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Kosova Amidst Intrigues



  “Kosova amidst Intrigues” brings together a number of analyses and pieces with some of them having already been published in the dailies in Albania, Kosova and the foreign press. This first articles date back to May 2005, the period when the U.S. launched the diplomatic initiative to resolve the final status of Kosova. Following the announcement of the American initiative, I began putting into paper some of my reflections, which aimed at drawing the attention of the Albanian domestic public opinion, the media and political leadership, in particular, about the historical importance of the period that Kosova was going through. The principle message for all Albanians was the call not to miss this historic moment again, as it had happened before in the past. Otherwise, the American and European “train” will not wait for long in the station of the Albanian nation.

Given my personal spiritual links with Kosova, the place where my family comes from, with a sense of the tragedy of forced displacement experienced by my parents, I wrote these article constrained by a moral and intellectual obligation and putting at its service the analytical experience gained while working for law-enforcement and national security agencies. Making use of multiple resources, the book has collected, analyzed and researched a number of facts and developments that cast light on the Serb and Russian intrigues against the independence of Kosova. The BBC World Service in their work of monitoring and translating pieces from the Albanian press has made many of the articles available to a much larger audience.

The analytical pieces, which express the position of the Albanian Center for National Security Studies, do not only produce a picture of the problems, but they also reach convincing conclusions about the progress of the status of Kosova based on multifaceted analyses. The articles take a clear position on matters and are written with the goal of drawing the attention of actors and the public opinion to the issue. Without assuming the role of a politician, they present modest but timely suggestions about the course of action required to succeed against Serb intrigues that negatively affected the future of Kosova and our national security.

Several article attempts to counter old thesis and neutralize the religious and political Serb offensive against the independence of Kosova, an offensive that has tried to convince the world of the alleged Serb historical obligation to protects European Christianity from the threat of Islamic invasion allegedly represented by the Albanians in Kosova. The Serb Church has a long tradition of crossing the boundary line of spiritual matters and interfering in politics. The Church authorities have tried to lure Kosova into the trap of a religious war. They are leading the Serb people away from their European future and toward a dangerous anti-western nationalism, that risks isolating Serbia.

The book is made up of six parts arranged thematically and is published in both English and Albanian. Such a structuring is designed to provide a rationale presentation of the topics, which should make it easier for both domestic and foreign readers. One whole chapter that contains several pieces is devoted to analyzing not only the negative role Russia has played throughout the process of Kosova status talks but also to the role Kosova played in awakening the west to the real nature of Russia’s bogus democracy. Kosova and the Ahtisaari plan represent the proof of the rise, fall and divorce of Russia with the west and of Russia’s return to its policy of permanent tension in relations with other states. Russia’s position on Kosova also warns of its intent to increase its influence in the Balkans. Unless the EU remains united against the Russian pressure, it risks loosing its influence over a region where any crises affects Europe much more than Russia.


Another chapter analyses the connection that exists between the resolution of the Kosova’s status and security in the Balkans. The Balkan countries are now faced with the option of choosing prosperity and integration versus conflicts and intrigues. By throwing their support for the independence of Kosova, the Balkan countries will be choosing security, prosperity and integration for each of their countries. This part of the books attempts to make the point that denying Kosova its independence or partitioning its territory risks bringing the Balkan phenomena to Europe. Denying Kosova its independence or partitioning its territory would provoke Albanians to taking actions and working to achieve a comprehensive solution to their national cause, that is, the creation of a united Albanian National State.


In spite of my personal connection with Kosova, I have made all efforts to maintain my objectivity and keep myself from falling prey to Balkan intrigues. Throughout my book, a dominant theme is the need to ensure the respect for the rights and freedoms of the Serb and other minorities in Kosova, a matter of primary importance for Kosova’s progress towards independence. A plan is recommended to guarantee the minorities the protection they need, a plan that would be acceptable to the international community and which would guarantee the recognition of Kosova as a independent state with full sovereignty over every part of its territory.


The book also plays special attention to analyzing the relations that exists between resolving the status of Kosova and the prosperity of Serbia. The argument is made that Serb politicians are using Kosova as a card to fight their internal power battles. Serbia’s definitive divorce from Kosova would also help it clean up its political scene. It would help Serbia get rid of the political forces and the politicians who have tied their political survival and career with the mythic nationalism and not with the work to improve the welfare of their people and the integration of their country. With Kosova going on its own way, Serbia would also gain its own independence. The creation of the independent state of Kosova would mark a new birth for Serbia also.


As it was to be expected, Kosova gained its independence in accordance with the Ahtisaari plan. A long process remains, however, until the moment when Kosova will achieve its full and complete independence. The new state of Kosova and the Albanians in general will need to remain alert. They will have to face new intrigues as Serbia and Russia will refuse to recognize the independence of Kosova for some time to come.


In this book, the reader will also arguments about many other issues related to the status of Kosova, the security of our nation, of the region and beyond.



                                                                                                                The Author