I missed this from July, but was captivated enough by the points made in the last two paragraphs:
ROME — Italian geopolitical magazine Limes Plus printed a pessimistic set of articles on the future stability of Kosovo.
The new issue is dedicated to Kosovo in its entirety and includes pieces from Serbian, Albanian and Italian politicians and analysts.
Dušan Janji?, director of the Forum for Ethnic Relations, writes about the Kosovo status crisis, citing an article by [former] Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku, who said the province was a special case because the international community began to create a country, “which does not have much material for becoming a country.”
“And then Ceku says ‘go ahead, finish the job.’ Essentially, the international community came to the Balkans and caught the Balkan virus, and Kosovo will be an open problem and under some sort of international supervision for some time,” Janji? said at the presentation.
Chief of the Serbian Government’s Media Relations Office, Milivoje Mihajovi?, wrote that the Kosovo situation is known to the media only through comments made by politicians and that there are no examples of the real situation facing residents of the province.
“235,000 people have not returned to Kosovo. There are many statistics which compromise the UNMIK mission,” Mihajovi? said, adding that according to data, every fifth Kosovo student is armed, “which does not speak well for the future of Kosovo.”
Former KLA rebels are believed to have stashed away huge caches of rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons in Kosovo’s forests and in their own backyards. More than 500,000 handguns alone remain in circulation, according to U.N. estimates.
Also from the AP article:
Thousands of wildly cheering pro-independence demonstrators marched through Kosovo’s gritty capital Monday [Dec. 10] as a sense of euphoria swept the breakaway province preparing to gain statehood early next year.
“No more delays. No more deals,” said rally organizer Burim Balaj, as 3,000 demonstrators outside parliament set off firecrackers, waved U.S. and Albanian flags and held posters that read: “Independence is the only option.”
“UCK! UCK!” the crowd shouted back, using the Albanian acronym for the now-disbanded Kosovo Liberation Army, or KLA…[correctly pronounced “YUCK”].
“I don’t believe it’s possible for Serbs and Albanians to live together peacefully,” said Mimoza Sejdiu, 24, an ethnic Albanian at Monday’s rally. “I don’t see a common future as citizens of one country.”
But just to make sure:
[U]nknown assailants tossed a bottle of flaming liquid into a vacant house owned by Serbs in the town of Gnjilane southeast of Pristina and sprayed this menacing message: “Death to Serbs.”
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