Diplomats condemn attack on Serb monastery
1 April 2007
PRITINA -- Foreign diplomats have condemned a
rocket attack against one of the most revered
Serb Orthodox monasteries in Kosovo.
"All such violence against the Serb community or
the Serbian Orthodox church in Kosovo is
absolutely impermissible and intolerable," the
diplomats from the so-called Contact Group on Kosovo said late Saturday.
The group is comprised of the United States,
Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Russia.
NATO peacekeepers and police found a grenade
launcher on the hillside overlooking the Dec(ani
monastery, and a rocket engine was discovered
lodged in the outer wall of the building,
following reports of a blast near the
14th-century site Friday, a U.N. statement said.
The anti-tank weapon damaged a part of the roof
of the wall around the monastery in western
Kosovo, NATO said, adding that security measures
were increased following the attack.
"The full security of the Serb community in
Kosovo is of the utmost importance, and any
incidents of violence must be addressed promptly
and resolutely by Kosovo authorities and the
international community," the diplomats said in a statement.
UNESCO designated the monastery as a World
Heritage site in 2004, and the site is protected by NATO peacekeepers.