February 21, 2004

ERP KiM Newsletter 21-02-04b

Enough theatrics! The time has come for concrete action

The Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija urges Holkeri and Rugova to end their theatrical performances in front of the television cameras and to finally demonstrate genuine readiness for concrete action by engaging themselves in finding the criminals who committed the massacres in Livadice, Gorazdevac, Obilic and yesterday's double murder in Lipljan. Serb returnees do not need hypocritical statements and smiles from Holkeri and Rugova, whose inertia and benevolent attitude toward extremism are responsible for maintaining the rule of ethnic terror in the southern Serbian province. Displaced Serbs want to return to their homes but cannot accept the rule of violence, Albanian chauvinism and terrorism which prevent the Serb people as a whole, and especially its children, from enjoying the most basic elements of a dignified and free life

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ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, February 21, 2004

The Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija wishes to express its opposition and dissatisfaction with the visit of UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri and so-called Kosovo president Ibrahim Rugova to the Serb refugee villages near Istok and Klina today.

This visit comes at a time when both Mr. Holkeri and Ibrahim Rugova are making intensive efforts to misrepresent the actual situation in the southernmost Serbian province before the international community, and cover up the gross extent to which the human and religious rights of the Serbian people and Serbian Orthodox Church are being violated in order to whitewash the failures of the UN mission and Kosovo provisional institutions and depict their work as successful.

In his latest report to the UN Security Council the UNMIK chief consciously hid key security problems and directed his criticism against the Belgrade government and so-called parallel organization without even posting the question why Serbs have no confidence in institutions being built by Holkeri and the Albanians contrary to Resolution 1244. At the same time, Ibrahim Rugova has been on a tour of European capitals, using every available opportunity to lobby for the independence of Kosovo and, of course, failing to mention the suffering and excruciating life conditions of not just the members of the Serb community but even those Albanians who do not see Kosovo's future in the rule of terrorism and the mafia.

The traveling circus of Holkeri and Rugova comes as an attempt of UNMIK and some international circles to boost Rugova's decreasing political charisma among his own people. Known for his political inertia, fear and failure to establish normal contact with the people Rugova has been finally drawn out from his den (his villa) to appear in front of cameras as a responsible politician.

The Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija therefore urges Holkeri and Rugova to end their theatrical performances in front of the television cameras and to finally demonstrate genuine readiness for concrete action by engaging themselves in finding the criminals who committed the massacres in Livadice (blowing up of Nis-express bus), Gorazdevac, Obilic and yesterday's double murder in Lipljan. Serb returnees do not need hypocritical statements and smiles from Holkeri and Rugova, whose lack of responsibility and benevolent attitude toward extremism are responsible for maintaining the rule of ethnic terror in the southern Serbian province. Displaced Serbs want to return to their homes but cannot accept the rule of violence, Albanian chauvinism and terrorism which prevent the Serb people as a whole, and especially its children, from enjoying the most basic elements of a dignified and free life.

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Serbs protest Kosovo murders

Serb protesters
gathered in the village of Staro Gracko, not far from the site where Zlatomir Kostic and Miljana Markovic were killed when their car came under gunfire. Zoran Cirkovic, a local official, claimed Serbs in the village were being systematically attacked in an attempt to drive them out. He called for support from the authorities in Belgrade and Serbs in central Serbia.

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B92, October 20 February, 2004


Lipljan/Staro Gracko, 20 Feb (B92) - Several hundred Serbs protested in Kosovo today at the murder of two Serbs last night in the village of Lipljan.

They gathered in the village of Staro Gracko, not far from the site where Zlatomir Kostic and Miljana Markovic were killed when their car came under gunfire.

Zoran Cirkovic, a local official, claimed Serbs in the village were being systematically attacked in an attempt to drive them out. He called for support from the authorities in Belgrade and Serbs in central Serbia.

The protest was attended by three senior Serb MPs in the Kosovo Parliament – Oliver Ivanovic, Dragisa Krstovic and Milorad Todorovic.

The protestors called on international peacekeepers in the province to re-establish checkpoints at the entrance to the village.

Twenty-two Serbs have killed in the Lipljan municipality since the arrival of peacekeepers and the United Nations administration in mid-1999.

The head of Belgrade’s Coordination for Centre condemned the killings, and accused the international authorities of failing to do their job.


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