Saturday, July 01, 2006

Meeting of Contact Group Political Directors


Media Note

Office of the Spokesman

Washington, DC

June 30, 2006

Meeting of Contact Group Political Directors

Contact Group Political Directors, joined by senior representatives of NATO, the European Union and United Nations, met with UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari in Brussels on June 30.

The Contact Group reaffirmed its support for the Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari in Brussels on June 30. The Contact Group reaffirmed its support for the Special Envoy's work directing the process to determine Kosovo's future status, on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 1244, the Contact Group Guiding Principles and the London Contact Group Ministerial statement. President Ahtisaari provided an update on progress in the negotiations to date. The Contact Group discussed the need for both parties in the negotiations to work constructively with the Special Envoy and facilitate the implementation of standards. The Contact Group also discussed concerns about developments in northern Kosovo.


WARchild said...

So Ahtisaari is staying?

Artan said...

of course he is!
His departure was just a wishful thinking from the part of Serbs. And I don't blame them :)

Kristian said...


TRIAL IN NIS - 9 of December '99

On this trial on 9th of December 1999, in Nis, Serbia, Flora Brovina, Albanian poet and medical doctor from Pristina, Kosovo, was sentenced to 12 years of inprisonment by serbian authorities for "organizing the enemy and terrorist acts in the period of Martial law". For this trial, several feminists and human right activists from Belgrade were present: Stasa Zajovic, Women in Black, Radmila Lazic, poet, Natasa Kandic, Humanitarian Law Fund, and the others.

This is what she said:

":I dedicated my whole life to children and children do not choose their ethnicity, children do not know what ethnicity they are if their parents do not tell them. With my patients, I have never divided them according to their ethnicity, according to religion or the ideological choice of their parents. I feel proud because of this and even if I was not an Albanian I would have done the same thing. I am one of the persons most involved in humanitarian work in Kosovo; I have sacrificed my health in order to help women and children. If I were free, I would have had much work, I would help those that are suffering more now; now it is not Albanians that are suffering the most, now it is others, and I would work with all my strength in order to help them, Serb, Roma people.

My duty has been to dedicate myself also as a woman, as a doctor, as a poet to the emancipation of the Albanian woman, to her consciousness, to women's human rights, to help them fight for their freedom, to understand that without independence economics cannot succeed nor can freedom. In the League for Albanian Women, I have created bridges of friendship in the country and in the whole world. We have cooperated the most with Serbian women. Serbian women have given me the strongest support, perhaps they knew our problems best, and they have presented our problems best. The Albanian women of Kosovo should never forget this.

I am very sorry that the court underestimates the role of women in the world. It is very important that women enjoy the same equality as men. I will never renounce the right to fight for the rights of women. I will always fight for women's rights.

What the court has accused me of having fought for the secession of Kosovo and the annexation of Albania, I repeat: My country is where my friends are and where my poems are read. My poems are read in Switzerland, India, Brazil, Poland, in each of these countries it is as if I am in their own house. My poems have been published in the Encyclopedia of Poets of Yugoslavia (ex-Yugoslavia) and it is something very important for Albanian women.

The Albanian community has never behaved in this manner with their neighbors, women, and children. Right now in Kosovo, they have gone back to revenge at the end of the twentieth century. I am very sorry for not being free, for being in jail, for not being able to influence more what is happening now in Kosovo, for not being able to do more to lend a hand, to help those that are expelled, displaced. I believe that they will do it as if I were with them; I hope that they will make it because they are women, I hope that they behave in a just manner. I would do anything for them so that they could return to their houses, I would do anything so that the Serbian community and the Albanians reconcile. The intellectuals of Kosovo should give their support to reconciliation, other communities have also fought, they have made even larger wars between each other and now they have reconciled."

Flora left the court walking slowly; the police showed with harsh and arrogant words to the family and friends of Flora that they were not permitted to have any contact with her. Flora's two sisters that arrived from Kosovo, the poet Radmila Lazic, and I went to accompany Flora up to the police car. For a moment, we succeeded in putting the palms of our hands on the window of the police car. At that moment one of the policemen said with an insolent voice, "She's in safe hands. . ." Two policemen were in the front seat of the vehicle. Before my eyes surged imprisoned women: Leyla Zana, Kurdish, imprisoned in Turkey, Rigoberta Menchu, Aung Suun Ki . .. . . We waved goodbye to Flora until the police vehicle was gone, while we could see it. I was in a state of "black shame," as Ana Ahmatova says, because each one of us could have been on her place.

Stasa Zajovic
Women in Black
Belgrade, 14. december 99
autonomous women's center against sexual violence
belgrade, tel/fax: +381.11.687.190

Kristian said...

Disappointed Serbs plan to leave Montenegro

Angry over the referendum result and fearful for the future, many Serbs are emigrating to central Serbia.

By Bojana Stanisic in Pljevlja (03/07/06)

The villagers of Seoce, near Andrijevica, in northern Montenegro, are angry. The reason is the outcome of the 21 May referendum on independence, which Montenegrin separatists won by a large margin.

Such is the indignation in Seoce, which voted "en masse" against sovereignty, that many locals have decided to sell up and emigrate to Sumadija, in central Serbia.

They plan to move the whole village over the border and rename their new home Seoce.

Villagers have made it clear that if any one buyer is interested in buying up the entire village, they would offer a substantial discount of up to 15 percent.

One would-be ex-Montenegrin is Stanoje Stijovic. "As soon as I sell my property I will move to Serbia," he said. "We plan to buy a whole village in Serbia and rename it Seoce out of love for our native land."

The villagers protest that their departure is not a sign of indifference to the place many were born in, and in which many invested all their savings.

"I invested my entire capital in my native village," said Vujica Mitrovic, who came all the way from Denmark, where he works, to vote in the referendum.

"But I am deeply disappointed with the result, which is why I have decided to sell my whole estate - three houses in Andrijevica, a house in Seoce, another in Sutomore on the Adriatic coast and a country home in the Balja Mountain."

Thirty-five villagers from Beranselo, near the town Berani in the north of Montenegro, have also put up their land and houses for sale, hoping for Albanian buyers.

Milan Korac, a Beranselo representative, says the village is on sale solely to Albanians - reflecting the bitter convictions of many Serbs that ethnic minority votes secured victory for the separatists in the 21 May poll.

Potential Albanian buyers have already come forward, the Tahiraj, Salihovic and Brucaj families from the village of Grncari in northern Montenegro.

"They saw the houses for sale and said they will call us and come again. We did not speak about the price, but I told them that there would not be any problems. They liked what they saw," Korac told Balkan Insight.

He pointed out that the prospective buyers liked the fact there was a school in the village, as all three families have large numbers of children.

The residents of Seoce and Beranselo may sound like an extreme example but their case is not unique. Many of the inhabitants of Pljevlja, a town in northern Montenegro, have also declared they will move to Serbia.

Serbs are the majority in this northern municipality and have strong links to the town of Prijepolje, on the Serbian side of the border, which they fear may be jeopardized now the old republican border is an international frontier.

Dragan Paldrmic, vice-president of the Pljevlja assembly, said in the first few days after the vote he had received information that about a hundred local residents were planning to move.

Students pursuing courses in Serbia had already changed their addresses to ensure they were registered as Serbian domiciles, he went on.

"Around 700 students from the Pljevlja area who are studying at universities in Serbia went before the referendum, as they expected an unfavorable outcome," he said. "People are deeply disappointed and have started moving out."

Bosko Bjekovic, financial officer in the municipal administration of Pljevlja, is among those planning to sell to an Albanian buyer before moving to central Serbia.

"I would like to sell all my property in Sumani [a village] to Albanians," he said. "If the Albanian buyer has more than ten children, I will give him a ten percent discount."

Ethnologist and anthropologist Radoman Manojlovic voiced similar bitterness over the role of minorities in the referendum.

"Albanians and Muslims made a decision affecting crucially the lives of my children," he said. "I will take the first opportunity that occurs to move to Serbia."

What lies behind this bitterness is the fact that Montenegrins who were permanent residents in Serbia could not vote in the 21 May poll.

Under the referendum legislation, accepted by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, only citizens registered as resident in Montenegro could cast ballots.

But Albanians and Bosniaks who had kept their residency in Montenegro came home in large numbers for the referendum and cast votes. Now, some Serbs say they intend to boycott their shops and cafes in revenge.

"So far we have made no distinction," said Petar, a resident of Pljevlja. "We used to buy things in those shops where we found what we needed, regardless of whether the owner was a Serb, Muslim or Bosniak.

"But since 21 May this has not been so and now I exclusively buy goods in shops owned by Serbs, just like the majority of my friends and relatives."

Bosko Bjekovic, the town's financial officer, said a boycott of Muslim shops was to be expected - especially if locals found the price of goods from Serbia going up as a result of independence.

"Almost all the goods in Pljevlja, from food to cosmetics, come from Serbia," he noted.

Apart from anger about the result of the referendum, many Serbs say they want to abandon northern Montenegro because they are afraid for their safety.

They say slogans such as "Montenegro, my dear mother, we will slay the Serbs tonight", "Hang Serbs" and "Traitors, go to Serbia" were routine in the pro-independence camp and could be heard at their celebrations in Pljevlja.

"Nothing will be the same after the songs and slogans we heard being sung and chanted," said Mirko, a Pljevlja resident. "I feel threatened and I don't want my children to have problems just because they are Serbs."

Sanja, a local shopkeeper, agreed she no longer felt comfortable in her native town. "They were singing about slaughtering Serbs," she said. "I am afraid and I want to leave."

Some residents of Pljevlja did not wait for the independence referendum to put their homes on the market but sold up before, correctly anticipating the outcome.

"I expected this result so I sold my property on time and secured a roof over my head in Serbia," said Radoman Brasanac.

"Everything I had earned and acquired I sold and invested in Serbia. I did not want to wait for the referendum results and then have to weigh up the options."

In the village of Seoce, which is entirely Serbian, locals are also prey to security fears. Their immediate neighbors in Plav and Gusinje are mainly Albanian. Some fear the repeat of the Kosovo scenario, in which Albanians drove out Serbs by force, following the arrival of international troops ending the conflict between Serb forces and Kosovo Albanian guerillas.

Velimir Guberinic, a refugee from Kosovo who lives in the village, has already suffered at the hands of Albanians. "I don't want to go through the same ordeal again," he said. "I want to get a new life in Serbia."

Other northerners want to leave simply because they fear that they will not gain a decent livelihood in an independent Montenegro. The north is already disproportionately poor, housing 45 percent of the republic's poorest citizens although it has only 31 percent of the total population.

Ljubisa Guberinic wants to leave Seoce because he says the Montenegrin government could not care less about the interests of the local Serbs.

"I used to work at the [nearby] Soko Stark factory but am now jobless and on the brink of disaster," he said. "I have to seek refuge in Serbia."

"We have received nothing from the Montenegrin government because we are Serbs."

Pljevlja possesses two large employers, a thermoelectric plant and a coal mine. But they are not enough to employ all the people now seeking jobs and many locals live a hand-to-mouth existence. They fear independence will deepen the region's malaise.

Jovan, a greengrocer in Pljevlja, says a tighter border with Serbia will damage trade and push up prices. Several years ago he lost his full-time job and now he lives from selling the fruit and vegetables that he imports from Serbia.

"If customs duties and taxes go up, I won't be able to support my family," he said.

"I can't afford to play with those things so I have put my land and house on sale. As soon as the first buyer comes, I will sell everything and move to Serbia."

This article originally appeared in Balkan Insight, produced by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). Balkan Insight is supported by the UK Foreign Office and the US State Department.

Kristian said...

Why are they only selling their home to ALBANIANS????,

hilmi said...

It is funy if serbs don't have conrol over it they can't live ther. I wonder wen they muve to serbia wich name they will be cald,I know the serbs from kosova muved to serbia,serbs use to say gledaj dosli su siptari.[loock Albanias came]

Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

I would be frightened if I was a Serb in Montenegro. A fierce nationalism was unleashed by the referendum and Montenegrins are angry right now at having had to be put in a union with Serbia.

ANYC said...

"I would be frightened if I was a Serb in Montenegro."

I would be frightened if I was a serb just about anywhere-including Serbia. This is more due to your treatment of those around you, than the other way around. On top of that you have to deal with paranoia and conspiracies inflicetd by your leaders and church. So really you should be going out of your mind. And your posts (above blogger) really reflect this more than anyone elses...paranoid, delusional basically borderline insanity.

mitrovica pika pika said...

there is a smell of war in the air.

Russia delays West's date for Kosovo independence
03 Jul 2006 14:54:11 GMT
Source: Reuters

By Matt Robinson

PRISTINA, Serbia, July 3 (Reuters) - Russia is frustrating the West's plan for Kosovo independence this year, resisting U.S. pressure and raising a risk of fresh Albanian violence in the breakaway Serbian province, senior Western officials say.

Seven years after NATO bombing drove out Serb forces and the United Nations took control, the United States and the European Union say a decision on Kosovo's "final status" is overdue and should be made in the next six months.

Ethnic Albanians who form 90 percent of Kosovo's 2 million people want independence. Dipomats expect they will get it, in a form limited for a time by EU supervision and secured by NATO, to continue protecting minority Serbs from possible attacks. But Moscow -- partner of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the U.S. in the Contact Group on Kosovo -- is in no hurry. Its view reflects concern in some EU capitals that a sudden amputation of Kosovo, on top of other recent Serb humiliations, could put Serb ultra-nationalists back in power in Belgrade.

Differences came sharply into focus in the past few days.

U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, in Brussels on Friday as envoys met, said Washington was "confirmed in our judgment that 2006 must be the year of decision for Kosovo ... the final status talks must conclude this year".

But a senior Russian official told Reuters on Sunday that Moscow saw no need for an "artificial timeframe". Russia stood by the Contact Group's Jan. 30 statement which made clear that "all efforts" should be made for a 2006 settlement, but it "does not say that by all means this has to be over", he said.

"We need to find solution to many so-called technical issues related to the position of minorities in Kosovo," the Russian said. If talks produce "mutually acceptable and sustainable results" a timetable can be set, but now is "too early to prejudge" whether the process will be completed this year.

"The Russians' focus now is on timing," said a senior Western official in Kosovo. "This is where the Contact Group will find things could become difficult."


Others say delay is too risky. Even if independence heads off a risk of renewed Albanian unrest, the U.N. has contingency plans in case of an exodus of half the remaining 100,000 Serbs, and NATO is braced for a Serb bid to partition the province.

While Serbia officially opposes independence, diplomats say it knows the West has made up its mind. Yet there is no sign of the "mutually acceptable" deal that Moscow wants to see.

A political source in Belgrade says Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica wants a delay to April 2007 and a face-saving formula giving Kosovo wide autonomy, years before sovereignty.

If not, ultanationalists already riding high in the polls could come to power, arguing that if Kosovo gets independence then so should the Serbs of Bosnia. A Serb secession from Bosnia would have dramatic consequences in the still turbulent Balkans.

The Albanians expect U.N. special envoy Martti Ahtisaari to make his recommendation to the Security Council by November and to give them the green light for independence. But it is the Council, where Russia has a veto, that must finally decide.

The Russian official said Serbia has a lot on its plate, citing its recent split with longtime sister republic Montenegro which chose independence, and the freeze on its EU membership bid over its failure to net top war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic.

Asked about fears of violence by Albanian extremists if they sense any delay in independence, the Russian said: "We don't like to be blackmailed. If any party resorts to violence it will be very detrimental to that party in negotiations."

One Western official who now predicts a delay says any stalling longer than three or four months means trouble.

Albanians impatient over life in limbo rioted in March 2004, killing 19 people and driving out 2,000 Serbs. Belgrade said it proved Kosovo was nowhere near stability or democracy, and it would redouble the argument if violence erupted again.

Meanwhile, Serbs in north Kosovo threaten to secede in the case of independence, a move that could reignite conflict next door with the Albanians of southern Serbia and Macedonia.

After Serbia lost control of Kosovo in 1999, when NATO bombed for 11 weeks to halt the killing of Albanians in a two-year guerrilla war, it was only with EU diplomacy that a smaller insurgency was smothered in south Serbia, while Macedonia got Western help in 2001 to stifle ethnic war.

There is concern that ethnic tensions are being kept in check only by the prospect of independence for Kosovo.

"If the light goes out ... by February or March, this will be an impossible mission to manage," said the Western official.

NYoutlawyer said...

The odor you smell picka (pussy), is the stink of you and your albo brothers and sisters. Wherever you exist, there is conflict and violence. Do you see that old woman?

mitrovica pika pika said...

"Wherever you exist, there is conflict and violence. Do you see that old woman?"
you havent seen anything yet, you motherfucking rapist bitch.

Kristian said...

To: Nylawyer


You talk about pussy like its going out of style, like most gay ppl do to fit in. Relax its allright if you are. It explains a lot!

Peace to all!

P.S. I bet the first thing that will come out of his mouth is (mother..f...) or soemthing to that effect. Anyone want to bet on my prediction?????

Kristian said...

To: Mitrovica

I didn't see your comment when I wrote to NY.... but you guys are made for each other. Why don't you guys kiss and make up!

Ones a lawyer that uses foul language and one is an Albanian with a limited vocabulary that he repeats constantly.

I hope i've gotten you both mad to the point that you'll both join a cause to insult me. This way my theory of you getting along even though you dislike each other is true. Or are you guys not going to insult me bc you'll want to prove that neither of you can share an idea of hatred when someone insults both of you foul mouthed ignorant A.holes....

Anyone one want to bet that they'll both join efforts to chastise me????

Peace to all!

NYoutlawyer said...

Who gives a shit what you kris, or any other stinking shitpar on this blog thinks? You can bet on that.

NYoutlawyer said...

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NYoutlawyer said...

Hey old picka, what haven't I seen yet? What is an old albo hag like you going to do? Go back to your street begging you worthless, old shitpar hag.

ANYC said...

Don't bother with Nylawayer.
He is a misinformed wanna be nationalist/racist-and has no clue about the balkan history or anything else for that matter. I pinpointed him to be an old loser that only types on his screen -as he really screwed up his life/retirement somehow.
He has nothing but bitterness and vents it on this blog.
Why don't you tell us how you became such a loser in life, NYlawyer, it would make for a much more interesting story than what you have posted so far...

NYoutlawyer said...

Who the fuck are you anyc, and why are you addressing me?

Go out and beg with your other albo brothers, there's still plenty of daylight.

ANYC said...

That is a simple joke from a simple man. As a lawyer I was expecting something more intellegent from you. I guess similar to your career/life I am disapointed.
As far as who I am, think of me as a voice of reason, just for you.

Now tell us how you failed in we can help you. And remember the sooner you face your issues the sooner you will get better.

Kristian said...


I enjoyed your sight! But do me a favor let ppl comment on the articles.

Much appreciated!


ANYC said...

Thanks Kristian-it surely makes for a good reading, especially considering that sources of those articles are all foreign.
As far as comments go- I did at one point allow them, but it was spammed within 24 hours and the whole thing was shut down for a week.
I will allow them once they get better filters.