From the American Council for Kosovo

Published on September 22, 2011, American Council for Kosovo

Category: News from the American Council for Kosovo

James George Jatras

We keep hearing that "the Russians can't be more Serbian than the Serbs" when it comes to Kosovo and Metojiha. Well, they certainly can be, and have been, more Serbian than the ersatz "Serbs" holding power in Belgrade today!

Several days ago, the Russian Ambassador in Belgrade, Aleksandr Konuzin, attempted to shame the shameless, demanding to know from the silence of the Serbs taking part in an officially organized gathering, why none of them spoke up in defense of their own country. "Are there no Serbs in this room?," Konuzin exclaimed at one point, speaking "in an emotional manner and raising his voice." According to reports, he later angrily left the gathering (opened that morning by President Boris Tadic, and organized by the Fund for Political Excellence and the European Movement in Serbia) in disgust.

Another kind of answer to the Ambassador’s question was given this week, when Bishop Artemije of Ras and Prizren – already forcibly exiled from his eparchy by the actions of Belgrade collaborators with NATO governments – was forcibly prevented from delivering food aid to Christian Serbs under siege by the Albanian Muslim separatists and their NATO and EU backers. But as noted below by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey, he was laid hands on “not by Croatian elements in KFOR, not by Albanian terrorists led by their organ and drug-trafficking masters whom the EU and NATO love so much, but by the Serbian authorities themselves!

As the siege of the Kosovo Serbs continues, we know who is against them, including their own government. The question is, who is on their side? And more importantly, when will the rest of Serbia cease to stand by and watch this outrage continue? Until Serbia has a patriotic government that is willing to look out for its own people’s interests in cooperation with Russia and the majority of the world’s countries (China, India and Pakistan, Iran and Israel, Brazil, Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh, South Africa, Mexico, Nigeria, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Thailand, Congo, Egypt, almost all of Latin America, almost all of Africa, not to mention Spain, Romania, Cyprus, Slovakia, and Greece), – nothing good can happen in Kosovo, and the reign of the drug, weapon, slave, organ trafficking KLA jihad terrorists and their enablers in Washington, London, Berlin, etc., will drag on.


http://english.pravda.ru/hotspots/conflicts/21-09-2011/119113-serbia_authorities-0/

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What is worse, the Bishop was the victim of police brutality. Not only was he physically prevented from entering Kosovo i Metohija, but he was forcefelly removed to Belgrade. Instead of enjoying the freedom of movement to visit his people in the diocese of Serbian Kosovo, his freedom of movement was denied to him, not by Croatian elements in KFOR, not by Albanian terrorists led by their organ and drug-trafficking masters who the EU and NATO love so much, but by the Serbian authorities themselves.

Serbia's authorities side with whom?

There are times when a wave of madness sweeps through the international community, times when things cease to make sense any more, when logic is defied and when we question whether everything and everyone has lost their sanity. In northern Kosovo, foreign forces are colluding against Serbs and what are the Serbian authorities doing?

The answer to the question is crystal clear: they appear to be working with them. True, the European Union must have presented a long and humiliating list of demands to Belgrade, yet the capacity which the Serbian authorities demonstrate in their resilience and stamina as they stand bent over with their trousers down, is staggering.

The latest incident happened yesterday as the Serbian Orthodox Bishop Artemije carried food aid for the Serbs barricading their checkpoints in the Serbian privince of Kosovo, together with a group of Orthodox monks and nuns... and the vehicles in which they were travelling were intercepted by the Serbian police who stated they did not have the right to cross the checkpoints.

How can the Serbian police prevent Serbian Orthodox monks crossing into Kosovo and Metohija, which is under international law a province of the Republic of Serbia?

What is worse, the Bishop was the victim of police brutality. Not only was he physically prevented from entering Kosovo I Matohija, but he was forcefelly removed to Belgrade. Instead of enjoying the freedom of movement to visit his people in the diocese of Serbian Kosovo, his freedom of movement was denied to him, not by Croatian elements in KFOR, not by Albanian terrorists led by their organ and drug-trafficking masters who the EU and NATO love so much, but by the Serbian authorities themselves.

Apart from this incident, other groups of monks were prevented from travelling to Kosovo. They were surrounded by the police and forced to turn back. This is the freedom and democracy exercised by President Boris Tadic's Serbia today. Yes, the world has gone stark raving mad.

To the Serbian authorities - bend over further, your masters will enjoy it more.

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey


http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2011&mm=09&dd=15&nav_id=76407

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Konuzin accused NATO and its troops in Kosovo, KFOR, of "at this point violating (UNSC) Resolution 1244, because they wish to bring Kosovo customs and soldiers to the border with Serbia, while no participant in the forum is mentioning that". He further stated that there were people in Serbia ready to sell economic facilities to "anyone but not to Russians", even though they were aware this would mean the demise of those facilities. After addressing the panel for some 15 minutes, the diplomat angrily left the event that brought together ministers of several European countries, foreign policy and security experts, and journalists.

Russian envoy asks: Are there no Serbs here?

BELGRADE -- Russian Ambassador Aleksandr Konuzin on Thursday voiced strong criticism of the participants of the Belgrade Security Forum who came from Serbia.

The diplomat accused them of not defending their own country's interests when it came to Kosovo.
"Are there no Serbs in this room?," Konuzin exclaimed at one point, speaking "in an emotional manner and raising his voice", according to reports.

The panel of the forum that the Russian envoy was attending was dedicated to global security changes.

Konuzin accused NATO and its troops in Kosovo, KFOR, of "at this point violating (UNSC) Resolution 1244, because they wish to bring Kosovo customs and soldiers to the border with Serbia, while no participant in the forum is mentioning that".

The ambassador continued to say that interests of Serbia will be defended by Russia and Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic at the meeting of the UN Security Council later in the day, and added that "here in this room there is nobody defending Serbia's interests".

He further stated that there were people in Serbia ready to sell economic facilities to "anyone but not to Russians", even though they were aware this would mean the demise of those facilities.

After addressing the panel for some 15 minutes, the diplomat angrily left the event that brought together ministers of several European countries, foreign policy and security experts, and journalists.

The forum, which was opened this morning by President Boris Tadic, was organized by the Fund for Political Excellence and the European Movement in Serbia.


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