Friday, August 05, 2005

Washington analyst for independence

Political analyst from the Kato Institute in Washington D.C., Doug Bandow, called for Kosovo independence, but to have the areas of Kosovo which are populated by a Serbian majority remain part of Serbia-Montenegro.

Bandow, who is former special advisor of former US president Ronald Reagan, told Voice of America that the solution for Kosovo will be “of a compromising nature” and that for the best results two things will be necessary: the discussions need to begin without any prerequisites and that there most be no options ruled out without talking them through first.

Bandow claims that although it will be nearly impossible to uphold the Serbian sovereignty in Kosovo because of the large Albanian majority of the region, it is still unfair to the Serbs living in Kosovo to declare it an independent state.

In his opinion, one option is to “give independence to the Kosovo Albanians, which is what the majority wants, and to have the sectors with majority Serbian populations, such as the northern region and the parts where Serbian churches are located, remain part of Serbia-Montenegro.”

Explaining his plan, Bandow says that two divisions will be made.

“The first will be the giving of independence to Kosovo, separating it from Serbia. The US has actually started that process and accepted it, so why couldn’t we divide Kosovo as well? In other words, if Kosovo becomes independent, that does not mean that the entire territory should become independent, because the Serbian population and cultural landmarks must be taken into consideration.” Bandow said.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why not and at the same time Republika Srpska can use same rules to separate form Bosnia.

I think that is a good deal for all.

Anonymous said...

that sounds great.......and all the albanians in southern serbia can join kosovo also.....

Anonymous said...

May I mention Albanian lands in Montenegro and Macedonia?

Anonymous said...

how about we expel serbs living south of Iber river...

Ibro said...

Wow. All of a sudden it is OK to post CATO institute ideas on this blog. I had more impact than I thought on this blog (Damn I’m good). I was strongly criticised (this is an understatement by the way) by members of this blog for posting an article of the same author from the same Institute (“crappy think tank”) on Tuesday 2nd of August.

Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous, Kosova is Kosova and nothing else. Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia has already succeeded in parting it thousands of times. Just look at Presheva and Malësia!

I'm sure that in the end we will have to compromise about our independence, and our compromise is that we don't demand the old Albania. An independent Kosova IS a compromise!

Anonymous said...

Hahah. Albanians have no fear. You are a factor in the Balkans and your word will be heard.
I wonder how they will separate the areas where the Serbs live surrounded by Albanians? Cato does not think about things like this. They miss this fact entirely.

If we start with Serbia separating, why end there. We can move on to Macedonia, Montenegro, and even Greece. I do not think anyone is prepared to see what can happen in the Balkans if we begin saying Serbia was separating. After all, Yugoslavia separated and everyone took that very well. The international community will separate Serbia because it is in the interest of Balkans/Europe not to have a criminal hegemony (Serbia) bring the region down.

Besides Cato institute is not one of the best-acclaimed think tanks. I do not believe their recommendations have too much weight in Balkan policy.

Anonymous said...

Note... CATO that was always pro-Serb is now accepting Kosovo's independence...

Isn't this something...

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is something.
But apart from this the proposal is too theoretical and won't work out in reality. How can you govern effectively wide spreaded mini territories?

I'm sure there is a future for Serbs in a democratic Kosova. Nowadays it shouldn't matter to which ethnicity, religous belief etc. you belong as long as you share some common values which applies to every human being regardless of it's origin.

Anonymous said...

To all bloggers. I have said it before and I will say it again. Now after this article even more powerful: There will not be a independent Kosova ! You will see for yourself. They will discuss and discuss and discuss. One side will say one thing, the other will not agree etc etc etc. NO ONE who lives today will see the end of this story, believe me.

Anonymous said...

Ibro, since you are that coward and can't answer my question in the previous article then your posting in this blogspot have lost worthiness. If you choose to be blind against such atrocities and are still arguing how Kosova should not be independent then you (and your nation) are a disgrace to human beings.

I ask all bloggers here to ignore this cannibal. We do not negotiate with terrorists.

Mr. F

Anonymous said...

Happy Storm Operation Anniversary to all of you.

Anonymous said...

Ahh the good old Storm...

Anonymous said...

Everyone at the Cato Institute as well Ibro have a right to their opinions as do I. So here I go, fuck you and your opinion. I could say more but that would be personal and uncivilized.

Anonymous said...

What about Eastern Kosova (Presheva, Bujanovc and Medvegje? Sould it join Kosova as they have Albanian majority population?

Anonymous said...

How about we let the people of Eastern Kosova decide :)

Anonymous said...

A link to the original article:
http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=4038