Thursday, March 17, 2005

Serbian President Boris Tadic says he is ready to talk to Kosovo Albanian leaders

President Boris Tadic says he is ready to talk to Kosovo Albanian leaders, arrest war crimes suspects and put Serbia's languishing economic reform plan back on the fast track toward European Union membership.

"My motto is: if you have a problem, attack it immediately," he told Reuters late on Wednesday, as news swept the Balkans of the EU's rebuff to neighbouring Croatia for failing to arrest of a top Hague tribunal fugitive.

"We know that we won't get any discount on cooperation with the Hague tribunal," said Tadic. "And Croatia too needs to pass all its exams to qualify for the EU, not just some of them."

Tadic barely conceals his impatience. At 47 he is a man with leadership ambitions in a largely ceremonial post made for an elder statesman. His Democratic Party is in opposition and his conservative rival Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica is in the driving seat - and stuck in the slow lane, according to Tadic.

When Kostunica goes Serbia will shift gear, Tadic said. But he carefully gave no hint of when power might change hands.

Kostunica's minority coalition survived its first year only by re-enlisting the discredited Socialists of former autocrat Slobodan Milosevic as a prop, said Tadic. This put the brakes on everywhere, leading to a barren stability from inertia, he said.

Kostunica approached the EU like a man trying to board a fast-moving train step by step, Tadic said. "The only way for today's Serbia to join the European Union is by very fast, carefully planned and precisely implemented reforms."

"If you can't operate on people, don't be a surgeon," he said, blaming Kostunica for failure to lead. "I'm sure there's a significant pro-European, pro-democracy majority in Serbia."


The month of March is pregnant with painful memories for Serbs.

In 1999, NATO began bombing Serbia over its Kosovo crackdown. Last year, Albanian mobs punched through the thin skin of NATO protection to strike at Kosovo Serbs. Two years ago, an assassin acting for a reactionary underworld clan shot dead reformist Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic.

"Today we're at the same stage Zoran Djindjic left. There's no real improvement," said Tadic. "You can't imagine how frustrating it is to me as president. I see things we can achieve in a short time, but we're waiting."

Kostunica's refusal to arrest those accused of war crimes only wastes time, said Tadic. He may have persuaded some to surrender in 2005, but catching former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic remained the big challenge, just as arresting Ante Gotovina was now the main puzzle facing neighbour Croatia.

"We're in the same situation. We must either arrest Mladic and Gotovina or prove they are not here. Both Serbs and Croats must cooperate. The only way is to look for Ratko Mladic and Ante Gotovina every day, every hour, every minute."

Tadic made a risky 2-day tour of Kosovo last month. He said he saw "ghettoes and frightened people" - now Serbs are the victims, but not long ago it was the Albanians, he said - neither is tolerable.

Kosovo is a Serbian province, but Albanians say they will never again accept Belgrade rule after the 1998-99 war which cost more than 12,000 lives. "We have to find a solution which today does not exist legally and politically," Tadic admitted.

"I understand the legitimate interests of the Albanians in building their own future. But at the same time, I respect the legitimate interest of Serbs in Kosovo to be linked to Serbia.

"Right now I am totally ready to meet Albanian leaders in Kosovo and Albania. We have to find a solution."

(Additional reporting by Monika Lajhner).


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Robert Latham at New School Allowed Ethnic Albanian To Condone Genocide Against Serbian Orthodox Christians in Kosovo Posted 3/2/2009 2:37 PM EST
Monday, April 20, 2009
Robert Latham at New School Allowed Ethnic Albanian To Condone Genocide

Against Serbian Orthodox Christians in Kosovo Posted 3/2/2009 2:37 PM EST

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Dear Friends: I have told this factual autobiographical account prior. However, this

was during the height of NATO’s illegal war launched against Jugoslavija so I am

unsure if this e-mail ever reached the entire audience for which it was intended. Hence,

I am re-sending a brief account of whereby one United States University in New York

City assisted Bill Clinton and Tony Blair in plotting, orchestrating, launching and

perpetuating Albanian-KLA Nationalism and ethnic genocide directed against the

Orthodox Christian Serbs in Kosovo. (See Attachment for formal proof).

I. It was in the Fall of 1997, my first semester in graduate school at the New School for

Social Research when I noticed the bulletin on the wall that announced the Albanian

Pro-KLA Nationalist Fatos Ljubonja was going to give a lecture on Albanian

Nationalism at the New School for Social Research in NYC (5th and 14th Streets in

Wolffe Conference Room 2nd floor). This lecture was undoubtedly funded by the USIP

and the WPI (the World Policy Institute resides on the fourth floor of the schools


II. Evidently, this particular lecture sparked my interest like none other owing to my

serious commitment in following the various political & international trends regarding

the Kosovo / Serbia & Bosnia wars and what would occur next. Therefore I made it my

business to sit in on this lecture.

III. At that time, primarily the students attending this lecture and (it was a full house)

were from parts of the world (like Asia) who knew nothing about Serbia and Kosovo.

So they were very interested to hear what Fatmos Ljubonia had to say about the plight

of the ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. There were only two graduate students who really

knew what was going on in Kosovo at that time between the Albanians and the Serbs.

(me and this Albanian student). I sat in for about 1 and 1/2 hours taking notes and

listening. Then I left. Here is a short and brief description of the lecture.

IV. Primarily Fatos at first attempted to elicit as much sympathy as humanly possible

from the New School graduate students. He began the lecture by explaining that the

Serbian government had imprisoned him for 20 years. and treated him in an inhumane

manner. He did not explain why to us.

V. He quickly then shifted (to be blunt)–he spent the rest of his lecture lying to the

(students) about the current situation in Kosovo. He supplied lies as answers to the

students questions about Serbia, Albania and Kosovo and Fatos completely bad-

mouthed the Serbian government blaming it, for myriad human right violations not

only committed against him (as he claimed) but also against him all ethnic Albanians in


VI. He completely this question and answer session quite pleased with himself since

most of my classmates later indicated to me that they were shocked to hear about the

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conditions under which Fatmos claimed the ethnic Albanians were living under in

Kosovo. I knew the man was a filthy liar but I could not say anything at the time. So he

lied lied and he lied more!

VI. As I said I left early but I will never forget his phrase stating: “I, Fatmos Ljubonia,

have come to the New School for Social Research to ask you, The New School

students, to give me, Fatos Ljubonja, new creative nationalist ideas to PROMOTE


VII. Now there were a hell of a lot of New School faculty members also present who

knew the truth about what really was going on between Serbia, the Western liberal

think tanks at the New School for Social Research and their king, Bill Clinton

regarding Kosovo. However, evidently these were the same political science professors

such as David PLotke who later tossed me out of graduate school only three weeks

prior my anticipated MA graduation date on April 22 1999 at knife point (we all know

about my Civil Rights Case against the school

VIII. I, Jill Starr have always stood up for the right political and social group, the

Serbs of course. For it was not the Serbian authorities fault that NATO members and

their corrupted politicians with a guilty as hell mens rea instigated and escalated the

present ethnic contentions and genocide now occurring in Kosovo today!

XV. For this reason it does not surprise me that the semester before I was tossed out of

school by POL SCI DEPT. CHAIR David Plotke, during my classes with the renown

Robert Latham (from the SSRC in NYC) no one did anything when my Albanian

classmate stated in front of many UN Diplomats that he 100% promoted “ethnic

genocide against the Orthodox Christian Serbs in Kosovo!” Of course I reported the

incident to both my human rights professor Adamantia Polllis and also the Dept. Chair

David Plotke, yet neither of them did a damn thing!
What they did do is allow my Albanian classmate to continue going to school and

graduate while they decided to throw me out of school and ruin my life to the best of

their corrupt abilities!

X. The Albanian classmate of mine even said to me in front of Robert Latham’s entire

class (FALL 1998) this to me when I said I’d like to see a copy of his paper which he

said is written to promote ethnic genocide against Orthodox Christian Serbs in Kosovo

this— />”Jill, you will surely die before you ever see my term paper!” The New School

faculty threw me out and kept the genocidal Albanian on April 22 1999! See


PS: I’d like to give some lectures describing this experience in America to my friends

in Serbia. David PLotke even came towards me with a swiss army knife!

Miss Jill Louise Starr USA
PO BOX 635
Newfoundland NJ 07435 USA
(973) 850-7833