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Serbian President Demands Protection For Kosovar Serbs

Tadic wants better protection for Serbs in Kosovo (file photo) 13 August 2004 -- Serbian President Boris Tadic warned today that the UN-administered province of Kosovo would remain politically unstable if those perpetrating ethnically motivated violence escape punishment.

A statement from the president's office marked the first anniversary today of the slaying of two Kosovo teenagers and demanded that those responsible for the August 2003 incident be arrested and brought to justice.

Ivan Jovovic and Pantelija Dakic were killed when gunmen opened fire on a group of Serbian youths swimming in a river in western Kosovo. Four others were wounded.

Tadic said if their attackers go unpunished, "neither stability nor a political solution" would be possible for Kosovo.

Tadic also noted the numerous other incidents targeting Kosovo's Serbs and called for better protection of the enclave's 100,000-strong Serbian minority.


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