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Daily press briefing of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija
Gracanica, October 26, 2000
Bishop Artemije receives representatives of the Kosovo Democracy Team
Dutch government invests 4 million DM for assistance to Serbs in Kosovo
Serb Radio KIM receives equipment to begin broadcasting
BISHOP ARTEMIJE RECEIVES REPRESENTATIVES OF THE KOSOVO DEMOCRACY TEAM
Today in the monastery of Gracanica a meeting was held at which Bishop
Artemije spoke with representatives of the Kosovo Democracy Team (KDT)
acting within the framework of the OSCE parliamentary assembly. The KDT
was represented by Ms. Elizabeth Maijer of the Dutch parliament and Ms.
Grethe G. Fossum, a member of the Dutch parliament, and associates. The
meeting was also attended by Dr. Norbert Both, the representative of the
Dutch government in Pristina.
Bishop Artemije presented the situation in which Kosovo-Metohija Serbs
are living to the KDT guests, emphasizing that it is completely unrealistic
to expect the normal participation of the Serbs in democratic processes
in Kosovo under conditions of discrimination and continued violence against
Serbs by extremist Albanians. How is it possible to expect the Serbs to
go to the polling booths together with the Albanians when there is a knife
at their throat, emphasized the president of the SNC. Father Sava Janjic
said that it is necessary for European governments to encourage tolerance
and stop violence through economic measures. Money should not be invested
in larger projects in municipalities in Kosovo and Metohija where intense
violence and discrimination on an ethnic basis continue unabated in order
to encourage the Albanian population to behave in a more tolerant manner,
said the secretary to Episcope Artemije. Bishop Artemije placed special
emphasis on the need to establish the rule of law and that without securing
of basic conditions for a free life for all there will be and there can
be no free elections and development of democracy.
DUTCH GOVERNMENT INVESTS 4 MILLION DM FOR ASSISTANCE TO SERBS IN KOSOVO
Dr. Norbert V. Both, the representative of the government of the Kingdom
of Holland, informed Bishop Artemije and Father Sava Janjic during the
meeting with KDT members that the Dutch government has already invested
four million German marks to be used for financing of roads between the
Serb villages built as a part of Operation Trojan. This involves roads
between the village of Preoce and Kosovo Polje, between Laplje Selo and
Livadje, and a so-called railroad route running parallel to the railway
between Kosovo Polje and Lipljan. Two of these three roads are expected
to be paved by the end of the year which would ensure better and more secure
transportation, especially considering that in the past landmines have
been placed on these cobblestone paths which have resulted in the deaths
of innocent civilians.
The SNC was very active in advocating the construction of these roads
and from the very beginning of Operation Trojan has provided support to
the KFOR Brigade Center which is carrying out work.
Dr. Both also advised the SNC that the Dutch government has established
a fund to assist minority communities in Kosovo and Metohija to finance
small projects of up to 100,000 value. The fund will be headed by Ambassador
Daan Everts, the OSCE head in Kosovo. By the end of the year, 250,000 U.S.
dollars will be invested in this fund.
SERB RADIO KIM RECEIVES EQUIPMENT TO BEGIN BROADCASTING
Yesterday, October 25, in the afternoon the Serb radio station of Kosovo
and Metohija in the village of Caglavica near Pristina received all technical
equipment necessary to begin broadcasting. Radio KIM is one of the most
important projects to date of the SNC and five Western governments (United
States, Great Britain, Germany, Canada and Greece). The SNC is represented
in this project by Archmonk Nektarije who will work on organizing the religious
part of the program. In the next few days, the equipment will be set up
in the offices of the restored cultural center in Caglavica and will begin
broadcasting at a frequency of 92.5 FM. At first, the radio program will
be heard in the area of central Kosovo; in the next phase, its range will
be increased. The basic intention of the SNC, which is embarking on this
project with great enthusiasm, is for Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija to receive
a professional and objective radio program which is expected to contribute
to the process of democratization and the creation of better living conditions
in this region.
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