Thursday, June 10, 2021

"NATO would not react if Milosevic accepted Rambouillet Agreement"


If the former Yugoslav leadership had accepted the Rambouillet agreement, it wouldn't have been possible for NATO operation to be implemented, Wesley Clark said


Clark said that the intervention ended, as he claims, the ethnic cleansing that was happening at that moment, and that the citizens of Kosovo were given the opportunity to establish security and democracy.

Clark, however, believes that "the job is not finished yet", because there are still tensions between Serbia and Kosovo, and as he says, tensions exist between Bulgaria and North Macedonia, as well as in the Balkans.

Clark claims that "the agreement offered to President Slobodan Milosevic was basically identical to the agreement envisaged for Bosnia and Herzegovina."

He estimates that Milosevic was rather "conceited". "When NATO troops were to be transferred to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1995, Milosevic agreed and said that this could be done through the territory of Serbia.

Four years later, he changed his mind, rejecting everything offered. He sabotaged relations, negotiations and in fact made conflict inevitable. And he stubbornly persisted in that", Clark claims.

He also claims that the airstrikes "were directed against the then political regime."

He says that Milosevic did not change his mind and resorted to armed conflict.

"His troops committed numerous brutalities in Kosovo, so he made the outcome inevitable," Clark said, adding that after only a few days, it became clear to the Alliance that Milosevic must give up Kosovo.

"If he had not resorted to weapons, reconciliation might have been possible, there might have been more peace today, there would have been no current tensions," Clark said, adding that Serbian military and police forces had withdrawn from Kosovo, but that Serbia is still ubiquitously dissatisfied with the outcome.

Asked by Voice of America if there were words of consolation for citizens who had nothing to do with Milosevic, but they and their families suffered, Clark said that "the 1990s were difficult years for Serbs".

Clark also says he felt 'horrified' about the civilian casualties caused by their misdirection. He said there were things they did wrong during the campaign and people lost their lives. The NATO intervention began on March 24, ending on June 10, 1999, and the decision to intervene, without the consent of the United Nations, was taken after unsuccessful negotiations in Rambouillet and Paris, in February and March 1999.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Executive Order on Blocking Property And Suspending Entry Into The United States Of Certain Persons Contributing To The Destabilizing Situation In The Western Balkans


Eventually, what was expected happened. If Greece has left Albania free to do what it wants with Himara where ethnic Greeks live and has not stopped the actions of the Albanian governments (this includes all the assets of the Greeks from Vlora to Saranda and Eksamil), the USA has presented the revenge plan for politicians and mafia gangs who have looted Greek property and nationalized them with unconstitutional laws, while alienating them by building villas and hotels, selling them or doing business. But Stop. From now on, from President Biden's decision, Himara will have special protection (USA, NATO), and whoever dares, whether politicians or mafia groups, will be punished. Only in this way will the dignity of Himara be restored, which will remain, as it were, free and prosperous....

JUNE 08, 2021

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, hereby expand the scope of the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13219 of June 26, 2001 (Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans), as amended by Executive Order 13304 of May 28, 2003 (Termination of Emergencies With Respect to Yugoslavia and Modification of Executive Order 13219 of June 26, 2001), finding that the situation in the territory of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Republic of Albania (the Western Balkans), over the past two decades, including the undermining of post-war agreements and institutions following the breakup of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, as well as widespread corruption within various governments and institutions in the Western Balkans, stymies progress toward effective and democratic governance and full integration into transatlantic institutions, and thereby constitutes an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. 

Accordingly, I hereby order:

Section 1.  (a)  All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:  any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:
          (i)    to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, actions or policies that threaten the peace, security, stability, or territorial integrity of any area or state in the Western Balkans;
          (ii)   to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions in the Western Balkans;
          (iii)  to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, a violation of, or an act that has obstructed or threatened the implementation of, any regional security, peace, cooperation, or mutual recognition agreement or framework or accountability mechanism related to the Western Balkans, including the Prespa Agreement of 2018; the Ohrid Framework Agreement of 2001; United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244; the Dayton Accords; or the Conclusions of the Peace Implementation Conference Council held in London in December 1995, including the decisions or conclusions of the High Representative, the Peace Implementation Council, or its Steering Board; or the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, or, with respect to the former Yugoslavia, the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals;
          (iv)   to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse in the Western Balkans;
          (v)    to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, corruption related to the Western Balkans, including corruption by, on behalf of, or otherwise related to a government in the Western Balkans, or a current or former government official at any level of government in the Western Balkans, such as the misappropriation of public assets, expropriation of private assets for personal gain or political purposes, or bribery;
          (vi)   to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or 
          (vii)  to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.
     (b)  The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the date of this order. 

Sec. 2.  The prohibitions in section 1 of this order include:
     (a)  the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and
     (b)  the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

Sec. 3.  I hereby determine that the making of donations of the types of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to section 1(a) of this order would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13219, as amended by Executive Order 13304, and as expanded in this order, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by section 1 of this order.

Sec. 4.  (a)  The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of noncitizens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section l(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and the entry of such persons into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, is hereby suspended, except when the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security, as appropriate, determines that the person’s entry would not be contrary to the interests of the United States, including when the Secretary of State or Secretary of Homeland Security, as appropriate, so determines, based on a recommendation of the Attorney General, that the person’s entry would further important United States law enforcement objectives. 
     (b)  The Secretary of State shall implement this order as it applies to visas pursuant to such procedures as the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, may establish. 
     (c)  The Secretary of Homeland Security shall implement this order as it applies to the entry of noncitizens pursuant to such procedures as the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, may establish.
     (d)  Such persons shall be treated by this section in the same manner as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).

Sec. 5.  (a)  Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.
     (b)  Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

Sec. 6.  For the purposes of this order:
     (a)  the term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization;
     (b)  the term “noncitizen” means any person who is not a citizen or noncitizen national of the United States;
     (c)  the term “person” means an individual or entity; and
     (d)  the term “United States person” means any United States citizen, lawful permanent resident, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States.

Sec. 7.  For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual.  I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13219, as amended by Executive Order 13304, and as expanded by this order, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to this order.

Sec. 8.  The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPA as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order.  The Secretary of the Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions within the Department of the Treasury.  All executive departments and agencies of the United States shall take all appropriate measures within their authority to implement this order.

Sec. 9.  Nothing in this order shall prohibit transactions for the conduct of the official business of the Federal Government by employees, grantees, or contractors thereof.

Sec. 10.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
          (i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
          (ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
     (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
     (c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.                       


    June 8, 2021.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Vučić: "If Kurti doesn't like it, he can try to do something. I wouldn't advise him"


The meeting between the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, and the delegation of the Republic of Srpska ended.

SOURCE: B92 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2021 | 12:50
The delegation from Banja Luka is led by the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik, and the President of the Republic of Srpska, Zeljka Cvijanovic.

The meeting was held in the building of the General Secretariat of the President of the Republic of Serbia.

In addition to Vučić, the meeting is also attended by the Prime Minister of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, as well as Ministers Nikola Selaković and Aleksandar Vulin.

After the meeting, the President of Serbia said that there were talks on important issues.

"These are not easy and simple days for the Serbian people. It seems that it is allowed to say anything against Serbia... Everyone is silent," Vucic said at the press conference.

"The fact is that (Albin) Kurti is blackmailing us, but I will treat him like any representative of temporary institutions. If he doesn't like it, he can try to do something. I wouldn't advise him," Vucic added.

Speaking about the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Vučić announced that according to the annex to the agreement, he will ask for daily reports and express his views and listen if RS has something to say about it.

After the meeting, Dodik said that the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina should be abolished and pointed out that his party did not want to abolish the Dayton Agreement.

"We are not the anti-Dayton party in Bosnia-Herzegovina," he said.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

"Recognition of Kosovo? I would be surprised"


US Special Representative for the Western Balkans Matthew Palmer said in Pristina that the best way to end the dialogue would be for Serbia to recognize Kosovo.


However, US Balkan expert Daniel Serwer is pessimistic about mutual recognition.

Serwer told RTV "Dukagjini" that, although Biden administration took the job of dialogue more seriously, he does not expect recognition in the near future, reports Kosovo online.

"I don't think an agreement can be reached in the near future. I would be surprised if any other developments happen in the next meetings. I think the Biden administration is much more committed to recognizing Kosovo's independence and sovereignty within its current borders, but I doubt it will happen any time soon. It's best to ask Lajcak and Palmer. Some new arrangements are possible on things like missing people and finances, but I doubt there will be a recognition agreement," Serwer concluded.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Albanian parties against free transit of Serbs through North Macedonia


The Albanian parties Alliance for Albanians and Alternative in North Macedonia want to challenge the decision on free tolls for drivers from Serbia.

SOURCE: NOVOSTI MONDAY, MAY 31, 2021 | 08:40

Namely, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev made the decision to introduce relief for the citizens of Serbia during the summer season in gratitude for the donated contingents of vaccines against coronavirus infection, Belgrade media report.

The opposition Coalition of the Alliance for Albanians and Alternatives, as announced in Skopje, submitted an initiative to the Constitutional Court of North Macedonia to assess the legality of the Government's decision exempting Serbian citizens from paying tolls in transit through this country, Novosti reports.

The basis of the initiative submitted to the Constitutional Court lies in the allegations that the government's decision is contrary to the Law on Tolls, and at the same time, as it is claimed, puts the country's citizens, as well as foreign citizens from neighboring countries in transit through North Macedonia in an unequal position.

"By deciding to allocate 200.000 toll exemption cards for tourists from Serbia, the government discriminates against all other neighbors from which the country also benefits, through cooperation and good neighborly relations. The Ministry of Finance will spend almost three million euros on these cards, money from our fellow citizens, which came as a consequence of the inability of the Government and the Ministry of Health to provide vaccines against COVID-19", the Albanian opposition parties said in a statement, calling on the Skopje administration to change the decision.

As a sign of gratitude to Serbia for the donated vaccines against coronavirus, the Government of North Macedonia decided on May 25 that Serbian tourists in transit through this country be exempted from paying tolls in the period from June 15 to August 15, 2021.

The information of the Public Company for State Roads and the Ministry of Transport and Communications on the preparation of 200.000 electronic cards "M-smart card" for passenger motor vehicles of tourists from Serbia in transit on Corridor 10 during the summer season was adopted.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Serbian Patriarch Porfirije is surprised, worried and regrets Krivokapic's decision


Serbian Orthodox Church made a statement regarding the meeting between Montenegrin Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic and Patriarch Porfirije on Thursday.

SOURCE: B92 FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2021 | 11:00

According to the statement, the topic of conversation was the Basic Agreement between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Government of Montenegro. The meeting was also attended by Metropolitan Chrysostom of Dabar-Bosnia, Bishop Jovan of Šumadija and Bishop Joanikije of the eparchy of Budimlja-Nikšić.

"In the morning of the same day, representatives of the Holy Synod of Bishops and the Government of the Republic of Montenegro fully agreed on the text of the Basic Agreement between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the state of Montenegro. Representatives of the Government of Podgorica then confirmed that Mr. Krivokapić will arrive to Belgrade in the afternoon to solemnly sign the Basic Agreement with His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Porfirije.

After several hours of delay and informing the head of the Serbian Church about a number of completely different reasons for the delay in departure from Podgorica, Krivokapić arrived at the agreed meeting at around 9 p.m. The Prime Minister of the Government in Podgorica presented new and so far unspoken reasons why he believes that the signing of the Agreement must be postponed", the statement reads.

The Serbian Orthodox Church issued a statement after the meeting, stating that the Patriarch "patiently listened to the new reasons and was surprised and did not see any reason or justification for Prime Minister Krivokapic’s intention not to sign the Agreement, which was the only reason for his arrival at the Patriarchal Palace in Belgrade".

"His Holiness and the bishops expressed concern for the position of the Serbian Orthodox Church and its faithful as the only church that did has not signed an agreement to guarantee its legal position, which is an act of open discrimination. The SPC and its faithful will not give up on the defense of its rights and holy sites", the statement said.

In the meantime, the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, also issued a statement.

Pomaks declare Turkish FM Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu persona non grata: “YOU ARE UNWANTED!”



The reactions of Pomaks (Slavic-speaking Muslims in Greece’s Western Thrace region) against their labelling as “Turks” by Turkey continues in view of the forthcoming visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on Sunday.

After the Cultural Association of Pomaks of Xanthi, which emphasised that “we are Pomaks and Greek citizens, not Turkish,” an announcement was issued by the Panhellenic Association of Pomaks.

In fact, the statement was so harsh that they declared Çavuşoğlu a “persona non grata” (ie. not welcome) to the Pomak villages of Xanthi.

An announced by the president of the Association, Imam Ahmed, states, as reported by Foni Rodopis:

“Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, YOU ARE UNWANTED!

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğl, expressing the history of our proud people, the voice of the free Pomaks, the memory of our girls who were crushed by the dozens of mountain peaks of the Rhodope Mountains and the Ottoman conquerors, the conscience of Pomak activists who in recent decades, have faced racist violence, beatings, threats, social and economic exclusion from paid representatives of your country’s nationalism, supporters of fascism/terrorism: YOU ARE UNDESIRABLE IN POMAKOCHORIA [A collection of Pomak villagers].


The democratic and civilized country of Australia established MAY 26 as a DAY OF NATIONAL APOLOGY for the atrocities committed by the colonial ancestors of today’s Australians against the aboriginal inhabitants.

It is a great opportunity to enter the realm of civilized countries, following the example of Australia, asking us Indigenous Thracians, for FORGIVENESS!

Otherwise, you are UNWANTED in Pomakochoria, you are a PERSONA NON GRATA!

Instead of the Pomak villages, we recommend you visit the blood-stained villages of the Kurds of Turkey and Syria, visiting the graves of the hundreds of thousands of murdered citizens, but also the democratic journalists and politicians of Turkey, who are rotting in your state prisons, and whose children and grandchildren you killed as well as all those who persecute the regime of your country en masse and by any means.”

Turkey repeatedly claims that the 120,000-strong Muslim minority in Greece’s Thrace are “Turkish,” despite the fact that Turkish-speakers make up a minority of the group who overwhelmingly identify as Greek, Pomak or Roma.

Turkey’s own Foreign Ministry website affirms that there is only officially a Muslim minority in Western Thrace via the Treaty of Lausanne Part VI Article 2, that states:

“Moslems established in the region to the east of the frontier line laid down in 1918 by the Treaty of Bucharest shall be considered as Moslem inhabitants of Western Thrace.”

Thursday, May 27, 2021

The "Kulti" plan was launched, Pristina sends the police in front of the monasteries


Kosovo police registered growing number of attacks on the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija, police patrols on the ground tightened


Since the start of this year alone, a total of 13 damages to church property or attempted theft have been recorded.

"As of today, a total of 13 cases have been reported at Serbian Orthodox Church's facilities in different regions of Kosovo. Out of the total number of reported cases, 9 are classified as cases of aggravated theft and 4 as property damage," the Kosovo Police said to Kosovo online.

The police state that, in accordance with their competencies, they recorded and partially prosecuted the perpetrators of criminal acts.

"After the cases were reported, the competent police units went to the scene, conducted investigations and collected material evidence, which was presented to the competent prosecutor's office and further investigative actions were coordinated. In certain cases, the perpetrators have been identified and charges have been filed against them, and other cases are still being investigated", they added in a statement. In order to prevent attacks on the facilities of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Kosovo Police is implementing a special operational action plan.

"After the growing number of reported cases in March 2021, the Kosovo Police launched an additional operational plan 'Kulti' which is implemented throughout Kosovo, involving a number of police units with the aim of preventive action and detection of perpetrators," it is concluded in the statement of the Kosovo Police. 

Σερβία: παρακαλούμε την Ελλάδα να μην αναγνωρίσει το Κοσσυφοπέδιο


Ταχείες εξελίξεις στα Βαλκάνια. Μετά τις τεταμένες σχέσεις μεταξύ Ελλάδας και Τουρκίας, ανοίγει μια άλλη πληγή στις σχέσεις των Ορθόδοξων κρατών στα Βαλκάνια. Η Ελλάδα ετοιμάζεται να αναγνωρίσει το Κοσσυφοπέδιο! Αυτός ο ισχυρισμός είναι παράδοξος αν το θεωρήσουμε από το 1993, όταν ο πρώην πρωθυπουργός της Ελλάδας, ο Κωσταντίνος Μητσοτάκη, δήλωσε 6 καυτά σημεία για την επίλυση του ζητήματος της Βόρειας Ηπείρου, προς την Αλβανία, αναφέροντας το τελεσίγραφο ότι: "Ό, τι θέλουν οι Αλβανοί του Κοσσυφοπεδίου για αυτοδιάθεση, αυτό ζητούν οι Έλληνες στη Βόρεια Ήπειρο ". αλλά τα πράγματα έχουν αλλάξει και η Ελλάδα φαίνεται να έχει σβήσει αυτόν τον ιστορικό ισχυρισμό εθνικών υποθέσεων. Αυτό θα είναι ντροπή για την ελληνική διπλωματία.

Πιστεύω στη φιλία του Βελιγραδίου με την Αθήνα, λέει ο Πρόεδρος Βούτσης.

27 Μαΐου 2021 

Ο Πρόεδρος της Σερβίας Αλεξάνταρ Βούτσιτς δήλωσε σήμερα ότι έλαβε επίσημη ανακοίνωση ότι η Ελλάδα προτίθεται να βελτιώσει τις σχέσεις της με το Κοσσυφοπέδιο. Είπε ότι πιστεύει στη φιλία του Βελιγραδίου με την Αθήνα και ότι η Ελλάδα δεν θα προχωρήσει ένα βήμα παραπέρα για να αναγνωρίσει την ανεξαρτησία του Κοσσυφοπεδίου.

Σε δήλωση τύπου μετά από συνάντηση με τον πατριάρχη και τους επισκόπους της Σερβικής Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας, μέλη του Συμβουλίου Επισκόπων, ο Βούτσιτς δήλωσε ότι όταν το Κοσσυφοπέδιο επέβαλε φόρο στα σερβικά αγαθά, η Ελλάδα της έδωσε την ευκαιρία να ανοίξει εμπορικά γραφεία, και τώρα αυτή η έκθεση έχει φτάσει σε υψηλότερο επίπεδο.

"Την Παρασκευή, ενημερώσαμε επίσημα ότι η Ελλάδα θα βελτιώσει τις σχέσεις της με την Πρίστινα σε υψηλότερο επίπεδο, πολιτικούς διευθυντές, ο οποίος είναι το υψηλότερο δυνατό άτομο σε επίπεδο υπουργείου", εξήγησε.

Ο Βούτσιτς είπε ότι θα παρακαλέσει την Ελλάδα να μην το επιτρέψει αυτό, διότι το επόμενο βήμα θα ήταν η αναγνώριση της ανεξαρτησίας του Κοσσυφοπεδίου. Σύμφωνα με τον ίδιο, πρόκειται για πρόβλημα, διότι δείχνει ότι όχι μόνο η Ευρώπη μπορεί να ενωθεί ενάντια στη Σερβία για το ζήτημα του Κοσσυφοπεδίου.

Τόνισε ότι υπάρχει ένας επιπλέον κίνδυνος πίεσης σε άλλες χώρες να κάνουν το ίδιο.
Στη συνέχεια, λέει, θα επιτευχθούν διμερείς συμφωνίες, όπου μια τρίτη χώρα θα εκπροσωπεί το Κοσσυφοπέδιο σε διεθνείς οργανισμούς και έτσι θα γίνει μέρος του ΝΑΤΟ.

"Η κατάσταση είναι πολύ δύσκολη για εμάς. "Προσκαλέσαμε τον Έλληνα πρέσβη για μια συνομιλία, αλλά δεν λάβαμε τίποτα, επειδή έχουμε πίστη στη φιλία και ελπίζουμε ότι δεν θα πάει σε περαιτέρω μέτρα και προσεγγίσεις", τόνισε ο Βούτσι ..

Ερωτηθείς εάν έχει λάβει εγγυήσεις ότι η Ελλάδα δεν θα αναγνωρίσει το Κοσσυφοπέδιο, είπε ότι έχει λάβει τέτοιες εγγυήσεις καθημερινά, αλλά ότι τα γεγονότα δείχνουν ότι αυξάνουν το επίπεδο των σχέσεών τους με το Κοσσυφοπέδιο.

"Την επόμενη περίοδο, περιμένω περισσότερες επισκέψεις στο Βελιγράδι και ό, τι θα λειτουργήσει θα είναι πίεση. Θα υπάρξουν επίσης προσπάθειες για τη διασφάλιση της ανεξαρτησίας του Κοσσυφοπεδίου μέσω περιφερειακών πρωτοβουλιών. "Θα προσφέρει κάποιες λύσεις που φαίνονται καλές με την πρώτη ματιά, αλλά πίσω από αυτό είναι de facto αναγνώριση", δήλωσε ο Σέρβος πρόεδρος.

Ο Βούτσιτς κατέληξε στο συμπέρασμα ότι η Σερβία αντιμετωπίζει μια πολύ δύσκολη πολιτική περίοδο. Ακόμα και χθες, ο Βούτσιτς μίλησε για τις σχέσεις του Κοσσυφοπεδίου με την Ελλάδα, εκφράζοντας την ανησυχία του ότι αλλάζουν σημαντικά στον διπλωματικό τομέα. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Balkan money-laundering is booming


The property market makes a good place to hide ill-gotten gains | Europe

5/23/2021 12:20:00 PM

Last week prosecutors in North Macedonia charged Nikola Gruevski, the former prime minister, with money-laundering

The property market makes a good place to hide ill-gotten gains | Europe

.Across the Balkans dirty money is being laundered through property, distorting the market and inflating prices—much to the rage of ordinary house-hunters. Swanky new towers are rising in Tirana, Pristina and Belgrade. Although Balkan economies have been hit hard by covid-19, property prices in parts of the region have defied gravity. In Tirana they have more than doubled since 2017. Across Albania, the value of real-estate transactions rose by 6.7% in 2020.

The laundering of drug money, especially from cocaine trafficking, which has boomed in the past few years, is one reason why prices are rising, finds a new report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, an international network of crime specialists. Another is that crooked officials need to invest their cash. All Balkan countries have sound money-laundering laws, but enforcement is patchy.

In the past decade Balkan crime syndicates have outgrown their small home countries. They now make much of their money abroad. Hence, says the report, a hefty share of their profits is invested abroad, too. But they still invest at home. Fatjona Mejdini, who helped research the report, says that Balkan governments are ambivalent about money-laundering. They want to crack down on it but simultaneously welcome the jobs and investment it can bring. As for the gangsters, murderous in making money, they are conservative when it comes to investing it. They “lack imagination” says Ms Mejdini, which is why they prefer bricks and mortar to the many other types of business they could use to launder their loot.

Οριοθέτηση των συνόρων στα Βαλκάνια, οι Αλβανοί επιδιώκουν να επιστρέψουν ύποπτα αγορασμένα ακίνητα στην Περιφέρεια Χιμάρα.


Ο τροχός που έχει κολλήσει για χρόνια, άρχισε να κινείται προς το καλύτερο. Οι Αλβανοί που έχουν «αγοράσει» ακίνητα στην Περιφέρεια Χιμάρα, φαίνεται να προσπαθούν να το πάρουν πίσω. Εάν τα νέα που προέρχονται από τη Χιμάρα, οι αλβανή θέλουνε να παρυνε τα χρήματα πήσω, τότε χτυπάνε τα καμπάνα στην Χιμάρα. 

Οι φωνές μας ενημερώνουν ότι πρόσφατα, ένας μεγάλος αριθμός Αλβανών πολιτών, που αγόρασαν βίλες, γη, σπίτια κ.λπ. με αμφίβολες μεθόδους και δεν μπόρεσαν να λάβουν υποθήκες.

Αλλά αυτή είναι μια πλευρά του νομίσματος. Η άλλη πλευρά, η οποία δηλώνεται ανοιχτά, είναι ότι η Χιμάρα με τις αλλαγές των συνόρων στα Βαλκάνια, θα ανήκει στην Ελλάδα και για αυτό, δεν αισθάνονται ασφαλείς τα περιουσιακά στοιχεία που αγοράστηκαν με μαύρο χρήμα, αλλά πάνω απ 'όλα τα μη εγγεγραμμένα ακίνητα.

Σας υπενθυμίζουμε σε αυτήν την περίπτωση ότι, Χωρίς ασφαλή και μη καταχωρημένη ιδιοκτησία που βασίζεται σε διεθνείς συμβάσεις (ο ΟΑΣΕ παραιτήθηκε επειδή ο νόμος περί ιδιοκτησίας στη Χιμάρα, δεν ευνοεί τις ελευθερίες και τα ανθρώπινα δικαιώματα, αλλά στο Κοσσυφοπέδιο, λειτουργεί με διαφορετικό πρότυπο για ιδιοκτησίες για Σέρβοι).

Ενώ η Περιφέρεια Χιμάρα κατοικείται από πρώιμους Έλληνες πολίτες, σύμφωνα με τα Διεθνή Πρότυπα, κανένα κράτος ή κυβέρνηση δεν πρέπει να διαταράξει την εθνική ισορροπία των αυτόχθονων κατοίκων, αρκεί να κληρονομήσουν περιουσία, εκκλησιαστικό έδαφος και όλο τον πολιτισμό, διαφορετικά, κάθε κυβερνητική απόφαση, νόμος ή οτιδήποτε άλλο ασκείται από το αλβανικό κράτος, θα αντιμετωπίσει διεθνή δικαστήρια.

Οι έντιμοι Αλβανοί τελικά συνειδητοποίησαν ότι υπάρχει ένα όριο: η περιουσία δεν μπορεί να λεηλατηθεί και οι φασιστικές στρατηγικές χρησιμοποιούνται για να εκπληρώσουν τις επιθυμίες της μαφίας και των ολιγαρχικών. . 

Από τα Σκόπια έρχεται η προειδοποίηση για τη Μεγάλη Αλβανία, επίσης για την Ελλάδα


26/05 / 2021

 Νίκοβσκι: Βόρεια Μακεδονία κοντά στην αποσύνθεση, η Ελλάδα δείχνει αδιαφορία για την Αλβανία

 Ο Ρίστο Νίκοβσκι, ένας από τους σημαντικότερους λαούς της Μόσχας στα Βαλκάνια και πρώην δεξιός Νικόλα Γκρουέφσκι, ζητά προσοχή με τους Αλβανούς, καθώς είναι ανεύθυνοι και θα μπορούσαν να ανοίξουν συγκρούσεις στα Βαλκάνια, παρεμβαίνοντας σε όλα τα κράτη. Υπηρέτησε ως πρεσβευτής της πΓΔΜ στα Τίρανα στο ύψος του χρόνου, όπως ο πόλεμος του Κοσσυφοπεδίου το 1999

Ο Νίκοβσκι, ο οποίος είναι ένας από τους λομπίστες της Ρωσίας στα Βαλκάνια, επανενεργοποίησε τις παλιές εντάσεις, όπου προσπάθησε να αναστήσει μια σύγκρουση μεταξύ Αλβανών και Σλάβων Μακεδόνων.

Ο Νίκοβσκι θεωρείται μια από τις πιο σημαντικές προσωπικότητες του Πούτιν στα Βαλκάνια και ένας από τους ηγέτες της Βαλκανικής έκδοσης του Σούτνικ.

Σε μια προσέγγιση, την οποία δημοσίευσε η πύλη του Κρεμλίνου σήμερα, λέγεται ότι η πΓΔΜ κινδυνεύει από το λεγόμενο "Non Paper" της διαίρεσης της περιοχής. Στην πραγματικότητα, δεν είναι μόνο ο βετεράνος διπλωμάτης της Μόσχας που μιλά τη γλώσσα. Μίλησε επίσης ο Πρωθυπουργός της Βόρειας Μακεδονίας, Ζόραν Ζάεφ.

Ξεκινώντας από αυτήν τη δήλωση του Ζάεφ, ο Νίκοβσκι γίνεται φτερωτός, επαναλαμβάνοντας τον συναγερμό ότι ο Νίκολα Γκρουέφσκι, που προκάλεσε ο Πούτιν, εξόντωσε την ομάδα Αλβανών εθνικιστών στο Κουμάνοβο, το 2015, όπου συνελήφθησαν 120 Αλβανοί μαχητές.

"Είναι πολύ καλό που ο πρωθυπουργός Γκρουέφσκι έχει συνειδητοποιήσει αυτόν τον κίνδυνο. Σε κάθε περίπτωση, όλα αυτά τα" μη χαρτιά ", που εμφανίστηκαν ως συμπτώσεις, προορίζονται να αγγίξουν τον παλμό της περιοχής.

"Ήταν σαφές ότι διάφορες υπηρεσίες πληροφοριών λειτουργούν καλά στα Βαλκάνια και θα συνεχίσουν να το κάνουν", δήλωσε ο Νίκοβσκι.

"Το έργο της Μεγάλης Αλβανίας είναι το μεγαλύτερο πρόβλημα. Αυτό το έργο επεξεργάζεται σοβαρά και μπορεί να ειπωθεί ότι περίπου το 70% έχει ήδη υλοποιηθεί μέσω του παράνομου διαχωρισμού του Κοσσυφοπεδίου από τη Σερβία. "Όλα τα άλλα είναι ήδη μέρος της τακτικής, επειδή η Ευρύτερη Αλβανία δεν σημαίνει σταθεροποίηση των Βαλκανίων, αλλά θα οδηγήσει σε νέες συγκρούσεις και νέες φιλοδοξίες Αλβανών πολιτικών", σημείωσε ο Νίκοβσκι για το "Σπούτνικ".

Σύμφωνα με τον ίδιο, η Ρωσία έχει διεισδύσει βαθιά στα Βαλκάνια και επιδιώκει να αποτρέψει τις συγκρούσεις.

"Η επίσημη πΓΔΜ δεν βλέπει ότι αυτός ο μεγάλος αλβανικός παράγοντας υπάρχει στη χώρα μας, παρόλο που αυτή η ιδέα πραγματοποιείται καθημερινά. Το γεγονός ότι είμαστε στο ΝΑΤΟ δεν σημαίνει ότι δεν μπορούμε να προκαλούμε όταν πρόκειται για την ιδέα του μια Μεγάλη Αλβανία και αυτό είπε ο Ζάεφ.

Από την άλλη πλευρά, η Αμερική και το ΝΑΤΟ γνωρίζουν ότι εάν προκύψει σοβαρή σύγκρουση, η Ρωσία σίγουρα θα εμφανιστεί εδώ - και δεν θέλουν να δουν τη Ρωσία στα Βαλκάνια υπό οποιεσδήποτε συνθήκες. "Και γι 'αυτό δεν νομίζω ότι θα υπάρξει πόλεμος", εξήγησε ο Νίκοβσκι.

Είπε ότι το σχέδιο «Ευρύτερη Αλβανία» θα θέσει σε κίνδυνο και την Ελλάδα και δεν είναι σαφές πώς δεν φαίνεται στην Αθήνα, ότι θέτουν σε κίνδυνο την ίδια ιδέα με το βαλκανικό κράτος και ότι είναι θέμα χρόνου πριν χτυπήσει το πρόβλημα ανοιχτά.

Η σύγκρουση της Σόφιας με τα Σκόπια χρησιμοποιείται από τη Μόσχα ως «casus belli», η οποία φαίνεται σαφώς στις ένοπλες ασκήσεις που πραγματοποιήθηκαν στα σύνορα του Κοσσυφοπεδίου με τον σερβικό στρατό. 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Why five EU members will not recognize the so-called Kosovo


Five EU members, which do not recognize the independence of the so-called Kosovo, do not intend to change their position, writes Sputnik.

SOURCE: SPUTNIK MONDAY, MAY 24, 2021 | 09:50
Cyprus, Greece, Slovakia, Romania and Spain firmly hold their political views on the so-called Kosovo, because otherwise they would have a problem with their territorial integrity.

Prime Minister of the Interim Institutions of Pristina, Albin Kurti, asked this week in Brussels from five EU member states, which did not recognize the self-proclaimed independence of Kosovo, to do so, and said that it would "lead Kosovo towards European integration".

The research associate of the Institute for European Studies, Dr Aleksandar Gajić, says for Sputnik that the reason for such a statement by Kurti is that the non-recognition of the independence of the so-called Kosovo by some EU countries is not favorable for Pristina's negotiation moves, which are based on Serbia being conditioned to sign an agreement on the recognition of Kosovo in order to join the EU.

"He understands that this argument is in favor of Serbia and that these five countries are a stumbling stone of the whole group that pushes the recognition of Kosovo as independent. All those countries actually adhere to international law and principles, remain consistent, while other countries, which "recognized the independence of Kosovo, under pressure from the sponsors of the independence of the southern Serbian province, in fact are aware that they are working contrary to Resolution 1244 and that this self-proclaimed independence is illegal under international law, but they agree, because they are aware of the political power 'pushing' the story," Gajic said.

According to him, the five countries that did not recognize Kosovo: Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain, remained principled primarily due to their internal interests, i.e. existing and potential problems related to certain parts of their territories and national minorities. It is important to them that the precedent set by Kosovo does not turn into a rule that could jeopardize their territorial integrity.

Cyprus and Greece
Dušan Proroković from the Institute for International Politics and Economy points out that Cyprus has strong political disagreements with Turkey, because it is the only country that has officially recognized Northern Cyprus as a state, i.e. as the so-called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

"Turkish military forces are on its territory. Cyprus does not recognize secession because it disrupts its internal organization," says Prorokovic. He notes that Greece supports Cyprus and has good relations with Serbia, and therefore does not change its position on Kosovo. He reminds that Greece influenced the entry of Cyprus into the EU with its unresolved problem. "Greece is a 'serious state'. It also sees it in a geopolitical context. For Greece, there are two key geopolitical threats related to Turkish aspirations and Albanian ambitions. For Greece, the creation of a Greater Albania is as much a threat as for Serbia. "Serbia as a current ally, not only as a potential one," Prorokovic said.

Gajic adds that Greece, in addition to the Albanian, also has a problem with the North Macedonian national minority.

Romania and Slovakia
As for Slovakia and Romania, Prorokovic states that the traditionally good relations of those two countries with Serbia play an important role in the firmness of their position on Kosovo, especially when it comes to Romania.

"We have deep and strong historical ties with Romania and that factor has played a significant role. Both Slovakia and Romania met with demands for the territorial autonomy of the Hungarian population in the mid-1990s. It is very dangerous for them to set a precedent that could adversely affect their internal organization", Proroković points out.

Prorokovic reminds that Spain has a problem of pronounced separatism in Catalonia, which is why he takes the position that secession cannot be recognized outside international law.

Gajić agrees with him, adding:

"Spain has a problem with Catalan, but also Basque separatism. We saw that the EU three years ago did not stand convincingly enough in defense of Spanish sovereignty. Because of these disintegration processes that include some of its regions, Spain take a principled stand".

A different climate in international relations
Because of everything that stands between the mentioned five countries and the recognition of Kosovo, Gajić concludes that Kurti insists on something that is - not realistic:

"He is trying to invite them publicly, hoping that Euro-Atlantic relations, after Biden's coming to power in the USA and the joining of European institutions, primarily the European Commission, will do something for Kosovo's transatlantic agenda. However, the situation is generally not favorable. It is much more unfavorable than it was back in 2008. These countries that withstood the pressure back then and did not recognize Kosovo, now they have all the reasons to stay with that position due to the EU's inability to protect sovereign states from potential separatism and the diminishing power of the United States in international relations".

Saturday, May 22, 2021

How Greece became Europe’s unlikely model student


May 22, 2021

BRUSSELS CAN be a condescending place. In the EU, prime ministers are sometimes treated like school children. In a favorite sentence, tough officials say that national governments must “do their homework.” If Brussels is a classroom, then Greece has become an unlikely swot. Its handling of the pandemic has been praised. His plan to spend 31 billion euros of the EUThe 750 billion euro ($ 915 billion) salvage pot earned a gold star from EU officials. Greek ideas such as a common covid-19 certificate are taken up at European level. After a decade in which Greece has found itself in catching up lessons, having suffered three bailouts and an economic collapse, this is a big change. Syriza, the leftist party that ruled the country from 2015 to 2019, was the class rebel. On the other hand, the government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, smooth center-right prime minister since 2019, is the darling of teachers.

In part, the change in reputation is a matter of politics. Syriza has established itself as a challenger of the EUin the current order, in the hope of overhauling the club from the inside out. But if the EU has a view of the house, it is one of the center-right centers where the New Democracy of Mr. Mitsotakis is based. In the technocratic world of EU political, Mr. Mitsotakis fits perfectly. A former management consultant, he speaks English, French, German and Davos, a dialect used by middle-aged men in snow boots at high altitude conferences. He wears the school uniform well. Explicitly, New Democracy was elected in 2019 on a plan to overhaul Greece. Implicitly, their task was to make Greek politics boring and make Greece a normal European country. The leaders of Syriza saw themselves as the beginning of history; The leaders of New Democracy see their job as ending a dark era.

They have some success. After a decade of bailout programs and nearly leaving (or being kicked out) of the eurozone, Greece had its finances in order long before covid-19 hit. Greek bond yields are near their all-time low as the European Central Bank no longer hesitates to buy Greek debt. In government, self-proclaimed nerds waving Ivy League degrees are now running the show. Its expenditure plan of 31 billion euros of EU the funds were accompanied by an audit of 1,400 pages, longer than all the proposals of certain countries. (Years of getting pummeled by Commission officials means Greek bureaucrats know what makes homeworkers happy.) While countries like Finland have taken hold of the ratification of the project, the plan for the Greece has walked through its parliament. The teacher is worried about the other children in the class.

The harsh conditions for migrants stranded on the Greek islands are expected to be a stain on the government’s record, with reports of “pushbacks”, when asylum seekers are illegally forced to return to where they came from. But the staff room in Brussels seems satisfied. In the minds of European politicians, the pushback rules are designed to prevent refugees from being mowed down by border guards, not to prevent canoes from being towed to the Turkish coast. By the same brutal logic, the miserable conditions on the Greek islands dissuade others from coming. the EU had a much bigger problem with the approach of Syriza, which initially failed to stem the arrivals, than the current approach of pushing them back. Last year, a young man was shot dead at the border as crowds of people tried to enter Greece from Turkey. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, hailed Greece as the shield of Europe. For an organization that touts its rule-based order, it can be relaxed about violations if they are helpful. The flow of people has stopped. Beyond that, European leaders have few questions.

What happens outside the school gates is irrelevant to the EU. Where Greece goes wrong is in areas outside the EUthe mission. In Greece, activists and NGOs complain of a rise in police brutality after the coming to power of New Democracy. The other governments were happy to immerse themselves in Greek affairs during the rescue program. In normal times, however, they will do anything to avoid criticizing the internal affairs of another Member State. It’s a similar story when it comes to breaking down the patronage and nepotism that have hampered Greece. Syriza promised to fix it but did not. Mr Mitsotakis talks about a good game on the subject, but it is hard to take seriously from the son of a prime minister, brother of a former foreign minister and uncle of the current mayor of Athens. It is difficult to lead the charge, when the best proof of progress would be not to lead it in the first place.

the EU can also be a neglectful teacher in areas where he is expected to pay attention. When it comes to media freedom, Greece ranks fourth from the bottom EU, according to a Reporters Without Borders index. Only Malta, where the murder of a journalist brought down the previous government; The Hungary of Viktor Orban; and Bulgaria, probably the most corrupt country in EU, rank below Greece. Earlier this year, Giorgos Karaivaz, a Greek journalist, was assassinated. Kostas Vaxevanis, editor-in-chief of Documento, a left-wing newspaper that has investigated corruption, now needs police protection. Glossy presentations touting Greece’s progress in various ease of doing business rankings are undermined if the country drops other rankings. the EU always let things like that slip into the past, when it suited him. Greece is not as bad as some. But it’s never a good idea for the class swot to hang out with the thugs behind the bike shed.

Gush out of flunking out
As long as Greece continues to score high in the areas that matter, nobody cares. A government that goes with the flow politically, carries out reforms without complaint, and does the bloc’s dirty work on migration will always be welcome. Its flaws can be ignored. For all his speeches on values, the EU is a political and not a moral creature. It does not pass judgment on those who play the game. Governments that attempt to recast the EU, as Syriza did, end up steamed. Those who accept the EU in the present state of affairs, like New Democracy, can carry on business undisturbed. Hand in homework on time and no one will care.

A clear message from the Bundestag: Germany unlawfully changed the borders of Serbia


What kind of dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina should we support and how to avoid the danger of Serbia and the so-called Kosovo move further away?


Alternative for Germany MP, Jens Kestner, posed this question in the Bundestag yesterday.

"We must bring Serbia, of which, in my opinion, Kosovo is still an integral part, closer to us, instead of looking for what separates us! If you constantly claim to oppose the change of borders, anywhere in the world, do we have the right to overlook the fact that we ourselves have already participated in the illegal change of borders in that region! Today, Serbia continues to justifiably point to this contradiction", Kestner said at a session debating the proposal of Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to extend the KFOR mission for Bundeswehr soldiers until June 30, 2022.

According to that proposal, the so-called A maximum of 400 German soldiers can be deployed in Kosovo.

Kestner also stated that if there is not enough courage to revise German policy towards the Western Balkans and to truly return to the full ​​respect for international law by some kind of reintegration of Kosovo into Serbia, he believes that innovative solutions should not be rejected a priori, hiding behind the principle of immutability of boundaries.

"I call on political actors in Germany to think seriously about this topic, so that by solving one problem we would not create new ones and force Serbia, as a key country in the region, to look for collaborators to find a just solution on another side," the AfD MP said.

The representative of the German left "Die Linke" Zaklin Nastic also called for the withdrawal of German troops from Kosovo yesterday, reminding colleagues in parliament that "there is a network of organized crime in Kosovo, whose masterminds are also responsible for the murder of Serbian leader Oliver Ivanovic."

Stressing that her party resolutely rejects the proposal to extend KFOR's mandate, Nastic said that "by giving the green light to that government proposal, the members of the Bundestag are helping the criminal network in Kosovo to continue to survive."

The head of the Green Party Manuel Saracin said that he considered the debate on this topic pointless, since, as he said, Belgrade and Pristina agree that "KFOR must remain in Kosovo."

According to the government's explanation in Berlin, the extension of the KFOR mission is requested "due to the fact that, although peaceful and stable, the situation in Kosovo still carries the potential for escalation of the conflict, since normalization of relations with Serbia is not in sight."