- 08 December 2007
- 03 December 2007
Serbia has always maintained that Kosovo should remain under its rule. This, they argue, should happen for several reasons. Among others, they often claim that Kosovo would be better off economically if it remained a part of Serbia. In this short essay I will attempt to explain why this cannot be the case.
To say that Kosovo is better off economically if it remains part of Serbia is based on at least two very flawed assumptions.
Assumption 1: Kosovo’s economic welfare is important to Serbia
This is far from credible, to say the least. Why?
- 01 July 2010
- 25 August 2009
- Author: Levizja Vetëvendosje
The Kosovo Police, including the Special Police units, intervened violently during today’s action, when 21 activists of the Movement were arrested. This police intervention injured the activist Skender Blakaj from Burim, who was sent to the emergency clinic at the hospital, where the police are waiting to arrest him. Activists of the movement, Dardan Molliqaj and Fatmir Haziri were beaten badly by the police on the road to the police station, and inside it. Fatmir Haziri was beaten by police officer number 8062. Activist Kujtim Kosumi was also beaten by police officer 8676, and activist Salih Mehmeti by police officer number 8272. Some activists, including Dardan Molliqaj and Naser Shatri were threatened with personal consequences after their release, with words like, “When you get out, you have to deal with us…” These are the police of Kosova which say they work to protect the rights of the people of Kosova, yet are ready for official and unofficial confrontation to protect the property of a mission which was placed above these police, and clearly and with determination is opening the path to Serbia’s extension inside Kosova.
Serbia accepted UNMIK only when UNMIK did not accept Kosova as a state, but as part of Serbia, through Resolution 1244. EULEX was accepted by Serbia only when it promised that it would come to Kosova with Resolution 1244 and be ‘neutral toward status’, and thus, against the independence of our country. EULEX, by its presence, its mandate and mission, exists in Kosova like UNMIK: in agreement with Serbia. Its existence had to pass through Serbia’s approval. EULEX has Serbia as its partner in cooperation, while Kosova’s institutions are being treated as a submissive tool, to achieve their goals.
The main problem is not that Hashim Thaçi and Fatmir Sejdiu are submissive toward EULEX. The issue is that they are submissive willingly. They profit personally from their submission, which they are doing in the name of Kosova. They have chosen the fulfillment of personal interests through corruption, instead of fulfilling Kosova’s interests, through self-determination. They like this submissive position and they find pleasure in this position.
EULEX is deepening its cooperation with Serbia, at Kosova’s expense. The latest step in this direction is the police Protocol EULEX-Serbia. In this protocol, the Kosova-Serbia border is called the ‘administrative boundary’ and not an international border. This is not even neutrality – this is what Serbia calls our border. Therefore, as EULEX was produced by Serbia, their jeeps, with EULEX registration plates, are in reality black jeeps with the plates 000 BG, which today, we threw upside down. Just as the political system which EULEX is maintaining in Kosova should be turned upside down.
Below are the names of the activists arrested:
Salih Zyba, Ramadan Veliu, Naser Shatri, Frashër Krasniqi, Dardan Molliqaj, Kujtim Kosumi, Salih Mehmeti, Fatmir Haziri, Asdren Peci, Arbër Nuredini, Kasim Uka, Bujar Voca, Rron Gjinovci, Faruk Daka, Skënder Mërtyri, Flamur Arifi, Pajtim Demaj, Lirim Gashi, Fatmir Kurti, Kushtrim Zeqiri, Arbër Vokrri, Skender Blakaj
- 06 May 2009
- By Elizabeth Gowing