In early May a delegation of the Austrian-Yugoslav Solidarity Movement
(JVSB) came to Kosovska Mitrovica in order to:
* express our demand to free the political prisoners from UNMIK incarceration
* express our support to the remaining non-Albanians in the Ghetto of
* investigate the local situation without media manipulation.
Pictures and a map of the demarcation line between the multi-national
North and the albanised South can be found under:
Hunger strike of the political prisoners
As reported in our declaration of April 24th, 2000, the event that triggered
the decision for the hunger strike was the release of the Albanian Dzeljalj
Ademi, who had injured 22 civilians and 14 KFOR soldiers in an anti-Serb
hand-grenade attack, while the non-Albanian prisoners remain incarcerated
for months without trial. The prisoners demand investigations for a trial.
The most blatant case is a 16-year old boy who was arrested for genocide
Another case worth mentioning is a Serb man called Jaksimovic from the
vicinity of Orahovac, who was stopped by UNMIK at a road block. An Albanian
whose hand had been injured by gunfire and who was at the site by chance,
claimed that Mr Jaksimovic was the person who had injured him, and Mr
Jaksimovic was immediately arrested by UNMIK soldiers. One of Mr Jaksimovic's
fellow travellers who is Albanian heard that the other Albanian was told
by passers-by to point at "the guy with the beard" (i.e. Jaksimovic)
and to claim that he was responsible.
In general the accusations are completely arbitrary and politically motivated.
The witnesses are arbitrarily selected and their testimonies are first
of all determined by their loyalty to the aims of the KLA , as the comport
of the judges. The few Serb judges that had existed all resigned, because
their personal safety could not be guaranteed. They also protested against
the partiality of the UNMIK judicial system. The discrimination between
Albanians and non-Albanians proves, that Serbs and Romanies are being
held in prison for political and ethnical reasons and not for concrete
offences of law; they are political prisoners of the UN.
Two of the hunger strikers are in a critical state. One of them fell into
coma. Nevertheless UNMIK does not allow doctors nor journalists to visit
the prisoners. Now also relatives of the prisoners started a hunger strike.
They organise daily protest manifestations in front of the prison, in
which thousands of people participate. The JVSB representative expressed
his solidarity with the gathered crowd.
As delegates of the aid organisation Humanitas we tried hard to get permission
to see the prisoners. The local UNMIC police commander, Sven Erik Larson,
actually told us that most accusations of the Serb and Romany prisoners
against the UNMIK judiciary are justified. Nevertheless he did not grant
us permission to visit the prisoners, but sent us to Pristina. In Pristina
our demand was refused by Edita Ryan, who is the competent NGO liaison
officer and who called Humanitas an organisation that illegally operates
We call upon everyone to join our campaign for the release of the political
prisoners and to step up pressure on UNMIK by organising further visits
to the prison of Kosovska Mitrovica.
In fact the North of Kosovo which is not under KLA control is the only
multi-national part of Kosovo - even after the war. Here are some concrete
Kaplan Beruti in Svecan. The chief presiding judge of Kosovska Mitrovica,
the Albanian Kaplan Beruti, who is actually responsible for the arbitrary
incarceration of the Serbs and Romanies who went on hunger strike, is
living in Svecan, north of Kosovska Mitrovica, a village that is predominantly
Serbian, and he lives there without KFOR protection. His children go to
a local school.
Serb refugees in Albanian houses in Banjska: On the premises of this monastery
in the northern mountains there are several week-end cottages owned by
Albanians. Now Serb refugees from the South live in these houses. We asked
about the former owners and were surprised to hear that they are living
in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica and that they were even paid
rent for these houses.
Albanians in daily life: Asking several Serbs about the Albanian flats
and houses in Kosovo Mitrovica that are under tight KFOR protection, we
were always told that there is a significant difference between KLA followers
whose flats serve as KLA bases, and Albanians who are loyal to Yugoslavia.
The latter can live there without any problems.
The impressions from the southern part of Kosovo are completely different.
Destroyed Romany quarter: At the road from Kosovska Mitrovica to Pristina
only 10-20% of the houses seem to be burnt. The Romany quarter of southern
Kosovska Mitrovica is completely devastated, burnt down and razed to the
ground. UCK racist national ideology obviously was fully realised here.
UNMIK official warns us of deadly danger: We went to the UNMIK office
for NGOs in Pristina in order to obtain a permit to visit the prisoners
of Kosovska Mitrovica. When the official in charge, Edita Ryan, saw our
letter that was written in Cyrillic, she told us immediately that we must
not show this letter to anybody, because this could be our death sentence;
she also said that she was saying so "off records." She even
discouraged us to have it translated into English within Kosovo.
Albanian taxi driver speaks Serbo-Croatian: Due to the many warnings
we avoided speaking Serbian to the driver who brought us from Mitrovica
to Pristina and back. When we realised that he was listening to Serbian
radio and was cursing in Serbian, we started talking to him in Russian.
He felt completely at ease speaking Serbian. When we got of the car, he
urgently reminded us not to utter a single word of Serbian on the streets,
because this was very dangerous.
There is a system behind the persecution of non-Albanians
The political and ethnic persecution of Serbs and Romanies by the UN judiciary
is only the tip of the iceberg. NATO/UNO, based on the KLA, actually formed
a regime that oppresses and discriminates against all non-Albanians in
order to finally expel them and to deprive the integrity of Yugoslavia
of its demographical legitimacy. While KLA and its successor organisation
TMK respectively were demilitarised only very superficially (only heavy
weapons), and there constantly are attacks against non-Albanians - these
attacks claimed more than 1,000 lives since the beginning of the NATO
occupation - Serb forces were completely stripped of their weapons, thus
depriving them of the ability for self-defence. This means a death sentence
for many of those who are determined to stay, because due to "lack
of capacity" they are not granted KFOR protection. Only the convoys
of fleeing non-Albanians are granted protection.
Re-settlement: Kouchner and other representatives of the so-called international
community say that it is still to early to bring the non-Albanian refugees
to the South of Kosovo; but at the same time in the North of Kosovska
Mitrovica, KFOR is trying by means of force to bring Albanian refugees
to their houses. There is proof that UCK fighters are also infiltrated,
brought to the North of Kosovska Mitrovica: There were sniper attacks
from the three Albanian tall buildings that were recently re-settled.
Elections: There is also proof that UNO/KFOR is not a neutral mediator,
but a motive force. They plan to organise elections for a protectorate
government on the base of the present ethnic composition, to preserve
the expulsion of 300,000 non-Albanians and the settlement of an unknown
number of Albanians from the North of Albania.
Yugoslavia is the only multi-national state of the Balkans
The war triggered by the KLA with the support of the west and transformed
by NATO into a war against the whole of Yugoslavia, claimed a total of
2,108 victims counted on both sides. But just a year of NATO protectorate
already claimed the lives of more than one thousand non-Albanians! In
spite of ardent ethnic conflicts there had not been expulsions and "ethnic
cleansing" under Yugoslav rule in Kosovo. Even when UCK fuelled the
spiral of violence with their terrorist attacks since 1997, there were
hardly any refugees. When the fighting subsided, most refugees returned.
The "Horseshoe Plan" ("Potkovica Plan") turned out
to be a secret service propaganda forgery. Only after the NATO bombardments
started, refugees started to flee in large numbers. Now, under the rule
of UCK and NATO, there actually is systematic "ethnic cleansing"
that had earlier been attributed to Yugoslav forces. 300,000 non-Albanians
have been expelled and the few that remained are constantly threatened,
and KFOR refuses to protect them seriously.
In spite of the disintegrating tendencies and internal tensions, Yugoslavia
still is a multi-ethnic state and as such is the only possible form of
peaceful co-existence of the ethnically mixed peoples of the Balkans.
It was the West that used the "right of ethnic-territorial self-determination"
as a crowbar against Yugoslavia. That necessarily lead to a civil war.
people was and is the heart of Yugoslavia and had relinquished its ethnic
interests in favour of this common state. So when now the other peoples
of Yugoslavia revoke this federation, it is only just, when Serbia also
defends her national interests. But the decisive difference between the
Serbs and the other peoples is, that the latter became slaves of the New
World Order, while the Serbian people is fighting against the new NATO
This is why Kosovo has to remain a part of Yugoslavia, why the refugees
have to return and why UCK and NATO have to vanish!
Jugoslawisch-Vsterreichische Solidaritdtsbewegung (JVSB)
PF 217, A-1040 Wien, Vsterreich
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