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Newsletter 28. February, 2004

Ignoring Kosovo's reality does not lead to stability

Diocesan communique on the latest report by Xavier Solana
The Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija wishes to express its serious concerns regarding the most recent report of EU high representative for foreign policy and security Javier Solana on the evolution of EU stabilization of the situation in Kosovo and Metohija. Unfortunately, this document is more likely to lead to the destabilization of the entire region than to its stabilization and unification with Europe.

Deceiving the public in self-defense, reaction to the statement by Derek Chapel
If UNMIK police and its representatives continue in the same vein, what many already see clearly will be revealed to everyone that much more quickly: that the UNMIK police presence in the southernmost Serbian province is just a smokescreen for the completion of the remaining Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija and the building of a second Albanian national state in the Balkans.


Newsletter 26. February, 2004

Persecution of canonic Ochrid Diocese by Skopje authorities and group of schismatic bishops continues in FYR Macedonia

The Republic of Macedonia is losing much of its international respect, especially now when a decision on its ascension to the European Union is to be made. By supporting seven schismatic bishops, who do not enjoy any support among Orthodox Christians, the government is exposing itself to the risk of not being admitted to the Union due not only to repression and disregard for human rights, as the government has been conducting against the members of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Ochrid, but also because of the same sort of treatment toward foreign citizens of Orthodox confession who wish to enter the Republic of Macedonia or who seek to pass through it in transit, which they are being forbidden to do upon the urging of the aforementioned schismatics. In this manner, the acceptance of the Republic of Macedonia into European civilization and European institutions is excluded (from the Communiqué by the persecuted Synod of Ochrid Archdiocese)


Newsletter 25. February, 2004

Crimes under eyes of KFOR and UNMIK

The goal of the ongoing attacks of the Albanians is to expel more than 420 Serbs from Staro Gracko who have yet to recover from the tragedy that occurred on July 23, 1999, when Albanian terrorists massacred 14 people working in the fields not far from their homes. Before that the villagers were mourning five of their inhabitants who were killed during the NATO aggression. (Politika daily)

BETA: Svilanovic demands UN action after Kosovo killings
"Serbia-Montenegro expects the Security Council to undertake resolute and concrete action this time to prevent further crimes and provide security for all citizens of Kosovo," said Svilanovic, in a statement issued by the foreign ministry in Belgrade.

POLITIKA: Crimes under eyes of KFOR and UNMIK
The goal of the ongoing attacks of the Albanians is to expel more than 420 Serbs from Staro Gracko who have yet to recover from the tragedy that occurred on July 23, 1999, when Albanian terrorists massacred 14 people working in the fields not far from their homes. Before that the villagers were mourning five of their inhabitants who were killed during the NATO aggression.

Serbs protest murder in Lipljan
At the beginning of the protest the gathered were addressed by Rada Trajkovic, a representative of the "Povratak" coalition in the Kosovo parliament. She stated that the recent murders are just showing how Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija feel. "Removal of checkpoints represents an indirect message of the international peacekeepers that Serbs should leave the Serbian southern province. This is just one more very big step on the road towards creating future Kosovo statehood compiled by evil minds," stated Trajkovic.

GLAS: Albanians cleaning their own
Ethem Ceku is known as a top member of the Albanian mafia, which does its criminal activities as part of the criminal organization of Ramush Haradinaj and Ekrem Luka. Luka is known as one of the main financers of Albanian terrorists in Kosovo. At the end of the nineties he gave the UCK almost 2 million euros. Today, Luka is one of the most financially powerful persons in the province. He owns a cigarette factory, brewery, TV station, bars and a basketball team among other things. He has under his control the Serb-Albanian mafia trade going on between Belgrade and Prishtina, and is also involved in drug, weapons, arms, oil, cars, and human trafficking.

TOL: Pictures worth 1000 (angry) words
Ethnic Albanian legislators found themselves alone at the 16 February reopening of the parliamentary auditorium of the Kosovo provisional government. Everyone else had stayed away to protest the depictions of Albanian history hanging on the walls of the new building.

EU's Solana to visit Kosovo as tensions flare
The visit comes days after two Serbs were found shot dead in a car in what some fear to be another ethnically motivated crime in the troubled Serbian province.

Oliver Ivanovic and Dragisa Krstovic following talks with Solana
"Solana was amazed when we asked him: if they were giving up the past concept on Kosovo," KP caucus whip Dragisa Krstovic told Novosti. "He told us there was no change of policy but that the EU only wanted to be included in the resolution of the problems. Although he asserts this, I am not convinced. It is possible that the desire of the EU to take the place of the UN and the SC in resolving the Kosovo and Metohija problems is behind everything."

Standards do not define Kosovo's final status
After the talks with representatives of provisional provincial institutions in Pristina, the EU High Representative for Common Security and Foreign Policy Xavier Solana has stated that the international community standards do not define the final status of Kosovo-Metohija but rather represent a plan to bring Kosovo to the level appropriate for the future final status on the basis of rules outlined in the Resolution 1244.

Another side to the Balkans
Meanwhile, atrocities by the KLA against the few Serbs who have stayed behind in Kosovo since NATO's entrance in June 1999 continue under the noses of the international community, while London and Washington proclaim the Kosovo mission a success. In June 2003, for instance, an elderly couple, Slobodan (80) and Radmila Stolic (76) along with their middle-aged son, 52-year-old Ljubinko, were tortured and killed at their home in Obilic, Kosovo. In the week leading up to their deaths, they were threatened and bullied when they refused to sell their home to a group of Albanians. The killing of the family came just after agreement had been reached for 20 Serb families to return to their homes in that area; the Stolics' murder was seen by many Serbs as a clear warning not to return.


Newsletter 23. February, 2004 - Second Edition

Rugova did not visit church in Bicha or met with an Orthodox priest

The village of Bicha has neither a church nor an Orthodox priest and therefore the cited meeting could not have occurred as reported by "Koha Ditore". In its official communiqué of February 21, the Diocese of Raska and Prizren described the visit of Holkeri and Rugova to the Serb returnee villages of Bicha and Belo Polje as media manipulation of the unfortunate inhabitants whose real intent is to promote Rugova and his party at the beginning of the pre-election campaign, not to promote Serb returns


Newsletter 23. February, 2004

UNMIK police commissioner Stephan Feller's work yields no results

Under the auspices of UNMIK and KFOR the present police commissioner Stephan Feller (Germany), who has been in Kosovo since the year 2000, continues to hold his inviolable position even though during the same period UNMIK police has shown itself to be completely incapable of solving basic security problems and failed to bring to justice a single perpetrator of crimes against Serbs committed during the post-war period.

Bishop Artemije visits family of slain Milijana Markovic of Staro Gracko

The Bishop shared in the sorrow of the parents and conveyed condolences on behalf of the clergy, monks and nuns of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren. "We really do not have anyone to turn to for help. Only our hope in God sustains us!" said the Bishop before the gathered locals, adding that "we have no freedom because all of the criminals who committed crimes against Serbs remain free"


Newsletter 22. February, 2004

Outcry over murders in Kosovo

Serbian journalists today refused to accompany UN governor Harri Holkeri and Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova on a photo-opportunity tour of thirty Serb families who have been repatriated to villages in the Klina district. The local Serbs were openly hostile, greeting Holkeri and Rugova with banners carrying slogans such as "We want the truth told," "We are imprisoned" and "Give us our freedom".

Ombudsman Nowicki: UNMIK police reliability at a stake
Kosovo ombudsman Marek Antoni Nowicki assessed on Saturday that the reliability of the work of UNMIK police is at stake due to the fact that a number of investigations regarding attacks against Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija remain unsolved.

Despite all Mr. FEHLER is still UNMIK police head
In any democratic country such a terrible record of crimes during the so called peacetime would immediately bring about resignations of the leading persons in Police and justice. However, in Kosovo other rules are in force. The chief of UNMIK police a German Mr. Stephan Feller, often called by Serbs Mr. Failure (Fehler in German means a flaw, error or failure) not only remains the head of impotent UNMIK police but denies any responsibility for the terrible situation in the police and justice.

Belgrade Patriarchate: Still no order and justice in Kosovo and Metohija
The murder of Zlatomir Kostic and Milijana Markovic on the outskirts of Lipljan in the direction of Staro Gracko on the eve of the meeting of this Council has confirmed what the Serbian Church has been constantly repeating and attesting to before all, and reality, tragically, constantly confirms its warnings: that despite all the efforts of the International Community, which we do not deny, crucifixion and persecution remains a constant in the life of the Serbs since the arrival of the NATO army and the UN administration in Kosovo and Metohija.

Holkeri cancels Covic's visit to Holy Archangels for security reasons
UNMIK's statement de facto confirms that in the Prizren area, especially in around Holy Archangels Monastery, it is unable to ensure security for a visit by the Serbian delegation, which is in direct contradiction with earlier statements by German KFOR that it no longer needs to provide military escorts for the monks of that monastery due to the supposedly improved security situation.

UNMIK police and KFOR manipulations continue
In their most recent statements regarding the murder of two Serbs in Lipljan on Thursday night, UNMIK police and KFOR multinational brigade Center representatives stressed that there are no indications that the crime in Lipljan was ethnically motivated. According to the same logic, of course, it is possible to say that there are no indications that these were not ethnically motivated crimes either.

Rugova kicks off pre-election campaign in Serb villages
Today's visit by UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri and so-called Kosovo president Ibrahim Rugova to Serb returnee villages in Klina, Istok and Pec municipalities is an unfortunate example of media manipulation of Serb returnees with the intent of strengthening the politically inert Rugova as he launches his pre-election campaign.

AP: Kosovo minister hurt in car blast
Ethem Ceku, Kosovo's environment and spatial planning minister, and four others were in a car that blew up shortly after 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Saturday, police spokesman Refki Morina said. All five were hospitalized but their injuries were not life-threatening, hospital officials said.


Newsletter 21. February, 2004 - Third Edition

All Orthodox Churches express negative reaction over the possibility of establishment of a Greek Catholic Patriarchate in Ukraine*

BARTHOLOMEW I Patriarch of New Rome (Constantinople): "The establishment of a Uniate Patriarchate by the Roman Catholic Church will be regarded as an utterly hostile act against the whole of Orthodoxy and as contradicting the decision of the Second Vatican Council at which it was stated that Uniatism is no longer considered as a model for achieving the unity of the Church and therefore is an unacceptable method among Christians of proselytizing and stealing believers from the Orthodox Church with their subordination to the Roman Catholic Church"


Newsletter 21. February, 2004 - Second Edition

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


Newsletter 21. February, 2004

Systematic Destruction of Orthodox Churches and Cemeteries Continued in 2003

What has been the result of NATO military occupation of the Serbian province of Kosovo-Metohija? Kosovo Ombudsman Merek Nowicki announced the findings of his investigations on December 19, 2002. Nowicki concluded that Kosovo might become a "black hole" of human rights in Europe. UN Resolution 1244 was not being followed. Nowicki concluded that UNMIK was "not respecting human rights regulations established by international community." He found that the remaining Kosovo Serbs lived in Holocaust-style ghettos in Kosovo. The Serbian population has no human rights protections and is under daily pressure to leave Kosovo. What has US/NATO/ KFOR done to allow for the return of the 240,000 Serbian refugees expelled by the UCK in 1999? According to Nowicki, NATO and UNMIK have done absolutely nothing: "The possibility of a Serb return to urban areas is almost zero, because a minimum of conditions for their return have not been secured."


Newsletter 20. February, 2004 - Second Edition

German KFOR officially refuses to provide escort for monks, referring them to UNMIK police

After 12 days of waiting for a response to a request for a military escort to distribute humanitarian aid to Serbs in Prizren, German KFOR finally sent a written notification referring the monks of Holy Archangels Monastery to the UNMIK police. The German Army has thus made it clear that it is not willing to provide protection for the monks in carrying out their basic spiritual and humanitarian work to meet the needs of the remaining Serbs in Prizren. There has also been no change in the demeanor of German KFOR, which is still refusing to provide the monastery with electrical power from its generator and withholding food from the Orthodox priest in Prizren, who is now being fed by the remaining Serbs despite the fact that they themselves live on the very edge of existence.


Newsletter 20. February, 2004

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.

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

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 Lekë Dukagjini". This states that "if one man kills another, a male member of the victim's family must respond in kind".

News from Kosovo and Metohija, Feb 17-19, 2004


Newsletter 19. February, 2004

German KFOR still not providing escorts for distribution of humanitarian aid

Humanitarian aid sent by the Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija through the Strpce Red Cross cannot be distributed to remaining Serbs in Prizren due to reluctance of German KFOR to provide military escorts. Bishop Artemije: A sorry example of collective punishment of the Serb people that deeply compromises the peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and Metohija.


Serb MPs boycott Kosovo parliament session due to nationalist murals
"The Kosovo parliament is not just a parliament of Albanians. We have our own very rich history," said Oliver Ivanovic, the deputy speaker of the parliament and a senior member of the Kosovo Serb coalition.

STRATFOR U.S.: Balkan militants, leaky borders and Olympic games
Recent rumblings from the Balkans indicate the active presence of Islamist militant groups. While such rumblings are nothing new, the variety of high-level responses to them suggests something is brewing in the Balkans.


Newsletter 18. February, 2004

Serbian Patriarch, calls on Solana, Holkeri to protect Church interests
The Patriarch sent a letter to Solana and Holkeri following attempts by the Kosovo ministry for education, science and technology to obtain a decision from the Pristina municipal assembly confiscating the right of the Serbian Orthodox Church to use a parcel of land on which the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior, still under construction, is located, as well as the lot foreseen for the construction of the St. Sava Cultural Center.

Bishop Artemije meets with U.S. General Beck
"Please do not ever withdraw your security checkpoints without first talking to the Serbs," asked Bishop Artemije, explaining that such decisions cannot be considered justified if the Serbs feel fearful and insecurity upon KFOR's withdrawal. The U.S. general explained that during the course of his mandate he regularly paid attention to the interests of the local population in Kosovo, and that he will recommend that his replacement do the same.

Holkeri claims that reports on Holy Archangels' case are "unfounded"
The Diocese of Raska and Prizren is deeply disappointed by the lack of understanding on the part of Mr. Holkeri, who has already demonstrated at a recent session of the UN Security Council in New York by his presentation of a highly biased report on the situation in Kosovo and Metohija, that he yet another in a series of international bureaucrats presenting inaccurate picture of the real situation in the Province to protect his career and possibly his very life.

Red Cross brings food to monks in Holy Archangels Monastery
The Orthodox monastery near Prizren, whose remains have weathered the passage of time for more than 650 years, and its monks have been in the focus of public attention in the last several weeks due to the decision of German KFOR to cease providing them with assistance as a result of a protest by the monks after they were attacked by a group of Albanians in Djakovica.

OSCE official says U.S. falsified grounds for 1999 bombing of Serbia
Pellnas said he was certain the US had assisted secessionist guerrillas in the province since 1998, and saw them as a future ally in a ground assault on Belgrade. He said that former US president Bill Clinton had imposed his policy on the international community for dealing with Belgrade and Kosovo.

CHRONICLES: George Soros postmodern villain - NGO's behold your God
Mr. Soros' peculiar moral values, political views, and ideological preferences would be immaterial without the money that he can spend promoting and imposing them. The bulk of that money-currently estimated at not less than seven billion dollars-was earned in the minus-sum game of currency and stock speculation, contributing nothing to the creation of wealth and making millions of ordinary people poorer in the process.


Newsletter 17. February, 2004

Removal of KFOR checkpoints leads to ethnic cleansing of remaining Serbs

"The decision of KFOR to remove their checkpoints in critical parts of Kosovo will not only discourage the process of returns to these areas, from which large numbers of Serbs were expelled after June 1999, but will lead to the complete departure of the remaining Serb population which has survived here in recent years thanks to the protection of KFOR forces," Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren told the ERP KIM Info Service. "We are especially concerned by the intention of gradually turning over the protection of our most important holy shrines in Metohija to the KPS, which we see on the example of Holy Archangels where KFOR escorts have already been cancelled," said Bishop Artemije.

Former KLA terrorist group arrested again for killing other Albanians

There only remains a question how long will UNMIK and KFOR continue to delude the public opinion in their countries by hiding from them that the international money which is primarily intended for building of democratic and multiethnic society goes into the pockets of mafia clan leaders and terrorists who might soon launch terrorist actions against their own benefactors. Having in mind involvement of the U.S. and other intelligence services in training Osama Bin Laden and his moujahedin in Afghanistan during the war with Russians and bringing of moujaheddin to Bosnia to fight against Bosnian Serbs the support of KLA during the war and the post-war support of the KPC are nothing but continuation of the old wrong policy of "making a pact with the devil", as Richard Holbrooke would put it in his memoirs. Sooner or later any pact with terrorism comes back as a boomerang.

Return KFOR security checkpoints to Serb villages
The Diocese of Raska and Prizren most strongly protests this decision by UNMIK and requests that the checkpoints be returned to the entrances of Serb villages located in high risk zones. If these decisions are not changed as quickly as possible, the consequences will be enormous and will place KFOR in the direct function of the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo and Metohija of its remaining Serbs.

UN police arrest four Kosovo Albanian rebels (AP, Reuters, BETA)
The head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo has personally informed Kosovo Albanian leaders of the arrest of seven members of the Kosovo Protection Corps.

UN prosecutor hurdles in Kosovo war crimes probe
In an exclusive interview to AFP, Del Ponte said she is working on two investigations of ethnic Albanians accused of war crimes in Kosovo during the 1998-99 war but that she had run into problems due to the reluctance of the international community.

Macedonia: The relatives will sue Ali Ahmeti for kidnapping
The relatives of kidnapped Macedonians from Tetovo region will soon start a suit against the leader of the ruling Democratic Union for Integration (DUI), Ali Ahmeti, and charge him for kidnapping of their next of kin. According to Vreme's sources, four lawyers from Skopje, whose names are kept secret, already consider the case. When they are done, the criminal suit is to start before the courts.

Ivanovic says Kosovo Albanians delaying dialogue
Kosovo Serb MP Oliver Ivanovic has accused ethnic Albanian leaders in the province of trying to delay the resumption of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

Skenderbey smiles from the walls
I talked with Holkeri about this ceremony earlier, before we sent the letter, and I told him that the pictures do not express the multiethnicity toward which we are striving, and that the pictures worsen the feelings of the other ethnic community. In that case we are expecting in the pictures to be Milos Obilic, Marko Kraljevic and other Serbian national heroes, or they have to be neutral", said Ivanovic.

News from Kosovo and Metohija, Feb 16, 2004


Newsletter 16. February, 2004

Serbs from Miroc village leave their homes in Kosovo

Serbs from the village of Miroc (pronounced Miroch) in the Kosovo municipality of Vucitrn (Vuchitrn) left their homes this morning due to the removal of the KFOR security checkpoint in their village, sources in Kosovo informed Beta news agency. At the same time the local Kosovo institutions continue with their discriminatory policy against Kosovo Serbs. Kosovo Parliament, dominated by ethnic Albanians refused to remove pictures of mono-ethnic contents despite requests of UNMIK chief Holkeri, Klina Municipality still obstructs the return of Serbs, while Kosovo PM keeps finding excuses to avoid continuation of dialogue with Belgrade authorities. As in previous weeks Kosovo Albanian institutions show that Kosovo Standards plan is just a dead letter on the paper. In reality Kosovo institutions work on building of mono-ethnic society tailored for ethnic Albanians only.

Serbs from village Miroc in Kosovo leave their homes
Serbs from the village of Miroc (pronounced Miroch) in the Kosovo municipality of Vucitrn (Vuchitrn) left their homes this morning due to the removal of the KFOR security checkpoint in their village, sources in Kosovo informed Beta news agency.

Monks of Holy Archangels Monastery reject escorts by UNMIK police and KPS
The monks of Holy Archangels Monastery near Prizren "presently will not accept any services" by UNMIK police and the Kosovo Police Service (KPS) in providing security for the brotherhood and the monastery itself because they are not considered sufficiently ready for this task, Hieromonk Benedict told Beta news agency.

Kosovo Parliament refuses to remove pictures of monoethnic contents
UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri will not attend the opening of the renovated auditorium of the Kosovo parliament if pictures of "monoethnic content" are not removed from its walls, said UNMIK spokeswoman Isabella Karlowicz on Friday. Kosovo parliament official Ramush Tahiri stated today that the controversial pictures will not be removed from the renovated auditorium of the parliament as requested by UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri, who had objected to their monoethnic content.

Kosovo PM rules out talks with Coordination Center
Belgrade's Coordination Centre for Kosovo cannot take part in the upcoming dialogue between the authorities in Belgrade and Pristina, Kosovo Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi insisted today.

News from Kosovo and Metohija, February 13-15, 2004


Newsletter 15. February, 2004, Special Edition

Bishop Artemije at the Russian Orthodox Church in Washington D.C.

During his visit to the United States from Jan 28 - Feb 12, 2004 His Grace Bishop Artemije visited the Russian Orthodox cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Washington D.C. and spoke to the congregation about the suffering of the Orthodox church and Christians in Kosovo and Metohija despite the presence of NATO led peacekeepers and the UN mission. In this special edition on this event ERP KIM Info-service is enclosing the introductory text by Rev. Fr. Victor Potapov, the parish priest at St. John the Baptist Cathedral, as well as the full transcript of the speech by Bishop (Vladyka) Artemije on the situation in which the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija lives today.

We would like to thank to Fr. Victor for granting us these texts and photos as well as for his continuous support of our suffering Church and Christians in Kosovo and Metohija in the last several years.

"Crucified Kosovo" - Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren in Washington D.C.
A reception was held on Monday evening, February 2, in the Parish Hall of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Washington DC, for His Grace the Most-reverend Artemije, Bishop of Raska and Prizren, of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Addressing an audience that filled the hall to overflowing, His Grace told of the current state of the Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija. Accompanying Vladyka were his secretary, Hieromonk Symeon, and Abbot Vasily, Father Superior of the Sopocani Monastery. The day before his talk, Vladyka attended and prayed at the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. At the conclusion of the service, he greeted the faithful, bestowing upon each his hierarchical blessing and, as a memento, giving each person a little icon of St. Savva.

Bishop Artemije's speech: Current situation in the Orthodox Church in Kosovo
These new crimes against the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, especially the attacks against Serbian holy places, make it clear to anyone who has eyes to see with that the situation in the Kosovo region has not improved at all, and that the Serbs and their holy places are still objects of open persecution and terrorist activities. And all this is taking place in the presence and under the administration of the United Nations forces. After this brief review of facts it should be clear that the prospects for survival of the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, and particularly the prospects for the return of those banished from the region, are very poor. The fact that the region of Kosovo and Metohija is in the state of complete chaos was recently pointed out by the Kosovo ombudsman Marek Anthony Novicky. In his official report on human and civil rights submitted in Pristina he says that as regards the respect for human rights Kosovo is still the "black hole" of Europe and the entire world. Nevertheless, UNMIK continues to ignore the facts on which this statement was founded.


Newsletter 15. February, 2004

Albanian Terrorism and Organized Crime in Kosovo and Metohija (K&M)

Security Information Agency (BIA), Belgrade, Sep 2003

We are enclosing an introductory part of a comprehensive report of the Belgrade based Security Information Agency (BIA) on ethnic Albanian terrorism and organized crime in Kosovo. The report was first published in Serbian in September 2003 and has been also republished by some Serbian media since then. The full zipped MS Word text of the report with names and biographies of 156 Kosovo Albanian extremists and terrorists responsible for many crimes during the conflict with Serbian Security forces in 1998-1999 as well as in the post-conflict period (1999-2003) is available at:

http://www.geocities.com/amarant1200/alb_ter.zip (262 KB)


Newsletter 14. February, 2004

Brinkmann ordered food to be thrown away rather than to be shared with a Serbian priest who cannot buy it

Modern Persecution of Christians - Bundeswehr denies Serbian monks protection from Albanian terrorists

Junge Welt
February 9, 2004

If KFOR no longer supports the Serbs with food, electricity and escorts, they are turned over to Albanian extremists who thrive on destruction. Since the deployment of KFOR in June 1999, they have destroyed 30 churches and monasteries just in the German sector, 100 throughout Kosovo, many of them irreplaceable monuments with frescoes from the early Middle Ages. "None of the offenders has ever been brought before the court, and there is not even proof that actual inquiries were ever conducted," criticizes the Diocese.


Newsletter 14. February, 2004

Panorama: Prisoners of Peace

They are increasingly fewer in number, increasingly poorer, exposed to increasingly greater threats. This is how Serbs live in the area administered by the UN. Where the conflict with the Albanians never really ended. And where, even after Milosevic, the nightmare of ethnic cleansing is coming back. But in the reverse direction.... writes Francesca Folda in the most recent article on Kosovo in the Italian magazine Panorama.

PANORAMA.IT: Prisoners of peace
They are increasingly fewer in number, increasingly poorer, exposed to increasingly greater threats. This is how Serbs live in the area administered by the UN. Where the conflict with the Albanians never really ended. And where, even after Milosevic, the nightmare of ethnic cleansing is coming back. But in the reverse direction.

Dagens Nyheter: A naive trust in a U.S. created myth about genocide
The U.S. justified the bombing of Serbia with claims of expulsion and murders in Kosovo. Such propaganda should have been questioned but this never occurred; instead, Sweden demonstrated, by its support for war, that we do not care about human rights but instead adjust to the positions of the major EU countries. The situation in Kosovo in March 1999 offered no reason for any sort of war. Sweden is critical of Bush and his Iraqi campaign while Clinton's actions are viewed with approval. However, both presidents manipulated the truth to a great extent, writes Balkans peace negotiator, colonel and OSCE representative in Belgrade Bo Pellnas.

Guardian UK: The Milosevic trial is a travesty
Terrible crimes were committed in the Balkans during the 90s and it is right that those responsible are held accountable in a court of law. But the Hague tribunal, a blatantly political body set up and funded by the very NATO powers that waged an illegal war against Milosevic's Yugoslavia four years ago - and that has refused to consider the prima facie evidence that western leaders were guilty of war crimes in that conflict - is clearly not the vehicle to do so

Epoka e re: Scandal on 15kg drugs in Rugova's office
This event is not only connected to LDK, but the person itself is an LDK official in Pristina, a close associate with the LDK spokesperson, Lulzim Zeneli, Ukë Rugova, and Ibrahim Rugova himself. The latter, is trying hard to avoid facing the citizens of Kosovo or the journalists he does not control and as a result of this, important or not, he is traveling outside Kosovo in party meetings with European or Balkans (and Serbian) sister parties, while presenting these visits in a different way in Kosovo. Our source believes that the drugs scandal is the main reason Rugova avoided facing the deputies of Kosovo and did not report about the two year work.

BETA: Oliver Ivanovic asks for help for Serb monks and villagers
"We agreed that the situation the monks are in now is alarming and that it is unacceptable that they cannot visit the Orthodox people remaining in the Prizren area," said Ivanovic.

Covic meets with Kathy Stevens, William Montgomery
Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija Nebojsa Covic met on Thursday with Assistant to the US Secretary of State for southeast European issues Kathy Stevens and US Ambassador to Serbia-Montenegro William Montgomery to discuss the situation in Kosovo-Metohija and the upcoming dialogue of Belgrade and Pristina.

News from Kosovo and Metohija, Feb 12, 2004


Newsletter 13. February, 2004

Kosovo Serbs alarmed with reduction of KFOR troops

For many Serb returnees and monastic communities KFOR protection is the only guarantee of security particularly in zones of increased security risk. Their withdrawal and handing over of protection and escorts to Albanian dominated Kosovo police or largely inadequately trained UNMIK police would finally destroy these last places of refuge and worship which have survived so far amidst the ethnic Albanian expansion and violence (KFOR troops guarding monastery at Budisavci, nr. Klina)

EDITORIAL by Fr. Sava Janjic

Wrong steps in wrong time

If KFOR continues with the present practice of further reduction of troops on expense of security of the local population, primarily Serbs but also other vulnerable minorities, it will be very hard to expect some promising results from the process of returns this year. Hardly any displaced Serb family would decide to return to an area in which security depends now on those who expelled them five years ago or on UNMIK police which is incapable of bringing to justice perpetrators of at least one major ethnically motivated crime after the conflict.

Kurir daily: KFOR abandons Serbs
Serbs from the Kosovo villages of Miroca and Slatina have left their centuries-old homes in fear for their very lives after members of Greek KFOR left these villages about two weeks ago and the Kosovo Police Service assumed policing duties.

Serb house in Vitina set on fire - no casualties
Locals say this is the third arson attempt against the Piric house, the only remaining Serb home in Milosa Obilica Street in Vitina.

Coalition POVRATAK objects to Standards implementation plan
Serbian Coalition Povratak (Return) deputies in the Kosovo parliament have adopted a document containing objections to the Kosovo standards implementation plan, which they plan to forward to international community officials in the province.

Covic says Belgrade ready for Kosovo dialogue
"I'm happy to hear they are eager to resume the dialogue, since after wasting much time we're finally going to start resolving the everyday problems facing the citizens of Kosovo," said Covic.

News from Kosovo and Metohija, February 10-11


Report from the JUNGE WELT, Berlin, about the latest measures of German KFOR against the brotherhood of the Holy Archangels monastery in Prizren

Moderne Christenverfolgung - Bundeswehr entzieht serbischen Moenchen Shutz vor albanischen Terroiristen

Wenn die KFOR die Serben nicht mehr mit Lebensmitteln, Elektrizität und Eskorten unterstützt, sind sie albanischen Gewalttätern auf Gedeih und Verderb ausgeliefert. Diese haben seit Stationierung der KFOR im Juni 1999 30 Kirchen und Klöster allein im deutschen Sektor zerstört, 100 im gesamten Kosovo, darunter viele unersetzliche Baudenkmäler mit Fresken aus dem frühen Mittelalter. »Keiner der Täter ist je vor Gericht gebracht worden, und es gibt nicht einmal einen Beweis, daß überhaupt Ermittlungen angestellt wurden«, kritisiert die Diözese.


Newsletter 12. February, 2004

Joseph Grieboski: Human rights in Kosovo - a catastrophe

Almost five years ago, the United States led NATO into a war to liberate the peoples of Kosovo-Metohija from the oppression of Slobodan Milosevic's regime. Five years later, Kosovo's Serbian Orthodox have become second-class citizens in their own country, deprived of their basic human rights. Under the eye of tens of thousands of NATO troops, including Americans, over 115 churches and monasteries have been leveled _ more than half dating back to the Middle Ages; priceless frescos and icons have been desecrated; monks and priests have been attacked as they walk the streets of now-ethnically pure Albanian cities and towns.

A Multi-ethnic Kosovo: Diplomatic dream or Balkan reality
Remarks by His Grace Bishop Artemije of Kosovo and Metohija (full transcript of the Bishop's lecture at the Western Policy Center on January 29, 2004 and the follow-up discussion)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Serbian Bishop here on a mission from Kosovo
He called Kosovo "an open wound that continues to bleed." He cited an Amnesty International report from last year, which said that Serbs and other ethnic minorities are prisoners in their own homes and at constant risk of beatings, stabbings, drive-by shootings, hand grenade attacks and kidnappings.

Joseph Greboski: Human rights in Kosovo - a catastrophe
From the beginning of the war till this very day, thousands of Serbs have been killed, and the Orthodox Serbs who have remained there, live in ghettos and are exposed to segregation, President of the Institute for religious and public policy Joseph Greboski said at a Tuesday Congress debate on religious freedoms in the world.

POVRATAK: Demand for real return of Serbs
"We would demand to be clearly stated that this document is not a way for independence for Kosovo and Metohija, as well as not to be taken in consideration to precisely identify who is in charge of the evaluation of the implementation of the ‘Standards for Kosovo’", emphasized Krstovic the chief of the parliamentarian group of the coalition POVRATAK.

Kosovo Ombudsman urges KFOR to return checkpoints
In a letter to KFOR commander Holger Kammerhoff, Nowicki expressed concern that Serb villagers felt insecure without the checkpoints, adding that there are no adequate telephone services in the villages and the residents would be unable to seek help in any emergency situations.

Coordinating Center calls for Serb participation in the working groups
Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija's justice and human rights division head Vladimir Bozovic said that local Serbs should take part in working groups for the Kosovo standards implementation, stressing that any other approach would mean discrimination of the Serb community.

Racak case in focus again
Covic emphasized that this event needs to be fully clarified because Racak was the 'prime motivation" for the bombing of FRY. "It is our duty to cast full light on events in connection with Racak and to demand responsibility of the 'prime participant' of that event, William Walker . . . Walker cannot go unpunished... If the people in the Hague tribunal are there for violating the law, then bombing a country is also a war crime," said Covic.

Trial of former Albanian rebel leader to begin in Kosovo
A former ethnic Albanian rebel leader charged with kidnapping and attempted extortion is due to go on trial before a United Nations court in eastern Kosovo on Tuesday.

The speech of Serbia-Montenegro Ambassador at the UN SC Meeting, Feb 6
We are enclosing the full transcript of the speech by the SM representative at the UN SC - Ambassador Perovic at the UN SC meeting on Kosovo, February 6


Newsletter 08. February, 2004

Serbs from Brezovica and Sredacka Zupa embittered by behavior of German KFOR toward brotherhood of Holy Archangels near Prizren

"This development involving the monastery is just further proof that the international community lacks the courage to confront reality in Kosovo and Metohija, which is that the Albanian majority does not want Serbs living next to it. The main problem is that such behavior is tolerated. And if the international community continues to keep its eyes shut to this reality, it will not be able to escape responsibility for having participated in the expulsion of the Serb people from Kosovo," stated Strpce mayor Sladjan Ilic during a visit to Holy Archangels.

German KFOR still depriving Serbs of their basic religious rights
"This development involving the monastery is just further proof that the international community lacks the courage to confront reality in Kosovo and Metohija, which is that the Albanian majority does not want Serbs living next to it. The main problem is that such behavior is tolerated. And if the international community continues to keep its eyes shut to this reality, it will not be able to escape responsibility for having participated in the expulsion of the Serb people from Kosovo," stated Strpce mayor Sladjan Ilic during a visit to Holy Archangels.

CNS: Atrocities continue against Serbs in Kosovo, Orthodox Bishop Says,
"When a Serb goes beyond the enclave, he runs the risk of being killed or being kidnapped," the bishop said in a speech at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington. The Feb. 4 event was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Public Policy.

Holkeri calls for Belgrade - Pristina dialogue to resolve fate of the missing
Real progress this year calls for further improvement in safety conditions and the freedom of movement in the province, said Holkeri, adding that progress will also depend on how much effort Kosovo people and leaders are willing to put into supporting a sustainable return. At the same time, the process also calls for a constructive position of Belgrade authorities and continuing engagement of the international community, he noted.


Cleric asks for U.S., international action to stop violence

In the nearly five years since the war in Kosovo ended, many hospitals, streets and mosques have been rebuilt in the U.N.- run province. But the benefits have flowed to ethnic Albanians, while minority Serbs have been the victims of ethnic cleansing by Albanian extremists, according to the Serbian Orthodox bishop of Kosovo.

Macedonia: Bowing down to UCK is our "ticket" home
"Unknown persons, usually wearing a mask, force us to bow before memorials and Albanians flags. To go into the villages of Matejche we must pass through Opae, Orizare, Lipkovo and Otlja, which are inhabited only by Albanians, because there's no other way. In Orizare, there is a memorial for Ismet Jashari, a member of UCK who was killed in Kosovo. In Otlja, a museum has been made for dead members of UCK. Only with the accompaniment of the OSCE can I see my own home. If going alone, a person stops us on the road to 'check our papers.'"

Growing Islamic fundamentalism in Raska region (Sandzak) of Serbia
Islam as their religion, Bosniac nationality as their national choice, and Sandzak as their homeland. Such positions by the Islamic community of Sandzak are supported by the Muslim active youth, the Wahabist movement, some humanitarian organizations from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Generous financial assistance is being provided through Islamic NGOs from Western countries, and they also have close connections with some Arab countries where fundamentalist Islamic ideology predominates. On the ground, the coordinator of all activities is the Islamic religious community in Sandzak, whose leadership also includes a number of "instructors" from Arab countries.

News from Kosovo and Metohija, February 6-7, 2004


Newsletter 07. February, 2004 - Second Edition

Serbs will not participate in working groups

"I got the feeling that the standards are a list of wishes, "train without training schedule, but despite the promise that there will be a better tomorrow, nobody can guaranty the Serbs that the standards are precondition for independence of Kosovo. Maybe there is the answer why there are not Serbian envoys in the working groups for implementation of the standards. Holkeri_s document, as Dragisa says, is not predicted who will determine if Kosovo passed the exam of democracy and multiethnicity in 2005".

Behavior of German KFOR towards Monastery of Holy Archangels still unchanged
"Perhaps the Lt. Colonel Brinkmann should become aware that the German army in Kosovo has not come to exercise reprisals against the Serbian Orthodox Church and the religious rights of its faithful but to be of assistance particularly to vulnerable communities. 30 of our churches have been destroyed in the area of their military control and for more than four years no one of them has shown a minimum of responsibility and compassion but even want to leave us completely in the hands of Albanian extremists", said Fr. Herman.

Serbs will not participate in working groups
"I got the feeling that the standards are a list of wishes, "train without training schedule, but despite the promise that there will be a better tomorrow, nobody can guaranty the Serbs that the standards are precondition for independence of Kosovo. Maybe there is the answer why there are not Serbian envoys in the working groups for implementation of the standards. Holkeri_s document, as Dragisa says, is not predicted who will determine if Kosovo passed the exam of democracy and multiethnicity in 2005".

Parallel institutions exist out of need
Provisional self-governing institutions do not want to and UNMIK is not capable of creating conditions for involvement of Serbs in the political life in Kosmet, Serbia and Montenegro Deputy Foreign Minister, Zeljko Perovic stated at the UN Security Council session dedicated to the situation in the Province.

No conditions for Serb political integration in Kosovo
A senior federal official told the UN Security Council today that the interim Kosovo institutions had refused to create the conditions for the integration of the Serbian community into Kosovo's political life.

Vitina - fear forces them to flee from their centuries old homes
"We live in fear. The only lucky thing in our misfortune is that the KFOR troops are here near the church. They have a permanent security checkpoint and since we are right next to them we feel a little safer. Otherwise we would have to leave. We don't have the feeling of security that people have who are living normal lives," said Gordana Tajic, who lives in Kosovska Vitina with her husband Dragan and their two sons. Her family owns a lot of land nearby but they still do not dare plant crops as a result of frequent attacks and provocations by their Albanian neighbors.


Newsletter 07. February, 2004

Bishop Artemije: Serious human and religious rights violations in Kosovo continue despite UN protectorate

"Albanian leaders are stubbornly continuing to misrepresent the situation in the southern Serbian province to cover up their own lack of willingness to build a truly multiethnic society. Just as Milosevic at one time maintained loyal representatives of national minorities, some of whom he even sent to Rambouillet, so today Albanian leaders have so-called representatives of Kosovo minorities who generally represent only their own interests or that of a small circle of people who enjoy certain privileges from the Albanians. What has happened to the Roma, Gorani and Bosniac communities in Kosovo and Metohija can best be attested to by those who are still banished and unable to return to their burned and robbed homes. Roma and Goranis especially have been persecuted to the point where they are threatened with complete disappearance unless their rights are protected," said Bishop Artemije

Bishop Artemije in New York, Cleveland and Chicago
Bishop Artemije: The fact that Roma, Goranis, Bosniacs and other communities, as well as Serbs, are being expelled shows that what is occurring is not revenge after the war, but the continuation of the old Albanian strategy from during the period of autonomy to create an ethnically pure state of Kosovo by expelling the non-Albanians, which will serve as the basis for pan-Albanian territorial unification in the Balkans.

The world knows and is silent
This visit to Washington D.C. one of the most successful. Europe more vocal in protesting the destruction of the statues of Buddha in Afghanistan that the destruction of Christian holy shrines in the heart of Europe

Covic urges KFOR to help monks in Prizren
Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija Nebojsa Covic urged today the KFOR Commanding Officer, German General Holger Kammerhof, to secure protection for a monk brotherhood of the Sveti Arhandjeli monastery near Prizren and enable them to perform their services for the Serbs who have remained in the regions of Prizren and Djakovica.

News from Kosovo and Metohija, February 4-5, 2004


Newsletter 06. February, 2004

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.

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)


Newsletter 03. February, 2004

Monks of Holy Archangels Monastery pressured by German KFOR after reporting truth about Djakovica incident

Bishop Artemije: "I am horrified by this treatment of my monks. Such behavior on the part of the German military contingent is leading to the complete expulsion of the Orthodox Church from this region where it remained and survived for centuries, even during Turkish occupation."

The Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija expresses its sharpest protest against the intolerant behavior of German KFOR toward monks of the Monastery of Holy Archangels near Prizren.

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Following the incident in Djakovica on January 21, 2004 when a group of about 30 Albanians attacked a German KFOR vehicle transporting monks of the Holy Archangels Monastery and a German TV crew filming the ruins of the Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in the center of town, the life of the monks of the only remaining monastery in the area of responsibility of German KFOR has gotten much worse. KFOR escorts for the monastery have been discontinued with the explanation that all future escorts must be requested from Albanians in the Kosovo Police Service. The monks are no longer able to use the German 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.


Newsletter 02. February, 2004

Bishop Artemije: No participation to the detriment of Serbia's sovereignty

"The Serb community in Kosovo and Metohija wants a free and dignified love but it cannot accept the offer of some sort of abstract "minority rights" in exchange for Serbian sovereignty in a society being tailored by Kosovo Albanians exclusively for their own needs and interests. The Standards for Kosovo document, which practically negates the essential elements of sovereignty of Serbia-Montenegro and Resolution 1244, fundamentally prejudices the secession of the southern Serbian province; consequently, this plan must be revised before it can be accepted by the Serb side," said Bishop Artemije for the ERP KIM Info Service from Washington D.C. In the following days the Bishop will have several meetings with U.S. Congressmen and will visit the UN HQ in New York.

Bishop Artemije meets US State Department Officials
"Our further participation in institutions now depends exclusively on the attitude of the international community which needs to offer something concrete, visible and measurable for our people. Otherwise, our participation in the institutions will only serve to push more Serbs out of Kosovo and Metohija. We are willing to participate only if this ensures the survival of the Serb people, not to legitimize the provisional institutions. We truly cannot continue in that direction," said Bishop Artemije during a meeting with State Department officials


Annan criticizes Kosovo Parliament on Minorities
The Assembly "is once again refusing to take into account legitimate minority concerns in the legislative process, [and is] overstepping its competencies," Annan said in a report to the UN Security Council.

UN News: UN report paints mixed picture on Kosovo's provisional institutions
The record of achievements by Kosovo's Provisional Institutions is mixed, with progress apparently stalled in some areas, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in a new document made public today. In a report to the Security Council on the activities of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Mr. Annan calls for Kosovo's leaders and institutions to uphold the values of multi-ethnicity, tolerance and equal rights for all communities.

Al Qaida Active in Kosovo - Claim Serbs
"We have information that al Qaida has strongholds in Kosovo, northern Albania ... and that they are active in western Macedonia," Stojanovic, the head of the Military Security Agency of Serbia-Montenegro's army, said. All areas are heavily populated by ethnic Albanians, who are mostly Muslims.

Massive heroin haul on Albanian border
Florian Seriani said 30 kilograms was confiscated on Friday morning in Morina, five kilometres from the border. The stash was hidden in a car boot with a false bottom. The car had Albanian licence plates and was coming from the direction of Kosovo, said Seriani.

News from Kosovo and Metohija, January 31


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