Saturday, September 26, 2009

Clach between Albania and Serbia to the UN General Assemble

Serbia mocked Albania's statements about progress in Kosovo and the return of Serbian families there. To the contrary, the Serbian representative said, the Serbians in the "province of Kosovo" at the most endangered people in Europe, in what has become a crime haven.

President Boris Tadic of Serbia on Friday reiterated Belgrade’s condemnation of the independence bid of its Kosovo province, describing it as “an attempt to impose a 19th-century outcome to a 21st century challenge.”

Albania replied that Serbia's rhetoric was "old fashioned," of the type that led to "the worst war since World War Two." The Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha declared that the Independence of Kosovo is changing the efforts for peace in Balkan Region.

He stressed that the establishment of the independent state of Kosova, although only a small period of time had passed since its declaration of independence, had turned into an important factor of peace and stability in the Balkan peninsula.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Macedonian encyclopedia sparks Balkan ethnic row

REUTERS, BALKAN Thu Sep 24, 2009

"Macedonia to revise controversial encylopedia after row"

Albania, Kosovo complained about bias* Row highlights continued ethnic tensions in BalkansBy Kole CasuleSKOPJE, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Macedonia's leading academic institution said on Thursday it would revise a new encyclopedia after protests by the Balkan country's Albanian minority as well as in neighbouring Kosovo and Albania.

The row has highlighted the still fragile ethnic balance which led to fighting in Macedonia in 2001 and wars during the 1990s elsewhere in the former Yugoslavia.The encyclopedia sparked outrage by saying ethnic Albanians settled the region in 16th century. Albanians say they were present long before Slavic tribes arrived centuries ago.

It also refers to Ali Ahmeti, leader of country's 2001 ethnic Albanian insurgency, as a war crimes suspect. Ahmeti now heads the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, which is a junior partner in the government. The Netherlands-based UN war crimes court has investigated atrocities in the conflict but never implicated Ahmeti.

"While (the encyclopedia) will be partly rewritten, the edition will not be withdrawn," Georgi Stardelov, head of the editorial committee of Macedonia's Academy of Sciences and Arts, said in a statement.The book was first promoted last week as a key national document at an event attended by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

Albanian media quoted Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha as saying the encyclopedia was "absurd and unacceptable" and said he warned Macedonian President Georgi Ivanov that no one can build "identity based on the forgery of history."In Kosovo, which has unresolved border issues with Macedonia, parliament president Jakup Krasniqi said that Skopje was "isolating itself and making enemies.

"Ethnic Albanians account for a quarter of the population in the nation of two million which peacefully seceded from Yugoslavia in 1992.In 2001 ethnic Albanians launched an insurgency which ended after a Western-brokered peace deal disarmed rebels in exchange for broader Albanian rights and their inclusion in the society, something which riles many Macedonians who are Slavs.Some Macedonian academics criticised the book as hastily prepared and politically motivated.

"Any encyclopedia cannot be written under the influence of politicians," said Milan Gjurcinov, an Academy of Arts and Sciences member. "It is a book teeming with politics and that's not good."Gjurcinov warned that a similar dispute between Serb and Croat academics in the 1980s contributed to the rise of nationalism that led to the bloody breakup of former Yugoslavia.

Writing by Aleksandar Vasovic; additional reporting by Benet Koleka in Tirana and Fatos Bytyci in Pristina, editing by Adam Tanner and Dominic Evans)
The new web site of the Northern Epirus News Agency

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tirana, about the collapse history of 1997

The history of education system of Albania for the year of 1997, shows as a rebellion led by Albanian opposite (Socialist Party) , while in fact are killed about 6 thousand people by the "Civil War" after the collapse of pyramidal schemes


Socialist Party has accused the Prime Minister Sali Berisha as author of text history that are learning in Albanian. The period of the year 1997, by historians of Albania Academy shows as a rebellion led by the Socialist Party against Sali Berisha's Democratic state.

Accdording to CNN, the year of 1997 was a "Civil War" in Albania, which was result of the collapse by the pyramid schemes and the main responsibility at that time was Sali Berisha, the president at that time. In the Civil War in Albania, were killed about 6 thousand people, mostly fought against each other between the North (Gegh population near Albanians of Kosovo) and
South (Tosk population near Greek epirots).

Meanwhile, the Albanian press writes today about the reactions for Macedonian Encyclopedia in which Albanians are shown as people come from north (Albanian Gegh tribe) in the 16th century. Apparently the silence of Tirana itself shows that it is involved in this chaos, since geghe from northern Albania since 1991, have occupied lands of southern people.


The biggest cities of the country, Tirana, Durres, Korce, Vlore even to Saranda. The result of "occupation" at the time of modern Albania is clear: 300 thousand houses built on robbery land.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

BIRN Probe Triggers World Bank Reforms

In the January report, Balkan Insight published details of an internal investigation by the Bank’s own Inspection Panel, which accused the Bank's management of using the Albanian coastal zones management project to selectively demolish parts of the village in April 2007, leaving many families homeless. The panel also noted corruption allegations in relation to the project and efforts by World Bank officials to cover up events.

by Besar Likmeta

Demolished house in JaleThe World Bank has instituted a comprehensive review after Balkan Insight lifted the lid on “appalling mistakes” made in a project to protect coastal zones project, in which an Albanian village was demolished

After the investigative report, published on January 31, revealed that the World Bank project, had contributed to the demolition of Jale village, on the country's southern coast, contravening the institution's policies on forced displacement, a Bank-wide review was triggered of projects that involve land use planning.

The review, launched by the Operational Police Country Services Vice-Presidency and the Legal Vice Presidency of the World Bank, involved the identification and examination of safeguard mechanisms for over 130 projects that were either in preparation or under supervision.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

MANU's Encyclopedia causes stir

Macedonian Encyclopedia, presented Thursday at MANU's premises caused a stirr among the Albanian community and the US/UK Embassies. Daily paper Koha writes that the encyclopedia contains numerous "inaccuracies".

Two are mentioned as the most contradictory, the alleged training by U.S. and British specialists of the KLA members in the 2001 conflict, which caused a reaction of the US Embassies and UK Embassies in Skopje, both claiming the information is 'false' and 'ridiculous'.

Lets review this. This alleged training according to several British papers (Sunday Times, The Guardian, etc) did take place and at the time was a widely acknowledged fact in army circles and Balkan media.

Does anyone remember Aracinovo? Flashpoint: Over 200 Albanian terrorists were surrounded by the Macedonian Army. The Albanians laid down their weapons and put their underwear on sticks to give a sign of their surrendering (captured by TV crews). NATO prevented the Macedonian army from entering Aracinovo, went into the village utilizing 12 busses to transport the terrorists (who had previously threathen to bomb the Airport) back to safety in Kosovo (2).
The following day, Deutche Welle claimed there were 19 NATO 'advisors' among the Albanians transported to Kosovo.

According to DW, NATO had panicked that the Macedonian army would capture their commanders/advisors. Later the Macedonian police entered Aracinovo and found numerous sophisticated satellite phones and equipment left behind. Though today Macedonia enjoys terrific relations with the US and the UK, facts shouldn't ashame anyone.

The second "scandal" is the text which tells the story of the Albanians in Macedonia, where they are named as "shiptari" that settled in Macedonia in the 16th century.

The Albanian term for an 'Albanian' is "Shqiptar". I might have missed the "scandal" here.

The Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences stands behind their Encyclopedia saying it is a collective effort of numerous historians, scientists that took years to complete in which all data had been synthesized with facts and arguments that have been checked and re-checked by numerous relevant individuals and organizations. //Gorazd V.

1 United Press International (UPI), 15 September 2001.2 The Guardian, London, 15 September 2001.
Albanian cabinet wants to hold open meetings

The new government intends to hold open cabinet meetings to boost transparency, but needs the votes of the opposition Socialist Party (SP) to adopt such a law, Prime Minister Sali Berisha said on Thursday (September 17th).

Earlier in the day, his government was sworn in. Berisha chaired the first cabinet meeting, where he again urged the SP-led opposition to stop its boycott and return to parliament.

The SP insists the June 28th general election was manipulated and refuses to back down, despite calls from Brussels that such political debate should take place in parliament.