January 24th 2008 04:06:50 AM
The eight Serbian houses in Northern Mitrovica that were attacked on the first or second day of the new year were struck within a few days of this interview given by a leader of the terror group Albanian National Army:
27 December 2007 Pristina - A shadowy armed group in Kosovo, the Albanian National Army, is preparing for potential trouble in the Serb-inhabited north of the region after Kosovo’s expected declaration of independence, Balkan Insight can reveal.
In an exclusive interview for Balkan Insight, the group’s frontman, identified only as Arberi, said that his group, known by its initials as the ANA, was focusing its efforts on the ethnically-divided city of Mitrovica, and the rest of the northern part of Kosovo dominated by Serbs.
“We are worried that there will be fresh violence from the Serbian armed forces when Kosovo declares independence”, Arberi told Balkan Insight on Wednesday.
“…violence from the Serbian armed forces,” he said. Translation: Time to get rid of more Serbs.
He explained that his group of armed men stayed out of the glare of the public in recent months, as they were focusing on mobilisation and logistics, with an emphasis on northern Kosovo.
“We want to make sure that nothing happens to the Albanian population of this area when Kosovo’s parliament declares independence. We will be there to avoid any inter-ethnic clashes”, Arberi went on.
The guerrilla leader in his thirties said that KFOR troops of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo have shown they are not able to deal with violence.
“Look back to 2004 when KFOR soldiers locked themselves into their bases while Albanians and Serbs were killing each other”, he said referring to Kosovo’s worst bout of violence since the war in 1999.
He was sitting in a café with two other ANA members, all without their trademark balaclavas, and dressed in civilians clothes.
“They have not been able to defend their own commander”, he addes, referring to a much more recent incident.
KFOR commander Xavier Bout de Marnhac and Joachim Ruecker, head of the UN mission in Kosovo, UNMIK, were involved in a fracas when inhabitants of the Serb village of Gorazdevac assaulted their military escort at the beginning of December.
In that line, Balkan Insight’s Albanian reporter is lying to you. What happened was that there was fighting among the Serbs themselves, not between the Serbs and KFOR. Two Serbs who accepted posts in the Kosovo-Albanian government (Slobodan Petrovic and Slavko Dakic) took it upon themselves to represent the village of Gorazdevac even though the Serbian population had boycotted the elections. Those two people were attacked by the people from the village when they tried to have a meeting with KFOR. This was about Serbs attacking other Serbs whom they viewed as traitors –- not about Serbs attacking KFOR:
KOSOVO SERBS “INDIGNANT” AT UNMIK CHIEF’S ALLEGATION ABOUT GORAZDEVAC BRAWL
Text of report by Serbian wide-circulation tabloid Vecernje novosti, on 9 December
After the fight in Gorazdevac two days ago, which broke out during a visit by UNMIK chief Joachim Ruecker and Kfor Commander Xavier de Marnhac, passions in the village are still running high…Those involved in the clash told Vecernje Novosti yesterday that, after the incident, they were additionally indignant at Ruecker’s statement that the incident had been “orchestrated from Belgrade.”
“Nobody in the village had known that Ruecker and De Marnhac were coming until they came, except the two representatives from the office of the provisional Kosovo institutions, Slobodan Petrovic and Slavko Dakic. Well, then, how could they have known this in Belgrade, which is being accused by the civilian administration of orchestrating the conflict between allegedly two groups of Serbs?
“It is true that we reacted to the fact that the international community’s high representatives talked only to the two officials of the Kosovo institutions, who cannot represent our village in any way. The visit by the two [international] officials was obviously designed by the peace mission to serve a propaganda purpose, which we concluded also from the fact that they were followed by a busload of mostly Kosovo Albanian reporters,” Radojko Dunic, the coordinator for the Pec municipality, told Vecernje Novosti; Dunic was among those that sought help at the Medical Centre for an injury from a blow to his leg.
Whereas representatives of the international community and the Kosovo institutions claim that the conflict was provoked by Dunic and school Principal Slobodan Petrovic, who allegedly would not allow the UNMIK chief and the Kfor commander to address reporters outside the building in which they had had talks with the two Serbs, villagers tell a different story.
“The incident happened spontaneously, because people in Gorazdevac do not accept to be represented by people that are on the payroll of those that are working against their [the villagers’] interests,” most inhabitants of Gorazdevac insist.
Villagers say that yesterday they were informed that Serbian Minister for Kosovo-Metohija Slobodan Samardzic will be visiting Gorazdevac tomorrow; they say that it would be a good thing if Mr Ruecker came, too, so that they could explain to him that they did not “attack” him and that nobody had put them up to provoking the incident, but that they were indignant with their two fellow villagers, who arrogated to themselves the right to represent the village.
“Village representatives sent me to ask Ruecker and De Marnhac whether they intended to talk to them, too. When I approached the building where they were meeting with Dakic and Petrovic, the security people stopped me and, after a dispute, a policeman hit me on the head with a club,” school Principal Milivoje Zdravkovic, who sustained the most serious injuries in the conflict, says. “When the villagers saw me covered in blood, there was chaos and then a fight broke out. Only, the fight was not with the security people, but with the family and supporters of Petrovic and Dakic. I suffered mild concussion.”
Back to the Albanian terrorist:
The ANA, which is also known by its Albanian initials as AKSH, was labelled a terrorist organisation by UNMIK in 2003.
Members of the ANA have been seen in the territory periodically since the conflict ended in 1999. They have taken responsibility for several bomb attacks in Kosovo since then. However, the group shunned publicity for a time while an earlier phase of the internationally-mediated negotiations on Kosovo’s status was underway.
Shocking images of the ANA’s masked gunmen checking vehicles along one of Kosovo’s most frequented highways were broadcast in early October by Kosovo’s public TV station, RTK.
Since the internationally mediated negotiations over Kosovo’s final status ended with no concrete results in early December, the ethnic Albanian-dominated authorities in Kosovo are expected to declare independence in the next few months.
Many fear that such a declaration, which is expected to be recognised by the US and most of EU countries will be followed by a similar act from the Kosovo Serbs who will decide to proclaim the independence of northern Kosovo.
The ANA members say their mission is to protect Kosovo’s territorial integrity.
“If by any chance Kosovo gets de facto partitioned, we will do everything to unify and protect our territories,” said Arberi, who did not wish to disclose the number of his armed men or the weapons they possess.
“…to protect Kosovo’s territorial integrity,” he says. Pay close attention to that language. If there is still any doubt that NATO and Western governments act as mere extensions of terrorist aims and groups in the region, let it be dispelled:
30 December 2007 | 15:55 | Source: Tanjug
PRIŠTINA — UNMIK chief Joachim Ruecker says northern Kosovo “will not be allowed to separate.”
KFOR and UNMIK will not allow for the Serb-inhabited regions to “separate” from the province, the German diplomat told Priština-based Albanian language Zeri newspaper’s holiday edition.
Ruecker backed his comments by quoting from the principles of the Contact Group, “supported by UN Security Council”, which “clearly and unequivocally point out that there will be no partition of Kosovo.”
“UNMIK and KFOR, based on their respective mandates, are under obligation to make sure partition does not occur,” Ruecker told the paper…
And now let’s hear from Kosovo’s “president”:
Sejdiu: Kosovo partition would open Pandora’s Box
3 January 2008 | 16:05 | Source: FoNet, Beta
PRIŠTINA — If the international community allowed a partition of Kosovo it would open a Pandora’s Box, says Fatmir Sejdiu.
It would not just end with Kosovo, said the Kosovo president.
In the second half of an interview with today’s edition of Priština daily Koha Ditore, he stressed that partition would not only open the opportunity for Kosovo’s unification with Albania, but open the question of Albanian minorities in the three southern Serbian municipalities, as well as in Macedonia and Montenegro.
“We are for respect of borders. Kosovo has no pretensions towards the frontiers of others. Kosovo values its own internal stability as well as regional stability. Here, I’m referring above all to Macedonia, but to others too,” he pointed out.
Sejdiu doubted that the international community would allow such a series of events to take place.
Should Serbia “feel like a new conflict with Kosovo,” it would not just be up against Kosovo, but the whole world, “one powerful military mechanism – NATO,” predicted Sejdiu.
In case anyone is still looking for comedy in the Muslim world, we’ve found it in Greater Albania: Cutting Kosovo from Serbia is OK — and doesn’t set any precedents — but partitioning Kosovo will set a bad one. Got it.
As for Sejdiu’s comical statement that Kosovo has no ambitions for forming a Greater Albania with Macedonia and Montenegro and that not giving them all of Kosovo would foment precisely this outcome, that’s what one might call a double punch line. Getting Kosovo is and has always been a key step on the progression toward a Greater Albania, and Albanian leaders in Presevo Valley have already expressed interest in separating from Serbia to be part of an independent Kosovo. But here he’s saying: Give us Kosovo, or we will create a Greater Albania. As if the other option isn’t: Give us Kosovo, and we will create a Greater Albania.
And here we have KLA veterans saying that they in fact do see NATO and UN as their proxies:
Text of report by Kosovo Albanian newspaper Koha Ditore on 18 August
Prishtina, 17 August: …Requests of the Serbian officials for the return of the Serbian police and army to Kosova [sic], as provided for by the United Nations Resolution 1244, were met with strong reaction not only by the former UCK veterans but also by the Kosova [sic] government.
“Any return of Serbian forces to Kosova [sic] means war,” said Faik Fazliu, chairman of the UCK War Veterans Organization [OVLUCK], making it clear that the former UCK veterans are ready to respond with a war to a possible return of the Serbian army and police. According to him, any form of entry of uniformed Serb people to Kosova [sic] will mean the start of a new war.
The Serbs have based their demand for the return of their forces to Kosova [sic] on UN Security Council Resolution 1244, which provides for such a right, whereas the leader of the UCK veterans insists that the resolution is invalid.
“Resolution 1244 is dead for us. We have never recognized it,” Faik Fazliu said.
How convenient. Signing on to something one doesn’t recognize to begin with, by way of facilitating the next phase of one’s plan — no, that doesn’t sound Muslimy or Oslo-y at all. Meaningless signatures from the Muslim world. Not familiar at all.
Asked how the UCK veterans see the Kfor [NATO-led Kosovo Force] position if the latter insists on full implementation of Resolution 1244, and with it the return of the Serbian army and police, Fazliu said Kfor did not have a mandate to have Serbia return to Kosova [sic].
“We see Kfor as an ally of ours. They are here in the service of the Kosova [sic] citizens’ right to be free,” the UCK war veterans’ leader said.
Besides full implementation of Resolution 1244 [which allows for the return of up to 1,000 Serb police], the Serbs also base their request for the return of their forces on the need to protect the Serb minority in Kosova [sic]. Serbian state officials have alleged that members of the Serb minority in Kosova [sic] are seriously threatened in the conditions in which the resolution of Kosova’s [sic] status is delayed, which, according to them, could lead to riots and violence in which the Serbs in Kosova [sic] would suffer…
And here is a Presevo Valley Albanian reminding UN and NATO whom they’re working for:
3 December 2007 | 16:43 | Source: Beta
The presidency of [Presevo Valley’s] Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA) assessed today that the security in the region close to the administrative line with Kosovo is “unstable”.
A DPA statement, signed by party leader and Preševo mayor Ragmi Mustafa, calls on the international community, the OSCE, and the U.S. and UK embassies in Belgrade to “continue to monitor the region and use their authority to influence institutions with jurisdiction to maintain order and peace”.
“The worsening stability trends in the region are contributing to the concentration of Serbian security forces, ahead of the solving of the Kosovo status, considering that Kosovo events directly reflect on Preševo and Bujanovac,” the party says.
So let’s just make a mental note of how Albanians, when they’re not calling on the “occupiers” NATO and UN to “get out” at protests, they’re giving them a to-do list in advancing the Albanian cause. Here we had it again in October:
An armed Albanian extremist group, Albanian National Army or ANA, has issued a warning to the international authorities who are governing Kosovo that unless Kosovo Serbs in the northern town of Mitrovica are not placed under Muslim Albanian domination by November 1, the group itself will attack the Serbs in order to place them under Muslim domination, says Albanian National Army’s political spokesman Gafurr Adili for a Kosovo Albanian newspaper Epoka e Re. [And recall that indeed Serbs in Northern Mitrovica were attacked this month.]
“If KFOR, UNMIK, KPS and KPC fail to take under administration the northern Kosovo by 1 November 2007, I am forced to warn them that ANA will do it,” Adili said.
Footage recently appeared on the Albanian-dominated Kosovo television showing masked armed Albanian gunmen patrolling areas of Kosovo. UN peace keepers have not found the armed group and it is unclear whether they are even looking for any of the gunmen.
ANA spokesman also said that the group is recruiting and organizing Islamic volunteers in the province “like never before”…Adili blamed Serbian police and army, who are not present in the province, for provoking a possible war…
A related letter from a reader:
I find it interesting that NATO and UNMIK will be forcefully securing Kosovo’s territorial integrity in the run-up to what has become the longest awaited least spontaneous declaration of independance ever. They are of course doing this to prevent a counter declaration of independence by Serbs in the north to “re” unite with rump Serbia. It is the same double standard that applied to Yugoslavia when Serbs living in Croatia and elsewhere declared independence from the breakaway republics, but then were not allowed to choose their successor state. Of course those were “Rebel” Serbs according to the Clintonistas and since they were guilty as a people of “fomenting the Balkan wars,” that meant that those rebels could be dealt with in a way so that there would be virtually no trace of their existence in those parts, to paraphrase Ustashe Franjo Tudjman. So after failing to secure the territorial integrity of Serbia per UN res. 1244, indeed taking an activist role in the dismemberment of Serbia, the West will now guarantee the territorial integrity of “Kosova”.
Returning to the incident with which I opened this post, the plan was explained to me by Serbianna’s Mickey Bozinovich:
For some time, Albanians have been trying to create an incident that will facilitate American attack on Serbs so that US forces would recruit Albanian ones to purge the remaining enclaves under auspicies of a “Security enforcement”. Ruecker was helpful when he called a few months ago for a “unified” Mitrovica, a codeword for depopulation of Serbs and placing them under “Kosovar” security which means expulsion.
Abu Bakr brigades are just south of Mitrovica, and presumably these al Qaeada troops were supposed to be used as the shock in initial stages. These troops are also scattered across Kosovo and they coexist with American troops because they presume Kosovo will go independent so that once independent, they can do some assaults (or activate plans for assaults).
I think Serbs do have reinforcements in Mitrovica and UNMIK failed to “disarm” the Serbs who really fear for life and are in no numeric advantage to distabilize Kosovo.
Strategically, Serbia has nothing to gain by instigating anything, because Albanians themselves are sufficient for that. If anything, there may be intra-Albanian purges because the thugs that are pulling the strings, the so-called heroin mafia associated with KLA, may take action against their own such as Ceku, unhappy with his ability to get independence.
There is a long history of inter-Albanian violence dating back to the 18th century and those spasms of violence are to be expected but also have caused tremendous pain to Serbs. Intra-Palestinian murdering going on now is a similar case, and such is more likely soon. A German study mentioned in the London Times predicted that.
And here’s the most recent set of threats on behalf of selective “territorial integrity”:
Kosovo terror group issues fresh threats
21 January 2008 | 17:23 | Source: B92, Tanjug
ANA members pose for photographers in November last year (FoNet, archive)
…A man in his thirties identified as Arberi, who claims to be the leader of ANA, explained, “while sipping tea in downtown Priština,” that they are “not fighting for pan-Albanian unification [pay no attention to our being Macedonia-based!], but to protect the territorial integrity of Kosovo if it is threatened.”
The group claims to have a “plan of action prepared in the event of an escalation of tensions in Kosovo.”
ANA leaders claim this can happen “only in the event of a partition of Kosovo, with Serbs getting the northern part of the province, or if there is no proclamation of independence in the more imminent future.”
“Unless Kosovo politicians proclaim independence by March this year, ANA has a Plan B — they will storm the institutions and proclaim independence instead of them,” the armed group’s members have announced.
The international peacekeeping force in Kosovo, KFOR, “does not consider the ANA organization its ally,” Gashi reveals, and adds that, “as does the Kosovo police, KFOR considers ANA a terrorist organization.”
A KFOR spokesman was quoted in the article as saying that KFOR will “resolutely respond to any attempts at undermining peace and security by any group or individual.”
On April 23, 2003, the so-called Albanian National Army, which reemerged last year, was branded a terrorist organization by then UNMIK chief in the province Michael Steiner.
The decision came after it was determined that the group was behind a bomb attack on a railway in a Serb part of the province on April 12, 2003, aimed at killing civilians.
The operation, which involved two members of the ANA and over 60 kilograms of explosives, destroyed the railway bridge linking Kosovo and Serbia proper. [It also involved two members of the Kosovo government’s “Protection” Corps.]
In the fall the same year, the United States Department of State announced that “the Albanian National Army (ANA) has not been designated a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).”
So even the UN designates terrorists as such, whereas the U.S. State Department prefers keeping its alliance options open. At least there was this, for a time:
In May 2003, however, President George Bush issued Executive Order 13304 to take “additional steps with respect to the continuing, widespread, and illicit actions in the Western Balkans.” …The order further prohibited U.S. nationals from engaging in most transactions or dealings with individuals and entities, including the Albanian National Army.