Thursday, May 18, 2006

Kurti: The disillusioning

In an opinion piece in Epoka e Re, Albin Kurti, leader of the Self-Determination Movement, writes that “now that Serbia has aggravated relations with the European Union regarding the Mladic issue, it is dangerously naïve to believe that it [Serbia] give ground on the issue of Kosovo for the sake of European integration.”

Kurti says that today we are witnessing how the negotiating politicians want by all means to back down the people’s revolt and to be justified for their concessions through false promises for the independence of Kosovo this year. “However, as of yesterday we have seen the first statements that the status resolution is being delayed for next year, and we are hearing this from the chief negotiator himself.

Now that Serbia has aggravated relations with the European Union regarding the Mladic issue, it is dangerously naïve to believe that it [Serbia] give ground on the issue of Kosovo for the sake of European integration. The international factor always chooses the path of less resistance. They always carefully observe and respect the willingness of governments and peoples for opposition and confrontation. The way Kosovo stands today – politically and institutionally de-factorized – it is no surprise that its independence and sovereignty has so little support,” writes Kurti.

According to Kurti, Ahtisaari’s latest statement is yet another proof that the international community doesn’t plan to force Serbia to accept the independence of Kosovo. In fact, the pressure will grow bigger on Kosovo and mainly on its people and not on the politicians who never put up sufficient resistance.

“Not only the ‘final status’ was turned into a ‘future status’, but now it is also being delayed. They are certainly not crazy to say that the status is being postponed until 2010 or 2012; they will always delay the status for a year in order not to diminish the illusions that ensure civic calmness.”

Kurti concludes by saying, “In the long-term plan we will either fade away or adapt. Therefore, we must confront right now and without a halt if we want to be

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