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« on: April 18, 2004, 12:11:37 PM »

ERP KIM Newsletter 18-04-04

The Church property around the Christ the Savior
Cathedral in Pristina turned into a squatting ground
for Roma emigrants from Albania. The interior of the
church is used as a public toilet. Pristina Municipal
authorities (Albanians) and UNMIK keep tolerating the
sacrilege despite warning of Bishop Artemije in
January 2004 to protect the church and the church
property.

Church of Christ the Savior in Pristina turned into
public toilet

These horrific scenes of extreme lack of culture and
savagery in the center of Pristina where, in addition
to the Albanians, several thousand foreigners are
living who can see the humiliated church for
themselves, are a stain not only on the Pristina
municipal administration and Pristna University but
also on the UN mission which five years ago undertook
to preserve a multiethnic society in Kosovo and
Metohija," said Bishop Artemije. In a statement for
the ERP KIM Info Service, the Bishop added: "In
addition to all the horrors and the destruction and
desecration of over 140 churches since the arrival of
the UN mission in this region, the shocking spectacles
from the church of Christ the Savior, which has been
turned into a public toilet, confirm that the
eradication of Christianity and all Christian
civilizational values in this region is being carried
out with the silent, and frequently the active,
acquiescence and participation of Albanian provisional
institutions and their sponsors in the UN mission.


Church of Christ the Savior surrounded by Roma
settlement
and garbage dump in the very center of Pristina

ERP KIM Info Service
Gracanica, April 18, 2004

The Information Service of the Diocese of
Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija has managed to
obtain photographs recording the unprecedented scene
in the very center of Pristina. The still uncompleted
Orthodox cathedral of Christ the Savior with its
consecrated foundations and cross, where Holy Liturgy
was periodically served before the war while it was
still under construction, has been turned into a
public toilet, while the property around the church
has become the squatting ground of Roma emigrants from
the Republic of Albania who are, strangely enough,
tolerated by the Kosovo Albanians, unlike Kosovo Roma
who are persecuted and expelled.

After last month's pogrom during which 35 Orthodox
churches were destroyed and whose ashes in several
cases stink of human feces and urine, this yet another
example of barbaric behavior in the very center of
Kosovo's capital. To make matters even worse, this
horrific spectacle of the humiliation of a single
church and Christianity in general is located in
immediate proximity and can be seen from the
University Library and Pristina University. Both these
institutions were usurped in 199 by the Albanians who
summarily expelled all Serb professors and students.
What is more, university representatives have been
complaining for years to Pristna municipality
authorities about the existence of the sole remaining
Serbian Orthodox church in the area and asking that it
be torn down. The advocates of an ethnically pure,
Muslim Kosovo are especially infuriated by the
presence of the golden overlay cross which can still
be seen from some parts of the city and serves as a
sad reminder that Orthodox Christians were once part
of the city's population.

The church of Christ the Savior was to have been
completed in 1999; however, the eruption of war
interrupted further works. The church remains as the
unfulfilled wish of the pre-war population of 40,000
Serbs in Pristina to build a new church besides the
already existing church of St. Nicholas, which was
destroyed during last month's pogrom. Today there are
no remaining Serbs in Pristina.

At the end of December 2003 the municipality of
Pristina passed a decision to appropriate the land on
which the church was built but this decision was
overridden by UNMIK chief Harri Holkeri. In his letter
to the UNMIK chief at that time, Bishop Artemije
strongly urged the protection of church property and
that the church itself be placed under KFOR
protection. Nothing of the kind was done; instead,
Albanian municipal officials have tolerated a Roma
settlement of squatters and a garbage dump immediately
next to the church and the transformation of the
church into a public toilet.

KFOR has not only failed to close the church of Christ
the Savior and surround it with barbed wire but it has
been left completely open; consequently, there is a
great danger it will be dynamited one day as well,
which is the ultimate aim of the Albanians who wish to
wipe out the last traces of the presence of the
Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serb people in this
city, originally founded by the Serbian Holy King
Milutin in the 14th century.
"These horrific scenes of extreme lack of culture and
savagery in the center of Pristina where, in addition
to the Albanians, several thousand foreigners are
living who can see the humiliated church for
themselves, are a stain not only on the Pristina
municipal administration and Pristna University but
also on the UN mission which five years ago undertook
to preserve a multiethnic society in Kosovo and
Metohija," said Bishop Artemije. In a statement for
the ERP KIM Info Service, the Bishop added: "In
addition to all the horrors and the destruction and
desecration of over 140 churches since the arrival of
the UN mission in this region, the shocking spectacles
from the church of Christ the Savior, which has been
turned into a public toilet, confirm that the
eradication of Christianity and all Christian
civilizational values in this region is being carried
out with the silent, and frequently the active,
acquiescence and participation of Albanian provisional
institutions and their sponsors in the UN mission."

This is yet another indicator of the complete collapse
of the UN Mission in Kosovo and Metohija which has
lost control of the situation. The Diocese of
Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija appeals for the
implementation of urgent measures of stabilization to
moderate the situation in the Province, which is
rapidly being transformed into a haven for terrorists
and a jamahyria in which there is no future or
survival for anything bearing the sign of the Cross or
any other sign of European civilization.


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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2004, 08:19:42 PM »

Yeah I read about this from Reality Macedonia......an ANTI-Western kind of web site but none the less you always have to get both sides of a story and make your own opinion on it I guess.

Here are some Pictures of that Church:
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2004, 08:20:30 PM »

Here is another one

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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2004, 08:21:10 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2004, 08:21:58 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2004, 08:22:41 PM »

http://www.realitymacedonia.org.mk/web/news_page.asp?nid=3157


Thats the link with more pictures and the article from Reality Macedonia
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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2004, 10:32:11 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2004, 11:15:39 PM »

Ah, yes. The wondefully inspiring "civilized" European Utopia...

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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2004, 07:10:34 AM »

Ah, yes. The wondefully inspiring "civilized" European Utopia...

Demetri

eastern europe has yet to catch up. Western europe has lots of work to do. now that most of them are in the EU.... things will get better.

Do you think that the european side of russia would eventually join the union?
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2004, 09:07:05 AM »

Christos Anesti!  Christ is Risen!

http://www.realitymacedonia.org.mk/web/news_page.asp?nid=3157


Thats the link with more pictures and the article from Reality Macedonia

I would prefer to go to the source
http://www.kosovo.net/

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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2004, 10:02:45 AM »


Do you think that the european side of russia would eventually join the union?

Gosh, I hope not (also highly doubt it.)
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2004, 10:39:19 AM »

eastern europe has yet to catch up. Western europe has lots of work to do. now that most of them are in the EU.... things will get better.

We certainly would hope so.

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Do you think that the european side of russia would eventually join the union?

 :rolleyes: Huh?
How does half (or thereabouts) of a country join anything?

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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2004, 12:41:40 PM »

Gosh, I hope not (also highly doubt it.)

Why not? it would be good for russia.
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2004, 01:03:24 PM »

As a follow-up to Demetri's observation, the EU is a union of sovereign nations, i.e., unitary, and not of portions thereof.

Unless, of course, the Russian Federation intends to divide itself into "West (or European) Russia" and "East (Asian)Russia" or into another exotic name such as "Siberian Russia." Grin

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