Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Belgrade's "isolationist" attitude toward Kosovo Serbs unhelpful, envoy says

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The Serbian government has left minority Serbs in Kosovo isolated and unable to make informed choices, a tactic that can only complicate negotiations on the tiny province's future, a U.N. official said Tuesday.

Belgrade bars the 100,000 ethnic Serbs in Kosovo from joining the province's government and sometimes forces them to choose between taking a salary from Serbia or from Kosovo, top U.N. envoy Soren Jessen-Petersen told the U.N. Security Council.

"I do not see any merit to Belgrade's isolationist policy from the point of view of Kosovo's Serbs," Jessen-Petersen told the Security Council.

The briefing was Jessen-Petersen's last before he steps down June 30 as U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special representative for Kosovo, which has been under U.N. stewardship since 1999.

Talks are under way to determine whether Kosovo becomes an independent state or remains attached to Serbia. They have stumbled because Kosovo insists on full independence, while Serbia says it will only allow the province greater autonomy.

A key stumbling block has been the fate of the ethnic Serbs who make up less than 10 percent of the population.

Jessen-Petersen was briefing the council on a report in which Annan said neither the ethnic Albanians or Serbs will benefit unless they show more willingness to make concessions in the talks on Kosovo's future.

Yet Jessen-Petersen said Kosovo is making progress and its leaders showed a "far greater willingness" to reach out to minorities, particularly the Kosovo Serbs.

The problem, he said, is that Serbs are left "confused, exposed and isolated" because of the messages sent by the Serbian government. Many of them want to take part in Kosovo's administration but are barred from doing so.

He suggested that Belgrade makes Kosovo Serbs feel that crimes against them are always motivated by ethnicity, an unfair characterization that "perpetuates a climate of insecurity."

Serbia's representative at the meeting, Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, rejected Jessen-Petersen's remarks, saying that Kosovo Serbs should only participate if they can do so in a meaningful way.

Raskovic-Ivic stressed that Belgrade believes Kosovo Serbs face grave danger from the ethnic Albanians there.

"The very right to survival of Serbs and non-Albanians, a definite minority in the province, has been threatened," she said.

The current talks on Kosovo's future are being held under the auspices of the United Nations, the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Russia and Italy. That group has said it wants a solution by the end of the year.

Kosovo's ethnic Albanians took up arms in 1998 to secede from Serbia, triggering a brutal government crackdown which led to NATO military intervention in 1999 that eventually forced Serbia to hand over authority of Kosovo to a temporary U.N. administration and NATO peacekeepers.

23 comments:

Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

Serbs are right to isolate themselves from the KLA government of Kosovo.

Wim Roffel said...

Sorensen fails to mention that the same "isolationist attitude" can be found on the Albanian side.

After the first elections you had Serb representatives in the parliament. But they only served to legitimize the Albanian government and as a target for harassment. They could achieve nothing for the Serb citizens as their proposals were simply ignored. Unfortunately there is nothing that indicates that if they participated now they would get better results.

Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

Exactly the KLA leaders do not want anything to do with Serbs and are also isolated by the KLA albanian leaders of Kosovo. The only solution is partiton.

NYoutlawyer said...

Serbians in Kosovo government is like Blacks in South African government 50 years ago. Do you get the picture?

What a ridiculous farce!

Konaction said...

I always knew your racists, all of you out there (serbs)!

NYoutlawyer said...

I smell PARTITION. It is the only solution. Honorable Serbian people and albos cannot live together ever, anymore.

Dardania 2006 said...

I guess you'd like to add that Serbs have the right to slaughter the Albanians too, cause they are "threatened".

Being overrepresented in the Parliament is quite an advantage, but no, Serbia is an Empire that must take over the lives of other.

Grow up.

Btw, Serbs are not isolated, they choose to be.

Cvijus011 said...

Brits Traveling In Car With Belgrade Plates Shot At

Associated Press

Two British tourists were slightly injured on Thursday, when they were fired at on the road between Djakovica and Decani, the Caglavica-based KiM Radio reported. The Brits were traveling through Metohija (Western part of Kosovo) in a rented car with Belgrade license plates. In the vicinity of the village of Junik, near Djakovica, they entered a group of cars which was actually a wedding procession. When the Belgrade license plates were seen by the people from the wedding procession, they opened fire and fully demolished the cars.

Veton Eljshani, spokesperson of Kosovo Police Service, confirmed the incident.
David Blunt, the head of the British office in Pristina condemned the attack.

Dardania 2006 said...

And what are you saying?

Dardania 2006 said...

Background information:

Region on Djakovica and Decani has suffered greatly from Serb attempted genocide. In this area every Albanian family has lost someone.

It is expected that some people carry hurt with them, but it is not to be expected from the Kosovar State to cease its desire to be safe from Serb terrorism just because somebody decides to go after anything that represents Serbs, especialy Belgrade license plates.

ivan said...

Dardania,

can I kill all of the Croats that I see only because my family suffered from them in the Bosnian war?

Or even better I should kill every german I see only because my family carries on the hurt from the second world war.

There is a big difference between a direct revenge ( the person who really caused that hurt), and generalised revenge ( killing innocent serbs, or brits, only because they suffered from another serb). Both of them are crimes, because everything should go through the lgeal system. But the second one is a total primitivism.

So I am sorry i have no understanding for thos stupid animals who shot at those poor British tourist.

Dardania 2006 said...

In that I agree with you, pretty much what I am saying. Certain people on this blog like to patch labels, I like to return them back...just for a lesson.

Maybe I am also guilty of doing this?

ivan said...

Dardania,

there is a difference with generalizing people into groups based on the common characteristics and their politics. In that we can generalize each other , because for the sake of arguing the point of views, that makes things practical.

But when it comes on how you treat your fellow human beings ( no matter of what nationality , color or religion), labels should be forbidden. So shooting at somebody just because they have BG plates, and to have justification to that action as "Serbs killed my son", is totally primitive and sadistic.

Fatos said...

Ivan,
I don't see Croats nor Germans trying to annex Serbia at this point (after the alleged crimes they commited), while Serbs (as unbelivable as that may sound after all the genocide) are still claiming a foreing territory.

2nd, you have killed all you could in Balkans and remember, Serbs have lost the least number of people in all the wars - so there.

3rd, none of us in this blog is being accused of attacking someone with Belgrade plates - you cannot guarantee that if a car with Croatian plates passes thru Nish or any other nationalist region of Serbia they won't be attacked.

The world has been stunned with the level of attrocities Serbs have committed in the 20th century. You can come and propagate in this blog as much as you want but the important messages can be found in places like the UN today.

So I guess I would advice you and anyone else who wants the best for Serbia to at least come to grips with reality and help Serbs move forward, which is quite the opposite of what your government is doing.

Fatos said...

just to add something:

some isolated incidents like the recent one in Kosova is fully understandable. Even in the U.S. thousands of Middle-Easterners were completely isolated and scared for their life after Sept.11 2001. In a society where people have been tortured and stepped on for centuries (the case of Albanians in Kosova) you would expect these incidents to be much more frequent.

mitrovica pika pika said...

Bitch roffel, didnt I tell ya to go fuck your mother! However, you are using predictions in your argument meaning you are saying serbs knew in advance that their going to the Kosova parliament wouldnt do any good. If that would have happened do you think the Inernationals wouldnt have been all over Kosova government like a cheap suit. So using your own rhetoric, what doesnt indicate they would get better results. As far as vengeance, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." "if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

Just like the international was all over the Kosovo government when in March of 2004 when they along with the ablanian police did absolutely nothing when serbs areas were smashed? Albanians in kosovo are out to kill Serbs, that is not debatable. the elect serb killing KLA Ceku to be their leader and the UN allows it.

mitrovica pika pika said...

"Albanians in kosovo are out to kill Serbs, that is not debatable. the elect serb killing KLA Ceku to be their leader and the UN allows it."

Perhaps, and Kosova's independence is not debatable either.

ivan said...

Fatox,

1. "I don't see Croats nor Germans trying to annex Serbia at this point (after the alleged crimes they commited), while Serbs (as unbelivable as that may sound after all the genocide) are still claiming a foreing territory."

kosovo is Serbian territory, under the Resolution 1240. In every single news except the siptar ones you dont see Kosovo as an independent country but as a Souther Serbian province. Law is law.

2. "2nd, you have killed all you could in Balkans and remember, Serbs have lost the least number of people in all the wars - so there."

Let me just remind you that it is the Serbs that are the only refugees at the moment. Who is the victim here, whne in Bosnia there is a greater % of muslims than there was before the war. In KiM, there are more siptars now than before the war.

3. "3rd, none of us in this blog is being accused of attacking someone with Belgrade plates - you cannot guarantee that if a car with Croatian plates passes thru Nish or any other nationalist region of Serbia they won't be attacked. "

I am not accusing you, but I am saying that unfortinately there is a great number of imbecils (like Mitrovica pika pika) in Kosovo that act in an animal way. Secondly sure you can see a lot of Croatian, Bosnian and Slovenian polates in Serbia, and none of these cars haevent been shot at. I myself would feel safe to drive with BG plates through Zagreb, because they are humans.

4."The world has been stunned with the level of attrocities Serbs have committed in the 20th century. You can come and propagate in this blog as much as you want but the important messages can be found in places like the UN today. "

YEs and we publicaly apologized for the acts of those individuals that did those crimes in the name of Serbia. But you are the only European REGION where the UN condems for violating the human rights of non albanians. Read the news!

Mitrovica pika pika,

you dont make sense. think what you want to write first and then try to put it on PC.Good luck in any case!

mitrovica pika pika said...

Learn english motherfucker and then you shall understand.

Kristian said...

To: All


Name calling only shows your immaturity. Mitrovica your only showing your ignorance. If you have a point why don't you express it without using foul language.

To whoomever said that there is an abundant amount of IDP's in serbia now.

WHY IS THAT????? AND WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT????


And tell me how those IDP's are being treated in the DEMOCRATIC serbia???? Not well at all and some are not even wanted in serbia proper.

Thank God the croatians are working on getting serbs back to their homes, albanians are as well but at a slower pace. BH I really don't know the situation there.

All the ppl of FROY are ethnocentric and do hate each other. Even though each talks about democracy. No group really knows its true meaning. TOLERANCE! If you say anything in any regional group you offend someone and those ppl will want to hurt you physically if they can. Some places the rule of law is stronger and this prevents ppl from lashing out. So lets talk about how to improve the rule of law and break down stereotypes and bridge gaps in our societies. It will be better for all of us in the end.

Peace to all!

ANYC said...

"Let me just remind you that it is the Serbs that are the only refugees at the moment. Who is the victim here, whne in Bosnia there is a greater % of muslims than there was before the war. In KiM, there are more siptars now than before the war"

Ivan your are really out of your element here. Your propaganda has taken you to places where you are not making sence in these discussions anymore.
There are more Albanians in Kosova now because of YOUR states actions. You chose to anahilate them and remove them and when you got beat on your own game-now your cry. Stand there and take it like a man. All actions have a reaction -you should have done the calculations that this might happened to you-yet you still chose to start 4 wars.
You are pathetic...

teuta1 said...

Serbs live in ghettos. They can't travel without military escorts. When they do, they are stoned anyway by the balkan palestinian albaniacs. It is the climate of hatred that the albaniacs have perpetuated that is meant to isolate the remaining Serbs.