Thursday, July 14, 2005

Kosovo Picks Provisional Winners in Fifth Privatisation Wave

The Kosovo Trust Agency (KTA), charged with the sale of hundreds of state-owned companies in the U.N.-run Serbian province, said on Thursday it picked provisional buyers for the firms, included in the fifth privatisation wave.

"KTA is now working to finalise all sale contracts," KTA said in a statement.

Under KTA's rules the names of the buyers can be disclosed only after a sale contract is signed. There is no timeframe to close the deals.

The fifth privatisation wave list included 28 companies. No bids were placed for three of them - Hydrotechnika, Parcella and Makermal, KTA ( ) said.

The highest price offer, 3.25 million euro ($3.93 million), was placed for the Pristina-based drug distributor Farmed.

"The government and the KTA board is committed to the privatisation process. We would like to keep up the momentum that the process has taken now to complete our goal to finish it with success," Bujar Dugolli, Kosovo's Minister of Trade and Industry and deputy chairman of KTA board, told a news conference after the opening of the offers.

Kosovo, a Serbian province of two million people, is legally part of the loose union of Serbia and Montenegro, which succeeded rump Yugoslavia in 2003. The province was put under U.N. administration in 1999 after NATO bombed Serbia aimed to halt repression of the ethnic Albanian majority in Kosovo by Belgrade.

($ = 0.8269 euro)


Chris Blaku said...

I contest and object to the international recognition of Kosova as "legally" part of Serbia and Montenegro, as its acquisition was illegitimate based on international law, it was also unconstitutional with regard to both the Serbian and Yugoslavian constitution.

Anonymous said...

Chris, this is the most outrageous propaganda article I have ever read

Illegal Aliens Use of Terrorism to Get a Seat on in the United Nations
By Mary Mostert (07/15/05)

Chris Blaku said...

That article was rubbish that was put together from vague Serbian sources without the slightest respect for truth and factual evidence. But then, what do you expect from Mary Mostert, an ultra-conservative Bible-belt maniac? Here is an example of some of her other work...

The day following the September 11 attacks, The website, "Reagan Information Interchange," which is run by Michael Reagan, son of the late President Reagan, published an analysis by Marty Mostert, who opined that Osama bin Laden was "just a minor player" in the terror attacks. "Supports of bin Laden say he doesn't have the ability to pull off such an attack," Mostert argued. "Who would want to, and could, destroy the World Trade Center? Does bin Laden have the ability to orchestrate the hijacking of four domestic airliners at about the same time from several airports and pilot them into the middle of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. from his bat cave headquarters deep in the mountains of Afghanistan?"

Instead of foreigners, Mostert argued, the culprits would probably be "other Americans"- specifically, "environmentalist and anti-globalist groups ... the radicals on the left" who were planning to protest economic globalization during upcoming meetings in Washington of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. "It sure looks to me as if the 'Battle of Washington' was begun yesterday with the bombing of the Pentagon and the World Trade Center," she wrote. "In a world with a population of 8 billion people, 100,000 well trained, dedicated terrorists with the technical ability and the money to plan, coordinate and execute an attack like we saw yesterday can make a lot of trouble, especially when they are pictured in a supportive media as mere 'protestors' and the police are labeled as the monsters."


Do we really want to count the opinion of a clearly psychopathic reporter with an agenda that would make Ann Coulter look tame?

Anonymous said...

I had never heard of Ms. Mosert before and in making you aware of her article I was hoping to get you to respond to her as journalism is not my field of expertise, a field where you clearly excel.
Nevertheless I sent her an email where I argued of her having a hidden agenda or being an imbecile.
After reading your post I understand this was not worth pursuing as this lady is clearly a pathological case.
All this, just to discover this morning that Mila Knezevic from Bosnia and Herzegovina is taking on this lunatic quite successfully, and having fun too.

Here is the link:

Chris Blaku said...

She sure is a lunatic, and her agenda is more visible than hidden. Thanks for the insight, the more of these ridiculous reporters we discredit, the better.