Tuesday, June 14, 2005

UN starts comprehensive review of standards in Kosovo

United Nations envoy Kai Eide (R) and Kosovo Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi (L) hold a joint press conference after meeting in the Kosovo capital Pristina, June 14, 2005. The West hopes to open negotiations in September on whether Kosovo becomes independent -- as the 90-percent Albanian majority demands -- or remains nominally part of Serbia. Eide is tasked with assessing whether Kosovo has made sufficient progress for those talks to begin. REUTERS/Hazir Reka Posted by Hello


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Did anyone read this? Check this out:

EU Report Calls for NATO To Remain in Independent Kosovo

NATO should continue to be the primary guarantor of Kosovo’s security after the international community leads the former region of Serbia to independence, according to a new report co-authored by the European Union’s top official for security and defense policy, Javier Solana.

In a joint report presented to the union’s 25 member states June 14, Solana and Olli Rehn, EU commissioner for enlargement, said Kosovo “is now entering a critical phase” as United Nations authorities assess its readiness to gradually take control of its own destiny.

The comprehensive U.N. review will take place over the summer. It will prepare the ground for U.N. authorities to hand over control to what the report calls a “newly defined international presence” in Kosovo, based on supervision by the international community of Kosovo’s Provisional Institutions of Self-government. If things progress well, Kosovo’s legal status as a fully independent country will be decided thereafter, probably in 2006 or 2007, EU officials said.

With an eye to next-door Albania and Serbia — the resentful former owner of Kosovo, from which the province broke away in 1999 — the report insists that “there must be no change in the current territory” of Kosovo and its ethnic Albanian majority, either in the form of partition or fusion with any other country.

The solution of Kosovo’s status “must strengthen regional security and stability,” notes the report, adding that the province “will continue to need international civilian and military presences” to guarantee its security.

The future military presence “should continue to be entrusted to NATO,” the report declares. Currently, the trans-Atlantic alliance has about 17,000 troops in Kosovo, where tensions between ethnic Albanian and Serbian Kosovars remain high.

Elsewhere, the European Union and Ukraine signed an agreement June 13 allowing the latter to participate in EU-led crisis management and peacekeeping operations. It covers both civilian and military personnel from Ukraine.

Europe is finally coming to terms with Kosovo.

Chris Blaku said...

Why is it so important that Kosova not unite with Albania? What's got the world's panties in a bunch? Is it maybe that a strong Albania may bring Europe's injustice to light? Or perhaps we may retrieve land taken by our neighbors and sponsored by world powers?

Whatever the case may be, the EU may be willing to accept Kosova within its borders immediately as an alternative tofull fledged independence, which would be amazing. Why the need for such a drastic shift in EU policy, just to prevent a large Albanian conglomerate in Europe? Something's got them scared, and I have a funny feeling Greece (and the Albanian land it stole) may be to blame...

21st century will be an interesting time in the Balkans, where the tables ALWAYS turn.

Anonymous said...

We don't need to be united to be strong together. Even if its two different countries, its one Nation.

Greece is worried yes, in today's world news goes around fast. Its not the days of horse cars and pigeon mail, its just a matter of time before books get published, sites go up, and MP-s in Bruxels are Albanian.

Anonymous said...

Even if its two different countries, its one Nation...

...One Reich, ONE FUHRER!!! yihaa

Chris Blaku said...

I realize and agree with what you're saying... The point that I was trying to make, however, is that Europe seems to be avoiding a conjoined Albanian nation at all costs. For mighty Europe to cut that many corners to prevent tiny Albania from realizing its true territorial integrity speaks volumes for our potential. It also speaks volumes for what our aspirations should be going forward.

Anonymous said...


I agree, and we must work toward that, but Europe has shown its true face in this issue in the past and with other nations, e.g. the Basques.

Just think, the Basques are the oldest nation in Europe, yet both the French and Spanish do not respect this fact. In fact, recent BBC poll concluded that 60% of Spaniards support military intervention againts Euskadi in case they declare independence. Where are the European values in this? Where are the human rights? Where is democracy? Certainly not in Luxembourg, Strasbourg, or Bruxels.

They will probably never allow something like that to happen, but there are agreements, pacts, things that can be done for our Nation to move forward and be a strong part of Europe. We are Europe just as much as Basques are, and the Irish are, and the Danish are, and the Portugese.

Yes, one Nation, and to the pessimists, we do not produce Reichs but Mother Theresas.

Chris Blaku said...

Extremely well said!

The Basques will never realize independence if they are banking on European recognition, as Israel would never have realized statehood if it depended on the same Europe that carved their identity into pieces. The Albanians have made the right moves politically, and the pieces are in place in the decision maker's corner (the United States, of course) for Kosovar Albanians to assume control of Kosova once more.

We sure are a part of Europe, as much as any other nation is.

But we must recognize as a people what we have accomplished. Ten years ago, it would have been laughable to think that Kosovars would lead to the toppling of Yugoslavia, the arrest of Milosevic, and the bombing of Yugoslavia... When the Croats, Bosnians, and Slovenes failed to achieve this. This dynamic event was shaped by the brilliant thinkers that Albania has produced (speaking of Ethnic Albania, ie, Kosova, Western Macedonia, Southern Montenegro, Northwestern Greece, as well as Albania), and this is what has Europe shaking.

It was a tiny Albania that defied Europe time and time again, and in 1998, revolted against one of the most powerful armies of the region, and brought Serbia to its knees.

It was a tiny Albania that brought ruin and ridicule to one of the world's former superpowers, the Russian Federation, over its interference in Balkan affairs.

It was a tiny Albania that shook Macedonia, and forced it to acknowledge basic 21st century rights.

Tomorrow, it will be a much bigger, and more powerful Albania making moves to right the wrongs upon which it was forced to suffer and endure. Greece will also answer for their forced land annexations, their forced assimilations and expulsions, and the rewriting of our history... And that precisely is what Europe is afraid of.

Instability? Maybe. But it is not a consequence of Kosovar independence, but rather a consequence of handing Albanian land to those who would plague it with their wretched barbarism, rather than embrace the rich culture of its inhabitants.

Anonymous said...

In nature there is always balance, and this balance has been disturbed in many ways in Illyria, or as Turks call it Balkans. Balance seeks to return.

At this point I think the least Greece and other countries could do is stop the policies they are persuing, and apologise for the wrongs done in the past.

Chris Blaku said...

They will not, as that would encourage a legitimate pursuit by Albanians for all they lost. I doubt Greece's bank account is big enough to pay back what was stolen, with interest.

Anonymous said...

Even without interest, let's be nice to them shall we? :)