Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Kosovo Mourns the Loss of President Rugova

Rugova, icon of the ethnic Albanian drive to win independence from Serbia, died on Saturday, January 21, 2006. Rugova, 61, was diagnosed with lung cancer in September 2005 and had been undergoing treatment at his residence in Pristina. Picture taken October 21, 2004. REUTERS/Arben Celi/File

33 comments:

Sami said...

I had my political differences with Rrugova, but I am still saddened by his death. I wish he would have lived long enough to see the independence that Kosova is about to have. Now we can only hope that we don't lose the stability we have gained. God bless Rrugova's family as well as the rest of us.

jeta said...

Despite the different opinions on important issues I had with the President, I feel so sorry that he passed away and that he didn’t get to live in the independent Kosova, something that he desired so much, and has worked so much for! God bless his family and all the people of Kosova!

Cvijus011 said...

A great man indeed. He was a pacifist that refused to have blood on his hands and therefore he deserves our outer respect.

Balkan Update said...

I see that a lot of Serbs and some others here ( See BBC site) don't have the courage to say "rest in peace". But in case, there is not much to be expected from this kind of people. Rugova was one of the most significant and respected leader of the whole region. Although I didn’t agree with all of his policies (especially during the 1999 when he hesitated to support the armed struggle against the Serbian regime), he deserves a lot of credit for bringing Kosovo out of Serbia's occupation and I thank him for that. His legacy is indeed secured and he will continue to live in our hearts forever. Rest in peace Mr. President! Also rest assured that, contrary to what some people are saying, there will not be a power struggle to fill in his chair. Nexhat Daci, a much respected speaker of parliemanet, will become the next President. Some Serbs and other who are predicting chaos will be hugely disappointed. Kosovo will continue its road towards freedom undeterred.

Dori said...

Ngushellime familjes Rugova.

I hope his life and work are honored with an independent and peaceful Kosova.

Visit Prishtina said...

President Ibrahim Rugova

Rest in peace.

President Rugova was the only leader in South-East Europe who never spoke a language of hate, never incited hatred towards any nation or ethnic group. Always calm in his reactions and always firm on his demands.

I am completely heartbroken. I am in deep shock and sadness, but most of all today I am very proud that our nation had him as a leader and I am very proud to say that I am a Kosovar, a Kosovar Albanian.

My condolences to his family, and particularly to Uka, my beloved classmate and friend who told me many things about his father -- our leader.

God bless President Ibrahim Rugova!
God bless Rugova family!
God bless Kosova and its people!

Anonymous said...

Dear President,

you were an icon, leader and father to all of us. We will carry your promise of independent Kosova further. We will not betray you. Rest in peace.

armera said...

Rest in peace Mr. President,

In my heart you were and will always be among the greatest our nation has ever given.

You told us that each one of us is an ambassador of Kosova/Dardania in the world. You showed us that if you believe on something, commit yourself fully to your believes, be persistent and reflect love anything is achievable. You truly led by an example.

I promise you (I give you my BESA) that I will do anything in my power to contribute my share to the dream that you unfortunately didn’t live to see come true. A dream that many others didn’t see. Your vision will come true and in our hearts you will never die.

I am deeply convinced that Kosovars will show unity in these sad moments (like they always do) and that they will continue the path you started and become the model for Balkans.

illyrianboy said...

My condolences to all the citizens of Kosova for the death of their President. May he rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

My deepest condolensces to President Rugova's family and the people of Kosova. The world will miss, but will never forget this truly great & passionate man.
- dave

Kristian said...

I'm terribly devestated. Just a few days ago my priest died (Dom Mark Sopi) and he wished to see a free Kosova and now The PRESIDENT OF KOSOVA, RUGOVA justly named "the Gandhi of the Balkans" dies. I can't take this.........
I truly respected both of these gentlemen bc they preached the same message over and over.

A FREE KOSOVA AND TOLERANCE AMONGST ALL PPL IN KOSOVA!

I know that he's in heaven and I'm totally upset that he didn't get a chance to see an INDEPENDENT KOSOVA! I know he'll see it from far above.
I'm sure he will guide us even in death, for he will be watching over us and steer us into the path of independence.

May he rest in peace!
God bless him for all his work!
My condolences to his family!

And I pray that Albanians will wake up and have a clear agenda and finish his work with ONE VOICE!
Put your hate aside, don't forget what happened, but show the world what RUGOVA taught US: WE are a great ppl and we can accomplish anything for we are ALBANIAN and no one can take that away from us.

LONG LIVE I. RUGOVA! for he will till its my time to move to the next realm of life.

Peace to everyone in the balkans and I hope we all gain peace and understanding and follow Rugova's path of non-violence.

Anonymous said...

can anyone give me an albanian source from prior to the 19th century that cliams u are illirian?

arianit said...

The only reason why he is so well respected by leaders in the West is that he was a pacifist. Serbs loved him for that as well. He didn't trouble the waters while whole generations were being victims of apartheid.
Him meeting Western leaders and visiting EU capitals gave Albanians the feeling that something was happenning and that their non-violence was going to be awarded soon by the World. But ignorance of the Kosova issue at Dayton was the nail in the coffin of his nonviolent policy; Dayton made Albanians figure out that freedom comes only through the barrel of the gun.

People calling him a father here sound bizarre at first to me but I understand those feelings. I grew up knowing no other leader and I am very saddened that he passed away not able to see "Kosova independent, open to Albania and Serbia, and in perpetual friendship with the United States."

The dream will be fulfilled soon.
Rest in Peace, Mr. President!

Anonymous said...

This is a topic about the mourning of the Kosova's president.But there is a yugoslut in here that wants to know about the illyrian origins of Albanians.Almost every week one of this dickheads shows up acting all smart asking about facts about our origins.Once again I am going to give you the facts why you serbs cannot accept the illyrian origins of Albanians.It comes from a slavic historian.You then show me that you slavic people were natives of the Balkans,were you are claiming the land.

THE QUESTION OF ILLYRIAN-ALBANIAN CONTINUITY AND ITS POLITICAL TOPICALITY TODAY

Dr.Alexander STIPCEVIC

The question has for years been obscured by political arguments that have frequently prevailed over academic ones. Of course, this is not the first such case in history. On the contrary, it is enough to recall the way in which Italian archaeologists at the time of fascism attempted to justify Mussolini’s conquests in the Mediterranean basin, how the Greeks today exploit data for the sake of their plans to annex Northern Epirus, and how the Serbs claim that any place where Serbian monuments or graves are found must belong to the Serbian state.

There is no need to recall other similar cases, for those we have mentioned suffice to show how archaeologists have placed their skills at the behest of national politics and ideology. Serbian archaeology and historiography have subjected the Albanians in general to such treatment, especially in Kosova.

After World War II, but especially after the serious events in Kosova in 1981, Serbian archaeologists set to work to refute the theory of the Illyrian ethnic of Albanians.

They are indeed not the first to cast doubt over the historical continuity between the Illyrians and the Albanians. Some specialists, especially Germans, including C. Pauli, H. Hirt, G. Mayer, and F. Cordignano , raised the question of the origin of the Albanian language and the Albanians in general. On the basis of what they considered to be scientific data they drew conclusions that disagreed with the theory that the Albanians are an indigenous population. Even though we do not today agree with their conclusions, we must emphasise that their arguments had no political or still less anti-Albanian overtones, and that they must be taken into consideration with proper seriousness when the problem of the ethnogenesis of the Albanians is discussed.

The politicisation of the problem that was later to become the hallmark of Serbian archaeology and historiography began with the Croat linguist Henrik Baric, who had close ties with Serbian academic and political circles. (6) Baric was a very capable linguist, but the motives impelling him to formulate his Thraco-Moesian theory of the origin of the Albanians remain dubious. His theory rests on linguistic data. The fact that the same linguistic material can be used in support of such diverse theories may alarm any student approaching this problem. Without denying linguists their right to formulate their conclusions on the basis of linguistic material, we must say that there also exist today a large quantity of archaeological, anthropological, ethnological, and ethnomusicological data. The large amount of research in recent decades has thus made it much easier today to tackle the problem of the ethnic origins of the Albanians than 50 or 100 years ago. The result achieved by workers in different disciplines in recent decades have reduced the importance of the work that relied on now obsolete linguistc evidence, and have made the autochthony of the Albanians, i.e. increasingly indisputable.

This conflict between new scientific result and the defenders of now obsolete theories is a phenomenon that can be explained by the increasing politicisation of the issue of Albanian ethnogenesis. In fact, the theory of Albanian autochthony has never been disputed with such determination and savagery as today, precisely when so much scientific proof has been produced in its support. Nevertheless, the number of researchers still today refusing to take into consideration the many arguments supplied by different academic disciplines has shrunk, or, more accurately, absolutely the only researchers who deny the theory of Albanian autochthony are Serbian. (7) Serbian archaeologists and historians began long ago to dispute the autochthony theory, but this opposition increased especially after the great Albanian revolt in Kosova in 1981. It was therefore a consequence of a political event rather than of new scientific data.

The Serbian archaeologist Milutin Garasanin represents a special case. In 1955, he wrote an article in the Prishtina periodical "Përparimi", in which he asserted that the Albanians are the direct descendants of the Illyrians. ( In the years that followed, Garasanin increasingly fell into line with other Serbian researchers who denied any such descent. This shift became still more evident in connection with the problem of the ethnic allegiance of the Dardanians, who inhabited the Kosova region. This problem became one of the most disputed in archaeology and history, assuming apolitical character after 1981. The Serbs vigorously attacked the idea that the Dardanians were ethnically Illyrian. Not because they were led to this conclusion by scientific evidence, but purely because Kosova was "the cradle of Serbian history" and "holy soil" for the Serbs, and as such could not have been inhabited by a people that were of Illyrian stock and hence claimed by their descendants, the Albanians.

In the past, Serbian researchers had not always been of one mind in allocating the Kosova region to the ancient Daco-Moesians. Milutin Garasanin himself, in his survey of prehistoric Serbia in 1973, openly admits that on the basis of their place names and personal names the Dardanians can be considered Illyrians, and that a Thracian and perhaps Dacian element is evident only in the eastern parts of their territories. (9)

However, when the Serbian Academy of Arts and sciences in 1986 organized a series of conferences on the ties between the Illyrians and the Albanians, this same Garasanin announced that the Dardanians cannot be considered Illyrians because they were ethnically more closely connected with the Daco-Moesian substratum. (10)

It is easy to explain this change in Garasanin’s stand. We are now in a period of history in which relations between the Albanians and Serbs of Kosova, and not only within this region, have dramatically deteriorated and no Serbian researcher can freely express his opinion over the Illyrian-Albanian question without exposing himself to the danger of changes of high treason.

It would be impossible to trace here the progress of the press, television, and radio campaign waged by Serbian researchers against the idea of Albanian autochthony. It is enough to recall an entertaining incident in this campaign which took place in Zagreb in 1982. Two years previously, in 1980, the first volume of the Encyclopaedia of Yugoslavia (Secon Edition) had been published, in which there were two entries, one entitled "Albanci" (Albanians), and the other "Albansko-Jugoslavenski odnosi" (Albanian-Yugoslavian relations). On pages 75-79, the Albanian historian from Kosova, Ali Hadri, had written the part of the entry under "Albanci" that dealt with "the origin and development of the Albanian people," in which he stated that the Albanians are the descendants of the Illyrians. The linguist Idriz Ajeti said the same, considering the Albanian language a successor to the Illyrian tongue.

When this volume had come off the press, the Albanian revolt in Kosova had broken aut, and when the Serbian edition of this same book was under preparation, the Serbian representatives on the Encyclopaedia’s central editorial board rejected the text that had already been published in the Croat edition (which they themselves had approved), and insisted that the two entries should be reformulated according to the ideas of Serbian historians. A long and bitter debate then took place within the editorial board, and was soon reflected in the Zagreb and Belgrade newspapers.(11) Ten contributions from historians and archaeologist were commissioned in order to prepare new versions of these entries.

At that time, the Serbian members of the editorial board could not impose their ideas on others. This meant that the new version that was printed in subsequent editions of the Encyclopaedia of Yugoslavia included textual changes in the sections dealing all mention of the continuity between the Illyrians and Albanians.(12)

Although unable to change what had already been published in the Croat edition, the publisher of the Encyclopaedia of Yugoslavia printed the new versions of the two entries and sent them to subscribers, requesting them to insert them in the appropriate place.

The debate within the Encyclopaedia’s editorial board was also echoed in political circles. At the ninth Congress of the Serbian Communist Party held in Belgrade on 27-29 May 1982, a bitter argument broke out over the ethnic origins of the Albanians. The congress of a political party was of course not the proper place to discuss an academic problem of this kind, but the question had apparently assumed a political character and could not be confined to academic circles.

It was nothing les than the incident involving the two entries in the Encyclopaedia of Yugoslavia that became the spark setting off this unexpected debate at the Serbian Communist Party: Congress. The Albanian linguist Idriz Ajeti referred to this scandalous incident in his speech in order to show that many Serbian researchers and journalists were politicising the issue to the extent that only a political forum could settle it, by political means.

Disgusted by the assaults of the newspapers, Professor Ajeti movingly defended at this congress the theory of the linguistic ties between the Illyrian and Albanian languages, and also the ethnic continuity between the Illyrians and the Albanians (13).

His speech met with an immediate response in the congress hall.

Pretending not to understand why a purely academic problem should become a discussion topic at a political congress, the Serbian historian Jovan Deretic asked in pathetic tones what point there was in politicising the question of the Albanians’ ethnic origin.

Why should the Albanians be the descendants of the Illyrians and not of the Thracians ? There was no point in dragging this question out of its academic context – on condition that the Thracian theory was accepted. The Illyrian theory could not be correct, simply because it was an _expression of Albanian imperialism, nationalism, etc. (14) According to Deretic, the Illyrian theory had "a slight whiff of racism" that reminded him of the theory of a pure Aryan race, "and we know very well who inspired that theory." (15) Immediately after Deretic, Petar Zivadinovic took the floor. Zivadinovic was elected a member of the Central Committee of the Serbian Communist Party at this congress. For him, science had still not solved the problem of the ethnic origins of the Albanians, but, although he had never dealt with such academic questions, he knew very well that the Albanians could not be descended from the Illyrians.

The historian Sima Cirkovic also though that the Illyrian theory "stank of racism." (16)

The newspapers at this time were full of articles about the speeches at the conference. "Politika," a Belgrade newspaper with little tolerance for the Albanians, published an article under the headline, "No Campaign, But Creative Criticism."

This newspaper apparently did not stop to consider that this stream of articles written by people who did more to compromise these authors than the Illyrian theory of the ethnic origin of the Albanians.

The book "The Albanians and Their Territories," published by the Albanian Academy of Sciences in Tirana in 1982, and in an English edition in 1985, caused considerable commotion. Albanian authors from Kosova were attacked especially harshly because their work demonstrated the autochthony of the Albanians in the province of Kosova. (17)

These authors attempted in vain to explain that all the articles included in this volume had been previously published in Yugoslavia and were therefore common knowledge long before the book appeared. (1 The attacks persisted because this book discussed what was the most delicate political problem in Kosova.

The campaign against the Illyrian theory intensified alongside the progressive deterioration of the political situation in Kosova. Serbia’s best-known historians appeared on the scene, including the linguist Pavle Ivic, who proceeded to ruin a large part of his own scientific work in order to prove that Serbian and Croatian are a single language. He had never tackled the problems of the Illyrians or Albanians, but it nevertheless emerged that the Albanians could only be of Thracian, not Illyrian origin.

In an interview for the Belgrade weekly NIN, Professor Ivic listed the linguists who have considered the Albanian language a descendant of Thracian and then recalled the well-known but now obsolete argument that the Albanians could not have lived on the Adriatic and Ionian coast, because they possessed word for fish.

According to Professor Ivic, the problem of the Illyrian origin of the Albanians is complicated, but there is nevertheless no question of any doubt that the Albanians are not descendants of the Illyrians and are therefore not indigenous to the province of Kosova. This is precisely what the journalist interviewing him and the magazine’s readers wanted to hear. (19)

A controversy then sprang up in the pages of this magazine between Professor Ivic, Mehmet Hyseni, and Shkelzen Maliqi. (20)

On one hand, all this controversy and debate encouraged the Albanians to study more deeply the problem of their ethnic origin from the archaeological and ethnographic point of view, while it drove Serbian researchers to the point of denying the results of their own work. In 1982, when this problem had become an inflammatory one in what was then Yugoslavia, the Academy of Sciences in Albania organised a national conference on the formation of the Albanian people, their language, and culture. At this conference, which was attended by many foreign historians, many specialists tried to present all the evidence that their different academic disciplines could offer to solve the problem of Illyrian-Albanian continuity. (21)

As in reply to this conference, the Serbs had the idea of organising in Belgrade, under the auspices of the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, a series of conferences that were to tackle problems also dealt with in Tirana. The conferences, that were attended solely by Serbian historians, took place in May and June 1986. Their papers were later published in a book, in Serbian and French editions. (22)

A careful reading of the contributions of Ms. F. Papazoglu and Professor M. Garasanin reveals at least a kind of uncertainty in their arguments. These writers sometimes even imply that they do not favour an unconditional rejection of the Illyrian theory of the Albanians’ ethnic origin.

Of course, writers of propaganda have paid no attention to the academic evidence, and have not grasped these authors’ doubts, but only the evidence that suit their anti-Albanian campaign. Aware of the simplification which the complicated problem of the Albanians’ ethnic origins had undergone, professor Garasanin was careful to point out that the Albanians are undoubtedly a palaeo-Balkan people and that the Illyrian element played a part, albeit a minor one, in their formation.

Garasanin asserted that there can be no question of a direct continuity between the Illyrians and the Albanians, because the Illyrians disappeared from history during the five centuries of Roman occupation. The Albanians are therefore a people who were formed in the middle ages from small remnants of peoples, including the Illyrians, who inhabited the western Balkans in classical and mediaeval times.

There is no need to continue. However, we would like to end by emphasising that the misrepresentations of the Serbian academic community in connection with the ethnic origin of the Albanians are part of a long and painful story of abuses of this kind, which have been nothing but political propaganda paving the way for military repression. This is the meaning of the way for military repression. This is the meaning of the campaign by Serbian historians and journalists against the autochthony of the Albanians in the lands they inhabit.

References:

"Oratio fratris Vincentii Priboevii sacrae theologiae professoris ordinis praedicatorum De origine successibusque slavorum, "Venetiis, 1532. Modem bilingual (Latin and Croatian) edition by Professor Grga Novak (Vinko Pribojevic, "O podrijetlu i zgidama Slavena," Zagreb, Jugoslovenska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti, 1951. Compare Pribojevic’s ideas on pan-slavism with Professor Novak’s introduction to his 1951 edition, and to Alois Schmaus, "Vincentius priboevius, ein Vorlaeufer der Panslavismus," in "Jahrbuecher fuer die Geschichte Osteuropas," I, 1952, pp. 243-254; Veljko Gortan, Sizgoric i Pribojevic," "Filologija," 2, 1959, pp. 149-152.
The history of the illyrian idea among the slavs has been written Reinhard Lauer, "Genese und Funktion des Illyrischen Ideologems in den suedslawischen Literaturen, 16. Bis anfang des 19. Jahrhunderts," in "Ethnogenese und Staatsbildung in Suedosteuropa," Klaus-Detlev Grothusen, Goettingen, 1974, pp. 116-143.
Ljudevit Gaj, "Tko su bili stari Iliri?," "Danica ilirska," 5 (1839), Nr.10, pp.37-39; Nr.11, pp.41-43; Nr.12, pp. 46-48; Nr. 13, pp. 49-51; Nr.15, pp. 58-59.
For example, S. Popovic, "Skiti, Iliri, Slavi," in "Letopis Matice srpske," 64 (1844) pp. 67-80.
Bogoslav Sulek, "Sta namjeravaju Iliri?" Beograd, 1844. See the historical commentary on this pamphlet by Antun Barac, Hrvatska knjizevnist, I. Knjizevnost ilirizma, zagreb. Jugoslovenska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti, 1954, pp. 43-44, etc.
See his studies, "Ilirske jezicne studije," Rad. JAZU knj.272, 1948, pp.157-208; "Poreklo Arbanasa u svetlu jezika," in "Lingvisticke studije," Sarajevo, 1954, pp.7-48; "Mbi origjinen e gjuhës shqipe," "Jeta e re." 4, 1952, Nr.3, pp. 205-211.
There are exceptions, e.g. Slobodan Jovanovic, "Jugosloveni i Albanci," "Ideje: Casopis za teoriju savremenog drustva," 1987, Nr. 5-6, pp. 181-185.
Milutin Garasanin, "Ilirët dhe prejardhja e tyre," "Përparimi," 1953, Nr.6, pp. 323-331.
Milutin Garasanin, "Preistorija na tlu SR Srbije," vol.II, Beograd, Srpska knjizevna zadruga, 1973, p. 523.
Milutin Garasanin, "Zakljucna razmatranja," in: "Iliri i Albanci," Beograd, 1988, p. 362.
Ibro Osmani, "Dogovor o spornim tekstovima?," "Vjesnik," 19 June 1982, p.17; Ibro Osmani, "Kriterium i vetem – ai shkencor," "Rilindja," 19 June 1982, p. 12; Milos Misovic, "Kuda ide Jugoslavija?" "NIN," Nr. 1,678, 27 February 1983, p.31-32.
The Prishtina historian Ali Hadri strongly rejected the objections raised by the Serbian group on the editorial board in a long reply that was published in Albanian under the title "Reply to Comments on the Historical Text of the Entries "Albanians," and "Albanian-Yugoslav Relations" in the Encyclopaedia of Yugoslavia," published in the review "Kosova," Nr.11, 1982, pp.217-259. A summary of this text was published in the Zagreb weekly "Danas," Nr. 16, 8 June 1982, p. 14.
His report was published in prishtina: "Mbi origjinen ilire të gjuhës shqipe," "Rilindja," 29 May 1982, p.14.
Jovan Deretic, "Cemu sve to sluzi?," "Danas," Nr. 16,8 June 1982, pp. 62-63.
This assertion was strongly criticised by the Croat writer Ivan Lovrenovic in his article, "Miris kao kriterij," "Danas," Nr. 17, 15 June 1982, p. 17.
For further information about this dispute, see Teodor Andjelic, "Ilirsko-albanske enigma," "NIN," Nr. 1,640, 6 June 1982, pp. 30-32.
Milos Misovic, "Grehovi i gresnici," "NIN," Nr. 1,660, 24 November 1982, pp. 16-17.
Provodom knjige "Albanci i njihova ognjista," "NIN," Nr. 1,665, 28 November 1982, p. 2.p.
Milo Gligorijevic, "Albanija i Kosovo: seobei teritori," "NIN," Nr. 1,664, 21 November 1982, pp. 32-35.
Mehmet Hyseni, "Za nauku, bez spekulacija," "NIN," Nr. 1,666, 5 December 1982, pp. 2-3; Shkelzen Maliqi, "Mistifikacija istoriografije," "NIN," Nr. 1,667, 12 December 1982, pp. 3, 6; Pavle Ivic, "Naucna tastina radi osporovanja nauke," "NIN," Nr. 1,667, 12 December 1982, pp. 6, 19;Pavle Ivic, "Istorijski mitovi i indoktrinacija," "NIN," Nr. 1,671, 9 January 1983, pp. 6,13; Shkelzen Maliqi, "Mistifikacija istoriografije," "NIN," Nr. 1,673, 23 January 1983, pp. 2-3; Pavle Ivic, "Pravo nauke na istinu," "NIN," Nr. 1,675, 6 February 1983, p.19.
The papers of this conference were published in French, "Problemes de la formation du peuple albanais, de sa langue et de sa culture (Choix de documents), " Tirana, Editions "8 Nëntori," 1985.
Iliri i Albanci – Les Illyriens et les Albanais, Beograd, Srpska akademija nauka i umetnosti, 1988.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, rest in peace President Rugova. I'm glad the facist elements of the UCK didn't finally get him - was he possibly the only Kosovar "Untouchable"?

A lot of people will be very scared in Kosovo now, and I hope the LDK have got the balls to stand without Rugova now. They will split, for sure; this is good for Kosovo's democracy.

But his death has been on the cards for a long time - it's been political contigency planning lessons 101 in Kosovo.

I wonder if anyone will ever comment that:

-He was proved wrong, and his strategy was disasterous for Kosovo.

-It's been a while since he was really calling the shots.

-His drinking had got out of control over the last few years.

Anonymous said...

albo source please and prior to the 19th cen

Anonymous said...

To all decent bloggers:

Please ignore ignorants like the previous blogger who is using his posts to feed his nationalistic dreams. I dont think we are responsible for his ignorance, nor should we educate him. If he wants the truth he knows where to get it.

Dear Serb friend, if you do not want to listen then why do u ask? Go ahead and believe whatever you want. Know that Kosova is for Albanians and it will always be... EVEN IF IT WAS SERB before (which I find it ridiculous), now it WILL become independent... or we will get angry . Now stop posting.

Dardania 2006 said...

Dear Prez, rest in Peace...

We will make the dream come true, Kosova will become independent, now the will is even stronger.

Put asside political differences, they are riddicilous, bring forth Unity and Strengh!

Kosova/Dardania with people like Limaj, Ceku, and a great many other patriots will become a true European, strong and healthy, country.

Chris Blaku said...

Who is to say that elements of the UCK were responsible for the attempted assassination of Rugova? Please don't politicize the death of a national icon of hope and an international symbol of peace in the face of unrelenting violence.

Anonymous said...

still waiting

Anonymous said...

A lot you serbs are runnin your mouths
Your runnin your mouths crazy
Think y'all got to ease up though, you know
Ease up fore somethin happen man
We don't want that
At least YOU don't
Be easy man
Y'all bitchez betta take it slow
HAHA
I'm a bury em
cetniks don't want beef they vegetarian

Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace. Condolences to every Kosovar. Independence without him will not be as majestic as it would have been with him alive. He was a GREAT man even though he made mistakes.But as they say "to err is human ...". I will miss him. Bekim from Mitrovica.

Anonymous said...

even though there is always room for critisism President Rugova was the simbol of the fight for independence...it is sad that he didn´t see Kosova as a new country in europe but at least he didn´t suffer anymore from the terrible illness that took his life...the illness beat him because nothing else could...
God bless you President Rugova cause you blessed Kosova and all us albanians...
rest in peace
Iliri-bir shqiptari e ILIRIANI...

Prince of Albania said...

Reast in Peace Mr. President.

Notwithstanding differences of opinion that I had with him on some occasions I had great respect for the President. He was a good man with a kind heart and great political skill. He brought world fame to the plight of the Albanians of Kosova and worked tirelessly day after day in advancing our cause.
I am deeply sadenned of his passing and I am trully sorry that he did not live to see his beloved Kosova independent.
May God rest His soul in peace.
Respect, Prince of Albania!

Anonymous said...

First of all, I'd like to express my condolences to all Kosovars. Rugova was a great man, he will have his place history.

I was surprised to hear, that Rugova converted to christianism. Is it something rare, or are there many others?

Kristian said...

Where is the article in Kosovareport that mentioned this? Its been deleted and had several comments attached!


http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level.php?cat=Politics&loid=8.0.246430378&par=0

That was the original article!

Anonymous said...

ibrahim the catholic!

Kristian said...

I wouldn't say that, I would rather say Ibrahim Rugova the MAN OF PEACE! And I hope everyone agrees on that!

Anonymous said...

serbs trying to put a wedge between albanians with this religious crap. Its too predictable dont you think.

Republic_of_Kosova said...

"serbs trying to put a wedge between albanians with this religious crap. Its too predictable dont you think."

First they start the 'terrorists' crap then they started to start a propaganda machine by saying "the Kosovar muslim President Rugova" blah blah.

Full of crap, and lies. Obviouslly it works I mean ask CV who started the war. He'll give you something so made up you will think all serbs are great fictional authors.

Kristian said...

http://balkanupdate.blogspot.com/2006/01/rugova-died-christian.html


Rugova died a Christian?
Speculations continue that the Former President had converted to Catholicism prior to his death. Nothing official yet, but Don Gjergji is considered to be serious personality, so I am tempted to believe him. Here it is:

ALBANIAN Roman Catholic priest Don Lush Gjergji, in a statement for Italian media ( 3 days ago), said that the late Albanian leader Ibrahim Rugova died a Christian but he could not publicize his conversion to Christianity due to political opportunism.

"Rugova was culturally and spiritually a Christian. His conscience and heart were deeply Christian; however, he could not publicize this because we must not forget that Kosovo is inhabited by Albanians, the great majority of whom declare themselves as Muslims," said Don Gjergji.

Rugova's personal confessor indirectly admitted that he gave confession to the converted former president of Kosovo prior to his death.

"Let us say he offered his suffering to God and Mother Teresa. In any case, he began his journey of return to his roots far earlier. Many Albanian intellectuals are discovering their Christian roots and saying, we are the descendants of Skenderbeg and Mother Teresa; if we negate them, we negate ourselves," said the Albanian Catholic priest.

" Rugova never wanted to define his position with respect to Islam, in either the positive or the negative sense."

Gjergji also told the story of Rugova's meeting last week with Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice.

"The only person whom Rugova wished to receive in the end because of his weakness was Cardinal Scola. At one point Rugova tried to stand up and kneel before him but he did not succeed. Then he kissed his ring and said, I do this as a sign of devotion to Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI and the Kosovo bishop who died a few days ago. We were all touched by his statement," Don Gjergji said at the end of his eyewitness account.


Now to all Albanian:

DO YOU THINK THIS IS TRUE?


And why was the article about him being Christian deleted from Kosovareport.com ?

vullnesa said...

well,even that I didn't liked very much his ways of winning the indepedence I truly felt sorry of his death.He worked hard for our country Kosova even thought the things that he has done in past few years(from 1998).

ALBANIAN said...

We had sad days in our Albanian homes for days!

We have physically lost the brightest Albanian figure of the century!

Dardania lost the greatest man! We lost the greatest Ambasador of ourn identity and our national interests and purposes! We lost the historical leader of Dardania!

We have lost the Father of our Nation!

A man of high national, moral and human qualities; a man that was a source of wisdom, patience, unity, persistance, maturity, loyalty, patriotism, dignity, love, endurance, hope, insipiration, respect, devotion and optimism!

We lost the committed fighter for freedom, democracy and independence of Dardania!

My condolences to the family, relatives, friends!

My condolences to LDK officials and members!

My condolences to Dardania!

My condolences to all Albanian nation!

My condolences to our international friends!

We will continue your national vision, our eternal President! We will continue our path to offical recognision of Dardania's independence! We will continue to build a Europian' strong, democratic and intergrated country!

May God bless ALBANIAN nation!

Rest in peace dear First President of Dardania!