By James Morrison
Christian leaders from Kosovo today hope to focus attention on attacks against Serbs by extremists in the Muslim-controlled province of the former Yugoslavia.
Bishop Artemije of Kosovo and Metohija and Rada Trajkovic and Dragan Velic of the Serbian National Council will hold a 10 a.m. press conference at the National Press Club to expose the "unremitting violence from jihad terrorist and criminal elements against the Christian Serb population," said Darren Spinck of the American Council for Kosovo, which announced the event yesterday.
Metohija refers to the Orthodox Church-owned land within Kosovo.
"Kosovo's black hole of corruption and organized crime — including trafficking in drugs, weapons and slaves — will lead to the extinction of Kosovo's Christian Serbs if America and Europe allow Kosovo independence," he said.
The United Nations is mediating talks between representatives of Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority who are demanding independence for the province and leaders of the Serbian government, which opposes independence but has had no control over Kosovo since the United Nations took responsibility for the region after the civil wars of the 1990s.