays tragic event was not a surprise for the local Serbs.

"We know well that Albanians have lots of weapons. For the New Year holidays all around Kosovo Serbs could hear shooting from all kinds of weapons for almost half an hour from their villages and neighborhoods. KFOR knows this well but they have orders not to get into conflict with Albanian extremists. We are the ones who have to pay the price of their fear and incompetence", said Fr. Denic.

"Instead of searching Albanian villages, particularly the village of Alas which is known for its extremists who killed 14 Serbs in July 1999. KFOR is exercising their authority and anger over suffering Serbs in Staro Gracko", said the priest.

 


Zlatomir Kostic, Milijana Markovic murdered near Lipljan

The bodies of the victims were found near the fire station in Lipljan on the outskirts of the city. According to the same sources, they were ambushed and killed on a transit road while in Kostic's automobile.

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BETA News Agency
Lipljan, February 20, 2004

LIPLJAN - A Serb man and woman, Zlatomir Kostic (36) of Kosovo Polje and Milijana Markovic (24) of Staro Gracko, were killed last night near Lipljan, unofficial Serb sources in Kosovo have informed Beta.

 
The bodies of the victims were found near the fire station in Lipljan on the outskirts of the city. According to the same sources, they were ambushed and killed on a transit road while in Kostic's automobile.
 
The bodies were found by KFOR and UNMIK police.
 
Lipljan deputy mayor Borivoje Vignjevic said last night that the bodies were found after two rounds of shooting were heard in Lipljan.
 
The first shooting at around 20,30 was aimed at Serb houses in the village of Staro Gracko and coming from the Albanian village of Alas.
 
According to Vignjevic, no one was hurt in this attack but there was material damage. A little later, shots could be heard on the other side of Lipljan near the fire station.
 
KFOR and UNMIK have blocked all roads to Lipljan, and patrols have also been reinforced on the road to the village of Staro Gracko.

UNMIK Police report:

by Madeleine Lux
Tel: (381)-38-504-604-5071 or 1-212-963-8442-5071

MURDER
Lipljan 19/02 - 2030 hrs. Police and KFOR found two corpses (male and female) who both suffered from gunshot wounds inside a civilian vehicle parked on the road. No further information. No arrest was reported.

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Diocese of Raska and Prizren most strongly condemns trechereous murder of Serb man and woman in Lipljan

The Diocese of Raska and Prizren has been warning on a daily basis of a deterioration of the security situation which the result not only of the existing ethnic terrorism on the part of the Albanians, who have carried on their activities unhindered and unpunished during the past five years despite the presence of the UN mission and KFOR, but also of the unwillingness and unreadiness of international forces to implement Resolution 1244 and carry out the mandate they were deployed to carry out in Kosovo and Metohija

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ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, February 20, 2004

(Bishop Artemije: This is outrageous)

The Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija most strongly condemns last night's treacherous double murder of two Serbs in Lipljan: Zlatomir Kostic (36) and Milijana Markovic (24), as well as the attack by armed Albanians on Serb houses in the village of Staro Gracko.

This latest of a long series of crimes against Kosovo and Metohija Serbs once again tragically confirms the fact that there is no safety or freedom of movement for the Serb population in Kosovo and Metohija, and that statements by Albanian political leaders and certain international representatives regarding the supposed improvement of the security in situation are in fact attempts to cover up the real situation, which has remained essentially unchanged since 1999.

We can say that the total number of crimes has been reduced, since Serbs live in isolation in their enclaves and move about cautiously, but what we have here is still the rule of lawlessness and open hunting of Serbs. Albanians from the village of Alas killed 14 Serb farmers working in their fields from the neighboring village of Staro Gracko in July 1999. UNMIK police and KFOR have not managed to find the perpetrators of this gruesome crime to this day nor, for that matter, the perpetrators of other major attacks against Serbs (the Nis Express bombing, the slaughter of the Stolic family in Obilic, the massacre of children in Gorazdevac).

The Diocese of Raska and Prizren has been warning on a daily basis of a deterioration of the security situation which the result not only of the existing ethnic terrorism on the part of the Albanians, who have carried on their activities unhindered and unpunished during the past five years despite the presence of the UN mission and KFOR, but also of the unwillingness and unreadiness of international forces to implement Resolution 1244 and carry out the mandate they were deployed to carry out in Kosovo and Metohija.

"We are horrified by this latest crime against two young Serbs," Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren said in a statement for ERP KIM Info Service. "We ask the painful question: How many more Serbs must be murdered and massacred in order for UNMIK representatives to publicly admit the rule of violence they have allowed to flourish by their silence and unwillingness to confront fundamental problems for the past five years? This murder occurred one month after the attempted murder and beating up of Serbs in Novo Naselje in Lipljan; after that incident, Finnish KFOR and UNMIK police not only failed to find the perpetrators of the attack but did nothing to better protect Serbs in the Lipljan area. On top of that, KFOR has even decided to disband its multinational brigade Center as a result of 'improved security conditions' and begun a huge reduction of forces in central Kosovo, withdrawing security checkpoints near Serb villages and leading not only to a reduction in safety but to the departure of the Serb population from the Vucitrn area. Whether they want to admit it or not, international representatives are directly responsible for the consequences of the present situation; their efforts are directed toward carrying out an exit strategy from Kosovo, leaving the Serbs to the mercy of criminals," said Bishop Artemije.

KFOR searching Serb houses in Staro Gracko

According to the latest information KFOR is conducting searches of the Serb houses in the village of Staro Gracko. Following the usual pattern, the perpetrators are being given time to cover up their crime while the houses of the victims are being searched. Unfortunately we have already seen the same scenario in many other places where Serbs have been killed, including Gorazdevac, Obilic, Cernica and elsewhere.

One did not have to be a prophet to foresee the present course of events. Since the security situation has not essentially improved and ethnic terror by the Albanians is ongoing under the aegis of international institutions, the unjustified reduction in KFOR forces and the irresponsible attitude of UNMIK must inevitably result in new Serb victims. For international representatives, whose primary goal has been to save face for their missions by falsely reporting on the actual situation in the Province, this appears to be the cheapest solution.

Finnish KFOR uninterested and ethnically biased against Serbs

Diocese of Raska and Prizren is continually concerned due to extremely uninterested and unprofessional work of the Finnish KFOR in Kosovo, particularly in the recent time. A month ago when one Serb was seriously wounded and several more beaten by ethnic Albanians from the village of Asani nr. Lipljan, KFOR soldiers were passively watching and shooting the lynch with their camcorders. Their personnel at the military clinic refused to receive a critically wounded Serb patient. Several days later a belfry on the Serbian Orthodox church in their sector was set on fire. When the delegation of the Church requested to inspect the damage they refused to offer escort saying that in their sector "security is good and freedom of movement exists for all". Exposing their lives to danger a priest with a journalist visited the site and received an "official" report from UNMIK police that the fire was a "children's game".

Instead of serious work against criminal groups and protection of the Serbian population Finns spend their time most usually enjoying in their saunas and bars letting Albanian extremist continue ethnic cleansing of Serb population.


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Oliver Ivanovic: Murder in Lipljan a horrible, unjustifiable crime

Ivanovic said that UNMIK and KFOR are responsible for this latest murder of Serbs, assessing that "by failing to do anything, they made these crimes possible. They have not established law and order in Kosovo nor solved previous crimes."

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
February 20, 2004

(Oliver Ivanovic: Horrible and unjustifiable crime)

KOSOVSKA MITROVICA - Kosovo parliament deputy speaker Oliver Ivanovic assessed today that the murder of two Serbs near Lipljan represents "a horrible crime" that could not be justified in an way.

Zlatomir Kostic (36) of Kosovo Polje and Milijana Markovic (24) of Staro Gracko were killed last night near Lipljan as they were driving toward Staro Gracko, unofficial Serb sources from Kosovo informed Beta.

They were ambushed and shot at on the transit road near the fire station in Lipljan.

Ivanovic said that UNMIK and KFOR are responsible for this latest murder of Serbs, assessing that "by failing to do anything, they made these crimes possible. They have not established law and order in Kosovo nor solved previous crimes."

"One of the greatest single crimes against Serbs in Kosovo was the murder of 14 Serb harvesters in the village of Staro Gracko in July 1999," said Ivanovic, reminding that the perpetrators of that crime were never found.

The most recent murders, he added, "can only serve to embolden the extremists. It is no coincidence that the Staro Gracko area was chosen so as to discourage the Serbs who still remain there."

"I am afraid that this will have tragic consequences on all other activities and UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri has no greater priority than solving this crime and other crimes that have been committed against Serbs," said Ivanovic categorically.

Since the arrival of KFOR and UNMIK in Kosovo and Metohija in June 1999, more than 1,300 Serbs and other non-Albanians have been murdered, according to data from the Serbian Orthodox Church.


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Covic condemns Lipljan murder, slams UNMIK and KFOR

Covic blamed KFOR and UNMIK for the murder, emphasizing that their officials are falsely portraying the security situation in Kosovo. "Who has the right to give false reports to the UN Security Council on the security situation in Kosovo? Who has the right to accuse monks for expressing their fear when they say that the Kosovo Police Service cannot protect them?" asked Covic.

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
February 20, 2004

(Covic: UNMIK gives false reports about security situation in Kosovo)

BELGRADE - Serbian deputy prime minister Nebojsa Covic said today that the murder of two Serbs near Lipljan is "a horrible crime" and at the same time criticized UNMIK and KFOR for not doing their job.

Zlatomir Kostic (36) of Kosovo Polje and Milijana Markovic (24) of Staro Gracko were murdered last night near Lipljan while driving by car toward Staro Gracko, unofficial Serb sources in Kosovo told Beta.

They were ambushed and shot while driving in Kostic's Renault on the transit road toward Staro Gracko.

Covic blamed KFOR and UNMIK for the murder, emphasizing that their officials are falsely portraying the security situation in Kosovo.

"Who has the right to give false reports to the UN Security Council on the security situation in Kosovo? Who has the right to accuse monks for expressing their fear when they say that the Kosovo Police Service cannot protect them?" asked Covic.

Covic emphasized that no one has the right to ask anything of the remaining Serb in Kosovo and Metohija until UNMIK and KFOR provide answers and solve the murder of Serbs in Staro Gracko in 1999, the Nis Express bus bombing near Podujevo two years ago, the slaughter of the Stolic family in Obilic, the massacre of Serb children in Gorazdevac and a series of other crimes.

"The murder of these two Serbs near Lipljan is the result of the failure to solve a series of other ethnically motivated murders committed in Kosovo and Metohija," said Covic.

"Neither UNMIK nor KFOR has managed to solve the crimes, let alone the Kosovo Police Service," underscored Covic.

Serb journalists boycott tomorrow's Holkeri's visit to Serb returnee villages of Grabac and Bicha

ErP KIM Info-Service
Gracanica, February 20, 2004

ERP KIM Info-Service learned from Mitrovica that a group of Serbian media journalists who were planning to go with UNMIK's chief Harri Holkeri on a tour around Serb returnee villages in Western Kosovo decided to cancel their trip in protest against the Lipljan murder and false reports on situation in Kosovo by chief of UNMIK.

In their letter sent to Harri Holkeri the journalists said: "It is extremely hypocritical to invite journalists to visit the returnees to Bicha and Grabac at the same time when violence against Serbs continues. Thanks to your untrue reports on alleged improvement of the security situation KFOR continues with dismantling of checkpoints and leaves endangered Serb population in Kosovo and Metohija without protection."

The letter was signed by Nada Mikic the representatives of the Journalist Association of Serbia in North Kosovo.

According to the information from UNMIK Harri Holkeri plans to visit Serb returnee villages of Grabac and Bicha tomorrow  with so called Kosovo's President Ibrahim Rugova and the Serbian representative for the returns Nenad Radosavljevic.


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IWPR: Blood Feuds Revive in Unstable Kosovo

Rise in "Honour killings" blamed on collapse of respect for law and order.

Honour killings are deeply rooted in Albanian society and were given formal recognition in the collection of medieval tribal laws known as the "Canon of Lekė Dukagjini". This states that "if one man kills another, a male member of the victim's family must respond in kind".

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Institute for War and Peace Reporting, IWPR (UK)

By Fatos Bytyci in Djakovica (BCR No 481, 19-Feb-04)

There are no signs of life outside the Murati house in Duzhnje village in south-west Kosovo. The windows are closed and there are no footprints in the snow in the front of the door.

Sixty-year-old Osman Murati opens the main gate only enough to put his head out and see who is knocking. He fears people might be out to shoot him as an "honour killing" to avenge the double murder recently committed by his 20-year-old son Valon.

Honour killings are deeply rooted in Albanian society and were given formal recognition in the collection of medieval tribal laws known as the "Canon of Lekė Dukagjini". This states that "if one man kills another, a male member of the victim's family must respond in kind".

In the communist era, blood feuds were relatively rare among Albanians either in Kosovo or Albania. But after the turmoil of the 1990s, the ideas contained in Leke's canon revived, first in the chaos of post-communist Albania and then in neighbouring Kosovo, too, after the NATO strikes and withdrawal of Serbian forces.

For more than three months, neither Valon Murati, nor his brother, father and grandfather have stirred from their home out of fear that the murders might incurr a vendetta.

The killings occured on November 10 when Valon, a member of the Kosovo Police Service, KPS, in Gjakova, shot dead Sadik and Safedin Zeneli, aged 55 and 30 respectively, while returning from work. The victims were Veton's cousins and came from the same village.

Isak Zeneli heard the shots. "I saw two people lying on the ground," he recalled. "Valon was running towrads the village street shouting 'I have killed two people'.''

While awaiting trial, Murati has been released on bail. The Zeneli family is furious and believes Murati was released because he was a KPS officer. Now they are threatening to take the law into their own hands. Sadik Dobruna, their lawyer, says the court acted foolishly. "This decision has put the suspect in great danger," he said. "It will do him more harm than good."

Xhafer Zeneli, Sadik's brother, has not dispelled suspicions that the family may take revenge on Valon Murati. "There is no justice in Kosovo," he said. "He murdered my brother and yet he is free. Sadik has many sons in Germany. They may take revenge when they return."

Under the Canon of Lekė Dukagjini, a murderer must request security from the victim's family - in the form of a word of honour known as "besa" - that he will not be shot if he steps outside his home.

In Murati's case, the deceased's family has refused to subscribe to such a pledge, leaving the men of the Murati family wondereing if they will be victims of a vendetta killing.

Valon fears precisely such an outcome. Appearing at his front door, he insists he shot the two men in self-defence and urges the Zelenis to understand. "How can I convince them I was attacked and only defended myself?" he asked.

From the end of the war in Kosovo in 1999 until late 2003, Kosovo recorded around 40 murders related to blood feuds, according to the Council for the Defence of Human Rights and Freedoms, KLMDNJ.

"Cases of blood vengenance are reappearing as a consequence of the poor functioning of law and order and the institutions that regulate the law," said Pajazit Nushi, the council's president.

Some local experts blame the legal and political vacuum that has prevailed since 1999, when Serb officialdom withdrew, and the international community proved reluctant to hand power to Kosovo Albanian institutions that might assert their independence. The legal system itself, including judges, public prosecutors and police, is widely viewed as corrupt and open to intimidation.

As murders go unpunished, many people openly say neither the law nor the courts deserve respect. In November 2002, Radio Television Kosovo broadcast a crime programme in which a father whose son was murdered warned that if killers were not punished "we will solve the issue without police according to the Canon (of Leke)".

From 1990 to 1997, hundreds of families involved in bloodfeuds were reconciled through a mass campaign initiated by the late Anton Cetta, a retired professor from the University of Pristina. Cetta toured hundreds of villages, convincing men to forget their family feuds and organising ceremonies of reconciliation that featured feasting, music and dance.

It was tough work. Cetta said at the time, "It is not easy for families required to draw blood to forgive, because for many centuries, families who did not take vengeance were considered cowards." But they were helped by a widespread feeling that Albanians needed to unite against the Serbian government.

That feeling has not survived the transition to a new century or the departure of the Serbs. "Many people who became reconciled in the 1990s have become enemies again and restarted the old family blood feud," said Pajazit Nushi said.

Sadik Dobruna says that members of the Zeneli family are not after a blood feud, if justice can be seen to be done. But there is a veiled warning, when he adds, "If the court takes the side of the police officer, then the situation might change."

Fatos Bytyci is a journalist with Radio Television Kosovo, RTK.

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News from Kosovo and Metohija, 17-19 Feb

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I*Net News, Belgrade

Thursday 19 February 2004

23:40 German defense minister Peter Struck announced that the German Army will not decrease its presence in southeastern Europe, first of all, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in Kosovo where it will continue to provide security for members of the Serb community.

23:00 The plan for implementation of the Standards for Kosovo prepared by the Kosovo government and UNMIK will be delivered tomorrow to the UN Security Council for review, stated the coordinator for standards in the Kosovo government Ilir Deda.

22:00 The Albanian Democratic Party of Albanians assessed that trial of the former commander of the so-called Liberation Army of Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac Sefcet Musliu before an UNMIK court in Gnjilane is based on "political facts staged two years ago".

21:00 The president of the executive council of the Serb National Council of Northern Kosovo Rada Trajkovic said that she has been receiving threatening email with insulting content for two days.

15:45 His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Kyr Pavle has called on senior officials of the United Nations and their representatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina to prevent future possible searches of churches in Bosnia and Herzegovina during searches for Hague tribunal indictees like last month in Pale during a search for Radovan Karadzic.

14:00 UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri repeated in Tirana that the world organization has sole authority to decide on the final status of Kosovo and Metohija on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 1244. "The final status of Kosovo will be decided by the UN Security Council on the basis of its Resolution 1244," Holkeri told reporters after a meeting with Republic of Albanian president Alfred Moisiu.

Wednesday 18 February 2004

22:00 UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri repeated the objections of the UN mission in Kosovo to the monoethnic national motifs on display in the renovated building of the Kosovo parliament. "Since the Kosovo parliament is a multiethnic institution, it must have monoethnic symbols," said UNMIK spokeswoman Isabella Karlowicz. The Serb deputies from the Return Coalition (Povratak) have decided not to participate in parliamentary sessions in protest because they consider the pictures hung in the parliamentary hall to be discriminatory and ethnically biased. The pictures depict the League of Prizren and the return of Skenderbey to Albania.

21:00 On Wednesday international investigating judge in the Prizren district court Lin Stratengren (sp?) began questioning four members of the Kosovo Protection Corps arrested on Monday in southwest Kosovo.
Among those arrested is the regional commander of the Kosovo Protection Corps for Prizren, Selim Krasniqi. The suspects, all members of the former Kosovo Liberation Army, are accused of having committed war crimes against Albanian civilians in Kosovo during the summer of 1998.
Associations of KLA veterans have announced ongoing protests against the arrest of former KLA members and present KPC employees in a number of Kosovo municipalities beginning on Wednesday, assessing that this represents an attack on the values for which the KLA fought.

18:00 At a meeting held in Pristina on Wednesday representatives of the Return Coalition decided who will represent the Serb community in Kosovo and Metohija in the Pristina delegation during upcoming negotiations with Belgrade officials. The Pristina delegation will include Goran Bogdanovic, minister of agriculture in the Kosovo government; Milorad Todorovic, repatriation co-minister in the Kosovo government; Nenad Radosavljevic, the UNMIK chief's advisor on returns; and Kosovo parliament presidency member Oliver Ivanovic, confirmed a source close to the Return Coalition.

12:20 Speaking on Tuesday evening in Ljubljana, Albanian president Alfred Mojsiu said that the Republic of Albania strongly supports the upcoming dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade and efforts to fulfill democratic standards demanded by the international community in Kosovo.

12:00 UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri expressed doubt on Tuesday that the standards for Kosovo will be fulfilled by 2005 due to complexity and difficulties, and repeated that talks on the future status of Kosovo will depend on the degree to which the standards are realized.

Tuesday 17 February 2004

21:40 Nebojsa Covic, the head of the Serbia-Montenegro and Republic of Serbia's Joint Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija, met today with Slovak president Rudolf Schuster.

18:00 His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Kyr Pavle has sent a letter to European Union high representative for foreign policy and security Javier Solana and the special representative of the UN secretary general for Kosovo Harri Holkeri asking them to protect the rights of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija following attempts by Kosovo provisional institution to usurp church land in Pristina where the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the St. Sava Cultural Center are being built.

11:00 The Kosovo parliamentary assembly hall was formally opened on Monday in the absence of UNMIK representatives and members of the Serb Return Coalition, who did not attend because the refurbished hall is dominated by pictures showing scenes from Albanian history.

09:30 EU high representative Javier Solana announced in Brussels that he will soon visit Kosovo and Metohija in order to convey the support of the European Union for dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. Solana said that the EU attaches great importance to the continuation of the dialogue, which began on October 14 of last year in Vienna, adding that Brussels is aware of the fact that the process will be neither quick nor easy, taking into account the process of the formation of the Serbian government among other things.

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