Skip to comments.Kosovo: Ethnic Albanians 'Ready To Declare Independence'
Posted on 11/09/2006 11:52:42 AM PST by Bokababe
Pristina, 9 Nov. (AKI) - Ethnic Albanian leaders in the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo have said they are ready to unilaterally declare independence if the United Nations Security Council postpones a decision on the future status of the province, which has been under UN control since 1999. Most of Kosovo's overwhelmingly ethnic Albanian majority want independence, which is opposed by Belgrade and by the tiny minority of Serbs remaining in the province.
Members of the ethnic Albanian negotiating team on the status issue told Kosovo television Wednesday night that they were ready to activate the so called 'Plan B' and propose to Kosovo's president Fatmir Sejdiu the signing of a declaration of independence.
When the presidency signs the declaration, it would go to the parliament which would adopt it at a formal ceremony and independence would be proclaimed," said negotiating team member Veton Suroi. He said the first recognition of independence might take place the same day, but didnt specify which country this might come from.
The international community had hinted it would make a status decision this year, and had seemed to be moving towards granting independence to Serbia. But the decision now appears to have been postponed until next year because of parliamentary elections expected in Serbia before the year's end. Negotiating team members remained adamant however that "this or the next year, Kosovo will become a sovereign and independent state."
Kosovo prime minister Agim Ceku said that "historical arguments, the injustice done to our people and demographic arguments, work in favor of independence." Ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs in Kosovo by 17 to one and an extremist group called vetevendosje (self-determination) has threatened to hold mass pro-independence demonstrations on 28 November.
Meanwhile, Kosovo Albanian language media reported on Thursday that the 18,000-strong international military force in Kosovo (KFOR) was getting 2,500 American reinforcements this month to safeguard peace while the status decision nears. But KFOR officials said it was just a regular tour of duty replacement and no new reinforcements were coming.
A Kosovo Serb leader, Marko Jaksic, said a declaration of independence by the Kosovo parliament would not be valid, although it could be expected. "Albanians are known for practising violence, they have done it for the past seven years, expelling Serbs, destroying their homes and religious objects, and it's no wonder that they would now resort to a legal violence as well," he said.
Over 200,000 Serbs have fled Kosovo since it was put under UN control and some 3,000 have been killed or listed as missing, according to the International Red Cross. It believes about 1,500 have been murdered.
Violence flared in the province when the Kosovo Liberation Army, supported by ethnic Albanians, came out in open rebellion against Serbian rule in the mid-1990s, sparking a brutal Yugoslav military crackdown. Serbian forces began their 'ethnic cleansing' campaign against up to half of Kosovo's ethnic Albanians, triggering a NATO bombing campaign in 1999 that drove Serb forces from the province. Some 800,000 people fled to Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro and approximately 10,000 died in the conflict.
Why do I smell more war. Guess who's going to be aksed to bail them out???
Maybe my eyes are getting weak in my old age but there seems to be an elemental fact about "ethnic Albanians" missing from this article.
Bilateral relations between Greece and Serbia and the situation in the wider region - focusing particularly on the Kosovo - dominated talks held by Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis in Belgrade on Thursday.
Meimarakis was formally received by his Serb counterpart Zoran Stankovic at Topcider military base in Belgrade.
Talks focused on bilateral defence cooperation while a new broader defense agreement was signed by the two sides. Meimarakis stressed in a press conference that the new agreement gives special emphasis to military training and cooperation between training centers for peace operations in Belgrade, Serbia and Kilkis, Greece, while he assured his Serb counterpart that the Greek government supports Serbia’s Euro-Atlantic prospect.
On his part, Stankovic thanked the Greek minister for the support and revealed that Greece will back Serbia’s accession into the NATO Partnership for Peace initiative in the imminent NATO summit to take place in Riga, Latvia in late November.
Kosovo was the dominant issue at the meeting Meimarakis had with Serb Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, who reiterated that his country cannot accept a solution that will not respect its sovereign rights in the region. The Greek minister pointed out the need for a mutually acceptable solution soon, stating that a likely extension of uncertainty would have a negative effect on stability in the wider region.
Meimarakis wrapped up his contacts in Belgrade by meeting Serb Patriarch Pavle. The head of the Serb Orthodox Church referred to the historical ties shared by the two peoples and thanked the Greeks for their support to the Serbs.
Before leaving the Serb capital, Meimarakis visited the newly built St. Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox Christian church in the Balkans.
And guess who is going to refuse.
France, for sure. Here's a chance to justify American "redeployment," to facilitate the further segregation along Christian/Muslim lines.
I've spent the last fourteen years speaking out and writing articles, trying to keep us out of the Balkans problems -- with little success. We are sending 2500 more US peacekeepers to Kosovo, as we speak. What chance do you think that we have of "staying out of it" now? Especially now that we have a Democratic House and Senate coming to power, and this was Clinton's pet project?
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to WWIII!
More power to them. Now we can claim the success of creating a new drug producing muslim islamist state in the middle of the balkans. Just what we needed, right. Thank you, RINO McCain and Bill Clinton.
Indeed there is. BTW, I wonder what a Muslim "declaration of independence" will sound like. Severed heads falling to the ground, perhaps?
Hagel and McConnell were both big UCK terrorist backers!
Yes this is good.
Let's see if the Greeks maintain their show of support for the Serbs. In deeds not just words.
There is a Serbian saying that translates to:
"When your back is to the wall, all you can count on are God and the Greeks."
I pray that this is still true!
This is all I have found in English on the meeting & it's from B92:
"Euro-Atlantic system in Serbian military
9 November 2006 | 14:18 | Source: FoNet
BELGRADE -- The defense minister says Greece will back Serbias bid to join NATOs Partnership for Peace (PfP).
Zoran Stankoviæ expressed his gratititude for Greeces support to Serbias defense system reforms to his Greek counterpart Evangelos Meimarakis. The two ministers signed an agreement on the defense sector cooperation between Serbia and Greece.
Greek defense minister Evangelos Meimarakis said Serbias admission to NATOs PfP program would secure peace and stability in the region.
According to Stankoviæ, the signed agreement opens up the possibility of cooperation in many areas of the defense sector, first and foremost in improving the technical and technological aspects, education of the commanding structures, joint training of the special forces, and the training of the NCOs.
We wish to use these reforms to reestablish the reputation our military deserves, to make it modern and professional, and based on a true Euro-Atlantic system. In this, we need and our encouraged by the assistance from our Greek friends, defense minister Stankoviæ was quoted."
Where did your story come from so I can quote it on my blog?
Independent Kosovo is the trigger:
The change of power in the USA will lead to serious consequences both to US President Bush and Russia, taking into consideration Dems tough position towards Russia. The head of the Committee for International Affairs of the State Duma, Konstantin Kosachev, believes that the voting results in the USA will show a negative influence on the development of the US-Russian relationship. The official believes that the end of the Republican era in the USA may complicate the process of Russias incorporation in the WTO. Difficulties may arise with the cancellation of the discriminatory Jackson-Vanik amendment which hinders the development of economic relations between Moscow and Washington. If both Republicans and Bush are interested in the cooperation with Russia in terms of global security and anti-terrorist struggle, then Democrats are concentrated on human rights issues. It is not ruled out that Dems may highlight this question to the detriment of US-Russian relations.
Let me throw something at you....switch it around. Clinton, Clark, Wisner.....et al..for Clinton may I propose that since he was Governor, even maybe when he was going through college he was being groomed for the presidency and an errand boy for the military-Industrial complex. As President, he was there to "avoid Bin laden"...I won't elaborate, and to enter the Balkans using the exaggerations and false pretences......fabrications et al....to get this objective on the road. Wisner's following up with his Fathers' involvement since his days in the CIA, 1948-1952 + (failed CIA operation Fiend); badly......to see Kosovo Independence through....
"After the war [WWII], and even after the CIA was created in 1947, the American intelligence community reverted to harmless information gathering and analysis, thinking that the danger to national security had passed. That changed in 1948 with the emergence of the Cold War. In that year, the CIA recreated its covert action wing, innocuously called the Office of Policy Coordination. Its first director was Wall Street lawyer Frank Wisner. According to its secret charter, its responsibilities included
propaganda, economic warfare, preventive direct action, including sabotage, antisabotage, demolition and evacuation procedures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-communist elements in threatened countries of the free world."
The CIA and Greater Albania: The Origins of the US Role in the Balkans
By Carl K. Savich
"The US even sent aid and weapons to a Communist country. Following the 1948 split between Joseph Stalin and Josip Broz Tito, the Yugoslav government requested through CIA channels that the US provide arms to Yugoslavia , fearing an invasion by the USSR . Frank Lindsay, the Office of Policy Co-ordination (OPC) deputy to Frank Wisner, recalled: Tito was the man for the West to back We sent him five shiploads of weapons.
The US and UK were also determined to keep the Communist guerrillas in Greece from taking power. Operation Valuable/Fiend was also a diversionary operation meant to deny bases for Greek Communist insurgents and to divert Soviet or Communist resources away from Greece .
British foreign secretary Ernest Bevin approved the MI6 operation to overthrow the Hoxha regime in February, 1949. The chief of MI6, Stewart Menzies, was not enthusiastic about the paramilitary operation but saw it as a way to appease the former SOE stinks and bangs people. The Albanian regime change was a rollback operation meant to detach Albania , a captive nation, from the Soviet bloc. Strategically, the UK and US objective was to establish a strategic presence on the Balkan peninsula . The British wanted the US to finance the operation and to provide bases. Senior British intelligence officer William Hayter, who chaired the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), came to Washington in March with a group of Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) members and Foreign Office staff that included Gladwyn Jebb, Earl Jellicoe, and Peter Dwyer of MI6 and a Balkans specialist. They met with Robert Joyce of the US State Departments Policy and Planning Staff (PPS) and Frank Wisner, who was the head of the Office of Policy Co-ordination (OPC), which was administered by the CIA. Wisner had been an attorney who had represented the financial interests of wealthy Albanian refugees who had been members of the Nazi-fascist collaborative group, the Balli Kombetar. So there had also been a monetary connection between US intelligence and the former Nazi/fascist Albanian Balli Kombetar members.
The strategic goal was to establish a foothold on the Balkan peninsula . Before this could occur, the Soviet-backed Hoxha regime had to be overthrown. According to Wisner, the Albanian operation was to be a clinical experiment to see whether larger rollback operations would be feasible elsewhere. Amery revealed that the British planned to recruit Balli Kombetar insurgents in the regime change against the Hoxha government. He outlined his plans for the proposed operation to the military commander of the Balli Kombetar, Abas Ermenji.
On May 20, 1949, Harold Perkins, the director of the Special Operations Branch, Neil McLean and Ermenji flew to Rome to meet with Midhat Frasheri, the wartime leader and founder of the Nazi/fascist Balli Kombetar, to discuss the operation. Frasheri was supportive of the operation. Amery believed that clandestine operations directed at Hoxha would lead to a major uprising the success of which would depend on the million odd Albanians living in the Yugoslav Kosovo region. So Kosovo was always crucial to the planners and organizers of Operation Valuable/Fiend.
By 1952, the CIA had taken over all the intelligence operations of the British in the Balkans. On July 23, 1951, the US air dropped 12 commandos in Albania Six were killed immediately, four were surrounded and burned to death in a house, and two were captured. The operation was a complete disaster. Abas Ermenji did not want to witness any more of his Balli Kombetar followers to take another tumble through the meat grinder and so discouraged any more missions. Wisner, nevertheless, sought to continue the pixie incursions, having the support of CIA Deputy Director Allen Dulles. The CIA airdropped Hamit Matjani, the Tiger, in 1952, who was killed during this operation, his 16th mission. Dulles stated: At least were getting the experience we need for the next war.
Up to 200 agents would be killed during the operation with an estimated additional several thousand Albanian civilians killed in reprisal. Abas Ermenji stated: Our allies wanted to make use of Albania as a guinea-pig, without caring about the human losses, for an absurd enterprise that was condemned to failure. Halil Nerguti stated: We were used as an experiment. We were a small part of a big game, pawns that could be sacrificed. There is no question that the CIA and MI6 used the operation as a small-scale exercise in regime change. The stakes were small. Failure would not be noticed. John H. Richardson, the CIA Director of the South-East Division, terminated Operation Fiend and by 1954 the Company 400 was disbanded and the training facilities in Heidelberg , Germany shut down, as well as the CIA base on the Greek island. The remaining Albanians were resettled in the US , UK , and the Commonwealth countries.