Thursday, July 21, 2005

UNMIK chief says Serb boycott of Kosovo institutions is "mistake"

f report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 21 July: The chairman of the Serb List for Kosova [Kosovo] and Metohija [SLKM] Oliver Ivanovic, said that the list has made it clear to the EU high representative for the common foreign and security policy, Javier Solana, that, under the current circumstances, Serbs cannot join the institutions of Kosova.

Ivanovic made these comments after a meeting between Serb political representatives and Solana and a party meeting.

Explaining the SLKM's decision, Ivanovic said that Serbs' lives have not improved at all since the boycott began.

"UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] has provided only superficial support and not in practice. It has done nothing for decentralization, and Kosovar institutions are demonstrating that they know more about talking than working," he said.

Ivanovic stressed that SLKM members are aware that the decision is very risky. But he said that Belgrade - having discouraged Kosovar Serbs from participating in Kosovar institutions - will bear the consequences.

After meeting with Solana, UNMIK Chief Administrator Soeren Jessen-Petersen voiced his surprise at the SLKM's accusations.

"Even when Serbs were not participating in the institutions, we conveyed their concerns [to the Kosovar institutions] and were in touch with them. I believe that choosing not to participate is a mistake," he said.

Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 21 Jul 05


Anonymous said...

I thought institutions are out there to improve things rather than celebrate things that have been improved. If Serbs had joined the government and parliament we would have been able to listen to their concerns and ideas on improving things and hopefully have them do it. In other words, who's been more beneficial to the well-being of Serbs, Bogdanovic or Ivanovic?

Anonymous said...

The Kosova Serbs should take their fate in their own hands instead of waiting for Belgrade to make decisions for them.
It's so obvious that Belgrade is just using them for it's own sake.
To not participating in the institutions means to have no influence at all. Is that so difficult to understand?

dejan said...

hey serbs,why dont you take your role in kosovo institutions.It will be your first step of participate in your own annihilation!!
What a sarcasm?They all know what kosovo institutions could bring to serbs.Nothing but insecure

Anonymous said...

I doubt they know because an Albanian-run Kosovo in genuine cooperation with Serbs is still highly hypothetical.
The game Serb parties are playing is clearly political in an effort to show how unbearable the situation is and thus earn some form of partition from Kosovo. But with this kind of position by the Serbs, Albanians only have to convince UNMIK of their efforts and the dream of simple Serbs of returning goes down the drain. Yet I'm afraid this is a pawn that some Serb politicians will willingly give up in order to push the case for ethnically clean territories. In the mind of the Serb state, Serbs living in places without Serb sovereignty are useless and thus its better to have 100,000 Serbs living in pure areas connected to Serbia than have all the Kosovo Serbs living in the state of Kosovo. This is an interesting dilemma from both Albanian and Serb perspective and I can’t wait to see how it is resolved.

Anonymous said...

Can't you all see?

This is a plot to distance serbs from Kosovo's institutions with division of Kosovo along ethnic lines as a final goal.

By joining Kosovo's institutions, serbs would de facto recognize Kosovo's territorial integrity therefore division of Kosovo would be out of the question when status negotiations begin.

Chris Blaku said...

The Serbs have decided to join after all. They must imagine that they can corrupt the government from within, and have disregarded the connection with Belgrade's leadership.

It seems the puppets have turned against the puppet master, and all works in favor of Kosovar independence. The Serbians may keep the homes they stole during the 1920s and 1930s under the Yugoslavian program of Colonialism if they decide to learn to act civil.

In the words of the brilliant Faik Konica in his descriptions of the diverse peoples of the Balkans, where he says that the Serbians have no problem begging you for shelter in their time of need, and Albanians, as hospitable people, have no problem providing shelter. But by the morning, the Serbian who sought shelter the night before will proclaim your generously provided bedroom to be his.

The enlightened masses must turn their attention towards serious mistreatment of minorities, that occurs with frightening frequency against the Albanian minority in the Presheva Valley of Southern Serbia. The Albanian language is denied as official, despite over 250,000 speaking it natively. The Albanian flag is outlawed, and waving it is a felony. The Albanians of this region are regularly oppressed by the police, who have been supplemented by regular Serbian paramilitary and military forces in the region to "contain terrorist insurrections." If the Government of Kosova mirrored Belgrade's treatment of Albanians in its borders with the Serbians, there would be an international outcry among the elitist and humane far left, whose voice is missing from the headlines with regard to the Albanian victims of oppression across the border.

Where were these enlightened voices and opinions when the Albanians were peacefully protesting in the 1990s? Where was the outcry at the Serbian oppression of basic civil liberties inside of Kosova? Where was the outrage then? Why is it so present now?

All valid questions, that these voices will never answer.