Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Belgrade must be ready for possible Kosovo independence - Serbian paper

Text of unattributed commentary entitled: "Shadow of Rambouillet", published by the Serbian newspaper Danas on 21 February

When a country is in a situation where it has to discuss the status of part of its territory, that in itself constitutes a kind of defeat - the defeat of a policy that over a protracted period of time was unable to deal with internal problems in a rational way and ensure the functioning of the community. This is what has happened to Serbia in the case of Kosovo.

Not so long ago, Belgrade held all instruments of power in this province, but it did not know how to curb a swelling interethnic conflict and provide peace and security. When this territory became engulfed in total chaos, the international community stepped in and practically removed Kosovo from Serbia's rule.

What comes now is the definition of a new status of Kosovo. In the meantime, a major political turnabout has occurred in Belgrade. The regime that was mostly to blame for the exacerbation of the Kosovo problem has been overthrown, but unfortunately, this has not obliterated in the eyes of international arbiters a negative role played by Belgrade in the creation of the Kosovo crisis.

Last weekend, Serbia sent to Vienna a team of a completely different political mentality than the one that had travelled to the Rambouillet conference, but it is little likely, despite its democratic and pro-European endorsement, that it will manage to convince Europe and the world that Kosovo will be comfortable in a Serbia without Milosevic. The dark shadow of Rambouillet as the symbol of an arrogant, uncooperative and defiant policy of Belgrade that cared nothing for the consequences of its intransigence will inevitably loom over the present negotiating team. The difficulty of their negotiating position is evident from the statement of the chief international mediator, Martti Ahtisaari, made on the day the Belgrade team left for Vienna. Not for the first time, a representative of the international community made it known with frankness unusual in diplomatic communication that independence is the most likely option for the future status of Kosovo.

This forecast is not pleasant for anybody in Serbia to hear, but a serious, rational policy absolutely must take it into account. If by some miracle more is achieved, that will, naturally, be easy to accept and explain to the domestic public. Belgrade must have a rational attitude and a policy ready for the painful eventuality - an independent Kosovo.

Source: Danas, Belgrade, in Serbian 21 Feb 06

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

It doesn't hurt to start updating textbooks and tourist maps since now. There will be a rush in September.

Anonymous said...

It's time for those bloody serbs to learn that arrogance and extreme nationalism are not features of civilised world. Why are they so mad about. They are just giving back after almost 100 years what doesn't belong to them.
Go Kosovo!!!!

Anonymous said...

^^ Wtf? are you some british retard? If you were sqip you woulda said go kosova, so since you didnt i cana ssume your some other foreigner. Dont medal in problems that arent yours, they come back and put a dinkeys dick in your ass

Anonymous said...

100 years is the time kosoov has been serbian? please show me your historical facts.

Kristian said...

Anonymous:


Look at the Ottoman Empire and its territory. Look at wikepedia as a resource (one example of a source). The early part of the last century, Kosovo/a belonged to the Ottoman Empire for over 500+ yrs. So if we take the previous anonymous's 100yrs he's almost correct.

Before the Ottomans there is ambiguity as who actually owned Kosovo. The balkans were mostly ruled by principalities and clans. Each clan had its own region and principalities had ties with clans. If the the history portrayed by serbia pre Ottoman Occupation is true, then Kosovo/a was ruled by serbs at one time or another it wasn't governed as we think of governance today. There was always a power struggle within a kingdon and bt clans. Frontiers changed on a constant basis. Power was never a constant it more or less rose and fell as time went on. And prior to that makeshift rule, serbs didn't exist in the region at all.

So points in time are not so precise when we look past 100 yrs or so. The last century onwards there have been more accurate records and daily news about each balkan area and around the world have been recorded. History is more accurate in the past century then in any other century prior to that.

Serbs can't claim that it has been there's for the past 1000 yrs. Not so! The Ottoman Empire had it for over 500+ yrs. Albanians, Serbs, and other nationalities have lived in that plot of land for many centuries and no one can claim it as 100% theres.

Ppl, culture, govt's have changed and will change on a yearly basis. Nothing is concrete in history, nor is it definate. Its all a persons view of a situation as perceived by the viewer/writer of history.

To be more precise that land belongs to the HUMAN RACE!


Peace to all! As another blogger put it eat some icecream :) And be happy!

Chris Blaku said...

It is refreshing to see that Serbia's newspapers are more realistic than its government. The idea that a nearly bankrupt Serbian state can bankroll the finances necessary to retain control of a rebellious, breakaway province is downright ridiculous.

In reference to the comment on who Kosova belongs to, it can be said with relative certainty that Kosova's population has held a steady Albanian majority throughout the past thousand years, and a virtual complete Illyrian/Albanian majority prior to the arrival of the Serbian migrants from the North.

Mir said...

"with relative certainty that Kosova's population has held a steady Albanian majority throughout the past thousand years"

Hmm... you know someone that is 1000 years old?

Anonymous said...

"Hmm... you know someone that is 1000 years old?"

I could find you sources that say tribes [that later became present day albanians] were settled in this region up to serbia...but im afraid it has no pictures for you to look at

tung
~Anonymous

Mir said...

Riiiiiggggghhhttt...

Chris Blaku said...

Good notion Mir, let's disregard the entire historical institution solely because it does not agree with Serbia's misrepresentation of history.

Mir said...
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Mir said...

Here's a link I think everyone will enjoy looking at since we are on the subject of history of ethnicities/man.

https://www3.nationalgeographic.com/genographic/atlas.html

Anonymous said...

Dear All,
To learn about the hitory of the region, you dont have to read serbian or albanian books. Almost in all western history books its stated very clear that the reagion was always populated by Albanians. When slavic people settled in the region after the 7th century, this land was full of chrches and christians, which later were forced by turks to change thier religion. Don't forget that Constantne the Great, who was the first Roman Emperor, was the first to institutionalize the church and the christian religion,was from that part of the world. Serbs can claim their roots north in Siberia, and on on someone elses land.
If you wanted shqip, bloody serb, here you go:
Go Kosova!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

To answer your question if kosovo has been under the serbian rule for 100 years.
Actually, its less than that. In 1913 after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, Kosovo was asigned to Albania. Than, it was cosidered as war trophy from Russia (one of the winning parties of the turkish-russian war). Of course Russia couldnt move Kosovo, so it gave it a gift to their allies, Serbs. After the second World War, 1945, Kosovo was re-asigned again to Albania, but for the second time Russia intervened, and Kosovo remained under the bloddy serbian rule. You dont have to belive me for what i said above. Just read the western encyclopaedias.
Go Kosova!!!!!!