News - March 23, 2004

  1. THE UPDATED LIST OF DESTROYED AND DAMAGED
    CHRISTIAN ORTHODOX SHRINES IN KOSOVO
    AFTER KRISTALLNACHT OF 17-18 MARCH 2004
  2. A CONVERSATION OF THE HOLY SYNOD
    WITH THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION DISASTER MINISTRY
  3. A CONVERSATION OF THE HOLY SYNOD
    WITH RODERICK MOORE USA CHARGES D AFFAIRS IN BELGRADE

Рaging against remaining Serbs in Prizren

The entire Serb quarter in Prizren, Potkaljaja, has been burned. Once again it has been confirmed that the churches of Christ the Savior, St. Nedelja, Sts. Cosmas and Damian, and St. Panteleimon have been burned and destroyed in this part of the city, in addition to the Mother of God of Ljevis, St. George, the old church of St. George (Runjevic church), and the Church of St. Nicholas (Tutic church). According to this information, all (8) Prizren churches have been burned, as well as Sts. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, the Diocese seat and Holy Archangels Monstery outside the city.

Armed Albanians were breaking into Serb houses and abusing and beating up old people. Jelena Gigic says that a member of the Kosovo Police Service threw her on the balcony and stomped on her with his feet.

Leposava Pitovic of Potkaljaje and her neighbors were brutally beaten. Elderly Vojislav Jeftic's arm was broken. Also beaten up were teacher Dobrila Dosavic and her grandson. Like most Serbs, they are presently in the military base of German KFOR.

More Than 20 Serbian Orthodox Churches Destroyed By Rampaging Groups Of Kosovo Albanians - The Pearls Of Medieval Art In Flames And Ashes

More than 20 Orthodox Christian churches have perished in flames in the last three days of pogrom orchestrated by Kosovo Albanian extremists against the remaining Kosovo Serbs and their holy sites. Most valuable works of art: holy icons, medieval books, frescoes from the 14th and 15th centuries perish in flames while civilized Europe is not able to stop the the rampage of extremists who slowly create a society in which soon there will not be a sign of the Cross and any living Serbs.

List Of Churches Destroyed In Kosovo And Metohija Thus Far, Mar. 17-19, 2004 "death To Serbs"

Below is a list of churches and church buildings regarding which the Diocese has received information that they were destroyed in the riots occurring between March 17 and March 19, 2004. In process is the intensive verification of all data, especially in the area of Prizren where there are indications that all Orthodox churches have been destroyed. In Urosevac, Athens News Agency advised this morning that members of Greek KFOR have abandoned protection of three church buildings. The only thing that they were able to confirm is that the church of the Holy King Uros in Urosevac has been burned. In any case, it can be officially said that at least 16 churches have been destroyed (according to UNMIK confirmation). It is entirely possible that the number exceeds 20 (on the basis of information arriving in the Diocese of Raska and Prizren). Together with the 112 churches already destroyed or heavily damaged since the beginning of the UNMIK "peace mission" in June 1999, over 130 Orthodox holy shrines in Kosovo and Metohija have been destroyed or demolished. Two churches in Lipljan apparently have not yet been destroyed even though initial reports indicated that they were under attack.

Hrh Crown Prince Alexander Meets With Secretary General Kofi Anan Of The United Nations To Discuss Kosovo

HRH Crown Prince Alexander was received by His Excellency Secretary General of the United Nations. His Royal Highness has known the Secretary General for many years and has met on many occasions. The Secretary General warmly welcomed His Royal Highness to the United Nations and briefed him on recent meetings, actions and activities taken by the United Nations in view of the extremely serious situation in Kosovo.