Sunday, November 22, 2020

North Macedonia must join the bloc, but still….

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A monument depicting the St. Cyril (826-69 AD) and St. Methodius (815-85 AD) during the COVID-19 lockdown. The two saints are credited with evangelizing the Slavic tribes of Eastern Europe and creating the a precursor to the modern Cyrillic script used in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Bulgaria, and North Macedonia.

Basil A. Coronakis By Basil A. Coronakis
Founder of New Europe

The North Macedonian government is in a tight spot with the Albanian minority, which is concentrated in the west and north part of the country and participates in the present Zoran Zaev government. All Albanians of North Macedonia have fixed in their minds the idea of “Greater Albania”, which will include Albania, Kosovo and half of North Macedonia. Whether it will ever work, is a different story.


The hope of joining the bloc is what keeps the small Balkan state alive. If the hope is lost, the country will be split among Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia and Greece, creating new geostrategic equilibria in the Balkan peninsula. However, this is the worst-case scenario as the very existence of the Republic of North Macedonia as an EU member state guarantees stability in an uncharted area with two millennia of turbulent history and unstable borders.

I remember, when the dispute between Athens and Skopje emerged in the eighties, the then-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece, the late Michalis Papakonstantinou, in a rather animated discussion, told me, “can you understand Vassili that if this country did not exist, we should have invented it?”

Michalis had represented Greece in the UN interim agreement signed in New York on September 13, 1995, which provided for the provisional name of “Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, was coming from Macedonia (Kozani) and had a deep historical knowledge of the Balkan history.

The provisional name lasted until June 17, 2018, and the dispute with Greece kept that country in European limbo for 23 years. This was the great mistake of the leaders of North Macedonia who opted for confrontation with EU/NATO member state Greece in times that compromise was the cardinal political value of the bloc. If they had opted for a compromise with Greece, North Macedonia would have joined the EU by January 1, 2007, together with Bulgaria and Romania, if not earlier.

Under what name? It would be irrelevant as long as the people of North Macedonia would have a better, much better, life.

Today, the leaders of North Macedonia are making the same historical mistake dragging once again the country and its people into a confrontation win another EU/NATO Member State, Bulgaria.

The philosopher’s stone of the dispute is the language. In the Prespes Agreement, where the name issue is settled with the commonly accepted name “Republic of North Macedonia”, it also recognized (by the Greeks only) the language and the nationality as “Macedonian” (not as “North Macedonia”). Premeditated or not, this grotesque error will provide any Greek government, present or future, in times of domestic political difficulties to turn the Prespes Agreement into a piece of paper, good only to wrap fish.



The North Macedonian government is in a tight spot with the Albanian minority, which is concentrated in the west and north part of the country and participates in the present Zoran Zaev government. All Albanians of North Macedonia have fixed in their minds the idea of “Greater Albania”, which will include Albania, Kosovo and half of North Macedonia. Whether it will ever work, is a different story.

This is the real problem for North Macedonia and can be resolved only if it joins the bloc together with Albania. Indeed, the French-German border was the theater of war for Western Europe for centuries until both countries joined the EU in 1957. Since then, not a single bullet has been fired across that border, except the bullets of hunters.

The issue of the language, in reality, is not an issue because there is no Macedonian language, as such. When North Macedonia was part of Yugoslavia, the language spoken was Serbo-Croatian. After the split, a local dialect was adopted as the official language which was named “Macedonian”. So far, so good.

Last year, I visited Skopje and Kumanovo accompanied by a Bulgarian colleague, who helped very much with translation as I do not speak Macedonian. On the way back when we stopped in Bitola for a coffee and she started talking with the shop owner about the life there and how they feel now that the door to Europe was opened. There, I understood how many hopes ordinary citizens are investing in the EU Membership.

When we crossed the border to Greece, I said to my associate, “you are with New Europe for some 15 years. Why have you never told us that you speak Macedonian fluently?” and she replied, “because I do not speak Macedonian” and when I asked, “ and what the hell you were speaking for the last three days”, she replied, “Bulgarian”.

Zaev must come down to earth and understand his historic responsibilities. His country, in order to survive as a sovereign country, must join the bloc at any cost or at least keep talking with Brussels from now to eternity if they do not get him in. That will be very difficult because the weather in Europe is becoming tough and Europeans, after the experience of generously brining into the bloc eleven former Communist countries, are not enthused with the idea of even more new former Communists, the more so that their justice systems remain medieval.

This issue cannot be resolved simply by bombarding Europeans with a hailstorm of op-eds from Balkan journalists, nor from Europe’s pro-Enlargement NGOs who are publishing furiously at the moment, and not even by high-minded commentary written for world leaders by those same NGOs.

To this effect, Zaev has only one move left. Go first to Sofia and then to Athens and beg Boyko Borisov and Kyriakos Mitsotakis for “unconditional” help. He may never get into the bloc but at least he will deliver the country to his successor one piece, as he got it.

Madeleine Albright, George Casey and George Tenet Return to SFS to Discuss the Future Role of the U.S. on the Global Stage

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 Tenet; Biden to work across the aisle and reach out to the members of the American public who didn’t vote for him, whose buy-in he must win before enacting major foreign policy changes.

Date Published: November 19, 2020

In November 2019, as part of SFS’s celebrations during the Centennial Gala Weekend, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (P’87, P’94, H’99), 36th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army George Casey (SFS’70) and former CIA Director George Tenet (SFS’76, H’03, P’10) met to discuss the role of U.S. diplomacy.

In the year since, the world has faced a major global health crisis in the COVID-19 pandemic and Joe Biden won a presidential election that continues to be contested by the incumbent. On November 17, 2020, SFS invited Albright, Casey and Tenet back for a virtual event to share their expert insights on the future role of the U.S. in light of these and other foreign and domestic challenges.


The panel discussed how things had changed since they last met and shared their recommendations for future U.S. policy overseas.
Reflecting on a Historic Year

Dean Joel Hellman moderated the discussion, promising that the event would be a “masterclass” in foreign policy. 

He began by asking the panelists how the United States’ international role had changed in the year since the group met. 



Albright believes that the U.S. will have much to do to regain the global standing it has lost during what she characterized as a poor response to the pandemic, which saw the U.S. retreat from many multilateral organizations attempting to combat COVID-19. 

“Things have gotten harder in the last year, our reputation has sunken lower,” she said.

Casey echoed Albright’s sentiments and warned that the United States may never regain its reputation overseas. “We kind of turned inward and I think the world moved on,” he said. 




Tenet expanded his answer to include the past four years of international relations. In addition to the impact of Trump’s foreign policy, he argued that external global trends should inform the way the incoming administration devises its international approach.

“Freedom House reports that there are fewer democracies in the world than there have been at any time in the past 25 years,” he explained. “This is a different world.”

Diplomacy During a Global Pandemic
The conversation turned to the pressing moment of our time: the coronavirus pandemic. Hellman asked his guests what their policy recommendations would be for dealing with the crisis. 

Tenet emphasized the importance of working with allies and recognizing their ability to lead globally on the issue. “[The U.S.] is still the essential country but we have lots of partners who have great capabilities who just want to be our partners again,” he said.


Casey emphasized the need to re-stabilize the relationship between the White House and the national security community.
Casey stressed that the relationship between the national security community and the White House needed to improve to meet the challenge of COVID-19. He argued that Trump’s erratic “Twitter” security strategy alienated national security leaders from important decisions, which jeopardized the country’s ability to effectively respond.

“We have to restore a level of stability,” he remarked. “[In the relationship between the President and the military] we have to move it back to a thoughtful, predictable and private conversation.”

A New White House
The panel then addressed the results of the recent election and offered their recommendations for what the incoming Biden administration should focus on when he takes office. 

Albright signaled her approval of Biden’s foreign policy approach saying, “There couldn’t be a better candidate [than Biden], who has spent his life in foreign policy.” She added that she expects a foreign policy reset with a president “who knows where all the countries are.”

However, she cautioned against completely re-embracing pre-Trump ideas and procedures, arguing that the major challenges of today’s world required a new approach. 


Albright cautioned against returning to the “status quo ante.”
“We’re in a very different period, in terms of technology, the rise of China. One has to be realistic about where the world is today,” she said. “We don’t want the status quo ante.”

In the wake of a close election, Tenet stressed the need for Biden to work across the aisle and reach out to the members of the American public who didn’t vote for him, whose buy-in he must win before enacting major foreign policy changes.

While Tenet described himself as more moderate than Biden, he believes that the President-elect has the ability to gain the trust of this demographic.

“I think President-elect Biden gets that there are 70 million people [who didn’t vote for him] that he can win over by the way he speaks to them,” he said.

Casey warned of the vulnerability that comes with power transitions and said that other countries may seek to take more aggressive action while they believe the United States is looking the other way. 

“It should be a time of increased vigilance because our opponents look at us and see us as preoccupied. It’s a time to keep our powder dry,” he stressed.

A Call for Public Service
The three panelists received an audience question about the importance of diversity in public service. All three were emphatic that making sure that public servants represent the country they serve makes for a better government.

Casey highlighted the impact of diversity by sharing his experience of promoting the first woman to be a four-star General in the United States, General Ann E. Dunwoody. “She had an instantaneous impact because she thought about things differently,” he said. “If you don’t have diversity, you’re never going to succeed.”


Tenet called on young people to consider a career in public service.
Tenet and Albright appealed to talented young people of all backgrounds to pursue a career in public service. 

“To be a public servant and to be around men and women who are dedicated to making our country better and keeping it safe is the highest calling anybody can have,” Tenet said. “And the next generation of talent that comes in — they’re much smarter than we ever were, they have many more experiences than we ever had — will make this a better government.”

Albright said she was optimistic about the future of the U.S. and the world because of the SFS students she teaches. 

She said, “We are depending on the next generation. I think they are an extraordinary group of young people who are living in a very different world than they were expecting to and they are showing flexibility, curiosity and, I think, a sense of community service.”Link

Διαχρονικές φοβίες στην εξωτερική μας πολιτική

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Προβληματισμοί για την ελληνική εξωτερική πολιτική σε έναν κόσμο που αλλάζει.



Νικόλαος Δ. ΚανέλλοςΠρέσβης επί τιμή. Πρώην Πρέσβης της Ελλάδας σε Κόσοβο, Σλοβακία, Βιετνάμ Αζερμπαϊτζάν.

Διαχρονικές φοβίες στην εξωτερική μας


Από το blog αυτό θα αναφέρομαι σε μια σειρά εκκρεμοτήτων, για να το πούμε απαλά, που ελπίζω να προβληματίσουν  την ηγεσία των αρχών μας και να είναι ωφέλιμες στην αναμενόμενη, αργά ή γρήγορα ριζοσπαστικά επαναδιάταξη της εξωτερικής μας πολιτικής.

Δεν αναφέρομαι στη σημερινή συγκυρία της ελληνικής εξωτερικής πολιτικής, ούτε στις ραγδαίες εξελίξεις που παρατηρούνται στην παγκόσμια σκακιέρα.

Πάω πίσω 40 χρόνια και αναρωτιέμαι πότε και πώς, από τότε μέχρι σήμερα,  η ελληνική εξωτερική πολιτική έλυσε ή ώθησε στη λύση του ένα πρόβλημα με τις γειτονικές χώρες σε τέτοιο βαθμό ώστε να ωφελήσει μακροχρόνια την Πατρίδα μας;

Επειδή βέβαια, όπως σε όλα, θα υπάρξει αντίλογος, επισημαίνω, χωρίς να παραθέτω τα ζητήματα ανάλογα με τον βαθμό της σπουδαιότητας τους, αλλά ανάλογα με το πως βλέπω να διαμορφώνονται οι εξελίξεις στο άμεσο μέλλον και οι δυσχέρειες που φουντώνουν για την Ελλάδα.

-  Αρση του εμπόλεμου με την Αλβανία

Το αλβανικό εμπόλεμο, που θέσπισε η αλβανική Βουλή το 1939, δεν καταργήθηκε ούτε από το κομμουνιστικό καθεστώς, ούτε από τις μετέπειτα κυβερνήσεις.

Το ίδιο στην ουσία, mutatis mutandis, θέσπισε και η ελληνική πλευρά λόγω της κήρυξης του πολέμου από την Ιταλία. 

Θυμάμαι πόσες εμμονές είχαμε από το 1988 και μετά σε ένα ζήτημα που δεν «κουνήθηκε» σκόπιμα, ούτε βήμα από τους γείτονές μας. (Σωστή η πολιτική αυτή από την πλευρά τους εννοείται).

Και τα δύο μέρη ουσιαστικά, όμως, θέλουν να απαλλαγούν από το εμπόλεμο.

Με το τέλος του Β΄ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου, το 1947 πραγματοποιείται στο Παρίσι η Διάσκεψη για την Ειρήνη.

Η Ελλάδα στην μέση ενός καταστρεπτικού εμφυλίου πολέμου και ενός εμφυλίου διχασμού που εμφυτεύθηκε και με τη βοήθεια των συμμάχων έθεσε σε δεύτερη μοίρα τα ζητήματα με την Αλβανία και τη  Β. Ηπειρο. Το χειρότερο είναι ότι άφησε το ζήτημα εκκρεμές χωρίς να διεκδικεί τίποτα.

Είναι δυνατόν; Τι ιδέα επικράτησε στους πολιτικούς μας ηγέτες ή καλύτερα τι είδους φοβίες καλλιεργήθηκαν;

Πόσα αλλά θέματα έμειναν εκκρεμή από αυτή τη Διάσκεψη; Η επανένωση των δυο Γερμανιών λύθηκε με τον καιρό και τις διεθνείς ανακατατάξεις. Το θέμα της Βορείου Ηπείρου; Μένει εκκρεμές. Πόσο το εκμεταλλευτήκαμε; Πήραμε κάτι ως διπλωματικό αντάλλαγμα; 

Φοβίες; Πιέσεις; Ιδεολογικες παρορμήσεις; Πολιτικα βραχυπρόθεσμα  οφέλη και μικροπολιτικά συμφέροντα;

Ας το γνωρίζουν κάποιοι, που συνεχίζουν να αγνοούν την δύσκολη πορεία μιας αυτόχθονης εθνικής μας μειονότητας. 

Είναι γνωστό βέβαια οι ερμηνείες περί μονομερούς άρσης του εμπόλεμου χωρίς να ζητηθεί κανένα αντάλλαγμα δεν οδήγησαν σε καμία νομιμοποίηση.

- Ιερά Θεολογική Σχολή της Χάλκης;

Πάσες δεκαετίες πρέπει να περάσουν για μα δοθεί λύση στην εκπαίδευση και επιμόρφωση ιεραρχών κληρικών;

Από το 1971 που παύθηκε η λειτουργία της καμία κυβέρνηση δεν κατάφερε να την επαναλειτουργήσει.

Ποια είναι τα λοιπά φυτώρια και οι λοιπές δεξαμενές σκέψης της Ορθοδοξίας και του Πατριαρχείου;

Ή αλλιώς, που θα βασισθεί η ύπαρξη της όταν το μέλλον ανήκει, όπως δυστυχώς φαίνεται  σε μόνιμες αντιπαραθέσεις  και σε έντονους ανταγωνισμούς;

 

Θα ακολουθήσει σειρά από απόψεις μου και για άλλα ζητήματα της εξωτερικής πολιτικής.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Orthodox believers say goodbye to Patriarch Irinej in the Temple of Saint Sava

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After the commemoration of the late Serbian Patriarch Irinej, the priests read the Holy Gospels over the deathbed, which they will do throughout day and night.

SOURCE: B92 SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2020 | 13:13

Orthodox believers, respecting epidemiological measures, pay their respects to the deceased head of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

In accordance with the recommendations of the Crisis Staff and all epidemiological measures, it will not be possible to kiss the body of the patriarch, and the faithful can only approach a few meters from the deathbed in the center of the temple, since they are separated by screens. The coffin is completely closed, but it is covered with glass in the part of the head and chest.

The body of Patriarch Irinej will be in the crypt of the Temple of Saint Sava until Sunday at 9, when a requiem liturgy will be served.

In the continuation of the Holy Liturgy, a mass will be served and the body of the patriarch will be buried in the crypt of the Temple of Saint Sava.

The Bishop of Bačka Irinej will address the funeral of Patriarch Irinej on Sunday, and the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, will speak on behalf of the state.

The protocol of the funeral envisages that the Serbian member of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik, will also speak.

The patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Irinej, passed away on Friday at 7.07 am from COVID-19 related complications.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Kosovo Guerrilla Chiefs’ Trial ‘Shouldn’t Start until 2022’: Lawyers

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BIRN November 18, 202013:54

Defence lawyers for Kosovo’s ex-president Hashim Thaci and three other Kosovo Liberation Army ex-guerrillas accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity argued that 18 months is needed to prepare for the start of the trial.
This article is also available in: Macedonian Bos/Hrv/Srp


Hashim Thaci (top right), Rexhep Selimi (top left), Jakup Krasniqi (bottom right), and Kadri Veseli (bottom left) in court on Wednesday. Photo: Kosovo Specialist Chambers/Screenshot.

Defence lawyers told a status conference in the case against recently-resigned Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and three other former senior members of Kosovo Liberation Army at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague that the four men’s trial should not start until 2022.

David Hooper, lead counsel for Thaci, said that “I cannot see it taking place until June not of this summer but that after that… in a world without COVID-19”.

Hooper predicted that the pre-trial processes will last around 18 months.

Thaci, the KLA’s wartime political leader, is charged alongside Kadri Veseli, leader of the opposition Democratic Party of Kosovo and a co-founder of the KLA, and two other former KLA guerrillas turned politicians, Jakup Krasniqi and Rexhep Selimi. They have all pleaded not guilty.

Ben Emmerson, lead counsel for Veseli, also said he believes that a minimum of 18 months will be needed for the case to go to trial.

Emmerson said he is disappointed that the prosecution expects the trial will start soon because that means that the defence will not have time to go through the evidence and that the prosecution assumes “the defendants know everything about the allegations against them”.

David Young, lead counsel for Selimi, and Alagendra Venkateswari, lead counsel for Krasniqi, expressed agreement with the other defence lawyers’ suggested timeline.

All four defendants are charged with a series of war crimes and crimes against humanity including illegal detentions, torture, murder, enforced disappearances and persecution from at least March 1998 to September 1999.

The indictment alleges that they were part of a “joint criminal enterprise” that aimed to take control over Kosovo “by means including unlawfully intimidating, mistreating, committing violence against, and removing those deemed to be opponents”.

Most of the crimes in the indictment were committed at KLA detention centres in Kosovo and Albania.

Emmerson argued however that only “some individual crimes were committed by individual members of the KLA… They are not justifiable but they were minimal compared to the crimes committed” against Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian population by Slobodan Milosevic’s troops and police.

“No joint criminal enterprise existed and no responsibility on crimes of individuals as the prosecution claims… the only joint enterprise was one to defend civilian population against crimes committed” by Serbian forces, Emmerson insisted.

The Kosovo Specialist Chambers were set up to try crimes allegedly committed during and just after the Kosovo war from 1998 to 2000. They are part of Kosovo’s judicial system but located in the Netherlands and staffed by internationals.

They were set up under pressure from Kosovo’s Western allies, who feared that Kosovo’s justice system was not robust enough to try KLA cases and protect witnesses from interference.

The so-called ‘special court’ is widely resented by Kosovo Albanians who see it as an insult to the KLA’s war for liberation from Serbian rule.

Billboard Supporting KLA Vandalized in Kosovo

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A billboard with the message “Freedom Has a Name” supporting the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) members indicted by the Hague- based Specialist Chambers on war crimes, placed close to a Serb- majority municipality was damaged on Tuesday morning.

“Police units immediately went at the location and based on the first information it is suspected that the damage happened in the early hours of this morning,” the spokesperson of Kosovo Police for Prishtina region, Agron Borovci told Exit News.

He stated that an investigation on the circumstances and the identification of persons who may have been involved is currently initiated.

The billboard was placed in Kishnica village, inhabited by an Albanian majority, but is part of the territory of Gracanica, which is one of the ten Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo.

Gracanica’s mayor, Srdjan Popovic from the biggest Kosovo Serb party, the Serbian List, demanded the removal of the billboard on Monday.

“If this does not happen, we will ask a reaction from the embassies and the International Community, so that they use their authority and credibility they have in order to remove the content from the billboard,” a post of the Serbian List quotes Popovic.

“Liria ka Emer, UCK” [Freedom has a Name, KLA] started as a campaign following the confirmation of an indictment on war crimes against four senior figures of KLA, Hashim Thaci, Kadri Veseli, Jakup Krasniqi and Rexhep Selimi by the Specialist Chambers in The Hague.

“Freedom has a Name is an initiative of a goodwill group to start a debate on the new history of Kosovo and the need for a comprehensive collective memory in the path of a collective pride in the future,” reads the Facebook page of the initiative.

North Macedonia angry: "This is the biggest defeat of the EU"

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Prime Minister Zoran Zaev considers Bulgaria's refusal to approve the framework for negotiations for North Macedonia the biggest defeat for the EU, MIA reported

SOURCE: TANJUG WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020 | 09:39

In an interview with TV21, Zaev said that North Macedonia showed that it represents European values by signing the Agreement on Friendship with Bulgaria and the Prespa Agreement with Greece, and pointed out that Europe did not responded with the same measure, when it was its turn.

The prime minister said options were still possible that would allow an intergovernmental conference to be held in December.

The government, the Assembly and the Macedonian people should continue to nurture the spirit of building friendly relations, dialogue and debate, and to avoid conflicts, Zaev pointed out.

He said that it was very difficult for him to accept Bulgaria's veto, and added that he was convinced that this was not what the Bulgarian people and Prime Minister Boyko Borisov wanted.

Zaev believes that such steps were taken before the elections in Bulgaria and that the country should be given another chance because there are still other options.

The two countries will continue to search for a solution in the spirit of respect and friendship, the Prime Minister of North Macedonia pointed out.

He reiterated that a solution could be found by the end of December while Germany holds the EU presidency.

There is no other alternative but to join the EU, Zaev emphasized and added that the country will continue to follow that path.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Και επισήμως βέτο της Βουλγαρίας: Στοπ σε ενταξιακές διαπραγματεύσεις ΕΕ με Σκόπια

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File photo: Η Εκατερίνα Ζαχαρίεβα, υπουργός Εξωτερικών της Βουλγαρία, κατά την επίσκεψή της στην Αθήνα τον περασμένο Ιούλιο. ΑΠΕ – ΜΠΕ/ΓΡΑΦΕΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ ΠΡΩΘΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ/ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΠΑΠΑΜΗΤΣΟΣ

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Χατζηδάκης: Ο αγωγός ΤΑP ορόσημο για ενεργειακή ασφάλεια Ελλάδας και Νοτιοανατολικής Ευρώπης
Η Βουλγαρία αρνήθηκε να εγκρίνει το διαπραγματευτικό πλαίσιο της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης για τη Βόρεια Μακεδονία, μπλοκάροντας επί της ουσίας την επίσημη έναρξη των ενταξιακών διαπραγματεύσεων της χώρας αυτής, ανακοίνωσε το υπουργείο Εξωτερικών.

Η Εκατερίνα Ζαχαρίεβα, υπουργός Εξωτερικών της Βουλγαρίας,  δήλωσε ότι η Σόφια δεν μπορεί προς το παρόν να στηρίξει την έναρξη των διαπραγματεύσεων μεταξύ των «27» και των Σκοπίων, λόγω των ανοιχτών γλωσσικών και ιστορικών διαφορών μεταξύ της Βόρειας Μακεδονίας και της Βουλγαρίας.

«Σε αυτό το στάδιο η Βουλγαρία δεν μπορεί να στηρίξει το προσχέδιο του διαπραγματευτικού πλαισίου με τη Δημοκρατία της Βόρειας Μακεδονίας και τη διεξαγωγή της πρώτης Διακυβερνητικής Διάσκεψης», είπε η υπουργός μετά τη λήξη του σημερινού Συμβουλίου Γενικών Υποθέσεων.
Οι χώρες της ΕΕ συμφώνησαν τον Μάρτιο ότι η Βόρεια Μακεδονία και η Αλβανία μπορούν να ξεκινήσουν διαπραγματεύσεις για να ενταχθούν στην Ένωση. Η επίσημη έναρξη αυτών των ενταξιακών διαπραγματεύσεων με τις δύο βαλκανικές χώρες επρόκειτο να γίνει τον Δεκέμβριο.

Η Ζαχαρίεβα είπε ότι η Βουλγαρία ενέκρινε το διαπραγματευτικό πλαίσιο για την Αλβανία.

Με πληροφορίες από Reuters μέσω ΑΠΕ – ΜΠΕ

Friday, November 13, 2020

Vucic calls Kosovo with war as in Nagorno-Karabakh,

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Serbian President Vucic has convened the High Council of National Security of Serbia, to conclude in some very important decisions, the progress of talks with Kosovo, but it seems that Serbia is taking measures for an outbreak of ethnic violence in Kosovo, for which has also informed the Serbian people, stating that Serbia is ready to intervene with troops in Kosovo.

The dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia is in an insecure and unclear situation. Kosovar institutions indicate that the dialogue is inactive and that no meeting is foreseen, while the statements received from the European Union claim that the dialogue is ongoing but at the level of experts. Meanwhile, a statement issued yesterday by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has stirred the waters. The President of Serbia warned yesterday that if a compromise is not reached with Kosovo through EU-mediated talks, then the "frozen" conflict may be "thawed" in the future, indicating the type of conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. 

Vucic has vowed that whatever happens with the talks in Brussels, Belgrade will continue to strengthen itself economically and militarily to defend the country at all times from any possible aggressor. "For me, it is important to tell you that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict showed how a frozen conflict can escalate into a real catastrophe. One reason is that we should not leave our children in a frozen conflict. "Compromise does not mean that we will achieve it, we need two sides," Vucic said. As the Serbian president further states, the world, apart from statements, is not ready to react and whatever happens, you must ultimately rely on your own strength. 

"That is why Serbia will continue to strengthen economically and militarily," Vucic was quoted as saying by foreign media. it is important to tell you that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict showed how a frozen conflict could escalate into a real catastrophe. One reason is that we should not leave our children in a frozen conflict. "Compromise does not mean that we will achieve it, it takes two sides," Vucic said. As the Serbian president further states, the world, apart from statements, is not ready to react and whatever happens, you must ultimately rely on your own strength.

 "That is why Serbia will continue to strengthen economically and militarily," Vucic was quoted as saying by foreign media. it is important to tell you that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict showed how a frozen conflict could escalate into a real catastrophe. One reason is that we should not leave our children with a frozen conflict. "Compromise does not mean that we will achieve it, it takes two sides," Vucic said. As the Serbian president further states, the world, apart from statements, is not ready to react and whatever happens, you must ultimately rely on your own strength. "That is why Serbia will continue to strengthen economically and militarily," Vucic was quoted as saying by foreign media. says Vucic. 

As the Serbian president further states, the world, apart from statements, is not ready to react and whatever happens, you must ultimately rely on your own strength. "That is why Serbia will continue to strengthen economically and militarily," Vucic was quoted as saying by foreign media. says Vucic. As the Serbian president further states, the world, apart from statements, is not ready to react and whatever happens, you must ultimately rely on your own strength. "That is why Serbia will continue to strengthen economically and militarily," Vucic was quoted as saying by foreign media.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Αλβανία: Νέα Αμνηστία σε όσους έκλεψαν όπλα από τις στρατιωτικές αποθήκες

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Αλβανοί με όπλα που έκλεψαν από το στρατόπεδο 'Pasaliman' το 1997

Νοέμβριος 11, 2020. News

Τίρανα.

Περίπου 325 χιλιάδες όπλα βρίσκονται ακόμη στα χέρια των Αλβανών πολιτών, από το πλιάτσικο που έγινε το 1997 στις στρατιωτικές αποθήκες της χώρας, αυτό αναφέρει σχετικό τοπικό δημοσίευμα.

Στη διάρκεια αυτών των 23 ετών έχουν γίνει άλλες τρεις δράσεις για αμνηστία σε πολίτες που έκλεψαν στρατιωτικά όπλα, προκειμένου να τα παραδώσουν στο αλβανικό κράτος. Τώρα είναι η τέταρτη, καθώς η κυβέρνηση και η Συνέλευση θα εγκρίνουν αμνηστία για άλλη μια φορά για την εθελοντική παράδοση των κλεμμένων όπλων και πυρομαχικών.



«Στην Αλβανία, θα δρομολογηθεί εθνική δράση για τον εντοπισμό και τη συλλογή όπλων, πυρομαχικών και εκρηκτικών υλών, που λεηλατήθηκαν από αποθήκες κατά τη διάρκεια των ταραχών το 1997, καταλήγοντας στα χέρια του άμαχου πληθυσμού, ιδίως εγκληματικών ομάδων και ατόμων με υψηλό κοινωνικό κίνδυνο. Η Κυβέρνηση και η Συνέλευση αναμένεται να υιοθετήσουν αμνηστία για παράνομη κατοχή όπλων, να ενθαρρύνουν τους Αλβανούς να παραδώσουν εθελοντικά όπλα και πυρομαχικά, χωρίς να τους επιβάλουν ποινική ευθύνη. Η αμνηστία μπορεί να διαρκέσει από 6 μήνες έως δύο χρόνια», όπως σημειώνει η αλβανική Σκιπτάρια.



Η πρόταση διατυπώθηκε σήμερα από τον βουλευτή του Σοσιαλιστικού Κόμματος, Τζεμάλ Κιεφάλια, στην Επιτροπή Εθνικής Ασφάλειας, κατά τη διάρκεια της συνάντησης όπου εξετάστηκε μια νομική πρωτοβουλία για ορισμένες αλλαγές του νόμου περί όπλων του 2014.

 «... ώστε να υποβληθεί μια προσθήκη ή τροποποίηση (του υπάρχοντος νόμου) για να ξεκινήσει μια άλλη αμνηστία για την εθελοντική παράδοση όπλων, σε συνεργασία με τις τοπικές αρχές», είπε ο Κιεφάλια. 





 Φωτό από τις αναταραχές του '97 στην Αλβανία


Η πρόταση χαιρετίστηκε από τον Αναπληρωτή Υπουργό Εσωτερικών, Μπέσφορτ Λαμαλάρι, ο οποίος είπε ότι αυτές οι εκστρατείες είχαν επιτυχία στο παρελθόν.

Εάν εγκριθεί, αυτή θα είναι η τέταρτη αμνηστία για τη συλλογή όπλων στην Αλβανία. Η τελευταία αμνηστία είχε διάρκεια 4 μήνες το 2017, όπου συλλέχθηκαν 1604 πυροβόλα όπλα διαφόρων τύπων και χιλιάδες πυρομαχικά.

 Σήμερα στα χέρια των Αλβανών υπάρχουν 325 χιλιάδες όπλα παράνομα.

 Το 1997, κλέφθηκαν 549.775 όπλα, 839.310.038 πυρομαχικά και 16.000.000 εκρηκτικά.

 Κατά την περίοδο Μαρτίου-Ιουνίου του ‘97, συλλέχθηκαν 222.918 όπλα, 118.134.222 πυρομαχικά και 1.539.828 εκρηκτικά.

Θετικός στον κορονοϊό ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αναστάσιος – Μεταφέρεται με C-130 στην Αθήνα

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Γιώργος Μύτιλης 11 Νοεμβρίου, 2020






Θετικός στον κορωνοϊό διαγνώστηκε ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αλβανίας, Αναστάσιος.

Αεροσκάφος C 130 της ελληνικής πολεμικής αεροπορίας κατευθύνεται στα Τίρανα, σύμφωνα με αποκλειστικές πληροφορίες του ΑΠE-ΜΠΕ, προκειμένου να τον μεταφέρει για νοσηλεία στην Αθήνα.

Ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος υπεβλήθη σε σχετικά τεστ σε ιατρικό κέντρο των Τιράνων τα οποία έδειξαν ότι έχει προσβληθεί από κορωνοϊό.

Αν και τα συμπτώματα εμφανίζονται σε ελαφρά μορφή, οι γιατροί στα Τίρανα έκριναν αναγκαία τη μεταφορά και νοσηλεία του σε εξειδικευμένη κλινική στην Ελλάδα, δεδομένου του προχωρημένου της ηλικίας του αλλά και κάποιων χρόνιων προβλημάτων υγείας.

Ο πρωθυπουργός Κυριάκος Μητσοτάκης ενημερώθηκε για το θέμα και έδωσε την συγκατάθεσή του για την μετάβαση του εξοπλισμένου με ειδική μονάδα C 130 στα Τίρανα προκειμένου να γίνει η μεταφορά του ιεράρχη.

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Is it end of an era in Kosovo?

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Country facing a period of uncertainty as president resigns following court’s approval of war crimes indictment

Dzihat Aliju   |
07.11.2020
ANALYSIS - Is it end of an era in Kosovo?

     




The question of whether the members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK), which played a big role in the independence of the country, are being purged from their administrative seats following the resignation of President Hashim Thaci upon the approval of the war crimes indictment prepared by the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor's Office by the court in The Hague, is left unanswered.

The spiral of events began with the court’s invitation for Kosovo's former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj to testify as a "suspect" in 2019, shortly after which Haradinaj stepped down from his post. Since the beginning of 2019, the court also invited tens of members of now defunct UCK to The Hague to testify by filing indictments against them. With the approval of Thaci’s indictment as well, many state officials -- especially those at the highest level -- were “cleared” by the court.

Thaci’s term of office was set to end in April 2021 as he took office in April 2016. He had the constitutional right of getting elected for another final term of five years.

Thaci being one of the founders and senior commanders of the UCK as well, the most striking aspect of his statement was that he made the decision to resign while "respecting our partnership with the international community." He said: "I resign from the position of the President of the Republic of Kosovo, protecting the integrity of the Kosovo Presidency, the integrity of the Kosovo state, the integrity and dignity of the people of Kosovo, also while respecting our partnership with the international community."

It was also remarkable that Thaci described the trials accepted by the Kosovo Specialist Chambers for the names who have risen to the highest ranks of the youngest nation in Europe in the last 10 years and led the UCK through its fight for independence as “a small price that had to be paid for the freedom and building of Kosovo.”

Signaling that he is ready to make the necessary sacrifices, Thaci handed over his position to Speaker of the Parliament Vjosa Osmani in accordance with the constitution. If cleared before the end of his term, Thaci will be able to reclaim his position, and also get to run for president once more, as the constitution allows it.

Following his resignation on Thursday, Thaci was rushed to The Hague, where the trial will be held, alongside former Speakers of the Parliament Kadri Veseli and Jakup Krasniqi and Recep Selimi, his comrade from the UCK. A statement by the Kosovo Specialist Prosecutor’s Office said that these high-level names were placed in a detention center in The Hague.

In September, Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic signed the “Kosovo and Serbia economic normalization agreements” at a ceremony attended by US President Donald Trump. The normalization of Israel-Kosovo relations, which were among the articles of the agreement, was suddenly on the world agenda. Considering the potential changes that might take place due to the presidential elections in the US, there are many questions on the future of this agreement still seeking answers.

The most profitable recent political formation: The Democratic League of Kosovo

The Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) led by Isa Mustafa, a former Kosovar president, ended up being the most profitable political formation in light of all these developments. Mustafa’s re-seizing all of the important positions in the country following his fall from the government in 2017 via the vote of confidence with the support of Hashim Thaci's party, the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), is another highlight of the tough “game of thrones” that Kosovo is witnessing.

Following the fall of the government in 2017, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj resigned due to the "indictment" within as few as two years. The leader of LDK, which was the second most voted party in the early general elections held in November 2019, could still not become the prime minister while ending up being in the government. Levizja Vetevendosje (Self Determination Movement) leader Albin Kurti became the prime minister, while Vjosa Osmani from the LDK became the speaker of the parliament.

However, the term of office of this government was also very short. The LDK, which saw Kurti and the Self Determination Movement as an obstacle to the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo, dropped the government of which it was a partner via vote of confidence in the parliament, while Avdullah Hoti from the LDK was given the task of re-establishing the government. It is a key concern what kind of a strategy the LDK, which -- albeit by proxy -- holds the presidency, the parliament and the prime ministry will follow in the future with these latest developments.

Is it a new president or another early election?

According to the Constitution of Kosovo, the presidential elections are expected to be held within 30 days following the end of the current president’s term. Considering that Speaker of the Parliament Osmani, who took office by proxy, can stay in her seat for a maximum of 6 months according to the Constitution, it is highly likely that the elections will be held in February or March 2021.

The president is elected in the parliament via the votes of the deputies. Any citizen who can get more than 30 deputies’ signatures can be a candidate and the candidate who receives two-thirds of the votes in the 120-seat parliament is elected as the president. In a case where none of the candidates could collect two-thirds of the votes in the first two rounds, there is a third round between the two candidates who have collected the most votes in the previous rounds, which ends with the most voted candidate becoming the president.

The distribution of the political parties within the parliament is another topic that needs attention. None of the parties are capable of winning the presidential seat on their own currently. The Self Determination Movement who has 29 deputies will be able to nominate a candidate only if it can convince the Serb List, a minority party with 10 deputies or other 10 deputies that represent minority groups in the country to support them. Political experts and columnists are stating that Kurti, who was dismissed as prime minister, can therefore rise to “power” through another path.

In case of the president not being elected, even after the third round, Kosovo will have to have its third early election and elect its fifth president within the last three years, which is dangerous. According to the Constitution, if no candidates are elected after the third round, the parliament is dismissed, and the country goes to an early election within the next 45 days.

It was also remarkable that Thaci described the trials accepted by the Kosovo Specialist Chambers for the names who have risen to the highest ranks of the youngest nation in Europe in the last 10 years and led the UCK through its fight for independence as “a small price that had to be paid for the freedom and building of Kosovo. Signaling that he is ready to make the necessary sacrifices, Thaci handed over his position to Speaker of the Parliament Vjosa Osmani in accordance with the constitution. If cleared before the end of his term, Thaci will be able to reclaim his position, and also get to run for president once more, as the constitution allows it.

Will Kosovo-Serbia dialogue be suspended once again?

The dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, which was suspended due to many reasons in the previous years, runs the risk of being suspended again due to these possibilities. It is a matter of concern how this dialogue process will be carried out in this political turmoil, as it has been frequently interrupted under the mediation of the EU since 2011.

On the other hand, Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic signed the “Kosovo and Serbia economic normalization agreements" in September at a ceremony attended by US President Donald Trump. The normalization of Israel-Kosovo relations, which were among the articles of the agreement, was suddenly on the world agenda. Considering the potential changes that might take place due to the presidential elections in the US, there are many questions on the future of this agreement still seeking answers.

None of the Serbian high-level officials who have committed genocide in the Balkans after the collapse of the former Yugoslavia and had a role in the massacres in Kosovo being punished or taken to court is another intriguing situation in Kosovo.

The people of Kosovo, who survived great difficulties and troubles in the Kosovo war in 1998-1999 (which could be described as a disaster for them), could not enjoy their independence in 2008 which came 10 years after this period. These people have experienced early general elections in the last 12 years since the independence and faced various obstacles in their process of state building, especially with the international "embargo" and they want nothing but peace as the novel coronavirus pandemic strikes the world with the second wave. It seems that a "fiery" winter awaits Kosovo which is still seeking visa liberation from EU member states despite meeting the necessary conditions.

*Opinions expressed in this article are the authors' own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Anadolu Agency.

**Translated by Can Atalay in Ankara

Εάν η Σερβία, θα είχαι AOZ με το Κοσσυφοπέδιο?

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                                                                      Οι Σέρβοι διαμαρτύρονται στη Μιτρόβιτσα


Σταυρη  Μάρκο 
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Φυσικά, το Βελιγράδι δεν παραιτήθηκε από το Κοσσυφοπέδιο, ακόμη και μετά την Αεροπορική Εκστρατεία του ΝΑΤΟ το 1999, αλλά, αντιθέτως, κατάφερε, μέσα σε δύο δεκαετίες, να δημιουργήσει ένα αντίθετο γεωπολιτικό κλίμα, για να προστατεύσει τους Σέρβους στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο. 

Εν τω μεταξύ, οι Έλληνες της Βόρειας Ηπείρου υφίστανται την ανευθυνότητα των αντιεθνικών πολιτικών της Αθήνας, ανεχόμενοι στο μέγιστο τον Εθνοκαθαρισμό που συμβαίνει στη Χιμάρα και σε όλη τη Βόρεια Ήπειρο, κάτι που οφείλεται στο AOZ με την Αλβανία, (κάτι που δεν αποτελεί δικαιολογία) , για την προστασία και επίτευξη μιας όσο το δυνατόν πλησιέστερης κατάστασης στους Σέρβους του Κοσσυφοπεδίου μέσω της ΕΕ, της Ένωσης Σερβικών Δήμων στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο

Το ζήτημα της Βόρειας Ηπείρου, ένα γεωπολιτικό προηγούμενο που θα έπρεπε να είχε επιλυθεί από την Ελλάδα (μέλος του ΝΑΤΟ και της ΕΕ), αμέσως μετά την πτώση της δικτατορίας στην Αλβανία μετά το 1991, αλλά αυτό δεν συμβαίνει ακόμη και τώρα που βρισκόμαστε στο τέλος του 2020.

Ενάντια στα στρατηγικά εθνικά συμφέροντα της Αθήνας, οι Έλληνες πολιτικοί που έχουν κυριαρχήσει κατά τη διάρκεια αυτών των ετών, προτίμησαν να παραμείνουν σιωπηλοί, ή τελικά, να παραδώσουν τη Βόρεια Ήπειρο στην Αλβανία, προκειμένου να «διαχειρίζονται» τις ενοποιητικές πολιτικές της ΕΕ. Αυτό θα ήταν πολύ υπερεκτιμημένο, αρκεί η ΕΕ να γίνει μια κοινότητα διεθνών συμφερόντων και να προωθήσει τη συμπερίληψη των Νοτιοδυτικών Βαλκανίων στην ευρωπαϊκή οικογένεια, "Όπως είναι" λόγω φόβων για τη Ρωσία, την Τουρκία ή την Κίνα.

Ας μην ξεχνάμε, έχουμε μια Σερβία, η οποία προστατεύει τα συμφέροντα των Σέρβων στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο, σε εθνικό επίπεδο, μια ενιαία πολιτική δύο δεκαετιών, η οποία σε σύγκριση με την Ελλάδα, πρώιμο μέλος του ΝΑΤΟ και της ΕΕ, άφησε τη μοίρα της στα χέρια της Βόρειας Ηπείρου, της Αλβανίας στην ΕΕ, για το μοναδικό γεγονός ότι η Ελλάδα έχει το πρωταρχικό της συμφέρον αυτές τις δεκαετίες, όπως και η AOZ, λέγοντας ανοιχτά στα Τίρανα: "Τι κάνεις, δώσε μας το AOZ για να πάρεις τη Βόρεια Ήπειρο" ..... μια αποτυχημένη εθνικιστική πολιτική της Ελλάδας.


                                              Κατασκευές αλβανικής μαφίας στην περιοχή Χειμάρρας 

Εν τω μεταξύ, σε αυτές τις δύο δεκαετίες, η Σερβία, η οποία καταστράφηκε από τον πόλεμο του Κοσσυφοπεδίου, βγήκε ισχυρότερη από την Ελλάδα πριν από δύο δεκαετίες, ήταν ο πυλώνας του οικονομικού σχεδίου του Σιμίτη για τα Βαλκάνια (Ξεχάσαμε 15 δισεκατομμύρια ευρώ, το οποίο θα έκανε την Ελλάδα ηγέτη οικονομική, και αντ 'αυτού, η Τουρκία αντικαταστάθηκε). Η Σερβία βγήκε ισχυρότερη, τόσο πολύ που επηρέασε τους Σέρβους να παραμείνουν ισχυροί στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο, εκφυλίζοντας παράλληλα μια προπαγάνδα εναντίον του KLA και των ηγετών του στη Χάγη και μετατρέποντας την εικόνα του Κοσσυφοπεδίου υπέρ του. Η Σερβία, χωρίς να έχει ΑΟΖ με το Κοσσυφοπέδιο, αλλά με εθνικό δίκτυο, κατάφερε να μπλοκάρει την αναγνώριση της ανεξαρτησίας του Κοσσυφοπεδίου, ενεργοποίησε το λόμπι της στις ΗΠΑ και επιρροές στο Στέιτ Ντιπάρτμεντ, για να υποστηρίξει τις πολιτικές της στα Βαλκάνια, τη Βοσνία και το Κοσσυφοπέδιο και πέτυχε. .

Από την άλλη πλευρά στο Νότο, Αθήνα ,,, δεν υπάρχει ειρήνη. Η Αλβανία, όπως πάντα, χλευάζει την Ελλάδα, καταλαμβάνει την ελληνική επικράτεια, φέρνει χιλιάδες Αλβανούς κάθε χρόνο, και πλήττει όλο και περισσότερο τη βόρεια Ήπειρο, επειδή επιδιώκει την AOZ, άλλοι, εθνικά συμφέροντα, έχει παραδοθεί. Ποτέ και σε καμία περίπτωση δεν έχει δει συγκεκριμένα στην Αθήνα, γιατί η κατάσταση AOZ θα εμποδίσει την ανάπτυξη της ελληνικής αυτοδιάθεσης στην επικράτειά τους στη Βόρεια Ήπειρο; Ποτέ. Λοιπόν, πώς είναι δυνατόν οι εθνικές πολιτικές να διαχωριστούν από την Αθήνα, εκτός από το AOZ και μόνο τη Βόρεια Ήπειρο; Δεν βλέπετε τι κάνει η Σερβία στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο, που για λίγο η Αθήνα ήθελε να αναγνωρίσει την Ανεξαρτησία, αλλά για τα συμφέροντά της AOZ με την Αλβανία;

Όμως η Σερβία πέτυχε μια ισχυρή νίκη στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο, επειδή δεν υπάρχει ΑΟΖ, δεν άφησε ποτέ τους Σέρβους να εγκαταλείπονται, με δυσκολίες, με συντάξεις και ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια, πέτυχε τον στόχο της, η Σερβία έχει κρατήσει καρφωμένο την αγάπη των Σέρβων στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο, ενώ η Ελλάδα , διαίρεσε για δεύτερη φορά τους Έλληνες της Βόρειας Ηπείρου, έκλεισε τα σύνορά τους, αφαίρεσε τις συντάξεις τους, περιόρισε τη χορήγηση υπηκοότητας και ανέχεται τα Τίρανα να πραγματοποιήσουν Εθνοκάθαρση στη Χιμάρα ....

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Vjosa Osmani suggests ending the dialogue with Serbia

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Acting President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani requested that the dialogue with Serbia be terminated due to the latest developments regarding the trials for war crimes

SOURCE: BETA TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2020 | 13:17

In an interview with Deutsche Welle, she assessed that it was not the time to continue the dialogue with Serbia, at a time when the Special Court is accusing the president and party leaders of war crimes.

"I think that due to the current events, now is not the time to continue the dialogue immediately. Kosovo institutions should take some time, consult with each other, create a much more unified position on dialogue, because it is necessary that everyone who negotiates on behalf of Kosovo presents a more unified stance of the political spectrum than just the coalition it represents", Osmani said.

She said she would contribute to this issue by talking to everyone about Kosovo's attitudes towards dialogue.

The President of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, also requested the termination of the dialogue on the day when the indictment against Hashim Thaci, Kadri Veseli, Jakup Krasniqi and Rexhep Selimi was confirmed.

Haradinaj's position was also stated by the Minister of Justice at the session of the Government of Kosovo last week, but he was rejected by the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Avdullah Hoti.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Russian Mi-24 Helicopter Crashes Near Armenian Village

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16:31 GMT 09.11.2020
The incident took place amid ongoing hostilities in the nearby disputed Karabakh region between Azerbaijani forces and the forces of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

A Russian Mi-24 (NATO reporting name: Hind) military helicopter has crashed on the territory of Armenia near the village of Yeraskh after it was shot from the ground by unknown forces using a man-portable air-defence system (SAM), Russia’s Defence Ministry has stated. The crash was caused by a loss of control after a missile hit the aircraft, the ministry added.

At the time of the time of the attack, the helicopter was escorting a convoy of Russia’s 102nd military base, which is located in Armenia, as it was moving past Yeraskh, near the border with Azerbaijan's Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic. The incident resulted in the death of two of the helicopter’s crew members and another being hospitalised with moderate injuries.

The Defence Ministry noted that the command of the 102nd military base is currently investigating who shot at the Russian helicopter, noting that the incident took place outside the zone of active hostilities that have been taking place in the Nagorno-Karabakh region since September 2020. Armenia’s Defence Ministry, in turn, promised to help Russia in probing the attack on its Mi-24 helicopter.


The Mi-24 helicopter gunship was first introduced into the Soviet armed forces back in 1972, with the Russian military continuing to use it after the dissolution of the USSR. The helicopter has been used in numerous armed conflicts around the globe and its Mi-25 and Mi-35 variants have been actively exported. It is also considered the second most widely used gunship in the world after the AH-64 Apache.

Friday, November 6, 2020

EULEX broke into Hashim Thaci's house

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EULEX members are searching the house of former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, Pristina media report

SOURCE: KOSOVO ONLINE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2020 | 09:55

Members of EULEX mission also entered the house of DPK leader Kadri Veseli.

Thaci has been in custody in The Hague since yesterday, after the indictment was confirmed by the Special Court.

Thaci, Kadri Veseli and other suspects are charged in April with a number of war crimes in Kosovo, including nearly 100 murders.

The victims of the criminal acts from the indictment are hundreds of persons whose identities are known, among whom are Kosovo Albanians, Serbs, Roma and persons of other nationalities, as well as political opponents, the Specialized Prosecutor's Office announced earlier.

The EULEX mission, which provides logistics and operational support for the arrest of the accused, said yesterday that everyone who committed crimes should be held accountable and that the trial should be fair.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Two tiny Greek islands now have important military role in curbing Turkish naval aggression

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The threat that Albania continues to pose to Himara and the Greeks throughout the Ionian Sea, backed by Turkey, has increased the commitment of a rapid reaction naval base on the island of Othonus, a new strategy of Greek national interests, which it did not happen even during the Cold War.

by PAUL ANTONOPOULOS

For the first time there will be a military presence on two tiny Greek islands that previously had no military role.

The islands of Gavdos and Othonoi are being fortified with military outposts due to the escalation of Turkish provocation in the Eastern Mediterranean, Ta Nea reported.


According to the report, the Greek Army established an outpost in Gavdos in the summer, gaining a permanent military presence for the first time in one of the most southerly and isolated points of Greece.

Gavdos has a 9-person outpost that was set up in just one week after an order from Lieutenant General Charalambos Lalousis, mediator of the first Greek-Turkish crisis.

The Gavdos outpost aims to increase the operational capability of the armed forces at a time when Turkish provocations are constantly escalating.

The outpost in the southernmost part of Greece will be equipped with radar that will be able to control the area at a depth of 30 kilometers. In this way, the Armed Forces gain a significant advantage in terms of surveillance of the region, at a time when Turkey has announced reconnaissance to the south of Crete.


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Othonooi to the northwest of Corfu island and west of Northern Epirus in Albania.
Meanwhile, work on the military outpost in Othonoi has already begun.

The project is aimed at increasing Greek sovereignty following the expansion of territorial waters to 12 miles in the Ionian Sea.

Ankara’s initiatives to pressurize Greece are observed with interest in neighboring Albania, for example, the Turkish use of a pier in the port of Avlona (Αυλώνα, Albanian: Vlorë) for the Turkish navy.

The military outpost in Othonoi can observe Turkish actions if they decide to open a new naval front against Greece outside of the Aegean and to the waters surrounding Crete, especially as Greece is in the process of expanding its maritime territory from 6 nautical miles to 12.

According to Ta Nea, the goal of the new military outposts is for Greece to have a strong military presence in key and strategic parts of the country.

Turkish Dissidents, Including Policemen, Sail to Greece on Migrant Boat

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By Tasos Kokkinidis -Nov 5, 2020


Dozens of Turkish citizens, who claimed to be dissidents of the Erdogan regime, sailed to the Greek port of Katakolo, Peloponnese, on Wednesday evening.

Coast Guard and police officers have been interviewing all 65 people, among them migrants and refugees, who sailed from the west coast of Turkey on a fishing boat.

Αmong those on the boat were 20 that identified themselves as Turkish police officers, 10 Kurds, a member of parliament and a journalist.


The group is led to the local police station.
“We are from Turkey and we were police officers,” one of the group who wanted to remain anonymous, told local site ilialive.gr.

He pointed to a photo on his cell phone, where he appears wearing his police uniform to prove he was telling the truth. “We had to get out of Turkey,” he added.

Another passenger on the boat, who only gave his first name as Azad, said that he is a Kurd who was persecuted and imprisoned for three years by the Erdogan regime.

“I want to go to any country in order to be able to continue my life. I have left my own people behind, but I could not have stayed in Turkey. I would have ended up in prison again.”

Greek authorities say that the group intents to ask for political asylum, as they claim that their lives are in danger in Turkey.

In another two incidents on Wednesday, the Coast Guard located two boats with migrants and refugees.

42 people, mostly of Arab descent, were located and rescued in a remote area at Karystos, Evia island.

Another 25 people were rescued off the island of Corfu, west of Paleokastritsa. The boat was in distress. Passengers were taken to the town of Corfu, the boat was confiscated.

Two minors were among the group in Karystos and nine among the one in Corfu.

Kosovo war crimes suspect Krasniqi arrested, sent to The Hague

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Veteran politician was picked up by heavily armed police in a raid at his home on the outskirts of Pristina.




Jakup Krasniqi, a veteran Kosovo politician and former spokesman for the Kosovo Liberation Army, has been arrested and transferred to The Hague, the Kosovo war crimes tribunal said in a statement.

Krasniqi, the former speaker of parliament, will face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, the Kosovo Specialist Chamber added. It did not give details about the indictment against him.


The arrest came after heavily armed police from the European Union Rule-of-Law Mission (EULEX) in Kosovo raided Krasniqi’s home on the outskirts of the capital, Pristina.

The Specialist Chamber was set up in The Hague in 2015 to handle cases of alleged crimes by Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) guerrillas during the war between 1998 and 1999 that eventually led to Kosovo’s independence from Serbia 10 years later.


The Hague-based court is governed by Kosovo law, but is staffed by international judges and prosecutors.

In late June, Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci was among nine people indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the tribunal. He was questioned over his role in the 1990s conflict by prosecutors in The Hague for the first time a month later.

The war, which came to an end after NATO-led air raids, left more than 10,000 dead and 1,641 people remain unaccounted for.

Serbia does not recognise Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence. Serbia and Kosovo have been engaged in negotiations brokered with the European Union since 2011 in an attempt to normalise relations and open the door for EU membership.


Tuesday, November 3, 2020

An Albanian from Northern Macedonia is behind the attack in Vienna?

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Austrian authorities are silent about the identity of the murdered attacker who carried out the terrorist attack in Vienna last night.

SOURCE: TANJUG TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2020 | 09:22

The editor-in-chief of the Viennese magazine "Falter", Florian Klenk, claims that this is a young Viennese of Albanian origin from Northern Macedonia.

"His name is Kurtin S, he was born in 2000 in Vienna, where he grew up. He is of Albanian origin, and his parents are from Northern Macedonia and have nothing to do with Islamism," this well-known Austrian investigative journalist wrote on Twitter.

He stated that the young man, who killed four people and was killed by the police, was known to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counter-Terrorism Service (BVT), because he was one of the 90 Austrian Islamists who tried to travel to Syria.

In July, Klenk claims, he was prevented from trying to go to the battlefields in Syria.

"However, the authorities did not believe that he could plan a terrorist attack," he added.

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer confirmed this morning that the killed terrorist was a sympathizer of the Islamic State, without giving further details about his identity.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

ΚΟΝΊΤΣΗΣ: ''Η δολοφονία του εθνομάρτυρα βορειοηπειρώτη Κ. Κατσίφα ήταν προμελετημένη''

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Ὁ Σεβασμιώτατος Μητροπολίτης Δρυϊνουπόλεως, Πωγωνιανῆς καί Κονίτσης κύριος Ανδρέας, ἔκανε τίς ἀκόλουθες δηλώσεις:
«Δυό χρόνια μετά τήν στυγερή δολοφονία τοῦ ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΥ ΚΑΤΣΙΦΑ, μᾶς ἦλθε μιά συγκλονιστική ἀποκάλυψη ἀπό τόν γαμβρό του: Ὁ ἐθνομάρτυρας Βορειοηπειρώτης κακοποιήθηκε ἐπί πέντε (5) ὧρες ἀπό τούς Ἀλβανούς, μιά μέρα πρίν τόν ἐκτελέσουν. Ἡ κακοποίησή του ἔγινε κατ’ ἐντολή τῆς κυβερνήσεως Ράμα.

Ἔτσι, λοιπόν, εἶναι πιά ὁλοφάνερο, ὅτι ἡ δολοφονία τοῦ παλληκαριοῦ ἀνήμερα τῆς 28ης Ὀκτωβρίου 2018 ἦταν προμελετημένη, ἐπειδή, μάλιστα, τόλμησε νά ὑψώσῃ τήν γαλανόλευκη Ἑλληνική Σημαία στό στρατιωτικό νεκροταφεῖο τῶν Ἑλλήνων, πού ἔπεσαν ἡρωϊκῶς μαχόμενοι κατά τό Ἔπος τοῦ 1940.
Γι’ αὐτό, καί τό φετινό μνημόσυνό του, μετά τήν προκλητική αὐταρχικότητα τῶν ἀλβανικῶν Ἀρχῶν, ὡρίστηκε νά γίνῃ στίς 24 Ὀκτωβρίου καί ὄχι στίς 28 Ὀκτωβρίου.
Κι’ αὐτό, γιατί ἡ ἀλβανική Κυβέρνηση ἔτρεμε τήν ὀργή τῶν Βορειοηπειρωτῶν, πού μποροῦσε νά ὁδηγήσῃ σέ ἐπεισόδια μιά τέτοια ἡμέρα, κατά τήν ὁποία ἡ ἀγάπη γιά τήν Πατρίδα βρίσκεται στά ὕψη.
Πέρα, ὅμως, ἀπό αὐτό, οἱ χαροκαμμένοι γονεῖς τοῦ ΚΑΤΣΙΦΑ, ἐκτός ἀπό τόν πόνο πού ταλανίζει τήν ψυχή τους, ἔχουν τό καθημερινό μαρτύριο νά βλέπουν τίς ἀλβανικές Ἀρχές νά παρακολουθοῦν κάθε τους κίνηση στό χωριό τους, τούς Βουλιαράτες, ἐνῷ καί τό πόρισμα γιά τίς συνθῆκες τοῦ θανάτου τοῦ παλληκαριοῦ δέν ἔχει ἀκόμη ἐκδοθῆ, ἄν καί ἔχουν περάσει δυό ὁλόκληρα χρόνια ἀπό τήν στυγερή δολοφονία τοῦ νεαροῦ Βορειοηπειρώτη.
Ἐξ ἄλλου, εἶναι θλιβερό τό γεγονός, ὅτι Ἑλλαδίτης κληρικός, πού ὑπηρετοῦσε, τότε, στήν Μητρόπολη Ἀργυροκάστρου, ἐδήλωσε θρασύτατα, ὅτι «ὁ ΚΑΤΣΙΦΑΣ προκάλεσε τά γεγονότα καί οἱ λάθος ἀντιλήψεις του», παρουσιάζοντάς τον, μάλιστα, ὡς … ταραχοποιό!
Ἀνεξαρτήτως, ὅμως, ἀπ’ ὅλα αὐτά, γεγονός μένει ὅτι ὁ ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΣ ΚΑΤΣΙΦΑΣ μιά μέρα πρίν ἀπό τή δολοφονία του κακοποιήθηκε ἀπό τούς Ἀλβανούς ἐπί 5 ὧρες καί ὅτι, συνεπῶς, ἡ δολοφονία ἦταν προμελετημένη.
Ἔτσι, νομίζουμε ὑπερβολικούς τούς πανηγυρισμούς γιά τήν συμφωνία τοῦ Ἕλληνα ΥΠΕΞ μέ τόν Ράμα γιά τήν παραπομπή τῆς ὅποιας διαφορᾶς μας γιά ΑΟΖ - ὑφαλοκρηπῖδα.
Γιά μᾶς, τό πιό σπουδαῖο εἶναι τό τί γίνεται μέ τούς Ἕλληνες τῆς Βορείου Ἠπείρου. Τί γίνεται μέ τήν ὑπόθεση ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΥ ΚΑΤΣΙΦΑ.
Μέ τίς περιουσίες τῶν Βορειοηπειρωτῶν, ἰδίως στήν περιοχή τῆς Χειμάρρας, καί, γενικώτερα, μέ τά δίκαια καί τά δικαιώματά τους.
Ἄς μήν ἐπικεντρώνουμε τήν προσοχή μας μόνο στόν κορωνοϊό. Ἀσφαλῶς, ἡ κατάσταση ἀπαιτεῖ ἐπαγρύπνηση.
Ἀλλά ἄς μήν ἀφήνουμε καί τά ἐθνικά μας θέματα στήν τύχη τους. Ὅπως φροντίζουμε νά ἀντιμετωπίζουμε ἐπιτυχῶς τόν ἐξ Ἀνατολῶν κακό γείτονά μας, ἔτσι νά ἀντιμετωπίζουμε καί τόν ἀπό Βορρᾶ πονηρό γείτονα.
Οἱ καιροί εἶναι δύσκολοι. Οἱ ἡμέρες λίαν πονηρές. Ἄς μένουμε ἄγρυπνοι στίς ἐπάλξεις τοῦ χρέους πού ἔχουμε στούς πονεμένους καί ἀδικημένους ἀδελφούς μας Βορειοηπειρῶτες».

Metropolitan Amfilohije laid to rest today

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Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije was buried today in the Podgorica Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

SOURCE: B92, TANJUG SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2020 | 17:52

After the speeches held over the deathbed of Metropolitan Amfilohije, a prayer procession started around the Temple where the Metropolitan is buried.

Serbian Orthodox Church Bishop Amfilohije's funeral in Podgorica was attended by a huge crowd outside the church and by numerous state officials, including Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and BiH Presidency member Milorad Dodik.

Earlier today, the Holy Liturgy was served, led by Serbian Patriarch Irinej with several hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church and other local churches, and after that, a funeral service and funeral followed.

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Patriarch Irinej said that Metropolitan Amfilohije found people alienated from the faith and empty monasteries when he took over the post and went on to renew what was once abandoned.

"With his death, he leaves behind a void, especially for solving the problem of the church here in Montenegro," Irinej said.

The Bishop of Bačka Irinej said that in addition to the grief over the parting, "our joy is greater, because we know that the parting is temporary".

He said that it was not by chance, but by God's providence, that the Metropolitan passed away on the eve of the feast of St. Peter of Cetinje and that he surrendered to the earth today on the day of Christ's resurrection, because every Sunday is the day of Christ's resurrection, Vijesti reports.

The bishop said that Metropolitan Amfilohije already in his childhood, which was an exception at the time of atheism, received Christ with all his heart as a boy from Morača.

He said that it was not true that the metropolitan died from the virus, but that he succeeded to overcome the virus, "however, his organism and physical weakness did not withstand that temptation."

Irinej said that Amfilohije's life motto was "Everything for Christ, and Christ for nothing!"

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Οι ΗΠΑ θα στείλουν 8.000 στρατιωτικά στρατεύματα στην Αλβανία στις αρχές του 2021

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Η κρίσιμη κατάσταση στα Βαλκάνια, και ιδίως στην Αλβανία, το Κοσσυφοπέδιο και τη Βοσνία-Ερζεγοβίνη, αύξησε το επίπεδο ετοιμότητας των αμερικανικών δυνάμεων στην Ευρώπη να αναπτύξουν στρατεύματα στην Αλβανία. Ωστόσο, δεν αποκλείεται η πιθανότητα περίπλοκων προβλημάτων από τις πολιτικές εκλογές, που διεξάγονται τον Απρίλιο του 2021.

Η παρουσία αμερικανικών στρατευμάτων σε τέτοιο βαθμό και η πολιτική λογική ενός σημαντικού ελιγμού του Πενταγώνου, δίνει υψηλότερο βαθμό ασφάλειας στη χώρα, αλλά την καθιστά επίσης απρόσβλητη από μια προσπάθεια αποσταθεροποίησης.

Οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες της Αμερικής αποφάσισαν να στείλουν 8 χιλιάδες στρατιωτικά στρατεύματα στην Αλβανία στις αρχές του επόμενου έτους, τα οποία θα αναπτυχθούν σε ορισμένες μονάδες της χώρας.

 
Ακριβώς όταν πραγματοποιούνται οι κοινοβουλευτικές εκλογές της 25ης Απριλίου και όταν ο Ilir Meta ανακοίνωσε ότι θα υπάρξει αναταραχή και αποσταθεροποίηση της χώρας, οδήγησαν το ΝΑΤΟ να λάβει ειδικά μέτρα για τη διατήρηση της ασφάλειας της χώρας-μέλους του.

Τα νέα ανακοινώθηκαν από την Υπουργό Άμυνας Olta Xhaçka, στην Κοινοβουλευτική Επιτροπή Ασφάλειας.

"Θέλω να μοιραστώ μαζί σας μερικές λεπτομέρειες σχετικά με μια από τις μεγαλύτερες ασκήσεις που πραγματοποιήθηκαν ποτέ στην Αλβανία. Το Exercise Defender-2021, μια διμερής άσκηση με τις ΗΠΑ, είναι το πρώτο του είδους του στη χώρα μας και θα περιλαμβάνει πάνω από 8.000 στρατεύματα των ΗΠΑ, τα οποία θα αναπτυχθούν σε διάφορες περιοχές της χώρας και σε ορισμένες μονάδες των Ένοπλων Δυνάμεων μας. Για περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες, αν ενδιαφέρεστε, έχω από την πλευρά μου τον επικεφαλής της SHPFA, ο οποίος μπορεί να σταματήσει ακόμη πιο τεχνικά από την επιχειρησιακή πλευρά ".

Η διμερής άσκηση μεταξύ των ΗΠΑ και της Αλβανίας είχε προγραμματιστεί να πραγματοποιηθεί φέτος, αλλά αναβλήθηκε έως το 2021. Αυτό πιθανότατα αφορά το ζήτημα του Covid 19. Το πανδημικό ζήτημα. προσπάθειες αποσταθεροποίησης.

A message from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on OXI Day

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a message on the occasion of OXI Day, which you can read here-

Eighty years ago, Greece ‘όχι answered fascist Italy’s hostile advances with a resounding!’ (no). With that single word, Greece stood bravely against the rush of totalitarian triumph of the Second World War.

On this day, we join with the people of Greece, and the Greek Australian community, to honour Oxi Day as a beacon that lit our way to victory.

In acknowledging the courage of his people, General Ioannis Metaxas declared that Greece’s determination arose from, the eternal principles of morality, justice and liberty, established 3000 years ago on the sacred soil we are now defending.


Those principals inspired Australian and New Zealand forces in their fight alongside Greek soldiers and civilians in 1941. They fought knowing that tyranny, if not confronted together, would eventually have to be confronted alone.

Despite the courage of the men and women involved, the ill-fated campaign ended in defeat. But we have never forgotten the selflessness and courage of the Greek people in the face a long night of brutal tyranny. An imperishable bond of friendship was forged in defence of liberty.

Eventually tyranny was vanquished and this year we celebrate 75 years since the end of the Second World War.

Devotion to freedom and self-determination inspires the steadfast resistance of free people to tyranny in all its forms. It is the foundation of Australia’s sovereignty and commitment to the ideals of a liberal democracy.

We share those values with the generations of Greek Australians who give so much to shape our national story. As the most successful multicultural nation on earth, migrant communities enrich and invigorate our social cohesion.

This year the commemoration of Oxi Day will be different – here in Australia, in Greece and around the world. The unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the ways in which we gather and celebrate. But the spirit of our commemoration remains the same.

On 28 October, I will join in reflecting on that day 80 years ago with respect and admiration – for the tragic losses of war, and for the bright future born of that time.

Lest we forget.

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister of Australia

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Berisha: George Tenet is a liar, he also deceived President Bush about the Iraq war.

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Former President and Prime Minister Sali Berisha, in a TV interview, analyzes the tragic year 1997 and comments on the reports of CIA chief George Tenet, calling him a fraud.

Berisha, now 76, says in his interview: "He bears no responsibility for the Civil War, which erupted as a cause of pyramid schemes in 1997, and casts doubt on the CIA and its leader George Tenet. But he also remembers an episode, who met him, in 1995, which according to the interpretation, seems to be a deception of his, as it happened in unequal positions, when Tenet,  said, "I am a Greek from Himara, and be careful when you want to lie, in US State Offices"

The interview of Berisha, to "Fjala" newspaper.. 

"Berisha, Do you agree with the report that Bashkim Gazidede read in the Parliament 1997, according to which, the American secret service, the CIA, also had its job?

I have no evidence that the CIA had parts of it. If I had, I would say so. I do not have any such data. And, of course, if I had, I would have denounced them. But I have no data. I have information that Belgrade has sent funds, I have information that others have tried. I can not say that the US intelligence agency has organized or intervened. It may have been speculated by a fact. My relationship with George Tenet is familiar. George Tenet, if I am not mistaken, in 1997, became director of the central intelligence agency. And, without a doubt, that my relationship with him has been unfriendly. He was a congenital liar, who also lied to President Bush about Saddam Hussein's weapons.




Are you saying that CIA chief George Tenet was a liar?

Congenital liar, not liar. Born. He is the man who told George Bush that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction. And President Bush has admitted as an error of his life that act he based on this man.

-What about Albania, what did you lie about?

Maybe knowing the relationship I had with him. Because you know, Tenet is from Qeparo, a very good family. His problem is that he was nurtured, educated in the schools of Greek extremism, so he had a special view of Albania, of the minority. Therefore, in this aspect as well, I do not have data, but they used this. I have never met him. I met him once in John Deutch's office, when the latter was the director of the CIA, and he said to me, "Do you mind that I called my deputy, George Tenet, here?" I tell him, if you have nothing to do with being with two Albanians, I do not have it at all. Tenet did not feel well, but I told him on purpose. The Koka family is an Albanian cigar family, patriotic.


-In his memoir, George Tenet writes only about Albania: I am Greek, but I come from a country located in the South of Albania. He does not even mention that Koka is from his father and Kacelano is from his mother.

Many Albanians, not only the Koka family, but also other Albanians, mostly Orthodox, when they emigrated to the US, found great support from the Greek church, which has a broad social infrastructure to support various immigrants and, in a in a way it is not only Tenet, but many Albanians have become Greek during their stay in Athens. This is the first and last meeting I had with him", Berisha ended.




Berisha, during a visit to Washington in 1995, met with President Clinton and a number of senior officials including the Pentagon, the CIA and the State Department. These were the first years that Albania was trying to support the people with bread, and the declining economy had to rise, but in its place, the Pyramid Firms flourished. During the meetings at the CIA, Berisha began to tell tales about the treatment of the Greek minority and especially in Himara. But he did not know that in CIA's office, it was George Tenet, who opposed Berisha, for what he was showing in the Albanian reality. Clinton's adviser, Tenet, after telling him to be careful that he was cheating  even told him that "He was a Greek from Himara, Northern Epirus and that his relatives have suffered and are suffering a lot in Albania."

After a debate with Tenet, in the CIA Central Headquarter, Berisha the next days, challenged the Albanian Ambassador in Washington because "he had not previously informed him that in the White House and CIA, President Clinton had an advisor of Greek origin from Himara" ..

Of course, few know why the CIA kept Sali Berisha in power again, and even made him the leader of the country in 2005, but it must be said that the expression that Berisha used during his interview, clearly proves that he is a co-author with all levels of the Albanian state, including governments, of Ethnic Cleansing in Himara, with modern 'Legislative' methods, in flagrant violation of Freedoms and Human Rights and International Conventions.