HRH CROWN PRINCE ALEXANDER II FIRMLY CONDEMNS THE ATTACK ON
THE SERBIAN MONASTERY OF DECANI
Belgrade, 31 March, 2007 - At the time when the greatest
Christian holiday Easter is approaching, the Monastery of Decani in the heart of
Kosovo and Metohija was attacked.
The widely reported plans for the protection of Serbs and
their property are not giving any results. I appeal to all countries that are
fighting against terrorism to take these terrorist attacks seriously. The
international community must firmly impress upon the authorities in Kosovo that
this kind of behaviour is very uncivilised, and that they must prove that they
are capable of respecting, not only the Serbs but everyone who is living in
Kosovo. Democratic principles and human rights must be fully adhered to and such
attacks must not be tolerated.
In Serbia, many ethnic minorities live in equality, and we
ask for our people in Kosovo and Metohija to have the same equal status as
anyone else living there.
The damage and pain that can be caused by such extremist
attacks will not contribute to any future within Europe. I strongly condemn this
act of terrorism on one of the most important Serbian Holy places which is a
UNESCO World Heritage monument.
In light of this kind of barbaric behaviour, one should
seriously consider whether Mr. Ahtisaari’s plan and the guarantees it offers are
being taken in context. I demand much more guarantees for safety and protection
from the authorities.