January 31, 2004

ERP KIM Newsletter 31-01-04

Serb children in Kosovo and Metohija need to learn according to Republic of Serbia educational programs

"This is yet another attempt to sever existing ties between the Serb community here with central Serbia and her institutions, and thus take one more step toward the secession of Kosovo and Metohija," said Fr. Sava Janjic on behalf of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren

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Serb children in Kosovo need to learn according to Serbian educational programs
"This is yet another attempt to sever existing ties between the Serb community here with central Serbia and her institutions, and thus take one more step toward the secession of Kosovo and Metohija," said Fr. Sava Janjic on behalf of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren

Member of Terrorist Albanian National Army Arrested in Pec
UNMIK police advised that they have arrested a member of the illegal Albanian National Army in Pec without giving his identity. In a written statement, UNMIK police said the man was carrying an ANA identification card. Former UNMIK chief Michael Steiner proclaimed the ANA a terrorist organization.

News from Kosovo and Metohija, Jan 30, 2004

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Old Serbian school in Gracanica from 1870 (archive photo)

Serb children in Kosovo and Metohija need to learn according to Republic of Serbia educational programs

"This is yet another attempt to sever existing ties between the Serb community here with central Serbia and her institutions, and thus take one more step toward the secession of Kosovo and Metohija," said Fr. Sava Janjic on behalf of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren

ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, January 30, 2004

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The Diocese of Raska and Prizren expresses its strong protest against the most recent initiative of the so-called Kosovo ministry of education to impose a program of instruction and education prepared in Pristina in Serbian schools in Kosovo and Metohija.

"This is yet another attempt to sever existing ties between the Serb community here with central Serbia and her institutions, and thus take one more step toward the secession of Kosovo and Metohija," said Fr. Sava Janjic on behalf of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren. Fr. Sava added that "Kosovo and Metohija Serbs preserved their independent educational systems in churches and monasteries during the entire five centuries of Turkish occupation of the Balkans. It would be absurd if they were now to allow their children to learn the Albanian version of the history of their own motherland and people."

The Diocese of Raska and Prizren strongly supports the initiative of the Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija, which has appealed to Serbs to reject the programs for instruction of the Kosovo ministry of education for secondary schools and requested that Serbs insist in negotiations with UNMIK on the preservation of a unified education program for all Serbian children throughout the territory of the Republic of Serbia, including in her southern Province.

Schools in North Mitrovica and Gorazdevac, as well as other schools attended exclusively by Serbian children recently received a work contract from the so-called Kosovo ministry for education, science and technology foreseeing the introduction of a program of instruction and education prepared in Pristina. Officials of the Kosovo ministry of education justify their latest initiative with the intent of finally pulling Serb teachers working in Kosovo "away from the influence of Belgrade's policies".


First Serbian schools in the Middle Ages were founded in Orthodox monasteries,
the centers of learning and education during the Turkish occupation.
The first printing press in Kosovo and Metohija was set up
in Gracanica Monastery  in the 16th century.


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Police in Pec arrest member of Albanian National Army

UNMIK police advised that they have arrested a member of the illegal Albanian National Army in Pec without giving his identity. In a written statement, UNMIK police said the man was carrying an ANA identification card. Former UNMIK chief Michael Steiner proclaimed the ANA a terrorist organization.

Beta News Agency, Belgrade
January 30, 2004


PRISTINA - UNMIK police advised that they have arrested a member of the illegal Albanian National Army in Pec without giving his identity.

In a written statement, UNMIK police said the man was carrying an ANA identification card.

The unnamed man was arrested in Pec two days ago when, according to the statement, he attempted to deliver a sealed letter from "the main Pristina headquarters of the ANA".

After the person for whom the letter was intended refused to receive it, he reported the incident and the arrest followed.

UNMIK police have not revealed either the identity or the nationality of the arrested person.

International authorities in Kosovo have arrested several Albanians and sentenced them on suspicion of being members of the ANA.

Former UNMIK chief Michael Steiner proclaimed the ANA a terrorist organization.

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News from Kosovo and Metohija, Jan 30

I*Net News, Belgrade

Friday 30 January 2004

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22:20 The Committee for Legal Issues and Human Rights of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly has changed an earlier decision and decided that in the upcoming seminar on the state of human rights in Kosovo and Metohija in Paris will include representatives of the state union of Serbia-Montenegro, advised Sladjana Prica, the head of the Serbia-Montenegro permanent mission head to the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg.

21:00 In Serbia there are currently 379,135 refugees, 61.49 percent of whom are from Croatia and 34.68 percent of whom are from Bosnia-Herzegovina, stated Petar Ladjevic, the head of the Center for Political Culture and Education.

20:40 Macedonian authorities today freed Bishop Jovan, the exarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Macedonia.

20:20 Albanian political leaders expressed dissatisfaction with the decision of UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri not to invite representatives of Kosovo provisional institutions to the upcoming session of the UN Security Council, where he will submit a report on the situation in the Province.

20:00 UNMIK officials assessed that the issue of education in Kosovo is very sensitive and added that they engaged in constant discussion with the Belgrade authorities and Kosovo Serbs in order to overcome differences in accepting the Kosovo education system.

19:40 Con Ross, the coordinator of the task groups for drafting the plan for implementation of standards in Kosovo, stated in Pristina that the process is going well and that he expects the plan to be complete by the middle of February.

12:40 UNMIK police have arrested former Kosovo Liberation Army member Berim Berisha in Pec on suspicion of having participated in terrorist activities, said police spokesman Joel Singleton.

12:00 The fundamental human rights of Serbs and other non-Albanian communities in Kosovo-Metohija are jeopardized to the point where "we can talk about real genocide without any exaggeration", emphasized Russian MP Anatoly Korobeynikov, a participant in the winter session of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly currently being held in Strasbourg.

11:40 Speaking in Washington on Thursday, Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren emphasized that the most acceptable solution for the future of Kosovo and Metohija is "substantial autonomy of the Province within Serbia-Montenegro with the implementation of essential standards".

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