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Daily press briefing of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija

Gracanica, August 5, 2000

  • SNC leadership threatened
  • Agenda for August 6 SNC meeting in Gracanica
  • Association of Families of Kidnapped and Missing Persons of Kosovo and Metohija formed
  • British KFOR organizes training for medical personnel in Simonida Medical Clinic
  • Father Radivoje Panic and Randjel Nojkic visit Devic
  • SNC LEADERSHIP THREATENED

    Confidential and well-informed sources close to the Belgrade regime have advised the leadership of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija that persons paid by the regime have been sent or already in Kosovo and Metohija who may have been ordered by the regime to organize and carry out the assassination of some of the leading members of the Council. The authenticity of this information is being verified and KFOR have and the UN international police have been advised and are undertaking intensive security measures and identification of the injected elements. The information has also been provided to the international media.

    AGENDA FOR AUGUST 6 SNC MEETING IN GRACANICA

    The executive board of the SNC has prepared the following agenda for tomorrow's meeting of the SNC in Gracanica Monastery:

    - Changes and additions to the executive board of the SNC - Report of the SNC delegation from the conference at Airlie House - Establishment of priority tasks for the Council and the executive board of the SNC - Miscellaneous

    Under the third agenda item, the text of the proposed priority tasks for the Council, which was prepared by a task group for the preparation of the SNC meeting, will be considered. Included in this PROPOSAL are separate points with regard to the following:

    - Organization of the SNC
    - Participation of the SNC in bodies of the Interim Administrative Council of Kosovo - Implementation of agreements achieved with UNMIK to date - Issues relating to the judiciary in Kosovo and Metohija, and the participation of Serbs in the judicial system - Participation of Serbs in the Kosovo police force - Return of expelled and displaced persons - Economic development in Serb regions of Kosovo and Metohija

    A large number of delegates from throughout the Province is expected to attend tomorrow's meeting of the SNC.

    ASSOCIATION OF FAMILIES OF KIDNAPPED AND MISSING PERSONS OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA FORMED

    A non-government organization called the Association of Families of Kidnapped and Missing Persons of Kosovo and Metohija (AFKM KM) was formed today in Gracanica. The goals of this organization are to collect information about and to find missing and kidnapped Serbs, as well as to inform the local and international media with all relevant information with regard to this issue.

    This Gracanica organization will work closely with the Association for Kidnapped and Missing Persons based in Belgrade, which is headed by Ranko Djinovic. The SNC will work in direct coordination with this organization in order to find the kidnapped and missing Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija.

    BRITISH KFOR ORGANIZES TRAINING FOR MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN SIMONIDA MEDICAL CLINIC

    In the near future, British KFOR is expected to begin with specialized professional training of physicians and medical personnel of the Simonida Medical Clinic in Gracanica. This medical institution, which was opened thanks to the efforts of Doctors of the World of Greece and the SNC is currently one of the best equipped and most active medical institutions in regions inhabited by Serbs. Dr. Zuher Dabur, the director of the Clinic, who is Orthodox Lebanese, acquainted Episcope Artemije today with new funds to be received by the hospital and with the opening of a small maternity ward and a modern operating room in the near future. Dr. Rada Trajkovic, who is employed by this clinic, came to an agreement with British general Shirreff regarding this specialized training which British physicians will conduct in this Serb clinic free of charge. Simonida Medical Clinic also advised that the Red Cross of France intends to establish a clinic of internal medicine which will employ a significant number of Serb physicians and offer quality treatment to the Serb and Romany people of central Kosovo.

    FATHER RADIVOJE PANIC AND RANDJEL NOJKIC VISIT DEVIC

    Priest Radivoje Panic and Randjel Nojkic, both members of the SNC, visited Devic Monastery in Drenica today. The sisters of this monastery live in complete isolation in the very heart of Drenica and have succeeded in protecting the flame of the Orthodox faith and the great holy site of the Serbian people, the monastery of Devic, where the relics of St. Joanikije of Devic (14th century) are preserved.

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