Thursday, April 13, 2006

Kosovo Serb monastery does not have extraterritorial rights, says UNMIK

The Special Zoning Area around Decan [Decani] does not form exterritorial rights but it ensures the preservation of the natural, historic and cultural wealth of Kosova [Kosovo] in cooperation with Kosova institutions. The people WHO own land around Decan monastery have been misled on the substance and the intent of the Special Zoning Area created in April 2005 in THE Decan area. The Special Zoning Area does not affect private ownership, it only requires that the use of land is carried out in accordance with Kosova laws and UNESCO and international standards on the preservation of cultural and natural heritage, said UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] spokesperson Neeraj Singh.

Source: RTK TV website, Pristina, in Albanian 12 Apr 06

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

If it takes exactly one year for UNMIK to explain what they meant by the order that it is really out of touch with local population. Why does it have to explain things only after the owners of the lands and property protested?

armera said...

First I wanted to apologize to the owner of this blog for this totally unrelated posting, however since this subject was discussed here several times, I felt obliged to post it.
In my opinion this also shows the true mentality of Albanians, and could help some people heal their bias.

Cheers,


Dear Friend,

In May 2005, we held the Civic League's historic dinner with the Jewish community in New York City. Fine art photographer Norman Gershman, who was one of the honorees, had traveled to Albania and Kosova the year before to meet Albanian families who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Their story is depicted in the short film that Norm Gershman produced for the dinner. Please click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 in English and kliko ketu Pjesa 1 , Pjesa 2 , Pjesa 3 per ti degjuar ato ne shqip. (Because the videos are somewhat large, they have been devided into three parts for ease of downloading and viewing.)

Anonymous said...

wow man... this was chilling

tironsi said...

Apparently Serbia is getting set to approve some crazy law regarding Churches and religious communities:
http://www.b92.net/english/news/index.php?&nav_category=&nav_id=34501&order=priority&style=headlines

That's what you get when you give churches that much power.

Anonymous said...

This is the work of the greek and serb lobby in USA.

Serbia wants U.S. Congress to help put brakes on Kosovo's independence

WASHINGTON -- Serbia is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to follow the Senate's lead and say that the breakaway province of Kosovo is not now ready for independence.

Vuk Jeremic, Serbian President Boris Tadic's chief foreign affairs adviser, is in Washington this week meeting with House leaders and staff, urging them to endorse a Senate resolution passed seven months ago that condemned violence against ethnic Serbs in Kosovo and demanded stronger democratic institutions in the province.

Although a part of Serbia, Kosovo borders Albania and has a majority ethnic Albanian population. In recent weeks, European leaders, such as British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, have blessed the eventual independence of Kosovo.

"Thank God nobody in the U.S. is saying that publicly," Jeremic said in an interview with The Associated Press.

From within the U.S. foreign policy establishment, the nearest to that was a comment this week by Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns. In discussing the Balkan countries' future in Europe, Burns listed Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia "and an independent Kosovo, if it is to be created by the United Nations sometime this year, and that seems to be the object of this negotiation."

Moving that quickly, Jeremic said, would be a problem for Serbia, the linchpin of the former Yugoslavia.

"If there is an independent Kosovo right now or in the near future, Serbia will not be able to accept it," Jeremic said, "for the simple reason that whoever does it in Serbia will never ever be able to pull a significant number of votes in a Serbian democracy."

Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica this week suggested instead "a compromise that ensures autonomy for Kosovo that is in accordance with European" standards.

Kosovo has been a U.N.-run protectorate since 1999, when NATO bombing stopped the Serbs' crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists. Kosovo's population is about 90 percent ethnic Albanian. They have rejected such offers of broad autonomy and demand outright independence.

The U.S. State Department is part of a six-nation group urging a resolution to Kosovo's status this year. But Jeremic said Congress could provide important political cover for Serbia's centrist coalition leadership if it would emphasize Kosovo's failures to meet the requirements for independence.

"If there are certain progressive forces, pro-European and pro-Euratlantic forces in Serbia, you do not ask them to commit suicide by asking them to accept what is simply against the deep gut feeling of the Serbian people," said Jeremic. He fears an opening for the opposition Radicals, successors to the late President Slobodan Milosevic's Socialists and the largest party in the Serbian Parliament.

There are rumblings on Capitol Hill that the Serbs are not constructive participants in the Kosovo talks. Kosovo's Serbs have boycotted local institutions since ethnic violence erupted March 17, 2004. Martti Ahtisaari, the U.N. envoy mediating the talks, wants Belgrade to give Kosovo's Serbs the green light to get involved.

"It takes two to tango," said Hua Jiang, Ahtisaari's spokeswoman in Vienna.

Jeremic said Serbs put more stock in Congress' views than in State Department policies. Serbs feel Congress set an enduring anti-Serbian tone when it denounced Milosevic's crackdown on Kosovo's ethnic Albanians in 1998, ahead of the U.S.-led NATO intervention in Kosovo the following year, Jeremic said. But he said Serbs still look to America to set the tone and rejoiced last fall when the Senate, led by Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio, who is of Serbian and Slovenian descent, passed its resolution.

A similar statement was offered in the House by Rep. Steve Chabot, an Ohio Republican like Voinovich, who said he can move it through the International Relations Committee to a final vote soon.

"Without preordaining where they'll end up, it's important to say the parties must sit down and negotiate and work this out," Chabot said. "This current status will break down at some point. And I'm afraid you'll have radicals on various sides deciding on the ground what will happen, and that will mean a lot of people caught in the crossfire."

One of the biggest sticking points for Serbs is Kosovska Mitrovica, a region of northern Kosovo populated almost entirely by ethnic Serbs. Ahtisaari and the international overseers say Kosovo's status should be determined by its people. Jeremic said if self-determination is good enough for Kosovo, it should be for Kosovska Mitrovica, too.

Jiang said there will be no partition of Kosovo. A last round of negotiations starts May 4 in Vienna, Austria, and will deal with the possibility of drawing borders for municipalities, including Kosovska Mitrovica, she said. (AP)

April 14, 2006

Republic_of_Kosova said...

don't even worry about that, since serbia has a very weak lobby in washington anyway, plus are u forgetting, this year are the midterm elections, so 1/3 of the congressmen will be up for election. Trust me they have bigger problems right now, like immigration,so they don't have time to pay attention to some weak lobby.

Anonymous said...

I am not worried about serb lobby, but the greek lobby is much more powerful in US and EU. So ist not about being worried but informed. Furthermore, never a nation that strives to be successful should undermine someones propaganda machine. Sad to say serbia has a ten times better propganda machine than we do. I mean today you have people who claim Srebrencia massacre never happened or Racak massacre was a hoax. Those are few instances after 10 years of the wars end. In few years all those will be forgotten or even deemed as inconsequential and that shouldnt happen. Makiaveli kishte than "nese do paqe pregaditu per lufte".

Dardania 2006 said...

Most of Serbia lives in dreams...

...we better not follow their example.

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I see that some of you have already changed the subject, but I want to go back to the news posted and tell my opinion about that. Did you know that many people in Decan who have their properties in the part near the Monastery, have no right to go there freely! They must go through many KFOR postbloks and wait for many hours until they are allowed to pass them. This is like if you are entering in a different country! Even when they get there, the only thing that they are allowed to do in their own lands is cut the grass!!! Absolutely nothing else! This is a shame, it is a shame what UNMIK is doing – because aren’t they the ones who so much proclaim the freedom of movement – where is the freedom of movement for the Decan citizens?!
The other thing is that, they not only practically took away people’s properties; they also blocked the process of privatization for many companies and factories that are located in that terrain. And the people of Decan have no jobs and no future in these conditions. No body is against the Monastery, there are even historical facts that the same Monastery was guarded by the Albanians themselves! Why would the Monastery want an extra terrain to be protected??? And much more irritating is what the leaders of the Monastery said, he said that they need to have a beautiful terrain around the Monastery – what’s that man….Imagine if Turkey would say: the terrain around the mosques should be given a special status ‘cause we need the beauty around them, or if Vatican would say the same things about the Catholic Churches here!!!

Anyways, hopefully these people will wake up and not let the ‘others’ do whatever they want in our land. I was so proud with the people of Decan and the SELF-DETERMINATION! Movement, for their peaceful protest the last two days… it is the time we stand and proclaim our rights, and the most fundamental democratic right – the right to self determine for our own place!

Peace be with you,

Anonymous said...

I see that some of you have already changed the subject, but I want to go back to the news posted and tell my opinion about that. Did you know that many people in Decan who have their properties in the part near the Monastery, have no right to go there! They must go through many KFOR postbloks and wait for many hours until they are allowed to pass them. This is like if you are entering in a different country! Even when they get there, the only thing that they are allowed to do in their own lands is cut the grass!!! Absolutely nothing else! This is a shame, it is a shame what UNMIK is doing – because aren’t they the ones who so much proclaim the freedom of movement – where is the freedom of movement for the Decan citizens?!
The other thing is that, they not only practically took away people’s properties; they also blocked the process of privatization for many companies and factories that are located in that terrain. And the people of Decan have no jobs and no future in these conditions. No body is against the Monastery, there are even historical facts that the same Monastery was guarded by the Albanians themselves! Why would the Monastery want an extra terrain to be protected??? And much more irritating is what the leaders of the Monastery said, he said that they need to have a beautiful terrain around the Monastery – what’s that man….Imagine if Turkey would say: the terrain around the mosques should be given a special status ‘cause we need the beauty around them, or if Vatican would say the same things about the Catholic Churches here!!!

Anyways, hopefully these people will wake up and not let the ‘others’ do whatever they want in our land. I was so proud with the people of Decan and the SELF-DETERMINATION! Movement for their peaceful protest the last two days… it is the time we stand and proclaim our rights, and the most fundamental democratic right – the right to self determine for our own place!

Peace be with you,

vullnesa said...

I totally agree with u mrs.annonymous, it's really a shame what UNMIK is doing to the people of Decan.
Did u guys see mrs.Fatmir Selmanaj,the president of the municipality of Decan,in the RTK morning news.He proclaim that the people of Decan-his people are free to go work in their lands around the Monastery.He said that knowing that this isn't true.He also said that the protest organized by Self DETERMINATION! movement was stoped just after the representers of this movement did an agreement with him.Personally I was in that protest and I saw mrs.Selmanaj being a bodyguard of the mrs.Luiss Perezi who came in Decan to talk about the case of Monastery.He didn't even asked any of the protesters about the reason of the protest;he was uninterested because he's duty was and still is just to go after each unmik representers that pass through.Otherwise he'd criticised.
Guys we must act!