From the meeting of the Serb National
Council of Kosovo and Metohija, held on April 2, 2000 in Gracanica
the meeting held on April 2, 2000 in Gracanica Monastery the Serb National
Council of Kosovo and Metohija discussed the present situation of the
Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija and the issue of the Serb participation
in the Kosovo Transitional Council (KTC) and the Interim Administrative
Since the day of its creation SNC of Kosovo and Metohija supported the
idea of defending basic national interests which are essential for the
survival and protection of the Serbian people and their holy shrines
in Kosovo and Metohija. Everyday suffering of the Serbian people makes
the issue of the internal unity of our people in Kosovo and Metohija
more important than ever for our survival and existence. At this meeting
we wish to demonstrate our strong commitment to stay on our ancestral
land and request the repatriation of more than 200.000 displaced Serbs
back to their homes in Kosovo and Metohija. We support the SNC of Kosovska
Mitrovica in their political resistance to ethnic Albanian extremists
who intend to ethnically cleanse the Serbs from the north of Kosovska
Due to extremely difficult situation in Kosovo and Metohija and a clear
commitment to improve the security and begin the process of repatriation
of Serbs to the Province, SNC of Kosovo and Metohija has accepted the
following decisions in accordance to the positions accepted on SNC meeting
on January 24, 2000, the report of the delegation of SNC and the Serbian
Orthodox Church (SOC) after their visit to USA, presented on February
17, 2000 as well as the discussion at the SNC session on March 18 and
April 2, 2000.
SNC has unanimously supported the "Agenda for Coexistence",
presented on March 24, 2000 by UNMIK officials. Certain elements require
more precise definitions.
2.Being aware of the different situations in which Serbs in Kosovska
Mitrovica region (Northern Kosovo) and the rest of the Serb enclaves
live, as well as the present position of the Mitrovica SNC Executive
Board on the issue of the Serb participation in KTC and IAC, we reiterate
our appeal to preserve unity of the SNC and the entire Serbian people
in Kosovo and Metohija, which is one of major national goals.
3.SNC has brought a decision to delegate its representatives which would
in a status of OBSERVERS attend the sessions of the KTC and IAC in the
period of the following three months after the date this decision is
4.SNC representatives have decided that in the following three months
UNMIK and KFOR should stop the violence, systematic persecutions and
ethnic cleansing of Serbs, especially in the remaining ethnically mixed
regions: Gnjilane, Vitina, Obilic, Kosovo Polje, Lipljan, Kosovska Kamenica,
Orahovac and Novo Brdo.
b) Resolute actions should be undertaken to find the Kosovo Serbs kidnapped
or missing since 1998 to the present day. Those who are found responsible
for the crimes: murders, abductions, looting, destruction of houses
and religious monuments during and after the war must be brought to
c) UN Mission should make a thorough reassessment of all regulations
and decisions of SRSG Dr. Bernard Kouchner which are not in accordance
to the UNSCR 1244. If it is found that such decisions are not in compliance
with the UNSCR 1244 and the international law we will request these
decisions to be abolished.
d) It is essential to abolish all decisions made by self-appointed administrators
of the so called Interim Government of Mr. Hashim Thaci by which the
names of streets and towns were changed. Such decisions are most directly
discriminating the Serbian community in Kosovo and Metohija and are
violating the status of the Province.
e) As soon as possible it is important to finalize the process of organization
of the local community offices according to the accepted Agenda for
f) We expect from the international community to launch a radio station
for the Serb population of Kosovo and Metohija, during the above mentioned
g) We believe that issues of television and a newspaper for Serbs in
Kosovo and Metohija should be resolved till the end of June of this
h) It is necessary that concrete locations for the return of Serbs expelled
from Kosovo and Metohija are identified until the end of April.
i) Specific obligations of donors should be determined until the end
of May and finances set out for funding the project of returning the
j) Reconstruction of burned and destroyed Serb homes and churches should
start during May and June.
k) During the above mentioned three-month period it is necessary to
start with organized vacating of forcibly taken over Serb apartments
and return of expelled Serbs to cities and suburban areas.
If positive results in consistent and full implementation of the mentioned
requests and regulations of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244
are shown on the ground, the Serb National Council, after this three
month period, will replace its members-observers with regular members
and actively participate in the work of the above mentioned bodies of
the Kosovo Administration with the aim of quicker and more just resolution
of the Kosovo and Metohija crisis.
6.If there are no positive results in accomplishing the agreed cooperation
and projects with the aim of returning Serb refugees to the Province,
improvement of living conditions for teh Serb population of Kosovo and
Metohija, establishment of democratic institutions in the Province,
which would contribute to creation of truly multiethnic and democratic
society in Kosovo, the Serb National council of Kosovo and Metohija
retains the right to withdraw its members-observers from the mentioned
bodies (KTC and IAC) and to start looking for new ways of finding solutions
for the survival and secure life of the Serb national community in Kosovo
7. We believe that the SNC of Kosovska Mitrovica is free to create its
path in resolving the problems of the Serb national community of Northern
Kosovo and that it bears full historical responsibility for that.
This will not and must not violate the unity and mutual assistance of
all Serbs on the entire territory of Kosovo and Metohija.
of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohija
Bishop of Raska and Prizren
April 2, 2000.