01 , 2002
Student bus escorts discontinued
SNC of Kosovo and Metohija strongly protests against decision
of UNMIK and KFOR
30 October 2002
Approximately 1,200 Serb students who live in enclaves in central Kosovo
have not attended school for the past 10 days because of safety considerations
after the discontinuation of escorts for transportation to their schools.
The Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija issued a statement
yesterday saying that despite appeals to UNMIK and KFOR international
peacekeepers have nevertheless decided to discontinue all student bus
escorts, claiming that the security situation has improved significantly.
However, the safety of students who live in enclaves and who go to school
each day in this manner is by no means guaranteed because attacks continue
to occur on the ground. As a result, a silent exodus of Serbs continues
before the eyes of the international community, whose mission has failed
to ensure freedom of movement.
Powerless to admit their own defeat, the leaders of the international
community have decided to discontinue escorts for Serbs and their children,
the SNC statement says. The Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija
once again calls on the international community to re-examine its decision
to discontinue escorts for student buses because as a result of their
decision, more than one thousand students in the Province are sitting
in their homes instead of in the classroom. The SNC urges and warns
UN officials not to play with the lives of Serb children and deny them
the right to a worry-free childhood and an education, which is one of
the postulates of human rights.
KPS police abuses medical workers
October 31, 2002
Early this morning upon its return from Kosovska Mitrovica the three
member medical team of the Simonida Emergency Care Center in Gracanica
was taken to the police station in Vucitrn and verbally abused by members
of the Albanian Kosovo Police Service in the presence of UN police.
Namely, their ambulance was stopped not far from Vucitrn at 1:30 this
morning as they were returning from Mitrovica Hospital, where they had
taken a Roma (Gypsy) woman who was choking as the result of a tumor,
Dr. Milomir Cosic told Radio KIM. Anesthesiologist Dragan Ivanovic,
a nurse, the ambulance driver and the son of the patient were forced
to get out of the ambulance and taken to the Vucitrn police station
where they were detained and threatened until 6:30, when they were released.
The whole incident occurred in the presence of UN police who did not
intervene despite KPS police accusations that the Simonida ambulance
had been used to transport Serb terrorists, said Dr. Cosic, adding that
the whole incident had been planned beforehand. As a result of the incident
a complaint has been sent to the international community and all relevant
factors in Kosovo and Metohija. Dr. Cosic, who is the oldest anesthesiologist
in Kosovo, said that he had never seen a similar situation during his
many years of practice because in medicine assistance is rendered to
all people in need regardless of nationality. "I have worked on
four continents and never seen anything quite like this. This is an
unprecedented act which must not be allowed to happen anywhere in the
world," said Dr. Cosic.
should be decentralised with respect to Resolution 1244
October 30, 2002
Belgrade, Oct. 30, 2002 -
Coordinating centre for Kosovo-Metohija Head Nebojsa Covic said, after
meeting with UNMIK Head Michael Steiner, that they would pick up talks
on Kosovo's decentralisation with respect to UN Security Council Resolution
1244 and UNMIK's authority in the province.
"I have to be an optimist
and believe that we will see some progress in the coming days,"
said Covic, adding that he was pleased that the talks on decentralisation
in the province would be continued.
Covic said that the October
26 local elections were boycotted "in one location" in Kosovo,
adding that the local Serb community was expected to vote in larger
"A number of temptations
are ahead of us, but if we join our efforts in line with UN Security
Council Resolution 1244 and UNMIK's authority, I believe that we will
see better results," said Covic. "A donors' conference for
Kosovo will be held next week. That's progress."
Steiner reiterated that Kosovo
Serbs did not boycott local elections except for "one location
in northern Mitrovica" despite guarantees offered in his seven-point
plan, ensuring "safety, a solid mechanism preventing over-voting,
and economic prospects." He said that Kosovo should be decentralised
in line with the current constitutional framework and European standards,
adding that the solution would be found "in Kosovo, with legitimate
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Kosovo and Metohija