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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Moscow Condemned Murder of Serbian Politician in Kosovo



I’d bet that the Americans had a hand in this. They’re “making America great again”… please, do spare me…


On Tuesday, the MID RF said:

We resolutely condemn this cowardly act. Attempts to settle political scores using such methods are fraught with exacerbation of atmosphere of terror and recurrence of the interethnic conflict in the region. We call on all international missions in Kosovo to use their mandates to take exhaustive measures to prevent possible incidents in the region. We hope that corresponding structures will conduct a thorough investigation of what happened to expose those responsible and duly punish them.

On Tuesday, Oliver Ivanović, 64, the leader of the Kosovo Serb party Freedom, Democracy, and Justice, was shot dead as he entered his party’s headquarters in Kosovska Mitrovica. A fellow party member said no one heard any sounds of shooting and a neighbour who was returning from shopping found the wounded politician. Police later found a burnt car without an identification number, which the killers allegedly used. Ivanović was taken to hospital with five gunshot wounds to his chest. Doctors tried to save his life but to no avail.

Earlier, Ivanović served as the State Secretary of the Ministry for Kosovo and Metohija in the Serb government. In January 2016, he was sentenced to nine years in jail for alleged war crimes against Albanians in 1999. In February 2017, the first-instance court’s verdict was overturned and a new trial began. Ivanović was under house arrest and in April 2017, he was allowed to defend himself in court at liberty.

16 January 2018



See also:

Serbian president calls murder of top Kosovo Serb politician “‘terrorist attack”

Leading Kosovo Serb politician killed in drive-by shooting, prosecutor says

Belgrade suspends dialogue with Kosovo in EU due to Serbian politician’s murder

Serbian party leader killed in Kosovo: reports


Saturday, 4 October 2014

Council of Europe Report Includes Data on Destruction of Heritage in Kosovo

destruction in Kosovo


In Strasbourg, Marija Obradović, member of National Assembly delegation and of the Culture Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (CoE) (PACE), said that Serbia couldn’t allow the adoption of a CoE resolution that doesn’t include data on a decade that saw more than 150 Serbian Orthodox churches destroyed in Kosovo. She noted, according to a release from the Serbian National Assembly, “We insisted that the draft report include facts about the destruction of Serbian cultural heritage, especially of those buildings not damaged in the pogrom in Kosovo from March 2004. I informed the members of the committee that 34 Orthodox churches and other cultural and religious buildings were damaged in that event alone”. Obradović remarked that Serbia’s opinion was received well by the other members of the committee, and by the rapporteur, especially considering that more than a few of those buildings had UNESCO protection, and that many were constructed in the Middle Ages, concluding, “The adoption of a resolution on this is expected early next year, and we’ll monitor closely its creation until then”. On Friday, the Committee on Culture, Science, Education, and Media of the PACE discussed a preliminary report on cultural heritage in crisis and post-conflict situations, included in the fourth part of the plenary session.

3 October 2014



Thursday, 12 June 2008

A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin… Kosovar Developments Sure to Re-echo Worldwide

United Nations headquarters in New York NY USA


Political leaders and the media alike have, for quite a few days now, been discussing the proclamation of Kosovar sovereignty and the breakneck speed at which Washington and allies of Washington scrambled to recognise the self-proclaimed republic of Kosovo. Their focusing on Kosovo is understandable; they’re concentrating attention on a really important event. However, hard as I try, I can find no mention of the biggest result of what’s happened and what will tell on the fate of the self-proclaimed republic and many other things in detailed Western, including American, comments on turns of developments in Kosovo. The problem of Kosovo is a threat to what has taken decades of painstaking efforts to build, the existing world order and global stability. What is happening reminds me that World War II began when Nazi Germany decided it was free to ignore international and domestic law. The illegitimate Anschluss of sovereign Austria, the brazen violation of the sovereign rights of Czechoslovakia, and, finally, the invasion of Poland were the opening pages in one of the biggest tragedies in the history of the human race. Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland were destined to foot the bill for the criminal disregard and gross violation of international law.

The difficult lesson of history was not taught in vain. The victorious Allied nations were quick to form an Organisation of the United Nations and wrote the UN Charter in September 1945. The UN Charter laid the groundwork for decades of concerted efforts to keep law and order on this planet. The most representative international organisation, the UN, turned into the best tool for the coordination of national efforts. In 1975, 35 countries of Europe, the USA, and Canada signed what is known as the Helsinki Act. That document finalises the national borders in post-war Europe and confirms the inviolable sovereignty of all countries of that continent. The post-war system of international agreements insured stability; it enabled mankind to move away from the brink of the nuclear abyss. Nevertheless, one day, Washington became disenchanted with the UN Charter. About six years ago, the Bush Administration outlined a new strategy for national security, which has since become known as the Bush doctrine. That unparalleled political document demands that the foreign strategies of the United States rest on the supporting pillars of military superiority, preventive warfare, and the ability to launch unilateral efforts. The concept of preventive warfare allows military action in circumstances that, according to Washington, call for this kind of action; the ability to launch unilateral efforts comes in handy when Washington fails to get other nations to protect American interests. It goes without saying that the Bush doctrine fails to be in consonance with the UN Charter and that there’s no room for it in the legal foundation for the existing world order.

Europe saw its first armed conflict of the post-war years in March 1999. It was based on a decision made on the banks of the Potomac and approved without delay by an obedient Brussels, in defiance of international law and the UN, that thousands of bombs were dropped on sovereign Yugoslavia and thousands of missiles were fired into that country. Impunity led to military action under the new Bush Doctrine. Without permission from the United Nations and in brazen violation of the UN Charter, the USA invaded sovereign Iraq. The American political ignoramuses learned no lesson from the unexpected and unwelcome aftermath of that illegitimate military adventure.

Repercussions of their moves are the last thing they thought of in their recent efforts to encourage and, that done, uphold the proclamation of Kosovar sovereignty which defies one of the basic principles of international law, that of the inviolability of national borders. Taken out of context, the American strategy for Kosovo does little save spotlight its disregard of international law. Yet, as a matter of fact, it puts a question mark over a century of painstaking efforts to lay a legal foundation for international relations, deals a heavy blow to the fundamental ideas of the UN, and reduces the effectiveness of the UN’s efforts to promote peace and global security.

Wrong are those who imagine they can feel safe while planning and playing this foul and dangerous political game. This world of ours is indivisible. However, the law of the jungle, which puts military might above all legal rules and regulations, turns it into a paradise for terrorists. It’s a threat to each and every member of the international community. Future generations of American leaders and the inadmissibly near-sighted supporters of today’s policy-makers will have to pay… pay a dear price, I’d say!… for the American failure to see that.

29 February 2008

Valentin Zorin

Voice of Russia World Service



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