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Compilation from Belgrade daily newspapers, prepared by editorial staff of the Voice of Kosovo and Metohia

April 20, 2000

  • 31 armed incidents in the south of Serbia during a year : Most incidents in "tampon" zone
  • New attacks on Serbs
  • Kfor: A girl injured
  • Albanians destroy Serb roots in Vucitrn municipality
  • Goranians could disappear as a separate ethnic identity
  • 472 persons are in Albanian concentration camps
  • Hunger strike Serbs in serious condition
  • An appeal for help to those Serbs who are in prison in Kosovska Mitrovica
  • Bishop Artemije and Momcilo Trajkovic for "Blic" daily about visit to Russia: Ivanov supported activities of Serb National Council
  • Kosovo Serbs meet Russian foreign minister
  • Kosovo Polje Serb official lashes out against KFOR, UNMIK
  • Serbs ready to return
  • Peace and security for all in Kosovo
  • International Red Cross Committee announced: Another 21 Albanians released
  • Financial Times: European countries do not listen to Kouchner
  • Kosovo Election Commission sits
  • Central election commission had its first meeting on Tuesday: Seat for Serbs "empty"
  • Mass Albanian trial in Nis
  • Albanians deny charges
  • 31 ARMED INCIDENTS IN THE SOUTH OF SERBIA DURING A YEAR : MOST INCIDENTS IN "TAMPON" ZONE

    (Blic daily, 20. 4. 2000)

    Bujanovac - Since June last year till today, 3l armed incidents occurred in the south of Serbia. In these incidents 12 people lost their lives while 13 were lightly or heavily injured. Material damage of the state or private property amounts to hundreds of thousands of German Marks. Most incidents /18/ happened in so-called "tampon" zone. Obviously this is "import" of conflicts from Kosovo. According to some estimations in the area of the villages of Muhovac, Breznica, Konculj and Dobrosin there are about 250 to 300 armed people. About 95 percent of them came from Kosovo. This area is still very problematic as till recently KFOR supreme commander Reinhardt confirmed.

    NEW ATTACKS ON SERBS

    (Politika daily/Digest, 20. 4. 2000)

    Lipljan, Orahovac, April 19. (Tanjug) – Several Serbs were injured on Tuesday in the village of Dobrotin near Lipljan when red Mercedes dashed into the crowd of Serbs, radio-amateurs reported. The Serbs gathered to protect Tomislav Perenic, a Serb villager, who was informed to UNMIK by an Albanian as one who inflicted physical punishment. False accused Perenic was released, while Albanian driver of Mercedes was arrested.

    In the same day, Albanian terrorists threw a bomb at a house of Tihomir Dedic in Orahovac, radio-amateurs reported. Fortunately, the bomb didn’t explode. (*)

    KFOR: A GIRL INJURED

    (Danas, 20. 4. 2000)

    Pristina, April 19 (Beta) – A KFOR spokesman, Major Major Frank Benjaminsen announced that in last 24 hours "an explosion took place inside a house in Kosovska Vitina yesterday evening, leaving half of the house damaged and all of the windows destroyed. Nearby buildings were also damaged. A little girl, suffering from minor injuries.

    During a house search in Djakovica yesterday afternoon the owner of the house was arrested for illegal possession of weapons. (*)

    ALBANIANS DESTROY SERB ROOTS IN VUCITRN MUNICIPALITY

    (Glas javnosti/Digest, 20. 4. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica – A Serb priest from Vucitrn, Stanisa Arsic, said that Serb houses in the town were mostly burnt or razed to the ground, Saint Ellijah’s church demolished, parish home robbed and "Saint Sava’s" home burnt. Arsic also said that five of six churches in his parish were completely destroyed or burnt.

    Today, Serbs live only in six of 64 villages of Vucitrn municipality. In Vucitrn town there are no more Serbs. During the medieval ages, 70 Orthodox churches and monasteries existed on the nearby Cicavica mountain, However, neither a church nor a monastery exists there today. (*)

    GORANIANS COULD DISAPPEAR AS A SEPARATE ETHNIC IDENTITY

    (Politika daily/Digest, 20. 4. 2000)

    A conclusion of Symposium of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SASA) about tragic situation of non-Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija is that Goranians, Slavo-Serb muslim population of southern Metohija surrounded by Albanians, could disappear as a separate ethnic identity. (*)

    472 PERSONS ARE IN ALBANIAN CONCENTRATION CAMPS

    (Politika daily/Digest, 20. 4. 2000)

    472 persons are in Albanian concentration camps, claims Society of kidnapped persons’ families. Since 1998, 1200 persons were kindnapped by so-called "KLA" and 75% of them after UN mission arrived. (*)

    HUNGER STRIKE SERBS IN SERIOUS CONDITION

    (B2 - 92, 20. 4. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, Wednesday – The health of 39 Serb prisoners now on the ninth day of a hunger strike in Kosovska Mitrovica prison is very serious, the head of a medical team which visited the men today has told media. Stevan Baljosevic said that the team had asked the prison's Albanian management to monitor the health of the Serbs in custody.

    In other news from Kosovo today, KFOR spokesman Frank Benjaminson said that no violence had been reported in the past 24 hours, but that one child had been slightly injured in an explosion in Vitina. One man was arrested during a routine arms search in Djakovica for carrying a Kalashnikov rifle.

    AN APPEAL FOR HELP TO THOSE SERBS WHO ARE IN PRISON IN KOSOVSKA MITROVICA

    (Serbia info, 20. 4. 2000)

    April 19, 2000 - Tokyo, April 19th - Radoslav Bulajic, FR of Yugoslavia's ambassador to Japan sent to the Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, eminent members of parliament, professors at the University, peace and non-government Institutions, as well as to the Lawyer's Associations and to the medium, an appeal for help to those Serbs who are arbitrary detained in Kosovska Mitrovica.

    Underlying in the appeal that" 43 Serbs are in prison more than six months and that till today no legal procedure hasn't been brought".

    "Contrary to that, ethnic Albanians responsible for grave crimes of injuring 22 Serbs and 14 Kfor members by throwing grenade on Serbian part of Kosovska Mitrovica are released from the prison recently", an appeal reminds. Emphasizing, that "Because of that 37 detained Serbs went on hunger strike, demanding that they have fair trial immediately or to release them".

    Ambassador Bulajic underlined that "This Kfor and UNMIK's procedure is far away from proclaimed International Community's aim about ethnic and legal equality of all inhabitants in province of Kosovo-Metohija.

    Releasing ethnic Albanians responsible for grave crimes, while keeping Serbs in prison, arrested without reason, proves discrimination on an ethnic basis", concludes Yugoslavian ambassador.

    BISHOP ARTEMIJE AND MOMCILO TRAJKOVIC FOR "BLIC" DAILY ABOUT VISIT TO RUSSIA: IVANOV SUPPORTED ACTIVITIES OF SERB NATIONAL COUNCIL

    (Blic daily, 20. 4. 2000)

    Moscow - Leaders of Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija Bishop Artemije and Momcilo Trajkovic met yesterday with Russian Foreign minister Igor Ivanov.

    In telephone statement to "Blic" daily Bishop Artemije said that Ivanov supported activities of Serb National Council and promised to influence other international factors to provide security of Serb population in Kosovo and conditions for safe return of expelled Serbs as soon as possible. As Bishop Artemije further said discussion with Ivanov lasted two hours and Russian Foreign minister was interested in the situation in Kosovo and stances of Kosovo Serbs representatives.

    Momcilo Trajkovic in his statement for our papers said that discussion with Ivanov was open and frank. He also said that Ivanov pointed out several times that Kosovo could not be independent and that its status had to be settled within Serbia and Yugoslavia.

    As Russian agency Itar-Tass reported Ivanov discussed with leaders of Serb National Council situation in Kosovo and specially the issues concerning return of 250,000 of Serbs and implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 on Kosovo.

    Representatives of SNC also met with Russian Patriarch and visited Duma, the house of commons of the Russian Parliament.

    KOSOVO SERBS MEET RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER

    (B2 - 92, 20. 4. 2000)

    Moscow, Wednesday – Kosovo Serb leaders Momcilo Trajkovic and Bishop Artemije are this afternoon meeting Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov in Moscow. Itar-Tass reports that Ivanov will discuss the situation in Kosovo, particularly the repatriation of 250,000 expelled Serbs and the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1244.

    Trajkovic yesterday told media that the Kosovo Serb delegation had been satisfied with yesterday's meeting with representatives of the Russian Duma, saying that assistance in the repatriation of Serbs to Kosovo had been sought from both the Duma and the Russian Orthodox Church.

    KOSOVO POLJE SERB OFFICIAL LASHES OUT AGAINST KFOR, UNMIK

    (Tanjug, 20. 4. 2000)

    Kosovo Polje - President of the Serb National Assembly for Kosovo Polje at Pristina Sveto Grujic has sent an open letter to local U.N. civilian mission (UNMIK) administrator Ugo Troiani protesting against pressure exerted on him to join the Kosovo transitional administrative council formed by UNMIK chief Bernard Kouchner.

    Grujic strongly criticised UNMIK's moves, saying that ethnic Albanian terrorists had murdered 11 Serbs, abducted seven and seriously wounded and inflicted permanent bodily damage on dozens of them since the mission's deployment to the Yugoslav republic of Serbia's Kosovo and Metohija province on June 11, 1999.

    Explaining why he refused to cooperate with the council, Grujic said that Serbs were beaten up and harassed. He said that 6,000 Serbs and 4,000 other non-Albanians had been expelled from the Kosovo Polje municipality, while more than 100 houses had been torched.

    Moreover, a large number of villages in the area have been ethnically cleansed, churches have been blown up, while the entire Serb property has been plundered, he said.

    He said that Serbs had been sacked from all public companies including the Power Supply, PTT, customs and railway companies, while over 1,000 students and 1,500 high-scool pupils had been denied the right to education since the deployment of UNMIK and the U.N. peacekeeping force KFOR to Kosovo and Metohija, provided for by the U.N. Security Council's Resolution 1244.

    Grujic said that, under these conditions, he refused to take part in the work of the council that should hypocritically prove that everything was just as it should be in the Kosovo and Metohija run by Kouchner.

    SERBS READY TO RETURN

    (Glas javnosti/Digest, 20. 4. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica – Leaders of the Serb National Forum (SNF) of Kosovo and Metohija, dr Vuko Antonijevic, Oliver Jovanovic and dr Marko Jaksic, spoke on Tuesday in Kraljevo with expelled Serbs from Metohija, moved to Kraljevo municipality, about their return to Kosovo and Metohija. Expelled Serbs said they are ready to return, but stressed that they need clear conditions for safe life and rebuilding of their destroyed homes. (*)

    PEACE AND SECURITY FOR ALL IN KOSOVO

    (Politika daily/Digest, 20. 4. 2000)

    Representatives of Yugoslav Committee for Cooperation with UN in Kosovska Mitrovica met the commander of the brigade "North", General Pier de'Saqui de'Sannes and his assistants. Yugoslav representatives spoke about new attacks on Serbs and demanded provision of peace and security for all citizens of Kosovo and Metohija. (*)

    INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED: ANOTHER 21 ALBANIANS RELEASED

    (Blic daily, 20. 4. 2000)

    Pristina - Another 21 Kosovo Albanians have been released from the prisons in Serbia, office of the International Red Cross Committee in Belgrade announced yesterday. This office says that since the arrival of the international missions in Kosovo about 750 Kosovo Albanians have been released from the prisons in Serbia.

    FINANCIAL TIMES: EUROPEAN COUNTRIES DO NOT LISTEN TO KOUCHNER

    (Glas javnosti/Digest, 20. 4. 2000)

    Paris (Beta) - Despite demands of UNMIK chief, Bernard Kouchner, to European countries, Germany and Switzerland last week started deportation of Kosovo refugees, Financial Times reports. Great Britain will start deportation this week. (*)

    KOSOVO ELECTION COMMISSION SITS

    (B2 - 92, 20. 4. 2000)

    Pristina, Wednesday – The Central Election Commission met in Pristina yesterday for the first time, the OSCE's Kosovo mission announced today. The Temporary Administrative Council of Kosovo formed the commission on April 14, charging it with planning and implementing elections this autumn. Yesterday's meeting took place with a vacant seat for a Serb member. Local Serb leaders last week told the UN mission that they needed more time to select a representative. The commission is presided over by the chief of the OSCE's Kosovo mission, Daan Everts.

    CENTRAL ELECTION COMMISSION HAD ITS FIRST MEETING ON TUESDAY: SEAT FOR SERBS "EMPTY"

    (Blic daily, 20. 4. 2000)

    Pristina - Central election commission had its first session in Pristina on Tuesday. This body was formed in order to provide carrying out and control of the forthcoming elections in Kosobo, OSCE mission reported.

    The Central commission consists of nine local and three foreign experts. Three members are independent /Institute for statistics, sector of non-government organizations and media/, four represent parties or communities having their representatives in PAVK. A seat for Serb representative is currently "empty".

    MASS ALBANIAN TRIAL IN NIS

    (B2 - 92, 20. 4. 2000)

    Nis, Wednesday – Ten of a group of 145 Kosovo Albanians from Djakovica today pleaded not guilty in Nis District Court to charges of conspiring against the state and terrorism. All ten told the court that they had been arrested by Serbian police on May 10 or 11 last year in central Djakovica. One of the accused, Muhedin Zekaj, said that he and other men from the town were rounded up in the town square after a cursory search of his house and transferred to prison.

    The International Red Cross in Pristina announced today that another 21 Kosovo Albanians were released from Serbian prisons yesterday. Twenty of the prisoners were released from the prison in Pozarevac and one from Sremska Mitrovica. The Red Cross noted that about 750 Kosovo Albanians had been released from Serbian prisons since international forces arrived in Kosovo. Albanian sources say that 1,400 Kosovo Albanians remain in prisons.

    ALBANIANS DENY CHARGES

    (Blic daily, 20. 4. 2000)

    Nis - Twenty of 145 Albanians from Djakovica yesterday denied charges raised against them for hostile activity and terrorism in the District Court in Nis.

    According to court documentation 29 people pleaded not guilty, while 116 defended themselves with silence.

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