Kosovo - hotbed of crime, UNMIK officials corrupt

UNMIK officers are linked to the local Albanian mafia in Kosovo, and the international mission, which is supposed to protect the security, property and rights of residents and set democratic foundations, has achieved exactly the opposite, claims a journalist with an influential Sweden daily, Dagens Nyheter, Maciej Zaremba.

“Kosovo has become the hotbed of injustice, anarchy, crime, a European center of women and drugs trafficking,” daily Politika quotes Zaremba, who spent six months in Kosovo.

Zaremba alleges that in the eight years since it first set up its mission in Kosovo, the United Nations has spent EUR 22bn, and pointed out that the black market is still thriving in the area, while the province is on the verge of legal collapse.

During his several month long investigation of the Kosovo system, Zaremba concluded that the overly paid UNMIK officials are not there to fight organized crime which is the worst evil in the province, “but that they rather feel responsibility only towards their own career, in which Kosovo is but an episode.”

“This is why the only thing which all of the seven Kosovo governors, that is heads of UNMIK, have ever mentioned in their reports are stability and progress, the Swedish journalist specified,” pointing out that only in that way could they advance their careers.

As Chris Deliso writes in The Coming Balkan Caliphate, after the NATO bombing:

the KLA, and its criminal partners, it was tacitly understood, would not be touched, and in exchange the ‘internationals’…could enjoy the spoils of peace — everything from mafia-supplied prostitutes to multimillion dollar embezzlement on privatization deals and budget ‘discrepancies.’

The reasons why the West is fixin’ to lose in the Balkans…stem first of all from the weaknesses inherent to all peacekeeping missions, such as an emphasis on careerism naturally resulting in local political appeasement, gross negligence and dereliction of duties, unprofessional disinterest and unaccountability…

[T]he unwillingness of the mainstream media and political establishment to investigate cases that might prove embarrassing for the West’s Balkan legacy, as well as an unaccountable, “don’t-rock-the-boat” mentality among peacekeepers, has kept these developments largely out of view of the Western public.

In other news:

Serb store in Kosovo comes under fire

Central Kosovo chronic patients without medicines for a week

GRACANICA, SEPT 24 (Tanjug) — …Rada Trajkovic told Tanjug that in question are patients with heart diseases, diabetes and psychiatric illnesses who require daily doses and whose lives are thus directly threatened, Trajkovic set out.

She underscored that the medications are most probably currently at the UNMIK customs depot in southern Kosovska Mitrovica where they have been held for the past 5-6 days without any valid explanation.

This is not the first case that UNMIK customs procedures directly threaten the lives of patients in Kosovo and Metohija. Earlier in the month a truckload of oxygen for the Kosovska Mitrovica Health Care Center was detained by the Kosovo customs for almost 30 hours.

On a lighter note, meet the exploding Bill Clinton — Bill Clinton Boulevard, that is (not the first time):

A powerful blast struck a busy part of Pristina early Monday (September 24th), killing two people and leaving at least another 11 injured, a Kosovo official said several hours after the incident.

“The blast occurred at about 2 am in the business area in which some coffee shops and restaurants were still working,” Kosovo Police Service (KPS) spokesman Veton Elshani told reporters.

Part of a two-storey business centre on Bill Clinton Boulevard in Pristina’s Dardania district collapsed in the strong explosion, which also damaged vehicles and other buildings in the vicinity. Photos showed glass and debris scattered at the site.

The victims are believed to have been in a nearby café, according to Elshani. One reportedly died on the spot, and the second at hospital.

According to reports, the explosion occurred near the café-bar Sekiraqa. Its owners are believed to be members of a local gang and are suspected of involvement in the late-August murder of an elite police officer.

Condemning the incident, authorities said there was no evidence to link the attack to the ongoing internationally-sponsored negotiations on Kosovo’s final status.

The UK Guardian’s take:

The explosion scattered glass and debris from at least a dozen shops on Pristina’s Bill Clinton Boulevard, and caused a building to collapse.

The blast comes amid growing concerns over the future of the province, which remains officially part of Serbia following the 1999 Nato bombing campaign that forced the withdrawal of Serbian troops.

Last month, police arrested several ethnic Albanians working in the mall who were suspected of involvement in the shooting of a policeman.