January 10, 2004

ERP KiM Newsletter 10-01-04

Obstruction of Serb returns still continues

Bishop Artemije: "Refugee return is not up to the good will of the Albanian populations, among whom are the same people who expelled the Serbs who are now seeking to return. It is a fundamental human right for which there cannot and must not be any preconditions. This ignoble behavior on the part Klina municipal officials and the refusal of top Kosovo leader to respond to the appeal of Peggy Hicks, best demonstrate that their letter to Serb refugees of last summer is nothing more than meaningless rhetoric.

 
Still waiting to be granted right and free return to their homes, a Kosovo Serb
refugee (photo archive ERP KIM). "They (Kosovo leaders) called us to return and we did. Nowthey make institutional obstacles and want us leave Kosovo", said one of Serb returnees to Klina

CONTENTS:

Organized obstruction of Serb returns to Jkuna cintunyes 0 /rygiva;s ckaun refyted by events  on the ground

Bishop Artemije: Return is not up to the good will of the Albanians but a fundamental human right. Bishop Artemije also criticized Rugova's claim that "Kosovo has already met most standards": "Such claims only inflict moral shame on Albanian leaders whose irresponsible claims are refuted daily by events on the ground."

Albanian National Army of Montenegro launches its Web Site
Although further comment is hardly necessary, it is obvious that another bloody "Albanian spring" is being prepared in the region of eastern Montenegro and the Ulcinj, Tuzi, Plav and Gusinje areas according to the same recipe we have already seen not only in Kosovo and Metohija but also in the Presevo Valley and northwest Macedonia. Currently the biggest bone of contention among strategists is whether to wait for the independence of Montenegro or launch a campaign while the state union of Serbia-Montenegro still exists.

Ethnic Albanians push for Montenegrin regions - KLA roving around Montenegro
One of the organisers of the petition said Albanians in Montenegro had "outgrown" the form of local government provided in the republic's municipalities. "The only solution for Albanians in Montenegro is for the territory we inhabit to be divided into three regions," Nik Djeljosaj was quoted as saying.

Kosovo Serb MP's continue boycott
The Serb member of the Kosovo Parliament's collective presidency, Oliver Ivanovic, said this afternoon that participation in the working party on implementation of standards was not possible at the moment.

News from Kosovo and Metohija, 8-9 January 2004


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Organized obstruction of Serb returns to Klina continues - Rugova's claim refuted by events on the ground

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Bishop Artemije: Return is not up to the good will of the Albanians but a fundamental human right. Bishop Artemije also criticized Rugova's claim that "Kosovo has already met most standards": "Such claims only inflict moral shame on Albanian leaders whose irresponsible claims are refuted daily by events on the ground."

ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, January 9, 2004


The Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija notes with sorrow that the fate of 26 Serb returnees to Klina who have been waiting for more than two months without results to be allowed to return their homes still remains indeterminate.

After a recent meeting in Pec with Albanian local officials from Klina and advisors to premier Rexhepi, it appears that there is serious obstruction to the returns at the municipal level which is controlled by Mr. Rugova's political party. Namely, the Albanian representatives conditioned the return of the Serbs to their homes on the impossible demand for resolution of the fate of all missing Albanians.

Representatives of the Serb returnees, who are staying in the village of Bicha, eight kilometers north of Klina, say they understand the pain of the families of the missing because the fate of more than 1,200 Serbs kidnapped by the KLA during and after the armed conflict of 1998-99 also remains unknown. However, it is their opinion that setting of conditions of this sort is only a rationalization for the unwillingness of the Albanians to fulfill the recently promoted "Standards for Kosovo".

"The Serbs have said that they have chosen to live together with their former neighbors and clearly stated that they recognize Kosovo institutions and respect the administration of the mayor of Klina," said Peggy Hicks, the head of the UNMIK Office for Return of Displaced Persons.

However, this statement by the Serbs was wrongly interpreted by Mr. Hidajet Hiseni, who said that the Serbs "recognize the new reality in Kosovo and understand that Kosovo will never again be a part of Serbia", which represents a blatant political manipulation and political pressure on the Serb returnees. The Serbs are prepared to accept the new reality but a reality according to which all citizens, regardless of their ethnic origin, are equal before the law and in which everyone has equal opportunity for a dignified and safe life. The final status of the Province should be resolved in accordance with UN Security Council 1244, which recognizes the sovereignty of Serbia in this region, one of the Serb returnees attending the meeting told ERP KIM.

In the opinion of Bishop Artemije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija: "Refugee return is not up to the good will of the Albanian populations, among whom are the same people who expelled the Serbs who are now seeking to return. It is a fundamental human right for which there cannot and must not be any preconditions. This ignoble behavior on the part Klina municipal officials and the refusal of top Kosovo leader to respond to the appeal of Peggy Hicks, best demonstrate that their letter to Serb refugees of last summer is nothing more than meaningless rhetoric. It is quite apparent that the goal of Albanian leaders and especially of their institutions, government and Mr. Rugova, still remains an ethnically pure Albanian Kosovo and a policy of presenting the international community with already accomplished facts. It is their assumption that when there is no longer a single Serb left in Kosovo, a discussion on status will become pointless. The international community must not tolerate such clear violation of human rights and the standards it is promoting; it needs to introduce urgent measures to sanction such obstructive and extremist behavior."

Bishop Artemije regrets silence of Albanian leaders following incident in Decani

Bishop Artemije expressed his regret for the incident of two day ago in Decani when a bus carrying Russian pilgrims from a Christmas celebration at Visoki Decani Monastery came under attack. "It is also regrettable," added Bishop Artemije, "that not one Albanian official from Decani municipality, the Kosovo government or parliament has condemned this act, which UNMIK chief Mr. Harri Holkeri described as an act of vandalism. By their silence they are expressing the loudest support for the policy of extremism and violence and undermining the progress of Kosovo and Metohija toward a democratic and multiethnic future."

Diocese of Raska and Prizren slams Rugova's claim

Bishop Artemije also strongly criticized a claim today by Ibrahim Rugova that Kosovo has already met most standards and should soon be given independence. "This unprecedented claim is mere fantasy because Kosovo and Metohija have been ruled for the past more than four years by terror and ethnic violence with the open support of Mr. Rugova and other Albanian leaders, and the dumb silence of the international community. Such claims only serve to further damage interethnic relations and inflict tremendous moral shame on Albanian leaders whose irresponsible claims are refuted daily by events on the ground."

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Albanian National Army of Montenegro launches site on the Web

Although further comment is hardly necessary, it is obvious that another bloody "Albanian spring" is being prepared in the region of eastern Montenegro and the Ulcinj, Tuzi, Plav and Gusinje areas according to the same recipe we have already seen not only in Kosovo and Metohija but also in the Presevo Valley and northwest Macedonia. Currently the biggest bone of contention among strategists is whether to wait for the independence of Montenegro or launch a campaign while the state union of Serbia-Montenegro still exists.

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ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, January 9, 2004

(Insignia of the new UKM is almost the same as UCK/KLA)


The Albanian National Army (UKM - Ushtria Kombetare Malit Zi) recently launched a Website at  http://www.ushtriamalitzi.it.st/

Although further comment is hardly necessary, it is obvious that another bloody "Albanian spring" is being prepared in the region of eastern Montenegro and the Ulcinj, Tuzi, Plav and Gusinje areas according to the same recipe we have already seen not only in Kosovo and Metohija but also in the Presevo Valley and northwest Macedonia. Currently the biggest bone of contention among strategists is whether to wait for the independence of Montenegro or launch a campaign while the state union of Serbia-Montenegro still exists.

A bill has already been introduced in the U.S. Congress by the Albanian lobby which emphasizes that Albanians in Montenegro are discriminated against and seeking greater rights. The UKM (Albanian National Army in Montenegro) apparently has an even more ambitious goal: the annexation of parts of Montenegro to the Republic of Albania, which can be seen from the survey on their home page where 85.1% voted in favor of unification and only 14.8% against it.

The campaign continued with recent testimony by a sizeable group of Albanians from Montenegro who are making liberal use of statements by Montenegrin separatist forces desiring to withdraw from the state union with Serbia. Déjà vu...

According to the program of the Albanian separatists who wish to create a so-called union of Albanian territories in the Balkans, the hardest part of the task would come after Montenegro, considered to be a small morsel in the event of its separation from Serbia: the annexation of northern Greece, i.e., so-called south Epirus or Chameria, which in the opinion of the architects of pan-Albanian unification, would lead to the drawing of the border already drawn on the map of the American Albanian Association.

A key and central element to this strategy is the independence of Kosovo, which would become the main cohesive element of the newly acquired territories. Hence the impatience with the formation of an independent state of Kosovo, which would enable the realization of a broader regional plan with the support of powerful lobbies in the West.

Link on Albanian pretension in Chameria (northern Greece):
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Congress/1633/Cameria.HTML


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Ethnic Albanians push for Montenegrin regions

One of the organisers of the petition said Albanians in Montenegro had "outgrown" the form of local government provided in the republic's municipalities. "The only solution for Albanians in Montenegro is for the territory we inhabit to be divided into three regions," Nik Djeljosaj was quoted as saying.

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SRNA News Agency, Bijeljina
January 9, 2004

PODGORICA -- Friday - A petition has been launched among ethnic Albanians in Montenegro calling for the creation of three regions, Podgorica daily Vijesti reports.

One of the organisers of the petition said Albanians in Montenegro had "outgrown" the form of local government provided in the republic's municipalities. "The only solution for Albanians in Montenegro is for the territory we inhabit to be divided into three regions," Nik Djeljosaj was quoted as saying.

He announced the establishment of an NGO to work on the proposal.

The Democratic Union of Albanians, which is represented in the Montenegrin parliament, has distanced itself from the petition, reports Vijesti.

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Related texts:

"KLA" Roving around in Montenegro?

Kosovo terrorist syndrome spreads to Gusinje, Plav, even Podgorica. Uniformed Albanian terrorists observed in hills of Gusinje. “KLA” Internet threat. “UCK” graffiti in downtown Podgorica

Vecernje Novosti, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
March 20, 2001

PODGORICA (Tanjug) - Members of the self-styled “Kosovo Liberation Army” (KLA) have been observed during the last three days in the hills of Gusinje municipality which is located in Montenegro near the border with Kosovo and Albania, Tanjug was advised by well-informed sources in Podgorica.

According to the source, uniformed groups of men bearing the insignia of the “KLA” were observed on several occasions during the last three days in the villages of Gusinje and Plav municipalities, both of which border on Albania and have a majority population of Albanians and Muslims.

That fear of the spread of Albanian extremism is not unjustified is also proven by the fact that yesterday at the secondary school for engineering technology in Podgorica, which is located near the state police (MUP) in the city center, graffiti was painted reading “UCK-Greater Albania” as well as several other slogans glorifying this terrorist movement from Kosovo and Metohija.

The school responded immediately by painting over the graffiti.

Published last week on the KLA’s Internet site, in addition to a map of Greater Albania which includes many territories of the southern Yugoslav republic [of Montenegro], was information that “in Montenegro there are four units” of this organization “completely trained and ready for action who are just waiting for a signal from the headquarters in Kosovo to begin operations”.

Terrorist Graffitti

In the hamlet of Gusinje, Plav municipality in the north of Montenegro, many housing objects and businesses were painted with graffiti bearing the signature of the so-called “Liberation Army of Plav and Gusinje”, the daily “Glas Crnogoraca” [Voice of Montenegrins] wrote in yesterday’s edition.

The paper assesses that these messages are part of the context of the most recent developments in Macedonia and that they represent “a serious warning to Montenegro and her security”.

Translated by S. Lazovic (March 20, 2001)

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Montenegro census offers surprising results

People who regard themselves as Montenegrins are a minority in their own republic, according to results of a census released Friday (19 December 2003). An estimated 30 per cent described themselves as Serbs, 9.4 per cent as Bosnians, 4.3 per cent as Albanians, one per cent as Muslims, and 0.4 per cent as Croats.

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Southeast European Times (USA)
quoting AFP - 19/12/03


PODGORICA, Serbia-Montenegro -- People who regard themselves as Montenegrins are a minority in their own republic, according to results of a census released Friday (19 December). Of a total population of 672,656, 40.6 per cent said they were ethnic Montenegrins. That’s a decline of 30 per cent since the last census, in 1991. An estimated 30 per cent described themselves as Serbs, 9.4 per cent as Bosnians, 4.3 per cent as Albanians, one per cent as Muslims, and 0.4 per cent as Croats. Nearly 70 per cent said they were Orthodox Christian, compared to 20.9 per cent Muslim, and 4.2 per cent Roman Catholic.

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Kosovo Serb MPs continue boycott

The Serb member of the Kosovo Parliament's collective presidency, Oliver Ivanovic, said this afternoon that participation in the working party on implementation of standards was not possible at the moment.

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B92, Belgrade
January 9, 2004


PRISTINA -- Friday - Kosovo governor Harri Holkeri today sought from a delegation of the Serb Return Coalition that they take part in preparing for the implementation of Kosovo standards.

The Serb member of the Kosovo Parliament's collective presidency, Oliver Ivanovic, said this afternoon that participation in the working party on implementation of standards was not possible at the moment.

He told B92 that the Kosovo Standards document which is to be implemented was not one which Serbs had accepted.

Serb leaders also object to what they describe as the precipitate transfer of authorities from the United Nations mission to the interim institutions of Kosovo.

Holkeri is expected to meet the head of Belgrade's Kosovo Coordination Centre, Nebojsa Covic, before Kosovo Serb leaders decide on whether to take part in planning the implementation of standards in Kosovo.

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Kosovo Serbs Meet UN Administrator

Serbian Government

Pristina, Jan 9, 2004 - Representatives from the Kosovo Serb political coalition Povratak told UNMIK Chief Harri Holkerri on Friday that the transfer of authority from the UN Administration in Kosovo-Metohija to the provincial interim institutions was a "careless" move, given that those institutions were still unprepared to assume the responsibility.

A Serb minister in the Kosovo government, Goran Bogdanovic, told the Tanjug news agency following the meeting that Holkerri had tried to justify the move by saying that UN Security Council Resolution 1244 required that he ensure the transfer by the end 2003.

According to Bogdanovic, Holkerri insisted during the meeting that Kosovo Serbs take part in working groups on the implementation of international standards that are to be reached before launching talks on Kosovo's final status.

Holkerri said he would visit Belgrade soon, to meet with representatives of the Serbian government and the Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija.


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News from Kosovo and Metohija, 8-9 Jan

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I*Net News, Belgrade


Friday 09 January 2004

21:00 A fire was set under a Kosovo Police Service vehicle near North Kosovska Mitrovica, Pristina electronic media reported.

20:40 Klina municipal officials and representatives of Serbian displaced persons seeking to return to Klina have agreed to form a special task group to work on the unconditional return of 26 Serb families to that municipality.

20:20 Kosovo premier Bajram Rexhepi announced that Serbs in Kosovo must decide whether they will be members of the Kosovo government or the Serbian Parliament.

20:00 Kosovo president Ibrahim Rugova assessed that Kosovo has already met some of the standards set by the UN Security Council [sic] but that their implementation has yet to be measured.

19:40 UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri called on members of the task groups for implementation of standards in Kosovo to speed up their work and warned provincial government officials that there must be no delay in dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade.

12:40 Albanians in Montenegro are signing the petition for establishing three regions - the municipality of Ulcinj with Krajina, Malesija and region of Plav-Gusinje, wrote the Podgorica daily "Vijesti".

12:20 Two activists from the German neo-Nazi scene have opened a business in Kosovo whose activities include, among other things, the sale of weapons. According to the daily "Mitteldeutsche Zeitung", Frank Kerkhoff, the former head of the radical right wing National Democratic Party of Germany for the Saxony-Anhalt region, and Harald Bornschain, a weapons dealer and neo-Nazi activist, opened the business with offices in Djakovica and Magdeburg. The paper's claims were confirmed by the Office for the Protection of the Constitutional Order of the Federal Province of Saxony-Anhalt based in Magdeburg.

12:00 UNMIK officials and the Kosovo provisional government confirmed on Thursday in Pristina that the plan for implementation of standards will be completed in a few weeks.


Thursday 08 January 2004

21:40 The Diocese of Raska and Prizren has demanded a public apology from UNMIK police commissioner Stefan Feller for blatantly falsifying and concealing the truth about the attack on Russian humanitarians following their visit to Visoki Decani Monastery on Orthodox Christmas Day.

21:20 Local officials are conditioning the return of Serbs to Klina on resolution of the fate of missing and kidnapped Albanians from the municipality, stated the regional coordinator for returns to the Pec area, Milivoj Ribac.

20:20 The year 2004 will be the year in which Kosovo needs to achieve the standards set for it by the international community, not the year that Kosovo will become independent, stated the head of the German Office in Pristina, Peter Randorf.

20:00 Premature recognition of Kosovo independence would not solve the Province's problems, the German Institute for Foreign and Security Policy in Berlin concluded in a new study.

19:40 Kosovo Serb political representatives are scheduled to meet tomorrow in Pristina with UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri regarding the formation of task groups for implementation of standards and transfer of UNMIK competencies to Kosovo provisional institutions.

17:40 An UNMIK representative expressed regret today for an incident that occurred yesterday in the town of Decani in which a bus carrying members of the Russian-Serbian Friendship Society was stoned.

16:20 The Balkan region is one of the most dangerous in Europe, Serbia-Montenegro Army Chief of Staff General-Colonel Branko Krga said in an interview published in the weekly "Vojska", and warned that threats are primarily coming from terrorist and extremist forces in Kosovo and Metohija which are perpetuating violence despite the presence of international forces. "Regardless of the fact that certain dangers are now behind us, the region in which we live is among the most dangerous in Europe. There are many conflicts of interest and even mention of the redrawing of borders, which may be a serious blow to the very foundation of European security policy," said General Krga. He emphasized that the Army, faced with such circumstances in its immediate surroundings, is seeking to act as a factor of peace and stability, first of all, by consistently carrying out its duties in securing the administrative line between central Serbia and Kosovo and Metohija.

15:20 Kosovo Serb MP Rada Trajkovic assessed that during this year Kosovo provisional institutions may also get a minister of foreign affairs and a minister of internal affairs unless Serbian policy is prepared to respond very clearly to what UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri has done so far, .

15:00 Local Albanians in Kosovo stoned a bus transporting a delegation from the Russian Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called, which has been visiting the Province since January 4 on a humanitarian mission.
According to a Russian Information Agency Novosti (RIAN) report from the scene, a bus carrying mostly representatives of Russian media was stoned by Albanian residents of the town of Decani. No one was injured in the incident, which occurred following Christmas liturgy, although a window on the bus was shattered.

11:00 Fatmir Mejdiu, the chairman of the Albanian Parliament's Integration Committee, announced that the victory of Vojislav Seselj's Radical Party in the December parliamentary elections in Serbia will "seriously impede dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade".

10:00 UNMIK press representative Isabella Karlowicz rejected the possibility that the Kosovo Constitutional Framework may be amended by representatives of Albanian political parties in the Kosovo parliament.
In a statement for the paper "Zeri i Populi", Karlowicz said that the Constitutional Framework can be modified only after the establishment of Kosovo's status by decision of the UN Security Council.

09:30 Religious believers of the Serbian Orthodox Church, who celebrated Christmas Day yesterday with their families, today celebrated the second day of the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, the Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos.



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