Monday, June 20, 2005

Swiss Foreign Minister Pleads for Kosovo’s Independence in Belgrade

Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Ray stated upon meeting with her SCG counterpart Vuk Draskovic in Belgrade last Friday that the principle of standards before status was becoming counterproductive and that the time for the beginning of dialogue on the status of Kosovo was coming. She emphasized that Switzerland supports some kind of formal independence of Kosovo and the respect of an agreement between Belgrade and Pristina, with the honoring of minority rights in the province. She stated after talking to Serbian President Boris Tadic that Switzerland "does not favor Kosovo's unconditional independence," and stressed that there would be no compromise concerning standards in Kosovo, especially concerning minorities. To the head of the Coordination Center for Kosovo (CCK) Nebojsa Covic she told that the "road to Kosovo's formal independence should not be confused with essential independence or some kind of sovereignty," thus confirming the stance her country presented at the last session of the UN Security Council dedicated to Kosovo and claiming that "a return of Kosovo to Serb sovereignty is neither desirable nor realistic. Nevertheless, the evolution toward Kosovo's formal independence must happen under close international monitoring, as well as through negotiations with the authorities in Belgrade, as this independence cannot be imposed on them," Belgrade electronic media reported.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

What do the Swiss do other than hold and make bank accounts for corrupt countries and stay out of harms way for thier efforts, they make cheese too I guess, maybe some wine. An EU thing.

Chris Blaku said...

They also happen to be one of the most powerful economic countries on the planet.

Question: With regard to the issue of honoring minority rights, and the rights of foreign inhabitants within future Kosovar borders... Should the Albanians honor their rights according to the example set by the Serbians forceful expulsions and pillaging of villages after the Conference of Berlin, or by the civilized world's standard? Just curious.

Anonymous said...

Albanians should honor minority rights just like our ancestors did, by respecting the minority. Yet, unlike our ancestors, we must not fall into the trap again where we find ourselves in an unfavorable position and end up fighting their guns and artilery.

Switzerland is one of the greatest countries in the world, yes there are many dark bank accounts but that's only cause they happen to be smarter than the rest of the Europeans.

Anonymous said...

Whoever says something against the Swiss is simply jealous of their achievements.

Anyways, Micheline Calmy-Ray told some powerful shit to Serbs in their face.

Nice! Very nice indeed.

Chris Blaku said...

Albanians have always honored minority rights, as the Greek and Macedonian minority in Albania receieves the civil rights of any other Albanian citizen. As a matter of fact, under Fatos Nano, the southern Albanian regions of Korca and Gjirokastr, which have minor Greek populations, have become host to numerous Greek schools under an agreement with Greece. However, Greece has been unwilling to call in their part of the deal, which was to allow the Albanians to set up Albanian-language schools on the Greek side of the border.

Albanians have been honored time and time again for their treatment of minorities, and should be mentioned for their sacrifice during World War 2 in defending the lives of every Jewish inhabitant within their borders. This was while Belgrade was declaring itself the first "Jew-free city in Europe." Then, of course, the Serbs lay the Nazi-collaborator story on the Albanians, as is their specialty.

According to this philosophy, the Serbians have done nothing wrong since crawling from their hole in Siberia in the 7th century like vermin.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it commonly accepted that the Nazis implemented a collaborationist regime in Albania in WWII with enthusiastic support of the native population? I took a course about WWII at Harvard last year, and we were taught that the Serbs fought the Nazis, not the Albanians (under Tito's partisans and Mihajlovic's Chetniks).

Chris Blaku said...

It is commonly believed that Serbians fought the Nazi's and Albanians have not because Albania's voice was never heard due to their isolation. Serbia and Greece had the opportunity to rewrite Albania's history, and the world gladly accepted.

The reality of World War 2 is this, Serbia was conquered in two hours with one German tank. Serbia's capital, Belgrade, was declared the first Jew free city in Europe during World War 2, and persecution of Jews within Serbia's borders was rampant. Serbia forged a deal with Albania's partisans to remove the Nazi's from power, and in turn, allow Kosova to choose its national allegiance between Albania and Serbia (The Agreement of Bojan). Tito double crossed Enver Hoxha, and attempted to provoke an attack which would involve the USSR.

Reality of Albania's involvement is as follows, Albania is the only nation to single handedly remove the Nazi occupation without assistance from the Soviets or the Allies. Albania is the only nation where 100% of the Jewish population survived, due to the help of the local populace, and is recognized for this accomplishment in the Holocaust Museum in Israel. Albania revolted against the foreign occupation, despite Hitler's favorable treatment of the Albanians in the Balkans, reunited Kosovar Albanians with their Albanian brethren, and providing the first Albanian schools in Kosova, taught in the Albanian language.

Irregardless of his grace, the Albanians fought Hitler's army into submission, and the Serbians trumped up their fruitless rebellion at the expense of the Albanians whose image they sought to soil.

Chris Blaku said...

You can read about the Jewish survival in Albania during World War 2, in a book entitled: "Rescue in Albania" by Harvey Sarner, and published by the Anti-Defamation League.

Chris Blaku said...

Published by BRUNSWICK PRESS, sponsored by the ADL****

Anonymous said...

hmmm, interesting. I read that Tito's multi-ethnic partisans were pivotal in slowing the Nazis down. I know that Belgrade fell fast to the Nazis, but the partisans continuously raided and attacked them, which slowed them down terribly and took up human resources. They were so important that Winston Churchill decided to support them in their fight against Hitler.

Chris Blaku said...

Tito's partisans were aided by Albania's as well. As a matter of fact, as history well documents, Albania's freedom fighters liberated regions as north as Bosnia and parts of present day Serbia. Of course, the Kosovars are portrayed to have fought on the side of the Nazis under the SS Skenderbeg division (made up of a few hundred troops forced into combat at gunpoint). The reality is Kosovars fought against the Nazi occupation at the agreement of Tito to allow them the right of self determination. They believed that by fighting with the Yugoslavs that they would have the right to choose whether they remained within Yugoslavia, or rejoined Albania. How sad that they were, once again, lied to and the world ignored it.