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7146Diplomats condemn attack on Serb monastery

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Apr 1, 2007
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      Diplomats condemn attack on Serb monastery
      1 April 2007

      PRIĀŠTINA -- 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.