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

May 1, 2000

  • Eighty years old Serb beaten up
  • Ethnic Albanians ravage Serb cemetery in U.N.-ruled Kosovo-Metohia
  • Serbs in Kosovo-Metohia still in danger
  • Calm returns to Kosovska Mitrovica
  • Serbs in U.N-administered Kosovska Mitrovica celebrate Easter
  • Serbian National Council in Kosovska Mitrovica intends to join Serbian opposition
  • Lavrov: Resolution of the UN Security Council has not been applied
  • UN Security Council satisfied with work of UN Mission
  • Commission of the State Duma accuses international mission in Kosmet
  • EIGHTY YEARS OLD SERB BEATEN UP

    (Serbia Info 1. 5. 2000)

    Lipljan, April 29th 2000 (Tanjug) - Cedomir Trajkovic, an eighty years old Serb from Lipljan, got beaten two days ago in front of his house in Kralja Petra street, by three Albanian boys, as radio amateurs report.

    Trajkovic`s head was severely hurt.

    After the Serbs` report, which included the identity of the three young Albanians, KFOR members found the boys and arrested them, but they were released in half an hour.

    ETHNIC ALBANIANS RAVAGE SERB CEMETERY IN U.N.-RULED KOSOVO-METOHIA

    (Tanjug 1. 5. 2000)

    Vucitrn - Ethnic Albanian extremists destroyed a Serb cemetery in the U.N.-ruled Serbian (Yugoslav) province of Kosovo-Metohia three days ago, according to reports coming in on Saturday.

    Amateur radio operators said the terrorists smashed headstones in the graveyard in the village of Glavotina in the Vucitrn municipality in broad daylight, with an international KFor force helicopter hovering overhead, taking no action.

    Twenty years ago, Glavotina was a purely Serb-populated village, while at the time of NATO's aggression last Spring it had retained some 14 Serb households. Since the U.N. peace force was deployed last June, however, there have been no Serbs left in the village.

    SERBS IN KOSOVO-METOHIA STILL IN DANGER

    (Tanjug 1. 5. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica - President of the executive council of the Serbian National Council for the Kosovska Mitrovica district Oliver Ivanovic told reporters that in talks held on Friday with an eight-member delegation of the U.N. Security Council he stressed that Serbs in Kosovska Mitrovica and in Kosovo-Metohia were still in danger.

    Ivanovic said that they and other Serbian representatives insisted on the fact that the security of Serbs will not be improved until the 350,000 expelled return to Kosovo-Metohia.

    Serbs have the right to return under UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and "according to what is expected to ensue as a new opinion after today's visit of the eight-member Security Council delegation."

    Ivanovic stressed that Serbs must return the same way as Albanians, who left Kosovo-Metohia, returned to the southern Serbian province.

    Ivanovic stressed that physical, legal and economic security were three aspects the Serbian side insisted on during the talks held behind closed doors at the UN civilian mission police headquarters, in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica.

    Responding to a question, Ivanovic said that it was quite certain that Serbs will not take part in the population census conducted in Kosovo-Metohia by the orgnaization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), because "without security in Kosovo and Metohia there is no census and no elections.

    "After all, two thirds of Serbs who used to live in the province are now outside Kosovo-Metohia," Ivanovic said.

    CALM RETURNS TO KOSOVSKA MITROVICA

    (B2-92 1. 5. 2000)

    After yesterday’s clashes, the situation in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica has calmed down. The clashes took place when KFOR attempted to return 100 Albanians to the Serb held part of the town. There were no casualties but several KFOR cars were destroyed in the incident. Serb Milorad Peric was killed near the village of Pasjane in central Kosovo yesterday while he was working in the fields, Serbian sources from Kosovo reported today. UNMIK is carrying out an investigation into the incident.

    SERBS IN U.N-ADMINISTERED KOSOVSKA MITROVICA CELEBRATE EASTER

    (Tanjug 1. 5. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica - More than 60 Serbs from north Kosovska Mitrovica attended Easter morning service in the Serbian Church of St. Sava in the south of the divided city on Sunday.

    The Serbs were escorted to their church by strong international KFor forces, as south Kosovska Mitrovica is now populated exclusively by ethnic Albanians and offers no security guarantees to Serbs.

    The liturgy was attended by Oliver Ivanovic, president of the Serbian National Forum for Kosovska Mitrovica region, KFor Sector North Commander General Pierre de Saqui de Sannes, regional U.N. mission (UNMIK) administrator William Nash, and Spanish and Italian battalion commanders.

    On the occasion of Easter, which the Serbian Church, together with other Eastern Churches, celebrates on April 30 this year, the folk troupe Zvecan paraded through the streets of north Kosovska Mitrovica.

    The troupe, dressed in Serbian, Montenegrin and Kosovo-Metohia folk costumes, gave performances at the bridge over the River Ibar that divides the city along ethnic lines, and at all intersections in the predominantly Serb-populated north.

    SERBIAN NATIONAL COUNCIL IN KOSOVSKA MITROVICA INTENDS TO JOIN SERBIAN OPPOSITION

    (B2-92 1. 5. 2000)

    The Serbian National Council for Kosovska Mitrovica will send an official request to join the Serbian democratic opposition, members of the council, Oliver Ivanovic and Marko Jaksic stated at a press conference in Kosovska Mitrovica today. Jaksic also said that the Serbian National Council in Kosovska Mitrovica was an anti regime and anti Milosevic organisation.

    LAVROV: RESOLUTION OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL HAS NOT BEEN APPLIED

    (Serbia Info 1. 5. 2000)

    Kosovska Mitrovica, April 28 2000 (Tanjug) - Russian Ambassador with the United Nations (UN), Sergei Lavrov, stated today in Kosovska Mitrovica that the 1244 Resolution of the Security Council about Kosmet has not yet been applied, but its application has only just started.

    Lavrov, who is, since yesterday, in the delegation of seven members of the UN Security Council in Kosmet, stressed that this document has to be applied in full and persistently.

    Bernard Kouchner, continuing with his cynical statements, said in front of the UN Security Council that he did not agree with the proposition of Serbs` return, until, as he said, security conditions for their life be reached.

    In this way Kouchner actually admitted in front of the UN Security Council delegation that not only is it not safe in Kosmet, in spite of a year's presence of numerous KFOR troops, but that the mission he lead suffered a complete fiasco.

    UN SECURITY COUNCIL SATISFIED WITH WORK OF UN MISSION

    (B2-92 1. 5. 2000)

    The UN Security Council delegation in Kosovo is satisfied with the work of the UN Mission in the province, Head of the UN Security Council delegation in Kosovo Bangladesh Ambassador Navarul Karim Coudhari told a press conference in Pristina yesterday. He also said that they would recommend to the UN Security Council that the Mission carry on their work in the province. Delegation member Michel Duval said that it was too early for the return of Serbs to the province.

    COMMISSION OF THE STATE DUMA ACCUSES INTERNATIONAL MISSION IN KOSMET

    (Serbia Info 1. 5. 2000)

    Moscow, April 28 2000 (Tanjug) - Commission of the State Duma of Russia for helping Yugoslavia in overcoming the consequences of NATO aggression, accused UN mission in Kosmet for obstinacy and discrimination concerning ethnic criteria in courts.

    Today's report of the Commission says that "there are 43 Serbs in prison in Kosovska Mitrovica who were arrested by KFOR members and members of the civil mission `on unfounded accusations`".

    At the same time, as it was stressed, the court in Kosovska Mitrovica, which is under the UN mission control, released from custody Albanian terrorist Dzeljalj Ademi.

    The document reminds that he threw two bombs on group of people in March this year, after which 22 Serbs and 14 French soldiers were injured. "So obvious discrimination concerning ethnic criteria confirms the opinions that in Kosovo-Metohia region an Apartheid regime is under way", says the report of the Commission of the State Duma, which was signed by its vice president, Andrei Nikolajev from the minister group "State deputy".

    It is assessed in the document that "the direct responsibility for the discrimination practice over non-Albanian population and violation of human rights and the UN Resolution 1244" is to be put upon the chief of the UN mission, Bernard Kouchner.

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