Serb National Council Meeting, Gracanica, Dec 21, 2002
from left (Marko Jaksic, Dr. Rada Trajkovic, Dr. Milan Ivanovic, Bishop Artemije)

 



SERB NATIONAL COUNCIL OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

COMMUNIQUE



Gracanica, December 21, 2002

On its fourteenth meeting, held on December 21, 2002 in Gracanica Monastery, Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija discussed the security situation and its strategy for survival and return of displaced Serbs to Kosovo and Metohija.

The meeting was chaired by the President of the SNC, Bishop of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija Dr. Artemije (Radosavljevic). After the constructive discussion the Council adopted the following:


C O N C L U S I O N S


1. The participants of the meeting strongly supported joint action and common positions of the SNC KM and SNC of North Kosovo and agreed that their actions will be thoroughly synchronized and integrated so that common goals and aspirations of KM/Serbs could be fully realized in future.

2. Serb National Council KM admits with regret that the security situation for KM/Serbs is still very grave. Instead of improvement and calming of the situation, attacks on the Serb community continue. In the recent period more than 20 attacks on members of the Serb community occurred and several churches and cemeteries were destroyed or desecrated. The Council condemns criminal behavior of K/Albanian extremists and requests from the UN Security Council and NATO to make an urgent plan for security of the Serbian community in Kosovo and Metohija, including the return of the part of Yugoslav army and police, which is granted by the UN SC Resolution 1244 (Annex 2.6) and Kumanovo agreement (I.4). The SNC appeals on the Governments of Yugoslavia and Serbia to support this initiative.

3. SNC KM condemns Steiner's plan for "individual return" of displaced Serbs. The proposed return program does not support group return of all Serbs to Kosovo and Metohija, but only individual, which practically means that this process, according to this principle, will continue in the next 100 years. SNC requests from the international community to create in cooperation with the authorities of Serbia and Yugoslavia a concrete and feasible plan for collective return of displaced Serbs to Kosovo and Metohija.

4. Since one of the conditions for the Serb participation in the local elections was the promise of the international community to carry on the process of decentralization of power on all levels, SNC requests from Michael Steiner to begin active realization of the decentralization program in the next six months. SNC requests decentralization of administration in all sectors (of public life) in order to protect Serbs from minorization and discrimination, which is a reality today.

5. The Council supports the realization of the stabilization program in northern part of Kosovo Mitrovica which has already been agreed with Belgrade. Council thinks that Mr. Steiner is not implementing this plan but is trying to impose ethnic Albanian rule in entire city through the process of establishing of UNMIK administration.

The Council expects from UNMIK consistent implementation of the plan for decentralization of Kosovo Mitrovica, which means that the northern part will have the Serb administration, which is of vital importance for the joint city. The Council reminds that Northern part of Mitrovica is not the most important problem in Kosovo and Metohija and that Mitrovica should not have priority in resolving the problems in the Province. International community should rather pay attention to those cities in Kosovo and Metohija which have been ethnically cleansed from Serb population.

6. Serb National Council KM will not accept independence of Kosovo and Metohija and is against any change of borders. Beside Belgrade authorities it is also necessary to include representatives of KM/Serbs and the Orthodox Church in the process of resolution of the final status of Kosovo and Metohija.

7. Serb National Council KM supports decision of the POVRATAK Coalition not to participate in the work of Kosovo Parliament because of discriminatory policy against KM/Serbs. We request that the Parliament and other institutions in Kosovo and Metohija should return within the framework of the UN SC Resolution 1244. Serb representatives do not have a mandate from their constituency to support institutions which work on independence of the Province.

8. Serb National Council KM requests from the international community to demilitarize so called "Kosovo Liberation Army" which has been transformed into Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC). Transformation of this organization, which is still headed by individuals directly responsible for crimes against Serbs both during the war and after the war and arrival of the peacekeeping troops to KM, into Kosovo armed forces could have far reaching consequences for the stability of entire region, primarily taking into consideration its criminal role during and after the conflict in Kosovo and Metohija. Serb National Council appeals on KM/Serbs not to enter this organization under any condition (Special proclamation is enclosed).

9. Serb National Council KM requests that the center of the Coordination Center should be based in Kosovo and Metohija because only there it can operate successfully. From Dedinje (Belgrade) one cannot resolve such complex problems such as those in Kosovo and Metohija. This act would reassure Serbs that they are not left alone by the Yugoslav and Serbian authorities. We also believe that this would encourage Serbs to remain in this region and would intensify process of returns of the displaced persons.

President of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija
Bishop of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija

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PROCLAMATION OF THE SERB NATIONAL COUNCIL OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

WE CALL ALL SERBS NOT TO ENTER INTO THE KOSOVO PROTECTION CORPS AND APPEAL ON THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY ITS MEMBERS TO LEAVE IT IMMEDIATELY.

WITH THEIR PARTICIPATION SERBS WOULD GIVE MULTIETHNIC CHARACTER TO KPC AND THUS LEGALIZE THE CORPS WHICH IS NOTHING BUT FORMER SO CALLED KOSOVO LIBERATION ARMY WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL CRIMES COMMITTED AGAINST SERBS DURING AND AFTER THE WAR.

GOALS, STRATEGY, SYMBOLS, MYTHS AND ICONOGRAPHY OF THE SO CALLED KOSOVO LIBERATION ARMY AND KOSOVO PROTECTION CORPS ARE IN FUNCTION OF CREATION OF INDEPENDENT AND ETHNICALLY CLEAN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA.

SERB NATIONAL COUNCIL OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA


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Statement by SNC of Kosovo and Metohija


THE LATEST PLAN FOR TRANSFORMATION OF KOSOVO PROTECTION CORPS LEADS TO FORMATION OF KOSOVO NATIONAL ARMY

Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija warns about the danger of the latest NSC plan for transformation of the KPC

GRACANICA
December 23, 2002

After months of constulations a group of experts on Balkan issues prepared for the U.S. National Security Council (NSC) a plan for reconstruction of Kosovo Protection Corps and dismissal of its members suspected of war crimes and other criminal activities. The plan proposes creation of a new organization "Kosovo Safety and Security Council" (KSSC).

Behind this plan which on its surface rightly seeks to filter KPC structures which are deeply involved in ethnicaly motivated crimes against Serbs, Roma and other minorities, there is in fact a dangerous idea for creation of the nucleus of future Kosovo National Army. The personnel of this oragnization after temporary reduction to 2300 would be increased to 6.300 by 2006 and would be given responsibility for border security and other security issues in Kosovo, as it is mentioned in the report of NSC. According to the information received by SNC KM this plan comes from still influential circles close to former Clinton administration which continue with efforts to pursue final disintegration of the Yugoslav federation and grant independence to Kosovo which is not an official position of the Administration at the moment. From rather incomplete report published by the SENSE Agency two important conclusions can be made:

1. International community has finally recongized that the Kosovo Protection Corps which was created from the former KLA (UCK) and placed under direct control and funding of NATO and UN is directly responsible for many post-conflict crimes aganist Serbs, Roma and moderate Albanians and that it is necessary that perpertrators of these crimes should be punished. The report mentions involvement of KPC structures in extremist attacks in South Serbia and Macedonia as well as its connections with organized crime. At the same time when this happened the Corps received ample international funding and NATO training. First "cleaning" of the former KLA was achieved by its "transformation" into the Kosovo Protection Corps in Sep 1999. Now when this organization has been deeply compromized in a series of post-war crimes there is a plan for a new "cleaning" which should give credibilty to an organization which in its core has always remained on the positions of ethnic Albanian nationalism and extremism. After many attempts to hide this truth from public and futile attempts to attract some Kosovo Serbs to its ranks in order to present it as multiethnic structure, it is finally evident that this expensive internatinal undertaking has completely failed. It is now quite evident who is responsible for crimes and violence in Kosovo after the conflict in 1999 and this can no longer be ignored.

2. The idea of transformation and building of new moral credibility for the KPC by creating of "Kosovo Safety and Security Council" is directly opposite to the basic requirement of UN SC Resolution 1244 because the issues of territorial security and border protection which are presently under authority of KFOR and UN Mission are planned to be gradually given into the hands of local Albanian led forces which would be armed by military weapons (long guns). At the same time another important requirement from the Resolution 1244 is ignored and that is the return of a contingent of Yugoslav army and police to the borders and around the most important patrimonial sites. It is quite obvious that this plan is nothing but an attempt of creation of Kosovo National Army which is one of the main prerogatives for independence of the Province.

Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija openly supports investigation of responsibility for crimes committed by KPC members, primrily its command structure which consists of the former KLA commanders led by Agim Ceku. We also support decrease of personnel of this organization which according to the SNC is not needed in Kosovo and Metohija and is a source of unecessary expenses. In this sense, SNC KM called all Kosovo Serbs not to enter in KPC and give multiethnic character to this deeply moraly compromised organization.

SNC KM strongly opposes to the idea of formation of "Kosovo Safety and Security Council" (KSSC) and granting this structure responsibility any kind of territorial and border security even under UN/NATO supervision. Such decision would openly prejudice the future status of the Province and as such is unacceptable for KM/Serbs. SNC KM appeals to Belgrade Government and Coordination Committee for KM to react urgently to this plan and support the request expressed by SNC KM for deployment of a contingent of Yugoslav army and police with multiethnic composition on the FRY borders in the region of Kosovo Province.

SNC KM hopes that this part of the NSC plan for creation of new Kosovo Army will not be accepted by the U.S. Administration and European structures.