Serbian Orthodox Church Sues UK, France, Germany, Italy For Failure to Protect Kosovo Churches

December 9, 2004

Source: BBC News

On December 9, 2004 the BBC News reported, "The Serbian Orthodox Church has filed a lawsuit against the UK, France, Germany and Italy for allegedly failing to protect its churches in Kosovo. Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren, who lodged the complaint, told Serbian media that the four nations had allowed ethnic Albanians to ransack churches. The state-run Politika paper quotes him saying dozens of Orthodox churches and religious monuments had been destroyed. Nato-led troops took control of mainly-Muslim Kosovo in June 1999. The international community forced Serb troops and authorities out of the province amid escalating violence against separatist ethnic Albanian rebels."