The needs of the Albanian majority in Kosovo: (Prishtina, DTT-NET.COM)- A Kosovo Serb was found dead on Tuesday at his home, sparking anger among some 50 returnees in the central Kosovo town of Klina who warned to leave their homes and go to Serbia because of lack of security. “Yesterday a Kosovo Serb man (68) was found dead in his house in Klinë/Klina. Victim had what appears to be wound consistent with a gunshot,” UN mission (UNMIK) spokesperson Neeraj Singh told reporters on Wednesday. He said that according to police authorities Dragan Popovic who returned in Klina last year from Serbia, was living alone at his home. Autopsy report is awaited and the case is being investigated by Kosovo Police along with International investigators and Forensics experts from the UN police. Klina Serbs have asked for the motives of the murder to be clarified and warned that if Popovic was killed for ethnic motives they would leave their homes. UNMIK and NATO-led international peacekeeping force (KFOR) are trying to convince them to remain in Kosovo, promising an adequate investigation on the murder and more security measures. All Serbs of Klina left the town and the surrounding villages by mid June 1999 as the war ended, fearing from attacks of their neighbours following the killings of near 200 Ethnic Albanians boys and men of the area, killed by Serb forces. Before the war Albanians represented a majority of more than 80 percent of some 55000 inhabitants of the municipality. Around 200 Serb families have returned so far. Kosovo Serbs have been accusing Ethnic Albanians for standing behind the latest attacks but UNMIK officials have refuted their claims calling to avoid early conclusions on the incidents and leaving the matter to the investigations. In response to incidents, Serbs in northern part of Kosovo have cut all their ties with Kosovo institutions and have announced creation of their own security structures. Reuters on Wednesday quoted representatives of Serbs for hiring around 300 former Serbs soldiers to assure the security of local population in Kosovo north. But UNMIK spokesperson said that “there is no evidence of such actions” as so far. Neeraj Singh said that UNMIK has told northern Serb leaders that “any unilateral security measures not within the bounds of law, will be unacceptable.” “There are adequate legal mechanisms in place to ensure participation of communities in organizing their own security and the Kosovo Serbs should use such legal channels to engage constructively, “ with the Kosovo institutions, he said. The latest murder in Klina comes at the same day the UN Security Council members were discussing the security for Serbs and the future of Kosovo.
posted on 06/22/2006 5:02:50 AM PDT
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This has been going on since 1999 and hasn't stopped since.......few if any has been brought to justice.
posted on 06/22/2006 5:28:24 AM PDT
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