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November/December 2018

Who will prevent the creation of Greater Albania?
Gift from the Faucet
Slovenian "Gate of the World"
The geopolitical struggle continues
Who violates the law in the EU?
Lukashenko irritates Moscow
From the history of German-Slovak diplomacy
Vojvodina Slovak Brand
Will Foreign Minister M. Lajčák resign at the end of 2019?
He misses Slovakia very much

 

Editorial
Who will prevent the creation of Greater Albania?

If Russia and China fail to eliminate the geopolitical goals of the US in the Balkans, we may soon be witnessing the creation of a "new Israel" in its southern territory. The speech is about the gradual creation of Great Albania under the curse of Washington. This is a project that is being refined without being formally commented on in Brussels and in the Member States of the European Union. Donald Trump remains silent as well, which focuses American and European public attention on other topics, such as business war with China, Russian intervention in US elections, anti-Russian sanctions, fight against illegal immigrants, or renewal of the US as superpower number one. The theme the Pentagon and the NATO headquarters do not publicly speak about at present, it is called the "National Project of the Alliance of Albanians and Kosovo." This was officially discussed in November 2018 in the Kosovo town of Peć (Albanian Peja) at a joint meeting of Albanian and the so- called Kosovo government. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama even urged Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo's prime minister, to begin preparations for a "common strategy for Albanian reconciliation by 2025". Ramush Haradinaj is a former commander of the so- called Kosovo's Liberation Army, which kidnapped, tortured and murdered not only Kosovo Serbs, Serbian policemen and soldiers, but also Serbia's loyal ethnic Kosovar Albanians in 1998-1999. The former International Criminal Tribunal for Crime in the former Yugoslavia, however, could not punish and condemn him for lack of evidence (witnesses disappeared or mysteriously died). At this "Albanian summit" Bedže Pacolli, the Kosovo Foreign Minister, has proposed that a study on "The Albanian people in the next 50 years" be drawn up at the same time. According to the minister, this study is supposed to become "a platform for the development and strengthening of the Albanian nation in the Balkans".
This meeting preceded the collapse of the dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade on further normalization of Albanian-Serbian relations under the supervision of the European Union and Federico Mogherini, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Although this Italian leftist and political scientist has been in his office for more than 4 years, he has so far failed to persuade and force Serbia to recognize the so- called The Republic of Kosovo and Kosovo leaders to implement the Brussels agreement that has been prepared and agreed by its predecessor, Catherine Ashton. Belgrade and Kosovo Serbs have been waiting for more than 2,000 days for Priština to recognize and allow the creation of the community of Serbian districts, a new self-governing body of ten districts in which predominantly Kosovo Serbs live. However, the Kosovo government is concerned about the creation of a new state-building "Republika Serbian" in the so- called Republic of Kosovo (following a pattern in Bosnia and Herzegovina), which would bring together and manage 120,000 Kosovo Serbs and would probably be a partner for the Serbian government as well.
In recent months, Belgrade has been lobbying successfully on the diplomatic field. Several countries have already withdrawn the recognition of the Republic of Kosovo, which is still not a member of the United Nations due to Serbia's dissenting position. Even though Albania is a NATO member, the European Union has not yet liberalized the visa regime for this country and even (or fortunately)  its Kosovo Protectorate, which is managed by the EULEX mission. The Serbian diplomatic offensive did not stop the imposition of first 10 per cent import duties on products from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina at the beginning of November 2018. Nor would it increase to 100 per cent after the so- called Republic of Kosovo was not admitted as a member of Interpol even after the second vote. Charming Ramush Haradinaj advocated the introduction of "Serbia's arrogant and hostile behaviour towards the Republic of Kosovo". He even declared that if Serbia does not recognize the Republic of Kosovo and will not agree to its membership in the UN, this tax will not be abolished. It ignores the fact that its implementation violates the CEFTA agreement, which was once signed by UNMIK - the UN Mission in Kosovo on behalf of temporary Kosovo institutions. Despite Mogherini's insistence and critics of Washington, the protector of Kosovo's independence, to immediately abolish the Kosovo government, the former Kosovo Liberation Army fighters are doing what they want. It is interesting that their actions do not penalize any of the leaders, a large five that advocates and supports the Pristina regime - USA, Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy. These states do not even protest against the transformation of Kosovar security forces into a regular Kosovo army (8,000 men) trained by the US instructors and arming US arms companies, which is contrary to UNSCR Resolution no 7 1244. The European Union has at least recognized in the recent assessment of the Republic of Kosovo that Pristina has major shortcomings in the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, the fight against corruption and organized crime, or the respect for fundamental human rights. On the other hand, it is also a weak business card for the European Union, which does not want to assess the poor economy as well as the social situation in Kosovo.
Developing a strategy for Albanian integration in the Balkans by 2025 is not a random plan. The year 2025 is the date when Serbia and Montenegro, possibly Albania, could become new members of the EU if it survives its decline. Both the EU and NATO want both the Republic of Macedonia and Macedonia. It is, however, a question of how geographically it is possible. The Greater Albania project presumes that it will also unify "Albanian territory and Albanians" in Western Macedonia, East Montenegro, Western Greece and South-East Serbia (Preševska Valley). There is already an open border of the Schengen type between Albania and the Republic of Kosovo, which is silently tolerated across Europe and not only in the EU.
The last decisions of the Pristina government have also begun to worry Moscow and Beijing. It is the creation and armament of the Kosovo Army, whose component is also the so- called Kosovo National Guard, raises major concerns among Kosovo Serbs. They are afraid they will be attacked against them. Both the import duties and the formation of the Kosovo Army have persuade Russia and China to return the theme of Kosovo to the UNSC. Russian diplomats are already publicly saying that the issue of Kosovo's future must be resolved not only in accordance with UNSC resolution but also in line with the Serbian Constitution. Some Serbian officials and activists have already openly demanded that the Serbian government officially agree to the creation of a Russian military base in Nis. Meanwhile, Serbian politicians have announced that dialogue with Pristina will resume only when the Kosovo government abolishes import duties and begins to implement the 15-point Brussels agreement of April 2013.
For almost 20 years, Serbia has been trying to "save" its southern province of Kosovo and Metohija, over which it has lost its sovereignty over the illegal, aggressive and three-month bombers of the former Yugoslavia in the spring of 1999 (especially American and British aircraft). The cornerstone of a new "peaceful solution" to the Serbian-Albanian conflict, which triggered the terrorist and separatist operations of Kosovar Albanians in this province, the military-technical agreement between NATO, KFOR and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which was then formed by Serbia and Montenegro. Macedonian Kuman's agreement on June 9, 1999 was signed by British General Michael Jackson, Colonel Svetozar Marjanović of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army and Lieutenant Colonel Obrad Stevanovic for the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia. Its text was approved by the Yugoslav and Serbian Parliaments on June 3, 1999. On the basis of this, four days later they withdrew from the province of the Serbian security forces to replace 50,000 troops of KFOR. Since then, the province has been divided into four security zones (Italian, French, German, UK-US). On the second day after the signing of this agreement, the UN Security Council approved its resolution no. 1244, which, among other things, still guarantees the territorial integrity and integrity of Serbia and the territory of Kosovo and Metohija. Civilian administration over the province was taken over by the UN through its Kosovo Mission (UNMIK). Then one great surprise came: On the night of June 11-12, 1999, Russian paratroopers, who had been deployed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, were unexpectedly occupying the Pristina airport. The Russians wanted to be in Kosovo before KFOR. The local Serbs welcomed them as liberators. In spite of this strategic advantage, a few days later, President Boris Yelicin and Viktor Chernomyrdin (Russian Plenipotentiary for the Balkans) did not set up a special zone for Russia, and agreed that Russian soldiers would be deployed under foreign command to areas where Kosovan Albanians lived in particular. And after a while the Russians finally left the province. Their military presence has since ceased to demand all the pro-European "pro-European" Serbian governments and pro-Western Yugoslav governments, respectively, until the breakup of Yugoslavia when Montenegro became independent in June 2006.
When in February 2008 the so- called Kosovo Parliament unilaterally declared the independence of the so- called Republic of Kosovo (without a referendum, contrary to the resolution of the UNSC and without the approval of the UNSC, Kosovo Serbs, the Serbian Government and the Serbian Parliament), the province was practically ethnically divided into the northern part and the rest. The border was the river Ibar and the bridge in Kosovska Mitrovica, having separated Kosovo Serbs from the Kosovar Albanians in the north of the province. Until now, KFOR units formally guard only this bridge and isolated "Serbian islands and gethos" (Orthodox temples and monasteries) in Kosovo, which survived the March pogrom in 2004. At that time, the Albanians expelled the Serbs impunity, destroyed Serbian cemeteries, temples, monasteries cultural heritage. KFOR, Americans, Germans, British, Italians and French did not prevent this pogrom. And so far, they have not been able to investigate illegal trafficking of human organs (particularly in the German zone), kidnappings and other criminal crimes, such as the disappearance, unexpected deaths or the murder of witnesses who should testify in The Hague against current Kosovo leaders, former terrorists and fighters, the Kosovo Liberation Army.
The balance of the current US, Anglo-Saxon, or Western military occupation of Kosovo and Metohija is more than pitiful: more than 250,000 displaced Serbs (only 50,000 left Pristina), more than 2000 Serbs and ethnic cleansed 315 Serbian villages were destroyed as well as 5,000 Serbian monuments. With time, and on the basis of further developments, we can claim that the bombing of Yugoslavia and the deployment of NATO's international troops (KFOR) did not aim to resolve the so- called the Serbian dictatorship over the province and the violations of the human rights of Kosovar Albanians, but to place and tamper NATO's permanent base (especially the US) in the occupied territory of the Republic of Serbia. Serbs are perceived as "Little Russia" and Serbia as "Small Russia". In the final geopolitical sum, the Russians and Serbs no longer have direct access to the Adriatic Sea.
Robert Matejovič, editor in chief

Personality
Gift from the Faucet

"The public does not even know that the water from which we produce quality drinking water is to be purchased from the state," states Stanislav Hreha, the president of the Association of Water Companies and General Director of Východoslovenská vodárenská spoločnosť, a.s.

Photo report
Slovenian "Gate to the World"
The dominant feature of the seaside town of Koper is its medieval heart - Titus Square.

No comment
The geopolitical struggle continues

Dismantling the old-world order cannot be stopped, the weakening of the EU suits the USA, Russia and China.

Opinion
Who violates the law in the EU?

"The state which defends its people and the right to independent existence is just," says Judge Štefan Harabin.

Abroad
Lukashenko irritates Moscow

He wants to replace the Ukrainian armed nationalists on the Ukrainian-Russian border by the NATO troops.

Interview
From the history of German-Slovak diplomacy

"Tiso acted bravely when he did not send a telegram to Berlin asking Hitler to take Slovakia under his protection," claims Enrico Seewald, a German political scientist.

Report
Vojvodina Slovak Brand

Is there an investor in Slovakia who will support the construction of the Báčsky Petrovec plant for the year-round production of the popular and protected Petrovska sausage?

Opinion Poll
Will Foreign Minister M. Lajčák resign at the end of 2019 when Slovakia ends its chair in the OSCE? How do you evaluate his proceedings in the case of submitting and withdrawing due to his resignation for the Marrakesh Declaration?

Successful
He misses Slovakia very much

"Many of our singers, if having been allowed to do so, would have been millionaires in the West," says a "singing actor" Eduard Ambroz, who has been living in Canada for 50 years now.

Survey
Psychiatric "Billing Bible Book" (Part Five)

Are the DSM / MKN guidebooks a huge fraud, which annually takes billions from the state treasury and throws unaware people into a trap with no escape?

The Legacy
Old Forgotten Light
There is still no museum of antique lamps and lights in Slovakia. Cyril Barla has been collecting them for nearly 50 years.

History
Medieval Titanic

The war vessel Vasa should have been the pride of the Royal Swedish Navy. During a single voyage it did not resist the wind and sank.

Culture
Author of Slovak Spirit

"The only problem with Svätopluk was that he ruled earlier than the Hungarian Stephen, the Czech Wenceslas and Polish Boleslav," said Peter Valo, a journalist, writer and playwright.

Books and Reviews
It is a coup d'état, I am not coming home at the weekend ...(extract)

Art
The World of Aquarelle

Kiev native Natalia Studenkova specializes in people's relationship with nature, ecology, historical and cultural sights through town architecture.

Sport
He was loyal to the Italian clubs

"Hamšík has not won anything special with Naples and might not even win in the future," says legendary Roberto Baggio.

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