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    Post  Jelena on Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:16 am

    Request to find out fate of journalists missing in Kosovo


    BELGRADE, Aug 20 (Tanjug) - The Serbian Association of Journalists (UNS) requested Thursday from EULEX officials to investigate the disappearance of three Serbian journalists in Kosovo-Metohija in 1998 and 1999, and arrest the murderers of journalist Alexander Simovic.

    The Association of Journalists of Kosovo-Metohija, as UNS branch, also urged EULEX to do its utmost to find out the fate of journalists reported missing in Kosovo-Metohija, UNS said in a release.

    The release notes that August 21 is the 11th anniversary of the disappearance of Pristina Radio reporters Djuro Slavuj and Ranko Perinic on the road to Orahovac, which was at the time under the control of the self-styled Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

    The release also notes that the correspondent of Politika and of Pristina Jedinstvo Ljubomir Knezevic disappeared on May 6, 1999, in the foothills of the Cicavica mountain in the vicinity of Vucitrn.

    Knezevic's body was never found.

    The Serbian government White Book mentions Bekim Suti, AKA Niku, as suspect in the disappearance of the Serbian journalists.

    Suti used to be a KLA special unit commander in the Sala zone. The unit abducted Knezevic and tortured him before killing him.

    EULEX is also urged to find and take to justice the murderers of journalist and writer Alexander Simovic, who disappeared in Pristina on August 21, 1999, and whose remains were later found in Obrinje near Glogovac.

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    Post  Jelena on Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:07 am

    Serbian journalists protest outside EULEX office


    PRISTINA, Aug 26 (Tanjug) - Members of the Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS) and its branch the Kosovo-Metohija Journalists Association (DNKiM) rallied outside EULEX office in Pristina on Thursday, demanding from the mission to shed light on murders and kidnaps of journalists in the period between 1998 and 2000.

    The journalists carrying photos of their murdered and kidnapped colleagues raised a huge placard before the EULEX office that read 'Bring us back our colleagues' in Serbian and Albanian.

    The protest attracted great attention of Serbian and Albanian media and past without incidents, and it was secured by the members of the Kosovo Police Service.

    EULEX officials, headed by Yves de Kermabon, will receive the UNS and DNKiM delegation today afternoon.

    Besides the demand to solve murders and kidnaps of journalists, the delegation will also mention the necessity of setting up a TV channel in Serbian whose signal would cover the whole province and the issues of seized property of the Serbian media.

    UNS representatives recalled the unsolved cases of Slavko Perenic and Djuro Slavuj from Radio Pristina who disappered in 1998, Ljubomir Knezevic, a journalist of the Pristina-based Serb daily Jedinstvo and Belgrade-based Politika correspondent, disappeared in 1999 and Marian Melonasi, a journalist of the Serbian department of RTV Kosovo, who disappeared in 2000.

    Furthermore, the murderers of Aleksandar Simovic, a journalist who disappeared in 1999, and Momir Stokuca, a photo reporter killed in 1999, have not been discovered until today.

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    Gracanica, Pecka Patrijarsija and Devic without electricity

    Post  Jelena on Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:12 am

    Gracanica, Pecka Patrijarsija and Devic without electricity


    PEC, Sept 4 (Tanjug) - After Gracanica, two other monasteries in Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) - Pecka Patrijarsija and Devic, were cut off electricity.

    Mother Superior of Pecka Patrijarsija Fevronija stated for radio KIM that representatives of the Kosovo Energy Corporation (KEK) came to the monastery to sign a contract, but that the monastery sorority could not sign it as the conditions that KEK set are impossible to be fulfilled.

    "We want to sign contracts and pay for the electricity, but they should agree to some of our requests. We are aware that we have to pay for electricity," she said.

    The mother superior pointed out that it is particularly difficult having no electric power at night, as there is no light in the monastery and therefore she appeals on the international community to help the monastery sorority in resolving this issue.

    The monastery complex of Pecka Patrijarsija consists of four churches. It had been the seat of the Serbian Orthodox Church for centuries, and after 1999 it remained the spiritual center of Serbs from KiM.

    Mother Superior of Devic monastery Anastasija said that their electricity was cut off on Monday, only two days after KEK representatives requested the monastery sorority to fulfill all their conditions.

    "We now make do owing to KFOR which helps us through their own sources, whereas KEK told us to call them when we decide to accept their conditions," mother Anastasija said.

    Two days ago electricity was also cut off to Gracanica monastery.

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    Post  Jelena on Sat Sep 05, 2009 5:15 am

    SNV urges authorities to provide Gracanica with electricity


    GRACANICA, Sept 4 (Tanjug) - The Serbian National Council for Kosovo and Metohija (SNV) urged the Serbian institutions and international representatives to do everything in their might to solve the problem of electric power supply to the Gracanica Monastery as soon as possible, and thus not discriminate Serbs, priesthood and clergy of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC).

    The SNV stated that it is inadmissible that pressure and blackmail, used by the Albanian institutions in the province to achieve their political goals, are now applied to the SPC in Kosovo-Metohija as well.

    “Brutal cutting of electricity grid and threats by the Kosovo Electricity Corporation (KEK) to the Gracanica Monastery are intentional, particularly if we are aware that the SPC is an institution that gathered Serbs in difficult times and did the most for the survival of Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija,” the SNV stated.

    “Such an attitude of temporary institutions in the province and the KEK management is clearly political and systematically designed in order for the KEK to be recognized as a legitimate institution of the self-proclaimed state of Kosovo,” the statement said.

    The SNV once again urged the Serbian authorities and the international community to speed up the talks on the issue and make decision on establishing an electricity provider which will distribute electric power adequately and maintain the electricity grid in keeping with the international conventions and agreements.

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    Over 200,000 Kosovo Serb IDPs

    Post  Jelena on Sun Sep 06, 2009 3:19 am

    Over 200,000 Kosovo Serb IDPs


    5 September 2009 | 10:46 | Source: B92, Tanjug

    BELGRADE -- Central Serbia is still home to over 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDP), driven out of their homes in Kosovo.

    The Ministry for Kosovo yesterday concluded the registration of the IDPs.

    Assistant to the Minister for Kosovo Bojan Anđelković told B92 that very few of those who were forced to leave had returned to the province.

    He added that the number of IDPs is the same as the one obtained in 2001, and that it is also the one used by UNHCR.

    Anđelković stressed that while this UN agency claims that some 16,000 Kosovo Serbs and other non-Albanians had returned and stayed in their homes in the past ten years, "our numbers are significantly smaller, only five, or less than five thousands people".

    A total of 1,212 IDP families, or 3,200 persons, have applied for return to Kosovo and Metohija, Anđelković told a news conference in Belgrade on Friday.

    Registration of applicants was carried out from March to mid-August this year and was limited to the internally displaced persons accommodated in collective centers and those who had already expressed their desire to return, he explained.

    The registration did not apply to persons living in private accommodation or to Serbs and other non-Albanians who were expelled from their homes but remain in Kosovo.

    Of the total number of registered, about 10 percent, or 100 families with over 400 members, are members of Gorani, Roma and Muslim minorities, he said.

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    Post  Jelena on Sun Sep 06, 2009 7:30 pm

    Kosovo monastery seeks help from state


    6 September 2009 | 10:48 -> 15:02 | Source: B92
    GRAČANICA -- Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Bishop Artemije has asked for the state to help in finding a solution to the electricity problem in several monasteries in Kosovo.


    The Gračanica monastery (FoNet)

    Monasteries of the Patriarchate of Peć, as well as Gračanica and Devič, have had their power cut off last Wednesday by KEK, the company that distributes electricity in the province.

    The company wants the SPC eparchy in charge of the monasteries to pay overdue bills and sign a contracts, but the bishop stressed that this will not happen, as it would mean "recognizing Kosovo's independence".

    The Ministry for Kosovo is saying that signing a contract would be the only solution, "that would not mean recognizing the independence of the southern Serb province".

    Artemije does not deny KEK claims, and says the eparchy has had no contacts with the company over the electricity supply issue.

    "We have a solution that monks had in medieval times: candles and icon lamps. There's nothing to talk about, we know what they want, what they look for – they want a contract to be signed, which is in fact a recognition of the so-called state of Kosovo," claims the church dignitary.

    "We do not accept that and we await for our state to do something and solve the question of electricity supply because we are citizens of this state, not some other," Artemije stated.

    State Secretary with the Ministry for Kosovo Oliver Ivanović told B92 that the only way for the monasteries to be reconnected is to pay the bills and sign a contract, and that this is not tantamount to recognizing Kosovo.

    He added that there was no alternative solution that the government could use, and that the monasteries can only get electricity via the existing infrastructure.

    Ivanović said that a contract with KEK "on a local level" would not mean a recognition of Kosovo, "but only agreement with someone who is in fact in possession of the electric installations and who can turn the electricity on and off".

    This official said that the same suggestion was given to all Serb municipal leaders in the province and that the same applies to the Church in Kosovo and Metohija.

    Meanwhile, Mother Anastasija of the monastic community in Peć said on Sunday that the monastery had electricity temporarily reconnected the day before yesterday, "until a permanent solution to the problem is found".

    The SPC Patriarchate of Peć, founded in the 13th century, was in 2006 placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

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    Re: Kosovo Serbs community

    Post  Vladimir79 on Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:00 pm

    They going to wait for Serbian electric companies to save them? Maybe someone should set up a Serb owned power generation plant.
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    Post  Jelena on Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:45 am

    Vladimir79 wrote:They going to wait for Serbian electric companies to save them? Maybe someone should set up a Serb owned power generation plant.

    Maybe they will be good with simple generators who can cover at least some of the electricity needed, although it is costly because of the fuel so it's not the solution on the long run. Sad
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    Kosovo Serbs attacked

    Post  Jelena on Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:07 am

    Kosovo Serbs attacked


    Oct 11, 2009

    A hand grenade was thrown on a Serbian household in Kosovo.

    The Todorovic home was attacked by an explosive device. Todorovic family are returnees to the village of Cernice that was ethnically cleansed by Albanians.

    Ethnic Muslim Albanians now comprise a several hundred households in the village while Serbs have been reduced to 30.

    In 1999, ethnic Albanians massacred 7 civilians in the village.

    The grenade throwing has been reported to the Albanian dominated police that is yet to solve any murder or attack on Serbs since 1999.

    Also on Saturday, a Serb home was burned down in the village of Suvi Lukavac. The owner, Ruza Ratkovic, was not murdered.

    Representative at the Suvi Lukavac, Mihajlo Dubic, says that the home did not have electricity nor heat so there were no reasons for the fire.

    “The fire was most likely set up,” said Dubic.

    Albanian dominated police made an incident report.

    Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanovic says that these incidents are troublesome because the targets are ethnic Serbs that are trying to come back after being ethnically cleansed by the separatist ethnic Albanians.

    “It is quite clear that this is a message to the people who wish to return, that Serbs in Kosovo are not sufficiently protected,” Bogdanovic said.

    US and some other states have recognized Kosovo as an independent state even though attacks on Serbs in the province were never solved nor have they abated. Kosovo separatists say that the recognition has enhanced “peace” in the region.

    US says that the Kosovo sepratists have a future in the European Union and NATO.

    “The republic of Kosovo, as a democratic, prosperous and multi-ethnic state, in which everyone is equal under law, will receive a place in Europe and become a full-fledged member of the North Atlantic Alliance,” said Christopher Dell, a so-called US “Ambassador” to the Kosovo.

    Spokesman for the Albanian dominated police said that officers have spent a night at the Todorovic’s home. The spokesman said that the explosives were thrown around 9 pm Saturday night.

    The police says that they have no suspects nor any leads.

    The house of the Todorovic’s were attacked on prior occasions with bombs.

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    M. Ivanovic: Serbs should not vote at local election

    Post  Jelena on Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:46 pm

    M. Ivanovic: Serbs should not vote at local election


    KOSOVSKA MITROVICA, Oct 30 (Tanjug) - President of the Serb National Council (SNV) of northern Kosovo and Metohija Milan Ivanovic on Friday called on the Serbs not to take part in the elections called by the province provisional institutions of self-government for November 15.

    Ivanovic told a news conference that participation in the election would be “a betrayal of the Serbian national and state interests and violation of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia.”

    Ivanovic also called on the Serbian political subjects who had submitted their nominations to withdraw them.
    He called on the Belgrade government to clearly and unambiguously determine itself and say that participation in the elections which “strengthen Albanian institutions and the Albanian state” is unacceptable.

    “The Serbs in Kosmet are unified in their confirmation that they want to remain living in their state and that they have their own institutions, which are not Albanian, and our mass participation in the elections would practically reject our state and accept this quasi-state,” said Ivanovic.

    Ivanovic evaluated the elections as illegal because they are not called by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) based on UN Security Council Resolution 1244.

    “The OSCE is not taking part in this election, which makes the elections illegal even in the eyes of the international community,” believes Ivanovic.

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:48 pm

    Why would you waste your time voting in corrupt illegal elections? It is like wasting your time voting in Afghanistan.
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    Post  Jelena on Sun Nov 01, 2009 5:02 pm

    Vladimir79 wrote:Why would you waste your time voting in corrupt illegal elections? It is like wasting your time voting in Afghanistan.

    It's a big issue right now! Basically, there is promised decentralization of institutions in progress and Serbs would probably manage to unify most of the populated Serbian places in one biggest municipality. That's the problem and that divided opinions!

    While one part of the politicians think that voting on the local elections would mean basically recognition of the albanian government, the other believes that it would provide the base for autonomy and something similar to canton. Rolling Eyes
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    Post  Jelena on Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:09 am

    Low turnout expected


    PRISTINA, Nov 10 (Tanjug) - The Pristina-based media on Tuesday report that low turnout is expected in the upcoming local elections in Kosovo, and that political dissatisfaction of voters and corruption are among the reasons for this.

    Political dissatisfaction, inefficiency of political parties, inability to sustain in the political race, a public evaluation that an individual vote has no power, massive political corruption are some of the reasons for a possible low turnout in the elections, analysts in Pristina say.

    They also say that the historic moment of a final resolution of the status of Kosovo which pushes the elections into the background, lack of full credibility of the election process and other specific technical problems are also some of the reasons.

    Kosovo president Fatmir Sejdiu has called the local elections for November 15. These are the first elections organized by Kosovo institutions after the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo last year.

    The Serbian president and government have stated that there are no conditions for the Kosovo Serbs to take part in the local elections.

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    Post  George1 on Fri Dec 05, 2014 9:08 am

    Russia indignant at anti-Serb actions in Kosovo — UN ambassador

    According to Russia's Vitaly Churkin, violence against Serbs and profanation of Orthodox monasteries in the region are a clear evidence of persisting ethnic strife in the Kosovo-Albanian society

    UNITED NATIONS, December 5. /TASS/. Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday that Russia is indignant at the wave of anti-Serb actions in Kosovo after a disrupted football match between Serbia and Albania.

    According to him, violence against Serbs, along with profanation of Orthodox monasteries in the region have become “a clear evidence of persisting ethnic strife in the Kosovo-Albanian society.”

    “The wave of anti-Serb actions that swept Kosovo after the Serbia-Albania football match on October 14 causes indignation. Pristina has traditionally limited itself to formal condemnation of the ant-Serb rioting. Meanwhile, Serb houses in the region continue to burn, and those responsible have not been brought to justice,” the Russian diplomat told the UN Security Council meeting.

    The Serbia-Albania European Championship qualifier was stopped after football fans started to hurl crackers on the field. A radio-controlled helicopter carrying the map of the “Great Albania” flew over the stadium. Serb team’s quarter-back Stefan Mitrovic tore the flag off the drone, causing outrage of the Albanian football players.


    Kosovo Serbs interests should be counted


    Russia believes that interests of Serbian and other non-Albanian communities in the unrecognized republic of Kosovo should be taken into account when forming new local authorities, Vitaly Churkin.

    “A protracted political crisis is obvious, as it was provoked by the incapability of local elite created by the notorious Kosovo Liberation Army to come to agreement without foreign recommendations. We believe that views and approaches of Serbian and other non-Albanian communities in the unrecognized republic should be fully taken into account when shaping new authorities,” the diplomat said. The Russian ambassador called for “soonest creation of a community of Serbian Kosovo municipalities in line with the Brussels deals.”

    For many years of efforts taken for Kosovo settlement the self-proclaimed republic “did not show any progress in its judicial system, counteraction to corruption, organized crime, including drug and human trafficking, restrictions on the freedom of speech and political impact on the court system.”
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    Post  George1 on Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:02 am

    Serbia Says Few Displaced From Kosovo Able to Return

    Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told the UN Security Council Friday that the return to Kosovo and Metohija has been realized by less than five per cent of internally displaced persons.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The vast majority of people displaced from Kosovo have not been able to return home, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic told the UN Security Council Friday.

    "The return to Kosovo and Metohija has been realized by less than five per cent of IDPs [internally displaced person]. According to UNHCR data, 12,145 persons returned to Kosovo and Metohija from the rest of Serbia. Only 1.9 per cent (about 4000 persons) have realized a sustainable return. 70 per cent of the returnees are not ethnic Serbs," Dacic said.

    Physical insecurity evinced by continued attacks on Serbs and their property, and helped by an atmosphere of criminal impunity committed against Serbs accounts for the long delay in IDP returns, according to the minister.

    Dacic cited a recent incident of the stoning of a bus with about 40 displaced Serbs from the Kosovo city of Dakovica on January 6. He stressed that the only minister in the Kosovo government who condemned the incident, Aleksandar Jablanovic, was dismissed.

    The foreign minister also called on Kosovo leaders to continue the dialogue with Serbia, primarily in the interest of its population.

    Kosovo and Metohija is an autonomous province in Serbia. Kosovo declared its independence in February 2008. It has been recognized as a sovereign state by over a 100 UN member countries.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150206/1017909585.html#ixzz3R0bZGzN7
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    Grafiti praising ISIS appeared in Kosovska Mitrovica (Kosovo)

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    Grafiti praising ISIS appeared in Kosovska Mitrovica (Kosovo) on the houses where local Serbs live (mixed population suburbs). Police in last few days registered around 10 such incidents.

    Source: http://www.rts.rs/page/stories/ci/story/124/Друштво/2119748/Графити+ИД+на+кућама+Срба+у+Косовској+Митровици.html
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    International forces posting in front of burning Serbian house March 18. 2004.

    Post  Militarov on Sat Mar 19, 2016 1:54 am



    International forces posting in front of burning Serbian house March 18. 2004. After huge campagin aganist remaining Serbs across Kosovo another 100.000 Serbs left their homes during next year, some 5000 directly caused by this unrest. 16 Serbs were killed and 900 wounded, another 11 Albanians were killed during self defence by Serbs or by Police/Italian soldiers (one fell and died while trying to climb church to cut down the Cross). 35 monasteries got burned and about 1000 houses.



    Devič Monastery burned, built in 1434.



    Serbian part of Prizren

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    Re: Kosovo Serbs community

    Post  George1 on Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:44 am

    Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj has warned Serbs in the north of the province that their possible "attempt to proclaim autonomy" would be met with a response.

    He said this on Friday, after a meeting of the Kosovo Council for Security.

    "No one has the right to undertake unilateral action," Haradinaj said, at a press conference and added that "violation of Kosovo laws would not be tolerated," the publication Gazeta Express has reported.

    Haradinaj also said that a working group "will be able to submit a report on the draft statute" of the Community of Serb Municipalities (ZSO).

    According to him, the fulfilling of this obligation from Brussels agreement has been awaited "so that the Pristina authorities would be sure that the statute of the ZSO was in accordance with Kosovo laws."

    Pristina-based Albanian language media are saying on Friday that the meeting of the Kosovo Council for Security came one day after alleged information emerged that the Serbs from the north of the province wold "declare autonomy" on Saturday, n response to Pristina's failure to form the ZSO - an obligation from the 2013 Brussels agreement, reached during EU-mediated Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.

    A meeting of the Serbian Council for National Security has been scheduled for Saturday in Belgrade.

    https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2018&mm=08&dd=03&nav_id=104786


    President Aleksandar Vucic has scheduled a meeting of the Council for National Security for Saturday at 08:00 hours CET

    The daily Kurir said the meeting will be held on August 4, the day when the Community of Serb Municipalities (ZSO) should have been formed in Kosovo and Metohija.

    In addition, the report said, "there is operative information that Albanians will, with NATO's assistance, attempt to occupy Gazivode."

    Gazivode is a hydro-power resource located in northern, predominantly Serb part of Kosovo.

    "The meeting will discuss ways to protect Serbian interests and people in Kosovo and Metohija," another Belgrade-based daily, Blic, writes on Friday.
    https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2018&mm=08&dd=03&nav_id=104785


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    Re: Kosovo Serbs community

    Post  George1 on Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:44 am

    President addresses Serbs in Kosovo in open letter

    President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic on Friday sent an open letter to the citizens in Kosovo and Metohija (KiM)

    In it, Vucic calls on Serbs in the province not to react to any possible provocations and targeted misinformation, and points out that Serbia is ready today to fulfill its obligations toward them and protect their lives and peace, if necessary.

    The full text of the letter:

    "Respected citizens of Kosovo and Metohija,

    Dear Serbs,

    Tomorrow, August 4, is the deadline given by the European Union to the provisional self-government institutions in Pristina to complete the adoption of the Statute of the Community of Serb Municipalities (ZSO), based on the Brussels Agreement.

    One day before the expiration of the latest deadline for Pristina's obligations to establish the Community of Serb Municipalities, and 1,930 days after Pristina with its signature took over that obligation, all the warnings and suspicions that I have been expressing the whole time are being confirmed and are coming true. Pristina will not lift a finger this time either to form the Community of Serb Municipalities.

    Dear Serbs, please do not undertake anything in this regard that individuals among the Albanians, or in a part of the international community, will use as an excuse to take any action against you.

    And that is why, these days in our southern province, but also in the smaller part of the international community, the word is heard loudly and clearly and action is seen by those who, instead of fulfilling their obligations towards Serbia and the Serbs, use this time in order to make daily threats and spread rumors in an organized manner, in order to bring unrest and fear among the Serb people in Kosovo and Metohija, wishing to create panic, with the aim of provoking mistrust in Serbia's state institutions, creating a rift among the political representatives of Serbs in Kosovo, and an overall weakening of our position during a sensitive phase of negotiations.

    Dear fellow citizens, for this very reason, peace is our greatest interest. The challenges ahead of us require us to stay above discord, manipulation and targeted disinformation campaigns. Therefore, I urge you and invite you not to fall for any provocations, to react to all possible challenges peacefully, in a civilized and dignified manner, while we will be committed to providing you security and a future in those areas using political methods.

    Serbia is ready today to fulfill its commitment to you and to protect your lives and peace, if necessary. While I am at its helm, Serbia will not allow organized violence against the Serbs and their holy places, nor their persecution. There will be no new "Storms" (reference to Croatia's 1995 Operation Storm) in Kosovo and Metohija. Peace for Serbia and the Serb people is the highest value, which besides everything else we are trying to protect, also through the difficult conversations we are having with political representatives of the Albanians and of the international community.

    In addition to us, who are sincerely committed to this, the preservation of peace in our southern province is also the primary task of the KFOR mission and NATO, from whom I especially expect and demand that peace be protected by preventing any possible attempt, anyone's and under any pretext, to take over and seize the Gazivode Hydroelectric Power Plant, the Valac power station, or any other key object of infrastructure that your survival depends on.

    For your sake and for the future of all of Serbia, we will continue to exclusively peacefully stand for a compromise and a comprehensive solution of relations in Kosovo and Metohija, and we will not stop until we provide for our people in every way more than we have today.

    I wish you and your families all the best.

    Aleksandar Vucic,
    President of the Republic of Serbia."

    https://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2018&mm=08&dd=03&nav_id=104789

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