Kosovo government wants to destroy Christ the Savior cathedral in Pristina



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BELGRADE – The Diocese of Raska-Prizren of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) denied the allegations that the unfinished Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Pristina was illegally built on usurped grounds and needs to be removed.

The government (of ethnic Albanians) in Pristina threatened to destroy the unfinished facilities of Christ the Saviour Cathedral in keeping with the law on legalisation in case a request for its registry is not filed by February 5.

The daily Blic in Pristina reported that together with the request for legalisation, SPC will have to submit the consent of the University of Pristina which launched a suit against the Diocese in September 2012, claiming that the church was built on a usurped plot belonging to the University.

The construction of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral began back in 1992, when Pristina was home to 40,000 Serbs as SPC had only one other small church in town at the time, which was not sufficient for the needs of the believers, the Diocese said.

The idea about the construction of the church was put forth by the local bishop of Raska-Prizren, afterwards the patriarch of SPC Pavle and it was met with full consent of the local, provincial and Serbian institutions and the administration of the University of Pristina, the release states.

The Diocese underscored that it has detailed documents with permits and précis from cadastre books that show every claim about alleged illegal construction is thoroughly unfounded.

The plot of land where the unfinished Christ the Saviour Cathedral still stands is located in downtown Pristina and it is still registered in cadastre books as owned by SPC, as demonstrated by the latest précis from the Kosovo Cadastre from 2012. This is why the speculations about illegal construction of the church are unfounded and constitute an attempt of political abuse of the matter, the Diocese said.

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Selective interpretation of the law to the detriment of SPC lies more in the domain of discrimination on ethnic and religious grounds than based on any legal grounds, and every claim that the construction of the church was politically motivated constitutes ill-meaning provocation.

The Diocese noted that it filed the documentation on the construction of the church and ownership over the land where the church is being built to all international institutions in Kosovo-Metohija as well, and is willing to defend its rights by all legal means.

Any attack on the church will be considered as an open attack on SPC whose rights are clearly regulated, the Diocese of Raska-Prizren warned.

The construction of the Orthodox Christ the Saviour Cathedral was interrupted in 1999 during armed clashes with Albanian terrorists and NATO bombing, and it was not resumed after which the persecution of Serbs began.

Since then, the church was targeted by attacks and desecration by Albanians on several occasions and there were also some ideas about turning it into the memorial museum of ethnic Albanians.


09-02-2015

Source: http://inserbia.info/today/2015/02/kosovo-govt-wants-to-destroy-christ-the-saviour-cathedral-in-pristina/

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