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  • Demand an Investigation of Ahtisaari Bribery Evidence!

    07/30/2007 3:57:20 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 14 replies · 435+ views
    The Petition Site ^ | July 30, 2007 | Concerned Citizens for UN & US Integrity
    To: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, US Pres George W. Bush, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Summary: We the undersigned demand of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Bush Administration, a full, speedy and transparent, investigation regarding the allegations made against former UN Special Envoy for Kosovo, Marti Ahtisaari, that he was paid by the Albanian mafia to produce his recommendations for the future status of Kosovo as an independent entity, with the results of this investigation to made public. Further, we demand to know whether or not the specific German BND report mentioned below does exist and,...
  • Jewish Support For Kosovars Sought

    12/29/2006 2:42:28 PM PST · by Decombobulator · 33 replies · 1,335+ views
    The Jewish Week ^ | 12/29/2006 | Walter Ruby
    Amid signs that the Bush administration may be backing away from unequivocal support for independence for Kosovo, the head of the Albanian American Civic League is appealing to the American Jewish community to advocate on behalf of Kosovo, a region of the former Yugoslavia that is predominantly inhabited by ethnic Albanians. “When Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic was massacring Albanians in Kosovo in 1998-99, the American Jewish community took the lead in pressing President [Bill] Clinton to bomb Serbia, because they instinctively understood the nature of genocide and were determined to keep it from being repeated,” said Joseph DioGuardi, a onetime...

    New York, 18 Dec. (AKI) - Serbs living in the United States are reported to be deeply disturbed and worried by recent arrests of fellow Serbs in connection with the 1990s Balkan wars, community leaders have said. In a six-state swoop, American agents arrested 13 Serb immigrants last week and are looking for another three who are still at large. One of those arrested, Nedjo Ikonic, is being investigated for allegedly having taken part in the massacre of up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica when it was overrun by Serb forces in...

    11/21/2006 8:42:47 AM PST · by Bokababe · 73 replies · 2,882+ views
    Adnkronos International ^ | November 21, 2006 | VPR
    Pristina, 21 Nov. (AKI) - An explosive device went off early on Tuesday morning in a Serbian elementary school in the central Kosovo village of Ropotovo, but there were no casualties, police said. Kosovo police spokesman Veton Elsani said the device was placed in a storage cupboard. Fortunately, the classroom, which can hold up to 200 pupils, was empty, because the teacher didnt show up for the classes and, apart from material damage, there were no injuries, he said. By chance, due to the teachers absence, the fifth grade classroom in which the explosion took place was empty and the...
  • Gere-ing Up for Nazi Propaganda

    11/19/2006 9:10:40 AM PST · by kronos77 · 86 replies · 1,857+ views | November 3, 2006 Up against Richard Gere and Nicole Kidman, the historical record doesn’t stand a chance. Gere is in Bosnia and Kidman just visited Kosovo. Beating a dead horse, the former is entering the familiar genre of anti-Serb films (Behind Enemy Lines, The Peacemaker) — and UN Goodwill Ambassador (and, coincidentally, Peacemaker star) Kidman is listening to more unverifiable yarns from Kosovo’s Serb-loathing Albanian Muslims (without, of course, visiting those who are actually under siege in the province — the handful of remaining Serbs who can’t step outside their miniscule NATO-guarded perimeters without getting killed by Albanians)....
  • Clinton's Kosovo Whopper

    09/27/2006 9:38:58 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 133 replies · 3,701+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | September 27, 2006 | Cliff Kincaid
    Of all the whoppers told by former President Clinton in his Chris Wallace interview, perhaps the most outrageous was his claim that he was involved in "trying to stop a genocide in Kosovo..." In fact, Clinton's bombing of the former Yugoslavia killed more people than died in this "genocide." And his policy benefited Osama bin Laden and the global Jihad. In the year before the bombing, some 2,000 people had been killed in a civil war in Kosovo. A conservative estimate is that 6,000 were killed by U.S. and NATO bombs. It's strange as well that Clinton complained to Wallace...
  • The Serbian Orthodox Crusade Against Islam (A reminder on a pre- 9/11 article)

    09/18/2006 4:22:27 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 297+ views
    here is a (semi-formatted sorry fellow FR's) breakdown Responsibility for Deaths in Kosovo War note: since the ICTY is supressing the forensic reports, and also evidently not allowing the forensic experts to grant interviews, this data is necessarily sketchy and will have to be adjusted. However, its conclusions are inescapable: NATO/KLA action caused the vast majority of civilian deaths. Also note, as more information becomes public, the tendency is for the number of civilians killed by NATO/KLA action to rise. Finally note that these figures do not include the more than 450 civilians killed by unexploded cluster bombs since June...
  • Congressional adviser increases volume on warning: Terrorists from Balkans could reach into Europe

    09/13/2006 1:23:22 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 79 replies · 1,378+ views ^ | 9/13/06 |
    A U.S. Congressional adviser is turning up the volume on his long-standing warnings that terrorists who have set up camps in the Balkans now easily can reach into Europe, telling reporters in Serbia that the idea now has a name "Balkans 2020." Congressional adviser Yossef Bodansky, director of the U.S. House of Representatives Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare since 1988, told Slovenian Finance that the goal of the campaign is to set up terrorist camps in Bosnia, Kosovo, Sandzak and Croatia. He said at least five intelligence agencies now are working to track people and arms arriving...
  • KOSOVO - a land being Islamized by the United States, NATO and United Nations.

    09/12/2006 2:35:45 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 428+ views
    Since World War Two you have had three major conflicts in the Balkans involving Orthodox Christian communities and Islamic communities; this applies to Cyprus, Bosnia and Kosovo respectively. On all three occasions the United States supported the followers of Islam and maybe one day the same will happen to Orthodox Christians in Macedonia? Yet unlike the large Christian communities of Bosnia and Cyprus, it is the land of Kosovo which is being Islamized and Albanianized under NATO, the UN, and other international institutions who are meant to be neutral. The media in the West is once more turning a 'blind...
  • Albanians Celebrate 600 Years of Islam

    "The main goal of the symposium is to shed light on how Islam spread in these territories based on undisputed historic facts," professor Morina told IOL. PRISHTINA — The Islamic Community of Kosova (ICK) and the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Prishtina (FIS) will co-organize on September 16-17 an international symposium celebrating 600 years of Islam among Albanians. "The main goal of the symposium is to shed light on how Islam spread in these territories based on undisputed historic facts," professor Qemajl Morina, one of the organizers, told Debates about this issue and the role of Islam among Albanians...
  • The Bush Doctrine Need Not Apply-Bush administration blesses a terror state into existence.

    08/24/2006 5:17:20 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 962+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 8-24-06 | Julia Gorin
    Although Kosovo set a terrifying precedent for Israel, at least two Jews are happy about it. In a recent Wall St. Journal-Europe piecetitled Balkan Choice, Morton Abramowitz and Mark Schneider write that Serbian President Vojislav Kostunicas opposition to Kosovo independence risks making his country an international pariah.Have these two been asleep for 15 years? Serbia has been a pariah since it began fighting Islamo-nationalist terror without the Wests permission. Serbs were the first ones fingered in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the ones bombed by Bill Clinton in 1995 for a Sarajevo marketplace massacre despite British intelligence...
  • Mediators in Kosovo: Serbs are guilty as nation

    09/04/2006 2:18:16 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies · 494+ views
    Ahtisaari said that a group of experts will visit Belgrade shortly and he hopes that they in Belgrade will show a positive attitude to these proposals. During the press conference, Ahtisaari dismissed the charges of the Serbian delegation that during his Aug 8 with them he told them that the Serbs are guilty as a nation.” Particularly, Ahtisaari said that the Belgrade authorities should understand that the Milosevic policy (historical legacy) should be taken into consideration during the determination of Kosovo status and that “each nation in the world has its guilt and must pay for it.” The Serbian side...
  • Fiery Campaign Imperils Bosnias Progress, Officials Warn

    SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Aug. 23 — For a month usually devoid of political activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, August has been unusually fraught, as several incidents have raised ethnic tensions to a level not seen in years. On Aug. 11, a bomb severely damaged the tomb of Alija Izetbegovic, the former Bosnian president. Last week in eastern Bosnia, a group of Muslims forced their way into a Serbian church built on the former site of a mosque. And the broadcast of a videotape showing the wartime killing of an unarmed Bosnian Serb by Muslims prompted calls for a senior...
  • Serbia FM: HEZBOLLAH is eaqual to Kosovo Muslims

    Serbias Foreighn Ministery oficialy strongly supported UN resolution on sending 15,000 peacekeepers to south Lebannon expressing hope that UN securiti councile will be as much as firm regarding future status of Kosovo and Serbias legal claims as souvereign nation. Serbias foreighn ministery said "Hezbollah millitants are eaqualy danger in their beligrance and unacceptance of existing state of Israel as are Kosovo (Muslim) Albanians in their belligrance and millitantism and unacceptance of souvereign borders of Serbia." This i sthe first time that Serbia is officialy eaqulising its own problems with problems of Israel.
  • Serbia considers Kosovo partition

    08/12/2006 7:55:22 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 76 replies · 1,237+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 11 August 2006
    A senior Serbian government official has said she would accept a partition of Kosovo if no other long-term solution can be found. The president of Serbia's Co-ordination Centre for Kosovo, Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, also said no Serb leader would ever sign a deal giving Kosovo independence. She said Belgrade's policy was for Kosovo province to have substantial autonomy within the Serbian state. Kosovo is technically part of Serbia but has been run by the UN since 1999. The vast majority of Kosovo's population are ethnic Albanian who have been pressing for independence. Kosovo's Prime Minister Agim Ceku has ruled out...
  • U.S. Senators call on Bush to support Serbia

    08/08/2006 1:04:42 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 82 replies · 2,154+ views
    WASHINGTON DC -- 25 U.S. Senators are asking that the U.S. president supports the democratically elected Serbian government. The letter argues that Serbia’s role is of vital importance for the future of South-Eastern Europe and America’s regional interests and that Belgrade has grown into a strong U.S. regional partner. “In order to help transform Serbia, the U.S. should support the reforms in the military and the security sectors, encourage cooperation with the Serbian Army and enabling its officers to attend military colleges and courses in the U.S.”, the letter said. The Senators remind that it is Serbia’s strategic goal to...
  • Olmert:European countries attacked Kosovo and killed ten thousand civilians

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told European leaders to stop preaching to him about civilian war casualties in an interview published on Sunday in German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Olmert also said it would not be possible to completely destroy Hizbollah and insisted he did not underestimate them, saying they had fired just 3,000 of their arsenal of 15,000 rockets so far. PHOTOS The week's events from around the world, captured in pictures. VIEW THIS WEEK'S PHOTOS Diplomatic Dispatches Nora Boustany 's column reporting on Washington's diplomatic community appears each Wednesday and Friday in The Post....
  • On Serbia and Madeleine Albright

    On Serbia and Madeleine Albright. 7/29/2006, Volume 011, Issue 44 SPARRING OVER SERBIA STEPHEN SCHWARTZ's "Free at Last" (July 24) left me greatly surprised and somewhat disappointed, both by the distortion of historical and political facts and by the argumentation based on malicious and trivial political comments. Describing Serbia as a "mafia state" is intentionally overlooking the well-known fact that the Milosevic regime met its end when the Serbian people, investing enormous effort and encountering the greatest possible risk, overthrew it in their bloodless revolution of October 2000. Serbian democratic authorities, in their crackdown on organized crime, and with the...
  • Radicals: "Armed defense an option (Christians responding to Muslim threats)

    07/29/2006 1:10:12 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 8 replies · 499+ views ^ | 28 July 2006
    Tomislav Nikolic said that the armed defense must be the last resort, should the future Kosovo status talks produce independence for the province. ;We have already had a chance to defend Kosovo against much stronger enemies”, Nikolić said in an interview with the Serbian state television (RTS), stressing that armed defense is the last option and that diplomacy must be given every chance. Nikolić said that the Radicals will take it to the streets and lead the citizens against the Serbian prime minister and president, Boris Tadić and Vojislav Koštunica, should they fail to start with preparations to return Kosovo...
  • While Lebanon Boils, Watch Bosnia

    07/19/2006 1:16:40 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 11 replies · 402+ views
    It is always very hard to focus on broad pictures when so many fires are in need of being put out. But it is imperative to keep in mind in the ongoing conflict Iran’s long-standing ties not only to Hezbollah, but to Islamists in Bosnia, a relationship that spans more than a decade. There is concern among Bosnian contacts that, if Iran feels things are going badly in Lebanon and that the war needs another front, it would take little to ignite Bosnia. It would not be hard to do and the international presence in Bosnia is greatly reduced. So...
  • Bosnia rules to revoke citizenships (given Al-Qaeda)

    07/15/2006 2:00:20 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 22 replies · 554+ views
    The Bosnian government is bringing to a close five months of work reviewing how some 1,500 people - most of them fighters who came to Bosnia from Muslim countries during the 1992-1995 war - gained Bosnian citizenship. ... The 1,500 naturalized Bosnian citizens were given until last week to provide all documents used to gain Bosnian citizenship between 1992-1996. ... The Syrian-born Abu Hamza is also among those who are facing deportation. He arrived in Croatia in the early 1990s as a student and moved to Bosnia at the beginning of the war. Investigators say he lied on his citizenship...
  • Justice for Serbia

    07/12/2006 3:01:15 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 6 replies · 302+ views
    Depriving a democratic country of a part of its territory simply because one ethnic group that has aspirations for that territory threatens violence is impermissible, not only morally but also from the perspective of historical experience. Indeed, tragic occurrences have taught mankind that a policy of appeasement toward those who threaten force only opens the way to more and even greater violence.
  • NATO seeks ways to allay Serbia's isolation

    07/08/2006 7:14:10 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 3 replies · 240+ views
    By Mark John BRUSSELS, July 7 (Reuters) - NATO is looking at ways to allay a growing sense of isolation in Serbia, possibly with an offer of closer ties short of a full partnership, alliance diplomats said on Friday. The alliance has denied Serbia and its neighbour Bosnia entry to its Partnership for Peace programme, the first rung on the ladder to possible membership, until fugitive Bosnian Serb war crimes suspects General Ratko Mladic and wartime leader Radovan Karadzic are brought to international justice. But now Montenegro has ended its union with Serbia and Kosovo is set to go its...
  • Serbia shocked by video showing Srebrenica shootings

    06/02/2005 8:54:24 PM PDT · by Hoplite · 221 replies · 7,708+ views
    The Guardian ^ | June 3, 2005 | Agencies in Belgrade
    Agencies in Belgrade Friday June 3, 2005 The Guardian They are the images that have finally, 10 years later, shocked a nation. A man, several men, are unloaded from a truck, marched to a wooded hillside and shot, one by one, in the back. Two prisoners are ordered to carry the bodies to a barn. They too are then executed. The murder of thousands of Bosnian Muslims from Srebrenica in the summer of 1995 is well documented. But a video that emerged this week during the trial of the former Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, has provoked a bout of soul-searching...
  • Majority of Serbs back secession from Bosnia, says opinion poll

    BANJA LUKA, Bosnia • A majority of Bosnian Serbs support secession from Bosnia if Serbia's UN-run province of Kosovo was granted independence, a poll published in a Bosnian Serb newspaper yesterday showed. Forty percent of 850 people polled in Bosnia's Serb Republic fully agree and 22.3 per cent mostly agree with the idea of breaking away and joining Serbia, showed the Partner Marketing poll published in the independent weekly magazine Reporter. Twenty-eight per cent fully or mostly reject the idea. The Bosnian Serbs' lingering secession sentiment was revived after the Montenegrin vote in May to end a union with Serbia,...
  • Petersen Leaving In Armored Vehicle Sign Of His Success

    07/04/2006 7:47:13 AM PDT · by tgambill · 1 replies · 386+ views
    Tanjug | 2 July 06 | Tanjug
    Belgrade, 2 July 06. (Tanjug) The Coordination Center for Kosovo and Metohija announced that UNMIK Chief Soren Jesen-Petersen leaving Kosovo in an armored vehicle, showed that the international community did not fulfill its basic task for seven years, such as the creation of elementary security conditions of free living and freedom of movement. Petersens earlier statement, stated that he is leaving Kosovo for private reasons. Before his departure he clearly stated slogans on behalf of Albanian lobbyists who use all means in the fight for independence of the Serbian southern province, states the Center at the Sunday announcement. Coordination...
  • Blair warns Serbs to accept different vision for Kosovo

    Serbia must accept a "different vision" for the future make-up of south-east Europe or face increasing isolation and diminishing prospects of closer relations with the European Union, Tony Blair, the UK prime minister, will tell Vojislav Kostunica, his Serbian counterpart, tomorrow --- Belgrade is under pressure from the UK, US and the UN administration in Kosovo to accept independence as the "least problematic solution". However, Mr Kostunica faces formidable domestic pressure not to abandon Serbia's historical claims to the province, now dominated by ethnic Albanians. Belgrade continues to offer "the widest possible autonomy" without conceding sovereignty. --- Serbian state-run newspapers...
  • Austrian Writer Peter Handke: Send my award to the Serbs

    06/26/2006 11:04:21 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 350 replies · 4,230+ views
    ERPKIM ^ | June 23, 2006 | By D. Sekulic
    Peter Handke has once again shocked the German public but this time in such a way that not even the most extreme do not dare criticize him for it. He has given up the alternative Heinrich Heine award that the actors and intellectuals of Berlin wished to bestow upon him in favor of the Serbs of Kosovo, who live "surrounded by barbed wire and tanks". Vecernje Novosti daily, Belgrade June 24, 2006 By D. Sekulic, June 23, 2006 Peter Handke has once again shocked the German public but this time in such a way that not even the most...
  • Kosovo Tensions Put More Than People at Risk

    06/17/2006 8:14:13 PM PDT · by Bokababe · 9 replies · 438+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 15, 2006 | By MONICA ELLENA
    A picturesque valley in the western province of Kosovo is home to the largest and most urgently preserved monastery in Serbia. The 14th century Visoki Decani monastery has not only survived the passage of time but also the ravages of war. Even though around half the Serb population fled a wave of revenge attacks after the war, the 100,000 who stayed are still targeted by sporadic violence. Stoning of police and attacks on individuals are not uncommon. In 1998, Slobodan Milosevic, who was president at the time, led troops against Albanian forces in an effort to reclaim parts of Kosovo....
  • Kosovo's president, PM to meet US Sec Rice during visit to US next week

    06/16/2006 7:35:24 PM PDT · by Doctor13 · 3 replies · 951+ views
    Associated Press | 16 June 2006
    PRISTINA, Serbia - Kosovo's top leaders travel to Washington next week to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the president's office said Friday. President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Agim Ceku are to meet Rice on Monday, said Muhamet Hamiti, the president's adviser. Sejdiu will visit the United States for the first time since he was elected in February, succeeding Kosovo's late President Ibrahim Rugova, who died of lung cancer earlier this year. During his trip, Sejdiu will meet other officials in the State Department and the White House, the statement said. Ceku is also scheduled to...
  • Two British "tourists" shot at in Kosovo

    06/15/2006 2:51:29 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 13 replies · 494+ views
    PRISTINA, Serbia-Two British tourists were shot at Thursday in western Kosovo, officials said. No one was injured. The shooting occurred near the western village of Babaloc, an ethnic Albanian area, some 90 kilometers (55 miles) from the province's capital, Pristina, Kosovo police spokesman Veton Elshani said. The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear. Security officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the incident, said the tourists' vehicle bore registration plates from Serbia's capital, Belgrade.
  • Who Lost Kosovo?

    06/15/2006 2:47:02 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 27 replies · 875+ views
    But Kerry may have some competition. On Memorial Day, another former Democratic presidential candidate, retired General Wesley Clark, tried to rewrite the history of the war in Kosovo in order to make himself into a great military hero. "Last week," he said, "I returned to Kosovo for the first time since I retired from military service. For me, this trip was very personal. In 1999, I commanded the NATO forces that stopped the genocide against ethnic Albanians by Slobodan Milosevic and his Serbian forces." That sounds pretty impressive-commanding the forces that stopped genocide. Too bad it's not true. Genocide is...

    Sarajevo, 8 June (AKI) - Bosnian Muslim religious leader Reiss ul-Ulema Mustafa Ceric has accused the country's Catholic and Orthodox Christians of undermining the country and advocating the partitioning of Bosnia. Ceric was quoted by the Sarajevo daily, Dnevni Avaz, as saying that former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic and Croatia's Franjo Tudjman deal, allegedly made in the early nineties to divide Bosnia, had been taken over by the Serbian Orthodox and Croatian Catholic Church. As a proof of an alleged conspiracy, Ceric said that the bishops of the two churches have been meeting without Muslim representatives. "It is well known...
  • Peter Handke Responds on the Question of Yugoslavia

    06/01/2006 3:20:50 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 76 replies · 897+ views
    Liberation (French Daily) | 10 May 2006 | Peter Hanke
    So let's talk about Yugoslavia! Finally, after more than a decade of one-way journalistic language that in no way made sense, an opening seems to have been created in France in the press (1), and perhaps not only in France, to speak about things differently? or simply to start speaking about Yugoslavia. A debate, a discussion, a discourse, a fruitful discussion seems to have become possible, a general questioning, of reports that speak for themselves... Previously: nothing, and still more nothing? defamations instead of a debate, expressed by exclusively prefabricated words, repeated ad infinitum, used like an automatic weapon. So...
  • Catolic and Ortodox bishops are meeting without us- it is a call to a war (Bosnian Grand mufti)

    06/08/2006 6:19:00 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 13 replies · 402+ views
    (Translation from Serbian) " ...Negotiations between Tudjman and Milosevic to devide Bosnia are nowdays held in different manner. Catolic and Ortodox bishops are holding series of meetings without inviting us. That is something problem, that is call to war." Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric said to gratuates uf Islamic school in Sarajevo that attacks on Islamic community in Bosnia must stop, also he attacked local TV station for accusing Islamic community in Bosnia that it "Builds Teheran out of Sarajevo" "
  • Bosnian Serb authorities may have tipped Canadian terror arrests

    06/08/2006 6:03:40 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 39 replies · 658+ views
    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP)--Bosnian authorities, responding to media reports that they gave Canada information leading to the arrest of 17 militant suspects there, said Wednesday only that they had cooperated with intelligence services in many countries. Leader of Bosnian Muslim Wahabis, Enes Mujkanovic, calls for destruction of the West. Canada arrested the suspects Friday and Saturday and said it had foiled plans for attacks in southeast Canada. Officials said the arrests were ordered after the group acquired three tons of ammonium nitrate, which can be mixed with fuel oil to make a powerful explosive. The Bosnian daily newspaper Nezavisne Novine from...
  • NATO to reopen base in Serb north of Kosovo

    06/03/2006 10:49:10 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 28 replies · 485+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Thu Jun 1, 2006 | Matt Robinson
    NATO said on Thursday it planned to reopen a base in the mainly Serb north of Kosovo, as a decision nears on ethnic Albanian demands for independence for the province and fears grow of an angry Serb reaction. "For operational reasons we see the need to reuse this installation," spokesman Col. Pio Sabetta told Reuters, without elaborating. Diplomats say there may be a risk of a unilateral Serb move to partition the United Nations-run province if independence is granted. The United Nations has contingency plans for an exodus of Serbs if Albanians are granted a state of their own. Sabetta...
  • Independence for Kosovo means trouble, Serbia says

    05/30/2006 9:17:33 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 78 replies · 959+ views
    Netscape ^ | Tuesday, May 30, 2006 | Reuters
    BELGRADE (Reuters) - Granting independence to Serbia's southern province of Kosovo against the will of Serbia would destabilize the Balkans, Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic warned on Tuesday. The United Nations is mediating talks on Kosovo's future status, which Western diplomats say are likely to conclude with a form of independence by the end of the year. Serbia is adamantly opposed to such an outcome. "I am very afraid of the possible imposed solution against the will of Belgrade of turning Kosovo into a state," Draskovic told a news conference. "The whole region, I think, would inevitably face turbulence." The...
  • Who Will Protect Kosovos Christians?

    05/27/2006 11:10:58 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 42 replies · 834+ views
    Acton Institute ^ | May 24, 2006 | by John Couretas, Director of Communications
    Who Will Protect Kosovos Christians? by John Couretas, Director of Communications This week, Montenegro voted to end its union with Serbia, the last remaining alliance of the former Yugoslav federation. News accounts of the vote frequently add matter-of-factly that Kosovo, the Serb province placed under the administration of the United Nations in 1999, is next in line to gain its independence and probably by the end of the year. But anyone who cares about religious freedom, the rights of minorities, and the rule of law should be highly skeptical of an independent Kosovo. Since 1999, when a NATO bombing campaign...
  • Kosovo to be independent in months: ex-NATO general

    05/27/2006 8:19:43 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 46 replies · 785+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Thu May 25, 2006
    The former US general who commanded NATO's 1999 air war against Serbia predicted its southern province of Kosovo would become independent within months. Wesley Clark told Kosovo Albanian leaders in Pristina he had confidence in their "strong, positive and visionary proposals" to find a solution for Kosovo, which has been run by the United Nations and NATO since 1999. "I am confident that this issue will be solved very soon, and probably in few months, Kosovo will become independent and will respect the rights of all citizens," said Clark. "I believe that Kosovo will be welcomed into the family of...
  • Vojvodina wants guaranteed autonomy (The last province of Serbia)

    05/24/2006 8:44:40 AM PDT · by mark502inf · 11 replies · 413+ views
    B92 Belgrade ^ | 10:12 May 23
    NOVI SAD -- Bojan Pajti said that the new Serbian constitution must guarantee autonomy for Vojvodina. Pajti, President of the Vojvodina Executive Council, said that the region must receive clear guarantees for a functional autonomy within the charter of the next Serbian constitution. Vojvodina must have guarantees for a legislative government, as well as the right to its own budget and properties. Pajti said at a two-day conference regarding regionalism and the models for Vojvodinas autonomy, held by the Vojvodina Parliament. Serbia cannot adopt a European constitution if it continues to ignore the demands of the Vojvodina citizens. We are...
  • Muslims Gave Away a State to the Montenegrins, Leader of Islamist Community in Montenegro Says

    05/24/2006 10:57:25 AM PDT · by joan · 10 replies · 585+ views
    Focus News Agency ^ | May 24, 2006
    24 May 2006 | 20:14 | FOCUS News Agency Banja Luka. The Muslims gave away a state to the Montenegrins because if they hadnt taken a mass part in the referendum for the state status and hadnt voted for its independence the country would not have received its independence, the leader of the Islamic community in Montenegro Rifat Fejzic stated cited by Serbian agency TANJUG. The Muslims voted for Montenegros independence so that the Great Serbia and its ideas would come to an end, he said and added that now Montenegro has the great obligation to value that which the...
  • Serbia's Navy Left High And Dry By The Vote For Independence

    05/23/2006 6:33:04 PM PDT · by blam · 77 replies · 1,420+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-24-2006 | David Rennie
    Serbia's navy left high and dry by the vote for independence By David Rennie, Europe Correspondent (Filed: 24/05/2006) Serbia is about to join the select club of former naval powers. Officers, who remember the heyday of the old Yugoslav navy - it boasted nearly 80 warships - are weighing their options following Sunday's independence referendum in Serbia's sister republic of Montenegro. The Yes vote means Serbia will lose its sea ports and naval bases. Gen Radosav Martinovic, a military adviser to the government of Montenegro, said that the Serbian navy would be lucky to end up with some patrol craft...
  • Montenegro vote opens separatist Pandora's box

    05/23/2006 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 59 replies · 936+ views
    AFP ^ | 23 May 2006 | Calin Neacsu
    Montenegro's independence could open a Pandora's box for other separatist movements in Europe and the former Soviet Union, with some already claiming the right to follow the same path. Separatists in Spain's Basque and Catalan regions were among the first to welcome Montenegro's independence vote as a positive omen for their aspirations of loosening ties with Madrid. But Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos stressed the situations in his country and Montenegro were "politically, diplomatically, juridically" incomparable and that making such a comparison would represent a "great irresponsibility". His view was supported by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana,...
  • 18 arrested as Eastern European gang broken up (Kosovo Albanians)

    05/16/2006 3:20:04 PM PDT · by joan · 9 replies · 383+ views
    Typrically Spanish ^ | 16 May 2006
    By h.b. Tue, 16 May 2006, 16:24 Spanish police have arrested 18 Albanian Kosovos whom they consider to be part of different cells of the same gang who have assaulted some 60 chalets in several provinces across the country. The arrests were made in Cdiz, Valencia, Alicante and Castelln, but the investigations have been based in Barcelona, Mlaga, Madrid and Granada. The gang are said to have run over people with their cars, if they got in the way of their plans.
  • Kosovo: The Plot Thickens

    05/12/2006 7:23:07 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 17 replies · 674+ views
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | 12 May 2006 | Srdja Trifkovic
    For a long time the proponents of Kosovo’s independence have acted as if the game was up, that all that remained was for the “international community” to settle on the formula for independence—and for Serbia to sign on the dotted line under pressure. Until recently, many old Balkan hands in the world’s capitals that matter expected that by the end of 2006 it would be all over. There are recent signs, however, that “it” won’t be over that soon, and that the outcome is by no means preordained. It did not look that way when the United Nations abandoned its...
  • Russia to build power plant for Serbs

    05/11/2006 11:17:39 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 49 replies · 712+ views
    Russian state-owned company Technopromexport has announced it will build a thermal power plant in Serbia within three years. The company Wednesday signed a contract with Serbia and Switzerland's Mentor Energy, company officials said. The construction of the plant, with two 450-megawatt blocks, is estimated to cost $877 million. Maja Gojkovich, mayor of the Serbian town Novi Sad, where the plant will be built, said the project will greatly benefit the economy of the town and the country, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. "It will provide work for 5,000 to 6,000 Serbs and guarantee orders for a number of Serbian...
  • Kosovo consternation

    05/09/2006 11:14:11 AM PDT · by Doctor13 · 60 replies · 857+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9 May 2006 | James "Ace" Lyons, Jr.
    Among the most important priorities of U.S. global policy is combating the international traffic in drugs and in persons (often a euphemism for women and children forced into prostitution). Because of the linkage and overlap among terrorist networks and organized criminal gangs, the battle against trafficking is also an integral part of the war on terror. Amazingly, that's what the international community seems to want to help establish in the Serbian province of Kosovo. When Kosovo was placed under United Nations administration and NATO military control at the end of the 1999 war, some hoped the province soon would meet...
  • Real Estate Rows Cause Carnage in Kosovo

    05/04/2006 6:13:04 AM PDT · by joan · 5 replies · 246+ views
    IWPR ^ | April 26, 2006
    Mass of conflicting property claims since war leads many Kosovars to try solving disputes with guns. By Krenar Gashi in Pristina (Balkan Insight, 26 Apr 06) A bloody shootout in a town in Kosovo has come as an unwelcome reminder to many Kosovars of how many battles over real estate end in death. Two people were killed, including a deputy mayor, and eight others were injured, in the shooting on April 22, in Shtime/Stimlje, 25 kilometres from the capital Pristina. The Kosovo Police Service, KPS, confirmed nine arrests over the shootings in which Aziz Xhelili and Vezir Bajrami, a deputy...
  • RTS: Free Bosnia Published Pictures of Serbs Killed in 1992

    05/08/2006 5:50:51 AM PDT · by joan · 5 replies · 438+ views
    Focus News Agency ^ | May 7, 2006
    7 May 2006 | 14:54 | FOCUS News Agency Sofia. The Sarajevo based newspaper Free Bosnia published on its title page pictures of killed Serbs in Sarajevo in 1992, Radio TV Serbia reports. The killed from the Sarjevo municipality of Novi Grad and from Ali Pasino Pole have been displayed on the pictures. The publication pointed that during the war in Sarjevo 850 Serbs were massacred while the official representatives of Republic Serbia claim that their number is several thousand, RTS reports.