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    (srpskohrvatski / francais / deutsch / english) WHAT, REALLY, IS VERY BAD IN KOSOVO? 1) WHAT, REALLY, IS VERY BAD IN KOSOVO? (Belgrade Forum)2) Russia s
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      1) WHAT, REALLY, IS VERY BAD IN KOSOVO? (Belgrade Forum)
      2) Russia's humanitarian aid to Kosovo Serbs blocked by NATO occupation troops
      3) MORE NEWS
      4) »Ständig politischer Gewalt ausgesetzt«. Ein Gespräch mit Benjamin Schett
      5) OPINIONS:
      - The Kosovo Powder Keg (Ted G. Carpenter)
      - On the "USA for Kosova" Exhibition (Stella L. Jatras)
      - Kosovo Serbs: the right to a Motherland (
      Alexander Vatutin)
      - Czech association Soldiers against War condemn illegal secession of Kosovo

      === 0 : LINKS ===

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      VIDEO: Kosovo - Violent Clashes Between NATO's KFOR and Serbian Minority
      GRTV 2011-11-27
      Originally aired on RT, November 26, 2011

      VIDEO: More Violence in Kosovo: NATO Tells Troops to Use Live Ammunition
      GRTV - by Sasha Knezev - 2011-11-29
      Originally aired on RT, November 29, 2011

      VIDEO: "Težina lanaca" na Jarinju
      TV Most
      LEPOSAVIĆ -- Na barikadi na putu prema administrativnom prelazu Jarinje, na teritoriji opštine Leposavić, 29. novembra 2011. je održana projekcija filma „Težina lanaca" režisera Borisa Malagurskog...

      Moscow Slams NATO Power Games in Kosovo
      Global Research, November 30, 2011
      Originally on RT, November 30, 2011

      Kosovo: the unnecessary highway that could bankrupt Europe’s poorest state
      Andrea Lorenzo Capussela - 2 December 2011

      VIDEO: Referendum na severu Kosmeta
      Nacionalni Dnevnik TV Pink - 28.12.2011

      Taxes aux frontières entre Kosovo et Serbie : les Serbes du Nord annoncent un référendum
      Le décret du gouvernement serbe sur la liberté de circulation aux check-points administratifs du Kosovo est inacceptable, aussi bien pour les Serbes du nord du Kosovo que pour les Albanais du sud de la Serbie. En effet, les voyageurs doivent payer d’énormes taxes pour passer de Serbie au Kosovo. Les Serbes du nord annoncent un référendum pour le 15 février...



      50.000 Kosovo Serbs applying for Russian citizenship

      === 1 ===

      See also: Human rights of Serbs in the Province of Kosovo and Metohija - Theses for a case study



      Belgrade, December 16th, 2011.



      WASHINGTON -- U.S. Ambassador in Belgrade Mary Warlick stated for Voice of America that progress has been made in the dialogue, but that Kosovo's participation in regional forums has not been resolved yet, as well as that it is very bad that there are barricades in Kosovo…

      First of all, it is very bad to take way 15% of the Serbian state territory by force and hand it over to the former terrorist leader Hashim Tachi and co;

      Second, it is very bad that the  US  government violated sovereignty and territorial integrity of FRY ( Serbia ), guarantied by UN   SC  resolution 1244 (1244) and  Serbia ’s Constitution, by recognizing unilateral illegal secession of Prishtina and lobbying world-wide recognition of such an illegal act;  

      Third, it is very bad that the US established military base Bondstil in Kosovo, said to be the biggest US base in the world, immediately following the NATO aggression in 1999, without asking permission neither from Serbia to which the territory belongs, nor from UN SC which still has mandate over the Province;

      Fourth, it is very bad that US government, having decisive role in KFOR and UNMIK, has done little if anything, to help uncover perpetrators of thousands of crimes against Serbs in Kosovo including abductions, disappearance and deaths of over 1.000 Serbs since KFOR/UNMIK took over full responsibility in the Province 1999;

      Fifth, it is very bad, that the US obstructs return of contingents of Serbian Army and Police to Kosovo explicitly provided for by UN SC resolution 1244(1999);

      Sixth, it is very bad that US government obstructs that investigation about human organs harvesting and trafficking, demanded by the Resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, as well as by the Government of Serbia, be conducted under UN SC and not EULEX mandate;

      Seventh, it is very bad, that US Government, has done little if anything, to help free and safe return of about 230.000 of displaced Serbs and other non-Albanians to their native homes in Kosovo, as provided for in the UN SC resolution 1244 (1999);

      Eighth, it is very bad that US State Secretary Hillary Clinton has just signed the document with Edita Tahiri about cultural monuments in Kosovo and Metohija, omitting to note that those monuments in over 90% of cases are monuments of Serbian culture, including Serbian medieval churches and monasteries some of which have been registered part of the world cultural heritage by UNESCO;

      Ninth, it is very bad that illegal police and customs officers of illegal Prishtina entities have been transported by NATO military helicopters to the administrative line in Northern part of the Province, to establish state border within Serbia’s state territory, using military force against civilian peaceful protesters and violating the will of the Serbian majority to remain free within Serbia.  

      Overall development following US sponsored NATO aggression against  Serbia  (and  Montenegro ) 1999, is very bad, indeed. In Kosovo, but not only.
                                          THE  BELGRADE  FORUM FOR A WORLD OF EQUALS

      === 2 ===

      VIDEO: KFOR and EULEX are blocking Russian humanitarian aid for Kosovo Serbs
      KFOR, EULEX and illegal so called "albanian Kosovo" institutions are blocking much needed humanitarian aid from Russia to Serb population in currently occupied southern Serbia's province of Kosovo and Metohija...


      Russian Information Agency Novosti - December 7, 2011

      Russia sends humanitarian aid to Kosovo Serbs

      MOSCOW: Russia is sending on Wednesday a second shipment of humanitarian aid to Kosovo Serbs, totaling 284 tons, the emergencies ministry said.
      A 40-truck convoy will deliver blankets, power generators, furniture and food supplies, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
      The convoy will leave the city of Noginsk near Moscow at 5.45 a.m. Moscow time and is expected to arrive in the city of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo in two days.
      In November, an emergencies ministry’s Il-76 cargo plane delivered the first shipment of humanitarian aid, weighing 36 tons, to the city of Nis in southern Serbia.
      A Russian-Serbian center for emergency situations in the Balkans opened in Nis in October.
      Kosovo, a landlocked region with a population of mainly ethnic Albanians, declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008. Ethnic Serbs account for up to 10 percent of Kosovo’s two-million population.
      Both Serbia and Russia have refused to recognize Kosovo’s independence.


      Itar-Tass - December 13, 2011

      Russian humanitarian convoy banned from entering Kosovo

      The European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, or EULEX Kosovo, prevented a convoy of Russian humanitarian supplies from entering northern Kosovo via the Jarinje checkpoint on the Serbian border.
      The convoy consists of 25 trucks, carrying food, blankets, cutlery, and portable electric generators.
      After the first two trucks went through the necessary customs formalities, the procedure was interrupted, without any explanation provided so far.


      RT - December 13, 2011

      Russian humanitarian convoy blocked at Kosovo border

      A Russian truck convoy carrying humanitarian aid for Kosovo’s Serbian population is now heading back to Russia after daylong negotiations between Russia and EULEX proved fruitless. ­
      The Russian convoy consisting of 25 trucks with humanitarian aid including power-plants, blankets, food supplies, furniture and other necessities had been heading for Mitrovica, the largest city in Kosovo’s Serb-dominated north. Two trucks were able to enter Kosovo through the Jarinje border checkpoint but the rest were not allowed through by the EULEX police in charge of the post. 
      EULEX said it wanted to escort the convoy on its way to Mitrovica, but Russia said the region was safe and there was no reason for EULEX to accompany its trucks. Kosovo Serbs did not want to let EULEX police through as they saw it as an opportunity for Kosovo customs officials to sneak into their region. EULEX also said Russia could use another checkpoint at Merdare. However, Russia refused this offer because the checkpoint is under Kosovo control, a country Russia does not recognize. 
      The Russian ambassador to Serbia, as well as Russian Emergency Ministry officials and diplomats arrived at the scene to negotiate with EULEX. The talks took place in a roadside café and in a nearby meadow. However, at the end the day, they were to no avail and the remaining 23 trucks are now heading back to Russia according to the latest reports for RT’s Igor Ogorodnev. 
      In November 20,000 Kosovo Serbs signed a petition asking for Russian citizenship. The Russian Foreign Ministry rejected their demand but said Russia would help the Serbian population of Northern Kosovo with humanitarian aid. 
      Northern Kosovo has seen a surge in violence this year after the government of Kosovo tried to enforce its trade embargo with Serbia. Some Kosovo Serbs launched an attack on customs checkpoints set up by the Kosovo administration, resulting in NATO and EULEX becoming involved. Since the summer the local Serbian population has set up barricades to prevent international peacekeepers from using the main roads in the region.



      Itar-Tass - December 13, 2011

      Kosovo Albanian authorities try to use Russian convoy for seizing control over checkpoint  

      JARINJE: A Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid to Kosovo Serbs has been staying at the entry to Kosovo since 2:00 p.m. Moscow time on Tuesday.
      EULEX officers refuse to let the trucks cross the Jarinje checkpoint on the administrative border of central Serbia and Kosovo. The first two trucks were cleared by the customs and the procedure stopped by the order of the mission administration without any explanations.
      EULEX insists that the convoy must be accompanied for security reasons, Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Konuzin said. In his words, the Russian side has repeatedly declined the accompanying of the convoy as there are no threats to the convoy in northern areas of Kosovo.
      Meanwhile, Kosovo Serbs refuse to let EULEX vehicles into the areas they control. A source in Kosovska Mitrovica told Itar-Tass that eleven EULEX vehicles are staying at the entry to the city. Kosovo Albanian border guards, customs officers and journalists are members of the so-called accompanying group. “It seems the Albanian side has decided to use the occasion for taking control over the Jarinje checkpoint, whose approaches are blocked by Kosovo Serbs,” the source said.
      The Russian ambassador called the Serbian foreign minister to discuss the problem. The Russian Foreign and Emergency Situations Ministries were informed about the situation.
      Russian diplomats, representatives of the Emergency Situations Ministry and the media insist on the free movement of the Russian convoy to the territory of Kosovo.
      The convoy crossed the Romanian border on Saturday and headed for Kosovo for transferring the humanitarian cargo to the Serbian organization of the Red Cross in Kosovska Mitrovica.
      Twenty-five trucks departed from Noginsk on December 7 to bring power plants, blankets, food, dishes and folding furniture to Serbia. The total weight of the humanitarian cargo is 284 tonnes. The convoy was supposed to cross the territory of Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia.
      Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday that the ministry was sending another humanitarian convoy to Kosovo Serbs.
      “A convoy carrying humanitarian cargo will depart from the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry’s 179th rescue center in Noginsk, Moscow region, to Serbia at 5:30 a.m. Moscow time on December 10,” he said.
      The trucks will deliver diesel power plants, furnaces, folding furniture, household heaters, blankets, bed linen and food with the total weight of 160 tonnes, the minister said.


      Beta News Agency/Tanjug News Agency - December 13, 2011

      Ambassador: EULEX blocking humanitarian aid

      JARINJE: Russian Ambassador to Serbia Aleksandr Konuzin says that the EU mission in Kosovo, EULEX, is blocking a convoy of humanitarian aid. 
      The 27 trucks carrying the aid to Serbs in the north, sent by Russia, are blocked at the Jarinje administrative checkpoint since Tuesday morning.
      The convoy of trucks sent by the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations and meant to be delivered to Serbs in Kosovo arrived at the gates at Jarinje this morning, the ambassador told reporters at the spot, adding that the convoy had been told it would be allowed to cross the administrative line between central Serbia and the Kosovo province. 
      He said that the formalities concerning the procedures for trucks to enter the southern Serbian province had to be observed and were underway. 
      Two trucks have already been allowed to enter and are already in the province, and a third truck was currently undergoing the same procedure, said Konuzin. 
      “EULEX then issued an order to halt the formal procedure, blocking the convoy movement," he said. "We received no information as to the reason for stopping the control procedure. Then we were given the ultimatum to either continue to move on accompanied by EULEX or to go to the Merdare checkpoint,” he said. 
      Konuzin said EULEX had then been said it was not required to escort the convoy and that the convoy would not go on to Merdare because the crossing was controlled by authorities from Priština that neither Russia nor the Serbian authorities considered legitimate. 
      For now, the movement of the convoy remains blocked, Konuzin said, adding that he was in contact with Serbian and Russian authorities trying to find a solution. 
      “The most important thing is for the Russian humanitarian aid to reach those for whom it is meant - Kosovo Serbs,” the Russian diplomat said. 
      Speaking in Kragujevac, central Serbia on Tuesday afternoon, Serbian President Boris Tadić "thanked Russia for sending the humanitarian aid", and added that "no convoy carrying aid to Serbs in Kosovo should be stopped as they are today the most vulnerable ethnic group in Europe”.

      Russian trucks through, EULEX turned back

      Earlier in the day, Serbs in northern Kosovo removed a barricade this morning to let through a convoy of 25 trucks carrying Russian humanitarian aid enter northern Kosovo. 
      The barricade was located in front of the Jarinje administrative line checkpoint, in the area that's part of central Serbia. 
      The vehicles then reached Jarinje, which is controlled by EULEX officials. Journalists also saw police officers of the Kosovo Albanian authorities from Priština there, but they did not check the trucks and cars. 
      Russian Ambassador in Belgrade Aleksandr Konuzin traveled in the convoy. At the barricade, he exited his car to shake hands with the Serbs guarding the roadblock and took pictures with them.
      But when a convoy of 11 vehicles belonging to the EU mission in the province, EULEX, headed for Jarinje from the southern, ethnic Albanian, part of Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbs turned them back twice from two locations. 
      Initially, it was said that EULEX was sending vehicles to escort the Russian convoy, but when Konuzin said that such escort was not needed, Serbs stopped the EULEX vehicles in Zvečan. 
      That convoy went back via the ethnic Albanian village of Čabra and via Jagnjenica, but soon after they made another attempt to reach Jarinje. The locals then stopped them in the village of Žerovnica near the town of Zvečan. 
      Kosovska Mitrovica Mayor Krstimir Pantić told reporters that the Serbs blocked EULEX because the mission was "transporting Kosovo border police and customs" to Jarinje, as well as Albanian-language media crews from Priština, whose goal was to report that "the road toward Jarinje is passable, and that a Russian humanitarian envoy was the first to cross a customs post that Serbs are boycotting". 
      Pantić described this as "yet another unnecessary provocation" on the part of EULEX: 
      "This new provocation by EULEX was meant to cause the Serbs to react inappropriately and be blamed for that. It was unnecessary for EULEX to head toward the north when nobody asked them to do that." 
      Ambassador Konuzin was expected to address the citizens at another barricade, in Leposavić, and then in Kosovska Mitrovica, where the aid shipment is to be handed over to the Red Cross. 
      The shipment consists of food, tents, blankets, and other goods, and will be distributed to Serb families most in need of such assistance. 
      It was announced that the ceremony in northern Kosovska Mitrovica would be attended by officials of the Ministry for Kosovo, the Red Cross, and local self-administration.
      The presence of the Kosovo police was noticeably reinforced along the main road from Kosovska Mitrovica to Jarinje, said Tanjug's reporters in the province.


      Itar-Tass - December 14, 2011

      Political blackmail in Kosovo - Ambassador

      A convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid from the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has become an object of political blackmail. This was announced on Tuesday by the Russian Ambassador to Serbia Alexander Konuzin.
      "The Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) has once again gone beyond its mandate and has taken the side of the Kosovo Albanian authorities," said Konuzin.
      According to him, after the first two trucks successfully passed the necessary customs formalities on the border between central Serbia and Kosovo, the procedure was abruptly stopped without explanation by orders from the mission’s leadership.
      According to the Ambassador, the basis of the actions was "politically motivated."


      B92/Beta News Agency/Tanjug News Agency - December 14, 2011

      Humanitarian aid still at administrative crossing

      JARINJE: A Russian convoy of 24 trucks carrying humanitarian aid to Serbs in Kosovo still has not crossed the Jarinje administrative checkpoint. 
      EULEX wants the Russian convoy to go to the Priština-controlled Merdare checkpoint. 
      Russia’s Ambassador to Serbia Aleksandr Konuzin said that it was “EULEX’s blackmail he cannot accept”. 
      Two trucks crossed the administrative line on Tuesday but the other trucks were not allowed to go through and the reason why the convoy has not been allowed to cross is still unknown. 
      The Russian ambassador was told by EULEX that the trucks could not proceed without EULEX’s escort and that they could cross at the Merdare crossing. Konuzin refused to accept both conditions. 
      Ambassador Konuzin today conferred via video link with Russian Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu, who said the humanitarian convoy was blocked without any official explanation. 
      "The problem of the passage of the Russian humanitarian aid convoy for Serbs in Kosovo has not been solved. We do not know when it will be solved, because we have not received any official response. We are acting strictly in line with UN resolution (1244) and are sending only humanitarian cargo, which can be checked," Shoigu told Russia 24 TV outlet. 
      At the same time, Russian envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin reacted to describe the case as "humanitarian crime", and add that Moscow cannot negotiate about it with the unrecognized state in Kosovo. 
      "We do not recognize those authorities as authorities of an independent state. We will continue negotiations exclusively with international representatives of NATO and the EU. The recognition of Kosovo is a matter for their conscience, as well as the recognition of gangsters of the former Kosovo army (KLA), who have now formed their own police units," said the ambassador. 
      The blocking of the convoy of Russian trucks at the administrative line checkpoint of Jarinje will be one of the topics discussed at the EU-Russia summit, Rogozin announced. 
      A spokesperson for the EU mission in Kosovo, EULEX, said in Priština that the convoy "had two choices to enter Kosovo", and listed them as either accepting EULEX police escort, "because that is usual practice", or going to the Merdare checkpoint. 
      Irina Gudeljevic also noted that if the convoy accepted EULEX police escort, "that means that EULEX vehicles must be let trough the barricades". 
      The citizens in the north of the province, however, are not allowing EULEX through their barricades, because the EU mission has been transporting Kosovo Albanian institutions' customs and police workers to the checkpoints in the north. 
      Serbs are a majority population north of the Ibar River and they reject the authority of the government in Priština, and the ethnic Albanian unilateral declaration of independence made in early 2008.


      Voice of Russia - December 14, 2011

      Russian humanitarian convoy blocked on Kosovo border

      Timur Blokhin, Igor Goikovic 

      A Russian convoy which is to deliver 285 tons of humanitarian aid to Kosovo Serbs remains blocked on the demarcation line between Serbia and the Kosovo province. On Tuesday afternoon, the representatives of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, (EULEX) halted a convoy with Russian humanitarian aid for Kosovo Serbs.
      The border guards let two trucks enter Kosovo but after that EULEX ordered them to halt the third truck for custom formalities. These formalities, in particular, implied that the Russian trucks should be convoyed by EULEX representatives to enter the territory of Kosovo.
      In response Serbs blocked 11 cars with EULEX representatives who were on the way to Jarinje.  According to Alexander Konuzin, Russia’s ambassador in Serbia, who is heading the convoy, Pristina laid it down as a condition either the trucks go to Kosovo’s Mitrovica convoyed by EULEX or they turn back and go to the administrative center of Merdare, where is Kosovo custom checkpoint is located.
      Konuzin told EULEX representatives that he had not asked them to convoy the trucks with humanitarian aid. He also said that the Russian convoy would not go to Merdare because this checkpoint is controlled by Pristina authorities, which neither Serbia nor Russia recognize as a legitimate government.
      It should be noted here that if the Russian convoy passes through customs in Merdare it can be taken as an indirect recognition of Kosovo’s independence by Russia.
      Meanwhile, Peter Feith, the representative in Pristina of the US and the 22 EU countries that recognize Kosovo, said he did not understand why the Russian ambassador should go to the north of Kosovo if there is a Russian representative in Pristina. Feith recommended the Russian embassy to follow the rules and to agree on cargo delivery with Pristina authorities.
      But he forgot to mention an important detail: the Russian office in Pristina is part of the Russian embassy in Belgrade and Alexander Konuzin is the ambassador on the entire territory of Serbia including Kosovo, which Moscow regards as an integral part of Serbia.
      By the way, Peter Feith says he does not see any humanitarian crisis in Kosovo. At the same time, according to the Serbian Red Cross’ report, about 30,000 people in Kosovo, which is one fifth of the regional population really need such an aid, Vesna Milenovic, the  secretary general of this organization, said in an interview with the Voice of Russia:
      "We see no reasons not to let the humanitarian convoy enter Kosovo. We received humanitarian aid from Russia several times and it was always at the right time," Milenovic continued. According to her, "the current aid was put together considering the current needs of the population. It contains flour, sugar, canned meat products and hygiene products, and all this is really needed. It is winter now and people’s humanitarian needs are growing. That is why they also need electric heaters as well as portable power generators, which will be installed in the organizations where they are especially needed."
      And here is a statement from Mileta Babovic, General Secretary of the Association of Serbia’s economic executives, which also collects humanitarian aid for Kosovo Serbs:
      "This humanitarian aid is very important now - it is not clear how the situation in the region will develop. The talks between Belgrade and Pristina are likely to last long. Meanwhile our citizens in Kosovo still live in conditions of total instability when one day you have a land plot  and a house and next day Albanians come and take it away from you."
      Russia’s Emergency Ministry and Russia’s envoy inn NATO Dmitry Rogozin have already called the actions of the EU representatives who halted Russia’s convoy on the border with to Kosovo as a “humanitarian crime”. 
      On Wednesday the Russian leadership plans to raise this issue at the EU-Russia summit in Brussels.

      === 3: MORE NEWS ===

      North Atlantic Treaty Organization - December 1, 2011

      Statement by the North Atlantic Council on present situation in Kosovo

      Today, we discussed the situation in Kosovo with our partners in KFOR.
      NATO Allies and KFOR partners are deeply concerned about the recent developments in the northern part of Kosovo, which we continue to monitor carefully. The use of violence against KFOR is unacceptable and we deplore it. NATO and our KFOR partners welcome President Tadic's statement of 29 November, which must be followed by concrete actions. We urge all parties to exercise restraint and cooperate fully with all international actors on the ground to ensure freedom of movement without delay.
      NATO Allies and KFOR partners fully support Commander KFOR...NATO and our KFOR partners commend KFOR's coordination with EULEX in this regard.
      NATO Allies and KFOR partners call on Belgrade and Pristina to continue their constructive participation to the EU-facilitated dialogue.


      B92/Politika/Danas - December 1, 2011

      N. Kosovo Serbs build three new barricades
      KOSOVSKA MITROVICA: Even though President Boris Tadić called for removal of barricades, northern Kosovo Serbs have built three new barricades in the village of Jagnjenica. 
      A barricade in the village of Dudin Krš has been reinforced. 
      Daily Politika writes that the local Serbs are keeping watch at all 19 barricades in northern Kosovo. 

      Northern Kosovo Serbs “disappointed” in Tadić

      The northern Kosovo Serbs are disappointed by Tadić’s call to remove the barricades, Zubin Potok Mayor Slaviša Ristić said on Wednesday. Kosovska Mitrovica Mayor Krstimir Pantić has said that the call is confusing and that he believes that it is a result of pressure from Brussels. 
      They told Politika that they would call an emergency joint session of four northern Kosovo Serb municipalities on Thursday in order to discuss the president’s request. 
      Daily Danas, on the other hand, writes that the northern Kosovo Serbs are ready for alternative resistance measures if the government decided to implement some temporary measures against them. The daily has learned that criminal charges against Belgrade team chief Borislav Stefanović will be filed by the local Serb representatives as soon as details about today’s talks with Priština in Brussels are made public. 
      The daily also added that the northern Kosovo Serb representatives will most likely request a parliament session so the MPs could discuss a change of the state policy which was announced by Tadić.


      Tanjug News Agency - December 2, 2011 

      Holocaust memorial desecrated in Kosovo

      PRIŠTINA: Kosovo police are investigating who sprayed swastikas on dozens of tombstones in a Jewish cemetery in Priština.
      “Jews out” was spray-painted on a memorial for Jewish families who perished during World War II.
      Police Spokesman Brahim Sadrija said Thursday that police had sealed off the cemetery in Priština and were looking for clues. The vandalism is believed to have happened Tuesday, AP has reported. 
      ”Kosovo police went to the scene and have taken the necessary steps. An expert from Priština’s Monument Directorate has also been contacted. The investigators are conducting an investigation in order to find out who the perpetrator of this act is,” Sadrija told Radio Free Europe. 
      He said he could not disclose more details pending the ongoing investigation. 
      Kosovo Albanian President Atifete Jahjaga and PM Hashim Thaci have condemned the act. :)
      The U.S. Embassy in Priština was the first to condemn the incident and called on the Kosovo authorities to thoroughly investigate the case and bring the persons responsible for it to justice. 
      Kosovo's Jewish community left for Israel and Serbia during and after the 1998-99 Kosovo war.


      Austrian Independent - December 2, 2011

      Injured soldiers return home from Kosovo

      The seven Austrian soldiers who were injured in conflict in Kosovo have returned home and are on the mend. According to "Österreich" two of the men have already left the hospital and the others are making a speedy recovery.
      "Two soldiers are receiving care at home," said Major Gerhard Oberreiter from the military base in Upper Austria. "The other five are being cared for in hospitals in the area with many of them in the west," in Innviertel.
      It seems the men have even got their sense of humour back. "When I was flown back on Wednesday, I felt like I had been in a pub brawl," said 24-year-old Manuel Sperl.  Corporal Sperl from Ried im Innkreis, was the most seriously injured of the soldiers and was flown back to Austria on Wednesday. The soldier suffered a lung contusion after he and his troops came under attack from Serbians during a demonstration on Monday.
      According to doctors at the AKH hospital in Linz, the 24-year-old has made an incredible recovery having been on a drip for just a day. His family have also been able to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting for hours at the airport on Wednesday for the much loved brother and uncle.
      Mayor of Ried in Austria, Albert Ortig, is keen for the community to show their appreciation to the heroes. "They are our barracks, they are our soldiers. We are all closely connected to them," said Ortig. "As a town we will thank the soldiers and their families after Christmas and show our appreciation - it is the least we can do," he said.


      People's Daily - December 2, 2011

      China calls for cool heads in Kosovo

      By Xi Laiwang and Wu Yun 

      Li Baodong, the Chinese ambassador to the United Nations, said in his speech to the U.N. Security Council on Nov. 29 that China is concerned over the continued tension in northern Kosovo. 
      Li stressed that all parties should fully understand the situation in the region, including its sensitivity and complexity. Li said all involved should handle the differences through dialogue and negotiations while avoiding actions that may escalate tensions.
      The situation in Kosovo is crucial to the peace and stability of the Balkan region and the rest of Europe as well, Li said. Serbia's sovereignty and territorial integrity should be respected and the U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244 is an important legal basis to solve issues pertaining to Kosovo. 
      Furthermore, the issue should be resolved within the framework of the U.N. Security Council resolutions, and through dialogue, consultation, negotiation and other peaceful means.


      Tanjug News Agency - December 2, 2011

      KFOR fortifies position, Serbs stand watch

      JAGNJENICA: KFOR troops fortified their camp in Jagnjenica on Friday with large sacks filled with rocks and sand, said reports from northern Kosovo. 
      Inside the camp, which stretches to the nearby ethnic Albanian village of Čabra, is a host of army trucks, armored transporters and jeeps, Tanjug is reporting.
      From a forest-covered hill above the camp, KFOR troops are videotaping the people gathered at the barricades in Jagnjenica. 
      Troops are also posted on top of their vehicles, which they used to block the road leading to Zvećan on Monday, after KFOR had broken through the barricade set up by local Serbs. 
      The trucks and buses removed and damaged in this operation can still be seen in Jagnjenica, and inside the circle KFOR has surrounded by barbed wire are several cars left over from KFOR's last operation. 
      In the neighboring village of Zupče, one lane is open for traffic, so passenger cars were are to travel on the road from Kosovska Mitrovica to Ribariće on Friday. 
      Protesting Serbs are also standing watch on Friday at other barricades, while the two official administrative crossings in northern Kosovo - Jarinje and Brnjak - remain closed, so the only way between northern Kosovo and central Serbia remain by bypass forest roads.


      Interfax - December 2, 2011

      Russia to send observers to Kosovo to protect Serbs
      The First Deputy Speaker of the Russian Federation Council (the parliament’s upper house) Alexander Torshin says that Russia must closely watch the situation in Kosovo and help ethnic Serbs who are being persecuted by the Kosovo authorities.
      “Russia should expand its presence in the Balkans,” he says. “It should send its observers there. The presence of foreign observers will most probably make Kosovo’s authorities think twice before persecuting Serbs.”
      “Openness and transparency are very serious matters,” the Russian MP continues. “If an international tribunal on Serbia already exists, an international tribunal on Kosovo will appear sooner or later.”
      Mr. Torshin believes that “what is happening in Kosovo looks very much like genocide of the Serbian people”.


      Tanjug News Agency - December 3, 2011

      KFOR commander: We won't tolerate violence

      PRIŠTINA: KFOR Commander Erhard Drews has stated that troops under his command will in the future respond in kind to violence against them.
      Drews said that he would not tolerate the use of force against KFOR troops, Radio Television of Kosovo has reported.
      He said that KFOR would respond with the same means to those who used force in a case of escalation of violence such as the one at the village in Jagnjenica last Monday. 
      The KFOR commander said he expected concrete results when it came to Serbian President Boris Tadić’s call to northern Kosovo Serbs to remove the barricades.


      Tanjug News Agency - December 3, 2011

      PUPS warns of possible displacement of Kosovo Serbs

      BELGRADE: The Party of United Pensioners of Serbia (PUPS) deputy leader Milan Krkobabić has warned of possible displacement of Serbs from Kosovo.
      He has called on Serbian officials to make sure that a new displacement of Kosovo Serbs does not happen.
      During a visit to a refugee settlement in the Belgrade neighborhood of Krnjača, Krkobabić commented on the political situation in Kosovo and stressed that those leading the negotiations should visit the camp. 
      “It would be good if those people who are today leading the negotiations with Priština came here instead of going to cafes and spent a day or two, to hear and see things that are happening to you and then decide about the fate of those people at the barricades,” he stressed.


      Tanjug News Agency - December 1, 2011

      NUNS condemns KFOR attack on journalists

      BELGRADE: The Independent Journalists' Association of Serbia (NUNS) has condemned KFOR's attack on a group of journalists at a barricade in the village of Jagnjenica.
      Pointing out that violence against journalists cannot be justified, NUNS has stated that it strongly condemns the KFOR’s attack on a group of reporters that took place on Tuesday.
      “NUNS will inform international journalists and media associations about this shocking attack of KFOR members on the journalists,” it is said in the announcement. 
      According to media reports, KFOR troops attacked journalists reporting for Belgrade-based Press and Kurir dailies, and cameramen of several Belgrade-based TV outlets. 
      The incident happened around 16:00 CET on Tuesday. 
      It took place at the new barricade in the village of Jagnjenica when KFOR troops without any reason or warning fired rubber bullets at the reporters and crews, the association stressed in its statement.


      Russian Information Agency Novosti - December 8, 2011

      Kosovo Serbs continue petitioning for Russian citizenship 

      Kosovo Serbs, who earlier addressed Moscow with a request to grant them Russian citizenship, may continue to file their petition. This was announced on Thursday to RIA Novosti news agency by a representative of the "Old Serbia" movement, publicist Rajko Dzhurdzhevich.
      In early November, Kosovo Serbs handed over to the Russian embassy in Belgrade 21 thousand signatures of those seeking Russian citizenship, because they believed that Serbia was not giving them adequate support.
      Earlier on Thursday at a briefing in Moscow Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said that that such a request “cannot be fulfilled in accordance with the Russian Citizenship Law.”
      Dwelling on the deplorable situation in the province, Dzhurdzhevich pointed to the unequal position of Kosovo Serbs in their standoff with the international military forces, and likened Serbian enclaves to "concentration camps, since people there live behind barbed wire." 


      Tanjug News Agency - December 13, 2011

      "Plans being made to conquer north militarily"

      BELGRADE: Interior Minister and Deputy PM Ivica Dačić says a local Serb businessman who was described as a criminal by KFOR "is not Kosovo's biggest problem".
      The EU mission in Kosovo, EULEX, sent no proof of Zvonko Veselinović's involvement in the unrest in the north, Dačić told reporters on Tuesday, speaking at the Belgrade Aeroklub venue. 
      "Do you really think that the problem in Kosovo is Zvonko Veselinović? I cannot believe that you're considering the problem in such simplified terms. Being suspected of causing incidents is one thing, while what Serbs in Kosovo are demanding is another," he responded to questions from journalists. 
      Dačić also revealed that the Interior Ministry (MUP) had "certain information" about other activities of persons named by KFOR commander Erhard Drews as organizers of violence, but that no investigation was launched. 
      Asked whether "the Serbian police would arrest Veselinović if it had an opportunity", Dačić responded by saying this was "a hypothetical question", and added that "even if this were to happen, any extradition to Priština would be out of the question", since Serbia considers Kosovo a part of its territory. 
      The minister further stressed that Serbs had the right to put forward their political demands just as ethnic Albanians had done, and that he had been listening for two years "to the international community" saying that the center of crime was in northern Kosovo, but that this was "not true". 
      "That's a lie! The hotbed of crime is in Priština and in Albania. The Albanian mafia is the strongest in the world. Those are not my words, those are the words of Russian, German, and American services. Yet, here we are, discussing Zvonko Veselinović. I cannot believe we've reached this level," Dačić said. 
      He also sent a message to NATO's troops in the province, KFOR, that they "would do better to find a way to cooperate with Serbs in the north, and prevent unilateral actions in Kosovo". 
      "Does anyone really think we don't know what they're up to there? Does a part of the international community really think we don't know about the plans being made to militarily conquer northern Kosovo?" the minister asked, but would not provide any more details related to this assertion. 
      Northern Kosovo is inhabited by a Serb majority that does not recognize the Kosovo Albanian unilateral declaration of independence made in early 2008, or the authority of the Priština-based institutions. 
      In a bid to prevent Priština's customs and police from taking over administrative line checkpoints between northern Kosovo and central Serbia, local Serbs last summer put up barricades, blocking several roads in that part of Kosovo.


      Itar-Tass - December 13, 2011

      Kosovo - main drug transit center in Europe - Russia's anti-drug chief 

      Kosovo has turned into the main drug trafficking transit center in Europe, Russia`s anti-drug chief Viktor Ivanov said Tuesday.
      He is now in Ljubljana where he is taking part in a ministerial conference of the Council of Europe Pompidou Group on combating drug abuse and illicit trafficking in Drugs.
      Annually about 50 tons of heroin are transferred via Kosovo, he said.


      B92/Beta News Agency - December 19, 2011

      German chancellor arrives in Kosovo

      BERLIN, PRIŠTINA: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Priština and has already met with Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.
      The main goal of her visit is to pay a visit to German troops stationed in Kosovo, German government’s spokesman said earlier.
      According to German media, Merkel will also meet with KFOR Commander Erhard Drews during her one-day visit to Kosovo. 
      The German chancellor was welcomed by Thaci and most of his deputies and ministers at Priština airport. She and Thaci will hold a press conference after the meeting. 
      The German media say that Merkel told Serbia loud and clear that the reason Germany did not support Serbia’s EU candidate status was wounding of two German troops in northern Kosovo. 
      Serbian government representatives, however, do not believe that her visit could strengthen Priština’s position.

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      »Ständig politischer Gewalt ausgesetzt«

      Solidaritätsfahrten nach Mitrovica: Serben im Kosovo fühlen sich von Regierung in Belgrad im Stich gelassen. Ein Gespräch mit Benjamin Schett

      Interview: Rüdiger Göbel

      Benjamin Schett studiert in Wien Osteuropäische Geschichte und beteiligt sich an Solidaritätsaktionen für die Serben im Kosovo

      Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat am vergangenen Freitag mit Blick auf die Auseinandersetzungen im Kosovo konstatiert, Serbien sei nicht reif für EU-Beitrittsverhandlungen. Das Land werde den Anforderungen des Prozesses »nicht gerecht«. Sie sehe bei Serbien keinen Kandidatenstatus. Wie ist die Nachricht bei der serbischen Bevölkerung angekommen?

      Diejenigen, die ihr Vertrauen in die Heilsamkeit eines EU-Beitritts bereits verloren haben oder ein solches noch nie hatten, dürften dies vor allem als einen weiteren Beweis dafür ansehen, daß von den NATO-Staaten nichts anderes als Erpressung zu erwarten ist – und dies nicht erst seit heute. Das geht so seit 20 Jahren. Jene, die nach wie vor auf einen EU-Beitritt hoffen, werden ihren Ohren nicht getraut haben: Seit dem Sturz des jugoslawischen Präsidenten Slobodan Milosevic vor elf Jahren hat Serbien dem Westen so ziemlich jeden Wunsch von den Lippen abgelesen, unter völliger Preisgabe seiner nationalen Souveränität. Von ungehemmter Privatisierung bis hin zur Auslieferung seiner Staatsbürger an ein »Tribunal«, welches von den NATO-Staaten finanziert wird, um deren Version der Ereignisse in den jugoslawischen Bürgerkriegen quasi rechtskräftig werden zu lassen. Doch all das reicht nicht aus: Obwohl nicht einmal alle EU-Staaten die »Republik Kosovo« anerkannt haben, wird dies von Serbien verlangt, um »Europa-tauglich« zu werden.

      Daß die Kritik aus Deutschland kommt, macht die Sache nicht gerade besser: Von einem Land, das Serbien im 20. Jahrhundert dreimal angegriffen hat und eine Tradition der Zusammenarbeit mit Rechtsaußenkräften in Kroatien pflegt, will man sich ganz sicher nicht belehren lassen.

      Von Belgrad aus starten Busse mit Unterstützern zu den protestierenden Serben im Norden des Kosovo, die sich der von Pristina 2008 proklamierten Sezession verweigern. Was ist das Ziel dieser

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