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2003 Archives in English

 



ERPKIM JUNE REPORTS

Newsletter 30/JUNE-2, June 30, 2003

FORUM 18 NEWS SERVICE, Oslo, Norway

Monday 30 June 2003
KOSOVO: FURTHER ATTACKS ON ORTHODOX SITES

An Orthodox church in Pristina attacked in May was again stoned late on 26 June, while tombstones in an Orthodox graveyard in Kosovska Vitina have been destroyed. "This latest wave of attacks is further proof that Albanian extremists are using all means to intimidate and throw out of Kosovo the remaining Serbian population, while the international community is doing little to prevent it," Fr Sava (Janjic), deputy abbot of the Decani Monastery, told Forum 18 News Service. After the May attack on St Nicholas' Church, KFOR spokesman Garry Bannister-Green told Forum 18 that "KFOR deplores all such acts of mindless vandalism". He denied that removing the KFOR guard had threatened the church's security.


Newsletter 30/JUNE, June 30, 2003

15 MORE TOMBS DESECRATED AT THE ORTHODOX CEMETERY IN VITINA
According to Fr. Dragan Kojic the situation of the Serb community in Vitina has not improved and is in fact much worse than before. Presently only 150 Serbs live in the town and a few families have already announced that they would have to leave their homes due to pressures and threats from local Albanians.

TWO ANALYSES OF THE KOSOVO STATUS ISSUE:

POLITIKA - INDEPENDENT KOSOVO AND METOHIJA IS NOT SOLUTION, Fr. Sava
It is very difficult to believe that a happy society of Albanians and Serbs will be established with the formation of an independent state. It is far more realistic that the proclamation of the independence of Kosovo and Metohija would only speed up the exodus and agony of the Serb people. Following the same logic, shouldn't we expect Spain to renounce the Basque Provinces, France to renounce Corsica and Italy to renounce the south Tyrol? Serious European countries don't solve problems of this sort by territorial amputation.

ANALYSIS: GAMES SURROUNDING KOSOVO, By Srdja Trifkovic

In Washington the consensus among political analysts, including those who oppose any change in Kosovo's status, is that these pro-Albanian lobbyists intend to package Kosovo's independence in "realpolitical" terms in their pitch to the Bush administration.

OTHER NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA:

ROBERTSON IN PRISTINA - TIME FOR SECURITY PROGRESS
There are local elected leaders and politicians from the different ethnic groups (here) and it is their responsibility to make sure that the obligations they took on, are satisfied and that peace and stability is guaranteed for everybody who calls Kosovo their home

SPEECH BY NATO SEC-GEN LORD ROBERTSON AT ARRIVAL OF NAC TO KOSOVO
The situation is improving, but we're still not happy. The situation is much better than it was, but more needs to be done and a multi-ethnic, a genuinely multi-ethnic democratic Kosovo is our objective, nothing less

BELOS: ATTACKS ON SERBS ORGANIZED IN A SINGLE HEADQUARTERS
It is obvious that displaced persons will want to visit their homes and see what condition it is in; however, usually after the visit new destruction occurs and houses that were half-destroyed end up being blown up

REMAINS OF THREE MURDERED SERBS TURNED OVER TO FAMILIES

The profiles of the Kosovo crimes are different. They are profiles of perfidious murders of people killed in the most horrible ways," said Dobricanin, adding that they had been bound with chains, ropes and handcuffs and tortured to death

AFP: HALF A MILLION BULLETS SEIZED AT GREEK-ALBANIAN BORDER
A consignment of more than half a million Kalashnikov and G3 automatic ammunition rounds has been seized by Greek guards on the frontier with Albania, police said Saturday. The ammunition was hidden in a heavy truck registered in Greece which was officially carrying in a load of coal from Albania bound for the island of Crete.

MICHAEL STEINER'S MANDATE FINISHING TODAY - STEINER TO STEP DOWN BEFORE BELGRADE DIALOGUE

Kosovo governor Michael Steiner will not take part in the planned Belgrade-Pristina dialogue scheduled for July. He told media that his term of office will finish on June 30.


Newsletter 28-29/JUNE, June 28-29, 2003

VIDOVDAN (ST. VITUS DAY) FESTIVITIES IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
One of the most important Serbian religious and national festivals celebrated in Kosovo and Metohija in the presence of the Patriarch, Royal Couple and the representatives of the Serbian Government and local officials.

PHOTO - REPORT


Newsletter 27/JUNE, June 27, 2003

ORTHODOX CHURCH IN PRISTINA STONED WHILE NATO LEADERSHIP APPEALS FOR TOLERANCE

SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN PRISTINA STONED AGAIN BY ALBANIANS
Serbian Orthodox church of St. Nicholas in Pristina was stoned again yesterday evening by Kosovo Albanian hooligans. Damage was made on the entrance door of the church and several windows were broken on the church and the parish home.The stoning of St. Nicholas church occurred in the same day when NATO leadership appealed on Kosovo Albanians to show more tolerance and readiness for building multiethnic society.

PATRIARCH PAVLE IN VISIT TO KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

In the afternoon of June 25 His Holiness Patriarch Pavle escorted by UNMIK police visited Gracanica monastery where he was greeted by Bishop Artemije, his clergy and Gracanica Monastery nuns. Patriarch will stay several following days in Kosovo and Metohija in order to attend VIDOVDAN celebrations and officiate the traditional Vidovdan Liturgy and the Memorial Service to the Kosovo Battle knights.

STATE UNION REQUESTS EURO-DEBATE ON KOSOVO SITUATION
A delegation of the Serbia-Montenegro Parliament has today submitted a request for debate of the human rights situation in Kosovo to the legal committee of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg.

NATO SEC-GEN: MULTIETHNICITY MUST BE ACHIEVED
Robertson remarked that the international community has invested much time and effort in Kosovo and will not be satisfied until democratic institutions, multi-ethnicity and freedom of movement have been guaranteed for all citizens of the troubled province.

NO RESULTS IN KOSOVO REPATRIATION
The chairman of the Stability Pact Refugee Initiative, Soren Jessen Petersen, agreed in Belgrade today with Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic, that absolutely no results have been achieved in the repatriation of Serbs displaced from Kosovo.

KOSOVO ALBANIAN MAN SUSPECTED OF ARSON ATTACKS ARRESTED
On 18-06-03, police in Gnjilane Region arrested a K-Albanian man as a suspect in an arson that occurred on 17-06-03 at an apartment building in Ferizaj/Urosevac

KOSOVO ALBANIAN MAN ARRESTED FOR TERRORISM
UNMIK Police have arrested a 19 year-old K-Albanian man for membership in the terrorist organization known as the "Albanian National Army" (ANA). The suspect is also charged with performing recruiting activities on behalf of the ANA.

RADIO YU - NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA


Newsletter 25/JUNE, June 25, 2003

COUNCIL OF EUROPE - SPECIAL AUTONOMY FOR KOSOVO WITHIN SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe proposed today that Kosovo be given the status of special autonomy with guarantees by the international community that this would not bring into question the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro....

KOSOVO: THREE PEOPLE BEATEN UP - HOUSE SET ON FIRE
(Serb) Momi Jeftic was on his way to Kosovo Polje to inspect his house in the village of Magura, which was being watched for him by his adopted brother, (Albanian) Nezir Larli. En route they were met by a group of Albanians, who used their cars to block their vehicle and pulled Jeftic out of the car. After punching him repeatedly, the Albanians forced Jeftic to walk back to Kosovo Polje. Jeftic recognized the brother of his own adopted brother among his attackers and understood that this was his "final warning" not to return to the home of his forefathers....

SERBS PROTECT HOSPITAL
KOSOVO POLJE - UNMIK has withdrawn security forces from the Kosovo Polje hospital and health center and left the Serbs to fend for themselves against Albanian extremists still seeking to take over the hospital. ..

ITALIAN CARABINIERI TO PROTECT SERBS IN OBILIC
Kosovo-Metohija coordinating center President Nebojsa Covic conferred with KFOR commander, Italian General Fabio Mini in Pristina late Monday, who promised Italian carabinieri of that local peacekeeping force would protect Serbs in Obilic...

POOR SAFETY CONDITIONS IN KOSOVO-METOHIJA: COVIC - SERBS DO NOT HAVE ELEMENTARY LIVING CONDITIONS
Pristina, June 23, 2003 - Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija head Nebojsa Covic said following a visit to Serb enclaves in Kosovo that safety conditions in the province are still poor and urged the international community to take more steps to provide for the return of displaced Serbs....

THREE KOSOVO SERB BODIES IDENTIFIED - 60 MORE BODIES EXHUMED AT DRAGODAN
The remains of three Kosovo-Serbs have been identified after being exhumed from shallow graves on the Suva Reka (dry river) road near the village of Dulja in Prizren. - UNMIK pathologists and experts from Serbia finished the exhumation at the Dragodan 2 cemetery in Pristina, during which exhumation 60 bodies of people believed to be Serbs were found, the head of the Bureau for Exhumation and Identification of the Coordination Centre for Kosmet, pathologist Slavisa Dobricanin, said. He said that traces of violence had been established on the majority of bodies and that bodies had been buried after the deployment of KFOR in Kosmet in 1999.

DELEGATION OF THE SERB-AMERICAN CONGRESS BRIEF US ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESSMEN ON KOSOVO PROBLEMS
Representatives of the Serbian-American Congress have met yesterday in Washington with representatives of the US administration, members of the Congress and Balkan experts to discuss relations between governments of the USA and Serbia-Montenegro. The problem of Kosovo-Metohija, cooperation with the Hague tribunal, Serbia-Montenegro economy, corruption and crime in the country and possibilities for improvement of relations between USA and Serbia-Montenegro were on the agenda.

MACEDONIA: 'OBVIOUS MISHAP' - ETHNIC ALBANIAN SLAVER ESCAPES PRISON
Background: Ali Ahmeti, the amnestied Albanian terrorist turned favorite politician of Great Powers, basically admitted in an interview for MSNBC that money comming from sex slavery financed his "human rights" war, confirming numerous reports about the connections of Albanian mafia with Albanian nationalist militants.

MACEDONIA MINISTER DESCRIBES TWIN BLASTS IN SKOPJE AS "TERRORIST ACT"
SKOPJE, June 23 (AFP) - Macedonian Interior Minister Hari Kostov on Monday described twin explosions in the captial Skopje as "classic terrorist act" perpetrated by a group linked to other attacks in the Balkan country.


Newsletter 24/JUNE, June 24, 2003

ONE MORE SERB HOUSE SET ON FIRE NEAR THE RECENT MASSACRE SITE IN OBILIC
OBILIC - The house of the three members of the Pecelj family was set on fire in Svetog Save Street in the town of Obilic in Kosovo at approximately 07,35 on Saturday morning. The Pecelj family fled from Obilic on June 2, the day before the murder of the Stolic family in Cerska Street, Serb sources in Obilic confirmed.

ELDERLY SERB WOMAN BEATEN BY ETHNIC ALBANIAN TEENAGERS - POLICE REFUSE TO PRESS CHARGES
LIPLJAN - Three Albanian young man attacked a Serb woman, Zivka Delic, on Sunday afternoon in the village of Rabovce, municipality of Lipljan. Serb sources confirmed that Zivka Delic was going to a nearby store when she was intercepted by three Albanian young men who began to beat her.

OBILIC THREE WEEKS AFTER STOLIC FAMILY MURDER - HUMAN GAME TO BE HUNTED - text by Vecernje Novosti daily - Belgrade
Obilic - Despite offering a 50,000 dollar award, a special team of international policemen in Kosovo still has no information on the possible murderer of the three members of the Stolic family in Obilic some three weeks ago. The investigation is still in progress. The Stolices were brutally murdered in their houses, which their attackers then set on fire in an attempt to cover up traces of the crime. The flames from the house alerted firefighters, who in putting out the fire destroyed what little evidence remained after the fire.

UNKNOWN ATTACKERS OPEN FIRE ON A PASSANGER COMBI-VAN IN SOUTHERN KOSOVO
Prizren - Unknown attackers opened automatic gun fire near Suva Reka on a passanger combi-van which transported passangers from Belgrade to Prizren. In this attack one passanger was lightly wounded, said the speaker of the regional UNMIK police Alexander Myron. He did not mention other details of the attack.

TWO EXPLOSIONS BLAST SKOPJE CENTER - ONE PERSON INJURED
One person suffered light injuries from the explosion which took place Sunday evening around 19:20 hrs in front of " Makedonski telekomunikacii" (Macedonian Telecom) building in Skopje center. Almost simultaniously, another explosion blasted a garbage container in front of "Mavrovka" mall. Both explosion damaged the nearby windows belonging to shops
and apartments.

DNEVNIK (MACEDONIA) ALBANIAN-AMERICAN LOBBY WANTS TO DIVIDE MACEDONIA BY 2007
Nedeljni Telegraf writes that the topics of discussion included the formation of a federation of Albanian Territories on the Balkans, which would consist of Albania, Kosovo, parts of Macedonia and parts of Greece. Moreover, a specific timelines was agreed upon, where Kosovo would gain independent status by 2005, Macedonia would be federalized by 2007,
and in the meantime unrest will be instigated in northwest Greece so that this area, which the Albanians call Chemeria, would separate from Greece and join the Albanian union. This whole "project" would be finished by 2010.

UNMIK OFFICIAL IN JAIL AFTER $4.3 MILION THEFT
BOCHUM -- Monday – An official of the UN mission in Kosovo was sentenced in Germany today to three and a half years in prison for stealing $4.3 million while serving in Kosovo.

JOZEF KASA: KOSOVO IS THE CRADLE OF SERBS
In an interview for today's edition of Novi Sad's Dnevnik, Kasa said: "Kosovo is the cradle of Serbs and its loss would be extremely hard to take. As a Hungarian I understand it because losing Transylvania, which we almost did over previous decades and are still not immunised against, has the same meaning as Kosovo does for Serbs".


Newsletter 23/JUNE, June 23, 2003

PATIENTS TARGETED WITH EXPLOSIVES - GRENADE ATTACK ON THE SERB HEALTH CENTER IN KOSOVO POLJE
KOSOVO POLJE - The battle for the hospital in Kosovo Polje vacated by Russian physicians continues. After a clash between medical staff and police, UNMIK gave up on its temporary take over but apparently terrorists attempted to resolve the problem summarily.On Friday morning just after midnight an explosive device was detonated and exploded about ten meters from the hospital wall. There were approximately 40 patients in the hospital, numerous physicians and medical staff, and dozens of Serbs who were guarding the building for the second night in a row.

SERBS FORM CRISIS CENTER TO PROTECT SERVICES
KOSOVO POLJE -- Saturday -- Serbs remaining in Kosovo Polje and nearby villages have formed a crisis centre to protect and sustain their medical centre, senior school, post office and other services crucial to their survival.

BELGRADE PROMISES KOSOVO TALKS - PRISTINA-BELGRADE DIALOGUE CONFIRMED FOR JULY
Serbia-Montenegro has announced it will hold talks with Kosovo Albanian leaders this summer with a view to normalising relations. President Svetozar Marovic said talks with the breakaway province - administered by the UN and Nato since the end of the war there in 1999 - would start before the end of July at an unspecified venue.

CONTROVERSIES OVER THE VISIT OF JOHN PAUL II TO BANJA LUKA
PAPAL MASS STIRS PAINFUL MEMORIES FOR BOSNIAN SERBS


Newsletter 22/JUNE, June 22, 2003

GREATER ALBANIA OR GREATER KOSOVO - MYTH OR REALITY

Translations from the Serbian Press:

VECERNJE NOVOSTI: BORDER ATTACK FOR A GREATER ALBANIA
VECERNJE NOVOSTI: ALBANIANS WANT A COUNTRY STRETCHING TO NIS

HISTORICAL ANALYSES:

GREATER ALBANIA EXPLAINED by Carl Savich
The Greater Albania ideology emerged and crystallized with the 1878 League of Prizren. This policy has continued for over a century. The Greater Albania strategy seeks to annex and gain control of territories inhabited by ethnic Albanians even in areas where Albanians are a minority. These "Albanian lands", the Serbian province of Kosovo-Metohija, the Southern Serbia region made up of the Medvedja, Presevo, and Bujanovac areas, southern Montenegro, northern Greece made up of the Janina area, Chameria in the Greater Albania lexicon, and, western Macedonia, Illirida in the Greater Albania nomenclature. (READ MORE)

THE GREATER ALBANIA IDEOLOGY AND THE MACEDONIAN CONFLICT

The objective and goal of the Albanian "Insurgency" or terrorist war in Macedonia is to implement the federalization plan, the partition of Macedonia into Albanian and Slav federal units. The federalization plan demanded by the NLA would result in de facto independence/secession/partition of Macedonia. The federalization plan is modeled on the Kosovo paradigm or blueprint. NATO military intervention and occupation of Macedonia are integral parts of the NLA strategy. NATO intervention is required to establish de facto partition and federalization. The model is Kosovo. With NATO intervention, the NLA which achieve its objective to establish not "greater rights", but a Greater Albania, the goal and objective of the Albanian nationalist agenda for over a century. - READ MORE

GREATER ALBANIA - by Tim Judah

"New York Review of Books - The West had created a monster. Yes, we had severed the head of Greater Serbia only to discover that Balkan nationalism is hydra-headed. In its place we now stood confronted by the evil specter of rabid, expansionist Albanian nationalism, which aimed to create either a Greater Albania or at least a Greater Kosovo.....The prerequisite to creating a Greater Kosovo including parts of Macedonia or a Greater Albania has, of course, to be an independent Kosovo - Tim Judah - READ MORE".

KOSOVO SERBIAN ISSUE AND THE GREATER ALBANIA PROJECT by Slavenko Terzich - "Greater Albania" with the leading idea "all Albanians in one state" represents not only a belated example of the national romanticism of the 19th century, but also questions existing internationally recognized borders, jeopardizes stability in the whole of Southeast Europe and threatens to cause a new, third Balkan war. The ambition to set up an ethnically pure Greater Albania at any cost represents an even greater anachronism. The Albanian political and intellectual elite obviously suffer from a large deficiency of European logic.


Newsletter 20/JUNE-2, June 20, 2003 Second Edition

COMMUNIQUE OF THE ERP KIM AND SNC KIM

UNPRECEDENTED AND IMMORAL ACT - UNMIK POLICE USE TEAR GAS TO ATTACK HOSPITAL, THREATEN MEDICAL STAFF AND PATIENTS

UNMIK and Kosvoo Police attempt to evict patients and Serb physicians from kosovo Polje Health Center - Diocese of Raska and Prizren and the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija most strongly condemn police actions as unprecedented act of violence


Newsletter 20/JUNE, June 20, 2003

UNMIK AND KOSOVO POLICE VIOLATE SERB HOSPITAL WITH TEAR GAS

UNMIK AND KOSOVO POLICE ATTEMPTED TO EVICT PATIENTS AND SERB MEDICAL STAFF FROM THE HOSPITAL AT KOSOVO POLJE
Twenty medical employees of the Kosovo Polje Health Center were injured during an attempt by UNMIK and Kosovo police to evict the patients and Serb medical staff from the building of the former Russian hospital in the village of Bresje. UNMIK policemen ordered the Serb patients and medical staff to leave the hospital, Health Center director Dr. Zorica Jovanic told KIM Radio. "When we refused to follow their order, they threw tear gas in front of the hospital building and took out their batons, after which real chaos ensued.

UNPRECEDENTED ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST MEDICAL STAFF AND PATIENCE IN KOSOVO POLJE HOSPITAL
The building in question, which until recently housed the Russian medical team, is owned by the Serbian Institute for Blood Transfusion, formerly based in Pristina. In addition to Russian physicians and technicians, Serb physicians from Kosovo Polje Health Center worked in the dispensary and the specialist sections.

MORE NEWS ABOUT THE HOSPITAL IN KOSOVO POLJE

B92 - UNMIK CLEARS HOSPITAL WITH TEAR GAS - COVIC: BEHAVIOR OF UNMIK POLICE INADMISSABLE
BELGRADE -- Thursday - International police in Kosovo Polje today used tear gas and batons to clear patients and medical staff from a hospital, after they refused to leave on the demand of police and Kosovo Protection Corps troops.

(MACLEANS - CANADA) KOSOVO: THE BLOODSHED CONTINUES (ANALYSIS)
Until the issue surrounding the Serb enclaves is settled, ethnic tensions will remain. That could mean that NATO and the UN will be bogged down in the province for years. A harsh reality -- considering that the West is currently facing a similar problem in Iraq. Problems could be avoided there, says Chappell, if a strong police force were to be created immediately to contain crime and ethnic divisions. It is a lesson the West was slow to learn in Kosovo -- and a mistake that may be in the process of being repeated in Iraq.

(UN)PROTECTED WITNESS - TRANSITIONS ONLINE
PRISTINA, Kosovo--A high-profile United Nations witness and two of his family members are murdered in the center of Peje (Pec), Kosovo's second city. Another witness is also gunned down, and the police station in Peje is attacked by grenades after an officer calls on witnesses in a murder investigation to come forward to testify.


Newsletter 16/JUNE, June 16, 2003

APPEAL OF PATRIARCH PAVLE TO THE UN AND EU
"Therefore we once again appeal to you to influence KFOR and UNMIK organs so that they actually begin to work on achieving their proclaimed goal: a multiethnic Kosovo and Metohija. Only one thing is necessary to achieve this goal: to put an end to crime and terror. For we are convinced that the Albanian population must know that it cannot build the happiness of its own children on the misfortune of Serb ones.

VECERNJE NOVOSTI - SERBIAN GOLGOTHA UNDER UNMIK
In the four years of UNMIK administration in the Province, more precisely, from June 10, 1999 to June 10, 2003, there have been 6,391 attacks on Serbs. In these attacks, 1,194 Serbs were killed, 1,305 wounded and 1,138 abducted. Of the total number of Serbs abducted, 155 were killed, 13 escaped and 95 were released. The fate of 863 persons remains unknown.

MOVEMENT FOR KOSOVO AND METOHIJA CONVENTION IN BELGRADE
The Movement for Kosovo-Metohija is a political union based on co-existence of Serbs and Albanians who are ready to build a society in the Province with the highest standards of civil and human rights, said the Movement coordinator Momcilo Trajkovic at this movement’s convention at the Belgrade Sava Center.


Newsletter 14/JUNE, June 14, 2003

STATEMENT BY THE SERB-MONTENEGRIN AMBASSADOR AT THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON KOSOVO AND METOHIJA, June 10 - full text

BELGRADE - PRISTINA TALKS AFTER THESSALONICA
Following his meeting with UNMIK chief Michael Steiner, Serbian PM Zoran Zivkovic has announced that talks between the Belgrade government and the Pristina administration are to be launched after this month's EU summit in Thessalonica.

BELGRADE-PRISTINA DIALOGUE TO BE PREPARED IN COOPERATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic and Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic sent a letter to the High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, saying that the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina on issues such as return, safety and decentralisation must be carefully prepared and launched after the Thessaloniki summit....

SERBIAN PATRIARCH APPEALS TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL AND EU TO ENSURE HUMAN RIGHTS FOR SERBS AND NON-ALBANIANS IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
Serbian Patriarch Pavle appealed to the UN Security Council and EU High Representative Javier Solana to ensure basic human rights to Serbs and other non-Albanians in Kosovo-metohija and to provide humanitarian aid to those expelled from the Province.....

SERB AVOIDS DEATH AFTER ATTACK FROM ALBANIANS
Two Albanian attacked a Serb from Pasjane. Dusan Ristic who was the victim of this incident was attacked in the vicinity of the village while he was tending his cows....

COVIC OFFERS VIRTUAL SELF-RULE TO KOSOVO SERBS
Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic today outlined plans ensuring Kosovo-Serbs would be institutionally connected to the governments of the state union through regional, municipal and local coordinators...


Newsletter 12/JUNE-2, June 12, 2003

TWO ANALYSES OF THE SITUATION IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

BALKANPEACE.ORG - HUMANITARIAN BOMBING VS. IRAQI FREEDOM

IWPR - MURDER REIGNITES FEARS OF KOSOVO SERBS


Newsletter 12/JUNE, June 12, 2003

REPRESENTATIVES OF LEADING SERB POLITICAL PARTIES MEET IN NORTH KOSOVO
The Serb National Council (SNC) of northern and central Kosovo and representatives of political parties that are members of the Democratic Opposition of Serbia (DOS) concluded today that the issue of Kosovo and Metohija should be put on the agenda of the Serbian parliament as soon as possible.

SERB MONTENEGRIN AMBASSADOR IN UN DISSATISFIED WITH UNMIK
Sahovic evaluated that in certain cases UNMIK its self is not contributing to the fulfillment of the proclaimed standards, pointing as an example to the law for leasing state property, a law, which according to him brought to additional confusion. According to Sahovic, with this law UNMIK practically took steps, which are outside its boundaries, which were entrusted to them by the UN Security Council.

INET - KOSOVO AND METOHIJA NEWS

BELGRADE PRESS ON THE 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEGINNING OF THE PEACE MISSION IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
NO SOLUTION TO THE KOSMET PROBLEM is the title under which the BORBA daily writes that today is exactly four years since the signing of the so-called Kumanovo Agreement and the arrival of the military-civil mission in the southern Serbian province, and the international community has obviously no solution to Kosmet problem. The daily recalls that in the course of 4 years, about 110 orthodox churches have been demolished, about 60 church-owned properties usurped, 250 orthodox cemeteries desecrated and about 50 of them completely demolished.


Newsletter 11/JUNE, June 11, 2003

CHAOS AND DISORDER by Fr. Sava Janjic
Kosovo and Metohija Four years later - Changes for the better for only one community - UNMIK and its virtual reality - Returns only on paper - Serbs forced to give up returns - Orthodox Church under persecution - Serbs without economic prospect - Privatization legitimizes injustices from the past - Institutions are smoke-screen for false multiethnicity - In search of exit strategy -

KOSOVO AND METOHIJA FOUR YEARS LATER, Associated Press
Four years after the end of the Serbo-Albanian war in Kosovo, the southern Serbian province is still wracked by violence and ethnic hatred overseen by a United Nations mission which is losing the respect of all sides to the conflict.


Newsletter 10/JUNE, June 10, 2003

LETTER OF BISHOP ARTEMIJE TO SERBIAN PREMIER ZIVKOVIC ON DIFFICULT SITUATION IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
Pomoravlje today, as someone summed it up is "Heaven transformed into hell." These are just elements of a horrible picture. He who does not see it for himself can hardly understand it. And who in the Government has seen it? I am writing you this letter so that those responsible can undertake the necessary measures to correct these crying injustices and help these heroic people to sustain themselves in their centuries-old homes.

PETITION OF THE SERBIAN PEOPLE IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
The problems of the Serb people of Kosovo and Metohija, who during in the last four years have experienced an exodus, disappeared and vanished from the region from whose bosom sprang Obilic, the brothers Jugovic, Kosancic; the region whose land owners are the medieval monasteries and churches that Albanian terrorists are torching and destroying, in the hope of torching and destroying the legacy we have guarded and protected for centuries in Bogorodica Ljeviska, imperial Prizren, the Pec Patriarchate, Decani, here in Gracanica; from where today we petition for protection from those who have the full, sole and true right and responsibility to do so: our homeland, our state.

AP: HUNDREDS OF KOSOVO SERBS PLAN TO LEAVE FOR SERBIA FOLLOWING RECENT ATTACK ON SERBS
The Obilic Serbs also announced they would send their house keys to Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic and Svetozar Marovic, the prime minister of Serbia and Montenegro, a loose union that recently replaced Yugoslavia. The Serbs said they expected the two officials to now guard their homes, BETA news agency reported.

B92: COVIC: GOAL OF ALBANIAN EXTREMISTS IS DEPARTURE OF SERBS FROM OBILIC
"The goal of Albanian extremists is the departure of Serbs from Obilic, and I hope that we will not give in to them," Coordinating Center head Nebojsa Covic told Radio B92 today. He said that Serbia's jurisdiction in Kosovo is suspended and that the state has no formal authority but that all political subjects from Serbia and Montenegro must therefore put strong pressure on the international community, which is responsible for the situation in the Province.

SERB FAMILIES TO STAY IN OBILIC
Following a meeting with Coordinating Centre for Kosovo-Metohija head Nebojsa Covic at the Serbian government on Monday, representatives of Kosovo Serbs from the town of Obilic said that they will not leave their homes following the murder of the Stolic family and that they agreed with Covic that Centre representatives visit Obilic on Tuesday.

MURDER OF STOLIC FAMILY CONSEQUENCE OF POWER TRANSFER TO KOSOVO INSTITUTIONS
Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic said after meeting with Serb representatives from Obilic that the transfer of UNMIK authorities to Kosovo's interim institutions was a bad move which led to the murder of the Stolic family, adding that the Belgrade authorities think that this process should be stopped.

RADA TRAJKOVIC LOBBIES FOR NON-PARTICIPATION OF SERBS IN KOSOVO INSTITUTIONS
Rada Trajkovic, a "Povratak" representative in the Kosovo parliament expressed her regrets because the Serb institutions are postponing the opening of a discussion regarding the problems in Kosovo and Metohija, at the same time warning that the security situation of the Serbs that have remained in the province is getting worse with every passing day. Trajkovic believe that people should not waist their energy on subjects such as who will show initiative in opening discussion on Kosovo.

SERB MONTENEGRIN DEFENCE MINISTER CALLS FOR DELAY IN BELGRADE-PRISTINA DIALOGUE
Federal Defense Minister Boris Tadic said today that it is not feasible to discuss the status of Kosovo before fundamental human rights are established in the province.


Newsletter 09/JUNE, June 09, 2003

SERBS FROM CERSKA STREET IN OBILIC DECIDE TO LEAVE THEIR HOME
The remaining Serbs in Obilic told Beta that they had already packed their essentials but that before leaving their representatives would turn in the keys to their houses this evening or tomorrow morning in Belgrade to Serbia and Montenegro president Svetozar Marovic and Serbian premier Zoran Zivkovic with the symbolic message to look after their houses.

ERP KIM, SNC - COMPLICITY IN ETHNIC CLEANSING - Joint Statement of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren and the SNC KIM
This attitutude on the part of the international UN mission and KFOR represents open complicity in the process of ethnic cleansing that for four full years since the war in the presence of peacekeeping forces has been carried out without obstruction by Albanian extremists building a Fascist-like and repressive society

BLIC: STOLIC FAMILY WERE TORTURED BECAUSE THEY RESISTED
"We have no life. Mice living in mine holes live better and are more protected that the Serbs here in Obilic. We stayed scattered all over, a house or two in a few streets. We have become animals suitable for testing various types of weapons such as knives and guns. Since the arrival of KFOR in Obilic 28 Serbs have been murdered. To this day not one of the murders has been solved and the guilty party arrested," said Aleksandar Stolic, the cousin of murdered Slobodan Stolic, through tears.

ANOTHER TERRORIST ACT IN KOSOVO - SEVEN INJURED IN EXPLOSION IN DOWNTOWN PRISTINA
The explosion took place in the heart of the city’s political district, moments from the Kosovo Assembly building and the city council building.

UN SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS OBILIC MURDER
The United Nations Security Council condemned in the harshest terms the murder of the three-member Stolic family in the Kosovo town of Obilic, and stated that such acts "frustrate joint efforts of the international community aimed at establishing an interethnic reconciliation" in Kosovo.

KOSOVO SERBS DOUBT DELEGATION'S MULTIETHNICITY
"In conversation with Mr. Solana [EU foreign policy and security chief] we insisted that the two-day work agenda for negotiations should address problems which are of high importance to the Serbian community, these are the return of displaced Kosovo-Serbs, the security problems and the problem of decentralisation, issues we hear virtually nothing about", said Milorad Todorovic

ALBANIAN CLEANSING MUST BE STOPPED SAYS PREMIER OF SERBIA
I don't want to accuse all Albanian of this, but they have to accuse Albanians who have the desire to cleanse Kosovo ethnically. On October 5, 2000 we washed our hands of Serbs who wanted to cleanse Kosovo ethnically. Now we are expecting the Kosovo Albanians to do the same, said Premier Zivkovic.

SERBIAN DIOCESE OF RASKA-PRIZREN OPENS EXIBITION ON "DESTROYED CHURCHES" IN PARIS


Newsletter 07/JUNE, June 07, 2003

BISHOP ARTEMIJE: FUTURE OF KOSOVO CANNOT BE BUILT ON BLOOD OF THE INNNOCENT
Bishop Artemije and his priests officieated a burrial service for the massacred Serb family in Obilic - During the burrial ceremony many Albanians hoisted flags, called out insults and swore at the funeral procession

BISHOP ARTEMIJE VISITS VITINA AND VRBOVAC AFTER THE LATEST SERIES OF CRIMES AND ATTACKS
"The Church has been, is now and will remain with its faithful believers, sharing their fate. Crimes, such as the one that occurred yesterday in Obilic and such as the murder of Zoran Mirkovic here in Vrbovac, must not go unpunished. The international community must finally put an end to the systemic violence being carried out under its auspices against the defenseless Serb people of Kosovo and Metohija," Bishop Artemije told Kosovsko Pomoravlje Serbs

OFFICIAL POLICE REPORT ON OBILIC MASSACRE - FAMILY MURDERED IN BRUTAL ATTACK
All three had been savagely beaten as they slept. Weapons had been used to inflict injury although the nature of those weapons is unknown. Police believe that the killers deliberately set the fire in the house to conceal their attack.

UN SECURITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS KOSOVO SITUATION ON JUNE 10
Covic said that the people of Kosovo can no longer live on certain international officials' empty promises of freedom of movement, security, stability and tolerance in Kosovo-Metohija. He also demanded for the quick arrest of the murderers of the Stolic family from Obilic.

SECOND PROTEST GATHERING IN GRACANICA
Serbs request immediate arrest of the perpertrators and moratorioum on the transfer of authorities from UNMIK to Kosovo institutions

STOLIC'S TORTURED PRIOR TO BEING MURDERED
Radmila and Ljubinko Stolic were murdered shortly after the evening meal and that signs of kicking and blows with a blunt object were visible on all three of the bodies. Both of Ljubinko's arms were broken, as well as his ribs on both sides. Slobodan sustained six wounds from a blunt object just on his head.

CONDEMNATIONS OF THE MURDER OF SERB FAMILY IN OBILIC

MAKFAX KUMANOVO, MACEDONIA: BOMB BLAST INJURES TWO PERSONS - ANA SUSPECT

STOLIC MURDER PROOF OF INADEQUACY OF STEINER'S POLICY


Newsletter 05/JUNE, June 05, 2003

AFP: THREE SERBS MURDERED IN KOSOVO: UN
"This is a heinous act, a perfidious crime which was directed against multi-ethnicity in Kosovo," Steiner told the gathering, which booed him.

BETA: COVIC TALKS WITH RELATIVES OF MURDERED STOLIC FAMILY
Obilic residents complained of exceptionally poor security conditions and told Covic of the horrors they endured during the last four years, since the arrival of the international missions in Kosovo.

BETA: BOZOVIC - MURDER BRINGS BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS INTO QUESTION
The treacherous and ethnically motivated multiple murder of the Stolics brings the realization of basic human rights of non-Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija into question: the right to freedom of life, security and freedom of movement, which have been tragically lacking since the deployment of international civil and military missions in the region.

B92: SERB FAMILY MURDERED IN KOSOVO
"The murder of the Stolic family confirms the bitter truth that Serb status in Kosovo remains unchanged for four years, and that the drop in the number of crimes committed is only a consequence of the Serbs' even greater isolation, who stick to their enclaves and protected zones".

FONET: BELGRADE DEMANDS ACTION ON SERB MURDER IN KOSOVO - SERBS PROTEST TO COVIC

Belgrade’s Kosovo Coordination Centre today demanded an urgent response from UN police and judicial organs to the murder of a Serb family by Albanian extremists yesterday.

SERBIAN PRIME MINISTER CALLS FOR RESPONSIBILITY OF KOSOVO'S INTERIM INSTITUTIONS

Zivkovic will propose to all Serbian and state union institutions in charge to call for the responsibility of Kosovo's interim institutions as well as those in charge in the international administration, as the shifting of competencies to the interim institutions is being followed by a rise in the number of Serbs killed, increased violence and destruction, and attempts to create an independent state in Kosovo-Metohija.

REUTERS: THREE SERBS DIE IN WORST KOSOVO ATTACK SINCE 2001

OBILIC, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - A family of three Serbs were murdered in a Kosovo town overnight in the worst single attack against the small Serb minority in over two years, United Nations police said Wednesday.


Newsletter 04/JUNE-2, June 04, 2003 - Second Edition

SERBS HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF EMPTY PROMISES - CONCRETE MEASURES AGAINST ALBANIAN EXTREMISM ARE NEEDED

Serbs of Obilic chase away Steiner and Rexhepi - Rada Trajkovic: Steiner is full of empty promises - SNC KIM: We will request the dissolution of Kosovo institutions and self-organizing of Serbs - Randjel Nojkic: A crime, not an accident - Bishop Artemije: UNMIK and KFOR finally must end systemic destruction of Serb people


Newsletter 04/JUNE, June 04, 2003

SERB FAMILY MASSACRED IN OBILIC
An 80 year-old man with a bullet wound to his temple, his wife and son stabbed with a knife in the area of the heart found in house - Attackers tried to cover up the crime by setting fire to the house

ERP KIM AND SNC KIM CONDEMN TERRORIST ATTACK IN UROSEVAC
Five people, including member of Greek KFOR, injured in attack in front of Orthodox church


Newsletter 02/JUNE, June 02, 2003

CRY OF SERBS FROM VITINA

The Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija has sent a text with the cry and appeal of the Serbs of Vitina containing a list of violent incidents in Kosovsko Pomoravlje. Because of the rise in violence and pressure against the Serb population of this region, and in light of the persistent denial of the worsening of the security situation by U.S. KFOR and UNMIK representatives, the people of Kosovsko Pomoravlje have no other option than to address a public appeal to the Serb people and the Belgrade Government to ask for their help.