Threat Against Bishop Artemije

Published on April 15, 2006, Cleveland Plain Dealer

Category: Violence Against Christian Serbs and Their Holy Places

Patrick O'Donnell

She has raised those concerns both to Serbian newspapers and to the U.N. Mission in Kosovo but complained that the United Nations did only a "cursory" investigation. A spokeswoman for Serbia's U.S. embassy said it has not heard of threats specifically against Artemije but is concerned for the safety of all Serbs there.

Supporters of Bishop Artemije, the main Serbian Orthodox Church official for the regions of Kosovo and Metohija in the former Yugoslavia, say the outspoken cleric may be the target of an assassination plot. Artemije visited St. Sava Cathedral in Parma in February on a tour of the United States to oppose the Kosovo region becoming an independent state. In his talks here, Artemije said terrorist activity by the Albanian majority against the remaining Serbian population would rival al-Qaida's if independence is granted. Rada Trajkovic, an executive board member of the Serbian National Council of Kosovo and Metohija, said a group of "Muslim Albanian terrorists" in the Podujeco area of Kosovo are planning the attack.


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