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KOSOVO DECLARES INDEPENDENCE: BYE, BYE, SERBIA

February 18, 2008
CONGRATULATIONS KOSOVO!


INDEPENDENT AND FREE: BIRTH OF A NEW DEMOCRATIC EUROPEAN STATE

After losing four wars in the Balkans (vs. Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo), Serbia has officially lost Kosovo, which they consider “cradle” of their civilization.

On Sunday, February 17th 2008, the World Map has changed again with a birth of new country when Kosovo’s assembly in Priština unanimously endorsed a unilateral declaration of independence.

The independence of Kosovo marks the end of the dissolution of- what was once – the former Yugoslavia ruled by Belgrade. Kosovo has about 2 million people, 90% of them ethnic Albanian. The vast majority are Muslim, mostly secular and unabashedly pro-Western.

In declaring independence in Parliament, Kosovo’s prime minister, Hashim Thaci (a former leader of the guerrilla force resisting onslaught of Christian terrorists who regard Kosovo as their medieval religious heartland) struck a note of reconciliation. By addressing parliament in both Albanian and Serbian, he pledged to protect the rights of the Serbian minority.

The head of the Serb Orthodox Church in Kosovo, Bishop Artemije, has denounced the Serbian armed forces for doing nothing and called for war.

“Serbia should buy state-of-the-art weapons from Russia and other countries and call on Russia to send volunteers and establish a military presence in Serbia,” he said.

Serbian nationalists and Russian allies angrily denounce the independence move.

Belgrade has angrily reacted with a televised address to the nation by a nationalist Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica lashing against the United States, NATO, and the European Union for supporting Kosovo independence.

Kosovo’s independence represents one of President George W. Bush’s last opportunities to advance his freedom agenda in Europe. Most European governments plan to join the U.S. in granting diplomatic recognition to the new state.

In advance of the declaration, the White House reaffirmed its support of a plan by U.N. envoy Martti Ahtisaari that recommended granting Kosovo internationally supervised independence.

“On Kosovo, our position is that its status must be resolved in order for the Balkans to be stable,” Bush said during his trip to Africa.

“Secondly, we have strongly supported the Ahtisaari plan. Thirdly, we are heartened by the fact that the Kosovo government has clearly proclaimed its willingness and its desire to support Serbian rights in Kosovo. We also believe it’s in Serbia’s interests to be aligned with Europe, and the Serbian people can know that they have a friend in America.”

In April 2007, U.N. envoy Ahtisaari recommended that Kosovo be granted internationally supervised independence. But talks that followed failed to yield an agreement between the ethnic Albanian leadership, which pushed for full statehood, and Serbia, which was willing to offer only autonomy.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in a recorded statement after the independence declaration that the U.S. welcomed Kosovo’s “clear commitment to implementing far-reaching provisions” of Ahtisaari’s plan to protect ethnic minority communities. “The U.S. is now reviewing this and discussing the matter with its European partners.”

He added, “We long believed that the Ahtisaari plan … was the best way to promote regional stability and enable both Serbia and Kosovo to move forward on the Euro-Atlantic path. The United States will remain steadfast in its support for the rights of all ethnic and religious communities in Kosovo.”

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Joseph Biden, welcomed “the independent country of Kosovo into the community of nations” and said it was time “to inaugurate a new era of progress and conciliation in southeast Europe.” Biden, D-Del., said in a statement that Serbia’s future “is with Europe, not against it,” and hoped the U.S. would encourage Serbia “to turn the page on the self-defeating policies of the recent past.”

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, traveling with Bush, said shortly before the Kosovo parliament convened that the U.S. was aware “there are a lot of deep-rooted emotions that go with this. We are sensitive to this.”

Kosovo was administered by the U.N. and NATO since the war ended in 1999. The province is still protected by 16,000 NATO-led peacekeepers.

  1. Taras
    February 19, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Congratulations, Kosovo!

    Too bad Milosevic failed to live through his trial and failed to witness the independence of a people whom he tried to crush.

  2. Nile Gardiner, Ph.D.
    February 23, 2008 at 7:16 am

    It is important that the West remains united in fully supporting Kosovo’s independence from Serbia.
    The Western powers must stand up to any threats from Belgrade and Moscow and support full membership for Kosovo in the United Nations.

    At the same time, firm guarantees must be given by both the European Union and NATO that the Serbian minority will be protected and given full rights in a newly independent Kosovo, as already pledged by Kosovo’s Prime Minister.

    It is especially important that there is no retribution by ethnic Albanians that would encourage increased nationalism in Serbia or even an attempt by Serbs in Republika Srpska to break away from Bosnia.

    More than 90 percent of Kosovo’s 2.1 million residents are ethnic Albanians; Serbs make up a tiny minority.

    There is no realistic alternative to independence for the province, a political reality that both Serbia and Russia must accept.

  3. Patism
    February 23, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    It’s about time.

  4. Anonymous
    February 24, 2008 at 10:40 am

    CONGRATULATIONS KOSOVA
    and VİVA BOSNİA
    SELAM FROM TURKEY

  5. Anonymous
    March 16, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Its illegal …resolution 1244
    and its land theft on the albanians waving the soverien country of albania in foriegn non-albo soil…called kosovo and now making up some fictitious euro flag ..

    i would support the republic of new africa. in the US

    http://www.asetbooks.com/Us/Nationhood/RNA/RepublicOfNewAfrika.html

    and the republic of lakota within the US .

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzz/Lakota_Nation

    and

    Aztlan Nation down in the sw states..

    http://www.aztlan.net

  6. Anonymous
    March 21, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    To the supporteres of this illegal
    “country” u have broken
    all UN laws.
    incl Resol 1244

    Good luck with America helping u
    they are just sending arms –
    NO TROOPS- they can’t
    there are 300,000 sent to
    Afghan/Pakistan/Iraq/Kuwait
    war theaters.

    Americans will NOT want a draft.
    When Srbs hit u with troops
    U people are doomed

  7. Srebrenica Genocide Blog Editor
    March 25, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Serbia has been violating international laws for over a decade and a half. Therefore, Serbia has no right to invoke international laws with respect to Kosovo independence.

    And keep “blowing the wind” with your threats. Serbia lost all wars in the Balkans.

    Grow some balls and accept reality: Kosovo will never be part of Serbia, again.

  8. Anonymous
    May 28, 2008 at 6:25 am

    >> When Srbs hit u with troops U people are doomed

    Coming from a Serb who worships a loser, Perfumed Prince Lazar. Didn’t you lose ALL the wars you started in the 1990’s? Without Russia you are just a bunch of losers. Start one more war and hope that Russia takes you back.

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