Tuesday, May 02, 2006

EU to suspend negotiations with Serbia

Text of report in English by Croatian news agency HINA

Brussels, 2 May: The European Union will have to suspend negotiations with Serbia and Montenegro about the Stabilization and Association Agreement because the country is not fully cooperating with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said in Brussels on Tuesday [2 May], adding that a formal decision would be adopted after consultation with ICTY Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte. Facts speak for themselves, Ratko Mladic is not in The Hague and according to our information Serbia and Montenegro is not fully cooperating with the Hague tribunal, Rehn said.

This means that we have no other option but to suspend negotiations with Serbia, Rehn said adding that the negotiations could be continued immediately after Serbia shows results in cooperation with the UN war crimes tribunal.

The next round of negotiations on the country's Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU is scheduled for 11 May. The decision on the continuation of negotiations will be adopted based on facts, Rehn said, adding that no other political activities would be considered, alluding to a referendum in Montenegro and negotiation on the final status of Kosovo.

32 comments:

whoami123 said...

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We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
We can be as quick as a cat.
Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
We can be as proud as a peacock.
A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

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and undoubtedly must have
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for your intended readership.
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everything in your power to
honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
Designer/Architect as well
as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
this Supreme Designer/Architect,
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fabric of the universe, our minds
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wonder at this infinate goodness,
wisdom and power.

Please remember to never
restrict anyone's opportunities
for ascertaining uninterrupted
existence for their quintessence.

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under heaven. A time to be
born and a time to die. A
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harvest. A time to kill and
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tear down and a time to
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search and a time to lose.
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to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Whoami


P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."

NYoutlawyer said...

People too serious on this blog....everyone pushing their own agenda....but.................

Albanians,give me credit for being creative and funny, come on now....you can smile.

Yuki ceku suki i liki U.S. diki und del pontiqi o'da Hagiki luv suki ceku stinki tini dicki i thaci puzi. Troika fuki. Vow, evori albaniqi luv da suki U.S. diki. Yummi, albaniqi suki eni diki dat givi moneyiki to shiptariki. Poot hend a'ooot und opin ma'oot, suki ol diki dat givi moneyiki. Albaniqi luv suki clintoniki i holbrookiki cocki. Maki shiptariki hapi for moneyiki wen suki Amerikaniki dicki.

I can't stop laughing. I have made myself cry.

Balkan Update said...

This country is doing everything backwards. Just yesterday it made into the exclusive list of few countries that are considered as failed countries in Europe. Frankly I do feel some sympathy for Serbs who don't seem to have any hope any longer.

"The only European states in relatively high positions were Russia (43), Belarus (50), Serbia and Montenegro (55) and Moldova (58)"
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/4964444.stm

Anonymous said...

funny Ny, u should be a comedian, and let polyticts to other people. So tell me is this funny: EU suspended negotiations with serbia... naw ju suki diki of rahn-iki. Or better yet Join mmootthheerr RRRRUUUSSIIAA, but who would want to join a failed country, i mean after all u already have that at home. I'm laughing are U?

Anonymous said...

And you know guys there are decent serbs out there, like that guy Ceda Jovanovic, but it's sad for the progressive part of that country that they are being held hostage by the Kostunica-Radical clan. But i guess still there are more comedians and fools who think that all of this (challenging the EU) is funny and "patriotic"!!!!

Srbija ko Nokia!

Anonymous said...

ny is right, he is funny, keep laughing bro it's cool. . . it is awesome how crazy patriotic Serbs are!!! Please stay like that for a couple more years; the world need you.

Anonymous said...

Woooohoooo!!! LOL and LOL and LOL!!
Ohhh...my stomach. I'm pissing myself laughing.

...you fuckers (that is : you serb shits) are really living in your own dream world and guess what??? I hope you arse-wipes never ever come out of your deep deep slumber!

Ilirian
Prizren - the centre of ALBANIA

Anonymous said...

Hey NY,

you made me really to laugh, man in just a couple of poems you described the exact situation.
You also hit a sensitive part of the SHITptars.

Keep it on

Cause the truth is obvious,

siptari luv ti suki holbrook, clinton diki justi for money. it makes them happy. Chunk, chunk, njam njam njam US spermi tasty nicy to albani cause they luv to suki every diki. The work is easy for the albani strech the handy open the mouthy and suki suki suki US diki

Anonymous said...

)))BRUSSELS (BBC) 3 May 2006 -- An autonomy similar to South Tyrol in the Alto Adige region of Italy may work in Kosovo.

This was a suggestion given at a three-day transatlantic forum in Brussels by US officials participating in the conference.
According to the officials, Kosovo could see an “internal,” conditional independence, under a “soft protectorate” of the EU, without membership in the UN or its own military.

As compared to South Tyrol, Serbs in North Kosovo would receive a form of autonomy similar to the one enjoyed by the German-speaking people living in the Alto Adige region.
All participating officials agreed that the Pristina Government must first implement all international standards without hesitation or exemption; firstly, the ones regarding security, free movement and the protection of Serbs and other non-Albanian minorities, along with the guarantee of returning property to returning refugees. It was agreed upon that decentralisation is the best may to attract investors to Kosovo, something that the future of the region will depend on.

Officials of the US administration stated at the forum that Serbs, even though they represent a minority population in Kosovo, have historical rights in the region, and added that America will not turn its back on the Serbs, regardless of the situation with Hague fugitive Ratko Mladic, even though this problem must be taken care of immediately.

They added that the EU will be pressured to include Serbia into its structure swiftly. Both European and American officials stressed that Serbia cannot stop at saying “no” to independence, and that it must present concrete offers and proposals for the solving of the Kosovo status question. One delegate was rising concern that if Kosovo breaks away totally and Serbia joins EU in 5-8 years, there will be a new Berlin wall against Kosovo since Kosovo will have another 15 to 20 years before joining the EU.(((

Anonymous said...

Serbia is being completely cooperative-they are looking for Mladic even though there is no proof that he is in Serbia at all. All the proof the Serbian government has points to his being in Bosnia.

Anonymous said...

"All the proof the Serbian government has points to his being in Bosnia." You mean serbian occupied part of Bosnia!

mitrovica pika pika said...

"All the proof the Serbian government has points to his being in Bosnia." You mean serbian occupied part of Bosnia!

bg anon said...

hmmm now Vice President of the Serbian government has resigned because of the suspension of talks and Mladic.

Shows that at least something is being done I suppose

Anonymous said...

Labus knows that arrest is doable but is not being done because Kostunica doesn't want it to happen. Labus thinks the same way as Hague.

Anonymous said...

hahahahahahahahahahah this must HURT

bg said...

Im not sure its that simple anon.

I think Kostunica does want the Mladic story over with. But he wants Mladic to surrender.

The alternative is that Mladic is killed in the action to arrest him. Kostunica doesnt want that but others in Serbia do want it.

Why? Because they are afraid that Mladic is unstable enough to want to implicate everybody he can including some members of the Serbian government.

There is a third possibility - that Mladic will be arrested and not tried because he's sick.

Now unlike some of them who are faking, Mladic really is sick. How sick he really is I dont know.
Maybe they are waiting for him to get so sick that he cant be tried.

There you have some of the theories going round in so called 'informed' circles.

mitrovica pika pika said...

I think the main reason why he isnt in the Hague is because he actually can implicate the majority of serbian government. And that would mean Bosnia can win the lawsuit against serbia in intenational court and a lot of other issues would come to forefront. Issues that would put in spotlight the whole "democratic" goverment of serbia.

Anonymous said...

If Mladic is in Serbia being helped by renegade army people wouldn't it be logical to think that these army people had weapons and would try to attack anybody who tried to get Mladic? Is it possible if Mladic is in Serbia (that hasn't been proven) that they can't arrest him without a mini war breaking out between these renegade army people and the presumably Serbian police that would be sent to capture him?

It is impossible for Kostunica to invite NATO into Serbia to capture Mladic-that would just further help the nationalist in the upcoming elections.

I just think that since the Serbian government seems fairly eager to join the EU and capture Mladic that these talks should just continue.

Kristian said...

To: bg anon


I think he has a point about the theories he presented.


1. Waiting till he passes away (no trial then)
2. Making him sick that he can't stand trial. (there are ways to induce cancer or some fatal disease so that he wouldn't be able to stand trial)
3. He could implicate a multitude of ppl if he's arrested. Based on his character I don't think he would snitch on anyone unless he feels betrayed. But keeping serbia intact would be his main goal no matter if he feels betrayed.
4. What can the EU do even if he's not caught! Not much except deny them membership.
5. EU's aim is to create a civil war to get the nationalists out of power. For they impede the desires of the population in general. As much as ppl portray serbs as being the worst of the bunch, we can't assume they all are. (not siding with anyone just simple statistics).
6. Serbia is waiting to see if it can get a better deal on all fronts and delay the process of Kosovo/a to benefit them.

Many theories but no one knows for sure bc none of us are in the Serbian Parliament, nor are we Mladic.

My opinion is that they should arrest the guy before the country and the balkans fall into a dissaray. Stability is a major concern with everyone and it should be key to everyone's goal as a whole!

And I do sincerely believe the ppl of serbia should demand his arrest even though the radicals are in power! If they truly want democracy as they say they do then they should act and demand it. You can't say you are democratic when you do not practice it.

Peace to all!

mitrovica pika pika said...

The reason why radicals are still an issue in Serbia its because Nato and the EU failed to curb serbias apetite for genocide and mass-destruction. With tha nazis the allies destroyed germans will to ever conduct war whereas they treated and are still treating serbs with kid gloves.Until serbs are utterly defeated their will to even talk about war anihilated, there will always be war in Balkans.

mitrovica pika pika said...

Interestingly, where is Karadzic? Will EU still go on with SA even though Karadzic is not in Hague(in case Maldic gets arrested)?

bg anon said...

No there are only a couple of government politicians that could be implicated in some way.

And the implication would be to do with knowledge of where Mladic was hiding. These are not the same men as during Milosevic after all.

Yes maybe its more to do with Bosnia judgement but its hard to say. Mladic could be a loose canon. He is not the dishonest type even if he would rather kill first and ask questions later.

It was always Karadzic that prefered the criminal activity. Mladic was a soldier.

Anon yes it is logical to assume they might fight. But that would effectively be suicide by Mladic because then the government could choose whether they wanted him dead or not.

But there wouldnt really be a mini war. The population of Serbia would mostly breathe a sigh of relief that this stone around the neck would be gone. Me too.

bg anon said...

mitrovica Del Ponte says that Bosnian talks with the EU should be suspended till Bosnia hands him over.

Its unfair - surely its upto international forces to arrest Karadzic.

Anonymous said...

The fact that serbia keeps a headstrong in bringing in Wanted International Terrorists / Mass Killers shows how dedicated serbia is to anything other then its own ego. If serbia keeps this up Kosova, Albania, and Bosnia will join the EU before serbia will. Will the serbs stand for this, will they stand the stamp of EU everytime they cross serbia-Kosova border? Since they would have to travel to Kosova and EU is raising the visa costs it is really going to set serbia a whole lot.

NYoutlawyer said...

Yuki ceku suki i liki U.S. diki und del pontiqi o'da Hagiki luv suki ceku stinki tini dicki i thaci puzi. Troika fuki. Vow, evori albaniqi luv da suki U.S. diki. Yummi, albaniqi suki eni diki dat givi moneyiki to shiptariki. Poot hend a'ooot und opin ma'ooot, suki ol diki dat givi moneyiki. Albaniqi luv suki clintoniki i holbrookiki cocki. Maki shiptariki hapi for moneyiki wen suki Amerikaniki dicki. Kiz Mladici assiki.

Nothing else to say, again.

NYoutlawyer said...

Read the following and then tell me about your puppet leader and what is truely happening in Kosovo. Look at yourselves first before you point fingers at others.

Ex-Security Chief Blows Whistle on UN's Kosovo Mission
By Sherrie Gossett
CNSNews.com Staff Writer

(CNSNews.com) - Following five years of United Nations control and billions of dollars of international aid, Kosovo is a lawless region "owned" by the Albanian mafia, characterized by continuing ethnic cleansing and subject to increasing infiltration by al Qaeda-linked Muslim jihadists, according to a whistleblower interviewed by Cybercast News Service.

The U.N.'s repeated failure to act on received intelligence has allowed illegal paramilitary groups to flourish and engage in terrorist attacks aimed at destabilizing regional governments in the Balkans, said Thomas Gambill, a former security chief with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), self-described as the world's largest regional security agency.

Gambill was responsible for overseeing the eastern region of Gjilane in Kosovo from 1999 until 2004 under the authority of the U.N. His criticism comes as the United Nations prepares to launch final status talks on the troubled province of Kosovo, which has been a U.N. protectorate since North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces bombed Yugoslavia between March and May of 1999 to compel the Serb-dominated government of Slobodan Milosovic to withdraw its forces from Kosovo.

The U.S. mission in Kosovo alone cost $5.2 billion between June 1999 and the end of 2001, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

NATO bombing leads to Muslim retaliation

The NATO bombings were also launched in response to reports of large-scale ethnic cleansing of Kosovar Albanians by the Serbs. But as soon as the bombing campaign ended, ferocious, retaliatory ethnic cleansing allegedly took place with Albanians, who are predominantly Muslim, targeting Christian Serbs. The violence was witnessed and documented by the U.N. and OSCE.

Gambill shared hundreds of pages of U.N. and OSCE documents with Cybercast News Service, showing how the Serbs and other minorities were systematically and successfully targeted for removal from Kosovo.

Following the NATO bombing of Kosovo, American troops under NATO command were stationed in neighboring Macedonia and Albania while then-President Bill Clinton decided on the size of the U.S. contingent to be deployed in Kosovo. When U.S. troops entered the province in June 1999, the alleged retaliatory ethnic cleansing was already underway.

Incidents of sexual violence, torture, arson, murder, kidnapping, and verbal threats were allegedly widespread as part of an organized and successful campaign conducted "right under the U.N.'s nose," said Gambill.

Minorities targeted by ethnic Albanian extremists for expulsion or death included Serbs, Roma, Muslim Slavs, Turks and Croats.

Reports filed by the OSCE indicate that the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which had been trained and supported by the Clinton administration, was predominantly responsible for the ethnic cleansing. In April 1999, congressional Republicans also promoted legislation seeking U.S. military aid for the KLA, causing Michael Radu of the Foreign Policy Institute to warn of the consequences of such a move.

Other armed extremist groups also participated in the ethnic cleansing, said Gambill.

The overall goal of the groups was the creation of an ethnically pure state that included Albania, Kosovo and parts of Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia "They will push for more. That is the plan. It's called Greater Albania," said Gambill.

OSCE documents reveal that elderly Serbs who were unable to flee were threatened and women were thrown down staircases. Others were tortured, beaten and murdered. Some elderly Serbs fled to monasteries for protection, but the monasteries were later attacked as well, including as recently as March of 2004, according to the OSCE documents

Entire villages emptied in the wake of large-scale arson and looting. OSCE documents describe "massive population movements" by displaced minorities after so many of their homes were set on fire, that one region of Kosovo resembled "a war zone."

An OSCE report notes that in one particular month of 1999 ethnic-related crimes dipped, but the report adds that it is unclear if that was due to the success of NATO's KFOR (Kosovo Force) or simply because there were relatively few Serbs left.

After six months of NATO presence, the violence aimed at the Serbs became less frequent, though grenade attacks, drive-by shootings and abductions continued as weekly occurrences for the next five years, according to Gambill. "Even as of a couple of weeks ago, it hasn't stopped," he added.

The perpetrators of ethnic violence were emboldened by a lack of functioning local police or a judiciary system, Gambill said. Even now, the "good cops" are threatened by former KLA members, who are also on the police forces. "One female cop, she was a real Serpico," recalls Gambill. "She wouldn't give up an investigation after being threatened. She was killed soon after being warned."

Minorities are still being denied health care by Albanian medical professionals who quickly dominated the health care profession following the NATO bombing, Gambill said. He recounted an incident in which a Serb doctor was taken behind a building and shot in the back of the head. "Sometimes they had to take wounded Kosovar Serbs all the way to Serbia for medical aid," said Gambill.

'Don't Rock the Boat'

Gambill told Cybercast News Service that he was most frustrated by what he saw as apathy on the part of the U.N. Mission in Kosovo and OSCE, despite what he described as lower-level officials who "worked really hard and cared about the mission.

"There was a don't-rock-the-boat atmosphere," Gambill explained. "Many people deployed to the region simply wanted to make their hefty pay and have a good time vacationing in Greece. They didn't want any 'problems' on their watch."

Aggressive patrols were discouraged, Gambill said, for fear that any ensuing firefights would give the appearance that KFOR forces did not have control of the area.

"It was all P.C. (politically correct). People were afraid to say anything," said Gambill, adding that those who spoke out on serious issues were subjected to transfers or other reprisals. "No one seems to want to listen or make waves. They said 'I can't do anything to change the system, so why speak out?'"

The result of such an attitude, Gambill said, is that "every time there is an attack against a Serb, it's always described as an 'isolated case' -- an event swept under the rug, so to speak."

Gambill said his warnings and reports on grave security threats were often met with a condescending attitude and even laughter. During a briefing given at the end of 2000 to OSCE delegates from Vienna, Austria, Gambill identified illegal paramilitary groups operating in the Balkans in violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1244.

Albanian mafia flourishes

At the same briefing, Gambill said he tried to explain the regional mafia structure, however, U.S. and Russian delegates in the audience complained about the content of Gambill's speech. As a result, he said, OSCE headquarters in Pristina sent a message to Gambill's regional superiors with the message, "Shut Tom up."
"You couldn't get up in front of meetings and say, 'We've lost control of [Kosovo], the mafia controls it,'" said Gambill. "But they do. They run the damn place."

Gambill cited OSCE data that showed 42 mafia leaders had moved into Kosovo in the wake of the NATO bombing in order to set up criminal organizations. They continued to thrive despite efforts to establish mature law enforcement operations in the province, he said.

"Drug smuggling, counterfeiting, weapons, human trafficking were all booming when I was there," said Gambill. He also alleged that high-level mafia leaders are in senior political positions.

"Good cops," who want to target the corruption are "under threat," said Gambill, adding that the Albanian mafia maintains ties with Russian, Serbian, Croatian and Italian mafia organizations to further their common agendas.

Gambill also warned his U.N. superiors that the newly formed paramilitary group, the Albanian National Army, was "highly dangerous and skilled" and operating in Kosovo as well as northwestern Macedonia. But those warnings, he said, were also met with disbelief.

Within months, the Albanian National Army was taking credit for terrorist attacks, prompting the U.N. to acknowledge the group's existence.

Now Kosovo has entered what Gambill calls "The Fifth Phase," characterized by attacks against the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) itself. A September warning from UNMIK to staff members warns, "Before you turn on your vehicle, inspect it all around, to see if anything is unusual or suspicious." The warning followed the blowing up of an UNMIK vehicle.

"UNMIK Out!" reads the graffiti seen on many buildings in Kosovo.

A field officer currently working with the U.N. Mission in the Kosovo area spoke with Cybercast News Service on condition of anonymity. After noting that the explosives used by al Qaeda terrorists in the March 2004 Madrid bombing attacks had come from the Balkans, he stated: "I sit here watching special patrol groups surveying and doing nothing. How many more people will die; whilst terrorists rest and recuperate here in the not so moderate Muslim regions of the Balkans theatre?"

"The cat and mouse game is coming to an end," the field officer noted. "Kosovo is saturated with extremists so NATO [may] pull out before it all blows up in their faces. War on Terror! [It's] more like support [of] terror!"

"My biggest concern has always been the incursion of radical Islam into the area," said Gambill. "They're making preparations in Macedonia for terrorist attacks against internationals if Kosovo is not granted independence."

If the United Nations recommends against independence, Gambill said, it will spur the Saudis to increase their involvement in the region. "They've got the money, they've got the power. They'll remind Kosovars that they are their true friends. And they'll help the extremists fight and prepare terrorist attacks against internationals and even NATO troops stationed there," Gambill told Cybercast News Service.

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewSpecialReports.asp?Page=\SpecialReports\archive\20050 9\SPE20050927a.html

scienceCrazyChick said...

NYoutlawyer, would u please stop posting other reports on the blog. They take up space and people don't actually read them. If you post a comment make it your own, don't really need to prove to us that ur speaking the truth by backing it up with some story u found on the net. The amount of news on situation on Kosova is huge; anyone can pick out stories that relate to their own truth. If u must, than try and post a link.
Anyways, t'fala shqiptarve kudo qe jane :)

Anonymous said...

Ok people stop feeding the fucking troll calling himself nyouthouselawyer. Dont you see the whole reason for his miserable existence is coming on this site and cuting and pasting crap. Nyouthouse lawyer i have one thing to say to you- a life unexamined is not worth living- so do humanity a favour and remove your genes from the worlds gene pool.

Anonymous said...

12:29 AM blogger. What you wrote was extremly funny. I showed it to all my friends here in US and they were laughing a lot. I want to say to the Serbs that the world has changed a lot lately and Serbia has all the support from US (except Mladic that you must hand over asap).
No one that supported Kosovo in the past, ie Clinton, Holbrooke etc has any power anymore and the current politicians here are not in favor for independence, you will see later.

Dennis K, NYC

mitrovica pika pika said...

nyouthouselawyer incognito wrote:
12:29 AM blogger. What you wrote was extremly funny. I showed it to all my friends here in US and they were laughing a lot. I want to say to the Serbs that the world has changed a lot lately and Serbia has all the support from US (except Mladic that you must hand over asap).
No one that supported Kosovo in the past, ie Clinton, Holbrooke etc has any power anymore and the current politicians here are not in favor for independence, you will see later.

Dennis K, NYC

Do you really think someone is buying your crap. You are a rapist in Blakans and rapist in NYC.

NYoutlawyer said...

Sorry fool but, I do not post incognito. Others do share my opinions. I know it's hard for you accept but, not everyone is in favor of an independent state in Europe.

Please read the following and educate yourself.

Pack journalism can be lethal

Former Australian diplomat Gregory Clark laments the powers and hazards of following what others are saying

Japan Times
Saturday, April 8, 2006

By Gregory Clark

Instead of checking facts, the media prefer to follow what others are saying. And what others are saying is often inspired by establishment hardliners seeking to impose their agendas with the help of bogus news agencies, subsidized research outfits and hired scribblers.

Beijing is a frequent victim. One example is the pack journalistic myth of a Tiananmen Square massacre of students in 1989. All one needs to do to get the true story is insert "Tiananmen" into Google and read the reports at the time from none other than the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

You will discover that the so-called massacre was in fact a mini civil war as irate Beijing citizens sought to stop initially unarmed soldiers sent to remove students who had been demonstrating freely in the square for weeks. When the soldiers finally reached the square there was no massacre. There were in fact almost no students.

As evidence of its alleged heavy-handed approach to Taiwan we are often told how Beijing labels that territory as a "renegade province." We are never told the source of the term, because it almost certainly does not exist (I read and speak Chinese and have never come across it). What Beijing does say is that there is only one China, and that Taiwan is part of that China. But the fact that all the major powers, including the United States, have agreed to or acknowledged that claim finds little mention in the international media. Beijing is almost always portrayed as unilaterally and forcefully laying claim to the island.

The death of former Yugoslav and Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic saw pack journalism at its worst. "Butcher of Belgrade" was the favorite accusation. Few were interested in the background, which begins with the fact that during the wartime German occupation of the former Yugoslavia, up to one million resisting Serbs were butchered by the Nazis and their fascist Muslim and Croatian allies -- the Ustashi -- whose brutalities were said to have shocked even the Nazis.

The post-1945 communist regime did all it could to dampen the resulting ethnic hatreds. Even so, sporadic attacks on Serbs by Ustashi fanatics continued. Then came the premature recognition by the West of Croatia and Bosnia as independent states in 1991/92. This meant the large Serbian minorities in both regions would have to accept the rule of their former oppressors. Bitter hostilities were inevitable, with the Serbian so-called "ethnic cleansing" in many cases being part of an effort to recover the towns and villages from which they were so cruelly expelled before 1945.

True, there were also atrocities by not only the Serbs. One of the worst was the brutal expulsion of some 500,000 Serbs from the Krajina region of Croatia -- an act of genuine ethnic cleansing that attracts little attention from anti-Serb critics, as does the fact that prior to the much-mentioned expulsion of 7,000 Bosnian Muslims from the former Serbian town of Sebrenicia, with some massacred, there had been systematic massacres of Serbs in the surrounding villages.

The true "butchers" in Yugoslavia were the U.S., British and German planners who orchestrated the break-up of this once ethnically stable nation. Their aim: to weaken Serbia, seen as pro-Moscow, and to extend Western influence into a formerly neutral area of Eastern Europe. The planners must have known how past ethnic hatreds would surface. For as we see in Iraq and Dafur today, when deep-seated ethnic or religious differences within a nation are triggered, atrocities and even mass exterminations are inevitable.

Every civilian, on the other side, has to be seen as a real or potential enemy. Atrocities can only be ended by forceful separation of the rival groups. But in Bosnia, the U.S. opposed separation through till 1995, claiming remarkably that it might create a precedent for ethnic division in the U.S. The U.S., incidentally, was the first to practice Dafur-style scorched-earth policies with its free-fire-zone policies during the Vietnam conflict.

The attempts to blame Milosevic for the Kosovo conflict were even more biased. We now know that as early as the 1980s, the U.S. and Britain were encouraging and training ethnic Albanian extremists of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) to undertake guerrilla war against the Serbian presence. Somehow the legitimate Serbian military resistance to these attacks was supposed to be yet another form of "ethnic cleansing." We were supposed to believe that the Serbian 10 percent minority was determined to cleanse Kosovo of its 90 percent ethnic Albanian majority.

Ironically "ethnic cleansing" was a term originally invented by the KLA to describe its goal of driving all Serbs out of Kosovo -- a goal it has now largely achieved with the help of the West. The trigger for much of the anti-Serbian demonization was a speech Milosevic made in Kosovo in 1989. It is described repeatedly as a racist manifesto calling for a Greater Serbia state. No one seems to have bothered to read the speech. If they did they would see that in fact Milosevic was calling for racial tolerance to cope with the tense situation created originally by deep-rooted and long-standing ethnic Albanian hostility to the Serbian presence in Kosovo -- a presence that had once been strong in this former Serbian homeland but had been greatly reduced by pro-Nazi Albanian wartime rampages against Serbian villages.

Worse was to follow. Forced to move out of Kosovo or have his country bombed, Milosevic agreed to move provided the respected ethnic Albanian moderate Ibrahim Rugova was put in charge. But the U.S., in the shape of feisty Secretary of State Madeline Albright, insisted on the young, vigorous KLA leader Hashim Thaci. When Milosevic objected to what in effect would be a death or expulsion sentence for any Serbs remaining in Kosovo, NATO launched its vandalistic bombing attacks on Serbia to force compliance. The KLA under Thaci then went on expel more Serbs, Jews and other minorities from Kosovo and to launch attacks into southern Serbia and Macedonia as part of its campaign to create a Greater Albania.

Today Thaci rejects even the role of the United Nations in Kosovo. Meanwhile Serbia, which has seen much of its economy destroyed and has had to absorb close to one million refugees from Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, still suffers demonization. Pack journalism is a powerful weapon.

Gregory Clark is a former Australian diplomat and currently vice president of Akita International University. The source material of much of the Yugoslavia data in this article can be found on emperors-clothes.com.

Chris Blaku said...

It's sad to see the only support Serbians can muster in the World today is from an out of work Australian diplomat that seeks attention in Japan.

In any case, how is it difficult to fathom for the diplomat that 10% of Serbians could cleanse 90% of the population that was disarmed a decade earlier? Furthermore, he insists that the US conspired to remove Serbia's power, when in all actuality, it was more than happy with the Yugoslav arrangement. Tito played both sides masterfully, and both the US and Russia would have been happy with that continued arrangement. Where Serbia went wrong was with their war mongering and wretched attempts to control everything within Yugoslavia. They massacred 250,000 people and raped millions, at the behest of their Government. Of course, these must be conspiracies engineered by the West because of Serbia's massive geographic importance. Laughable, the diplomat should resist being involved in European affairs and return to making up stories about China's peaceful ambitions.