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    Serbs Vow to Keep Kosovo at Historic Battle Ceremony
    News; Posted on: 2007-06-30 12:31:04 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    "This is our land, Serbian land. We don't want to lose it overnight."


    SERBIA: Hundreds of Serbs gathered yesterday at the site of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo to commemorate their nation's historic defeat to the Ottoman Turks and vow never to relinquish the disputed province to its independence-seeking Albanian majority.

    Nato troops and local police were out in force after threats of violence from Albanian radicals and the Serb nationalist Guard of Tsar Lazar, which is named after the medieval leader whose soldiers were routed near Kosovo's current capital, Pristina.

    The ceremony at the Gazimestan battlefield was attended by scores of Serbs from the northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica, who arrived on buses that were searched for weapons by police and closely monitored by Nato troops that lined much of their route.

    A service conducted by Orthodox Church bishops was attended by the Serbian cabinet ministers and the crown prince of Serbia's former monarchy, Alexander Karadjordjevic.

    "This is our land, Serbian land. We don't want to lose it overnight," said Mr Karadjordjevic. "The government is working hard to find a solution. The United Nations is working hard. We must all work together using common sense and maturity." The Belgrade government refuses to bow to US and European Union pressure to let Kosovo go free, while the region's 90 per cent Albanian majority will accept nothing less. Russia has threatened to block any UN resolution that is not amenable to Serbia.

    "Those who wish to cut the heart from this people want to wipe them from this Earth," said Orthodox Bishop Amfilohije, at the site of a battle that Serbs consider a heroic defeat suffered in the holy cause of defending Christian Europe from the Muslim Turks.

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