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Kostunica condemns “violence and barbarity” in Kosovo (B92)
20:06 BELGRADE, Tuesday – Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica said today that Christmas in Kosovo had been marred by “violence and barbarity by Albanian extremists.”

Kostunica said that recent outbreaks of violence were a warning that the situation in the province had not improved since the November elections when Belgrade agreed to urge Serbs to vote in return for guarantees from the UN mission.

"Kosovo Albanians must decide if they envisage a serious change of policy towards peace and stabilisation... or whether they intend to continue living within a context of violence," said the president.

Covic warns of “great battle against terrorism” in Kosovo
12:47 BELGRADE, Tuesday – Deputy Serbian Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic has warned of a “great battle against terrorism in Kosovo” following the killing of a Serb man in Kosovska Kamenica.

In an interview with Belgrade daily Blic, Belgrade’s chief coordinator for the province said that the latest attack against the Serb minority shows that compromise is no longer an option in tackling terrorism but that a more energetic approach is needed.

Dragoljub Markovic was killed on Sunday, the eve of the Serbian Orthodox Christmas, when he tripped a wire stretched across the back entrance to his shop. The local Serb population protested on the streets of Kamenica until the man’s funeral yesterday.

Nebojsa Covic said the continued attacks against minority communities in Kosovo raise the question of whether one army is indeed enough for the province, as the international peacekeeping force recently insisted.

A statement issued yesterday by Covic’s Coordination Team and the Serbian Government noted that last year there were seventy terrorist attacks and four people murdered in the Kamenica area alone.

Deputy PM Covic told Blic today: “All this shows that ahead of us lies a great battle against terrorism, to be fought in cooperation with KFOR and UNMIK. There must be no compromise with terrorism.”

Serbian Royal Family brings Christmas gifts for children of Serbia
HRH Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and Princess Catharina at Belgrade airport

Belgrade, December 29 - President Kostunica received a group of Serb children from
a small enclave of Gorazdevac village, near Pec

A new complete Internet book on our Web-Site

Response to Noel Malcolm's Book
Kosovo: A Short History

Scientific Discussion on Noel Malcolm`s book "Kosovo. A Short History"
of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Collection of Works, Volume 18

This book contains eight historical studies with the criticism of Noel Malcolm's book: Kosovo A Short History. The texts were read at the Discussion organized by the Historical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Art in Belgrade on October 8, 1999.

"Needless to say, the motifs for this Discussion are scientific. It was not organized because the book in question is worthy of it as a scientific work, but because it deals with a phenomenon deserving to be thoroughly discussed. Noel Malcolm's book Kosovo. A Short History is not a scientific work, yet the general public, and even some professional circles, have accepted it as an objective presentation of the past, notably the past of Kosovo. The publicity it has received in many media in the West as well as its eager inclusion in the holdings of many libraries bear witness to that" Prof. Slavanko Terzic

What will happen with the ruins
of the desecrated Orthodox Churches?

The Church before destruction

Serb Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Djakovica
destroyed by Albanian extremists in summer 1999, after the war


After deliberate destruction of more than 100 Serb Orthodox churches around Kosovo province after the war, Kosovo Albanian authorities plan to clear out the ruins in their concern of the enviroment and beauty of their cities. With his idea the last phase of eradication of the Serb Orthodox culture is about to begin, it seems, with "reasonable understanding" of the international authorities in Kosovo. Cleaning the ruins for Kosovo Serbs is by no means an enviromental or urbanistic issue but a very political one. Serbs also agree that this problem needs urgent remedy, but contrary to the Albanian proposal Serbs simply want to rebuild their churches and bring refugees back to their homes as it is envisaged by UNSCR 1244. On this very location in Djakovica after the WWI a memorial cathedral was built. It was destroyed during the Second World War. After the war municipal authorities made a park and a playground on this site and it was only in 1995 that the reconstruction of the church bagan. If Kosovo Albanians, with the international support, succeed in clearing out all ruins of the Serb Orthodox churches that would once for ever eliminate all traces of our religious and cultural existence in Kosovo and Metohija. As long as the ruins stand they constantly remind us all that Kosovo is not a peaceful oasis and that desecrated churches must be reconstructed and all citizens granted free and dignified life. Serbian Orthodox Church is determined not to allow anyone to touch our ruins which are holy for us as as martyred shrines. Those who complain of the ugly appearance of Kosovo cities should relate this problem to those who destroyed these beautiful works of architecture and turned them into the rubble.

Suggested reading

Decani and Patriarchate Monasteries among 100 most endangered sites in 2002

KFOR and UN police said the foundation "is suspected of supporting worldwide
terrorist activities and is allegedly involved in planning attacks against targets
in the US and Europe".
Islamic militant circles were sponsoring Kosovo Albanian extremists, many of which
were trained at Al Qaida's training camps

Crimes of the KLA: Command responsibility of Ramush Haradinaj
Reporter (BN) December 12, 2001
An article which shows more light on the highly controversive person of one of major Kosovo's rebel leaders who became a politician

When Serb MP's go to Parliament Session in "Free and Democratic" Kosovo

Serb members of the new Kosovo Parliament arrive to the Parliament session
in UN armoured vehicles, Dec 13
- 2001

Many tend to overexagerate political success in Kosovo after elections but fail to say that non Albanian MP's risk to be killed in the street if they decide to have a coffee in the nearby street caffee. While Western TV stations broadcasted opening ceremony of the Parliament no one showed the shameful scenes from the Serb ghetto in Pristina where 300 last Serb residents live totally secluded under a heavy military protection without basic rights to buy food, walk in the street or go to hospital.

Fear, hatred and distrust - those are the three impressions which strike you initially and which you take away from Kosovo-Metohija. Despite efforts made by the international community, the situation in the province evokes that which we have been witnessing in the Middle East for years. No end can be seen to it, and those who are not absorbed by hate towards others and their differences remain captives of the passive and obedient majority, seeing an opportunity to build their own prosperity on the misfortune of others. The isolation and threat to the Serb community is enormous; by all apparent evidence, it faces further uncertainty of its survival in the province. The following lines represent only a modest effort to present in an informative and documented way, the people I met and impressions from Pristina, Lipljane, Laplje Selo, Decani, Kosovska Mitrovica, Gracanica, and Vucitrn…

David Hicks

Australian David Hicks is seen holding a bazooka in this undated photo taken in Kosovo. Hicks, a 26-year-old from Adelaide, southern Australia, has been captured by northern alliance fighters in Afghanistan. The Australian government says he has trained with the al-Qaida terror network. (AP Photo/News LTD)

Dusan T. Batakovic
A lecture delivered at the Institute of Balkan Studies
Thessaloniki, on 12 November 2001

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Views of the destroyed church of St. George at Recica. (Right) Profanized fresco of St. Apostle Peter (14th) century at Matejce monastery which was desecrated by Albanian terrorists in July this year.

Destruction of Orthodox Christian Heritage in Macedonia Too
When the civilized Christian world will stop tolerating systematic destruction of Christian culture and civilization by ethnic Albanian extremists in Kosovo and Macedonia.

Povratak coalition
The members of the Serbian Political Coalition "Povratak" (Return), 8 Dec 2001
with Bishop Artemije, Crown Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and Vice President Covic
Povratak Coalition will give 22 members of the first post-war Kosovo Parliament

NLA/UCK Human Right Fighters or Terrorist, Reality Macedonia

The First Concrete Step of UNMIK to implement the UNSC Resolution 1244

SRSG Hans Haekkerup and the Serbian deputy prime minister Nebojsa Covic

Text in English

Yugoslav Foreign Minister Svilanovic appeals to UNESCO
to protect Serb cultural and religious heritage in Kosovo and Metohija

Photos from the Decani Web Site on Google
Easy searchable thumbnail gallery