Kosovar Religious Leaders Appeal for Peace
by Ryan Beiler | May-June 2000
Defying the assumption that Serbs and ethnic Albanians are incapable of peaceful
coexistence, leaders of the religious communities of Kosovo issued a common statement for
Defying the assumption that Serbs and ethnic Albanians are incapable of peaceful coexistence, leaders of the religious communities of Kosovo issued a common statement for reconciliation.
Signed by Rexhep Boja, Mufti of the Islamic Community of Kosovo, Marko Sopi, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Prizren, and Artemije Radosavljevic, the Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Raska and Prizren, the statement calls on believers of all faiths to "establish a durable peace based on truth, justice, and common living."
Proclaiming that each of their faiths considers human life a gift from God, they declared that "Violence against persons or the violation of their basic rights are for us not only against [human]-made laws but also breaking Gods law." They specifically spoke against the acts of revenge, including the destruction of Serbian churches and monasteries, that peacekeeping troops have done little to prevent.