Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Deal Reached On Protecting Serb Religious Sites In Kosovo

VIENNA (AP)-Ethnic Albanian and Serbian officials agreed Tuesday on basic elements on how to protect Kosovo's cultural and religious sites, particularly in parts of the province dominated by ethnic Albanians.

"There are a number of conceptual differences, but there was a far-reaching agreement on the protection of religious sites," said Albert Rohan, a Austrian diplomat and a U.N.-appointed mediator for the talks.

He said both delegations agreed on the issue of "physical protection" of Serbian Orthodox religious sites in the province and on protection zones that would be guarded by international peacekeepers.

Serbs consider Kosovo to be the cradle of their civilization, and key Serbian religious and historical sites are located there - and are currently being guarded by NATO peacekeepers.

In March 2004, the holy sites were targeted in anti-Serb riots that left more than 30 medieval churches and monasteries damaged or destroyed. That year, UNESCO designated the Visoki Decani monastery - the largest and the best preserved medieval monastery in the province - a World Heritage site. [ 23-05-06 1634GMT ]


Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

You know that if/when Kosovo becomes independent all Serb religious and cultural sites will be destroyed. Everyone knows that will happen and there wont be enough Serbs in Kosovo to do anything about it. The KLA terrorist government is certainly not going to do anything to protect the sites.

Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

Are the people who are going to protect the sites the same who allowed the March 2004 riots? If a bunch of Albanains march toward a monastery with the intent to destroy it are troops from Germany going to shoot them? Of course not they will let the Albanians do whatever they want like in MArch 2004.

JustMe said...

Dude, get a life and start using commas :)

Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

Why post if you are going to post nothing? You know all the Serb sights are danger-March 2004.