The impoverished Republic of Albania is one such example of this. In spite of being among Europe’s poorest and most corrupt states, Albanian leaders who have long desired a distraction from the countries woeful internal problems, are turning increasingly towards something called Greater Albania.
Greater Albania is an imperial project that would see the current Albanian republic annex the legally recognised territory of Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece in order to consolidate a large state.
Radicalised Albanian leaders throughout the Balkans have recently made provocative and threatening statements.
Ramush Haradinaj, a political leader in the occupied Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija recently said that Serbia must “delete Kosovo from the Constitution” or else see “one-third third of the Serb land (Republic of Serbia) added to the Kosovo map”. This of course would mean further occupation and annexation of Serbian territory.
The leader of the occupier regime in Kosovo and convicted terrorist Hashim Thaci recently said that if the EU closed the door on the occupied Serbian province, all Balkan Albanians would unite and form a single large state. This would of course mean Greater Albania.
The current Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama threatened to annex parts of Serbia if the EU did not move forward with Albania’s longstanding membership application which thus far has not been successful.
All of this is happening as Macedonia is being torn apart by ultra-nationalist Albanian parties who are keen to implement the so-called Tirana Platform which would essentially end Macedonia’s sovereignty, making it a de-facto part of a greater Albania in spite of its non-Albanian majority who have all ready given the minority of Albanians a great deal of political concessions.
In spite of the illegal drugs trade representing half of Albania’s GDP and a culture of violence and political corruption that has led to widespread domestic protests, Albania’s leaders continue to make threatening statements whilst their allies in NATO and the EU continue to look the other way.
Occasionally, an EU official will try to calm things down, but the ‘softly-softly’ approach is simply not working.
Albania is both a failed state but also an imperial aggressor.
The so-called international community has made it so.
BG said Thaci: You will be arrested
Belgrade – Serbian authorities responded officially to the Kosovo authorities that the Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaci be arrested if April 24th comes in Belgrade, Beta learns.
The same source for the agency Beta said that yesterday liaison officer Belgrade and Pristina reached an official request to the Kosovar authorities to approve Thaci arrival to set an NGO in Belgrade.
In accordance with the negotiated agreement on visits to officials, Pristina today officially told that Thaci will be arrested if they come to Belgrade.
Deputy Foreign Minister Petrit Selimi told earlier today that Thaci has not been answered if he could come to Belgrade.
Serbian officials have in recent days said that Thaci’s eventual visit is not agreed with the institutions of Serbia, it is unnecessary and would be arrested if he comes, because it is the court in 1997 sentenced to 10 years in prison for terrorism.
Thaci called on the set of “European integration of the Western Balkans – together we can better” that on April 24, organized by the NGO Youth Education Committee.
“All Serbian citizens are equal before the law”
Liaison Officer between Belgrade and Pristina Dejan Pavicevic said today at the request of Pristina that Kosovo Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci 24 April visit to Belgrade, informing that against him there is a final court decision and to be brought before a competent court, it was confirmed to Tanjug in the Office of Kosovo and Metohija.
“All Serbian citizens are equal before the law. Taking into account the legal system of Serbia and the fact that the judgment Thaci legally binding, it would be maintained at the first contact with any of the service responsible for law enforcement and brought before the competent court,” it said in the Office for Kosovo and Metohija.
Thaci 11 July 1997 sentenced in absentia by the District Court in Pristina to 10 years in prison, a verdict on 12 March 1999, upheld by the Supreme Court of Serbia.
Kosovo Prime Minister was invited by the organizers, the NGO Youth Education Committee, called on the set of “European integration of the Western Balkans – together we can better” 24 April in Belgrade……
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has threatened to annex Serbian territory if Albania’s EU ascension is impeded.
Currently, Kosovo is a Serbian province which is governed by renegade ethnic Albanians who were put into power after an illegal NATO war on the former Yugoslavia in 1999.
In 2008, some EU member states and the US recognised the conflict ridden province of Serbia as an independent state.
Many politicians in Albania and many more radicalised Albanians outside of the Albanian state have argued for a so-called ‘Greater Albania’ wherein the current borders of Albania would be expanded though the annexation of territory currently belonging to Serbia, Greece, Montenegro and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama is facing mass protests form opposition activists who are calling for his resignation, to be followed by new elections. The protests are generally limited to domestic issues such as rampant corruption and the failure of Rama’s government to do anything about Albania’s monumental organised crime problem.
Rama however, has responded not with promises to resign, but instead with threats to annex the territory of another state.
Speaking to Politico, Rama said,
“…the only way to keep the Balkans in this peaceful and cooperative mode … is to keep the path to the EU open, to keep the perspective clear, to keep emotions about the EU positive. No one would like to turn [in] on themselves and look for smaller unions, everyone would like to unite in the big union. But if there’s no hope, no perspective, no space, then, of course, little unions may happen”.
The ‘little union’ between Albania and the Serbian province of Kosovo would of course mean annexation, something which could lead to war between Albania and Serbia as well as triggering wider regional conflicts where Albanians threaten the territorial integrity of several former Yugoslav republics as well as parts of north-west Greece.
Even the NATO drafted constitution of the current Kosovo regime, strictly forbids the province from becoming part of Albania.
Rama was also asked about the Tirana Platform, a document which calls for the effective bifurcation of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in order to create autonomous Albanian regions of the small state, something which given the history of the Balkans, could likely lead to the disintegration of the small state.
“There is a myth created in Skopje for political purposes that the Albanian parties are following a platform that is written in Tirana. This is a lie, a myth created by the politics of very bad taste…The attack on the platform is very dangerous because it’s a kind of politics that fuels divisiveness and not unity … The last thing Macedonia needs, the last thing we all need, is to fuel inter-ethnic conflict, because you can’t control these kinds of things”.
Rama concluded the interview by praising Tony Blair, one of the principle architects of NATO’s illegal 1999 war.
He said of Blair’s government,
“If Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell (Blair’s so-called ‘spin doctor) and New Labour did not exist, I would not have become a politician…They’ve been inspirational to me. Whatever Iraq was, it’s not at all a reason to forget what great things Tony Blair did, and how great he was as prime minister”.
Rama’s interview is deeply worrying. With Albanian-EU ascension talks slowed due to Albania’s rampant political corruption, he may just do what he threatened and annex Kosovo, something which could unleash a sequel to the kind of war Blair launched 18 years ago.
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Talat Xhaferi from the Albanian party Democratic Union for Integration, has further provoked the tense situation in the former Yugoslav republic by placing a flag of the Republic of Albania on his desk beside the flags of Macedonia and the EU, of which neither Macedonia nor Albania is a member.
After a fragile peace following the Ohrid Agreement of 2001 wherein Macedonia granted copious rights to Macedonia’s Albanian minority, things have been touch and go between the country’s Slavic majority and the Albanian minority.
In recent years, Albanians from neighbouring states have entered the country, bringing with them an extremist political programme which includes sectarianism and some elements of radical Sunni Islamism. The radical political programme includes calls for a ‘Greater Albania’ which would see the Albanian state annexing territory which legally belongs to Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece.
The radical political programme to ironically Balkanise the Balkan country is best reflected in a document officially handed to ethnic Albanians in Macedonia by the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. The so-called Tirana Platform was originally authored in English by western operatives before being handed over to Albania. Albanian leaders in Tirana then claimed authorship for the highly controversial programme which would in effect end Macedonian statehood as currently understood.
Recently, protests in the Parliament in Skopje saw Macedonian socialist leader Zoran Zaev injured. Zaev who could not form a government by himself due to lack of votes, is widely seen as a traitor for relying on minority Albanian parties with a sectarian agenda in order to attempt to form a coalition government, something that the Macedonian President remains stridently opposed to, as do the majority of Macedonians.
Today’s move by ethnic Albanian Talat Xhaferi bring the Balkans one step closer to open conflict.
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With many eyes on Macedonia’s political situation which has been made worse by foreign interventions from the EU and NATO which both support the Tirana Platform which would effectively destroy the unity of the Macedonian state, internal events in Albania itself may soon jeopardise stability in the region.
Protests throughout Albania have been going on for months as the main opposition Democratic Party and other activists have called for the Prime Minister Edi Rama to resign prior to elections scheduled for 18 June, 2017 . Many want a technocratic government to oversee the process, having lost all faith in democracy.
We have reached an impasse wherein self-proclaimed Albanian democrats no longer trust that their country is democratic. Impartial observers have been warning of this for years.
One can tell that the genie is fully out of the bottle when even the neo-liberal Financial Times admits that half of Albania’s GDP comes from drug sales and cultivation.
The truth of the matter is that Albania is a narco-state, built on top of a mafia state where the illegal drugs trade, organ trade, weapons trade, human trafficking and blatant corruption are the guided forces of business in both the private and public sectors.
The fact that this impoverished, broken state has imperialist ambitions, threatening to annex neighbouring states including parts Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Montenegro is not only illegal and irresponsible but also deeply frightening.
Many in Albania are openly calling for a ‘Greater Albania’ which would encompass the sovereign territories of each aforementioned nation. But as it stands, Albanian leaders cannot even run the state that they have according to its current borders.
A lengthy report from a US based anti-corruption website, citing a variety of mostly western sources has found that corruption exists at almost every level of the Albanian state, including in private business dealings.
The EU is all rather confused about this. Albania’s corrupt mafioso elite are staunchly pro-EU and Albania is an enthusiastic member of NATO.
Some realists in the EU however realise that Albania’s cringe-worthy levels of corruption would be an economic and security disaster for the EU. More worryingly though, many EU officials prefer to look the other way or simply lie about the dire situation in order to continue promulgating a narrative that Albania is an EU country in the making.
While the EU itself is deeply corrupt, Albania’s corruption is far more ‘old school’ in the sense that money talks and when it doesn’t, the bullets do the talking.
Albania’s terrorist proxies and violent separatists threaten to break up Macedonia and violate Serbia’s territorial integrity. When one realises that these people cannot control their own country, it puts things into perspective. The perspective is in a word: grim.
Serbia’s President-elect Aleksandar Vucic has evidence of a ‘Greater Albania’ project
Serbia’s President elect Aleksandar Vucic has recently exposed damning statements from William Walker, the American former head of the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe) mission to the war torn Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija.
Vucic’ statements speak of Walker’s desire to create a so-called Greater Albania that will annex parts of neighbouring states including Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Greece into a large Albanian state in the Balkans.
Mr. Walker’s statements were not leaked but were made publicly. The scandal is that few people in the media have reported these statements. This is why the Serbian President-elect highlighted them in an interview with Sputnik.
Mr. Walker has stated the following on Monday while in Pristina
“This project that I’m working on is meant for all Albanians in Kosovo in the diaspora, in Albania. I’m working on a joint project for their unification. Albanians worldwide were united in the 1990s with the sole purpose of the liberation of Kosovo. I was with them when they declared independence. Albanians have won and they came here to celebrate together. Now is the time for the final step, for all of us to be together, to accomplish this achievement”.
President-elect Vucic responded to these inflammatory remarks, saying,
“Serbia will in every place and at every level present this as the ultimate proof that Walker’s goal was never to protect human rights in Kosovo but to fight against Serbia and for the creation of the ‘Greater Albania’.”
William Walker was in the then Yugoslav Republic of Serbia as early as 1998. He was one of the key figures whose statements NATO used as a justification for a war on Yugoslavia.
Walker fabricated evidence that Serbs were engaged in acts of aggression against ethnic Albanians in the Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija, often just called Kosovo.
The reality couldn’t have been further from the truth. Walker was essentially the Yugoslav equivalent of Colin Powell speaking before the UN about the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction that did not exist.
Likewise in Yugoslavia, most people in Kosovo and Metohija lived in peace. To that end, throughout the latter half of the 20th century, living standards in Yugoslavia were far higher for all citizens than those in the neighbouring Albanian state.
In spite of this, a minority of Albanians began a slow insurgency and campaign of extreme violence against Serbs living in Kosovo and Metohija. This combined with the fact that the 1974 Constitution of Yugoslavia gave non-Serbs living in provinces of Serbia autonomy while not allowing Serbs living in Yugoslav republics like Bosnia and Croatia the same privilege, lead Serbs to petition the Yugoslav government in the form of the Memorandum of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Art (SANU Memorandum).
The SANU memorandum’s major points included
–A desire to redress the imbalance of the Yugoslav Constitution so that reforms could be made to afford Serbs outside of the Serbian Yugoslav Republic the same autonomous rights as non-Serbs in autonomous provinces of Serbia.
–Highlighting of the atrocities committed by ethnic Albanians against Serbs and others in places like Kosovo.
–Highlighting the sacrifices that Serbs had made for Yugoslav freedom and unity in the world wars.
The entire memorandum, translated into English can be read here.
At the time, the memorandum was denounced by future Yugoslav President Slobodan Milošević as well as future Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić.
By the late 1980s, constitutional amendments were made to redress the problems of an imbalance against the rights of Serbs in both Kosovo as well as in the autonomous Serbian province of Vojvodina.
However, this did little to quell the Albanian insurrection. Throughout the 1990s, as Yugoslavia became a war zone, a group that even the United States recognised as a terrorist organisation for much of the decade, the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army) began a guerrilla war against both Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, as well as Albanians who wanted to maintain the political status quo and live in peace.
Thanks in large part to the efforts of William Walker, the KLA was declassified as a terrorist group by the US, shortly before Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair led NATO into a war on Yugoslavia, a war which saw the US fighting with the KLA terrorists. The war had no UN authorisation and consiquently was both a war crime according to international law as well as a violation of NATO’s own charter which defined the group as a defensive alliance. No Balkan state was in NATO in 1999.
The war displaced thousands of Serbian families in their own country. Many are still without proper homes almost 20 years later.
Now, the likes of Walker as well as the current Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, are speaking openly about annexing parts of Serbia as well as other Balkan states like Macedonia, in an attempt to great a ‘Greater Albania’.
The so-called Tirana Platform is more or less a blueprint for how Albanians can ironically ‘Balkanise’ the Balken Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, while the Albanian Prime Minister recently spoke openly about annexing parts of Serbia.
The conflict has in recent decades also taken on a religious aspect as majority Sunni Muslim Albanians have burnt down sacred Orthodox Christian Serbian churches in Kosovo and Metohija.
Since the early 2000s, the religious angel of a dirty protracted ethnic war has become even more magnified.
The Tirana Platform designed to weaken Macedonia, threats to annex parts of Serbia and Montenegro’s controversial ascension into NATO, something which most Montenegrin citizens oppose, is designed to accomplish two things.
First of all, it is an attempt to weaken Serbia in the Balkans by surrounding what remains of Serbia by hostile states and secondly, the west is attempting to draw Russia into a new war in the Balkans, playing on Russia’s historic fraternal ties to Serbia.
William Walker is supposed to represent the neutral ‘so-called’ international community, but as the Serbian President-elect rightly says, Walker is merely a lobbyist for the Greater Albania project, a project that threatens the legal territorial integrity of up to four Balkan states.
Anywhere else in the world, Mr. Walker would be considered a menace, but because it’s the Balkans, he’s ignored in public and praised behind the scenes.