ERP KIM ONE SERB DIED, FOUR WOUNDED IN LATEST KOSOVO ATTACK, SEP 01
September 01, 2003
ERP KIM Newsletter 01-09-03
ONE SERB DIED AND FOUR WOUNDED IN LATEST KOSOVO ATTACK
A U.S. soldier observing Cernica village in eastern part of Kosovo
Photo taken from (http://www.bluespader.org/Kosovo/ )
ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, September 01, 2003
Last night the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren received urgent news of a new attack on Serbs in the ethnically mixed village of Cernica (pr. Tser-ni-tsa) near Gnjilane (pr. Gnyee-la-neh), 40 km. southeast from the Provincial capital of Pristina.
The first explosion occurred around 19.50 Sunday evening. Local sources claim that an unknown person hurled an explosive device from a deserted house at a group of Serbs who were standing in front of the local village store in the centre of the village. Five Serb males sustained wounds in this explosion.
One of the injured, Milomir Savic (born 1968), was transported by KFOR helicopter with very serious injuries to U.S. Camp Bondsteel. Three males were transported with unknown injuries to Vranje hospital (South Serbia), and another male was hospitalized in the Gnjilane regional hospital.
Five minutes after the first explosion, at around 19.55, another explosion was heard in the lower (Serbian) part of the village. In this attack, no one was injured.
Members of U.S. KFOR, in whose area of responsibility the attacks occurred, have been searching the village. According to local sources, they have found a large quantity of explosives prepared with detonators in the deserted house. If the explosives had been detonated, the number of victims could have been much higher, local sources say.
Yesterday's attack is not the only attack on members of Serb community in Cernica village. Kosovo Albanian extremists have made several attacks in the last four years on their Serb neighbors. On May 28, 2000 Albanian extremists killed three Serbs (among them one child) and wounded five others in Cernica. This was the hardest blow this little Serb community suffered after the deployment of the peacekeeping forces in June 1999.
The Serbian population in Kosovsko Pomoravlje (eastern part of the UN administered Province) and the rest of Kosovo and Metohija are in shock and alarm after the yesterday's attack in Cernica.
Presently, in Cernica village there are 450 Serbs and 3000 Kosovo Albanians who live in separate parts of the village.
SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH MOST STRONGLY CONDEMNS ATTACK IN CERNICA
It is absolutely incomprehensible that after a series of terrorist attacks and crimes against the Serbian population in Kosovo and Metohija, UNMIK and KFOR still have not taken more decisive measures to stop Albanian ethnic terror. We continually listen to fables that the attacks from the previous weeks and months were nothing but isolated "incidents" although it is more than evident that Albanian terrorists have launched a systematic campaign of terror, which is being carried out not only in Kosovo and Metohija but also on the territory of South-east Serbia and Macedonia with the goal of creating an ethnically clean Albanian territory.
ERP KIM INFO SERVICE
Gracanica, September 1, 2003
For immediate release
Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren most strongly condemns the latest terrorist attack in Cernica as one more in a series of crimes directed against members of the Serbian community in Kosovo and Metohija.
After Kosovo Albanian terrorists killed three Serbs in this village and wounded five more in a massacre on May 28, 2000, this represents a new attempt to expel the remaining Serbs from Cernica and make this multiethnic village an ethnically clean Albanian settlement.
It is absolutely incomprehensible that after a series of terrorist attacks and crimes directed against the Serbian population in Kosovo and Metohija, UNMIK and KFOR still have not taken more decisive and efficient measures to stop Albanian ethnic terror. We continually listen to fables that the attacks from the previous weeks and months were nothing but isolated "incidents" in the generally "improving security situation". However, it is more than evident that Kosovo Albanian terrorists have launched a systematic campaign of terror which is carried out not only in Kosovo Province, but also on the territory of South-east Serbia and Macedonia, with the goal of creating an ethnically clean Albanian territory.
If such irresponsible behavior on the part of international representatives continues, it will be very hard for the Serbian people to believe that the internationals in Kosovo are not open accomplices in crime. Therefore, the Serbian Orthodox Church publicly appeals to the new UNMIK chief, Mr. Harri Holkeri, and the KFOR Commander, Lt. Gen. Fabio Mini, to intensify investigations of the committed ethnic crimes, bring the perpetrators to justice, and publicly reveal the truth on the security situation in which members of the Serb community in Kosovo live today.
The Diocese of Raska and Prizren also calls on KFOR and UNMIK's highest officials to influence the representatives of the transitional Kosovo Government, who could contribute toward avoiding these tragedies, and call on them to demonstrate their moral responsibility and resign their posts.
After a series of ethnic crimes against Kosovo Serbs in the last weeks and months, not a single person has taken at least moral responsibility for this catastrophic situation in the Province, as if this campaign of terror were happening on some other continent and not in front of their eyes, and as if they are not well paid to establish rule of law and order, instead of merely tolerating the law of jungle. Avoidance of any kind of responsibility on the part of the leading figures of Kosovo institutions, the UN mission and KFOR is a serious indicator the kind of utmost unprofessional and irresponsible behavior that would not be tolerated in any democratic society and openly encourages the continuation of ethnic violence.
Lukewarm statements and expression of "serious concerns" cannot bring back to life the victims of terrorism nor improve the security situation. It is high time to open our eyes and stop deluding ourselves and the world about the alleged success of the so-called "peace" mission in Kosovo.
The Diocese expresses its sincere condolences to the family of Milomir Savic, who died in this attack, and appeals on Serbs in Cernica and the entire Kosovo Pomoravlje (eastern part of the UN-administered Province) to be courageous and strong in their faith that God's justice will eventually triumph over violence and hypocrisy.
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