Friday, April 22, 2005

Displaced Serbs to return to homes in southeastern Kosovo

Prishtina [Pristina], 21 April: More than 20 Serb families have signed yesterday an agreement to return to their homes in the village of Zhiti [Zitinje] in the Viti [Vitina] Municipality [in southeastern Kosovo].

The agreement for return was signed by the families, UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo], Care International organization and Viti municipal representatives.

Mustafa Shabani, a municipal official for return, said that 16 houses are under construction in the village, a project funded by the European Agency of Reconstruction [EAR], worth of 1.2m euros.

"Of those, 12 houses are meant for Serb families and four others for other non-Albanian families," he said.

Shabani said that the number of the interested Serbs to return is growing. "Eight more families are expected to sign the agreement."

The project of return of displaced families to their homes in the village Podgorc [Podgorce] in Viti has been completed, while project for return in village Germove [Grmovo] is pending due to the funds.

Source: KosovaLive web site, Pristina, in English 21 Apr 05


Anonymous said...

Serb returns are a defeat for all those Serb nationalists who wish to wallow in their victimization. They would rather fellow Serbs live in squalid refugee camps than return safely to Kosova and undermine their extremist rhetoric.

Anonymous said...

how many of the serb refugees were actually resettled by the serbian government into Kosova during the prior decades?

Anonymous said...

Return of the Serbs is a loss for those in Belgrade who are using them for their little petty ideas. These people don't deserve to be "utilized" by anyone, even less by Serbia/Belgrade.