January 30, 2004

ERP KiM Newsletter 30-01-04b

Serbs reemphasize Serbia-Montenegro sovereignty in Kosovo

Kosovo Serb representatives said at a meeting with heads of offices of the US, Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy in the province, held in Pristina late on Wednesday, that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia-Montenegro must not be jeopardised with the implementation of standards for Kosovo-Metohija.
 


Oliver Ivanovic, a Serb MP in Kosovo Parliament:  "Serbs on their part have sent a clear message that they will not surrender Kosovo and Metohija and reminded that Resolution 1244 clearly states that Kosovo and Metohija is an integral part of the territory of Serbia-Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia".

CONTENTS:

Radicalization of UNMIK and Albanian behavior in Kosovo
Serbs have an answer:
Standards should open the path to democracy and equality, not an independent Kosovo and Metohija 

Serbs reemphasize Serbia-Montenegro sovereignty in Kosovo
Political representatives of the Kosovo Serbs emphasized this evening in Pristina that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia-Montenegro must not be brought into question by the standards for Kosovo.

Sovereignty of Serbia-Montenegro in Kosovo must not be questioned
Kosovo Serb representatives said at a meeting with heads of offices of the US, Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy in the province, held in Pristina late on Wednesday, that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia-Montenegro must not be jeopardised with the implementation of standards for Kosovo-Metohija.

Suspected terrorist arrested in Kosovo
United Nations police have arrested a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities.

UNMIK suspends Lipljan Municipal Council decision
The local United Nations UNMIK administrator for the Kosovo-Metohija town of Lipljan on Thursday suspended a local municipal council decision to set up a bus stop in the Serb part of that town, adopted at the insistence of ethnic Albanian deputies who have 29 seats in the local parliament, as opposed to the two seats held by local Serbs.

Russian MP in CEPA on Genocide against Serbs in Kosovo
The fundamental human rights of Serbs and other non-Albanian communities in Kosovo-Metohija are being violated to such an extent that one can speak about a true genocide without any exaggeration, Russian MP Anatoly Korobeynikov said in a paper for the current winter session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg.

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Radicalization of Albanian and UNMIK behavior in Kosovo

Serbs have an answer: Standards should open the path to democracy and equality, not an independent Kosovo and Metohija

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Politika daily, Belgrade
January 29, 2004


This year will be far more significant for the fate of Kosovo and Metohija than it was supposed at the end of last year. Albanian politicians, headed by Kosovo president Ibrahim Rugova, are speeding up the process of creating an independent Kosovo by frequent activities and rallies, and Harri Holkeri, the UN secretary general's special representative for Kosovo and Metohija, is also very active. According to Oliver Ivanovic, a member of the Kosovo parliamentary presidency, Holkeri obviously came to Kosovo with a goal but the contours of that goal are unclear. In this situation, he added, the Serbs will have to react in a corresponding manner.

"Despite the objective situation in Kosovo and Metohija, the existence of many unresolved problems, and the fact that democratic standards have to be met before a discussion regarding the final status of Kosovo and Metohija can take place, Ibrahim Rugova, in a speech before the Kosovo parliament entitled "Report on the State in the Country", said that conditions for an independent Kosovo have been met and the only thing missing is formal and legal proclamation. On top of that, Kosovo parliamentary speaker Nexhat Daci violated the rules of procedure because he refused to allow MPs, Serbs and Albanians alike, to debate Rugova's report," said Dragisa Krstovic, the Return Coalition (Povratak) whip in the Kosovo parliament.

No reaction from Harri Holkeri

It comes as no surprise, emphasized Goran Bogdanovic, a minister in the Kosovo government, that Rugova has chosen this moment to declare that conditions for creating an independent Kosovo have been met, even though he knows it's not true. Namely, Rugova promised his people an independent Kosovo a long time ago. This is an election year in Kosovo and Metohija, and Rugova must try in every possible way to restore confidence among his voters who are increasingly turning their backs on him.

Those who know Ibrahim Rugova well, as well as the real situation in Kosovo and Metohija, explains Oliver Ivanovic, were not surprised by Rugova's speech in the Kosovo parliament nor by the fact that he keeps a flag and other symbols of an independent Kosovo in his presidential office.

According to an UNMIK decree from 2001, as well as according to the provisions of the Constitutional Framework, warns minister Bogdanovic, "symbols of other countries must not be displayed in state and institutions of special significance but only the flags of UNMIK and the United Nations". Harri Holkeri, adds Bogdanovic, should have reacted and warned Ibrahim Rugova about this.

One gets the impression that Serbs have not reacted in an appropriate and suitable manner, either.

"That's not true," said Oliver Ivanovic categorically. He adds that the Serbs on their part have sent a clear message that they will not surrender Kosovo and Metohija and reminded that Resolution 1244 clearly states that Kosovo and Metohija is an integral part of the territory of Serbia-Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia.

According to Dragisa Krstovic, Rugova lacked the courage and desire to present the facts regarding the real situation in Kosovo and Metohija, which is actually exceptionally difficult. By ignoring the Serbs and other non-Albanians he has shown that he does not care about democratic relations and a multiethnic society, and that his only goal is the creation of an independent Kosovo.

Battle in parliament

Members of the Return Coalition in the Kosovo parliament are waging a bitter battle, added Krstovic, to prevent the addition of provisions into an announced set of laws that directly or indirectly blaze the way to an independent Kosovo. For example, the law of the census has been returned to the parliament for modification twice. It will be adopted, said Krstovic, only when the objections of Serb MPs have been taken into account. The same is expected to occur with the other draft laws in the Kosovo parliament.

The Serbs are resolute and responsible, claimed Oliver Ivanovic. The international community and UNMIK received the clear message that they will not participate in task groups for the implementation of standards in Kosovo until they receive guarantees that their objections to the text of the Standards for Kosovo document will be taken into account and added to the draft text of the Implementation of Standards act.

Unfortunately, neither Harri Holkeri nor the international community understand, said Goran Bogdanovic, the seriousness of the present situation in Kosovo and Metohija. Consequently, they are trying to impose what are unacceptable solutions for the Serbs through unilateral actions.

Unclear and undefined standards open not just a path but a super highway to an independent Kosovo, stated Dragisa Krstovic. The Serbs in provisional institutions do not want to be and will not be "roadside decorations on that super highway".

The behavior of the Albanians and to some extent UNMIK is increasing tension and radicalizing the situation in Kosovo and Metohija. But Serbs have an answer to this, too, emphasized Oliver Ivanovic.

By Stana Ristic

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Serbs reemphasize Serbia-Montenegro sovereignty in Kosovo

Political representatives of the Kosovo Serbs emphasized this evening in Pristina that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia-Montenegro must not be brought into question by the standards for Kosovo.

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
January 28, 2004


PRISTINA - Political representatives of the Kosovo Serbs emphasized this evening in Pristina that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia-Montenegro must not be brought into question by the standards for Kosovo.

Oliver Ivanovic, Dragisa Krstovic, Goran Bogdanovic and Sokol Djordjevic emphasized this position in a meeting with the heads of mission of the U.S., Great Britain, German, French and Italian offices in Pristina.

"We do not want to participate in task groups for drafting a plan to implement these standards because we do not want to serve as decorations; instead, we want to participate actively and effectively," Oliver Ivanovic told Beta news agency after the meeting.

The Serb delegation assessed there was little chance that any of the standards will be realized with the exception of the standard relating to dialogue.

"For the beginning of dialogue, we proposed that it be conducted through task groups in four areas - returns, fate of missing persons, energy and transportation - as initiated in Vienna last year, or through the Visoka radna grupa established by the Joint Agreement of 2001," reported Ivanovic, a member of the Kosovo parliamentary presidency.

In this case, provisional institutions would be included in the UNMIK delegation and represent the entire scale of transferred and reserved competencies.

We proposed the deferral of the deadline for assessing the realization of standards from 2005 to a later date to the diplomats, said Ivanovic.

He stated that the diplomats recommended that it would be best if they expressed all their critiques and proposals in the task groups for drafting a plan for the implementation of standards, calling on them to join in the drafting of that plan.

The Serb political representatives spoke critically regarding the work of the provisional institutions, pointing out violations of the Constitutional Framework and the Kosovo parliament's rules of procedure.

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Sovereignty of Serbia-Montenegro in Kosovo must not be questioned

Kosovo Serb representatives said at a meeting with heads of offices of the US, Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy in the province, held in Pristina late on Wednesday, that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia-Montenegro must not be jeopardised with the implementation of standards for Kosovo-Metohija.

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Seriban Government
Pristina, Jan 29, 2004

Kosovo Serb representatives said at a meeting with heads of offices of the US, Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy in the province, held in Pristina late on Wednesday, that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia-Montenegro must not be jeopardised with the implementation of standards for Kosovo-Metohija.

Member of the Kosovo Assembly Presidency Oliver Ivanovic told the Beta news agency after the meeting that Kosovo Serbs want to actively partake in the work of task forces responsible for the implementation of the standards.

The Kosovo Serb delegation, which also included members of the Coalition Povratak (Return) in the Kosovo Assembly, Dragisa Krstovic, Goran Bogdanovic and Sokol Djordjevic, said during the talks with foreign diplomats that chances are small for any of the standards to be realised, bar the standard which refers to the establishment of dialogue.

The delegation proposed that the deadline for the evaluation of the realisation of standards be extended to 2005. It also criticised the work of interim institutions, laying emphasis on the infractions of the Constitutional Framework and the Kosovo Assembly's rules of procedure.

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Suspected terrorist arrested in Kosovo

United Nations police have arrested a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities.

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Beta News Agency, Belgrade
January 29, 2004

PRISTINA -- Thursday - United Nations police have arrested a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army on suspicion of involvement in terrorist activities.

Joel Singleton, the regional police spokesman in Pec, confirmed the arrest of Blerim Berisa.

Berisa's brother, Arbnor, said he had been detained on suspicion of terrorism.

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UNMIK suspends Lipljan Municipal Council Decision

The local United Nations UNMIK administrator for the Kosovo-Metohija town of Lipljan on Thursday suspended a local municipal council decision to set up a bus stop in the Serb part of that town, adopted at the insistence of ethnic Albanian deputies who have 29 seats in the local parliament, as opposed to the two seats held by local Serbs.

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Tanjug News Agency
Lipljan January 29, 2004|

The local United Nations UNMIK administrator for the Kosovo-Metohija town of Lipljan on Thursday suspended a local municipal council decision to set up a bus stop in the Serb part of that town, adopted at the insistence of ethnic Albanian deputies who have 29 seats in the local parliament, as opposed to the two seats held by local Serbs.

Following a four-hour debate, the decision was passed by the ethnic Albanian majority in spite of opposition from council vice-presidents Borivoje Vignjevic and Momir Cankovic, and their explanation that it would jeopardize the security of Serbs.

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Russian MP in CEPA on Genocide aganist Serbs in Kosovo

The fundamental human rights of Serbs and other non-Albanian communities in Kosovo-Metohija are being violated to such an extent that one can speak about a true genocide without any exaggeration, Russian MP Anatoly Korobeynikov said in a paper for the current winter session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg.

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Tanjug News Agency
Strasbourg, January 29, 2004|


The fundamental human rights of Serbs and other non-Albanian communities in Kosovo-Metohija are being violated to such an extent that one can speak about a true genocide without any exaggeration, Russian MP Anatoly Korobeynikov said in a paper for the current winter session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg.

Korobeynikov's observations are contained in the paper he has presented for discussion on the third annual report of the CE Commissioner for Human Rights Alvaro Gil-Robles, which was held on the first day of the CEPA session on January 26.


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Flash News from Kosovo and Metohija, January 29, 2004

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I*Net News, Belgrade

KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEWS

Thursday 29 January 2004

22:40 The Democratic Union of Albanians criticized the Montenegrin authorities, claiming that their "slowness in the realizing the legitimate and democratic requests of ethnic Albanian parties" is opening the way for "various political intrigues", which are inflicting damage upon political processes in Montenegro.

21:40 The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly's Committee for Culture, Science and Education will review a report by the general rapporteur for cultural heritage Eddie O'Hara on the protection of cultural heritage in Kosovo-Metohija at a session to be held on March 18 in Paris, sources in the Council of Europe reported. The Committee for Culture, Science and Education was scheduled to discuss the report at today's session but the discussion was postponed for March. A seminar on the human rights situation in Kosovo and Metohija organized by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly's Committee for Legal Issues and Human Rights is to be held two days before the March session, also in Paris.

17:40 The UNMIK administrator for Lipljan suspended a decision by the Lipljan municipal assembly to establish a bus stop in the Serb part of town, passed on the insistence of ethnic Albanian deputies, who have 29 seats in the local assembly,while the Serbs have two. After four hours of debate, the decision was passed by an Albanian majority vote despite the opposition of deputy mayor Borivoje Vinjevic and deputy Momir Cankovic, and the explanation that this would jeopardize the safety of Serbs.

11:00 Topics discussed by a delegation of the Serb Return Coalition
(Povratak) with the coordinator of the Stability Pact for Southeastern Europe Erhard Busek and his deputy Johan Riddell in Pristina included involving the Serb community in the standards for Kosovo program, economic development and capital investment in the Kosovo economy.

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