Monday, January 09, 2006

UNMIK starts moving Kosovo Roma to safer Mitrovica locality

Text of report by Bosnian Serb news agency SRNA

Kosovska Mitrovica, 9 January: UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] and the UNHCR today started moving 125 Roma families from the settlements of Zitkovac, Kablar and Cesmin Lug, which are polluted by lead dust, to the abandoned French camp Osterode near Kosovska Mitrovica.

UNMIK spokesman Gyorgy Kakuk has said the Roma families would be relocated to camp Osterode from their previous places of residence within the next three days because of the presence of excessive quantities of lead dust, which presents a health hazard.

"The decision on the relocation of the Roma to the camp was made on the basis of a request by the Roma community following extensive tests on the presence of lead dust in zones populated by Roma," Kakuk said.

He said that the Roma would be accommodated at the French camp until the completion of construction of two high-rises in the Romska Mahala area in south Kosovska Mitrovica.

The Roma, who were expelled from their settlement in south Kosovska Mitrovica in 1999, are temporarily residing in a housing district used until the early 90s by miners of the Trepca mines.

Source: SRNA news agency, Bijeljina, in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 1240 gmt 9 Jan 06


Dardania 2006 said...

The UN's greatest fault. It took them 6 years to move the people out of the camp!!! Someone should answer for this.

Anonymous said...

My fellow Kosovar,
it took us freaking six years to forgive the Roma for their cooperation with the Serbs. So it's not all UNMIK's fault. Take some responsibility. We gotta embrace these people, otherwise we'll be the same like the Serbs.

Dardania 2006 said...

I agree with you,

We needed to move on too, I truly hope these people can now live better lives.

I am more wondering about who was the genious that put them in a camp full of poison. Doesnt choosing a camp site involve testing the soil? And with all these experts in the international community why 6 years?

Anonymous said...

pointing fingers never gets anything anyone, neither the international community nor the locals.