Monday, June 20, 2005

Shala: Serbia’s official policy – against freedom of movement in Kosovo

Zëri carries an editorial by publisher Blerim Shala, who says that the recent incidents around the Mitrovica bridge are a clear counter-response from Serbia and its representatives in the north of the town to a due and expected action by the international administration in Kosovo.

Shala further elaborates to prove his point that it is Belgrade that is against the freedom of movement and subsequently against Standards implementation in Kosovo.


Anonymous said...

Spot on Shala.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion the position of the Roma of Mitrovica is a much more serious problem as the "freedom of movement" there.

Kosovo's politicans seem incapable to get their priorities right.

Anonymous said...

UNMIK has the responsibility for the Roma encampment; not the Kosovar politicans.

Chris Blaku said...

The Kosovar politicians bear the brunt of international outrage for conditions within a territory they do not yet control. All outrage should be directed at UNMIK, as the are primarily responsible for the decision making in the province.

Futhermore, had this been Albanians blocking the return of Serbs to Kosova, the world would have been on its feet. Where is the outrage at the denial of a multi-ethnic society in Mitrovica by the Serbs? Does the world not heed the reality that is clawing at them?

It's shocking to reiterate the world and media's dependence on Belgrade for facts, figures, and even opinion, given the fact that this nation was reponsible for the most gross exaggerations and massacres in the past 50 years. To acknowledge the Serbian claim that 180,000 Serbs have left Kosova is arrogant, given that the same source that provided those figures at one point claimed that "NATO caused the refugees to leave, not Serbia". Moreover, this is the government responsible for the mass deportations in the 20's and 60's, in an effort to ethnically cleanse Kosova of its Albanian population. Yet, this reality seems distant and quasi-fantasy to the moderates in the world. How could Serbia realistically want to ethnically cleanse two million people of unquestionable Albanian identity, the world may ask? They tried it in 1999, what in the world would cause the belief that Serbia has not done this in the past, to a more disastrous extent, and will not pursue this policy in the future?

Chris Blaku said...

By the way, it is important to note that the majority of Serbs that did live in Kosova before 1999, were purposely placed there from Croatia, Bosnia, and other Yugoslav territories in order to manipulate population figures, in coordination with the mass expulsion of Albanians in the 60's. That is the reason for the unwillingness on behalf of the Serb population to return, they never really belonged there. The population figures in present day Kosova, are accurate in describing Kosova in its history entirely.