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30 September 2003 - Second Edition
LOOKING TO DISCUSS KOSOVO RETURNS
"We are ready to make our contribution to this, but also
important is the readiness of Kosovo Albanian leaders to do their
part, most of all to guarantee the safety of Serbs and other non-Albanians
currently living in the province," Zoran Zivkovic told B92
following talks yesterday evening with the head of the UN mission
in Kosovo, Harri Holkeri. "There is no problem with the desire
of Serbs to return to Kosovo - they want this. The only question
is where they return to, in what numbers and when. This depends
on the international community and the Albanian side."
DIALOGUE TO BEGIN ON OCTOBER 14 - VIENNA TALKS BETWEEN STATE AND
Vienna dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina scheduled to begin
on October 14 will be a discussion between a state and its province,
not between two states, the head of Belgrade_s Kosovo Coordination
Centre said after meeting EU official Stefan Lehne in Belgrade
WARNS OF "DRAMATIC"SITUATION IN KOSOVO
In a speech to the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly,
Dragoljub Micunovic, a senior member of Serbia's governing coalition,
warned that Kosovo's future could not be built on the results
of ethnic cleansing and the criminalisation of society.
OF EUROPE RULES OUT STANCE ON KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE
Schwimmer called for the Human Rights Convention, the Convention
on the Protection of National Minorities and the Convention on
the Prevention of Torture to be applied and honoured in Kosovo.
He said he expected the technical negotiations between Belgrade
and Pristina "to help this process."
ADVOCATES SERB ENTITY IN KOSOVO
G17 Plus leader Miroljub Labus has called for the creation of
separate entities within Kosovo as the only way to protect the
KFOR ALSO A TARGET
New terrorist activities against Serbs, KFOR and UNMIK, Serbian
police and the Serbia and Montenegro Army as well as other armed
provocations in the Ground Safety Zone and even attacks on the
Albanian national community in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica
and in Montenegro are being planned by Albanian terrorists on
the eve of the announced beginning of dialogue between Belgrade
and Pristina on technical issues. According to the prepared scenario,
Albanian terrorists will attempt to blame the victims on alleged
Serb terrorism and the Serbia and Montenegro Army with the intent
of once again mobilizing public opinion on their side.
AND METOHIJA FLASH NEWS, 27-30 SEPTEMBER
30 September 2003
GRAVES DUG OVER IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
According to recent updates secured by "Novosti" a total
of 5,177 grave markers have been destroyed on 211 Serbian Orthodox
cemeteries. Almost all of these are beyond repair. In terms of
numbers, this means that two thirds of the total number of grave
markers in these cemeteries have been destroyed, as well as entire
fences and all the chapels.
HANDED TO WESTERN REPRESENTATIVES IN BELGRADE
"We appeal to you and the governments of your countries which
are the pillars of democracy in the world, whose forefathers wrote
the first lines on the rights of man and the citizen, and breathed
life into the spirit of all of humanity, with the appeal to grant
us the right to life, to find the criminals responsible for the
massacre in Gorazdevac and all crimes committed in Kosovo since
1999 to today, and to bring them to justice before the Hague tribunal,"
reads the appeal which was read and handed to embassy officials.
BELGRADE-PRISTINA TALKS TO BE SHORT
Speaking to a group of local journalists, Holkeri said the issues
to be addressed during the first meeting between the two sides
since the end of 1998-99 war "will concentrate on technical
issues such as transport, energy, missing persons and the return
of displaced people."
IN HIGH-PROFILE TRIALS AFRAID TO COME FORWARD
Independently of the heavily disrupted relations between the two
main Albanian political blocs and the two main parties heading
these blocs, as well as the permanent mutual conflicts between
various structures supporting these political blocs from the background,
the attempted murder of Ramiz Muriqi will without a doubt produce
grave consequence for the Kosovo judiciary and for one of the
biggest problems that it faces -- viz., securing of witnesses.
28 September 2003
SERBS FROM 21 DISPLACED FAMILIES RETURNED TO KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
A group of 40 Serbs, representatives of 21 Serbian families including
all ten members of the Dubic family arrived to Suvi Lukavac village,
near Istok, yesterday late afternoon. They are the first group
of displaced Serbs who decided to return to their village destroyed
by ethnic Albanian extremists after the war in 1999.
INET - KOSOVO AND METOHIJA FLASH NEWS, SEP 26
27 September 2003
- YEAR OLD SERB HEAVILY BEATEN IN CENTRE OF PRIZREN
Two young men of Albanian nationality came out of the building
of the sports center not far from the Jankovic house and first
began to verbally provoke Janko and Dostana. Then one of the young
men lunged at Janko and began to beat him on the head with a stick;
when he had finished, the other young Albanian continued the beating.
The abuse of the Serb man lasted almost half an hour while his
wife Dosta watched in tears. During the beating Jankovic lost
consciousness and lost a considerable amount of blood. None of
the Albanian passers-by stopped to offer assistance or chastise
the attackers; some of the more curious lingered to observe the
AFP - KOSOVO TRIAL WITNESS NARROWLY ESCAPES DEATH
Ramiz Muriqi, a prosecution witness in the trial of five former
rebels jailed for illegally detaining and murdering four fellow
ethnic Albanians in 1999, was targeted in the attack using an
explosive device placed in a manhole.
KOSOVO SERBS PROTEST IN BELGRADE
Around 100 Serbs from Kosovo have begun protesting in Belgrade
outside the embassies of countries with a military presence in
the UN-governed province.
SERB HOUSE IN ORAHOVAC ROBBED AND SET ON FIRE
Serb sources from Orahovac confirmed to the ERP KIM Info Service
today that in the night between Thursday and Friday (25/26 September)
ethnic Albanians robbed the family home of Novica Filipovic and
set the house on fire. At the time of this incidents the Filipovics
were not at home. The fire was extinguished a few hours after
COLIN POWEL MET SCG PRESIDENT MAROVIC IN NEW YORK
Powell said he was satisfied with the latest decisions of the
Contact Group referring to the commencement of dialogue on Kosmet.
According to Marovic, US influence will prove inevitable in that
26 September 2003 - Special Report
SERBIA-MONTENEGRO A KEY FACTOR IN KEEPING ISLAMISTS UNDER CONTROL,
M. DJORDJEVIC (BELGRADE)
developments after the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo have demonstrated
that the Islamist cause cannot be easily dismissed, particularly
in the present grave economic and political crisis plaguing most
of the Balkans, and that it represents a prime breeding ground
for extremist Islamist cells.... In this new geostrategic situation,
Serbia-Montenegro, with its central position in the Balkans, will
naturally become a key ally of the West in preventing the Islamists
from carrying out their operations in Europe. The country that
only a few years ago was seen as a major security threat in the
area may thus be given a new chance to make its contribution to
the preservation of the world peace and stability. For this new
role, the country would need ample assistance from the West and
most of all political support in preserving its sovereignty in
Kosovo and Montenegro...
SPECIAL REPORT, STRATFOR INSTITUTE (U.S): BALKAN THEATER
Should the Islamist forces in Bosnia, Kosovo or other parts of
the region move aggressively, the United States does not have
sufficient forces in either place, and the willingness of European
governments to act decisively is, at least in our minds, questionable.
Their definition of "decisive action" may differ from
that of the United States. The only power that has an interest
in controlling Islamic actions in the region is, interestingly,
Serbia. Different time, different regime, but same national interests.
What could happen is that, in the end, the United States must
rely on the Serbs to deal with the current war....
26 September 2003
THE MURDERS OF SERBIAN CHILDREN
On Wednesday, his holiness Serbian patriarch Pavle, and the high
council of the Serbian Orthodox Church, talked with Nebojsa Covic,
the president of the coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija,
and Vojislav Milovanovic, on the situation in Kosovo and Metohija,
and the latest initiative of the international community for the
beginning of the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue.
SERBS RETURN TO KOSOVO VILLAGE
A group of 50 displaced Serbs from Kosovo returned to the village
of Osojane this evening, escorted by members of the province's
United Nations mission and the UNHCR.
HAGUE TRIBUNAL INVESTIGATES KLA CHIEFS
Serbian Minister of Justice Vladan Batic said in The Hague on
Wednesday that the Hague Tribunal Chief Prosecutor Carla del Ponte
had confirmed that two investigations into Kosovo Liberation Army
(KLA) chiefs were in progress, adding that one of them is likely
to be completed by the end of this year.
SCG WILL DO EVERYTHING TO ENSURE SUCCESS OF KOSOVO TALKS
Serbian-Montenegrin President Svetozar Marovic said in New York
late on Wednesday that the state union's authorities will "do
everything they can" to ensure the success of the upcoming
dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.
CSM - UN CULTURE STYMIES THE UN IN KOSOVO
"Some countries have a mafia, but in Kosovo, the mafia has
a country," says one American security official in Kosovo,
who spoke on condition of anonymity. "Especially with the
increased activity of Islamic extremists and Al Qaeda groups in
and around Kosovo, this situation could pose a real security threat
INET - NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
25 September 2003 - Second Edition
YES, BUT NOT BETWEEN TWO EQUAL POLTICAL SUBJECTS
Bishop Artemije said to ERP KIM Info-Service that the Serbian
Orthodox Church supports the forthcoming dialogue on Kosovo and
Metohija. "However, the Bishop said, the dialogue should
not be viewed as negotiation process between two equal political
subjects but between the state and the part of its citizens and
their local institutions on the sovereign territory of Serbia".
DIALOGUE TO ALLEVIATE PRESSURE FROM EXTREMISTS
"The dialogue will prove that Serbs and Albanians can talk,
it will certainly bring about the alleviation of tensions in Kosovo
and quell the pressure by extremists, who will lose a lot if the
discussions go ahead. I believe extremists will face justice and
that the overall situation will calm down and open the door to
investment, which has been discouraged thus far”, said Ivanovic.
KOSOVO, SERBIA TO HOLD FIRST MEETING BY MID-OCTOBER
The first meeting between officials from Kosovo and Serbia since
the end of the 1998-99 war is expected to be held in less than
a month's time, a UN official here said.
SERBS IN CERNICA STILL UNPROTECTED
"We are in a very hopeless situation so we suggested the
checkpoint near the church St. Ilija to be removed and set near
the school because, even if it sounds like a paradox, the life
of our children is more important than the religious objects.
However, our demand has not been heard", said Todorovic.
He today’s attendees among the UNMIK officials warned that
somebody by the name and surname has to take responsibility for
the suffering of the Serbs in Cernica.
PARENTS TO KEEP SERB CHILDREN OUT OF SCHOOL UNTIL CHECKPOINT
The demand was rejected by Jacques Cady, the head of UNMIK's judicial
department; as a result, Serb parents have decided to keep their
children out of school for security reasons.
25 September 2003
ORTHODOX CHURCH ON FORTHCOMING KOSOVO DIALOGUE
Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church supports open
and sincere dialogue, but it does not mean that we can close our
eyes before cruel reality which is facing our people and all non-Albanian
population in Kosovo and Metohija.
Information Service of the Patriarchate
Belgrade September 24, 2003
AMBUSHED IN SOUTHERN SERBIA
A major in the Serbia-Montenegro army has been shot and wounded
in an ambush in southern Serbia, B92 reports.
CONDEMNS "TERRORIST ATTACK"
"It is another attempt to escalate the conflict in the southern
municipalities and former Ground Safety Zone. After a period of
quiet, Albanian terrorist groups have resumed activities",
Boris Tadic, Serbia-Montenegro_s defence minister, said tonight.
GROUP BACKS HOLKERI DIALOGUE PLAN
The Contact Group emphasised the need to deal with "standards
before status", establishing good government and building
trust and reconciliation before addressing the sensitive issue
of the final status of the province.
REPATRIATES SEEK HELP FROM SERBIA
"Because of the delay in building a school we have sent our
schoolchildren back to Serbia, which means we've postponed mass
repatriations for another year.
WANRS OF POTENTIAL VIOLENCE IN KOSOVO
The head of the Pristina OSCE mission's Democratisation Division,
Friedhelm Frischenschlager, said today that new violence could
erupt in Kosovo at any time.
TALKS LOOK ON KOSOVO LOOK SET TO START
The international community has been pushing for talks, and officials
now say that -- after a number of false starts -- they are set
to open soon. The talks between Serbian and Kosovar representatives
are expected to focus on cooperation in the energy and communications
fields, as well as on the fate of missing persons and the return
of Serbian refugees.
- FLASH NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
24 September 2003
OF ST. NEDELJA NEAR ORAHOVAC VANDALIZED
assailants broke into the Church of St. Nedelja (gr. St. Kyriake,
lat. Domenica) in the village of Brnjaca near Orahovac and desecrated
the church's interior. On Thursday, September 18, Fr. Srdjan Milenkovic,
the parish priest in Orahovac, accompanied by two other Serbs
and escorted by members of CIMIC (the battalion for civil-military
cooperation) went to pick up some construction materials left
over from the construction of the residence hall prior to the
war and at that time he saw for himself that the church had been
burglarized. On the same day he informed the UNMIK police of the
condition in which he had found the church and asked that they
conduct an on the
23 September 2003
OF SERB CHILDREN FROM GORAZDEVAC STONED
During the stoning the windows on one of the buses were smashed
but there were no injuries among the children.
ALBANIANS SHOOT AROUND GORAZDEVAC - KFOR SEARCHES SERBIAN
"Instead of looking for the murderers on the Albanian side,
they are coming to the village everyday, and are pressuring twenty
year old Boshko Bogicevic, who was wounded that same day at the
river, into giving a statement regarding the incident," stated
UNMIK IS MANIPULATING NUMBER OF SERB RETURNEES
"Whenever we ask the international representatives for an
exact number and names of the returnees which came back to the
province, we constantly receive over exaggeration, and often they
simply give up on this task. So for example UNHCR and UNMIK were
saying that 60 Serbs returned to the village of Klokot in Kosovska
Vitina. But when we asked them to give us the names they simply
did not want to talk about it. Truth is that only 8 Serbs returned
to Klokot," stated Milorad Todorovic, the coordinator for
COVIC CALLS FOR DIALOGUE WITHOUT POLITICIZATION
"Those who want this must realize that it is most important
that the dialogue begin as soon as possible, that it be constructive,
and that we must come together to a resolution of various problems,"
INET - FLASH NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA, 20-21 SEP
22 September 2003
ARTEMIJE SERVES HOLY LITURGY IN OBILIC
Artemije and the priests and monks of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren
and Kosovo-Metohija served the first holy liturgy in Obilic yesterday
since the arrival of KFOR troops to the area in celebration of
the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God (Mala Gospojina).
Serbian journalists threatened in Obilic
from KIM Radio and The Southern Voice (Glas Juga) told Beta news
agency that a man wearing a camouflage uniform in a black VW Golf
drew his finger across his throat upon leaving the center of Obilic
and repeated the sign repeatedly as he slowed them down on the
road to Pristina.
MINI'S PILGRIMAGE TO DECANI MONASTERY
KFOR commander, general Fabio Mini came for retreat to Decani
Monastery during this weekend. Near the end of his one-day mandate,
general Mini indicated that he wished to spend a few moments of
spiritual reinvigoration in the monastery to which he remains
19 September 2003
ARE NOT SO WELL AS THEY APPEAR, MR. CLINTON
The reception he got today in Pristina is certainly one Clinton
would not have gotten anywhere else. Whenever he has visited Europe,
he has been met by masses of demonstrators protesting his retrograde
policies which have inflicted damage to the U.S. and Europe alike.
The fact that a politician of considerable political and moral
disrepute has been greeted by such ovations in Kosovo, overrun
during the last four years of international "peace"
by lawlessness and crimes against the weak and defenseless, perhaps
is only becoming for Clinton at the end of his political career.
Bishop Artemije and the priests and monks of the
Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija served the first
holy liturgy in Obilic yesterday since the arrival of KFOR troops
to the area in celebration of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother
of God (Mala Gospojina).
STILL LACKING DEMOCRACY, SAYS NEW GOVERNOR
HARRI HOLKERI: "The pain in Kosovo has not disappeared...
It is still very much the same as it was four years ago but other
big international conflicts and challenges have taken the interest
of the media...and also the governments."
ON A VISIT TO KOSOVO, WARNS AGAINST "GETTING EVEN"
CLINTON: "My Bible says that vengeance belongs to God."
He added that reconciliation was "the only way you can achieve
a secure, stable and prosperous Kosovo."
EMBRACES FOR INCREAS IN ETHNIC ALBANIAN SEPARATISM
The ANA guerrillas say they want to establish, through war if
necessary, a state grouping all ethnic Albanians living in the
region: in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, southern Serbia and Montenegro.
MESSAGES SPREAD AGAINST UNMIK STAFF (IN KOSOVO)
According to the police information, the return of the corpses
of two AKSH members is requested in the messages; on the contrary,
attack campaign will begin against crucial UNMIK officials.
MINI: KOSOVO'S SECURITY IS CRUCIAL FOR STABILITY OF THE REGION
MINI: The so-called organization AKSH has only criminal purposes
and not positive projects for a better Kosovo for the Albanians.
They have their criminal force, and they have nothing to offer,
but they only follow their interests. They aim to destabilize
the region and bring back the war. They strive to reach their
criminal goals, and they do not care for the people or the country.
We are fighting against this, and with the good understanding
of Kosovo people, we will triumph.
- KOSOVO AND METOHIJA FLASH NEWS, SEP 19, 2003
19 September 2003
WINTER AT HAND 2003 WAS EVERYTHNIG BUT YEAR OF RETURNS
DESTROYING DREAM OF INDEPENDENT KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
Zoran Zivkovic, the Serbian Prime Minister, evaluated that the
Albanians from Kosovo and Metohija, do not want negotiations on
the status of the Serbian southern province because "negotiations
are destroying the dream of independent Kosovo".
- KOSOVO STATUS CAN INFLUENCE BOSNIA
Mladen Ivanic, the Bosnia and Herzegovina chief of diplomacy,
stated that the change in the status of Kosovo can have negative
impact on Bosnia and Herzegovina, because this would open the
question of the status of the Serbians and Croats in Bosnia and
SERB FAMILIES POSTPONE RETURN TO KOSOVO DUE TO INTIMIDATION
Some 30 Kosovo Serb families have postponed their return to the
province claiming the Albanian-language press has called on ethnic
Albanians to demolish their homes.
MORE BODIES OF SERBS KILLED AFTER WAR RETURNED FROM KOSOVO
The families took the bodies of 87-year-old Jovan Lazarevic who
was abducted in Djakovica, Petar Djuric who was murdered in his
Istok home, Gordana Jovanovic (48), murdered in Prizren together
with her husband and another Prizren murder victim, Radivoje Drakulovic
OFFERS 3.5 MIL. EUROS TO HELP SERB RETURNS TO KOSOVO
Italy has promised a 3.5 million euro (4.2 million dollar) contribution
to a UN programme to encourage Serb refugees from Kosovo to return
home, the foreign ministry said Thursday.
INTERETHNIC TENSIONS MOUNTED IN HIGH SCHOOLS
Ethnic tension left for a while the mountainous volatile northern
region of Macedonia, where clashes between police and criminal
gangs seriously threatened fragile peace in this tiny Balkan state
recently... But, new victim appeared as result of ruined confidence
between two largest ethnic communities in Macedonia - education.
AIM: WESLEY CLARK'S TIES TO MUSLIM TERRORISM
The media refer to Clark's impressive military credentials but
they fail to note that his main accomplishment under President
Clinton was presiding over the establishment of a base for radical
Islamic terrorism, including Osama bin Laden, in Kosovo.
- FLASH NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
16 September 2003
BIN LADEN FOCUSES ON THE BALKANS.., BY YOSEF BODANSKY
In return for the Albanian support of this endeavor, the Islamists
assist the local terrorists in preparing for launching spectacular
terrorism into the major cities of Serbia and Montenegro, with
Belgrade and Nis believed to be the top targets. As well, Islamist
cadres, mainly veterans of Bosnia, are providing advance training
to thousands of Albanian terrorists in camps in Kosovo-Metohija,
near Prizren, on the slopes of Mt. Sara, in the Kosovo Morava
River valley, in the Albanian towns of Kukes and Tropoje, and
around Tetovo in western Macedonia.
SERB VILLAGERS DISTURBED BY KFOR AND KPC MANNEUVERS
French KFOR troops and members of the Kosovo Protection Corps
(KPC) began exercises today near the Serb villages of Malo Rudare
and Veliko Rudare in the Kosovo municipality of Zvecan, causing
unrest among local residents.
TO HEAD BELGRADE DELEGATION IN TALKS ON KOSOVO
Deputy Serbian Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic will lead the Belgrade
delegation in upcoming talks with Pristina, Belgrade daily Vecernje
PROGRESS WHILE EXTREMISTS ARE PARTNERS TO INT'L COMMUNITY
Momcilo Trajkovic, the leader of the Serbian Resistance Movement
political party, and a president of the Serbian parliament committee
for Kosovo and Metohija, stated that progress in the resolution
of the Kosovo problem is impossible while in the Albanian side
the partners of the international community are extremists.
FOR SERB CHILDREN WORK AGAIN
School has not begun only in the elementary school in Cernica
near Gjilan, said Todorovic and added that KFOR and UNMIK need
to prepare a concrete plan for securing the school building and
taking the children to the school and also taking them back home
from the education not later than 15 days from now.
CHAKALA WOUNDED IN MACEDONIA, EVACUATED TO KOSOVO
ANOTHER ALBANIAN TERRORIST LEADER FINDS REFUGE IN KOSOVO
Kosovo Information Centre Saturday reported that one of the leaders
of the so-called ANA, Avdilj Jakupi - Chakala has been allegedly
wounded in a shootout with the Macedonian security forces and
sent to medical treatment outside the country.
- NEWS FROM KOSOVO AND METOHIJA, SEP 15
14 September 2003
DEMETRIUS CHURCH FOUNDATION CONSECRATED IN NORTHERN KOSOVSKA MITROVICA
Mitrovica to get new Orthodox church dedicated to its patron saint
and protector, St. Demetrius
13 September 2003
UN SC SUPPORT FOR KOSOVO "CRUCIAL" - UN OFFICIAL
12 September - Concerned by the mounting tensions and insecurity
in Kosovo, a senior United Nations official today descried a number
of violent attacks in the province during the past two months,
primarily targeting Serbs, and said the continued support of the
Security Council would be "crucial" to maintaining the
rule of law.
(UK) - HOW WE TRAINED AL-QAEDA
Indeed, for all the Clinton officials' concern about Islamic extremists
in the Balkans, they continued to allow the growth and movement
of mujahedin forces in Europe through the 1990s. In the late 1990s,
in the run-up to Clinton's and Blair's Kosovo war of 1999, the
USA backed the Kosovo Liberation Army against Serbia. According
to a report in the Jerusalem Post in 1998, KLA members, like the
Bosnian Muslims before them, had been 'provided with financial
and military support from Islamic countries', and had been 'bolstered
by hundreds of Iranian fighters or mujahedin ...[some of whom]
were trained in Osama bin Laden' s terrorist camps in Afghanistan'.
It seems that, for all its handwringing, the USA just couldn't
break the pact with the devil.
DIALOGUE DECISION ON SEPTEMBER 23
The time and place for the beginning of dialogue between Belgrade
and Pristina will be set at the next meeting of the Contact Group
on September 23, UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri told Kosovo Serb political
leaders in Pristina yesterday.
COMPLICATED, FIRST RESULTS SOON
The Council for State Security of Serbia evaluated that "the
new escalation of terrorism, wounding and killing children, in
addition to the threatening and persecution of the remained Serbs
from Kosovo, also expresses a sign to the international community
that would not be given up from the temporary goals of the Albanian
terrorist, which can only lead towards destabilization of the
security situation in the Balkan region".
US, NATO PLACED THEIR STAKE IN ALBANIAN SEPARATISM
-"The trouble is that the USA and NATO put their stakes in
the Balkans on Albanian separatism," says Prof. Vladimir
Volkov, a prominent Balkans expert and director of the Institute
of Slavic Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences....Besides,
NATO is still entertaining hopes of using Albanian separatism
for putting pressure on maverick Balkan countries.
- KOSOVO AND METOHIJA FLASH NEWS, SEP 11
INET - KOSOVO AND METOHIJA FLASH NEWS, SEP 12
09 September 2003
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM SURVEY, SEPTEMBER 2003
survey analysis of the religious freedom situation in ethnically-divided
Kosovo (Kosova in Albanian), Forum 18 News Service reports on
the continuing systematic attacks in Serbian Orthodox churches,
monasteries and graveyards. Although more than 100 have been damaged
or destroyed since the international community took control in
1999, Forum 18 has found no evidence that anyone has been prosecuted
for these attacks. Protestant leaders have complained that ethnic
Albanian church members from Muslim backgrounds at times suffer
"persecution", often from family members. The international
bodies ruling Kosovo have done little to promote religious freedom.
05 September 2003 - Second Edition
OF THE MEMORANDUM ON KOSOVO AND METOHIJA OF THE HOLY SYNOD OF
BISHOPS OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
holy and martyred KOSOVO AND METOHIJA, our Holy Jerusalem, the
soul of our souls, our honor, the root of our being, our fate.
Without it, we would cease to be what we are because it is in
Kosovo and Metohija that we became a mature and historical people
and, in the words of the Holy Great Martyr Lazar of Kosovo, chose
once and for all times, the Kingdom of Heaven." - Metropolitan
Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral
the evening of September 3, 2003 before a numerous audience gathered
in the lecture hall of the Kolarac Endowment in Belgrade the Memorandum
on Kosovo and Metohija of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian
Orthodox Church, in which the Church expresses its deep concern
for the fate of Kosovo and Metohija, was presented.
05 September 2003
- FRAGILE PEACE IN SHADDOW OF CONTINUAL ETHNIC TERROR
OF KOSOVO ALBANIAN LEADERS TO CONFRONT EXTREMISTS IN THEIR OWN
RANKS MAKES THEM ACCOMPLICES IN ETHNIC CLEANSING OF THE PROVINCE
Kosovo crimes not only continue to occur but for the past four
years they have been a silently accepted legitimate means of pursuing
the policy of ethnic cleansing which Kosovo Albanian extremists
are carrying out against Serbs and non-Albanian minorities. Their
goal is to realize what dictators such as Milosevic and Tudjman
failed to accomplish: to execute a revision of Balkan borders
on an ethnic basis and divide towns and villages that even five
centuries of Turkish rule and even Milosevic's regime failed to
divide. While in Belgrade, Zagreb, Banja Luka and Sarajevo politicians
are painfully and with difficulty but with increasing courage
and determination confronting the legacy of the past with the
intent of joining the rest of Europe, in Kosovo key figures among
the Kosovo Albanians persistently not only deny ethnic terror
against Serbs but in the case of the most recent attacks resulting
in the deaths of children and helpless old people are once again
accusing phantom Serb forces, as if time for them had stopped
back in 1999 when Milosevic ruled the fate of Balkan peoples....
Fr. Sava Janjic
04 September 2003
ORTHODOX CHURCH PRESENTS MEMORANDUM ON KOSOVO
Stressing that he spent 34 years in Kosovo, Serbian Patriarch
Pavle said he warned all responsible parties back then that "an
ethnically cleansed state" was being created in Europe.
PARLIAMENT ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON KOSOVO
"The dream of an independent Kosovo is less and less a dream
and more and more a nightmare for Albanian extremists who are
aware that dream will remain unfulfilled," the Serbian prime
minister told a sitting of the federal parliament.
ALBANIAN REBEL LEADER THREATENS TO LAUNCH WAR IN MACEDONIA
The self-declared commander of the banned Albanian Liberation
Army (ANA), Avdil Jakupi, Thursday threatened to launch a separatist
war in Macedonia in an interview with Bulgaria's bTV private television.
03 September 2003 - Second Edition
FOR SERB CHILDREN STILL HAS NOT BEGUN - TEACHERS, CHILDREN AND
PARENTS ASK FOR BETTER SECURITY
yesterday's information regarding resumed escorts for school buses
transporting Serbian children, the ERP KIM Info Service received
news that the necessary security conditions still do not exist
in Kosovsko Pomoravlje and that consequently school for Serb children
has not begun according to schedule
OF SERB TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND TEACHERS TO ALL RELEVANT FACTORS
IN GNJILANE REGION
ARE ALL CERNICA
At the request of parents, a large number of children and all
teachers from Kosovska Pomoravlje, Return Coalition (Povratak)
MPs, elementary and secondary school principals assessed that
the security of children while in school and on their way to school
has significantly worsened at this time. We have appealed to KFOR
and the UNMIK police to secure the school buildings and provide
escorts for school buses. To date no one has responded to our
ask that UNMIK and KFOR provide protection for schools and school
buses in order to prevent a future tragedy from occurring.
teachers and students, members of the Return Coalition
03 September 2003
VICTIM OF BOMB ATTACK BURIED IN CERNICA TODAY
Miomir Savic (35), who died of wounds he received during a hand
grenade attack on a group of Serbs gathered in front of the village
store on Sunday evening, was buried today in the Orthodox cemetery
SERBS FROM CERNICA DECIDE WHETHER TO STAY IN VILLAGE WITHIN
At the meeting Cernica Serbs had planned to discuss the security
situation in the village and decide whether they wish to remain
living there or want to collectively leave their homes. One of
the alternative possibilities is also the relocation of some 50
children to safer areas in Kosovo to attend school.
VOLUNTARY SURRENDER OF WEAPONS BEGINS
Today is the official beginning of an operation of voluntary surrender
of weapons in Kosovo and Metohija supported by UNMIK and KFOR.
UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri, Kosovo premier Bajram Rexhepi and KFOR
commander-in-chief general Fabio Mini held a press conference
in Pristina today and called on all citizens of the Province who
are in possession of illegal weapons to surrender it by September
UN RIGHTS CHIEF STRONGLY CONDEMNS RECENT ATTACKS AS HEINEOUS
"These heinous acts underline the urgency of ridding Kosovo
of criminal and destructive influences and of establishing a democratic
society fully based on rule of law and respect for human rights,"
Mr. Ramcharan said in a statement. "The perpetrators of these
crimes must not be allowed to undermine the peace process and
the efforts to build a multi-ethnic society in Kosovo."
SERB SUSPECT IN UNMIK POLICEMAN MURDER RELEASED
Vladimir Jovanovic (21) from Ibarska Slatina in Leposavic municipality,
suspected for the murder of Satish Menon, an UNMIK police member,
was released on Tuesday from detention facility in Northern Kosovska
AFP - ETHNIC ALBANIAN REBELS ISSUE ULTIMATUM TO MACEDONIAN
The ANA has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks
in Kosovo, southern Serbia and Macedonia in recent months, and
openly declares its intention to create a "Greater Albania"
in the region.
01 September 2003 - Third Edition
OF WOUNDED SERBS IN SERIOUS CONDITION
Novica Simjonovic (46) who was wounded in yesterday's bomb attack
in front of the local store in the Serb part of Cernica near Gnjilane
was transported from Vranje to Belgrade today, Simjonovic family
confirmed to BETA.
Milomir Savic, who died this morning around 05.00 from the wounds
which he sustained in the blast was a father of two teenage children.
His sister Milica was killed in 1999 and in the bomb attack of
May 2000 his father Vladimir, mother Stanica and brother Srecko
were among the injured.
OPEN SEASON FOR HUNTING SERBS IN KOSOVO
"I am assured that the new chief of UN Mission in Kosovo
Harri Holkeri is a man who will undertake all which is within
his owers that perpetrators of such crimes are brought to justice
as soon as possible", said Covic making appeal on all politicians
and structures in Serbia to "give a chance" to the New
Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Kosovo.
SECURITY SITUATION FOR KOSOVO SERBS DETERIORATING
"Security situation is obviously deteriorating on the expense
of Serb and Roma population", said the speaker of the Office
of UN High Commissioner for human rights Jose-Luis Diaz in his
statement for BETA.
01 September 2003 - Second Edition
KOSOVO SERB DIES AFTER SUNDAY BLASTS
Two blasts, believed to be caused by hand grenades, occurred at
8 p.m. on Sunday in the village of Crnica, near Gnjilane, which
has a mixed ethnic Albanian and Serb population. Four Serb men
ERPKIM: U.S. SOLDIERS TRIED TO SEARCH HOUSE OF KILLED
SERB DESPITE FAMILY IN MOURNING
Serbian Orthodox Church is shocked by inconsiderate and rude behavior
of the U.S. KFOR soldiers which looks more as behavior of invaders
than that of peacekeepers
SECURITY COUNCIL SAYS MULTIETHNIC PATROLS SHOULD ARREST EXTREMISTS
'A few groups of armed extremists are held accountable for the
recent attacks against state institutions as well as for other
armed incidents in Macedonia. These groups should be arrested
by multiethnic police patrols, the National Security Council concluded
at its late Sunday's session.
01 September 2003
SERB DIED AND FOUR WOUNDED IN LATEST KOSOVO ATTACK
attack is not the only attack on members of Serb community in
Cernica village. Kosovo Albanian extremists have made several
attacks in the last four years on their Serb neighbors. On May
28, 2000 Albanian extremists killed three Serbs (among them one
child) and wounded five more in Cernica. This was the hardest
blow this little Serb community suffered after the deployment
of the peacekeeping forces in June 1999.
population in Kosovsko Pomoravlje (Eastern part of the UN administered
Province) and the rest of Kosovo and Metohija are in shock and
alarm after the yesterday's attack in Cernica.
ORTHODOX CHURCH MOST STRONGLY CONDEMNS ATTACK IN CERNICA
is absolutely incomprehensible that after a series of terrorist
attacks and crimes against Serbian population in Kosovo and Metohija
UNMIK and KFOR have not taken more decisive measures to stop Albanian
ethnic terror. We continually listen to the fables that the attacks
from the previous weeks and months were nothing but isolated "incidents"
although it is more than evident that Albanian terrorists have
launched a systematic campaign of terror. It is carried out not
only in Kosovo and Metohija but also on the territory of South-east
Serbia and Macedonia, with the goal of creating ethnically clean
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