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Gracanica, June 25, 2000
Today, on June 25 a special meeting of the Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohia was held in Gracanica Monastery. Eighty three SNC delegates from the Central Kosovo, Gnjilane, Brezovica and Metohia regions took part at the meeting which was chaired by His Grace Bishop Artemije. This meeting was convened as a continuation of the previous SNC meeting (June 4) in order to discuss the further work of the SNC in its efforts to provide better protection and organization for the Serb Orthodox community in Kosovo and Metohia.
At the beginning of the meeting the delegates prayed for the repose of the souls of those Serbs who had been killed in the recent terrorist attacks. SNC again condemned the ethnic Albanian terrorism and made a strong appeal that the perpetrators should be brought to justice.
Bishop Artemije informed the SNC delegates about the results of the visit of the special SNC delegation to New York and Washington between 7th and 12th of June. In the UN Headquarters in New York the Delegation had meetings with the leading representatives of the Security Council member-states and was present at the Meeting of the Security Council on Kosovo. After New York, the Delegation visited Washington D.C. and attended a meeting with the State Secretary, Madeleine Albright and her team in the State Department.
As a result of the visit to the United States and the subsequent negotiations with the representatives of the UN Mission in Kosovo, the highest UNMIK officials with the support of the US Administration, agreed to make a written commitment to undertake several urgent measures which should improve the life of the Serb community in the Province. The UNDERSTANDING will be a basis for the further cooperation of the SNC of Kosovo and Metohija with UN Mission in Kosovo and KFOR for the period of next three months.
The delegates were also informed about the activities of KFOR, EU and some NGO's who had been working on improvement of the life of the Serb community. Despite the extremely difficult security situation the efforts to assist the Serb community cannot be ignored and represent an encouragement for the Serb people in Kosovo.
The delegates were given a copy of the Draft of the UNDERSTANDING between SNC and UNMIK. After a discussion of the presented document and the wider context of the political and security situation in Kosovo and Metohia the majority of the delegates supported the further participation of the SNC representatives in IAC and KTC, in the status of observers for the next period of three months. During this period UNMIK would continue working on the implementation of the UNDERSTANDING. Bishop Artemije, as a SNC President, was authorized to sign the text of the UNDERSTANDING with the SRSG Dr. Bernard Kouchner.
Due to expressed opposition to the decision of the majority of the SNC delegates Mr. Momcilo Trajkovic and Slavisa Kostic with two more delegates left the meeting.
Serb National Council of Kosovo and Metohia
Despite Doubts, Kosovo Serbs Vote to Cooperate with UN
Jun 26, 2000 -- (Reuters) Leaders of Kosovo's embattled Serbs threw
Serbian National Council (SNC), representing the Serb minority in the
results of the work of the UN mission (in Kosovo) so far cannot be called
SNC delegates met at the Orthodox monastery in this Serb-held town
in a move towards moderation, contrasting with violent statements in
Sava told reporters after the four-hour-long SNC conclave that a visit
NEW UN PROGRAMME TO SAFGEGUARD SERBS
Sava said UNMIK, the UN interim mission in Kosovo, had agreed to devise
very fact that one of the important goals of Mr. O'Brien's visit to
the NATO campaign forced the Yugoslav army to withdraw, the 90-percent
the bombing ended, more than half the Serb minority have fled to Serbia
into Gracanica are guarded by Swedish checkpoints, and as the SNC delegates
protection is needed: attacks on Serbs have continued since the SNC
said the understanding between UNMIK and the SNC would take the form
This would include:
- Deployment of additional UNMIK police forces in Serb areas
- More Serb candidates in the Kosovo police force
- More international judges to be employed in Kosovo
Continuation of work on the return of Serbs within the Committee for
Opening of local community offices in Serb areas where local Serbs together
A special committee for protection of Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries.
Kosovo Serbs to rejoin province's administration
leaders in Kosovo have decided to rejoin the
withdrew three weeks ago in protest at a recent
a meeting of the Serb National Council in Kosovo,
he said co-operation depended on more police