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Kosovo President Urges Serbia To Stop Meddling, Focus Instead On EU Integration

Kosovo President Warns Serbia To Stop Meddlingi
October 11, 2011
In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL's Balkan Service on October 10, Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga urged Serbia to stop meddling in her country's internal affairs. She stressed that both Pristina and Belgrade must move toward on goal: European Union integration.
In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL's Balkan Service on October 10, Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga urged Serbia to stop meddling in her country's internal affairs. She stressed that both Pristina and Belgrade must move toward on goal: European Union i
WATCH: Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga's caution came in an interview with RFE/RL's Balkan Service at RFE/RL's broadcast headquarters in Prague on October 10.


Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga has urged Serbia to stop meddling in her country's internal affairs, saying both Pristina and Belgrade must instead focus on the goal of European Union integration.

She said the sometimes violent dispute over the Serb-dominated northern section of Kosovo threatened both countries' paths to membership.

"Our future is towards the EU," Jahjaga told RFE/RL's Balkan Service in an exclusive interview. "The best way to move towards the EU is by supporting each other and not contradicting each other."

Since March, the European Union has brokered negotiations aimed at solving technical issues between Albanian-majority Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, and Belgrade, which refuses to recognize it.

The dialogue broke off on September 28 following violent clashes in Serb-populated northern Kosovo in late July, when protesters confronted Kosovo police who had tried to take control of two border posts.

Jahjaga called for the enforcement of the rule of law in an area where the population is resisting Pristina's authority.

"The issue of the north is a matter of the rule of law," Jahjaga said, "and because there we have the illegal groups who are operating and they are a kind of obstacle for the daily lives of the citizens living in those three municipalities in the north of Kosovo."

Jahjaga urged Serbian leaders in Belgrade to "cut off their support" of "parallel structures" in northern Kosovo.

She said the people there deserve to integrate within the institutions of Kosovo, and through those institutions, within the European Union and the Euro-Atlantic community.

"All of these latest statement about the partition, about the splitting of the territory, the people have to get away from the previous century's ideas," Jahjaga said. "The people have to look at this century and the upcoming process that has to come."

On October 10, Kosovo's government ruled out talks with Serbia as European Union mediator Robert Cooper began a two-day visit in a new bid to revive dialogue between the two sides.

Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, in a statement, defined the red lines for the talks as "the independence, territorial integrity, and internal structure and system of Kosovo."

Cooper was in Belgrade on October 7, where Serbia's chief negotiator for Kosovo, Borko Stefanovic, ruled out a resumption of talks until a solution on the disputed border crossings is reached.

This attitude could hurt Belgrade when EU member states have to decide on Serbia's candidacy status later this year.

In its progress report to be issued on October 12, the European Commission is expected to demand Serbia "show a more constructive attitude" on Kosovo, according to leaked drafts of the document.

with additional agency reporting
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by: PEN from: United Kingdom
October 11, 2011 14:02
Does this woman actually believe anything she's saying. Re-integrate the northern municipalities into Albanian Kosovo to improve their economy and security. What economy and security. Albanian Kosovo is a corrupt clan based basket case, run by violent characters utterly unable to function without western support. They have no meaningful economic activity apart from larceny and fraud. Serb returnees in the south are robbed and attacked on a daily basis. Kosovo is propped up by the US for their own nefarious reasons. Don't insult the intelligence of all reasonable people with your dulcet tones Mrs. President. It simply won't wash.

by: KosovoBlackHoleOfEurope from: Italy
October 11, 2011 14:29
"The issue of the north is a matter of the rule of law,"

and where is "rule of law"

in the existence of Kosovo ?

by: Joe
October 11, 2011 15:11
Kosovo isn't a "country", with Serbia not being foreign to it.

RFE/RL has a way of not challenging the crap put out by some nationalists.

by: Kiko from: usa
October 11, 2011 19:28
To: U.K.

How did Kosovo/a operate before Slobodan Milosevic overturned the constitution of Kosovo/a? Everyone under Kosovo/a regardless of ehtinic group operated under a single constitution besides the Federal Constitution of Yugoslavia.

You folks have a short term memory I believe. Politicians have always blamed minorities for their ills after Tito died. A Kosovo Serb goes to Serbia proper and is mistreated by his own ethinic kin as a foreigner. So When you utter things about about it not having an economy or security. It never did! There were ~40-60 yugo military, paramilitary, etc. personel in Kosovo after 1980 till the end of the 98-99 war. And the majority were Serbs. And they did a fine job of creating an economy and security. And OMG corruption was rampant even after Milosevic took away its automy and only Serbs mind you were in charge. OR DID YOU OVERLOOK THIS FACT? Currently corruption is lower then in the 90's. "Run by violent characters utterly unable to function without.." Belgrades support. Is what you should have mentioned as to how Kosovo/a was prior to the war. And Larceny & Fraud was so rampant during the Milosevic era then it is today! And other ethinic groups weren't robbed or attacked prior to 1999?

Your anger stems from the fact that after the war all of serbia knew that Kosovo/a was lost. Your politicians say Kosovo/a is your heatland but partition has been talked about since 1999. So giving up 2/3 of Kosovo/a where the majority of your sacred monuments and churches are is okay? Your aka heartland.

Its ironic how you talk about Kosovo/a so harshly and when Serbia proper is in the same boat. No different. Corruption is at an all time high. The economy is just as bad if you factor in the popullation and geographic size. Both ethnic groups are a mirror of each other with religion being a dividing line. Both of you are pathetic people but at least this FEMALE President is looking to the future and wants to put the past behind so that all groups live in a peaceful society.

Insult your intelligence? HA! Your still stuck in the past and can't see the parallels and similarities. Same sh$t just a different smell. Neither is better or worse. Genetically different but mentally the same!
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by: Joe
October 11, 2011 23:22
The large Yugo military presence in Kosovo was on account of Albanian nationalist terrorists.

Since then, the NATO dominated force in Kosovo hasn't been able to successfully curtail Albanian organized crime, in addition to not being so adept at stopping the massive anti-Serb violence in 2004.

Communist dictator Tito's arbitrary granting of Kosovo's "autonomy" in 1974 nevertheless had that territory remain in Serbia. Yugolsav authorities later changed the status of Kosovo's autonomy because of the terrorist actions by Albanian nationalists. The current Serb position on Kosovo sees that territory as an autonomous part of Serbia

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by: SerbNik from: Serbia
October 12, 2011 15:03
That is just a bunch of non-sence and it's spelled Kosovo. Since Kosovo has hudreds of Serbian orthodox christian churches and monasterys Serbs consider it their own holy land,not a "foregin country" like you said.

The status of Kosovo before and after Milosevic was an autonomus province,not a republic as you claim. I think you have no memory at all,how coul you when you have no knowledge.

And the was no albanian mayoroty before,it's just that 60% of Serbs are ethnicly cleansed from Kosovo during the war,with the help of NATO.

Even more were cleansed in WW2 after wich Tito let hudreds of thousends of Albanians to illegaly enter Kosovo. Video futage among other proofs.

Kosovo was always Serbian I don't know why extremist like you bother with alternative history versions.

Plus bein a mayority in one peace of Serbias territory doesn't mean you have the right to do agression and take the land. Shoud latin americans take Florida or Serbs Bosnia,then? Your claim makes no sence sir.

by: Robert from: Vienna
October 12, 2011 10:33
Instead of working towards the integration between the two ethnicities, like we saw in Bosnia and Herzegowina (which war, as we all remember, was far more bloody than the one in Kosovo) in forming a multiethnic and secular state, like most of the states of the EU are. We are allowing albanian extremists to form a new un-functional state, that will never be a part of any significant political institution (not UN without the support of Russia and China, and not the EU without the support of the UN and the support of all member states, in particular the ones that don't recognise it). I see no future for Kosovo as an entity it now is, only future problems, like emmigration, non-existent rule of law and impossbility to form a government that can function according to the standards without EULEX and UNMIK administering it. The EULEX mission is funded by the EU as a matter of fact, and I have no interest in funding extremist radicals not able to co-exist with other nationalities.
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by: SerbNik from: Serbia
October 12, 2011 15:11
Albanians plan to integrate Kosovo to Albania as well as some parts of Macedonia,Greece,Bosnia,entire Montenegro,some parts of Croatia. It's called Greater Albania from WW2 and it's based on nationalist-delusional theory of Albanians originating from Illiryans. Most of the "proofs" are falsified Serbian hisotry such as the "scodra" in wich the Scodra city is of ancient Illyrian origin where in reality it's a Serbian medival city built by the Balasevic royalist house. Proof is an epic song writen on several millenia old scripts "Gradjenje Skadra" "Building of Skadar" where the name of the city is Skadar,as writen on most of preserved enterances of the fort in that same city.

Plus the mayority of residents in Skadar "Skodra" are Serbs that were violently Albanised and are still forbiden to return to their original nationality. Some are allowed to change only their name or the last name but not both and changing back their religion to Orthodox Christianity is punishable by death.

Even cruel goverment,an extension of Albanian mob is leading "Kosovo goverment".

by: Darren from: Canada
October 12, 2011 22:59
I read recently a book by Noel Malcolm, an impartial British historian. I think it is called "Brief History of Kosovo". I don't understand why Serbs are so hard-headed about Kosovo. Mr. Malcolm shows that Kosovo has been indeed occupied by Serbia for about 200 years during the Middle Ages. After the conquest they marked the territory with monasteries. So what? Dogs do the same. I advise the Serbian government to abandon the thoughts of a Greater Serbia and work towards integration in the EU. It is in the interest of their people.
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by: ortodox from: Serbia
October 13, 2011 19:10
This is just silly. Thanks for the laugh, tho'.
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by: Joe
October 15, 2011 04:33
Malcolm is pro-Albanian nationalist.

The evidence reveals that Serbs predominated in Kosovo before Albanians.

Contrary to Albanian nationalist tripe, the modern day Albanians are an admixture of different peoples as opposed to being direct descendants of the ancient Greeks.
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by: matt from: upstate NY
October 16, 2011 04:50
Hey man, the "evidence" reveals that when Albanians were in the Balkans,the serbs were in Caucasus Mountains. Also the "evidence" reveals that serbs are an admixture of Turks and settlers from India, (Cigani)
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by: Joe
October 26, 2011 11:39
Matt, the Albanians didn't predominate in the Kosovo part of the Balkans before the Serbs.

Among other factors, consider how long the Serb churches have existed there.

Albanian nationalist seek to eliminate them much like how Dr. Zayez sought to eliminate evidence that debunked his view in The Planet of the Apes.
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by: Joe
October 26, 2011 11:40
Actually, Serbs are Slavs, who arrived in the Balkans from what's now Ukraine.

by: Darren from: Canada
October 18, 2011 23:04
I don't dispute the Cigan origin of Serbs, you seem to be well informed. But you fail to realize that this is a good thing. Cigani are very talented at music (they play violin by ear, without learning the musical notes) and pot making. Are you aware that Cigani originate from India and that India is a rapidly developing country? Experts believe India will soon become an economic superpower. Kudos to them, and to the Cigani and the Serbs!
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by: Joe
October 26, 2011 11:41
Where do you get that from?
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by: Daniel from: Frankfurt
October 26, 2011 21:43
@Darren, an albanian impersonating a canadian (learn better english folks)

I heard from a yugoslav friend of mine, that albanians were in the social hiearchy of racist slurs in former yugoslavia, below the gypsies, being called an albanian or how he said "schipak" was far worse than being called a gypsy. They were seen as african europe, organized in tribes, under primitive law ,without any understanding of standard leadership and human rights.

To be honest this stereotype is still very lively not only in europe, but also in america. Sadly this racism brought to the escalation of intolerance between factions, albanians should learn from the mistakes of the others.

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