OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
Today, on June 4, 2000 at the Konak of the Monastery Gracanica, a meeting was held of the Serbian National Council of Kosovo and Metohija. The meeting was attended by delegates from the districts of Kosovo, Gnjilane, Mitrovica, Brezovica and Metohija. The meeting was presided over by His Grace ARTEMIJE, Bishop of Raska and Prizren, in his capacity of the president of SNC. At the conclusion of the meeting, SNC adopted the following
The Serbian National Council of Kosovo and Metohija (hereinafter: SNC) is greatly concerned by acts of violence perpetrated against the Serbian population of Kosovo and Metohija, which violence has escalated since the end of the war, and categorically condemns its most recent escalation. In spite of continuous appeals and demands addressed to KFOR and UNMIK, requesting them to take concrete measures to improve security, which improvement was the condition for SNCs representatives to participate in the transitional administration of Kosovo in the capacity of observers, the crimes of Albanian terrorists continue with unabated intensity. In the past two months alone, twenty Serbs have been killed, forty wounded, two Orthodox churches have been blown up, Serbian houses have continued to be burned and under the pressure of Albanian extremists, the United Nations Mission has begun to confiscate the lands of our monasteries.
In view of the fact that the United Nations Mission, headed by Dr. Bernard Kouchner, has not acceded to a single request of SNC and that the security situation has gravely deteriorated, the Council has decided to send a special delegation to the UN Security Council in New York in order to demand the adoption of an emergency declaration, or an annex to Resolution 1244, which would protect the rights of the Serbs and make possible the establishment of functional self-rule in the areas where Serbs live. So far, Albanian leaders and a large part of the Albanian population in Kosovo have shown that their intention is not the creation of a democratic society but rather the creation of a quasi-state based on ethnic and religious discrimination, violence and terror against everyone and everything not Albanian. For one whole year, ever since the cessation of the war, Kosovo has been living in a state of anarchy, where organized crime, mafia, drug dealing and white slavery run rampant; where there is no law, no judicial system, no respect for basic human rights. The Serbs, who have shown good will in their readiness to cooperate with the United Nations Mission and with the Albanian leaders, have the moral right to demand concrete and binding decisions, which would safeguard the basic principles of the Declaration on Human Rights and Freedoms of Man. The Delegation will, in particular, demand that Albanian terrorism be publicly condemned and that the International Court of Law begin immediately to investigate the crimes which, for a full year, have continued to be committed before the very eyes of the democratic world. Resolution 1244 has not mandated the international community to create the rule of apartheid and to replace the repression of Milosevic by the repression carried out by Albanian extremists with the direct or indirect support of the majority of their political leaders.
After the return of SNC's delegation from New York, the Council will decide on its further participation in the bodies of transitional administration. Until then, as a sign of protest against the most recent wave of Albanian terrorism and quasi-fascist discrimination against everyone and everything Serbian, members of SNC will not attend the meetings of JIAS and KTC. In the event firm guarantees are given in writing at the highest levels in New York, SNC will continue its participation in interim administration in the capacity of observers until their demands result in concrete actions on the ground, at which time SNC will decide whether its participation in JIAS and KTC will be raised to the level of full membership.
Serbian National Council of Kosovo and Metohija supports Resolution
1244 and demands that all its clauses be implemented. Urgent meassures
must be taken to prevent further discrimination of the Serbian population
and stop ethnically motivated violence.
Gracanica, June 4
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Yugoslavia, June 4 (AFP) - Serb leaders in Kosovo voted Sunday