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      Bishop warns of �toughest times� for Serbs since 2004 pogrom

      Jan 23rd, 2013

      BELGRADE � A SPC bishop based in Kosovo has said that the position of
      the Serb people in Kosovo and Metohija (KiM) has not been this difficult
      ever since March 2004.

      Ethnic Albanians at that time organized widespread attacks on Serbs,
      their property, and holy places.

      �Eight full years have passed since the horrible event, and we still see
      that part of the Albanian community is ready to commit the most serious
      crimes, including the barbaric desecration of graves,� Serbian Orthodox
      Church (SPC) Bishop of Ra�ka-Prizren Teodosije was quoted as saying.

      Commenting on the latest spate of violence in which several dozen
      gravestones were either destroyed or damaged in Serb Orthodox cemeteries
      in Kosovo and Metohija, the Bishop said that �the feelings at seeing
      images of broken tombs and crosses set on fire are terrible.�

      �This is the image of Kosovo and Metohija 14 years after the war and a
      warning to Europe, which this year is celebrating 1,700 years since the
      Edict of Milan, which granted freedom to Christianity,� he said.

      Teodosije stressed that �after so many centuries, Europe must not allow
      crosses to burn and Christian shrines and tombs to be destroyed again.�

      �These rampages have given pain to the souls of the Serbs� and all
      Christians who see these images, but they are bringing far greater
      civilizational and moral shame on the Kosovo Albanians,� said the bishop.

      When the bones of the deceased have no peace in this country, many Serbs
      are wondering, he said, �what kind of future is awaiting them among
      people who have no qualms about destroying graves.�

      He pointed out that all the international representatives had condemned
      the violence, particularly Head of the EU Office in Kosovo Samuel Zbogar.

      �I can see from the words these people say how appalled they are at
      seeing the brutal scenes taking place at our cemeteries. KFOR and police
      increased their presence around our facilities and as far as can be
      seen, there is a firm stance about the need to prevent further violence
      against Christians sanctities from happening again,� said Teodosije.

      According to Teodosije, the SPC priesthood in Kosovo is safe, �even
      though the two nuns and two old women in the Monastery of the Most Holy
      Mother of God in ?akovica spent a sleepless night while bullies were
      letting out piercing screams only thirty meters away, wishing to enforce
      the decision of their leaders to destroy this sacred place.�

      During the March 17, 2004 ethnic Albanian violence at least eight Serbs
      were murdered and two went missing. According to currently available
      data, a total of 4,012 Serbs were expelled from their homes, six towns
      and nine villages were ethnically cleansed, while 935 homes and 35
      Serbian religious sites, including 18 cultural monuments, were burned
      down or seriously damaged.

      *Source: B92
      <http://www.b92.net/eng/news/society-article.php?yyyy=2013&mm=01&dd=23&nav_id=84302>*




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