November 12, 2003

ERP KiM Newsletter 12-11-03

Precise Figures of Post-Conflict Ethnically Motivated Crimes in Kosovo

Editorial

Devastating figures of 1,192 killed and 1,303 kidnapped Serbs after the UN/KFOR arrival to Kosovo clearly demonstrate that the peace mission has simply replaced the suffering during the conflict with an organized Kosovo Albanian campaign of ethnic terror against Serbs and other non-Albanians in the time of so called "peace". Although some UNMIK officials stubbornly try to minimize the post-conflict tragedy of Serbs, Roma, Bosniaks, Croats etc. and justify their ethnically biased mission, families of the Serbs killed or abducted despite the UN/NATO presence audaciously bear witness of Albanian ethnic terror and injustice which continues under the UN and the NATO flags.

Instead of stopping violence and disarming KLA gangs, UNMIK allowed KLA to legalize its existence entering in the political life of Kosovo and using the UN sponsored institutions as a smoke screen of ethnic discrimination. Instead of implementing a requirement of the UN SC Resolution 1244 (ch. 10, Annex II, 5) to establish "a substantial autonomy (of Kosovo) within the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (i.e. Serbia-Montenegro)" and reestablish multiethnic society prior to the final status settlement, UN Mission de facto created an ethnic Albanian quasi-state with no links to the internationally recognized state to which the Province officially belongs. Inability of UNMIK and KFOR to prevent ethnic Albanian extremism and politically isolate their leaders has resulted in the largest ethnic cleansing during a period of a peace mission.

In the beginning of the second millennium of Christianity UN administered Kosovo Province is the only part of the civilized world in which Christian shrines (churches and cemeteries) are exposed to unrestrained destruction and desecration by Moslem Albanians. At the same time when more than 100 churches destroyed lie in ruins despite the international presence some Western politicians still speak of the European future of Kosovo Province which resembles more Afghanistan than any European country.

Perhaps, if we should say what is the real success of the Kosovo peace mission we can frankly admit that the situation on the ground would have been much worse after the withdrawal of the former Yugoslav forces without their presence, humanitarian assistance and protection of Serb enclaves and some Orthodox Christian holy sites. All other "successes" of the Mission are purely relative and have affected primarily the ethnic Albanian community.

Fr. Sava Janjic
ERP KiM Info-Service


A scene of murder of the Serb University Professor Basic by Kosovo Albanian mob in Pristina after
the arrival of KFOR and UN Mission (photo from the archive of CIVPOL )

CONTENTS:

Serbian Ministry of Interior Published Exact Figures of Post-conflict Crimes in Kosovo and Metohija
Since the deployment of peacekeeping forces in Kosovo and Metohija 1,192 Serbs and 593 members of other national communities have been murdered. The fate of 790 of the 1,303 persons kidnapped or abducted and tortured by Albanian extremists during the same period remains unknown.

The Beaten Elderly Serb From Gnjilane in Critical Condition

Stojkovic sustained serious head injuries and wounds all over his body. After the admission to the hospital Mr. Stojkovic said to the doctors that he had been attacked by a group of five-six Kosovo Albanian males while he was taking care of the cattle on his farm in Paralovo, Novo Brdo Municipality, near Gnjilane, said Dr. Vipic.

Privatization in Kosovo and Metohija Only With Consent of Serbia

Privatization in Kosovo and Metohija can be continued only with complete respect of the international standards and consent and participation of the Republic of Serbia as the largest creditor and owner of the property in that part of Serbia 's territory. This is said in the statement issued by the Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija.

Serbian Orthodox Church Strongly Against Uncontrolled Privatization in Kosovo
According to the opinion of Bishop Artemije continuation of the privatization process under the present conditions will be nothing but a criminal act with the blessing of UNMIK. Serbian Orthodox Church and other national institutions will use all possible legal methods to prevent such injustice and protect their legal property rights, said Bishop Artemije to the ErP KiM Info-Service

Barbed Wire Around UNMIK Headquarters in Pristina
Installation of barbed wire around the headquarters and strengthening of security measures in the building, is a subject that dominates today's headlines in almost all Pristina newspaper in Albanian language. In the meantime, the newspapers stated that the KFOR representatives said that for the international institutions in Kosovo these threats came from the local criminal organizations, but not from outside.

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Serbian Ministry of Interior Published Precise Figures of Post-Conflict Ethnically Motivated Crimes in Kosovo and Metohija
Since the deployment of peacekeeping forces in Kosovo and Metohija 1,192 Serbs and 593 members of other national communities have been murdered. The fate of 790 of the 1,303 persons kidnapped or abducted and tortured by Albanian extremists during the same period remains unknown.

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KIM Radio News (other Serbian Media)
November 10, 2003

(photo: A Serb being molested in street violence, archive of UNMIK Civpol, more photos available at: http://www.unmikonline.org/civpol/photos/violence.htm)

Since the deployment of peacekeeping forces in Kosovo and Metohija 1,192 Serbs and 593 members of other national communities have been murdered.

The fate of 790 of the 1,303 persons kidnapped or abducted and tortured by Albanian extremists during the same period remains unknown.

A total of 364 persons of the total number of persons kidnapped and missing managed to escape from captivity, and 150 bodies of those who have been murdered were recovered.

During the same period, 1,289 persons sustained serious bodily injury, approximately 10 percent of whom died from their wounds.

This information was compiled by the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs /Serbian State Police/ based on reports by domestic and international committees of the Red Cross, family members, UN police and Hague tribunal investigators. It is difficult to determine the precise number of persons kidnapped and murdered.

There are claims, such as that the head of the UNMIK office for missing persons Jose Barebara, that none of those on the listed among the missing and kidnapped are among the living and that all of these persons have been murdered. However, until their bodies are located, identification is carried out and the bodies are turned over to the families, they will be considered to be still living, said Gvozden Gagic, the head of the Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija's bureau for kidnapped and missing persons, in a statement for "Blic".

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The Beaten Elderly Serb From Gnjilane in Critical Condition

Stojkovic sustained serious head injuries and wounds all over his body. After the admission to the hospital Mr. Stojkovic said to the doctors that he had been attacked by a group of five-six Kosovo Albanian males while he was taking care of the cattle on his farm in Paralovo, Novo Brdo Municipality, near Gnjilane, said Dr. Vipic.

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Pobjeda and Dan dailies, Montenegro, KiM Radio, ERP KiM Info-Service
November 10, 2003


Kosovska Mitrovica - Beta (November 9). Aleksandar Stojkovic, an elderly Kosovo Serb, who was beaten yesterday by a group of K/Albanians is still in critical condition, said the local anesthesiologist at the special medical care unit in Kosovska Mitrovica hospital Dr. Eva Vipic.

According to her statement Stojkovic sustained serious head injuries and wounds all over his body. After the admission to the hospital Mr. Stojkovic said to the doctors that he had been attacked by a group of five-six Kosovo Albanian males while he was taking care of the cattle on his farm in Paralovo, Novo Brdo Municipality, near Gnjilane, said Dr. Vipic.

Albanians beat him by the handle of a gun on his head, hit him with their feet and when they thought that he was dead they wrapped him up by a nylon covering and hurled him into the neighboring brook. After more than an hour Stojkovic regained consciousness and managed to get out from the nylon bag. He crawled to the first Serbian home and they immediately took him to the Gracanica clinic from which he was urgently transported to the Kosovska Mitrovica hospital for further treatment.

At the (North) Mitrovica hospital Mr. Stojkovic was offered urgent medical assistance and his situation is relatively stable at the moment although the physicians cannot predict the final outcome due to very specific kind of injuries.

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Privatization in Kosovo and Metohija Only With the Consent of Serbia

Privatization in Kosovo and Metohija can be continued only with complete respect of the international standards and consent and participation of the Republic of Serbia as the largest creditor and owner of the property in that part of Serbia 's territory. This is said in the statement issued by the Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija.

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Blic Daily, Belgrade
November 11, 2003

Privatization in Kosovo and Metohija can be continued only with complete respect of the international standards and consent and participation of the Republic of Serbia as the largest creditor and owner of the property in that part of Serbia 's territory. This is said in the statement issued by the Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija.

The Center points out that the method of privatization that Kosovo creditor agency is trying to apply, prejudices that status of the province and discriminates the rights of the State of Serbia and the displaced people. Apart from political, such privatization also has economic and legal consequences on all legal entities who will all have to request protection of their interests before the international arbitration.

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Serbia "essential" for Kosovo privatization

Beta News Agency, Belgrade
November 10, 2003

BELGRADE -- Monday - The approval and participation of Serbia as the largest stakeholder and property owner in Kosovo is essential for privatization to continue, the Kosovo Coordination Center in Belgrade said today.

A statement from the Centrex claimed that the method of privatization chosen by the Kosovo Trust Agency pre-empted the final status of the province and discriminated against Serbs and displaced employees of companies undergoing privatization.

The Center also insisted that international standards must be fully honored in ownership transformation process.

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Privatization in Kosovo possible only with Serbia's consent and participation

http://www.serbia.sr.gov.yu/news/2003-11/10/331852.html

SERBIAN GOVERNMENT

Belgrade, Nov 10, 2003 - The Coordinating Center for Kosovo-Metohija said in a statement that the privatization process in the province can be carried out only with the full respect of international standards, and the consent and participation of the Republic of Serbia as the major creditor and property owner in that part of its territory.

The privatization method implemented by the Kosovo Trust agency presupposes Kosovo's independence and infringes upon the constitutional rights of the Republic of Serbia and those of the former workers of Kosovo's socially-owned companies currently living in Serbia, read the statement.

Such an attitude has political, economic and legal consequences for the above-mentioned legal entities, who will have to urge the international arbitration to protect their interests.

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Serbian Orthodox Church Strongly Against Uncontrolled Privatization in Kosovo and Metohija

According to the opinion of Bishop Artemije continuation of the privatization process under the present conditions will be nothing but a criminal act with the blessing of UNMIK. Serbian Orthodox Church and other national institutions will use all possible legal methods to prevent such injustice and protect their legal property rights, said Bishop Artemije to the ErP KiM Info-Service

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ERP KiM Info-Service
Gracanica, November 11, 2003

Serbian Orthodox Church is strongly opposed to continuation of uncontrolled privatization in Kosovo and Metohija. As an owner of a large property which was unjustly confiscated during the communist period Serbian Orthodox Church cannot allow its estates, which were even respected during the Ottoman times, to be privatized by Kosovo Albanian businessmen and thus forever alienated from the rightful owner. At the same time the land which is still in cadastral ownership of the Church is exposed to continual usurpation by Kosovo Albanian farmers who falsify cadastral records and even build their houses on the Church land. Especially vulnerable are the forests which belong to the Church, particularly large Monasteries, because neither Kosovo nor UNMIK police are capable of preventing illegal cutting of trees and devastation of centuries old forests.

According to the opinion of Bishop Artemije continuation of the privatization process under the present conditions will be nothing but a criminal act with the blessing of UNMIK. Serbian Orthodox Church and other national institutions will use all possible legal methods to prevent such injustice and protect their legal property rights, said Bishop Artemije to the ErP KiM Info-Service

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Barbed Wire Around UNMIK Headquarters in Pristina

Installation of barbed wire around the headquarters and strengthening of security measures in the building, is a subject that dominates today's headlines in almost all Pristina newspaper in Albanian language. In the meantime, the newspapers stated that the KFOR representatives said that for the international institutions in Kosovo these threats came from the local criminal organizations, but not from outside.

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Free Serbia
Pristina, November 11, 2003

Installation of barbed wire around the headquarters and strengthening of security measures in the building, is a subject that dominates today's headlines in almost all Pristina newspaper in Albanian language.

"Zeri" states that installing that kind of fence around the UNMIK headquarters gives a feeling of insecurity that it is about a place where a war has been conducted, but not Kosovo, which has been out of the war for almost five years". Sunil Narula, the UNMIK spokesman stated that this has been done by the order of the headquarters of UN in New York .

The order is mandatory for the all missions of UN after the attack at the headquarters in Baghdad , in which the chief of the mission, Brazilian diplomatic official Sergio Vieira de Melo died. The Pristina newspapers reminded that he was the first chief of the mission of UN in Kosovo and had brought the flag of the international organization in the UNMIK headquarters.

In the meantime, the newspapers stated that the KFOR representatives said that for the international institutions in Kosovo these threats came from the local criminal organizations, but not from outside. The president of the Council for protection of human rights and freedom, Pajazit Nushi, stated that the security measures of UN mission had a negative response among the citizens of Kosovo."

These are unaccepted measures because UN and KFOR enjoy great sympathies among the citizens of Kosovo, especially among the Albanians, said Nushi. In the statement for the electronic media in Pristina he emphasized "putting any kind of barbed wire around the UNMIK headquarters does not have a positive connotation, because the Kosovo Albanians are aware that thanks to the engagement of the international community they have achieved this level of security and development.

Kosovo newspapers in Albanian language emphasize that if it is ordered by New York then it is unavoidable, and in this case UNMIK had to find a way how to explain to the citizens of Kosovo why it has been done.

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News from Kosovo and Metohija, Nov 10

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www.inet.co.yu

I*Net News, Belgrade

Monday 10 November 2003

23:40 The Council of Europe is expected to discuss problems and the situation in Kosovo and Metohija in April 2004, announced Serbian deputy prime minister and Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Nebojsa Covic after a meeting with Klaus Schumann, the director of the EU's political secretariat.

21:20 Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija head Nebojsa Covic con firmed that UNMIK police investigators will arrive in Belgrade tomorrow as part of the investigation launched following the recent publication of photographs of KLA members displaying severed human heads.

21:00 New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will visit Kosovo and Metohija on November 24 /for Albanian national flag day activities/, following a visit to Israel, advised his spokesman Ed Skyler.

20:40 The Serbian Resistance Movement appealed to voters in Kosovo and Metohija, both those living in the province and those who are displaced, to participate in Serbian presidential elections and vote for Democratic Opposition of Serbia candidate Dragoljub Micunovic.

20:20 Privatization in Kosovo and Metohija can continue only with full respect for international standards and with the acquiescence and participation of the Republic of Serbia as the biggest trustee and property owner in this part of Serbia, the Coordinating Center for Kosovo and Metohija advised today.

20:00 Kosovo parliament speaker Nexhat Daci announced that decentralization will not be implemented in Kosovo as long as parallel institutions exist.

10:40 Militant ethnic Albanians in northern Greece are preparing for armed struggle, and their proclaimed goal is creating a greater Albania, German weekly Der Spiegel writes in today's issue. The weekly carries a statement by a student Ahmet, who used to fight within the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army against Serbs in Kosovo and against government troops in Macedonia, who said that an armed resistance network is planne d to be created in Greece before the start of the 2004 Olympics.

09:40 UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri, his associates and representatives of the EU presently visiting Kosovo and Metohija are traveling to New York City today for a meeting with the members of the UN Security Council.

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