Kosovo, Serbia debate the return of Pristina artworks

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Kosovo will continue to address the return of artwork to Pristina Museum in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, said one analyst. Full Story
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Hamilton, Canada

#1 May 2, 2013
Kosovo is asking that Serbia return the artworks that were transferred from the Pristina Museum to Belgrade in 1999, but the Serbian capital is refusing, citing safety and legal right-of-ownership as reasons. One analyst thinks the issue will become part of the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.

The 1,200 works of art include archaeological and ethnographic items collected from different excavations before 1999.

"We've been asking that [the more than] 1,200 artworks, unfairly taken from the Kosovo museum in 1999, be returned, and as soon as possible," Shkelzen Dragaj, spokesperson for the Kosovo Culture Ministry, told SETimes.

Branko Jokic, director of the Belgrade branch of the Pristina Museum, said relocation of certain art works from Kosovo to Belgrade was done for security reasons, with KFOR assistance and UN approval.

"In June 1999, when the circumstances became unfavourable for people, nature, and cultural heritage in Kosovo, the UN Steering Committee in Pristina proposed an urgent protective heritage protection measure, a relocation of certain number of items Pristina Museum, which was under the risk of being destroyed. These pieces represent Serbian tradition and culture in Kosovo and Metohija. It was asked for their relocation to a safer location, with KFOR assistance," Jokic told SETimes.

"General Michael Jackson, KFOR chief at the time, approved the relocation of the artworks … which were first moved to the Gracanica monastery courtyard, and then with the help of KFOR US troops, in late 1999 to central Serbia, to the Belgrade ethnographic museum where it remains today," Jokic said.

Now Pristina is asking that Belgrade return the artworks.

"We've continuously appealed to Serbia to change its approach and start the return of the Pristina Museum artworks, because such action will first build respect in bilateral relations, and then respect for cultural heritage," Dragaj said.

"Part of Pristina Museum's ethnographic and archaeological collection was located in museums in central Serbia in 1998 and 1999. The archaeological collection is in the Belgrade National Museum, and the total number of artworks from Kosovo museums is around 3,000," Jokic said, adding that the ethnographic collection "significantly increased in recent years with the addition of items collected from Serbian refugee families from Kosovo after 1999."

However, Kosovo authorities said they have repeatedly asked the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the OSCE, UNESCO and different embassies to pressure Serbia to return the art works.

Dragaj told SETimes the latest request was at a meeting of Southeast Europe culture ministers in Slovenia. Kosovo Culture Minister Memli Krasniqi asked that both countries begin to work on the return of the artworks to the Kosovo museum.

"If we are committed to following the civilised European principles, than this return should not be delayed," Krasniqi said at the meeting.

Aleksandar Radovanovic, the ambassador with the Serbian delegation in Slovenia, walked out of the meeting and returned only when Krasniqi ended his talk. Radovanovic said that Pristina's request is turning cultural heritage into a political issue.

Dragaj told SETimes that Kosovo will continue to address the issue and will ask to have it solved within the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.

"As Serbia doesn't recognise Kosovo as an independent state, and therefore, by law, property and cultural heritage belongs to Serbia," Igor Isailovic, a Belgrade attorney, told SETimes.
Oliver Cromwell

Preston, UK

#2 May 2, 2013
How can Serbia return its own property?
teddy

Genova, Italy

#3 May 2, 2013
Oliver Cromwell wrote:
How can Serbia return its own property?
Kosovo never been of Serbia,dude ....
Oliver Cromwell

Preston, UK

#4 May 2, 2013
teddy wrote:
<quoted text>Kosovo never been of Serbia,dude ....
Of course it has DUDE,where have you been?
teddy

Genova, Italy

#5 May 2, 2013
Oliver Cromwell wrote:
<quoted text>
Of course it has DUDE,where have you been?
Why it should be?!because it was the mark of the Serbian state, or was used to sow churches and monasteries under the exhilaration and orgasm of the royal family of Nemanjic!
The Thinker

Pittsburgh, PA

#6 May 2, 2013
When it came to medieval churches and monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church; ethnic Albanian Kosovars, as well as Muslim foreign militants destroyed hundreds of these precious structural artifacts, now the Pristina museum of Kosovo is asking for the return of artifacts; the ethnic Albanian Muslims of Kosovo have shown to the world that not only do they have no respect for very historical, very old artifacts of churches and monasteries, that also the ethnic Albanian Muslims of Kosovo destroy them. While it is true that Serbs have destroyed Catholic churches, which is very wrong, everyone now trusts the Serbs not to destroy holy places of worship, even mosques were rebuilt in Serbia, but in Kosovo, hundreds of medieval churches and monasteries lie in ruins. Who can trust the ethnic Albanian Muslims, especially in Kosovo, to preserve ancient history?
teddy

Genova, Italy

#7 May 2, 2013
The Thinker wrote:
When it came to medieval churches and monasteries of the Serbian Orthodox Church; ethnic Albanian Kosovars, as well as Muslim foreign militants destroyed hundreds of these precious structural artifacts, now the Pristina museum of Kosovo is asking for the return of artifacts; the ethnic Albanian Muslims of Kosovo have shown to the world that not only do they have no respect for very historical, very old artifacts of churches and monasteries, that also the ethnic Albanian Muslims of Kosovo destroy them. While it is true that Serbs have destroyed Catholic churches, which is very wrong, everyone now trusts the Serbs not to destroy holy places of worship, even mosques were rebuilt in Serbia, but in Kosovo, hundreds of medieval churches and monasteries lie in ruins. Who can trust the ethnic Albanian Muslims, especially in Kosovo, to preserve ancient history?
I can not predict the future, but things will be better in Kosovo with a better climate between the two ethnic groups, at least for all future generations that they can not live in hate.As for the churchs they are the history and the testimony of Kosovo...hoping in one not involving of them in policy
Glauk

United States

#8 May 2, 2013
German police return smuggled artifacts to Kosovo stolen by Serbs in 1999

http://news.yahoo.com/german-police-return-sm...

Seven artifacts dating as far back as 4,000 B.C. have been returned to Kosovo after German police stumbled on them in an unrelated raid, the country's culture minister said Friday.

The artifacts date to the Neolithic period and are believed to belong to the Vinca, a prehistoric culture that traces back to 5,500 B.C. in southern Europe. Police in central Germany found them in 2005 during a separate undisclosed investigation, discovering the pieces in a sports bag belonging to two Serbs.
reality

Adelaide, Australia

#9 May 2, 2013
Glauk wrote:
German police return smuggled artifacts to Kosovo stolen by Serbs in 1999
http://news.yahoo.com/german-police-return-sm...
Seven artifacts dating as far back as 4,000 B.C. have been returned to Kosovo after German police stumbled on them in an unrelated raid, the country's culture minister said Friday.
The artifacts date to the Neolithic period and are believed to belong to the Vinca, a prehistoric culture that traces back to 5,500 B.C. in southern Europe. Police in central Germany found them in 2005 during a separate undisclosed investigation, discovering the pieces in a sports bag belonging to two Serbs.
they stole stuff from croatia and bosnia also that they don't want to give back or have sold illegally.
petty criminals is what they are.
Serbonazis

Buffalo, NY

#10 May 3, 2013
Oliver Cromwell wrote:
How can Serbia return its own property?
that is not servia's property you dummy servo

“old fart fosile strahdsky ”

Since: Feb 09

Tata and strahdsky on leash

#11 May 4, 2013
dont know what the fuss is about...churches in Kosovo territory are an important asset which kosovo government can use as a bargain......cant wait for serbs to start cryin' because churches will be taken away or turned into mosques one day considering the cocky attitude and senseles stance of Belgrade....a monument was removed and consequences were sentimental and hurtfull ..can u imagine what it will do to servs if sth happened to the churches themselves...
it is clear kosova government is trying to negotiate through mutual understanding and peaceful talks......but servia continues to behave like the bully it used to be , but for how long?
reality

Ljubljana, Slovenia

#12 May 4, 2013
disgusting alvanians
Oliver Cromwell

Southport, UK

#13 May 4, 2013
Glauk wrote:
German police return smuggled artifacts to Kosovo stolen by Serbs in 1999
http://news.yahoo.com/german-police-return-sm...
Seven artifacts dating as far back as 4,000 B.C. have been returned to Kosovo after German police stumbled on them in an unrelated raid, the country's culture minister said Friday.
The artifacts date to the Neolithic period and are believed to belong to the Vinca, a prehistoric culture that traces back to 5,500 B.C. in southern Europe. Police in central Germany found them in 2005 during a separate undisclosed investigation, discovering the pieces in a sports bag belonging to two Serbs.
No foreign troops have any business being in Kosovo,especially GERMANS,they should be shot on sight.
Oliver Cromwell

Southport, UK

#14 May 4, 2013
Serbonazis wrote:
<quoted text>that is not servia's property you dummy servo
Of course it is you retarded KLA Baboon because Kosovo is Serbian.
teddy

Genova, Italy

#15 May 4, 2013
Oliver Cromwell wrote:
<quoted text>
Of course it is you retarded KLA Baboon because Kosovo is Serbian.
Where are the Serbs in Kosovo?
Oliver Cromwell

Southport, UK

#16 May 4, 2013
teddy wrote:
<quoted text>Where are the Serbs in Kosovo?
In Northern Kosovo the rest were murdered or cleansed by KLA thugs and NATO.
teddy

Genova, Italy

#17 May 4, 2013
Oliver Cromwell wrote:
<quoted text>
In Northern Kosovo the rest were murdered or cleansed by KLA thugs and NATO.
The history is full of Serbian ethnic cleansing and colonisation amongst the Albanians in Kosovo!
many are your attempts to overthrow the Albanian majority in Kosovo, even books are written, studies, how when, and for where the ethnic Albanians should left Kosovo...
Oliver Cromwell

Southport, UK

#18 May 4, 2013
teddy wrote:
<quoted text>The history is full of Serbian ethnic cleansing and colonisation amongst the Albanians in Kosovo!
many are your attempts to overthrow the Albanian majority in Kosovo, even books are written, studies, how when, and for where the ethnic Albanians should left Kosovo...
I havn't cleansed anyone in Kosovo i am English,as for Albanians being a majority in Kosovo,so what,the Cornish are a majority in Cornwall,that doesn't mean they should have a seperate State.
teddy

Genova, Italy

#19 May 4, 2013
Oliver Cromwell wrote:
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I havn't cleansed anyone in Kosovo i am English,as for Albanians being a majority in Kosovo,so what,the Cornish are a majority in Cornwall,that doesn't mean they should have a seperate State.
For Kosovo ain't new the research for freedom, or a union with the other part Albanian.
It has not popped out as an idea in 1999, but it is old .....
Serbonazis

Buffalo, NY

#20 May 5, 2013
Long live free and independent Kosovo

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