Tuesday, May 09, 2006

osovo's Q1 Trade Gap Narrows by 5.17% Y/Y to 92.1 Mln Euro

PRISTINA (Serbia and Montenegro), May 9 (SeeNews) - The trade deficit of the U.N.-administered Serbian province of Kosovo for the first quarter fell by 5.17% year-on-year to 92.1 million euro ($117.08 million), as exports rose, while imports fell, the Kosovo Statistics Office said on Tuesday.

Kosovo's main exports were the raw materials, or 54.8% of all exports. Leather and leather products made 16.2% of all exports and food and beverages contributed 11.5% of the total.

Kosovo imported mainly raw materials - 19.0% of all imports - followed by food, beverages and tobacco with 13.2%. Machines and electrical appliances made 12.0% of all imports.

Italy and Macedonia were Kosovo's main exports destinations in the first quarter of 2006. Exports to Italy totalled 1.09 million euro, or 15.2% of all exports. Exports to Macedonia were 1.04 million euro, or 14.6% of the total.

Macedonia remained Kosovo's main trading partner in terms of imports, followed by Serbia and Montenegro. Even though Kosovo remains part of the loose union of Serbia and Montenegro, which succeeded rump Yugoslavia in 2003, the province operates customs offices at its borders with the rest of Serbia and Montenegro.

Imports from Macedonia through March were 28.5% of Kosovo's imports and imports from Serbia and Montenegro contributed 19.5% of the total.

KOSOVO Q1 TRADE BALANCE (in millions of euro):

.....................Q1'06..........y/y pct change..........Q1'05




NOTE: Kosovo, population circa two million has been administered by the United Nations since 1999.


ivan said...

Way to go Siptari, you managed to export $7 milion. Can we revise the figures to incloude drug money and prostitution? then i am sure you would have a big surplus :)

Konaction said...
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Konaction said...

You're not better than us in that field either cetniku!

Did you see "Beogradjanka u Budimpesti" - That tells everything about your prostitution filthy nazi nation!

Cvijus011 said...


wait until they get independence and they start repaying their own depts. Then their exports will be a couple of dollars.

Serbs in Kosovo face genocide said...

Botched Kosovo intervention dims hopes for peace
By Christopher Deliso
Originally published May 10, 2006
SKOPJE, MACEDONIA // Averting a humanitarian catastrophe was NATO's stated justification for bombing Serbia and its Kosovo province in 1999. But initial successes quickly succumbed to the reverse ethnic cleansing of more than 200,000 Serbs and other minorities by Albanian militants.
Now, despite seven years of U.N. policing and donor largess, Kosovo's remaining minorities still live in fear, and the economy and infrastructure remain in shambles.

Behind their fa├žade of optimism, Western leaders negotiating Kosovo's future status are panicking. Realizing that Albanians will violently contest any continued affiliation with Serbia, they believe independence alone can ensure peace. Yet Kosovo is a classic quagmire, one with ominous repercussions for peace.

Deciding Kosovo's rightful ownership is difficult. It pits two peoples, and two hallowed principles, against each another. Albanians - 90 percent of the population - invoke self-determination to justify independence. Yet Serbian cultural legacy goes back seven centuries in Kosovo, which was only independent when Adolf Hitler's Albanian allies briefly enjoyed their Nazi puppet state. Further, U.N. Resolution 1244 in 1999 affirmed Yugoslav sovereignty.

Kosovo's independence will be conditional, promises the West, on its treatment of minorities. Yet nothing can realistically enforce compliance. If the Albanians continue intimidating Serbs, penalizing them by delaying NATO or European Union accession will have little impact; an advanced Balkan candidate, Macedonia, won't enter NATO before 2008, or the EU before 2013.

A well-informed international official predicts remaining Serbs will flee within 10 years of Kosovo's independence. So by the time Kosovo gets anywhere near NATO or EU accession, the minority issue will be moot.

Albanian attacks against Serbs still occur amid an atmosphere of a siege mentality. If the last Serbs are expelled, Belgrade's remaining argument for possession will vanish. Its first argument, for cultural heritage, no longer applies because since 1999, over 100 Orthodox churches, some 700 years old, have been damaged or destroyed by Albanians - thus eliminating Kosovo's most lucrative tourist attractions.

Further, the United Nations dismayed Kosovo's minorities by making a man who once terrorized them prime minister. Albanian war veteran Agim Ceku, whose name was removed from Interpol's wanted list after fierce U.N. lobbying, is accused of widespread atrocities while serving in Croatia's military and while leading the Kosovo Liberation Army in 1999.

Mr. Ceku's close associate and another veteran, Ramush Haradinaj, was indicted by the Hague Tribunal. Nevertheless, Mr. Haradinaj is now free to participate in Kosovo politics though he's technically an indicted war criminal awaiting trial.

Such privileged treatment reveals the fatal flaw of the U.N. mission. Canadian police Detective Stu Kellock, who headed the U.N. Regional Serious Crimes Unit in 2000 and 2001, says investigations implicating Albanian politicians or their associates were routinely blocked. The orders came directly from Washington, London and Brussels. Mr. Ceku and Mr. Haradinaj control Kosovo's militant factions and are considered heroes by Albanians. An anxious United Nations continually has sought to stay on their good side through appeasement.

Independence is a mere panacea for Kosovo's Albanians. They will remain poor. Erstwhile Albanian refugee workers - Kosovo's real breadwinners - will be sent home by European governments sensitive to popular anti-immigrant sentiments. Minorities will flee as nationalist militants remobilize to purge Serbs and annex Albanian-inhabited areas of Macedonia and Montenegro.

Bosnian Serbs, as well as Bosnian Muslims in Serbia's Sandjak region, also could demand self-determination.

Alarmingly, the West has no Plan B for ensuring Balkan peace. Plan A - open borders through eventual NATO and EU membership for all - is far off and ignores the anti-expansion sentiment among EU electorates. Membership may never arrive. The Balkans might well drift aimlessly.

In early 1999, Kosovo was a brutal but contained local conflict, relegated to villages. Botched Western intervention has made it a potential precedent for multiregional warfare.

Christopher Deliso is an American freelance journalist in Macedonia and director of an independent Balkan-interest Web site. His e-mail is cdeliso@balkanalysis.com.

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Konaction said...


Why would you bother on our economy!

Rebuild your own!

You still have Dinars as your money!
You still don't have Police by EU Standards!
This list goes on 'till end of the night but I DON'T CARE what in the hell you do up in Serbia!

Our debt reaches max. 1 Bil. out of 32 Bil. your asses owe!

Cvijus011 said...

"You still don't have Police by EU Standards!
This list goes on 'till end of the night but I DON'T CARE what in the hell you do up in Serbia!"

Neither do you have such standards so shut up before you embarasse yourself.

Konaction said...

Yeah I know how it feels when you have stupid fat police man still with Milosevics standards.

Cvijus011 said...

Look at your police, can't even prevent a bunch of schoolkids playing terrorists.

ivan said...


you aksed us why do we bother about Kosovo economy?

The answer is , Kosovo and Metohija is Serbian, and we do care how our land is doing :)

It hurts us to see that drug lords and terrorists are ruining this beautiful land.

Konaction said...

.. and what's worse they even supported those kids :P

"When you dream there are no rules, people can fly, anything can happen!"

Go to serbia or montenegro with car and get a ticket from police ... you give them 5 f****g euros and they're being corrupted. Try that with our police!

Cvijus011 said...

"Try that with our police!"

Yeah you're right, your police is much more expensive, but if you give them good money its amazing what services will they offer you.

Konaction said...

That happens in Serbia only!

I had friends coming from Slovenia to Kosovo through Serbia and they were stoped asked for money just because they had slovenian plates.

Are you ever going to stop dreaming!

Anonymous said...

so u guys admit that kosovo will get independance... great

Anonymous said...

first of all to ivan At 8:05 AM, ivan
i believe that they would have a surplus 2 then. You cant lie about it its the biggest drug market in europe.

now to 8:25 AM, Konaction.
U know thats a porn movie its not real life! u should be able to tell the difference.

to 8:46 AM, Cvijus011
Ya where will they get the money?
Dont wory i think they can just make a few more prostitutes dont wory.

to 9:21 AM, Konaction
What does kosovo have by eu standards? at least us serbs are doing something.
Btw you said 32 billion wtf? we have like 11 bill. and fat police man i personally have never seen a fat person in serbia (ok i have but no police man) stop looking ata albania and kosovo and saying its serbia.
Kids playing terrorist? wtf we let our kids do what they want.
And right we stop foreneurs and take their money mabey the roma but not the serbs. I wouldent be amased if Kosovars would do that o wait thats right they do.
Just a few days ago u albanians shot at a priest (serbian) in a car.

mitrovica pika pika said...

Revision of land ownership laws

"In regard to revising ownership status a special law should be promulgated
by which all Albanian-owned land and other wealth will be given back to
Serbs and the Serb Orthodox Church in Kosova and Metohija- SESELJ
I seems by giving the Decani church 800(600 of those private property of albanians) hectares of land Peersen is doing what Seselj told him to do.

santia said...

I like Dinar.and its revaluation of currency.