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June 21, 2006

The Perpetual Ethnic Cleansing of Islamastan: Kosovo.

Filed under: Balkan, Eurabia, Global Jihad, Islam, Terror — limewoody @ 12:27 pm

Belgrade and Pristina, 21 June (AKI) –

Kosovo's Albanian language media expressed satisfaction on Wednesday with the UN Security Council session, which discussed on Tuesday the situation in the province, whose majority ethnic Albanians want independence. But Serbian officials in Belgrade and minority Kosovo Serb leaders renewed accusations against the departing UN chief in Kosovo, Danish diplomat Soren Jessen Petersen, of presenting a distorted picture of reality on the ground in Kosovo and of backing the independence cause.

“The Security Council slaps Belgrade,” said daily Kosovo sot in a bold front page headline. Koha ditore emphasised US and British ambassadors’ speeches in the Security Council, declaring the final status of Kosovo must be decided "as soon as possible," bearing in mind the will of the Kosovo people.

Daily Zeri quoted Kosovo's prime minister Agim Ceku, who attended the Security Council session, as saying he hoped "the Kosovo premier would soon attend the Security Council session as a representative of an independent Kosovo." 
 
Meanwhile in Belgrade, Serbian government spokesman Srdjan Djuric said that reality belied Petersen’s claims even as he was speaking at the Security Council, because another Serb, Dragan Popovic, had been murdered in his home in the Kosovo town of Klina the night before, and 30 graves were destroyed at the Serbian village of Staro Gracko.

“The cruelty with which Petersen turns his head away and closes his eyes when Serbs are being killed and their sacred places destroyed is shocking,” said Djuric.

In his report to the Security Council, Petersen said that Kosovo ethnic Albanian authorities have made significant progress in implementing human rights and democratic standards set by the international community, but conceded the situation of the remaining 100,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians in Kosovo was still bad.
 
“Despite all efforts, the fact remains that the situation for many Kosovo Serbs is very difficult, and they feel confused and isolated, unsure what to think of their future,” Petersen said. But he blamed Belgrade, which opposes Kosovo's independence, for encouraging local Serbs to boycott Kosovo institutions.

But Serbs claim that there was no point in participating and giving Albanian-dominated institutions a semblance of multi-ethnicity when Serbs have no guarantees against being overruled by the ethnic Albanian majority. A Kosovo Serb leader, Rada Trajkovic, said that Petersen’s report to the Security Council was equivalent to "sweeping the dirt under the carpet. It will sooner or later pop up and I’m afraid it will give a new dimension to the destabilisation not only of Kosovo, but of the entire region."

Petersen called for an early resolution of the question of the final political status of the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which has been run by the UN since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting.

But the Serbian government's coordinator for Kosovo, Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, told the Security Council that the international community was "tolerating a low intensity extremist violence in Kosovo and there is no progress in reconciliation of the two communities.” She pointed out that 929 Serbs had been killed and many were missing since Kosovo was put under UN administration in 1999. Belgrade has previously stated that around 3,000 Serbs have been killed or listed as missing in this period.

There have been 7,000 ethnically motivated attacks against Serbs and other non-Albanians since 1999, for which no one has been punished, Raskovic-Ivic added. She underlined that there was no future for the remaining Serbs if Kosovo became independent. Belgrade continues to oppose Kosovo's independence, the partitioning of Serbian territory and any change to internationally recognised state borders, she emphasised.
 
Petersen, who leaves his post in Kosovo at the end of this month, denied that the attacks were ethnically motivated, describing them as "isolated incidents," but did not offer an alternative explanation for them.

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