June 16th 2008 01:29:34 PM
The other day I blogged about Serbian returnees in Decani “re-fleeing” in the wake of protests by Albanians angry that the UN is making them return the stolen monastery property to the Orthodox church, which had been “confiscated” during the 1999 war. Today I blogged about the end of Albanian pro-Westernism being in view (indeed Albanians have been calling for the UN to get out for at least six years — starting very soon after the international community did their bidding in 1999). But in today’s case I specifically cited the UN mandating similar returns of property being occupied by Albanians. This is happening after nearly a decade of inaction and sometimes even puzzlement by the internationals as to why the Albanians who had flooded into Kosovo during the war (from Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro) to fully cement its Albanization couldn’t just keep the property of the cleansed non-Albanians (who are now living as penniless refugees in Serbia, Croatia and elsewhere).
The local Albanian authorities — the ones to whom power is being transferred as we speak — easily ignored the UN’s decree concerning the High Decani monastery (where Serbian monks sheltered Albanians during the war) — and now the Albanians have gone and attacked yet another UNMIK employee:
UNMIK employee attacked in Dečani
14 June 2008 | 09:52 | Source: Tanjug
PRIŠTINA — Luis Perez, an UNMIK employee in Dečani, has been physically attacked in the town, report Serbian-language media.
Quoting international sources in Kosovo, they say that Perez was attacked at 22.45 CET on Thursday night, as he was entering his flat in Dečani.
Perez was attacked by three men who were hiding in the shadows as he entered his block of flats. They ambushed him with the intention of assaulting him. In attempting to defend himself, Perez sustained head injuries, it is reported.
This is the second case of a serious attack on an UN employee in the town since the decision of UNMIK Chief Joachim Ruecker to order the local authorities to return land to the High Dečani monastery confiscated after the 1999 conflict.
The Dečani municipal administration decided last week to ignore the decree and break off contact with UNMIK’s two representatives in the town.
Some details on the refusal to comply with the UN order, from a June 4th Radio KIM (Kosovo i Metohia) broadcast:
At today’s session the municipal assembly of Decani unanimously rejected the implementation of decision 2008/21 of the UNMIK chief regarding restitution of the property of Visoki Decani Monastery. It also discontinued all contacts with representatives of UNMIK in Decani and decided not to transfer the property to the ownership of the monastery…All contacts with UNMIK representatives Patrick Boucher and Luis Perez Segnini “the main expressors of manipulation”, have been discontinued…
By executive decisions 2008/16 and 2008/21 the UNMIK chief restored the monastery cadastral status to that of 1999; since then, without any court or UNMIK decision the municipal authorities have falsified the monastery cadastral information, removing almost 50% of the monastery’s property from its ownership..Prior to issuing the executive order UNMIK conducted an investigation and established that an illegal change of cadastral records had been made to the detriment of the monastery. Yesterday Bishop Teodosije, the abbot of Decani Monastery, officially asked the cadastral office in Decani to issue a new cadastral list in accordance with the executive decision of the UNMIK chief…Municipal officials refused to do this with the explanation that they do not recognize UNMIK’s authority. [Take note, Americans: When they’re done with you, they’re done with you.]
Abdul Mushkolai, who has organized similar protests in the past, physically threatened Patrick Boucher yesterday after breaking into his office with four bodyguards, Radio KIM has learned. UNMIK spokesman Alexander Ivanko said that Patrick Boucher needs to contact police regarding an attack on an UNMIK official, confirming that UNMIK is presently in a meeting with Decani mayor Muso Berisha.
Let’s keep in mind that the Albanians know the UN is on its way out as the even lighter supervisory EU system takes over as a transition to full independence. So the Albanians know they have an opportunity to get away with as much lawlessness as possible on their way to a fully Albanian-run “society based on rule of law and which respects minority rights,” as our leaders tell us the plan is.
Any optimistic but naive American patriots still tempted to argue, “OK, so maybe Albanians hate the UN, but they still love America,” should understand that Albanian pro-Americanism hinges on America opposing the law and order that the UN is finally experimenting with in the region, and instead preserving the status-quo Albanian free-for-all. Which in fact summarizes U.S. policy in Greater Albania.
One other thing: Generally, in those rare but increasingly frequent instances in which Albanians lose the battle to stay in a property they’ve been squatting in, they vacate it only after torching or otherwise destroying it. They do the same thing to property that they can’t compel non-Albanians to sell to Albanians. Here is just the most recent example of this kind of thing:
The house of Ilija Trajkovic of Pristina, who is living as an internally displaced person in the portable building settlement in Gracanica, has been completely destroyed, KIM Radio has learned. Trajkovic and his wife went to Pristina today for the feast day of the church of St. Nicholas and visited his house, which is located right next to the church. “Everything has been completely destroyed. The Albanian who was illegally living there completely destroyed my house when he left it. On one floor the doors have been removed, the windows destroyed, the electrical wiring pulled out of the wall. Our older house, which was in the yard, is no longer there, and there are chickens in the small house in which we once lived, said Trajkovic for KIM Radio. He claims that he reported everything to the Agency for Property Returns, as well as going to other institutions but that the state of his property has grown worse with each passing year. “No one can protect us, no one wants to protect us, all this is in vain. I wanted to return to my church and my city but I can’t. When I look at everything that has been done and how it all looks today, it’s a good thing we still have a head on our shoulders,” said Trajkovic. The Radio KIM team which visited the Trajkovic family home noticed that most movable objects, including the gate to the front yard, had been taken. The first floor of the house is illegally inhabited by an Albanian family with children. Ilija Trajkovic was evacuated from Pristina on March 17, 2004, and since then has lived with his wife in the portable building settlement in Gracanica.
And here is what the first paragraph of this blog was talking about with regard to internationals generally having been inclined to just let the Albanians keep whatever they were stealing. From Hiding Genocide in Kosovo:
Most of the houses belonging to the 400 [Croats in Letnica] who left that day were later handed over to Albanians from Macedonia who were temporarily displaced by the war in Macedonia in 2001. This was presented by UNHCR as a humanitarian gesture. But, they are still there six years later although it is safe for them to return to Macedonia. The Croats who left Letnica on October 27, 1999, have never had the chance to return and even if they wished to return they could not in the present circumstances given that their houses have been occupied by Albanians from Macedonia with the official approval of a UN organisation. According to Froka, one French representative of UNHCR asked him why could the Macedonian Albanians not keep the occupied Croat houses. In reply, Froka asked her that if they were occupyng her house in France whether she would be happy to let them keep it. She did not reply. She did not seem to understand that the displaced Croats as the rightful owners of the properties should be allowed to return. This attitude by the international community towards the return of displaced Serbs, Roma and Croats is not uncommon.