BELGRADE – The pogrom against Serbs in Kosovo in March 2004 was to be the last stage in the implementation of an Albanian hegemonistic program of absolute ethnic domination, and the goal for the organizers and instigators of the pogrom was complete ethnic cleansing, Director of the Serbian government’s Office for Kosovo-Metohija (KiM) Marko Djuric has said.

“It was prevented by a delayed but decisive response by the international forces, as well as heroic determination of the Serbs to defend themselves,” Djuric said in an article he wrote for the Thursday edition of Belgrade-based daily Politika, adding that there was no doubt that only political and security structures stemming from the terrorist KLA could have had the capacity to organize and execute operations of such complexity.

Djuric stressed that none of these structures in KiM had been caled to account for any of the crimes committed against the Serbs during the war and after the arrival of the international forces to date.

“One cannot provide a solid argument to defend the thesis that a massive attack on Serbs, their property and holy sites was a spontaneous reaction triggered by a revolt over the drowning of two Albanian children in the village of Cabra in the municipality of Zubin Potok, unjustifiably attributed to the Serbs,” said Djuric.