Serbia loses the fight for Kosovo

Serbia loses the fight for Kosovo

There are 16 comments on the Pravda story from Apr 23, 2013, titled Serbia loses the fight for Kosovo. In it, Pravda reports that:

A few days ago an agreement was reached between Belgrade and Pristina on Kosovo.

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“vladika kurcavenda ”

Since: May 08

Winnipeg, Canada

#1 Apr 23, 2013
A few days ago an agreement was reached between Belgrade and Pristina on Kosovo. Western media have called it a historic event. However, in Serbia many saw it as a betrayal of the national interests. While the government is trying to justify the de facto recognition of Kosovo's independence, the opposition strongly condemns this act.

Head of the Democratic Party Vojislav Kostunica has called on his supporters to deploy peaceful struggle with violence against Serbia. Ultimately, the de facto recognition of Kosovo by Serbia may have serious consequences for the entire region.

The agreement on the normalization of the relations was signed by Prime Ministers of Serbia and Kosovo on April 19th. The talks were mediated by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton. Earlier, the Serbian leadership has repeatedly rejected the proposals of the European partners to resolve the Kosovo issue. By early April, when Belgrade once again refused to accept the proposed agreement, it became clear that negotiations were at an impasse.

However, last week, Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic approved the agreement that does not guarantee the political rights and protection for Kosovo Serbs. The authorities have justified their decision by saying that most of the Serbs' requirements were included in the treaty. The procedure for the adoption of the document implies its approval by the parliaments of Serbia and Kosovo and the EU Council. What has prompted Belgrade to change its position on Kosovo?

The reasons for the Serbian authorities to accept this agreement are obvious. Through this act the government expects to accelerate the country's accession to the EU. Belgrade made it clear that short-term economic interests are more important than the national ones. The leader of the Democrats Vojislav Kostunica believes the new agreement to be shameful for Serbia. The authorities agreed to hand over the Serbian people to the mercy of the Albanian separatists and sold the territory of Kosovo in exchange for the date of the EU accession negotiations, said Kostunica.

In Pristina the reached agreement with Belgrade is perceived as a major victory, designed to secure the final recognition of the independence of Kosovo. Prime Minister Hashim Thaci stated that the agreement between the two countries was de jure recognition of Kosovo by Serbia.

However, there are still a number of disputable issues over the status of the region that cause controversy among politicians, diplomats and international law experts. According to some analysts, the rejection of Kosovo from Serbia is a violation of UN Resolution 1244 that reinforces the territorial integrity of the country.

In practice, the new agreement between Belgrade and Pristina infringes upon the rights and freedoms of the Serbian minority of Kosovo. The locals are outraged by the actions of the Serbian government that has agreed to unprecedented concessions to the West. Belgrade is trying to shift the responsibility for the security of Serbs to NATO forces that are not trustworthy. In addition, the Serb communities will now be subject to the laws of the Republic of Kosovo. The document only reinforces the autonomy of Serbs in terms of ​​culture, economics, and municipal sectors. The agreement does not prohibit military units of Kosovo Albanians to invade the Serb enclaves in the region.

Under the reached agreement, elections to Serbian municipalities should take place this year. The elections will also be conducted in accordance with the Kosovo law and under the supervision of the OSCE. Another question is whether the Serbs living in the region would agree to play by someone else's rules. In the near future an Assembly of Northern Kosovo may be formed that in all likelihood will act without regard to the authorities of the country.

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Since: Mar 07

Prishtina, Kosovo

#2 Apr 23, 2013
They can`t fight for something that never belonged to them.
Analysis

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Apr 23, 2013
prishtina wrote:
They can`t fight for something that never belonged to them.
The Serbs have lived in Kosovo for over 12 centuries. You are completely wrong if you think the Serbs never put down ethnic, religious, and economical family roots in the land they lived, died, and later generations were born on. These roots, in themselves, consitute, some type of form of ownership.

“NATO Air - Just Do It”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#4 Apr 23, 2013
NEWS 23 Apr 2013

Serbian Paramilitary Describes Massacre of Kosovo Villagers

A key prosecution witness told the trial of 13 members of the Serbian ‘Jackals’ paramilitary unit how they massacred scores of ethnic Albanian civilians in Kosovo in 1999.

Witness Zoran Raskovic, who was a member of the Jackals during the Kosovo war, gave vivid testimony at Belgrade special court about the brutal murders committed by his unit.

“It was early in the morning when we entered [the Kosovo village of] Ljubenic,” Raskovic told the court.

“It was a regular army action - we entered the village, forced villagers to leave their houses and gather at the centre of the village near the mosque,” he said.

“There were around 60 to 100 villagers gathered. They looked so scared. Like sheep before the slaughter. Then one Albanian stepped out of the group and said:‘Why are you acting like bandits?’

“Then ‘Mrtvi’[‘Dead’, the nickname for the former commander of the unit, Nebojsa Minic] just shot him and said:‘Everyone who tries to offend the Serb police will end up like this,’” Raskovic continued.

After these initial shootings, the mass killings began, he said.

“I just remember seeing three more members [of the unit] shooting randomly at the group of civilians gathered there. I don’t know how long that lasted. But I can still see their bloody bodies. That was a massacre,” Raskovic said.

Thirteen Serb fighters are charged with killing at least 100 Albanians in four Kosovo villages – Ljubenic, Cuska, Pavlan, Zahac ­– in 1999.

According to Raskovic, the leader of the Jackals was Minic, also known as the ‘Commander of Death’, who was a voluntary member of the police unit in the Kosovo town of Pec/Peja.

Minic was arrested in Argentina in 2005 while on the run, but died of AIDS the same year, during the extradition process.

“I remember that later Mrtvi [Minic] was sitting in a local shop with army commander Baltic, who praised him for the action, arguing that was the best military action ever,” said Raskovic.

He said that ethnic Albanian civilians who fled from Ljubenic to Albania, told others along the way what had happened, causing them to also flee from the area around Pec/Peja.

Raskovic also testified that the Jackals were a special unit which was given money and arms by the state, but acted independently of central command.

When asked by a judge to name the people who were shooting the civilians alongside Mrtvi, Raskovic refused.

He argued that he was in danger because the state had not issued him personal identity documents. His previous documents expired while he was in prison for robbery but he had received no response to his request for new papers.

“Unless you provide me with the ID, I won’t name anyone. It is not safe for me,” Raskovic said.

He added that he feels threatened both by defendants and police. At the beginning of the trial, Raskovic was a protected witness, but later decided to reject the protection measures, claiming he had been intimidated by the police’s witness protection unit.

The treatment of witnesses by the protection unit, which is run by Serbia’s interior ministry, has been widely criticised by a number of international institutions, including the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the European Parliament.

The Serbian prosecution alleges that Toplica Miladinovic, Srecko Popovic, Slavisa Kastratovic, Boban Bogicevic, Radoslav Brnovic, Vidoje Koricanin, Veljko Koricanin, Abdulah Sokic, Milojko Nikolic, Sinisa Misic, Zoran Obradovic, Dejan Bulatovic and Ranko Momic were responsible for killing more than 100 ethnic Albanians in the villages of Zahac, Pavlan, Ljubenic and Cuska in Kosovo in 1999.

The aim of the attack, according to the indictment, was to permanently expel the Albanian population from the area.

http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/ex-ja...
Serbonazis

Wilson, NY

#5 Apr 24, 2013
serbian butchers from prior to 1999

Since: Mar 07

Prishtina, Kosovo

#6 Apr 24, 2013
Analysis wrote:
<quoted text>
The Serbs have lived in Kosovo for over 12 centuries. You are completely wrong if you think the Serbs never put down ethnic, religious, and economical family roots in the land they lived, died, and later generations were born on. These roots, in themselves, consitute, some type of form of ownership.
Under no circumstances should you allow a Serbian to die in your country. If that happens, expect that thousands of Serbs appear next day on your doorstep shouting: "THIS IS SERBIA! THIS IS SERBIA!" For some obscure reason Serbs believe that wherever there is a grave of one of them, they have the right to claim the land.
blundunt

Midlothian, IL

#7 Apr 24, 2013
prishtina wrote:
<quoted text>
Under no circumstances should you allow a Serbian to die in your country. If that happens, expect that thousands of Serbs appear next day on your doorstep shouting: "THIS IS SERBIA! THIS IS SERBIA!" For some obscure reason Serbs believe that wherever there is a grave of one of them, they have the right to claim the land.
Let's make Belgrade the capital of the world by having a Serbian person die in every country on earth!

Since: Mar 07

Prishtina, Kosovo

#8 Apr 24, 2013
blundunt wrote:
<quoted text>Let's make Belgrade the capital of the world by having a Serbian person die in every country on earth!
Serbs dream about it day and night lol
melb hrvat

Braybrook, Australia

#10 Apr 25, 2013
serbia losses again whats new ill never forget how serbs were arragont before and during the war serves them right ill be celebrating
melb hrvat

Braybrook, Australia

#11 Apr 25, 2013
serbs say albanians sold organs for money but they sold there so called heart for money typical serbs all bluster and bullshit i hope thats the end of it
melb hrvat

Braybrook, Australia

#12 Apr 25, 2013
good luck to kosova it has an albanian heart forever

Since: Mar 07

Prishtina, Kosovo

#13 Apr 25, 2013
melb hrvat wrote:
good luck to kosova it has an albanian heart forever
Thank you :)
melb hrvat

Ljubljana, Slovenia

#14 Apr 25, 2013
http://www.topix.com/forum/world/serbia/TOI69...
melb hrvat wrote:
serbia losses again whats new ill never forget how serbs were arragont before and during the war serves them right ill be celebrating
teddy

Genova, Italy

#15 Apr 25, 2013
Analysis wrote:
<quoted text>
The Serbs have lived in Kosovo for over 12 centuries. You are completely wrong if you think the Serbs never put down ethnic, religious, and economical family roots in the land they lived, died, and later generations were born on. These roots, in themselves, consitute, some type of form of ownership.
Serbs never been more than 20% of all populaces in Kosovo
agron

Albania

#16 Apr 25, 2013
Serbia loses again? lol!

Since: Mar 07

Prishtina, Kosovo

#17 Apr 25, 2013
agron wrote:
Serbia loses again? lol!
hahah The Neverending Story...

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