NEWSLETTER No 14


Sep 28, Serbian presidental Elections in Kosovo and Metohija
UNMIK police secured voting polls in the southern province of Serbia

Why Seselj Got Majority of Serb Votes in Kosovo and Metohija
Editorial by Fr. Sava Janjic, October 3, 2002


Geneva - Wake up - a protest of Serb children in Kosovo

News 1-2 October, Info Service ERP KIM
KFOR Suspends Escort of the Serb School Bus in Pristina
Albanians Rape Two Girls - a Serb and a Slav Moslem

Latest acts of vandalism by Kosovo Albanians
show that they do not see future in civilized Europe


Anti-Christian Vandalism Continues in UN Administered Kosovo Province
Fire burned on the graves at the Serb Orthodox Cemetery in Decani, Sep 27, 02

Anti-Christian Vandalism Continues in Kosovo

Report, September 27, 2002
Decani Cemetery Desecrated Third Time - Bomb Attack in a Serb Village - Serbs discriminated in education

KOSOVO MUST NOT BECOME EUROPEAN AFGHANISTAN

The Orthodox cemetery in Decane has been desecrated in the end of last week for the third time in a short period, Prior of the Visoki Decani Monastery Teodosije and Father Sava notified on September 28 the Kosovo Co-ordination Centre and representatives of federal and Serbian governments for Kosovo. “If desecration of Serbian Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and Metohija continues unpunished, the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) intends to organise public rallies in front of foreign embassies in Belgrade, demanding protection from vandalism and extremism of Kosovo Albanians, the Diocese of Raska-Prizren Information Service reported. “The attackers cut two trees, while the wooden gate of the cemetery was damaged with an axe. Monks found cow excrement, which proves that local Albanians into the cemetery, in order to desecrate this place as much as possible,” the report reads. “The fraternity is daily exposed to verbal provocations of local Albanian population.” “It is incomprehensible that KFOR, whose base is located only around 100 metres from the cemetery, allow the cemetery be desecrated three times. Continuance of desecration of the Christian graves and churches in Kosovo which is persistently ignored by representatives of the so-called ‘democratic Kosovo institutions’ clearly and openly show to Serb people and the international community that anti-Christian and anti-European civilisation is growing in Kosovo, where law and order do not exist,” the report reads. In the talk with the Kosovo Co-ordination Centre, Prior Teodosije and father Sava assessed that, “the announced withdrawal of KFOR will be fatal for Serbian monasteries, which survive only due to heavy military protection. We are disappointed that 30,000 KFOR troops and thousands of UNMiK policemen could not catch any perpetrators of these criminal acts and punish them. We must not allow that Kosovo and Metohija, under UNMiK administration become European Afghanistan,” it was emphasised during the meeting between the Decane fraternity and the KCC.


A cross burned and broken by Kosovo Albanian vandals
Decani Serb Orthodox Cemetery, Sep 27, 2002


Joint Meeting of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija
and the Serb National Council of North Kosovo, Konculj, Sep. 21, 2002

KOSOVO SERBS TRACE THEIR JOINT STRATEGY
Serb representatives request UNMIK to keep to the UNSCR 1244 or they would leave Kosovo's institutions
Without protection of their vital interests Serbs would not participate in the forthcoming local elections


Konculj Monastery
September 21, 2002

A joint meeting of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija (SNC KM) and the Serb National Council of North Kosovo (SNC NK) was held at the Monastery of St. Nicholas in Konculj, near Raska. The meeting was chaired by the presidents of two SNC's: Bishop Artemije and Dr. Milan Ivanovic. After the two hours' discussion about the recent developments in the province the Serb representatives unanimously adopted the joint strategy in political struggle for the vital interests of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija. We are enclosing the Public Communiqué which was issued after the meeting

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Kosovo Serb Refugees Protest Against UNMIK Requesting
Their Right to Return to Their Homes

A group of Kosovo Serb refugees protest at Merdare, administrative boundary pass to the southern Serbian province, requesting thier right to go back to their homes. After the post-war exodus of more than 250 000 Kosovo Serbs only a few hundreds of refugees have been returned home by UNMIK, September 21. 2002.

US Ambassador to Belgrade Criticizes Slow Dynamics of Returns

Montgomery: The Small Amount Of Returned Serb In Kosovo Is Unacceptable

Nis, 20 Sept (Beta) - US Ambassador to Belgrade, William Montgomery, has characterized it as “completely unacceptable that only a very small number of Serbs have returned to Kosovo and Metohija”, but stated that the return cannot come through confrontations.
“We are working with all of your officials. For a return to happen, we do not need confrontations, but we need to work slowly and consistently on the matter, stated Montgomery. Montgomery also told reporters that, “It is quiet unacceptable that a very small number of Serbs have returned to Kosovo over the past three years, but it is very important that not even one refugee stops thinking of going back.”
“The position of the US government on this is to fight for the return of Serbs to Kosovo, Bosnia, and Croatia because that is the right thing to do, and because without the return, there will be no real stability in the region” added Montgomery.


DESECRATION OF CHRISTIAN CEMETERIES
CONTINUES IN KOSOVO


People which does not respect the dead and a sign of cross belongs cannnot have future in modern Europe. Serb grave desecrated by Kosovo Albanian vandals

EVEN DEAD SERBS CANNOT REST IN PEACE IN DECANI MUNICIPALITY

Only one day after burial of Mirka Stefanovic at Decani Cemetery local Albanians desecrate her grave and break the cross on it

Decani, September 20, 2002

On Thursday, September 19 the monks of Visoki Decani Monastery discovered that local Albanians had broken the cross on the grave of 80 year-old Mirka Stefanovic, buried only two days before next to the rest of her deceased relatives at the Orthodox cemetery in Decani by her family, which is temporarily residing in Belgrade. This is yet another in a series of Albanian crimes in which not even the deceased have been spared. At a time when international circles are speaking openly about an improvement in the living conditions of Serbs, even dead Serbs cannot rest in peace in Decani municipality. In addition to the desecrated grave of Grandmother Mirka there is hardly a single grave marker which remains intact in Decani Cemetery despite the fact that the cemetery is located only a hundred or so meters from an Italian KFOR base. In spite of numerous protests by the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren to prevent further desecration of Serb cemeteries, the international UN mission and KFOR remain steadfastly deaf to the cries of the Serb people and continue to tolerate the barbaric behavior of Albanian extremists who are destroying the last vestiges of the Serbian and Christian heritage throughout the Province.


Desecrated grave with the broken cross

Bishop Artemije has addressed numerous appeals and letters on behalf of the Church but the international UN mission and KFOR have not only done nothing to uncover the perpetrators of these crimes but are also openly spreading propaganda that normal living conditions for the Serbs have supposedly been created. How normal these conditions are can best be seen from the example of Decani municipality where the brotherhood of Visoki Decani Monastery has lived for three years in complete isolation without any rights and freedoms, only to have the local Albanians attempt to steal its last remaining property surrounding the monastery itself on top of everything else. In the past three years not a single returnee has come back to this municipality because all Serb houses have been leveled to the ground and all Serb property has been illegally appropriated. Mirka Stefanovic was the first to return, in accordance with her dying wish, to her native soil but only one day after her burial the local Albanians demonstrated that in this Metohija village there is no room for dead Serbs, let alone living ones. While several new mosques have been built in the municipality during the last three years with money from Saudi Arabia, a simple cross on a grave could not survive for even two whole days.

The Diocese of Raska and Prizren most strenuously condemns this most recent in a series of many crimes being committed against Orthodox cemeteries and crimes, publicly admonishing the UN mission and KFOR that further tolerance of this kind of barbaric behavior is creating an increasingly stronger conviction among the remaining Serbs that its true goal is to expel the Serbs from this region forever together with the Albanian extremists and thus create an ethnically pure Muslim Kosovo and Metohija where there will be no room for the sign of the Holy Cross nor the Christian faith.


Grave of Mirka Stefanovic before desecration

Prisoners of their Village
Difficult life of Kosovo Serbs in Prizren Area
Vecernje Novosti, Sep. 13, 2002


Pristina a city in which freedom exists for only Albanians

PRISTINA, CITY OF ETHNIC HATRED
THE SHAME OF UN/NATO MISSION

Editorial by hieromonk Sava Janjic

TWO ELDERLY SERB WOMEN BEATEN IN PRISTINA DOWNTOWN
Srna, B92, other sources

September 17, 2002

Unidentified Kosovo Albanian males physically attacked two elderly Serb women in the Pristina downtown on Tuesday (Sep, 17). This was confirmed to SRNA News Agency by Oliver Ivanovic, a member of the Kosovo Parliament and an official of the Serbian coalition POVRATAK. "Vera Berisarevic is an invalid and Stana Stojanovic suffers from diabetes. They both live at the YU program building in Pristina", said Mr. Ivanovic. He explained that the women ventured to go to the downtown to buy some food. Near the Grand Hotel they were surrounded by a group of Albanian speaking males. They threw them on the ground and kept beating with fists and legs. "This is a clear proof that Serbs do not have basic freedom of movement in Pristina and cannot freely use their language. The attack on these two elderly women is the last in the series of other harrassments which Serbs who live in YU program building in Pristina have suffered since the KFOR decided to lift their regular protection. This decision by KFOR was made after their assessment that Serbs are not directly endangered and therefore do not need that kind of security", stated Oliver Ivanovic.



Yugoslav President Dr. Vojislav Kostunica against changing of borders in the Balkans - Rebuilding Societies Emerging from Conflict: Shared Responsibility United Nations, New York, 9-11 September 2002


YUGOSLAV LEADER SPEAKS OUT AGAINST
KOSOVO "ETHNIC CLEANSING" AT UN MEETING

If the basic principles of the Dayton Peace Accords for Bosnia and Herzegovina were developed on the concept of a, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-confessional community, it is not possible to accept the results of ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and establish a nation-state there. Were that to happen, the ramifications would be felt in the whole region, from Macedonia, over Serbia and Montenegro, to Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond. It is a dangerous misapprehension to maintain that Kosovska Mitrovica, a city that for the most part remains multi-ethnic, is the biggest problem facing the international administration in Kosovo and Metohija, and not Pristina, Gnjilane or Prizren, cities which have been thoroughly ethnically cleansed. If we are not prepared to accept and sanction the results of ethnic cleansing - which we certainly are not - conditions must be created without delay for the return to Kosovo and Metohija of some one quarter of a million refugees and displaced persons.

Dr. Vojislav Kostunica (FULL TEXT)


Chief of UNMIK Michael Steiner with the Kosovo Albanian President of Decani Municipality. For three years Albanian municipal authorities are keeping the Monastery of Decani under pressure and isolation making all possible efforts to confiscate the Church property. Mr. Steiner discussed with the Albanian leadership before visiting the monastery on Aug 30

SERBIAN ORTHODOX DIOCESE IN KOSOVO SERIOUSLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE NEW GRAVES IN ORAHOVAC
Orthodox priest in Orahovac fears that graves contain bodies of kidnapped and missing Serbs

September 13, 2002

Serbian Orthodox parish priest in Orahovac, Fr. Srdjan Milenkovic has informed the Diocese about 80 unindentified graves which were found in Orahovac Serb Orthodox Cemetery. This cemetery was not used by Orthodox Serbs for almost three years after the war because of security reasons and it was only recently that the priest and several members of Serb community were allowed access to the site. During their first visit in June they reported only about the desecrated tomb stones, some of them bearing a sprayed UCK acronym. But, during the more recent visit and cleaning of the weeds they were surprised to see around 80 unindentified burial moulds.

"The bodies have not been buried in accordance with Orthodox customs because the mounds bear no markings. We suspect that the bodies of Serbs killed after the arrival of international forces in Kosovo may be buried here," Fr. Srdjan immediately confirmed to the KIM Radio. According to the same source, multiple graves have been unearthed and emptied. New mounds have also been discovered at the Roma cemetery in Orahovac although no Roma have been buried at that cemetery in the past three years, either. Since the arrival of international forces in Kosovo, Serbs from Orahovac are buried in the churchyard of the church in Serb-inhabited Gornja Mahala.

Although there are innoficial information that the UNMIK Missing People Unit has already visited the location several times, the Diocese has not managed to get an official position from UNMIK yet. During the previous investigation of a possible mass -grave site in Suva Reka area UNMIK confirmed that forensic teams burried unindentified bodies for later investigation on several city cemeteries around Kosovo, but these UNMIK/ICTY sites are all properly marked and are publicly known, which is not the case with this cemetery. The Diocese has already requested urgent investigation in which also Serb forensic experts should take part.

After the war 1300 Serbs and Roma were abducted by the Kosovo Albanian terrorist group (KLA/UCK) which used the UN/NATO protectorate to launch a violent campaign of killing non-Albanians, primarily Serbs. Not a single case of kidnapping has been positively resolved so far because UNMIK police in most of cases failed to make any investigation. Beside the destruction of more than 120 Orthodox holy sites in the UN/NATO presence these murders and abductions are considered as one of the darkest pages of the international Peace mission in Kosovo. IF UNMIK and KFOR could not prevent murders of Serb and other non-Albanian civilians during their rule there is at least hope that they will make some progress in finding their bodies.


Serbian Orthodox cemetery in Orahovac, tombs with acronyms of Albanian terrorist organization UCK/KLA

DISGRACEFUL BEHAVIOR OF KPS OFFICERS TOWARDS DECANI MONKS

Decani, September 9, 2002

A group of UN sponsored Kosovo Police officers verbally abused Serb Orthodox clergymen who were entering Kosovo Province at the Kulina pass this morning. While the vehicle with the monks from Decani Monastery was heading towards the meeting point with Italian KFOR escort, just 50 meters away from the boundary pass, several KPS officers publicly derided the passangers in Albanian language. Such disgraceful behavior of those who are paid by the UN mission to guard security of all communities is not the only example of violation of proffesional ethics by Kosovo Albanian police officers. The Diocese has received reports from different parts of Province that Kosovo Albanian policemen when not under strict control of international UNMIK police cannot hide their ethnic partiallity. Such events create even more distrust between kosovo.netmunities.

Beta and other Belgrade media

FOUR SERB FAMILIES FORCIBLY EVICTED FROM YU PROGRAM BUILDING IN PRISTINA

Example of selective justice by HABITAT

September 6, 2002

Pristina - On Friday evening police in Pristina forcibly evicted four families from the YU Program building, the only place in Pristina where Serbs are still living. Several Serb families who lived in this block of appartments left Kosovo after the war and have decided now to sell their appartments to Kosovo Albanians. In the meantime Serbs evicted by Albanians from their flats elsewhere in Pristina moved into these empty appartements because they did not want to leave their city. They claim that they will leave the appartments only if they are give right to move into their own ones which are presently still illegaly occupied by Albanians in other parts of the city. Instead of providing place of living for these Serb families HABITAT, an organization responsible for freeing up usurped property, began evicting Serbs without providing them conditions to return to their previous appartments.

The remaining Pristina Serbs advised Beta that the police evicted the four Serb families at the request of Habitat. During the last month, the police, acting at Habitat's request, has thus far forcibly evicted a total of six Serb families from Entrance 23 of the building constructed with YU Program funds in 1996 and presently housing Serbs. This evening the police forcibly evicted four Serb families without offering them any form of alternative housing. Kosovo parliament executive committee member Oliver Ivanovic assessed that it is unacceptable for Habitat, an organization responsible for the return of usurped property, which has not even managed to produce a list of usurped Serb property in Kosovo in three years, to begin a campaign to free up apartments presently occupied by the 170 Serbs remaining in downtown Pristina. "This is the best demonstration of the position of the international community with respect to Serb survival here and eventual returns," said Ivanovic. "How can anyone hope to return to Pristina if all the remaining Serbs are going to be expelled in one way or another? The survival of the remaining Serbs in Pristina is critical in the political, psychological and practical sense," said Ivanovic.

BISHOP ARTEMIJE: KOSOVO SERBS’ POSITION WORSENS
Source: Tanjug
September 3, 2002

Conditions do not exist yet for an organised return of Serbs to Kosovo and the position of those that have remained there is deteriorating, Bishop Artemije said on Tuesday. "Although we have Serbs in the Kosovo parliament, although we have the Co-ordinating Centre and our people in the institutions of government, things have not changed for the man in the street," Bishop Artemije said. He said that an average Serb man in Kosovo has no freedom of movement, no conditions for a normal life or employment, and that the living conditions for the Serbs have worsened in the past month or two. Announcements of a mass return of displaced Serbs to Kosovo made by their former informal leaders in recent weeks are raising local ethnic Albanians’ ire, which additionally complicates the position of the remaining Serbs, Artemije said.


Where are the Serbs killed by Albanian Extremists - a new mass grave site in which reportedly 6 bodies of Serbs killed by Albanian extremists were found, July 2002

SECRETS OF MASS GRAVES IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
Speculation regarding mass graves in Suva Reka and Istok continues

Armed Albanians Attack Serb Returnees at Bicha
Ancestral Homes on the Ash Heaps - Bicha Village

Upon returning to their native village of Bicha on July 29, 2002 14 families originally from Bicha returned to their centuries-old home. On August 26, 2002 an attack occurred on the returnee families in Bicha from the direction of the neighboring village of Stupelj, consisting of houses belonging to the extended K/Albanian family of Selmanaj.


KLA still lives - UCK rebels in Macedonia and Kosovo still posess
a lots of weapons (photo Albanian gangs in Macedonia)

ARMED ALBANIANS OPEN FIRE ON KFOR AND UNMIK POLICE WHILE PROTECTING SERBS

Gracanica, August 29, 2002

According to reliable and confidential information from the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija from Gorazdevac, the Information Service of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren learned that on Thursday, August 29, a group of armed Albanians from the area of Gorazdevac, the last remaining Serb village in the Pec region, opened fire on a group of Serbs and their UNMIK police escort, and then on Italian KFOR troops who rushed to their aid.

At approximately 10:00 a.m. four Serbs from Gorazdevac, Dragan and Ivo Bogicevic and Zlatko and Milan Petrovic, headed with two tractors and an UNMIK police vehicle escort to gather wood from their forest five kilometers from Gorazdevac in the area of the village of Dobri Do. For the past three years Serbs have dared to visit more distant property from the village only with an UNMIK police and KFOR escort because of danger from local Albanians. As soon as they arrived in the forest at approximately 11:00 a.m. they noticed that some of the trees had already been cut down and collected for transport. The Serbs decided to load the cut wood because it had been cut down on their property, obviously by Albanians. After about 20 minutes, exactly at 11:20 a.m. a group of armed men opened fire on the Serbs and the policemen protecting them from a distance of some 50 meters. The policemen included one Bulgarian and two Serbs, members of the UNMIK run Kosovo police service (KPS). Under attack, they left their vehicles while the UNMIK police called KFOR for assistance. It was clear to the attacked Serbs and UNMIK police that this was an Albanian ambush. In the meanwhile, KFOR combat vehicles and two more UNMIK police vehicles arrived on the scene but they, too, came under fire which was now coming from two directions. The Albanians were firing individual shots and bursts of fire from automatic weapons. KFOR and the police responded decisively to the fire in self-defense.

The commander of the KFOR unit immediately called for reinforcements and after an hour and a half a tank arrived; a half hour later it was joined by a KFOR combat helicopter. In the meanwhile, during the attack Serbs in nearby Gorazdevac gathered in the main square, asking for KFOR protection from a possible Albanian attack after hearing rumors that armed Albanians intended to attack the Serb village. The Serbs blocked of traffic of Albanian vehicles through the village for security reasons. In the meanwhile, the UNMIK police suggested the Serbs gather in the Cultural Hall in order to better protect them.

The armed conflict between the armed Albanians and KFOR lasted until 3:30 p.m. when the Albanians fled before increasingly greater forces of KFOR and the police which were arriving at the scene in the meanwhile. KFOR returned the Serbs in one piece and with their tractors to the village and immediately began a search for the armed Albanians.

In this armed conflict an Italian soldier received a non-lifethreatening injury to his hand while KFOR and UNMIK police vehicles sustained considerable damage. It is not known if any of the Albanians were injured. An investigation is in progress.

This clash near Gorazdevac represents the first major armed attack by the Albanians on members of KFOR. After the recent assault on UNMIK police in Decani by Albanian demonstrations, it represents another indication of increasingly aggressive behavior by armed Albanian extremists against international peacekeepers of the UN mission in Kosovo and Metohija.

The Diocese of Raska and Prizren most strongly condemns this most recent Albanian attack on unarmed Serbs and members of the police and KFOR. A sharp response by KFOR and UNMIK and the bringing of those responsible to justice is expected. The Diocese will also seek stronger protection for the remaining Serbs in the Pec region where an enormous number of Albanians possess firearms and the KLA has not yet been disarmed.


Bishop Artemije and Fr. Teodosije with the people from Gorazdevac

WHY IS UNMIK BOTHERED BY A SERB MONUMENT IN GORAZDEVAC?

Gracanica, August 28, 2002

The Information Service of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren has learned from a representative of the Serb National Council in Gorazdevac, the last remaining Serb village in the Pec region, that UNMIK representatives have been insisting for days on a change on the inscription of the monument erected to Serb victims of terrorism and the NATO bombing. The residents of this Metohija village, only about 10 kilometers distant from Pec and inhabited for the past three years by approximately 1,000 Serbs completely isolated from the Albanian community, erected a monument in the village on May 14 in memory of 10 villagers who perished as victims of KLA terrorism during the period from 1996 to 1998, as well as four victims of the NATO bombing.

The memorial was sanctified by a local priest on May 15 in the presence of UNMIK and KFOR representatives. However, after a while the Albanian press launched a campaign against the inscription on the monument, specifically, the preamble which
reads: "It is easier to die than to be buried while still alive." The residents of Gorazdevac say they only wanted to express the painful truth about their post-war life in isolation and in a hostile Albanian environment. It is the opinion of local representatives of UNMIK that these words, as well as the part of the inscription referring to "Albanian terrorists" must be immediately erased or UNMIK will be forced to remove the monument, claim the village locals.

The residents of Gorazdevac have openly opposed this demand, claiming they have the right to bear witness to the difficulty of life without basic human rights and freedoms as well as to pay their respects to their deceased neighbors in this way. Furthermore, it is unacceptable to them to call victims of terrorism "victims of war" because the war had not yet started when Albanian terrorists were murdering Serbs, Albanians and others who got in their way every day.

At the same time that UNMIK is insisting on these demands, hundreds of various monuments to "KLA heroes" glorifying terrorism and hatred toward Serbs are springing up throughout Kosovo and Metohija. Recently the KFOR commander in chief General Marcel Valenten personally visited the Adem Jashari memorial complex in Prekaz and spoke approvingly of the KLA battle against the Serbian authorities. In the Pec region such monuments can be found on every corner but it is not known whether UNMIK has yet bothered to insist on erasing of inscriptions calling Serbs derogatory names and inciting even greater ethnic hatred.

Traveling only under KFOR escort
Decani Monastery - travel under KFOR escort

HIGH DELEGATION OF REPUBLIKA SRPSKA (RS) PREVENTED BY KFOR FROM VISITING BISHOP ARTEMIJE IN GRACANICA

Church and the RS leadership see behavior of KFOR and UNMIK as scandalous

Gracanica, August 28 2002

High delegation of RS led by the Dragan Kalenic, Speaker of the Assembly of RS, and Mladen Ivanic, RS Prime Minister, who visited Patriarchate of Pecand Decani Monastery today were not allowed by KFOR to proceed to Gracanica Monastery to attend a meeting with Bishop Artemije and the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija (SNC KIM) leadership.

PM Ivanic arrived to Pec Patriarchate yesterday afternoon and took part in the Church celebration of the Dormition of Mother of God in Decani Monastery this morning. President of the RS Assembly Dragan Kalenic joined the delegation during the day and had talks in Decani Monastery with Abbot Teodosije and the brotherhood. In the afternoon the RS delegation planned to go to Gracanica for a meeting with Bishop Artemije and the SNC KIM leadership but despite the fact that the visit was announced on time and the Italian KFOR escort timely provided, information came from Pristina KFOR HQ that the RS delegation had to wait in Decani until further notice. After two hours of waiting and taking ID's for additional checking, President Kalenic was told that he must leave Kosovo as soon as possible while the rest of delegation with PM Ivanic was to wait for additional instructions. Two hours later PM Ivanic finally decided to leave for Montenegro because it was evident that KFOR and UNMIK did not want to allow the meeting with Bishop Artemije and the visit of the RS delegation to Gracanica Monastery.

Such behavior of UNMIK and KFOR, which did not send a single higher official to give any clear explanation what was going on, is understood as scandalous by the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren and the RS leadership. This visit was properly announced and the program was coordinated by the office of Mr. Covic in Belgrade. RS officials and the Diocese believe that the behavior of KFOR and UNMIK towards President Kalenic and P.M. Ivanic was politically motivated, which does not contribute to building confidence between the UN/KFOR mission and the Kosovo Serb community. High officials of RS came to Kosovo and Metohija in a return visit to learn more about the life and problems of the Serb community in the Province. They had also expressed the wish to meet the SRSG, Michael Steiner, and Kosovo's PM Rexhepi but were informed just before their arrival that both of them would not be in Pristina today. The visit of the RS delegation did not have any political goal but was organized to give moral and humanitarian support to the Serbi people and Bishop Artemije, who had visited RS a month ago.


Serb National Council Meeting in Gracanica Monastery


Meeting of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija
Gracanica Monastery, August 24, 2002

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SNC sees the resolution of the Kosovo and Metohija status within the framework of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Concerns because of irregularities in preparations of local elections
SNC supports Serbian Presidental elections in Kosovo and Metohija
Decentralization of Kosovo - the only way to preserve multiethnicity

KIM RADIO

TWO SERBS BEATEN UP AND ROBBED BY ALBANIANS

August 23, 2002

On Friday, August 23 Albanian extremists badly beat up Ljubisa Miladinovic and Ljubomir Vanic, who were grazing their livestock close to the village of Donja Brnjica near Pristina. The two men, who sustained serious injuries, were transferred to the Simonida Hospital in Gracanica where they have been kept for further treatment. Meanwhile, six animals belonging to Vanic and Miladinovic were stolen by the outlaws. The incident was reported to KFOR and UNMIK police. Local residents of Donja Brnjica have asked them to conduct a search in the neighboring Albanian village of Mazgit because they suspect that is where the outlaws are from. The UNMIK police rejected this request, claiming that the outlaws were not locals. Last year three cows belonging to Ljubisa Miladinovic were also stolen by Albanian extremists.


Independent Kosovo as it is could be nothing but a terrorist state

Kosovo Needs a Talking-To
By Gordon N. Bardos

Discussion of final status for Kosovo is meaningless without significant and permanent progress in these three areas (tackling crime and corruption, ensuring the human rights and civil liberties of non-Albanian ethnic minorities, cracking down on extremists intent on provoking conflict in Macedonia or southern Serbia). None of Kosovo's neighbors, with the possible exception of Albania, would accept Kosovo's independence given its current state. But if Kosovo's leaders are able to show that they can seriously tackle these problems, resistance to its independence from other states in the region will be greatly reduced. A stable, democratic entity would be one from which the United States could responsibly withdraw, and devote its military resources to other, more pressing crises around the world.

Kosovo Serbs
Resolute to work together and in cooperation with Belgrade


Meeting of Kosovo Serb representatives and Dr. Covic with
the FRY President - Vojislav Kostunica, Belgrade Aug. 23, 2002

KOSOVO SERB DELEGATION MEETS PRESIDENT KOSTUNICA AND PM DJINDJIC IN BELGRADE

Kosovo Serbs resolute to act together in cooperation with Belgrade Authorities

Belgrade, Aug 22, 2002

Joint delegation of the Serbian National Council of Kosovo and Metohija (SNC Gracanica) and the Serbian National Council of North Kosovo (SNC Mitrovica) had separate meetings with the FRY President Vojislav Kostunica and the Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic in Belgrade today. These meetings were announced at Sopocani Monastery last week when it was decided that the issue of indictment of Dr. Milan Ivanovic should be discussed with the Belgrade authorities.

Beside the highest representatives of both SNC's, Dr. Nebojsa Covic, the chief of the Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija and Momcilo Trajkovic, the leader of the Serb Resistance Movement also took part at these meetings.

"In both meetings we discussed problems which affect Kosovo Serb community today. We particularly emphasized the need of our unity as well as Belgrade's support in resolving the problems of education and health protection in Kosovo. Especially important topic of our discussion was the case of Dr. Milan Ivanovic who was indicted by the UNMIK. We all agreed that it was necessary to clarify the truth in his case. We re not insisting on his defense at any price, but would like the truth to be fully establisehed because all the participants in the meetings were of the opinion that the accusation against Dr. Ivanovic was unfounded and politically motivated" - said Bishop Artemije, the president of the SNC KM after the talks with President Kostunica and Prime Minster Djindjic. According to Bishop Artemije, Dr. Nebojsa Covic announced that he would soon discuss in Belgrade the case of Dr. Ivanovic with the SRSG Michael Steiner who is expected to present his evidences against Dr. Ivanovic. Bishop Artemije said that he was very satisfied with the meetings which "gave us all more hope that we were going towards better future".

Mr. Vuko Antonijevic the Vice President of the SNC North Kosovo said that the Council possessed enough evidences of Dr. Ivanovic's innocence. He emphasized that in both meetings a unanimous position was demonstrated that Kosovo Serb representatives should work together despite their political differences and use all available means to resist politically motivated indictments, such as the case of Dr. Ivanovic. Vuko Antonijevic confirmed that the delegation of the SNC North Kosovo would attend the meeting of the SNC Kosovo and Metohija at Gracanica Monastery on August 24. That would be the first joint meeting of the two SNC's after two years of bitter division.

"Beside concerns which the Dr. Ivanovic's case has created among the Kosovo Serbs a positive consequence is that Kosovo Serbs are finally ready to work together in full coordination with Belgrade. We have clearly demonstrated today that there is no Kosovo Serb political option which would work against the interests of the Serbian people and our state", said Dr. Rada Trajkovic the chief of the POVRATAK Coalition group.

President Kostunica pointed out at the meeting with Kosovo Serb representatives that it was necessary for all Serbs in Kosovo to work together with the Coordination Center and the authorities of FRY and Republic of Serbia in resolving all their burning issues, says the statement issued by the President's Cabinet. President Kostunica confirmed that he would inform the SG Kofi Anan at the UN General Assembly Meeting about the difficult situation in which Kosovo Serbs live and the need that UNMIK and KFOR should be more active in resolving their problems.

Dr. Milan Ivanovic did not attend the meetings in Belgrade in order to demonstrate that he was staying in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija and would not use the territory of Serbia proper as a place of refuge. Commenting the recent UNMIK's appeal to the Serbian authorities to arrest him, Dr. Ivanovic said that "it was an encouraging sign because in that case the Serbian army and police would finally have to return to Kosovo and Metohija according to the UN SCR 1244".

At the same time a new rally was held in Mitrovica North in which thousands of Serbs protested against the attempt of UNMIK to arrest Dr. Milan Ivanovic, reported BETA Agency. The protesters requested from UNMIK to allow Dr. Ivanovic to prove his innocence from freedom.

J.T.


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