"In one of the three local villages returns are possible today and if at least a hundred people were to come returns would also be possible to the villages of Drenovac, Osojane, Drsnik, Siga, Dolac and Djurakovac," says Momcilo Babic who on this occasion wishes to emphasize that "not only the Albanians, that is, the members of the KLA but also the 'deserving' officials of the Pec municipality are to be blamed for the expulsion of a great number of Serbs". According to him, the officials immediately upon the withdrawal of the Yugoslav Army and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Serbia sat in their official vehicles and fled to Serbia or Montenegro claiming that the Shiptars would burn everything and kill everyone. "They are inflating their images where they are by claiming that they fled because their names appear on lists of persons accused of war crimes. If only they held rifles in their hands," says Babic.
Recently a group of Serbs came to Gorazdevac from cities in Serbia. They are originally from Bijelo Polje, another village in the Pec municipality, and wish to return to their homes. "Ten months ago their property was looted and destroyed, the houses and other buildings burned, and recently their Shiptar neighbors sent them a message by KFOR to return to Serbia. The Italian officers, instead of protecting us and enabling refugee returns as is their mandate, are advising our local residents to evict the people from Bijelo Polje, to take down their tent and thus avoid a conflict of greater proportions," says Milivoje Zdravkovic, the president of the Serb National Assembly.
The neighboring Albanians have sent the residents of Gorazdevac a clear message that they will again find themselves the target of their heavy artillery if they do not chase away the returnees. "We have absolutely no intention of chasing them away. Together with them we ourselves are safer. Here we have prepared accommodations for almost 2,000 people, we have enough food and do not depend on the aid of UNHCR, the Yugoslav Red Cross or other humanitarian organizations," says Milovan Srbljak, the president of the initiating board of the Serb National Council. According to him, the most tragic of all are inter-Serb divisions which have again reemerged in Kosovo today. Some support the representatives of the Serb National Council in joining the Temporary Administrative Council of Kosovo and the PSK [Temporary Assembly of Kosovo?] while other oppose this claiming that it is an act of treason, that is, that this move legitimizes occupation and ethnic cleansing. "To date we have never had better cooperation with KFOR and UNMIK. By entering into the civil organs of government formed by Bernard Kouchner we will attempt to realize some rights which belong to us as well as to ensure a greater degree of security for the local residents and our property. If this does not occur in a way favorable to us Serbs, we will then certainly leave all such institutions," says Srbljak claiming that the strongest protests are coming precisely from those who betrayed the interests of the Serbs in Kosmet, abandoned them and went "to sow patriotism in Belgrade".
The Albanians who live in the vicinity of the villages of Milanovac, Babici and Vragovac by their emissaries have sent a signal to Serbs that they can return to their homes and that no one will touch them because they know exactly who committed war crimes, who burned and looted their property. It appears that a part of the Albanians have become conscious of the fact that there is no way for them to become the owners of the remaining Serb property. Perhaps in the next period they will attempt to purchase this property but this is the topic for some other story.