Thursday, May 11, 2006

Kosovo group drafts proposals for cultural heritage talks in Vienna

Excerpt from report by Gazmend Syla entitled "Work on cultural heritage intensifies" published by Kosovo Albanian newspaper Koha Ditore on 10 May

Prishtina [Pristina], 9 May: The Kosova [Kosovo] negotiating team's political-strategic group has continued preparations for the next round of talks in Vienna on the topic of protection of cultural and religious heritage, scheduled for 23 May.

"We are preparing draft proposals," Ylber Hysa, head of the sub-group on cultural heritage, told Koha Ditore. "Preparations for the 23 May meeting have been going on for over three months now. We have established a good channel of communications with the Orthodox Church and other interlocutors," he added.

On behalf of the group, Hysa has made a number of visits abroad. In March, he visited UNESCO to discuss the issue of cultural heritage in Kosova, and he has also had discussions with officials of the French Culture, Foreign and Interior Ministries. The issue of protection of the cultural and religious sites of the Serbs in Kosova will be the top priority of the forthcoming meeting.

Hysa explained that as far as the Kosovar side is concerned, two issues are most important at this phase. "The first has to do with avoiding the status of exterritoriality for Serbian Orthodox sites, as was also confirmed by their representatives. The second has to do with the return of archaeological treasures to Kosova from Belgrade. We have indications that this issue was included on their [Serbian] agenda for the talks following our request," he said.

It has been learned that a team of experts has been set up to deal with this topic, and that experts from the countries of the region, and from Sarajevo in particular, have been brought in to bring to Kosova their experience from the discussions they had in Bosnia on the same issue.

Ministry is prepared

Culture Minister Astrit Haracia stated several days ago that the institution he leads is ready for the discussions in Vienna, and that it has already drafted its proposal. Earlier, this ministry was assigned to lead the process of the reconstruction of Serb religious and cultural sites destroyed during the March 2004 riots. [Passage omitted]

Work on the document has lasted for over four months, and experts from outside Kosova were also involved in drafting it. According to the minister, not only the sites damaged or destroyed during the March 2004 riots but all other heritage assets and sites are dealt with in the document.

"Not only the cultural sites that were damaged during March 2004 but also those destroyed during the 1998-99 war were included, and we should not forget those that were systematically destroyed during the period 1990-98," Minister Haracia said.

Islamic Community "ignored"

Most of the facilities destroyed during the period 1990-98 belong to the Islamic heritage of Albanians. The Islamic Community of Kosova [BIK] has expressed astonishment that no one has asked then to become involved in addressing this issue. Resul Rexhepi, an adviser to the BIK Council chairman, said: "Absolutely no one has asked us about anything, while we could have offered important documentation on the destruction of monuments of the cultural and Islamic heritage in Kosova."

"Without ignoring the [heritage of] Orthodox provenance, the cultural heritage of Islamic provenance in Kosova should have been treated as a priority. The entire cultural and religious heritage, without exception, should be included," he said.

Veton Surroi, member of the Kosova status negotiating team, and Ylber Hysa met Mufti Naim Ternava at the BIK premises on 23 February to discuss this issue. A statement issued by the BIK on that day advised that Mufti Ternava had requested that the Islamic spiritual and material heritage in Kosova be treated fully, just as the Orthodox heritage is being treated.

"I have requested from the Kosova institutions that representatives of the Islamic Community of Kosova and those of the Catholic Church be present along with representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church," the statement quoted Mufti Ternava as saying.

The same statement cited Ylber Hysa as saying: "Work is being done to treat all objects of cultural and religious heritage according to their historic importance and the values they represent for our people." [Passage omitted]

Source: Koha Ditore, Pristina, in Albanian 10 May 06 p 2

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have written on several occasions that the Kosovo Serbs will soon find themselves in another state, and that they would do best to avoid the Serbian embassy in Prishtina being the one to protect their human rights, freedom and security. For that not to happen, it is necessary that they sober up as soon as possible, give up their vulgar nationalist rhetoric, and begin in cooperation with their neighbours to create politically self-sufficient Serb communities within independent Kosovo. The international community and Kosovo Albanians will, I am sure, help them in this.
http://www.bosnia.org.uk/news/news_body.cfm?newsid=2199

A genocide is brewing against Serbs said...

YOu fail to realise that the leader of Kosovo will be terrorist war criminal serb hater Agim Ceku. Who would have ever thought that. Serbs are facing a death sentence. They will either stay and die, stay and be forced out, or voluntarily leave.

Konaction said...

It's up to them to decide not you from ABROAD :)

Anonymous said...

Serb called terrorist even the Albanian children that they themselves ethnically cleansed.

NYoutlawyer said...

This is the TRUE face of albanian policy towards minorities in kosovo.

July, 1999 kosovo - Between 15,000 and 20,000 Romanies have sought shelter in Macedonia fleeing Kosovo and Metohija before ethnic Albanian terrorism, according to incomplete figures released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

They are either accommodated in collective centres or staying with relatives and friends.

Bajram Berat, one of the leaders of Macedonia’s Romanies, has stated in Skopje that the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Serbia’s southern province (KFOR) does not protect non-Albanians well enough from the ethnic Albanian terrorist organization calling itself Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). Berat said that members of his people were especially the target of the ethnic Albanians’ brutal assaults.

About 400 Romanies are accommodated at the Dare Bombol camp near Skopje, set up by Macedonia’s Red Cross. Germany’s Red Cross and UNHCR also care for them.

The pro-government daily Nova Makedonija quoted Thursday some of the Romany refugees as saying that they had fled Kosovo and Metohija because ethnic Albanians who had returned to the province had threatened to retaliate claiming that the Romanies had acted as the Serbs’ right hand.

They said that it was true that they had lived in harmony with Serbs but said they had lived in harmony also with those ethnic Albanians who had led a peacefu life. Some of the Romanies speak Albanian but this did not help because ethnic Albanians had thrown them out of their homes simply because they did not like the colour of their skin.

Ethnic Albanians had given Romanies in Magora, Stimlje and Lipljan area two hours to leave their homes threatening to kill them if they failed to do so. They then started torching houses belonging to Romanies who tried to find refuge in other parts of Yugoslavia and Macedonia.

Alija Feta, a Romany refugee, said that ethnic Albanians had even refused to allow Romanies to buy bread while they had been trying to reach Macedonia. They somehow managed to arrive in Macedonia via Urosevac and Djeneral-Jankovic.

According to Romany refugees, not a single Romany has remained in Kosovo and Metohija, while most of their houses have been torched. In the village of Magore alone, ethnic Albanians have set fire to 90 houses, according to Saban Celimi.

Celimi told Nova Makedonija that it had been terrible when KLA members had wanted to slaughter his three-year-old son only for being a Romany.

Esad Bektesi told the paper that two of his daughters had been sacked by ethnic Albanians for the same reason and had been ordered to leave the province.

Romany refugees expect KFOR to ensure their safe return and full protection from ethnic Albanians. They also expect the international community to help them repair or re-build their houses.

Anonymous said...

as the saying goes, what goes around comes around, both the Serbs and Roma tried to do the same to Albanians when the Serbs were in charge. is pay back time!!!

Anonymous said...

I think that the fact that Romas are moving to Macedonia and Serbia is not becuase of fear of prosecution but rather is blood ties they have with people there. We all know that it is very hard to distinguish between Serbs and Romas in many instances due to their looks and the way of living. I think they just feel more comfortable living with their kind.

NYoutlawyer said...

If the above idiotic, hateful statement were true, then albanians would move into sewers to live with rats. But I'm sure the rats would protest.

Anonymous said...

A big applause to the xenophobic exhibitionism of your statements. Lesson learned: never underestimate the probability of such vibrant idiocy!

Truth Hurts said...

Funny thing about this whole thing about pay back. You Albanians started this whole thing back in the day of the Ottoman Empire. Then us Serbs defeated you over and over again. In the last 20 years you Albanians have murdered many Serbs in Kosovo. To this day the Serbs have not paid you back for that. But the time will be coming soon when you will be crying like a little baby and running to Albania. Opps running somewhere else cause Albania doesn't even want you uneducated hot dog vendors. But you say you guys want peace, guess all the shootings and stabbings of Serbs in the last few weeks shows you want peace. Well i guess when the Serb Army roles into Kosovo again they will show you the same peace you gave to the Serbs.

mitrovica pika pika said...

Funny thing about this whole thing about pay back. You Albanians started this whole thing back in the day of the Ottoman Empire. Then us Serbs defeated you over and over again. In the last 20 years you Albanians have murdered many Serbs in Kosovo. To this day the Serbs have not paid you back for that. But the time will be coming soon when you will be crying like a little baby and running to Albania. Opps running somewhere else cause Albania doesn't even want you uneducated hot dog vendors. But you say you guys want peace, guess all the shootings and stabbings of Serbs in the last few weeks shows you want peace. Well i guess when the Serb Army roles into Kosovo again they will show you the same peace you gave to the Serbs.


NYouthouselawyer-- I thought your rapist ass was not going to post here again.

NYoutlawyer said...

Hey pichka albanska, I will post whenever I feel like, I live in America, not the shithole pristina.

Your organ-grinding, chimney-cleaning, chestnut-selling, street-cleaning, criminal-infiltrated, slave/prostitute-vending, narcotic-selling, gun-running, women-abusing, UN asshole-licking days are numbered. The world will learn the truth about your EVIL little hell-hole, and your own filth will be your eventual destruction.

Zivela Srbija!!! Kiss my Serbian feet, like you historically have, SHITpars.

mitrovica pika pika said...

Ashamed of telling people in real life you are a serb so you pick an anonymous blog. How daring of you nouthouselawer.

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