for their dear ones - Serb women trying to identify the clothes
of their missing relatives
women look at personal belongings of Serbs killed during the war
in the province, April 16, 2002. Serbian authorities exhibited
360 sets of personal belongings found in mass graves in Kosovo
and invited families of missing Kosovo Serbs for identification
at the village of Rudare, some 15km from the administrative border
between Serbia and Kosovo. REUTERS/Stevan Lazarevic
in Kosovo and Metohija, A.D. 2002
Dr. Nebojsa Covic
and Mr. Michael Steiner in Pristina
VIEWS OF THE KOSOVO REALITY
IN THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING, APR 24, 2002
there has been progress on socio-economic issues, transfer of
police functions, elections and the establishment of the provisional
coalition Government, such improvement virtually affects ONLY
the Kosovo Albanians - Sergei Lavrov, the Chairman of the
UN Security Council
by the UN News Service, reactions and the Presidental Statement
Short Comment - Two Realities of Kosovo
full version of the commentary is being translated and will
be uploaded soon
We are presenting
to you two reports which were read at the Meeting of the UN
Security Council on April 24, 2002: the first by Mr. Michael
Steiner, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General
for Kosovo and the other by Dr. Nebojsa Covic, the vice-president
of the Serbian Government and the chief of the Cooridination
Center for Kosovo and Metohia.
The Mexican Ambassador in the Security Council, Adolfo Aguilar
Zinser, gave a very characteristic impression after the both
reports were read:
"It seems there are two Kosovos. One is moving towards
civility, democracy, tolerance, respect for human rights and
the restoration of the rule of law. Yet, there is another Kosovo
characterized by inter-ethnic discord, the rejection of tolerance
and the promotion of violence."
In the continuation of the discussion Russian Ambassador and
the present Chairman of the UN SC Sergei Lavrov very correctly
explained the existing paradox about the two different realities
on the ground saying: "While there has been progress on
socio-economic issues, transfer of police functions, elections
and the establishment of the provisional coalition Government,
such improvement virtually affects ONLY the Kosovo Albanians".
While Mr. Steiner focused more on positive accomplishments on
the ground, primarily in the field of building of institutions
and ecconomic development and offered a series of benchmarks
which would have to lead to the final discussion on the status
issue, Mr. Covic explained that the life of Kosovo Serbs has
not been essentially improved, despite of certain positive results
on the Kosovo wide level. The general atmosphere of intolerance
towards the Serbs and the essential lack of basic human rights
and freedom of movement do not give much opportunities to ordinary
Serbs in Kosovo to feel the benefits of the political and economic
results, which on the other hand, cannot be properly evaluated
out of the wider security and minority rights context. Dr. Covic
offered a constructive cooperation of the new democratic Belgrade
Government suggesting that the Kosovo problem should be approached
rather from the regional level and not the opposite.
In any case, the idea suggested by the ICG and Goldstone's commission
that the final resolution of the Kosovo status in a form of
"conditional independence" would lead to the stabilization
in the entire region has not won support in the Security Council.
This proposal is seen by many as an attempt to build a roof
of a house without erecting the walls on which it would safely
stand. The general impression remains that the longer the situation
in Kosovo is so unstable and unfavorable for the non-Albanian
communities, the more time will have to pass until the final
status is fully determined. It is also becoming evident that
the new regional role of the Belgrade Government cannot any
longer be ignored like in the Milosevic period because the new
prospects for the full implementation of the UNSCR 1244 have
With the establishment of the new Kosovo Government the conditions
have finally been met to open a meaningfull political dialogue
between Pristina and Belgrade on the implementation of the Resolution
1244, primarily on the establishment of the Kosovo's substantial
autonomy within FRY, as envisaged by the UNSCR 1244. With the
improvement on the ground and the confidence building, this
dialogue will eventually evolve into a discussion on the final
status of the Province. In this process of dialogue the international
support should be reserved for that side or policy which would
offer better prospects of political stabilization, ecconomic
development and the future European integration of the entire
region. Any other criterion or partiality from the international
side would be of negative effect for the region. If this dialog
goes in the positive direction, the true winners in this match
should be those citizens of the Province (regardless of their
ethnicity) who wish to live and work in peace and democracy.
Comment by Fr. Sava
GENEVE - WAKE
A protest of Serb school children in Lipljan - out of 7 schools in
the municipality Serb children are not able to attend their classes
in any of them
Micheale Steiner Visited Decani Monastery
and talked to Bishop Artemije, Apr. 16, 2002
with Bishop Artemije and Abbot Teodosije
during his visit to Decani Monastery, Apr. 16, 2002 (More)
course of the hour-long discussion held in the monastery library,
Bishop Artemije stressed that two fundamental priorities exist
for the Serbs of Kosovo and Metohija: an improvement in living
conditions for the remaining Serb people in the Province and the
return of temporarily displaced Serbs to their homes. Without
the realization of the former, it is impossible to achieve success
in the return of our expelled population, emphasized Bishop Artemije,
appealing to Mr. Steiner to do everything within his power to
create conditions for a democratic and multiethnic society in
Kosovo and Metohija. (From
the Press Statement)
SOLANA CALLS FOR THE RETURN OF REFUGEES TO
KOSOVO AND METOHIJA, Apr. 17, 2002
Yugoslavia, April 17 (AFP) - EU foreign policy chief
Javier Solana called on Kosovo leaders Wednesday to allow Serb
other minorities to return to the province to rebuild a multi-ethnic
"Kosovo's institutions need to work in favour of the people
order to be credible," Solana told journalists after meeting
Steiner, the UN administrator of the province.
"The aim is to continue working for a multi-ethnic Kosovo
which means the return of refugees," said Solana, who also
Kosovo's president, Ibrahim Rugova and Prime Minister Bajram
A number of Serbs have been killed and tens of thousands fled
the province in fear of revenge attack by the ethnic Albanian
majority, angry for years of opression under former strongman
Slobodan Milosevic's regime.
Kosovo came under UN control in 1999 after NATO's air war that
forced out of the province Yugoslav army and police forces in
to prevent a bloody crackdown on the province's ethnic Albanians.
Steiner announced that the ethnic Serb community will
participate in the province's government, ending months of boycott.
"It is safe to say that everybody on the Serb side agreed
to assure participation," Steiner told journalists after
Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister in charge with Kosovo, Nebojsa
"We have found an acceptable formula," Steiner said.
According to the agreement, the ethnic Serb coalition Povratak
(Return), which has 22 deputies in the 120-seat assembly will
the minister of agriculture and an advisor to Steiner's office
the issue of refugee return.
ALL THE MISSING SERBS IN KOSOVO DEAD BY NOW?
look for evidence about relatives believed killed in Kosovo
14,12:49 PM ET
By DRAGAN ILIC, Associated Press Writer
Yugoslavia - Hundreds of relatives of Serbs missing since the
end of Kosovo's war examined clothes, wedding rings and cigarette
Sunday, hoping to determine the fate of loved ones believed
slain in the
streamed into a pair of tents erected near a motel in southern
Serbia to view items U.N. forensics investigators uncovered
fighting ended in 1999. The relatives donned surgical masks
against infection while looking at items found with 360 corpses
unearthed at sites throughout the southern Yugoslav province.
Serbs have been reported missing since former Yugoslav
President Slobodan Milosevic (news - web sites)'s 1998-1999
ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Most of those people are presumed
in recent months have promised to do more to determine
the fate of the missing, both Serbs and ethnic Albanians. An
3,000 ethnic Albanians are also still unaccounted for nearly
after NATO (news - web sites) bombing halted Milosevic's crackdown
drove out Yugoslav government forces.
tears, Sasa Ristanovic recognized a blue shirt his father,
Momcilo, wore June 17, 1999_ the day he disappeared in the Kosovo
I know what I felt for years," he said. "My father
was killed and
dumped in a grave."
and tens of thousands of other Serbs fled the province soon
after NATO forces took control, fearing attacks leveled in revenge
located 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of the capital,
Belgrade, was held outside of the province in part to help those
experts say the families of 15 people were able to recognize
personal items at the exhibit.
the relatives also gave blood samples, providing DNA evidence
that could help U.N. investigators determine the identities
of some of
In search for
their dear ones - Serb families try to identify the clothes
from bodies exhumated in Kosovo
SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IS DEEPLY CONCERNED
FOR ITS HOLY SITES IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
expressed to Michael Steiner his concern for the Serbian Orthodox
Church and her holy shrines in Kosovo, Belgrade Apr 3, 2002
the Serbian Orthodox Church
April 3, 2002
PAVLE RECEIVED MICHAEL STEINER, HEAD OF UNMIK
Pavle, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr Michael Steiner, special
envoy of the UN Secretary General for Kosovo and Metochia in
the Patriarchate Palace in Belgrade today. The talks dwelled
on the current situation in Kosovo and Metochia, participation
of the Serbian people in the governing institutions in Kosovo
and Metochia, as well as on the possibilities for establishing
multiethnic society in Kosovo and Metochia, for setting democratic
rights and providing a normal life and work for the refugees
willing to return.
with the primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Head of the
UN Civil Mission in Kosovo repeated that the return of the exiled
Serbs to Kosovo and Metochia represented the process that the
international community is in charge of. "Our goal is multiethnic
Kosovo. We need help from all authorities, first of all from
the Serbian Orthodox Church" Steiner said.
Pavle said that he himself had met with representatives of various
other religions and Churches in Kosovo and Metochia in the period
when he had performed the duty of Bishop of Raska-Prizren, adding
that he was still ready to talk with them any time.
Pahomije, Bishop of Vranje, member of the Holy Synod of Bishops,
attended the meeting of Patriarch Pavle and Michael Steiner
(who was heading the delegation).
not Patriarch's first meeting with Michael Steiner. They had
already met during the civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Kosovo Ombudsman Mr Marek
Antoni Nowitzki, Apr. 4, 2002
Nowitzki accuses Albanians of putting pressure on Serbs!
e Re (Kosovo daily in Albanian) writes that Kosovo Ombudsperson
Marek Nowitzki reportedly said that the Albanian community in
Kosovo is pressuring the Serbs, leaving the impression of a strategy
to expel all Serbs from Kosovo. Nowitzki told Belgrade newspaper
Blic that part of the pressure is the sale of Serb properties.
"We have the situation where a traditional Serb neighborhood
turns into an Albanian one and UNMIK doesn't do anything about
it," he said.
no freedom of movement. Human rights are not respected. Generally
speaking, with every day the situation is increasingly worse.
Serbs are increasingly isolated in their enclaves. There is
no freedom of living. Their property has been usurped. Serbs
are in dilemma to stay or to leave. We are far away from minimal
living conditions," said Nowitzki.
the NGO, HPD Habitat, which has oversight of property issues.
"Habitat is big mistake. People in Bosnia and Croatia know
this well. As long as this situation exists, there is little
hope that things will get better. We have to ask ourselves how
long the people in Shtërpce, Prishtina and Graçanica
will stand being isolated," he said.
judged that if Habitat continued to work at the current tempo,
it would need 500 years to resolve property issues, which would
be intolerable for the Serb community. "The Serb community
in Kosovo has been beheaded. They need urgent help. There are
no qualified people that can be compared to Albanian political
leaders," he said.
UNMIK Media Monitoring Division
of a Kosovo Serb woman at St. Nicholas church in Pristina
Houses Attacked In Obilic, 10 km North-West From Pristina
12.42, April 4th
In the night between the 3rd and 4th of April two Serb houses
were attacked. Unknown attackers threw a hand grenade on
the house of Svetislav Stolic but no one from his family
who were at the house in the time of attack were injure. That
was confirmed by the member of the Municipal Council Mirce Jakovljevic.
The house of Zoran Milic was attacked twice by rocket propelled
grenades by unknown attackers too. No casualties were reported.
of Dr. Nebojsa Covic in the UN Security Council
full text of the report in MS
Covic, the chief of the Coordination Committee for Kosovo and
Metohija and the Serbian Deputy Prime Ministery met the US State
Secretary Powell during his visit to the America. Dr. Covic
expressed his gravest concern for the future of Kosovo Serbs
amidst highly intolerant and repressive Albanian population
in Kosovo as well as the inability of UN Mission and KFOR to
grant all citizens, regardless of their ethnicity, freedom and
No Future Guaranteed for Kosovo Serbs
of the year:
"Spirit of tolerance dominates in Kosovo" (from Koha Ditore,
March 26, 2002) - read
of Dr. Rada Trajkovic
Desecrated Serb cemetery near Pec, October 2001
War Against the Dead...
Kosovo Albanian Extremists continue with systematic desecration of
Serb Orthodox Cemeteries throughout Kosovo Province
of Bishop Artemije to the Herald of Kosovo and Metohija
March 7, 2002 - Life in isolation continues
with Fr. Sava
Abbot Teodosije and Fr. Sava speak of the present situation in
Kosovo and Metohija
Polje Near Pec - A Dead Village Disappearing under tons of garbage
Albanian extremists continue making all possible kinds of obstacles
to prevent the return of the Serb refugees to their destroyed
villages. Although UNSCR 1244 is stipulating the return of all
displaced persons to their homes and the international Peace
Mission is responsible to provide safe and free life of all
citizens almost no Serbs have returned to their homes in the
last three post war years. This fact is one among many which
shows that UNMIK and KFOR are not capable of implementing the
UN resolution under which mandate they stay in Kosovo Province.
Trajkovic: General Valentin does not, in fact, live in Kosovo
(Koha Ditore, March 26, 2002)
Dr. Rada Trajkovic
- the leader of the Serb Coalition Povratak (Return)
26 March 2002
Head of the Serb Povratak parliamentary group Rada Trajkovic responded
to a statement by COMKFOR Gen. Marcel Valentin on the third anniversary
of NATO air strikes to the effect that " a spirit of tolerance
dominates in Kosovo".
"He, in fact, does not live in Kosovo," said Trajkovic,
and added that "human rights may be respected at KFOR Headquarters
in Prishtina, but Serbs are still discriminated against and exposed
to violence, kidnapping, murder and abuses," Koha Ditore
reports. Trajkovic told the Serb TV station Palma Plus that the
international community had not achieved any of the aims it set
three years ago. She said that Kosovo has not formed democratic
institutions; there are no multiethnic relations; the expelled
have not returned to their homes; and peace has not been achieved
in the region.
"The international community came into Kosovo to protect
the Albanian community and cannot pull out because it now has
to protect the Serb community. Three years ago Serb extremism
was punished by air strikes. Today, that idea is being compromised
by Albanian terrorists and extremists, because none of the political
aims set by the international community have been achieved in
Kosovo," said Trajkovic. She added that Kosovo couldn't be
free until everyone that lives in Kosovo is free, "which
is not the case with Kosovo Serbs".
Trajkovic also accused the international community of "economic
discrimination" because it has offered full economic and
financial support to Albanians while "Serbs are left without
anything". Concerning local elections set for 21 September,
Trajkovic said that Serbs should participate, only if Kosovo is
"Where the Serbs are a minority, they should have local leadership.
It would be good if Serbs who were expelled from Kosovo went out
and voted in the towns that they used to live in, and thus show
the international community how many Serbs there were in Kosovo,
and bring before the international community the challenge of
fulfilling their obligation of returning Serbs to their homes,"
Asked to comment on charges that Serbs will not participate in
the government, Trajkovic said, "The truth is that Mr. Steiner
said in a public meeting that Covic had agreed that Kosovo Serbs
should participate in the Kosovo Government with only one minister.
I had several meetings with Steiner, however I never promised
that we would enter Kosovo Government if we didn't receive the
Ministry for Returns. I believe that in the second round of talks
with Mr. Steiner, we will be more successful with our request
that we receive a second ministry," said Trajkovic.