COUNCIL OF KOSOVO
(Grand Mufti Morina, Bishop Artemije, Bishop Mark, in Vienna March
Pristina, April 13, 2000
We, as the responsible religious leaders in Kosovo, express our deepest
gratitude for the visit of our brother religious leaders from Bosnia
and Herzegovina to Kosovo on 11-13 April 2000, which followed our visit
to Sarajevo from 7-9. February. Appreciating their experiences we have
made decision in Pristina today on 13th of April, to establish The Interreligious
Council of Kosovo.
During three days of visit of the Interreligious Council of BiH, we
have together visited important sites for each of our communities in
Peja/Pec, Decani, Prizren, Gracanica and Pristina. This tour has allowed
our guests to see the reality of Kosovo both the good and the bad.
We have used the occasion of their visit to build on the very positive
steps we took in Sarajevo when we signed our "Statement of Shared
Moral Commitment." Our discussions today have focused on how we
as the religious leaders in Kosovo can take concrete steps together
to work for a better future for all people of Kosovo. To this end, we
express our common agreement on the following points:
1. With one united voice we once again strongly condemn all acts of
violence and all violations of basic human rights. The acts that have
happened and that continue to happen against innocent persons are evil
and cannot be condoned in any way by any of our respective religious
We commit ourselves today to pursue more active cooperation as religious
leaders and among our communities. We will work to develop our own structures
and means for cooperation through the Interreligious council of Kosovo.
In addition we are encouraged by the fact that we will all be participating
in the Kosovo Transitional Council and look forward to using that venue
to further our work together.
Together we support the building of strong local democratic institutions
that will continue to ensure security, peace, and wellbeing for all
inhabitants of Kosovo. We look to the international community to provide
the necessary support for the inhabitants of Kosovo to achieve this
We commit ourselves to work together to rebuild the many destroyed and
damaged religious buildings in Kosovo, and we appeal to our friends
and partners in various international agencies to assist us with the
necessary resources to accomplish this essential task.
Finally, we appeal to the international community to work harder on
finding and resolving the situation of all the prisoners, missing and
abducted persons whose unknown fate remains as one of the deepest wounds
of our recent tragic conflicts.
Once again, we thank our distinguished guests from Bosnia-Herzegovina
for their visit and their encouragement, as well as to the World Conference
on Religion and Peace (WCRP) for its support and its continued commitment
to assist us in this process. We look forward to continuing with our
close, brotherly relations and with God's help we will be able to work
together to build a stronger future for all people in our blessed land.
Mufti of Kosovo - Dr. REXHEP BOJA
Serbian Orthodox Church
Bishop of Raska and Prizren - Dr. ARTEMIJE RADOSAVLJEVIC
Bishop of Prizren - MARKO SOPI