Happy 12th Anniversary of Independence – With Kosovo’s Tense Relations With The U.S.
not judge this opinion by its headline. Find the essence on its content. Things
are getting serious, but the Government of Kosovo seems not so. The tax on
Serbian goods needs to be revoked and introducing reciprocity postponed.
by Berat Buzhala
Kurti was seriously challenged and thrown directly into torrential waters only
ten days after assuming office as new prime minister of Kosovo. This was not
fair. Usually a kind of courtesy existed that every new prime minister be held
into account for his first 100 days of work. But we lacked 100 comfortable days
since 1389 when first Ottoman soldiers set their foot in the region. Kurti was
not an exception. In fact we lacked 10 spare days for him.
started judging him since the day one of his work, after his first interview,
when he was still maybe adjusting himself with the Prime Minister’s position.
Therefore, to a certain degree, his supporters, those who see him like a living
prophet, are right getting angry when they see us aiming spears on his
Kurti is not inexperienced. He never was a prime minister, but he used to deal
with the prime ministers for a long time. He was asking for his voice to be
heard for a long time. It is Kurti who for a long time stated that our politicians
should be blamed for not knowing how to dialogue and negotiate with Serbia
rather than pointing finger towards internationals. For a very long time Kurti
said the local politicians are blackmailed, because of corruption, therefore
they are ready to compromise to the detriment of state interests.
introduce you Richard Grenell. This is Pompeo. Mrs. Merkel, of course you know all
of them, and this is Macron, the President of France. The others are their
ambassadors, representing their governments in our Republic. You can tell them
whatever you feel like telling. Convince them why we should have reciprocity
with Serbia, but hurry up please, because time is ticking away. Do not try to
convince us, because we know, but please explain to them who in addition to
Kosovo have to face other problems, such as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, global
warming, NATO, G5 and other problems.
right is not enough. In fact, in relations with great powers there is a
permanent danger the justice be transformed into a curse. Kurds were and are
right, for instance. Palestinians were and are right. But let’s say the world
is full of injustice towards those who claim they are right.
good to understand and say it loudly that in international relations the
justice is only one of the ingredients in a recipe with dozens or hundreds of
other ingredients. Justice is not the main ingredient or fact. We know Muslims
in Burma are right. Uyghur’s in China are right, Muslims in India also are
right. But they are exposed to genocide, whereas the other part of the world
simply just confirms the factual situation. These facts serve more to compile statistics
for reports of international organizations dealing with human rights rather
than having any practical importance.
Kosovo was miraculously saved at the end of the last century. There are people
who paid a very high price for freedom. By being victims we all have paid a
price. But if we turn our heads and look around we will see what price others are
paying and what are gaining comparing with the price we have paid and what our
benefits were. The difference is black and white.
the last two years we underwent a systematical political terror. And this
terror had two main protagonists: Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and Albanian Prime
Minister, Edi Rama. Both of them have treated us like idiots by appearing from
one TV studio to the other. They have plotted and held meetings in pitch dark,
and offended all those who expressed opinions opposite to theirs. They went as
far as – obviously – by promising a swift and easy agreement with Serbia, managing
to divide our allies, especially the U.S. in one side with Germany and Great
Britain on the other side. The resistance on the other side against their ideas
(where I do belong) was very strong.
their lack of transparency Rama and Thaci managed to unite a group of people, politicians
and journalists in opposing their cause, who under normal circumstances would
have never been united. With great difficulties, and not without leaving scars,
Rama and Thaci were stopped.
elections held in Kosovo produced a new reality. The man who can be considered
as the Patriarch of opposition, Albin Kurti, won the election. Now is his turn.
For the time being everyone has stopped listening. All eyes are on him. The man
who for 20 years spoke about everything, now is silent. Or he is speaking but
is saying nothing. Or maybe he is saying something, but nothing of importance.
He is simply demonstrating his oratory skills without any concrete benefit for
the country. He is trying to ignore the elephant in the room, such as the
dialogue with Serbia which is aimed at reaching a final agreement with Kosovo’s
of us were skeptical since the beginning of the dialogue process. The
speculations that this dialogue and negotiations will lead the country towards
partition left no one indifferent. Former prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj,
naively authorized Thaci to deal with negotiations with Serbia, because, as he
said, he had no time to commit to dialogue “because of other internal issues.”
Later he understood that he gave extended powers to a wrong man. There is no
need to reiterate what happened next. A new ad-hoc mechanism was invented, such
was the tax on Serbian goods, to halt the dialogue. We all know the way Kosovo
Government introduced 100 percent tariffs on Serbian imports was infantile and ridiculous.
How much you are saying? I think 10 percent is enough. 10 percent is not enough,
why not 30 percent. Can we make it 100 percent? Yes it sounds good. Let’s do
it, let it be 100 percent. Therefore this tax might have been 10, or 30, or
maybe 2000 percent. All what it took was to be present in that office and give
a proposal. But, later we understood the tax, or tariffs, served to a different
purpose. International friends have hinted some of us with signals “not to give
up” because the danger of partitioning of Kosovo was still present. And here we
are two years later. Tumbling around! After waters started easing in our
political environment, and after the PDK-AAK-Nsima (PAN) coalition lost, and former
opposition won the election, those who stated that the tax was just a populist
tool of former government, the U.S. Administration, interested to solve the Kosovo
issue, was not staying cross handed.