Bozhidar Dimitrov: Albanians in Macedonia, Kosovo, and Albania act together towards the realisation of their greatest dream – establishing a Greater Albania10 July 2014 | 16:56 | Focus News Agency
Focus: Mr Dimitrov, how will you comment on the protests in Kosovo’s capital Pristina and Albanian city of Shkodra, during which the Macedonian flag was burnt by the protesters?
Bozhidar Dimitrov: The burning of a national flag during protests clearly means, as far as the language of politics goes, that this country, whose flag is burnt, is considered as an enemy, an arch enemy, and it must be defeated or destroyed. If this had happened within the territory of Macedonia by manifesting ethnic-Albanians, things would have not seemed so bad, as the fact that the flag had been burnt in two neighbouring countries by Albanians. This means that the Albanians from the three countries, in which currently most of the Albanian population in the world is situated, are against one of the countries, in which ethnic-Albanians have been full-right participants in the governance of the country for many years now. What does that mean? This means that Albanians in Macedonia, Kosovo, and Albania are acting together for the realisation of their greatest dream – establishing a united Albanian state (the so-called Greater Albania), or it is just a sign of discontent with the ethic-Albanians in Skopje, who were accused in the brutal and unprovoked murder of five Macedonian fishermen. If you judge by their slogans, at least a part of the Albanians that are protesting, want exactly that. Unfortunately, nearly half of the remaining protesters insist on an Islamic revolution within the very Albanian community. It is a well-known fact that over the past few years a large part of the currently active religious leaders of the Islamic majority in the three countries are from Wahhabi movements from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and other countries with Islamic fundamentalism. The Albanian politicians are not hiding, in informal meetings, their yearning for uniting the territories and countries, which are with predominantly Albanian population, in one big country. Currently motorways are being constructed between Kosovo and Albania, as well as to Western Macedonia, which is predominantly populated with ethnic-Albanians. If these countries, which are not very wealthy, find sufficient amounts for constructing the motorways, they will integrate them in a single transport system. During informal conversations between Albanian politicians, they continuously repeat the same statement, disguising it as a joke, in order to see what the reaction from the Bulgarian side would be. They say, “Let us divide Macedonia, while there is still there to be divided.” If we split the country tomorrow – we will do it along the Vardar River. Over the next 5 years, there will be nothing to divide, because we the border with the Wahhabis will be at Gueshevo in Bulgaria’s border with Macedonia in the Kyustendil region. If the Islamic fundamentalism is transferred on Bulgarian land, this means that there will be a lot of new mosques constructed and separating a part of the Muslims in structures, which are not part of the official Macedonian Grand Mufti. These Wahhabi organisations will gradually take over most of the Albanian community, and even will participate in the Islamic wars in the Middle East with Albanian representatives. It is a well-known fact that the Syrian army discovered many young Albanians from Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia, after its victories against the jihadists in Syria. Now they are in the army, which is trying to establish a new country on the territory of Iraq and Syria, called Islamic Caliphate. This growing trend is obviously an extreme danger for the countries with Islamic population on the Western Balkans, but also for the peace and order in the entire South-Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, Macedonia will probably not be able to do anything about this trend. Its control on western and northern Macedonia, which are areas with 90% ethnic Albanian population, is just on paper. Albanians in this part of Macedonia are calmly doing their thing and the victory of the radical Islam in this area is as good as certain. I have always told my friends in Skopje, who are concerned with politics, that as long as they are fighting verbal battles with Bulgaria and the Bulgarian people, the Albanians will take their country from under their nose. Unfortunately this is exactly what is happening now, but I cannot be glad that my prognoses are becoming real. I wished that the people in Skopje finally got a grip of themselves and would stop challenging Bulgaria and refusing to sign a Good Neighbourly Agreement, and to try and find a reasonable solution to their dispute with Greece (it is a well-known fact that if they have the necessary will, both these issues could be resolved overnight), so that they can join the EU and we can all start living in peace and happiness, because the Islamic fundamentalists cannot be allowed to wave its flag on European soil, which is unfortunately what is happening, while Skopje’s politicians are dealing with Bulgaria.
Focus: Will the continuous conflicts between Albanians and Macedonians affect Macedonia’s EU membership aspirations?
Bozhidar Dimitrov: This could only be an obstacle along Macedonia’s EU path, because the EU has a pre-condition for all its future member states, namely the country to be in the state of internal peace and order, and to have no fundamental problems with its neighbours, and as we can see now, Macedonia fulfils neither of these requirements, which is an extremely worrying and dangerous thing and the EU will bear this in mind. That is why Macedonia has not progressed in its EU membership path, unlike its neighbours like Serbia, which very actively started looking for the pro-EU path.