UNMIK press conference (Pristina July 16, 2008)

Some highlights related to the Djakovica church land usurpation

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UNMIK Spokesperson RussellGeekie

Thank you Edita. Are there any questions?

Kim Radio: Mr. Geekie, what will UNMIK undertake to preventconstruction of City Parkin Gjakova on the foundations of the templeof Holy Trinity which was mined anddemolished three times from 1999 onwards? Municipal Government has beenconstructing the city park without the approval of the Serbian Orthodox Church,although this land is owned by the Orthodox Church. What is your jurisdiction?What can you do to stop annihilation of the Orthodox temple in Gjakova?

Russell: At this time, I would be uncertain of our jurisdiction, asyou put it. What I can tell you is that the SRSG is very much aware of thisissue, and he does - as part of his visits throughout Kosovo, he does plan tovisit Gjakova Municipalitynext week.

6th Islam-Orthodox Dialogue winds up

The Sixth Islam-Orthodox Dialogue wrapped up here Friday after two days.

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Bishop to represent Russian Orthodox Church in Italy

Italy has begun to register the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia said in the meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Moscow. "Following the consultations with the Roman Catholic Church, we have started the process of registration of the Russian Orthodox Church in Italy to be represented by a bishop," he said.

Georgian Orthodox Church marking Mtskhetoba-Svetitskhovloba

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While delivering His Sunday Preachment Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia asked for protection of Georgia to the Twelve Apostles.