Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Montenegrin PM hopes Kosovo status to be settled by end of 2006

Excerpt from report by Radio-Television Kosovo TV on 22 May

[Announcer] Here is an exclusive interview with Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic by our special reporter Gjeraqina Tuhina in Podgorica.

[Reporter] You said that yesterday's referendum brought about the definitive disintegration of Yugoslavia. Has this disintegration been fulfilled when the Kosova [Kosovo] issue is still at hand and some voices from Vojvodina that yesterday's referendum proves that none of the people from former Yugoslavia want to live with the Serbs?

[Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic in Serbian with Albanian voiceover] I believe that the process of disintegration has fully ended. As you know, in the late 1990s we had the proposal from EU and the Badinter Commission to overcome the crisis in such a way, however the recommendations unfortunately at the time were not accepted. Four former Yugoslav republics became independent while Serbia and Montenegro remained in the union; however, time showed that this only served the former Belgrade regime's expansionist aspirations toward territories in former Yugoslav republics. Now, 15 years late, with precious time lost, I can proudly say that the process in the Balkans has reached its logical epilogue. I believe that we have sound and friendly relations with all our neighbours from former Yugoslavia, something that will bring us closer to Europe.

The issue of Kosova was not dealt with by the Badinter Commission, but everything that happened in the last decade, including the genocide which brought NATO intervention, has given a truly important dimension to this problem. It is my belief that after 1999 we had great stagnation regarding this problem with unfound statements. We now have UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and we can have a calm and sound approach for the future of Kosova. Luckily the consciousness in the region is maturer and Kosova will have its respective solution. The negotiating process between Prishtina [Pristina] and Belgrade has already started with the participation of the international community headed by Martti Ahtisaari.

What I would like to stress is that Kosova should get its status resolved before the end of 2006, because I consider this important for the future dynamics for processes in the region. I would not like to hastily say what Kosova's status should be. The engagement of the international community should not be misunderstood either by Belgrade or Prishtina. What I would like to stress is that we want this process to end with a sustainable solution and it would be the best solution if an agreement were to be reached between Prishtina and Belgrade. This region needs such a solution and it is in the best interest of the region that this solution be found before the end of the year. [Passage omitted]

Source: RTK TV, Pristina, in Albanian 1730 gmt 22 May 06


Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

The only real solution is not independence and Serbs no matter the outcome should be under Belgrade.

Ron said...

Hi "Serbs in kosovo are in danger"

Do you have any sugestions for serbs living in montenegro now? What should they do in the new Montenegro state?

I would love to see your comments.

Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

They should campaign for larger autonomy or independence.

The leaders of Serbia still want Montenegro so I don't expect Serbs to leave or anything.

Kosovar2006 said...

Kosovo will get indepedence very near future. In your logic then Preshevo valley should get autonomy or even independence. THen you've got Sanxhak to worryy about then Vojvodina. Serbia is really a tiny country.

Ron said...

Yeah really, what is going to stop Albanians from Preshevo Valley to have their referendum for autonomy or independence as the Serbs in Montenegro, (if that would be the case)? The issue is very complicated. And, yeah Sanxhak and Vojvodina. It adds to the mistery of the game.

Bg anon said...

No Belgrade will not interfere with this - apart from insisting that the referedum was fair and waiting for the official final result.

It would be foolish for Serbs in Montenegro to campaign for independence since this will open many more issues as ron mentioned. Issues of autonomy not just in Serbia but it would reflect accross the region too.

Kristian said...

To: All

Some of you ppl (Alb. or Serb) are blinded by hate and misinformation.

Propaganda in this region is used heavily and used for political gain.

Something that is false is made or represented as truth. (Vice Versa) Both are guilty of this.

The region is so small its pathetic how ppl think that their views are permanent and feel its the truth. ONLY SMALL MINDED PPL THINK THIS WAY And yes I just called everyone in the region small minded and since my parents are from that region I guess it includes me as well.

Nothing in life is absolute. Nothing is 100% nor 100% false.

No offence to the serbs but Kosovo/a was once your holy land but you guys left/lost it 600 yrs ago and got it back 90yrs ago. Its hard to claim it as yours in historical terms. ITS LIKE INDIANS NOW CLAIMING THE USA AS THEIR OWN LAND Its an argument that you can argue till your dead. With no one ever comming to a historical compromise.

Serbs don't realize that their the largest group in the balkans and could potentially be the biggest economic block in the region surpassing Greece. Even if they lose Kosovo/a it wouldn't really matter to them. (its no risk to them in security terms or economic terms). Its actually a great potential market that they can exploit to make the region a better place for all.

Most serbs are thickheaded and see it as losing a piece of land. They're not. The land will always be there. Only thing that is changing is a line on a map. Even during Serbia's hayday its borders changed constantly. From ruler to ruler. Borders didn't stay concrete for more then 10 yrs aproximately and constantly were volatile.


WWII IS A GREAT EXAMPLE. The germans and the Japanese finally realized that war was not a way to fight or gain power, but economics was the key to gaining a stronger foothold and securing your own interests around the world. And look at them today. They are one of the most powerful nations on earth without ever firing a single shot. They've made themselves richer and all of their partners.

I can go on and on but work calls.

Ppl wake up (all groups)! Do you want to go back to being tribes and each tribe controlling their own area where the rest of the world will play with us just as the OSMANS did for 500yrs. They caused a rift between us and used it to benefit them. And guess who are the VICTIMS: ALBANIANS, BOSNIANS, CROATIANS, MACEDONIANS, AND SERBS

It is time for all of us to mend relationships and improve our lives as a whole. If you think that putting each other down is the key to proving your point then you're a sick individual and are small minded. Give a hand to each other and I'll guarantee you that you will both prosper more so then refusing to give each other a hand. Remember 2 hands are powerful but 4 are supreme.

And if your albanian think of the article this way. Take all the words (serbian) and substitute it with albanian. And the same applies to both sides.

Peace to all!

Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

So just forget about your culture and just focus on money? You can take that and throw it in the garbage.

I am getting tired of these people who just say to Serbs about to lose their Holy Land-"Just focus on material things-like a great new fur coat!!!!!"

NYoutlawyer said...

"a great potential market that they can exploit to make the region a better place for all."

I guess the albanians that are boycotting Serbian goods feel differently than you.

Get real flower child. Serbians and albanians hate each other, there will never be peace between them. The only solution is to separate them.

Kosovar2006 said...

Seperate them yes give us preshevo valley

NYoutlawyer said...

a little greedy, aren't you shifters?

Kristian said...
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Kristian said...

To: Ny....

Get real flower child. Serbians and albanians hate each other, there will never be peace between them.

You said it! You hate albanians!
I guess only small minded ppl like yourself think that way.

Albanians seem to be doing well with Montenegren's, Croatians, Bosnians, and Macedonians (all apperantly your brothers). So I guess your claim that Serbs and Albanians hate each other seems to be in your mind with all the nationalist serbs in your country and abroad. All the serbs I know don't hate they actually get along very well with Albanians. Some even inter marry.

So what seems to be your problem NY... you small minded individual???

P.S. A comment you made about albanians rooting for Montenegro. The pro independence govt knew that without the Albanians and Bosnians the referrendum would of never passed. So be more appreciative of others, for they paved the way for your "MONTENEGRO"! And hopefully the govt will keep its promisses to the minorities that made it possible for them to create their own nation. Hopefully they won't break those promises as they have done in the past.

Peace to all and to you too NY..(small minded individual)!

Kristian said...

To: Ny...

I guess the albanians that are boycotting Serbian goods feel differently than you.

Maybe you haven't realized (even though you live in the same metropolitan areas as I do) that in a democracy you have that choice. You can express whatever opinion you may wish and it doesn't have to agree with others.

Or maybe your still small minded and haven't grasped that idea yet?

Many serbs seem to know what freedom of expression is but nationalits like you are simply small minded. What a shame!

srbija said...

>>>Yeah really, what is going to stop Albanians from Preshevo Valley to have their referendum for autonomy or independence as the Serbs in Montenegro,<<<

hellooo, knock-knock, do these Albanians live in Albania or Serbia? Were Albanians EVER constitutional nation in SFRJ, SRJ or Serbia? Were they ever NATION, at all?

Bg anon said...

I havent forgotten how Yugoslavia's collapse began - with the boycott of Slovenian goods advocated by Serbian politicians.

Soon after Slovenia withdrew from federally funded institutions citing the boycoot as justification.

NYoutlawyer said...

The work of small minded individuals, no dought.

Kosovo Albanians attack U.N.-escorted Serb lawyers
25 May 2006 15:52:15 GMT
Source: Reuters

PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro, May 25 (Reuters) - U.N. police in Kosovo fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of ethnic Albanians who stoned a United Nations convoy escorting Serb defence lawyers in the west of the province on Thursday.

Three U.N. police officers and one translator were wounded when villagers blocked a road and lobbed stones at vehicles escorting two Serb members of a defence team accredited to the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague, a U.N. statement said.

"Police then had to clear the crowd, unfortunately resulting in injuries to a number of citizens who received medical treatment from an ambulance at the scene," it said.

The stoning of Serb convoys in Kosovo is not uncommon.

The province, legally part of Serbia, has been run by the U.N. since 1999, when NATO bombs drove out Serb forces accused of ethnic cleansing in a two-year war with separatist guerrillas.

An estimated 10,000 ethnic Albanians died and another 800,000 fled into neighbouring Macedonia and Albania.

U.N. prosecutors in The Hague say Serb police killed 100 men in the village of Mala Krusa two days into the 78-day NATO bombing campaign.

The case is included in the indictment against former Serbian president Milan Milutinovic, whose trial begins in July.

The U.N. governor in Kosovo, Soren Jessen-Petersen, said he was "outraged and disappointed" by the incident.

"It is important for the people of Kosovo to understand that their quest for justice can only be achieved through the course of justice, not by extra-judicial means," he said.

Signs of reconciliation in Kosovo are rare. Around half the Serb population fled a wave of revenge attacks after the war and the 100,000 who stayed live on the margins of society, targeted by sporadic violence.