Thursday, October 06, 2005

Kosovar leaders insist on Independence


From right: Prime Minister, Bajram Kosimi,opposition leader, Hashim Thaqi,The President, Ibrahim Rugova (you can see his hairless head- he is suffering from cancer),Parliament speaker, Nexhat Daci and another opposition Leader Veton Surroi.

Show of unity-Kosovo President invited all Albanian political leaders at his residence in Prishtina. In a joint declaration all leaders, including the opposition, insisted that the Independence of Kosovo [Kosova] is not negotiable. Rugova said that Independence is a compromise because Kosovar Albanians are not asking to unite with Albania. He added that Independence will not be negotiated at any price. Local media noted that all leaders were smiling after the meeting.F.F

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

How ready they are for compromise...

Anonymous said...

They have made clear that they are ready to offer protection for minorities, to ensure that minorities are included in all processes of a country's society, continued international presence, and assurance that they will not unite with Albania. In return, they want independence and nothing less. I really do not see what else is there to discuss.

Anonymous said...

and just why not have the option of joining Albania, when in fact Kosova is a region populated with over 90% Albanians. Why should Albanians have to comprimise over this issue. I understand the mood of Kosovar Albanians now is not to join with Albania but why comprimise to join the territory in the future. Why not be able to join Albania later? Because of fake history of Serb claims over this region.

Anonymous said...

It's not that they want to limit their options, but if their aim is to join with Albania, then the status talks will become much more complicated. Countries like Greece and Macedonia, and even an independent Montenegro would feel threatened by a greater Albania, not only for security reasons, but also economically.

Eventually the countries will be joined because they are the same people but it will have to be later, when both countries are better prepared politically and economically. If Kosovo becomes independent, then the option to join with Albania is in the hands of the people, no matter how many conditions the UN puts.

For now, let Kosovo become independent and then it can decide to join with Albania.

Anonymous said...

That kind of talk is exactly why the UN willn't let kosovo become independent!

Anonymous said...

Look at Rugova holding hands, I wonder if the rest of the guys think he is gay?

samarkeolog said...

Kosovan Albanians may want to unite with Albanian Albanians, but they may not. They have had different histories, different experiences; they may have different futures. Communities are people who feel a common bond; they can feel bonds across borders.

States cannot be monoethnic or monocultural; if Kosova reunited with Albania, it would give the impression to the minorities in it that it was an Albanian state, rather than an Albanian majority state (or a state with and Albanian majority or a state with Albanians in it, however you choose to phrase it).

Kosova's Albanians, Serbs, Roma, Ashkali, Turks and others may fear each other, but that will not stop with independence or even with unity with Albania; they must find a way to live together again.

Most Serbs as well as most Roma, Ashkali and Turks agreed with Albanians and opposed Milosevic. I think that Kosovans should remember that and echo the slogan that many different communities came together to cry in 1912, "Kosovo for the Kosovans".