January 26, 2004

ERP KiM Newsletter 26-01-04

Covic: Serbs will never recognize independence of Kosovo

"Rugova's declaration at yesterday's session showed that he is exclusively and
only for the independence of Kosovo and Metohija. Not a single Serb will live in
an independent Kosovo and Metohija and Serbs will never recognize the
independence of Kosovo and Metohija", stated Covic at the Serbian Governments
news conference.


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Rondorf: Status of KOsovo will not be solved in opposition to the will of Serbia
The Chief of the German Office in Pristina, Peter Rondorf said that the final
status of Kosovo would not be solved in opposition to the will of Serbia, adding
that that this precondition was set by the European Union.

Krstovic: Kosovo is far away from Europe
"If there is a situation in which members of one ethnic society don't have freedom of movement or security, very often there are terrorist activities undertaken against them, their property has been confiscated, and even after so long time they can not go back to their houses, than it is obviously that Kosovo is still far away from Europe", said Krstovic.

Covic appeals to UN chief to halt terrorism in Kosovo
Head of the State Coordination Center for Kosmet, Nebojsa Covic appealed to UNMIK
head Harri Holkeri to stop terrorist and criminal factors in the province and look after the interests of all national communities. Covic told a press conference that he expected Holkeri's reaction to yesterday's expose of the Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova in which according to Covic Rugova had advocated exclusively for an independent Kosovo.

Covic: Serbs will never recognize independence of Kosovo
"Rugova's declaration at yesterday's session showed that he is exclusively and only for the independence of Kosovo and Metohija. Not a single Serb will live in an independent Kosovo and Metohija and Serbs will never recognize the independence of Kosovo and Metohija", stated Covic at the Serbian Governments news conference.

Mark Baskin: No security in Kosovo
Baskin said there were three or four elements that indicate a lack of security and independence in Kosovo-Metohija, while in the first place there was no general and legal security, and added that murders and other criminal acts were continuing, which was creating a sense of insecurity.

Police help ethnic Albanian destroy a Serbian home
Vignjevic also warns: "We managed to defend ourselves yesterday, but if the threats continue and they force me to move out, the rest of 1.600 remainig Serbs in Lipljan will leave, too"

Coordinating Center calls for observing S-M/UNMIK common document
Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija Nebojsa Covic said on Friday that the Serbian government demands that UNMIK respects the common document of Serbia-Montenegro and UNMIK and to enable further work of the high working group of Serbia-Montenegro and UNMIK.

George Jatras: Clark placed career ahead of nation in Kosovo
Gen. Clark's buddy in Kosovo was Hashim Thaci, the leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army which, according to the July 30, 2002, Belfast News Letter (N. Ireland), is engaged in sex slavery, prostitution, murder, kidnapping and drugs. The Daily Telegraph reported on Feb. 19, 2002, that "European drug squad officers say Albanian and Kosovo Albanian dealers are ruthlessly trying to seize control of the European heroin market ..." This is the same Hashim "The Snake" Thaci with whom Clark was photographed in a triumphal handshake after NATO forces occupied Kosovo.

Bosnian police expert details Balkan drug routes
There is excellent cooperation between Kosovo Albanians and the Muslims in Sandzak who, in turn, have good ties with the Bosniaks in Bosnia-Hercegovina. The Albanian mafia, as the third strongest European mafia group, following the Russian and the Italian mafia, has established a drug corridor from Turkey, through Bulgaria, to Kosovo. Part of the drugs from Kosovo travel through Montenegro and Albania to Italy, and on to West Europe. Another part travels through Sandzak, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia and Slovenia.

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Rondorf: Status of Kosovo will not be solved in opposition to the will of Serbia

The Chief of the German Office in Pristina, Peter Rondorf said that the final
status of Kosovo would not be solved in opposition to the will of Serbia, adding
that that this precondition was set by the European Union.

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Balkan web
Pristina, 23 January 2004

The Chief of the German Office in Pristina, Peter Rondorf said that the final
status of Kosovo would not be solved in opposition to the will of Serbia, adding
that that this precondition was set by the European Union.

"As long as the local Serbs here address to the government in Belgrade then it
has the right to be involved in Kosovo," said Rondorf.

The German diplomat made appeal on the majority population to give more hopes to
minorities to integrate in Kosovo society.

Rondorf explained that because of the diametrically opposite stances of Serbs and
Albanians related to the future of Kosovo the international community has
presented the strategy "standards for Kosova", which aims at bringing the stances
of ethnic communities closer to one another.

(The statement of the German chief of mission was also reported by K/Albanian media: Kosovapress, Kosovalive etc)

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Krstovic: Kosovo is far away from Europe

"If there is a situation in which members of one ethnic society don't have freedom of movement or security, very often there are terrorist activities undertaken against them, their property has been confiscated, and even after so long time they can not go back to their houses, than it is obviously that Kosovo is still far away from Europe", said Krstovic.

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Free Serbia, Belgrade
Pristina, 23 Jan

The chief of the coalition "Povratak" in the Kosovo parliament, Dragisa Krstovic, evaluated that Kosovo, having in mind the position of the Serbs, is still far away from Europe.

"If there is a situation in which members of one ethnic society don't have freedom of movement or security, very often there are terrorist activities undertaken against them, their property has been confiscated, and even after so long time they can not go back to their houses, than it is obviously that Kosovo is still far away from Europe", said Krstovic.


Krstovic especially warned of the new attempts of robbery of the Serbian property in Kosovo and Metohija by false documents of ownership.

"There are a lot of false documents in Kosovo. The people have shown me the papers that say that they have sold their property to some Albanians. However, it is all about clear fabrication, because that kind of transaction never happened", said Krstovic and announced that the Serbian representatives would ask an intervention from the international community so this issue would be solved.

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Covic appeals to UN chief to halt terrorism in Kosovo

Head of the State Coordination Center for Kosmet, Nebojsa Covic appealed to UNMIK
head Harri Holkeri to stop terrorist and criminal factors in the province and look after the interests of all national communities. Covic told a press conference that he expected Holkeri's reaction to yesterday's expose of the Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova in which according to Covic Rugova had advocated exclusively for an independent Kosovo.

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Radio Serbia Montenegro
January 23, 2004, Belgrade

Head of the State Coordination Center for Kosmet, Nebojsa Covic appealed to UNMIK
head Harri Holkeri to stop terrorist and criminal factors in the province and look after the interests of all national communities. Covic told a press conference that he expected Holkeri's reaction to yesterday's expose of the Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova in which according to Covic Rugova had advocated exclusively for an independent Kosovo.

In such an environment it cannot be expected that Serbs representatives in Kosmet take part in working groups for the implementation of standards, Covic said. He reiterated that Belgrade was ready for continuation of negotiations with Pristina but that the Provincial delegation had to be multiethnic and must not include persons on warrants.


Report by B92, Belgrade
January 23, 2004


BELGRADE -- Saturday – The head of Belgrade's Kosovo Coordination Centre, Nebojsa
Covic, has called on Kosovo governor Harri Holkeri to put a stop to terrorist and criminal activities in Kosovo and pay closer attention to the plight of national minorities.

Covic said today that Serb representatives could not be expected to collaborate with working groups preparing the implementation plan for standards in the province.

"They are mostly ordinary businessmen, but don't know how to produce anything apart from violence.

"They are engaged in trade and dealing and in doing so can only represent the business and housing interests of the Serb national community," he added.

Covic said that he was expecting a response from Holkeri to a speech in which Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova said he supported only an independent Kosovo.

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Covic: Serbs will never recognize independence of Kosovo

"Rugova's declaration at yesterday's session showed that he is exclusively and only for the independence of Kosovo and Metohija. Not a single Serb will live in an independent Kosovo and Metohija and Serbs will never recognize the independence of Kosovo and Metohija", stated Covic at the Serbian Governments news conference.

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Free Serbia, Belgrade
Pristina, 23 January, 2004

Vice President of Serbia and President of the Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija, Nebojsa Covic, said today that UNMIK Chief Harri Holkeri urgently needs to react to the position of Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova about the independence of Kosovo.

"Rugova's declaration at yesterday's session showed that he is exclusively and only for the independence of Kosovo and Metohija. Not a single Serb will live in an independent Kosovo and Metohija and Serbs will never recognize the independence of Kosovo and Metohija", stated Covic at the Serbian Governments news conference.


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Mark Baskin: No security in Kosovo

Baskin said there were three or four elements that indicate a lack of security and independence in Kosovo-Metohija, while in the first place there was no general and legal security, and added that murders and other criminal acts were continuing, which was creating a sense of insecurity.
 

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Tanjug, Belgrade
Washington D.C., January 23, 2004

In Kosovo and Metohija there is no general or legal security, former UN administrator for Prizren Mark Baskin told the Voice of America.

Baskin said there were three or four elements that indicate a lack of security and independence in Kosovo-Metohija, while in the first place there was no general and legal security, and added that murders and other criminal acts were continuing, which was creating a sense of insecurity.


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Police help ethnic Albanian destroy a Serbian home

Vignjevic warns: "We managed to defend ourselves yesterday, but if the threats continue and they force me to move out, the rest of 1.600 remainig Serbs in Lipljan will leave, too"

Dan daily, Belgrade
Lipljan, January 23, 2004

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An incident occurred in Lipljan on January 22, when an ethnic Albanian, Driton Byitiqi, from Cuculjaga village, tried to demolish one half of the (Serbian) Vignjevic family home.  Mr. Borivoje Vignjevic, the vice-president of Lipljan municipality, lives with his family in the other half of the house. Mr. Bytiqi was assisted by ethnic Albanian KPS officers, UNMIK police members and representatives of the court. A Vignjevic family member, although never living there, sold a half of the house to Mr. Bytiqi two years ago.

Driton Bytiqi had bought a part of the land parcel of 750m2, and a half of the house from Borivoje's uncle. Byitiqi tried yesterday, with the help of a dozen of KPS officers, two UNMIK policemen and court representatives to enter forcefully through the door of the house where Borivoje lives with his father, wife and two minor children.

"My father Slavko and me stood in front of the furious police officers and Bytiqi and we managed to stop them to break into the house. They were extremely arrogant, they yelled and pushed us. One KPS lieutenant colonel was so rough with my father that he hurt his arm," Borivoje Vignjevic affirmed.

He reminded that there is an ongoing legal procedure regarding the purchase of a part of the house and the land parcel which were sold by Vignjevic's uncle who presently lives in Krusevac (central Serbia).

Vignjevic lodged a complaint through his lawyer against the decision of the Municipal court, because, according to the law, he has right on "priority purchase" since the house is situated in the "ethnically Serbian surrounding". Unfortunately, Kosovo judiciary system does not respect any law.

Vignjevic said that an unexpected arrival of the new "owner" Bytiqi and his aides is the revenge for his media statements in which he accused UNMIK and KPS for doing nothing to find and arrest the perpetrators of the brutal attack on Aleksandar Nastic and six other Serbs two weeks ago.

"We are all still under stress, both my father and wife, but especially my two sons, aged 10 and 12. I requested help from KFOR and UNMIK, and I will contact my lawyer as soon as possible, to react in a legal way" Vignjevic emphasised in his statement

According to his own words, he is determined to stay in Lipljan, despite all the threats and pressures.

Vignjevic also warns: "We managed to defend ourselves yesterday, but if the threats continue and they force me to move out, the rest of 1.600 remainig Serbs in Lipljan will leave, too"

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Coordinating Center calls for observing common Serbia-Montenegro/UNMIK document

Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija Nebojsa Covic said on Friday that the Serbian government demands that UNMIK respects the common document of Serbia-Montenegro and UNMIK and to enable further work of the high working group of Serbia-Montenegro and UNMIK.

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Serbian Government, Belgrade
January 23, 2004


Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija Nebojsa Covic said on Friday that the Serbian government demands that UNMIK respects the common document of Serbia-Montenegro and UNMIK and to enable further work of the high working group of Serbia-Montenegro and UNMIK.

Covic told a press conference at the Serbian government building that Belgrade wants to continue the dialogue with Pristina through four working groups, which would deal with the return of the displaced, the issues of the missing and kidnapped, energy, and transport and telecommunications.

He also said that the Serb community in Kosovo is intimidated by Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova's recent address to the provincial parliament and his request for an independent Kosovo.

Slobodan Samardzic of the Coordinating Centre said that representatives of the Serb community and its political coalition Povratak might visit Washington, Brussels, Paris, London, and Berlin in order to explain the situation in the province to leaders of the European Union and the United States.

Another Coordinating Centre official Predrag Simic said that the return of the 270,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians to Kosovo is Serbia's main interest, along with the protection of its own territory.


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George Jatras: Clark placed career ahead of nation in Kosovo

Gen. Clark's buddy in Kosovo was Hashim Thaci, the leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army which, according to the July 30, 2002, Belfast News Letter (N. Ireland), is engaged in sex slavery, prostitution, murder, kidnapping and drugs. The Daily Telegraph reported on Feb. 19, 2002, that "European drug squad officers say Albanian and Kosovo Albanian dealers are ruthlessly trying to seize control of the European heroin market ..." This is the same Hashim "The Snake" Thaci with whom Clark was photographed in a triumphal handshake after NATO forces occupied Kosovo.

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Tucson Citizen
Friday, January 23, 2004
Guest Opinion: George Jatras

Col. George Jatras, USAF (Ret.), of Camp Hill, Pa., flew 230 F-4 combat missions in Vietnam, served for seven years with various NATO designated units, was the senior Air Force attaché to the Soviet Union ('79-'81) and the senior Air Force advisor to the Naval War College, where he also served as an instructor in the Strategy Department.


The Dan Christman and Chuck Larson guest column published on Jan. 8 - "Gen. Clark's stand vs. Milosevic praiseworthy" - was remarkable as much for what it didn't say as for the distortions in what it did say.

In praising Clark's testimony against former Yugoslav dictator Slobodan Milosevic before the International Tribunal at The Hague, the authors failed to mention that Milosevic was not permitted to question Clark on what the general had written in his book, "Waging Modern War."

Also, the U.S. government demanded and received the right to edit videotapes and transcripts of the sessions before they were made public.

Following his secret testimony at The Hague, Clark, in answer to an inquiry about what should happen to Saddam Hussein, hypocritically stated that it was important that Hussein's trial not be behind closed doors, so that the whole world could see justice done.

While the article had high praise in general terms for Clark's leadership of NATO forces in the Balkans, a critical look at his performance tells a different story.

In "Waging Modern War" Clark writes about his fury upon learning that Russian peacekeepers had entered the airport at Pristina, Kosovo, before British or American forces.

In an Aug. 3, 1999, article, "The guy who almost started World War III," The Guardian (UK) wrote: "No sooner are we told by Britain's top generals that the Russians played a crucial role in ending the West's war against Yugoslavia than we learn that if NATO's supreme commander, the American Gen. Wesley Clark, had had his way, British paratroopers would have stormed Pristina airport, threatening to unleash the most frightening crisis with Moscow since the end of the Cold War. 'I'm not going to start the third world war for you', Gen. Mike Jackson, commander of the international K-For peacekeeping force, is reported to have told Gen. Clark when he refused to accept an order to send assault troops to prevent Russian troops from taking over the airfield of Kosovo's provincial capital."

Gen. Clark's buddy in Kosovo was Hashim Thaci, the leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army which, according to the July 30, 2002, Belfast News Letter (N. Ireland), is engaged in sex slavery, prostitution, murder, kidnapping and drugs.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Feb. 19, 2002, that "European drug squad officers say Albanian and Kosovo Albanian dealers are ruthlessly trying to seize control of the European heroin market ..." This is the same Hashim "The Snake" Thaci with whom Clark was photographed in a triumphal handshake after NATO forces occupied Kosovo.

As for his ability as a military leader, Gen. Clark failed on two counts: the Kosovo air campaign and his plan for a ground campaign. While the questionable effectiveness of the air campaign is not solely his responsibility, his coverup of the results ("Kosovo Cover Up," Newsweek, May 15, 2000) are testimony to his dedication to power and career.

As for a ground war, which Gen. Clark admits that he favored, he insists that he could have conducted a successful ground war in Kosovo by sending supporting Apache helicopters through the mountain passes between Albania and Kosovo, a plan which was described to me by an Apache pilot as "hare-brained" and "suicidal."

There is no doubt that a ground war with the might of 19 NATO nations behind it eventually would have succeeded, but at what cost and why? To feed Gen. Clark's ego and ambition.

Before accepting the judgment of Adm. Larson and Lt. Gen. Christman, one should also consider the comments of two retired four-star generals, Gen.Tommy Franks, who led the campaign to capture Baghdad, and Gen. Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

An article in the Jan. 12 New Yorker quoted statements they made shortly after Clark announced his candidacy. When asked if Clark would make a good president, Franks' short reply was, "Absolutely not." When asked the same question, Shelton replied that "... the reason he came out of [his NATO command in] Europe had to do with integrity and character issues ... Wes won't get my vote."

Such comments by retired four-star generals about another four-star are almost unprecedented. They should not be taken lightly.

If Gen. Clark had had his way in Kosovo, we might have gone to war with Russia, or at least resurrected vestiges of the Cold War, and we certainly would have had hundreds if not thousands of casualties in an ill-conceived ground war.

Clark's obsession with career and power is what we saw too often in senior leaders during the Vietnam War and hoped never to see again in those with positions of responsibility for the lives of our GIs and the security of our nation.


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Bosnian police expert details Balkan drug routes

There is excellent cooperation between Kosovo Albanians and the Muslims in Sandzak who, in turn, have good ties with the Bosniaks in Bosnia-Hercegovina. The Albanian mafia, as the third strongest European mafia group, following the Russian and the Italian mafia, has established a drug corridor from Turkey, through Bulgaria, to Kosovo. Part of the drugs from Kosovo travel through Montenegro and Albania to Italy, and on to West Europe. Another part travels through Sandzak, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia and Slovenia.

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Source: Nezavisne novine, Banja Luka, in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
January 16, 2004

Bosnian police expert details Balkan drug routes

Text of commentary by Marko Nicovic, chairman of the International Narcotics Enforcement, Officers Association: "Drug routes", published by Bosnian Serb newspaper Nezavisne novine on 16 January

At the time of the SFRJ [Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia], the whole world knew about the so-called "Balkans route", which was used for moving 90 per cent of all narcotics manufactured in the Middle and Near East from Turkey to the West.

The SFRJ, however, was well organized in terms of narcotics security, which was the reason why for several years it had been a European recordholder in the quantity of drugs confiscated, particularly heroin.

Bosnia-Hercegovina was at the time mainly involved in drugs through its Muslim citizens, who had family in Turkey and ties with guest workers in Western Europe.

During the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the civil war, the drug channels avoided this area, particularly Bosnia-Hercegovina. The war, however, had seen a major presence of synthetic opiates, LSD and stimulants, used by soldiers in the trenches in order to stay awake.
These drugs mainly came from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy, while the Islamic extremists and the mujahidin had introduced the Eastern culture, such as consumption of hashish.

The International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association has established that, during the war in Bosnia-Hercegovina, there was close cooperation in the field of drugs between the Croat and Muslim paramilitary structures. In the Neretva River basin, although at war with each other, they jointly grew Indian hemp, which is used for producing marijuana.

When peace was established, international troops and numerous government and nongovernmental organizations came to Bosnia-Hercegovina, followed by underground structures that have been active in supplying the former with drugs. On the other hand, there is excellent cooperation between Kosovo Albanians and the Muslims in Sandzak who, in turn, have good ties with the Bosniaks in Bosnia-Hercegovina. The Albanian mafia, as the third strongest European mafia group, following the Russian and the Italian mafia, has established a drug corridor from Turkey, through Bulgaria, to Kosovo. Part of the drugs from Kosovo travel through Montenegro and Albania to Italy, and on to West Europe. Another part travels through Sandzak, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia and Slovenia. Serbs in the [Bosnian] Serb Republic [RS] have also been involved in these routes, regardless of their political, ideological and religious differences with the other ethnic groups. These mafia organizations now have exceptionally close mutual cooperation, as well as with international underground structures. As the criminals in Serbia have good cooperation with the Albanians in Kosovo, the RS indirectly through them has been supplied with opiates. This is illustrated by the price of drugs, which has remained unchanged for several years. This means that the smuggling lobbies in the RS are constantly supplied.

I am certain that, in the following period, new drug-related cases will be discovered in Bosnia-Hercegovina, as there is no sincere exchange of information between the different police structures on the activities of criminal groups of different ethnic affiliations. This is an ideal environment for actions of criminal groups that well understand the process of generating money and power and transcend ethnic differences.

There is also a grave danger that these activities involve multinational pharmaceutical companies, which in a planned fashion cover the market with products and chemical components that are used for the manufacturing of synthetic drugs in countries without a rigorous list of controlled substances that may be misused for manufacturing opiates. The multinational companies have also purchased many drug producers from former Yugoslavia, with the intention of generating profits through production and sale of synthetic drugs and opiates, while staying "clean" in their countries of origin.

It has been observed that, in the Balkans and globally, synthetic drugs travel from the West to the East, while the "natural drugs" move in the opposite direction. Thus, the world's paradox is that, of the 1.5bn dollars annually generated on the sale of drugs, only 30 per cent account for synthetic drugs. This means that the rich countries sell synthetic narcotics, which are around 50 times cheaper than natural opiates, to the poor regions in the world.


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News from Kosovo and Metohija 23-24 Jan

I*Net News, Belgrade

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Saturday 24 January 2004

20:40 Vasil Turpukovski, a former member of the Presidency of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, now leader of the Democratic Alternative and a professor at Skopje University, said that the independence of Kosovo is a reality and that Macedonia may disappear if the creation of a Greater Albania is permitted.

20:20 Kosovo Ombudsman Marek Antoni Nowicki has sent the new secretary general of NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer a letter requesting monetary compensation for the families of victims killed during the NATO bombing of Kosovo and Metohija in 1999 and offering them moral satisfaction since the targets of the attacks were civilian and not military targets.

20:00 Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Nebojsa Covic appealed to UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri to stop terrorist and criminal factors in Kosovo and Kosovo and devote more attention to the interests of all national communities.

19:40 After a ten day interruption, collection of signatures on a petition for the establishment of three separate regions inhabited primarily by Albanians in Montenegro will continue in Malesija, the region from Podgorica to the Albanian border, said one of the organizers of this campaign, Nik Djeljosaj.


Friday 23 January 2004

22:00 The Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church appealed to the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to release Metropolitan Jovan of Veles and Povardarje, the exarch of the Ohrid Archdiocese, from prison, the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church advised.

21:20 Kosovo ombudsman Marek Antoni Nowicki met in Pristina with Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly rapporteur Tony Lloyd and informed him regarding the situation of human rights in the Province.

21:00 In Kosovo and Metohija there is neither general nor real security, Mark Baskin, the former UN administrator for Prizren, told "Voice of America".

20:40 Dragisa Krstovic, Return Coalition (Povratak) whip in the Kosovo parliament, assessed that as far as the position of the Serbs is concerned, Kosovo is still far away from Europe.

20:20 Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Nebojsa Covic denied assertions by Pristina that Belgrade is not being constructive with respect to forming task groups for implementation of standards in Kosovo.

20:00 Peter Randorf, the head of the German Office in Pristina, stated that the final status of Kosovo will not be resolved against Serbia's will, adding that this condition was set by the European Union.

19:40 Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Nebojsa Covic stated that UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri should react immediately to the views of Kosovo president Ibrahim Rugova on the independence of Kosovo because Serbs will never accept an independent Kosovo and Metohija.

12:40 Kosovo premier Bajram Rexhepi said that he does not support the principle of multiethnicity in Kosovo in the form that the international community is attempting to impose but he called on all citizens to live together and respect one another.

12:20 UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri met with representatives of the diplomatic offices of five Western countries in Kosovo regarding privatization process issues and the Kosovo Protection Corps.

12:00 The Serb National Council of Kosovska Mitrovica expressed its concern as a result of UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri's demand that only the fates of missing Kosovo Albanians be resolved.

11:40 Kosovo premier Bajram Rexhepi invited representatives of the Serbian community to participate in the task groups for implementing standards required of Kosovo by the UN Security Council.

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