April 12, 2012
Kosovo PM Hashim Thaçi is continuing his U.S tour, while in Kosovo, ethnic Albanians have taken guns to initiate self-defense. Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaçi ended a three-day visit to Washington on Friday, winning support for Kosovo’s independence and membership in the European Union, but was shunned by president Barrack Obama.
Pristina, KOSOVO – by Vedat Xhymshiti
Thursday, April 12, 2012 | News Week
Kosovo Serbs armed groups, since the end of war with Belgrade in 1999, organized several times attacks in the ethnic Albanians northern neighborhoods, aiming to fear them and expel them from the north. “A good Albanian is a dead Albanian” a local Serb of the north told the scribe, by cheering “Kosovo je Srce Serbije” (English: Kosovo is the heart of Serbia).
|armed ethnic Albanians of northern Kosovo (TCH)|
During the nights between the 3rd and 4th of February 2000, over 11,364.00 ethnic Albanians were forcedly expelled by the organized armed groups of northern Serbs. Recently, an apparent bomb planted outside an apartment window killed an ethnic Albanian man and wounded two of his children on April 8, 2012 in the ethnically tense city of Mitrovica.
Many Albanian families residing in the neighborhood of ‘Three Towers’ are shifted to the south of the city. Masked and armed Serbs are patrolling in the northern town of Mitrovica, eyewitness told the scribe.
Police are investigating the incident, but Kosovo authorities are already calling it an act of terrorism, however, against the act of terrorism is no action undertaken by any kind of security organization that operates in Kosovo.
Tensions rose considerably in the city of Mitrovica after the Kosovo declared independence on February 17, 2008. Some 150 Kosovo Serb police officers refused to take orders from the ethnic Albanian authorities and were suspended.
More than 80 countries, including the United States and 22 of the EU’s 27 members, have recognized the state, which is the last to emerge from the remains of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. However Russia, Serbia’s old-time ally, has blocked a United Nations Security Council resolution on the country’s independence and emergence as a free state.
But Serbia maintains that Kosovo remains part of Serbia, which is why it says it has a right and duty to hold elections there. Abandoning Serbian-run “parallel institutions” in Kosovo is a condition that Brussels has set before Serbia, if the country wishes to get a start date for accession talks with the EU.