Thursday, May 25, 2006

Kosovo to be independent in months: ex-NATO general

PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro, May 25, 2006 (AFP) -

The former US general who commanded NATO's 1999 air war against Serbia on Thursday predicted its southern province of Kosovo would become independent within months.

Wesley Clark told Kosovo Albanian leaders in Pristina he had confidence in their "strong, positive and visionary proposals" to find a solution for Kosovo, which has been run by the United Nations and NATO since 1999.

"I am confident that this issue will be solved very soon, and probably in few months, Kosovo will become independent and will respect the rights of all citizens," said Clark.

"I believe that Kosovo will be welcomed into the family of the nations and that there will be many opportunities for the citizens of this country to prosper, raise big families and make their dreams come true."

Clark, who is on a three-day visit to the disputed province, met Kosovo's President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Agim Ceku, who said Clark was a great friend of Kosovo, who stood by it in its most difficult times.

"He is and will always be honored by the people of Kosovo," he said.

Clark commanded the 1999 NATO air strikes that drove Serbian forces loyal to former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic out of Kosovo because of their brutal crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists.

17 comments:

NYoutlawyer said...

Given the record of Christian persecution in Kosovo while under the supervision and protection of the UN, what could be expected from an independent province administered by Albanian Muslim politicians and security forces?

Dardania 2006 said...

I am Albanian and Catholic...

Who's prosecuting Christians in Kosovo????

Kristian said...

To: Ny....


Really, how many incidents are religious in kosovo/a? My grandfather is there and he is catholic and he gets along with all albanian muslims and its been like that for 80yrs of his life.

I love the use of Christian to make it sound that its a religious thing. There are as many catholics as there are serbs and there is no division based on religion in Kosovo/a. Catholics live in harmony with muslims and have done so for centuries.

Cvijus011 said...

kristian,

why don't you tell me how many attacks are taking place against Orthodox believers and Orthodox objects?

Surely there is religious division in Kosovo, muslim and catholic albos against orthodox Serbs. SO don't give me that crap about the religious tolerance in Kosovo when there isn't any.

Retired LTC said...

The UN reports that in the first quarter this year, there were 12 incidents of ethnic crime against Kosovar Serbs, and 6 against Kosovar Albanians. So even tho the ethnic Albanians constituted approximately 90% of the population, about a third of the ethnic violence is caused by the Serbs.

It's also fairly significant that there were only 19 incidents (one was against a Croat) in a total populace of just under two million. Hardly evidence of wide-spread ethnic violence.

And no indication whatsoever that any of it was religiously motivated. The Kosovar muslims are Europeans at heart, and like most Europeans, largely secular.

There is a Serb-American political faction that is trying desperately to rile up the religious right in this country by portraying Kosovars as muslim terrorists who are a threat to Christians and Christianity. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Cvijus011 said...

so the around 34 destroyed Orthodox objects were what? Secular violence?

NYoutlawyer said...

The whitewashing by NATO, UN, and terrorist kosovo government makes me want to puke. There will NEVER be peace between Orthodox Serbians and muslim albanians in kosovo. There are fewer ethnic crimes occuring there, because there are fewer and fewer Serbians living there.

Stop the Hollywood scripted political BS.

NYoutlawyer said...

BTW, I, as an American, would be ashamed to have this fool clarke speak for me. He, along with clintoris and albright should be playing RISK at the Hague.

ANYC said...

OH yes and I as American am proud of them speaking for me-they stopped genocide afterall.
Yes lawyer, the Hollywood and US administration has a great written script for serbia. Afterall the whole world revolves around you doesn't it. See it is this kind of mentality that got the shit bombed out of you...so just continue.

Mir said...

"See it is this kind of mentality that got the shit bombed out of you...so just continue. "

You just said we got bombed for 'genocide'. Make up your mind already.

Balkan Update said...
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Balkan Update said...

Interestingly enough, 200 mosques (out of 500) were destroyed by the Serb forces during the Kosovo War. According to this report (link below) most of them were purposely destroyed with no sign of fighting or bullets around. A lot of them were burned down, while others were defecated with Serb propaganda (In some cases, Serbs defecated in the Kuran). The report concludes that, according to the evidence, there was a systematic campaign to wipe out all Albanian tradition/culture as well as Muslim tradition.

Now, to put things in perspective:
1. 200 Mosques destroyed by the 8% of the population directed and organized by the state.
2. 150 Churches destroyed (After the mosques were destroyed- never forget this), mostly in revenge attacks and individual attacks but never organized by the state.

While destroying cultural symbols is shameless regardless who does it, one begs the question: which one is more shameless?

As it turns out, Serbs first started the destruction of religious property and they are still number one if you compare volume per volume. What’s worst, the Serb campaign was organized and sanctioned by the state. Now, that’s terrible.

Again, any destruction of religious property should be condemned, but if Serbs want to use this for propaganda reasons, facts should be straighten up. And that’s what I did. The reliable reference is below. It’s almost always a good idea to cross reference facts when you read something written by a Serb about Kosovo (There is exception, of course)

http://www.haverford.edu/relg/sells/kosovo/
herscherriedlmayer.htm

srbija said...

>>>BTW, I, as an American, would be ashamed to have this fool clarke speak for me. He, along with clintoris and albright should be playing RISK at the Hague.<<<

nyoutlawyer, besides those you mentioned, let's just remember Christian Amanpour also, who spread the fire between people of SFRJ in 90's; her biggest crime is that she was the one that presented Serbian people as the only offenders in ex Yugoslavia...
She should be "invited" to Hague, also...

Cvijus011 said...

Balkan Update,

"http://www.haverford.edu/relg/sells/kosovo/
herscherriedlmayer.htm"

Page not found

Nice one

Balkan Update said...

Funny huh. I just visited it!
http://www.haverford.edu/relg/sells/kosovo/herscherriedlmayer.htm

Kristian said...

To: cv....


At 10:29 AM, Cvijus011 said...

kristian,

why don't you tell me how many attacks are taking place against Orthodox believers and Orthodox objects?

Surely there is religious division in Kosovo, muslim and catholic albos against orthodox Serbs. SO don't give me that crap about the religious tolerance in Kosovo when there isn't any.



One question: Why is the serb government say that there are attacks against christians? Why don't they rephrase the question as attacks against the Orthodox serbs?

When you incluse christians you are also including the Catholics, Prostestants, Evangelical, and Orthodox. The latter might be seeing attacks the others are not!

So why try to make it a religious war? Just as the orthodox bishop has done in his recent visit to Washington! He could of simply said that albanians disfavor Orthodox believers which are mainly serb.

And the churches mostly attacked were those that were built during the 80's and 90's.

And just to remind you: Serbs were the first to destroy religious shrines and not Albanians. Every action as an equal or opposite reaction. Remember that!

Kreshnik Hoxha said...

Come and Join the BLOG ... FUTURE OF KOSOVO...

www.kosovo-future.blogspot.com

and give your opinions about the flow of the situation overall.

We would like members that would regularly come up with articles regarding the issue of Kosovo.
Regards,
Future of Kosovo Team