Friday, 3 February 2017

Prishtina Insight: If Kosovo were to be partitioned…

Prishtina Insight: If Kosovo were to be partitioned…

by Enver Robelli


"Can Kosovo be partitioned? The world has seen many things that were considered unthinkable. Donald Trump made it to the White House, Hillary Clinton lost to him, Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union broke apart and, for over a decade, Germany has been governed by a scientist from eastern Germany. Consequently, Kosovo could also be partitioned. But, should it be partitioned?

Serbia has been looking for a partner to support this project for years. The most vocal is Ivica Dacic, Serbia’s Foreign Minister and former spokesman for the dictator Slobodan Milosevic. He complains on the media that “the Albanian party” (meaning the Kosovo delegation at the EU-mediated dialogue in Brussels between Kosovo and Serbia) is refusing to talk about this subject because it is frightened of the international community.

In order to keep the subject of the partition in the news, Belgrade attempted to caress Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s ego, treating him as “the father of the Albanian nation.” Serbia conducted this type of experiment with quasi-Albanian Esad Pashe Toptani (translator’s note: the third prime minister of Albania, who is viewed by many Albanians as a traitor after signing the Treaty of Serbian-Albanian alliance in 1914). Luckily, Rama is not a traitor and does not seem to be as stupid as Toptani. His silence following the latest provocation by Serbia with the nationalist train shows that he now desperately understands that he was abused by Dacic (who sang him a song for his birthday) and Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia’s prime minister, (who toured him from Nis to Belgrade in business conferences, while the actual point was to open the Albanian market to as many Serbian products as possible).

Until now, Albanian politicians in Prishtina have not uttered a word about partition because they had a reason. The state of Kosovo is not only a project of Kosovo Albanians, but also that of the Western international community. As a result, the international factor has to be consulted before the project can be altered. Because of the aftermath of the communist regime and the brutal transition to democracy, Albania was not able to play an essential role in Kosovo’s independence. It did what it could within its possibilities, always respecting the Western agenda for Kosovo."

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