Viti (definite Albanian form: Vitia) or Vitina (Serbian Cyrillic: Витина), is a town and municipality located in the District of Gjilan in Kosovo.[a] According to the 2011 census, the town of Viti has 4,924 inhabitants, while the municipality has 46,987 inhabitants.
|• Mayor||Sokol Haliti|
|• Municipal||270 km2 (100 sq mi)|
|Elevation||499 m (1,637 ft)|
|• Municipal density||170/km2 (450/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code||+381 280|
- Budrikë e Epërme/Gornja Budrika
- Goden i Madh/Veliki Goden
- Novosellë/Novo Selo
- Ramjan/Donje Ramnjane
- Sadovinë e Çerkezëve/Čerkez Sadovina
- Sadovinë e Jerlive/Jerli Sadovina
- Sllatinë e Epërme/Gornja Slatina
- Sllatinë e Poshtme/Donja Slatina
- Stubëll e Epërme/Gornja Stubla
- Stubëll e Poshtme/Donja Stubla
The municipality has several settlements historically inhabited by the Laramans, crypto-Catholics.
Kosovo War and aftermathEdit
Following the 1999 Kosovo War, it was the home of A Company, 2/505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, the first KFOR troops to begin stabilization efforts in the municipality. After the initial unit left, Viti was the site of a subsequent international scandal when a Staff Sgt. Frank J. Ronghi, from A company, 3/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment raped and killed a local girl. The subsequent investigation uncovered serious training and leadership deficiencies in the 3/504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, and catalysed a tremendous change in the training of units deploying for peacekeeping operations. The Church of the Holy Mother of God, Podgorce was looted during the conflict.
In August 2003, explosive devices planted in Klokot destroyed five Serb houses, with several injuries, including two American KFOR soldiers.
In 2013 in response to a KLA monument being removed by Serbian authorities in Preševo, a Kosovo Albanian crowd in Viti demolished a Yugoslav-era memorial for anti-fascist Partisans that were killed during the Second World War. Members of the Kosovo Police were present but did nothing to intervene. The incident was filmed and posted to YouTube.
According to the last official census done in 2011, the municipality of Viti has 46,987 inhabitants. Based on the population estimates from the Kosovo Agency of Statistics in 2016, the municipality has 47,370 inhabitants.
The ethnic composition of the municipality:
|Ethnic Composition, Including IDPs|
|Reference: Yugoslav population census data, and the 2011 census in Kosovo.|
- The political status of Kosovo is disputed. Having unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is formally recognised as an independent state by 101 UN member states (with another 13 states recognising it at some point but then withdrawing their recognition) and 92 states not recognizing it, while Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory.
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- Serbian Studies. Vol. 18. North American Society for Serbian Studies. 2004. p. 315.
- Savo B. Jović (2007). Ethnic Cleansing and Cultural Genocide on Kosovo and Metohija: Testimony to the Suffering of the Serbian Orthodox Church and Serbian People from 1945 to 2005. Holy Synod of Bishops of The Serbian Orthodox Church. pp. 113, 157. ISBN 978-86-7758-017-9.
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