So called Ethnic Albania - Shqipëria etnike
the final goal of Albanian movements in the Balkans
goal of the radical nationalists among them, one said in an
interview, is an ''ethnic Albania that includes western Macedonia,
southern Montenegro, part of southern Serbia, Kosovo and Albania
itself.'' That includes large chunks of the republics that make
up the southern half of Yugoslavia.
ethnic Albanian separatists admit to a vision of a greater
Albania governed from Pristina in southern Yugoslavia rather
than Tirana, the capital of neighboring Albania."
Binder, New York Times 1998
a map from an
Albanian nationalist Web-site with the territories
comprising "historical" Ethnic Albania (Shqipëria
etnike), i.e. Greater Albania
ALBANIA EXPLAINED, by Carl Savich
- FYR MACEDONIA
Thaqi: I wish and certainly the Albanians wish they had ethnic
'We have no need to delude and play the role of a 'handsome
and moderate', there is no need to deny or disregard the wish
of Albanians to have their own ethnic state, ethnic Albania,
called by others the Greater Albania,' said Menduh Thaqi, the
Deputy Head of Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA), while making
an address to Democratic Youth of Albanians (DPA) conference,
held Wednesday in Tetovo.
Skopje's Albanian-language daily Flaka quotes Thaqi as saying
the Albanians have been blamed for their aspirations to have
three states: Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, however, it seems
that they have overlooked the fact that Slavs have a number
of states spanning from Russia to Macedonia. Thaqi underlined
the need for integration of Albanians into the Western values,
European Union and NATO. 'The Albanians should be integrated
into the EU structures as a nation, not as a hamlet or village
by village,' Thaqi said.
'We are not cynical, we have never been two-faced. We could
not agree with our political opponents and their old and newly
established ties with Crvenkovski (SDSM Chairman), we could
not agree that DPA is running a political marketing when pushing
for passage of the law on passports and other issues. It is
unacceptable that the 'godfathers' share the view with Crvenkovski
and SDSM,' Thaqi said. 'I reiterate once again that DPA is not
very much interested in elections, the elections are of minor
priority comparing with the implementation of the Ohrid Agreement,'
Thaqi said. He gave a message to the 'Aga' Branko Crvenkovski
(expression used for high official in Turkish Empire) to vote
in favor of two-language passport. 'Once the law on passports
is adopted by the parliament, DPA stands ready for elections
the very next day,' Thaqi said. /end/
aspirations in Greece
One of the many desolate homes left behind by Serbs
fleeing their villages
in Kosovo, Novake village near Prizren
Pilgrimage of an American Monk to Kosovo and Metohija
For All Abandoned Homes, Orthodox Word
Belgrade July 4,
Patriarch Pavle at the reception in the U.S. Embassy
Left: U.S. Ambassador in Belgrade W. Montgomery
AND ISLAMIC MILITANCY
Al-Qaeda Links in the Balkans, July 1, 02
and a year earlier
article by the same author:
Heroin and Sex Trade Fuel Albanian Nationalism, Aug. 13, 01
intelligence has been in regular contact with the CIA and the
FBI. Both have been supplied with details of the al-Qaeda relationship
with militant Albanian nationalist groups in neighboring Kosovo,
which is under U.N. protection, and Macedonia, which was spared
a civil war last year following NATO brokering a peace agreement
between the majority Macedonians and minority ethnic Albanians.
Albanian groups in the region, most of them closely aligned
with organized-crime syndicates, have as their objective the
carving out of what they call "Greater Albania"
an area that includes 90,000 square kilometers (36,000 square
miles) of Kosovo, Greece, Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro.
are like prisoners here," said the girl.
"We live like animals in a zoo."
THERE A FUTURE FOR THE SERB CHILDREN IN KOSOVO?
- A place where freedom of children depends on
their ethnicity and religion - Europe 2002 or 1941? In an
Albanian Moslem dominated province Serb children are the only
children in Europe today who cannot have normal and free childhood,
who live in constant fear that they would be murdered or blown
up in a bus just because they do not speak Albanian and do not
pray to Alah. Although KFOR is making tremendous efforts to
provide a minimum of freedom for the Serbs, the province three
years after the war remains a region ruled by ethnic discrimination,
indimidation, crime and destruction of old Christian monuments.
Quo vadis Europa?
THE SERBIAN ZOO IN KOSOVO
2002 - Serb Reservations - Did you come to see a zoo?
Counterpunch, by James T. Phillips, June 20, 2002
children living in the Prishtina ghetto are escorted daily by
an armoured NATO convoy to school eight kilometres away in the
Serbian enclave of Grachanica
home is located in a six-story block of apartments. One hundred
and seventy-four Serbs live in the apartments, and other buildings
housing thousands of Albanians surround the enclave. The Serbs
have access to one small store, a fitness center and, when I
asked where do the children play, the teenage girl pointed to
a dusty courtyard that functions as a football pitch. Twenty
British KFOR soldiers live in one of the apartments, and they
guard the Serbs day and night. The soldiers are alert, well
armed and, like the Serbs in the courtyard, easy targets for
those staring in through invisible bars that encircle the enclave.
like prisoners here," said the girl. "We live like
animals in a zoo."
In search of 1300
missing Serbs abducted by K/Albanian militants
after the arrival of UN mission and NATO to Kosovo - Gracanica 7th
Kosovo mission failed
Taylor ON TARGET
Kosovo - IT HAS BEEN three years since NATO troops first rolled
into Kosovo and the last of the Yugoslav security forces withdrew
from this embattled province.
juncture, the western media hailed NATO's intervention as the
"liberation of Kosovo" and a victory for Albanian
Kosovars. Many misguided military analysts proclaimed the campaign
to be "proof" that overwhelming air power alone was
sufficient to win modern wars.
fact, unexpected Serbian defiance and the inability of NATO
aircraft to locate and destroy the Yugoslav military had forced
NATO to concede to then president Slobodan Milosevic's demands
and negotiate a diplomatic settlement.
NATO planners had expected the Serbs to concede after five days
of face-saving resistance. No one had planned for a campaign
that would last 78 days without creating a crack in the Serbs'
will to resist.
despite the exaggerated daily claims of destruction by NATO
spokesman Jamie Shea, the top brass knew their planes could
not find the well-concealed Serbian forces in Kosovo.
Shea boasted of NATO pilots "killing" over 150 armoured
vehicles, it was later confirmed that only 13 Yugoslav tanks
were destroyed during the fighting.
five were, in fact, Second World War-vintage, U.S.-made M-10
tank destroyers, museum pieces, that were placed in fields by
the Serbs as deliberate decoys.
As a result
of the air campaign's failure to achieve its aims, NATO was
forced to sign a peace deal with Milosevic, a man they had already
indicted as a war criminal.
terms of this deal (United Nations Resolution 1244), an international
military occupation force in Kosovo would also include non-NATO
contingents (notably the Russians, who rushed in to seize the
strategic Pristina airport in advance of the NATO forces); the
world would still recognize Kosovo as sovereign Yugoslav territory;
the Albanian guerrilla force known as the Kosovo Liberation
Army (KLA) was to be quickly disarmed, at which time Serbian
security forces would be allowed to re-enter the province to
protect historical sites and border posts; and, finally, NATO's
demand to hold a referendum on Kosovo's independence "within
three years" was to be postponed "indefinitely."
A typical scene
from Serb enclaves - Serb children ready to go to
school in a KFOR military vehicle
what has become obvious over the past 36 months is that NATO
negotiators never had any intention of fully implementing Resolution
1244. Even after the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic's regime,
it is apparent that the United Nations Mission in Kosovo is
unwilling to co-operate with Yugoslav authorities.
the KLA was never fully disarmed and was reconstituted as the
UN-funded Kosovo Protection Corps. Despite repeated protests
from Yugoslav negotiators and the destruction of their religious
sites, no Serbian police have been allowed to re-enter Kosovo,
in spite of the fact that this province technically remains
part of the sovereign territory of Yugoslavia.
the arguments to justify NATO's military intervention continue
to erode. At the time of the first bombing, we were led to believe
that timely action would prevent a humanitarian crisis in Kosovo.
it was two days after the air strikes began that first a trickle,
then a flood of refugees began pouring from the region.
Albanians housed in squalid refugee camps, NATO spokesman Jamie
Shea told us that the bombing had to continue "because
Milosevic was committing genocide."
stage, in order to encourage support for a military ground campaign,
the U.S. State Department claimed that as many as 100,000 Albanians
had been slaughtered in Kosovo. However, in the three years
since NATO's occupation, United Nations forensic teams have
had difficulty in identifying even 2,000 victims that would
have been killed during the 78-day crisis. (This number includes
over 400 Serbs and 300 other non-Albanians, and does not distinguish
between combatants and civilians.)
final death tally, even the newly constituted Albanian Kosovo
Supreme Court ruled last month that no genocide had taken place
in Kosovo, only the displacement of people.
despite the presence of 40,000 NATO soldiers and 10,000 international
police who patrol the province, over the past 36 months there
have been 1,000 murders and 2,000 people were reported missing.
239,000 Serbs who fled Kosovo in 1999, during the period of
Albanian "revenge" attacks, displacement into refugee
camps remains a reality. For the additional 100,000 Serbs and
non-Albanians who stayed in their homes in Kosovo, they continue
to live in tiny enclaves under 24-hour NATO protection.
unresolved refugee crisis and continued inter-ethnic violence,
it is difficult to understand how NATO officials, who were responsible
for the intervention, can proclaim Kosovo to be either justifiable
or a success.
refugee wants to go back home to Kosovo
treasure from Kosovo and Metohija appears on Black Market
the Serb church in Vucitrn despite KFOR presence, June 1999
Tim Judah: Kosovo - War and Revenge,
Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija has recently received
confirmation that before destruction of more than 100 Orthodox
churches, after the war Kosovo, K/Albanians had looted many
old artifacts: icons, engravings, old books and other valuables,
in order to sell them on the black market. Looting seems to
have continued wherever the Serbian holy sites remained without
constant KFOR protection.
and UNMIK police have a serious responsibility to protect the
property of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Recent reports of desecrations
and looting of our holy sites and in one documented case even
by a KFOR soldier are disgraceful for the international representatives
here and deserve outright condemnation of the civilized world.
We ask ourselves how many similar cases have happened which
have not been investigated and reported in the press. Dozens
of churches were destroyed in the last three years and we have
seldom received official reports by KFOR or UNMIK police about
these incidents. Our Church is not able to fully document these
incidents because we lack basic freedom of movement. That is
why we can only rely at on good will of KFOR and UNMIK",
said Bishop Artemije to the Information Service ERP KIM. MORE
News Agency, Belgrade
29 June 2002
KOSOVO DECENTRALIZATION PLAN
The Serb side is well on its way to preparing a Kosovo
decentralization plan and will submit it to the international
community prior to local elections in the Province on 26 October,
announced Rada Trajkovic, the head of the Return Coalition caucus
in the Kosovo Parliament, on Saturday. She said that the plan
presupposes multiple municipalities in larger Kosovo cities,
as is the case in Kosovska Mitrovica, Pristina,
Gnjilane and Pec. Trajkovic said that the decentralization plan
proposes Gracanica as the Serb administrative center of the
Province. Decentralization is also significant for the
return of Serbs to Kosovo, which to us is tantamount to the
survival of our people in this region. Unfortunately, the international
community has not carried out its task in this area in the past
three years. It promised much and did little; therefore, it
is definitely up to the Serbs to resolve this problem independently
and to force the international community to create conditions
for normal life for the Serbs in their centuries-old homes through
their organized return, said Trajkovic. She added that
the Serbs in Kosovo are prepared to meet the demand of the international
community to integrate into the institutions of the Kosovo system
but she emphasized that this cannot be integration into institutions
like the Kosovo Protection Corps, in which there are people
who murdered our people.
Bishop Artemije and
Patriarch Pavle at Gracanica Monastery
|On June 28
Orthodox Serbs celebrate the traditional Feast of Vidovdan (St.
Vitus' Day) and celebrate the memory of St. Prince Lazar and the
Kosovo Battle.This year the traditional Vidovdan Liturgy at Gracanica
Monastery was officiated by His Holiness Patriarch Pavle, Reverend
Bishops Artemije and Atanasije and the visiting clergy. The Serbian
Patriarch arrived yesterday evening to Gracanica under the escort
of Italian KFOR. HRH Crown Prince Alexander II and Princess Katherine
arrived from Belgrade earlier this morning and attended the Holy
Liturgy together with members of the Crown Council and the representatives
of the Povratak (Return) Kosovo Serb Parliamentary Coalition.
After the Divine Liturgy the Patriarch and the clergy served a
traditional commemoration service at Gazimestan, the site where
the Serb Christian Prince was slain in a battle against the Ottoman
Sultan 6 centuries ago (1389). The commemoration service at Gazimestan
was held under a heavy KFOR and police protection and no incidents
were recorded. MORE
The Serb quarter
Ottawa Citizen: 'The most dangerous place on Earth'
Secret guerrilla armies. Neighbours stoning schoolbuses. Two peoples
living in terror and hatred: Three years later, war-ravaged Kosovo
remains a powderkeg.
June 22, 2002
the exception of several thousand Serbian citizens who live in
NATO-protected enclaves, Kosovo remains essentially a lawless
society, completely intolerant of ethnic minorities and one of
the most dangerous places on Earth." James Bisset, the
former Canadian Ambassador to Yugoslavia
housing program also illustrates the vast discrepancy between
the allocation of funds to Albanian Kosovars and other ethnic
minorities. Throughout the Albanian sectors "monster"
homes -- many larger than 7,000 square feet -- are being built.
Along the main roads are dozens of new hotels and service centres,
complete with car washes, supermarkets and cafés. By contrast,
inside the isolated minority enclaves there has been little reconstruction,
and the residents buy their gas from black marketeers who sell
it in plastic bottles from their car trunks."
FACES OF THE SAME TERRORISM
Kosovo - Israel
Feb 17, 2001 - Jerusalem June 20, 2002
February 17 K/Albanian terrorist group blew up a bus with Serb
civilians: 11 persons were killed and nearly 40 wounded. On June
20, Palestinian terrorists blew up a bus in Jerusalem killing
26 people and wounding dozens more. Peace be to their souls -
Vyechnaya Pamyat - Shalom.
years ago we were arming and equipping the worst elements of
the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan - drug traffickers, arms smugglers,
Now we're doing the same thing
with the KLA, which is tied in with every known middle and far
eastern drug cartel. Interpol, Europol, and nearly every European
intelligence and counter-narcotics agency has files open on
drug syndicates that lead right to the KLA, and right to Albanian
gangs in this country."
DEA agent and author Michael Levine
Quoted in the New American Magazine, May 24, 1999
United States of America and the Kosovo Liberation Army stand
for the same human values and principles ... Fighting for the
KLA is fighting for human rights and American values."
Jo. Lieberman, quoted in the 'Washington Post', 28 April 1999
intelligence agents have admitted they helped to train the Kosovo
Liberation Army before NATOs bombing of Yugoslavia".
Walker and Aiden Laverty, CIA Aided Kosovo Guerrilla Army,
Sunday Times, 12 March 2000
Highlights From the Commentary
is overwhelmed by organized crime, corruption and mafia which
are definitely not a result of UNMIK's failure to give the power
to Albanians. In fact, without UNMIK the things would be far
worse. It would be quite absurd to believe that giving more
authority to Kosovan political leaders would stop the organized
crime because it is directly or indirectly sponsored by many
of those leaders themselves."
in which elderly women cannot buy bread in a shop only because
they belong to a different ethnic group and speak a different
language can hardly encourage Serbs to believe in good will
of their K/Albanian neighbors."
claim that Kosovo is "the most pro-American society in
Europe, despite its Muslim background", is puzzling and
even humorous. It is not quite clear whether he meant that a
pro-American sentiment is better demonstrated by following the
American patterns of democracy and freedom or by waving U.S.
flags above gas stations and displaying "Winston"
billboards along bumpy Kosovo roads."