Monday, May 08, 2006

Kosovo Minister: Belgrade’s proposal unrealistic

Kosovo Minister for Return Slavisa Petkovic has assessed in Prizren that

Belgrade’s proposal on the forming of new municipalities in Kosovo is “unrealistic.”

“It is not alright to request something that is absolutely unrealistic and you know you can’t receive. We in the government have problems even with this small number of municipalities, not to mention the new ones. You must state how you will finance them, since municipalities do not live off names, but they need economic support,” he said.

Petkovic talked in Prizren with Prizren Mayor Ekrem Krueziu about the return of Serb IDPs and it was mutually concluded that Prizren “is an example for all of Kosovo regarding return.” Petkovic assessed that new municipalities should not be organized in Prizren because of, as he put it, cultural-historical specificness.

The Minister said, referring to the Kosovo press in Albanian, that the media could not dismiss him. “We have proved that it wasn’t the truth what the media reported. I am doing my job whether someone likes it or not, but the media cannot change me,” he said. Politika/Beta/Vecernje Novosti


Prepare for genocide against Kosovo Serbs said...

The albanians want huge municipalities where Serbs have no power and become frustrated and leave Kosovo. The Serbs would have to deal with racist KLA power brokers who will no doubt have all the government jobs.

Anonymous said...

Why don't they try masturbating, I'm sure at least some of their frustration will go away.

Serbs in Kosovo face genocide said...

Botched Kosovo intervention dims hopes for peace
By Christopher Deliso
Originally published May 10, 2006
SKOPJE, MACEDONIA // Averting a humanitarian catastrophe was NATO's stated justification for bombing Serbia and its Kosovo province in 1999. But initial successes quickly succumbed to the reverse ethnic cleansing of more than 200,000 Serbs and other minorities by Albanian militants.
Now, despite seven years of U.N. policing and donor largess, Kosovo's remaining minorities still live in fear, and the economy and infrastructure remain in shambles.

Behind their façade of optimism, Western leaders negotiating Kosovo's future status are panicking. Realizing that Albanians will violently contest any continued affiliation with Serbia, they believe independence alone can ensure peace. Yet Kosovo is a classic quagmire, one with ominous repercussions for peace.

Deciding Kosovo's rightful ownership is difficult. It pits two peoples, and two hallowed principles, against each another. Albanians - 90 percent of the population - invoke self-determination to justify independence. Yet Serbian cultural legacy goes back seven centuries in Kosovo, which was only independent when Adolf Hitler's Albanian allies briefly enjoyed their Nazi puppet state. Further, U.N. Resolution 1244 in 1999 affirmed Yugoslav sovereignty.

Kosovo's independence will be conditional, promises the West, on its treatment of minorities. Yet nothing can realistically enforce compliance. If the Albanians continue intimidating Serbs, penalizing them by delaying NATO or European Union accession will have little impact; an advanced Balkan candidate, Macedonia, won't enter NATO before 2008, or the EU before 2013.

A well-informed international official predicts remaining Serbs will flee within 10 years of Kosovo's independence. So by the time Kosovo gets anywhere near NATO or EU accession, the minority issue will be moot.

Albanian attacks against Serbs still occur amid an atmosphere of a siege mentality. If the last Serbs are expelled, Belgrade's remaining argument for possession will vanish. Its first argument, for cultural heritage, no longer applies because since 1999, over 100 Orthodox churches, some 700 years old, have been damaged or destroyed by Albanians - thus eliminating Kosovo's most lucrative tourist attractions.

Further, the United Nations dismayed Kosovo's minorities by making a man who once terrorized them prime minister. Albanian war veteran Agim Ceku, whose name was removed from Interpol's wanted list after fierce U.N. lobbying, is accused of widespread atrocities while serving in Croatia's military and while leading the Kosovo Liberation Army in 1999.

Mr. Ceku's close associate and another veteran, Ramush Haradinaj, was indicted by the Hague Tribunal. Nevertheless, Mr. Haradinaj is now free to participate in Kosovo politics though he's technically an indicted war criminal awaiting trial.

Such privileged treatment reveals the fatal flaw of the U.N. mission. Canadian police Detective Stu Kellock, who headed the U.N. Regional Serious Crimes Unit in 2000 and 2001, says investigations implicating Albanian politicians or their associates were routinely blocked. The orders came directly from Washington, London and Brussels. Mr. Ceku and Mr. Haradinaj control Kosovo's militant factions and are considered heroes by Albanians. An anxious United Nations continually has sought to stay on their good side through appeasement.

Independence is a mere panacea for Kosovo's Albanians. They will remain poor. Erstwhile Albanian refugee workers - Kosovo's real breadwinners - will be sent home by European governments sensitive to popular anti-immigrant sentiments. Minorities will flee as nationalist militants remobilize to purge Serbs and annex Albanian-inhabited areas of Macedonia and Montenegro.

Bosnian Serbs, as well as Bosnian Muslims in Serbia's Sandjak region, also could demand self-determination.

Alarmingly, the West has no Plan B for ensuring Balkan peace. Plan A - open borders through eventual NATO and EU membership for all - is far off and ignores the anti-expansion sentiment among EU electorates. Membership may never arrive. The Balkans might well drift aimlessly.

In early 1999, Kosovo was a brutal but contained local conflict, relegated to villages. Botched Western intervention has made it a potential precedent for multiregional warfare.

Christopher Deliso is an American freelance journalist in Macedonia and director of an independent Balkan-interest Web site. His e-mail is

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Balkan Update said...

Please don't copy and paste in a section that is for commentary. I can paste here millions of anti-Serb articles, but I don't do that. If you want to comment on something, go ahead. If you have nothing to say, stay quite.

Again, we are not going to turn every Serb village in Kosovo into a municipality. Serbs have to come up with logical reasons to convince the international community to support their positions. So far they have been very emotional and irrational.

Back to you other point about KLA. It’s only natural that former KLA members will be part of Kosovo institution. They didn’t fight for nothing. The current PM of Kosovo is a former KLA commander and he is doing a damn good job. Serbia needs someone energetic and efficient like Ceku to get out of deep hole they have gotten themselves in. The likes of Koshtunica are digging Serbia in a deeper hole everyday.