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Holbrooke Calls For 'Full Independence' For Kosovo, Montenegro

Albanian-American Lobby Plans 'Federation Of Albanian Territories' By

One year ago: Initiative for Kosovo's independence presented to US

SRES 144 Biden's bill urging support for "the right of the people of
Kosova(SIC) to determine their political future"

Independent Kosovo - Solution for Peace and Stability
Joseph Crowley, Committee Member for Foreign Relations in the American
Congress, in an interview for Bota Sot


Rugova nomina Bob Dole "console onorario della Kosova"

Le lobby pan-albanesi hanno ricevuto dagli USA aiuti per tre miliardi
di dollari

La strada principale di Pristina si chiama "Bill Clinton Avenue"

George Soros rompe il ghiaccio: bisogna spaccare l'Unione di Serbia e

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Da: Rick Rozoff
Data: Mar 15 Lug 2003 07:44:55 Europe/Rome
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Oggetto: [yugoslaviainfo] Final Blow: Holbrooke Calls For 'Full
Independence' For Kosovo, Montenegro


Reality Macedonia
July 14, 2003

Richard Holbrooke: 'Full Independence' For Kosovo,


Kosovo, Montenegro should be independent: former US

PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro, July 12 (AFP) - The
UN-administered southern Serbian province of Kosovo
should be fully independent, former US ambassador to
the United Nations Richard Holbrooke said in an
interview published Saturday.
"The correct outcome is clear to me - it's full
independence for Kosovo," Holbrooke told Kosovo's
leading daily newspaper "Koha Ditore".
The veteran diplomat, who served as the US envoy to
the UN during Bill Clinton's presidency, was one of
the architects of the 1995 Dayton accords which ended
the war in Bosnia and drew up a ceasefire between
Belgrade and pro-independence ethnic Albanians in the
Kosovo war in 1998.
Holbrooke told the daily that the province, under UN
administration since the end of the war in 1999,
should be an "independent state with UN membership."
He suggested the status of Kosovo should be decided at
an international conference "between Pristina and
Belgrade with the support and assistance of the United
States", the European Union, Russia and the United
Holbrooke also said the loose union of Serbia and
Montenegro that replaced rump Yugoslavia in February,
"cannot continue to exist as a single international
"Montenegro does not listen to Belgrade, they don't
even use the same currency. It's time for us to
recognize the reality: Montenegro should become an
independent country just as Kosovo should," Holbrooke
told the daily.
Kosovo has been under UN and NATO control since June
1999 after a military campaign by NATO brought an end
to a crackdown by Serb forces on the ethnic Albanian
majority seeking independence from Belgrade.
The province is legally part of Serbia and Montenegro,
but its future political status is yet to be decided.
Kosovo's ethnic Albanians, who make up 90 percent of
the population of the province, seek full
independence, while the minority Serbs and Belgrade
want the province to remain part of Serbia.



Deutsche Welle
July 13, 2003

Holbrooke calls for independent Kosovo

The former American UN ambassador Richard Holbrooke
has called for independence for the predominately
Moslem Serb province of Kosovo. Holbrooke is quoted in
the newspaper Koha Ditore in Pristina saying lasting
peace required a separation from Serbia. Kosovo, which
is 90 percent ethnic Albanian, has been administered
by the U.N. since 1999. Holbrooke stressed, however,
that the Serb minority there would need special
protection. The U.S. diplomat negotiated the Dayton
peace agreement in 1995 which ended the war in Bosnia.



June 12, 2003

Holbrook advocates independence for Kosovo

PRISTINA -- Saturday - Richard Holbrook, the former US
ambassador and negotiator prior to the bombing of
Yugoslavia in 1999, said in comments published today
that independence for Kosovo and membership of the
United Nations is the only way to bring lasting peace
to the region.
In an interview with Pristina daily Koha Ditore,
Holbrook said that four years had passed since the end
of the conflict and in that Kosovo had developed its
own independent character with the support of the
international community. "Now its time to move to the
second phase," he claimed.
The former US ambassador to the UN said the Security
Council would not rule on the final status of Kosovo.
Instead, the future of the province should be decided
by international mediation that will unfold between
Pristina and Belgrade with the support and presence of
America, the European Union and the UN, he explained.
Holbrook added that, for him, the rights result is
clear - "the total independence of Kosovo."

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Da: Rick Rozoff
Data: Lun 23 Giu 2003 10:38:08 Europe/Rome
Oggetto: Albanian-American Lobby Plans 'Federation Of Albanian
Territories' By 2010


Reality Macedonia
June 23, 2003

Albanian-American Lobby Wants To Divide Macedonia By

-Nedeljni Telegraf writes that the topics of
discussion included the formation of a federation of
Albanian Territories on the Balkans, which would
consist of Albania, Kosovo, parts of Macedonia and
parts of Greece.

According to the Serbian weekly Nedeljni Telegraf
("Sunday Telegraph"), last week US Albanian lobbyists
and American congressmen held a meeting where they
discussed the redrawing of the Balkan borders.
Reportedly the meeting was lead by the former US
Congressman Joseph DioGuardi, who is the president of
the Albanian American Civic League, a lobby group
advocating for a Greater Albania. The US congressmen
Tom Lantos, Benjamin Gillman and Joseph Biden were
present at this meeting.
Nedeljni Telegraf writes that the topics of discussion
included the formation of a federation of Albanian
Territories on the Balkans, which would consist of
Albania, Kosovo, parts of Macedonia and parts of
Greece. Moreover, a specific timelines was agreed
upon, where Kosovo would gain independent status by
2005, Macedonia would be federalized by 2007, and in
the meantime unrest will be instigated in northwest
Greece so that this area, which the Albanians call
Chemeria, would separate from Greece and join the
Albanian union. This whole "project" would be finished
by 2010.
According to Nedeljni Telegraf, Congressman Biden
pledged to use his influence to bring about a large
foreign military presence in Macedonia, which would
guarantee the unimpeded federalization of this Balkan
country. In the meantime, Macedonia would be pressured
to further decentralize its governance by transferring
more capacities to municipalities.

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House Bill in Support of Kosovo Independance introduced

Some reactions to the Resolution 28

+++ US-Resolution für Unabhängigkeit Kosovo und
Metochiens +++

WASHINGTON/BERLIN, 16. Juli 2002. Im
US-Repräsentantenhaus wurde ein Antrag eingebracht,
in dem die USA aufgefordert werden, sich für eine
sofortige Unabhängigkeit der südserbischen Provinz
Kosovo und Metochien auszusprechen, berichtete am
Montag das deutsche Staatsradio "Deutsche Welle".
In der von zwei US-Senatoren eingebrachten
Resolution, die dem Kongressausschuss für
internationale Beziehungen zugestellt worden ist,
konstatieren die beiden einflussreichen Mitglieder
dieses Komitees, der Republikaner Benjamin Gilman
(New York) und der Demokrat Tom Lantos
(Kalifornien), dass eine Unabhängigkeit Kosovo und
Metochiens von der Republik Serbien die einzig
realistische Option nach dem Scheitern des
bisherigen Autonomiestatuses für die Provinz sei.

Die amerikanische Regierung wird davor gewarnt, dass
eine Verschiebung der Entscheidung über den
endgültigen Status von Kosovo und Metochien eine
Gefahr für die politische und wirtschaftliche
Situation in der Provinz und im gesamten
Süd-Osteuropa darstellt. Deswegen wird die
Bush-Administration dazu aufgefordert, eine
öffentliche Anerkennung der Unabhängigkeit dieses
Territoriums vorzunehmen.

"Die Anerkennung Kosovo und Metochiens als
souveränen und demokratischen Staat, in dem die
Menschenrechte, auch die der nationalen und
religiösen Minderheiten, geachtet werden, ist der
einzige Weg, um Frieden und Stabilität auf dem
Balkan zu erreichen", heißt es in dem Dokument.

Der Resolutionsentwurf der beiden
US-Kongressabgeordneten widerspricht den Grundsätzen
der UN- Sicherheitsratsresolution 1244.

+++ TANJUG / www.amselfeld.com +++


Initiative for Kosovo's independence presented to US Congress

BERLIN, Jul 15 (Tanjug) - An initiative has been presented to the US
House of Representatives to have the US support independence of
Kosovo-Metohija, regardless of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244,
German radio Deutsche Welle said Monday.
In a draft resolution submitted to the House committee for
international relations, New York Republican Congressman Benjamin
Gilman and California Democratic Congressman Tom Lantos said that
Kosovo's independence from Serbia is the only viable option following
failures so far regarding the
province's autonomy.
The draft warns the US government that postponing the resolving of
Kosovo's definite status constitutes a danger for political and
economic situation in the province and the entire southeastern Europe,
and asks President George Bush's administration to publicly recognize
Kosovo's independence.
Making Kosovo a sovereign and democratic state in which human rights,
including the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, will be
respected is the only way towards lasting peace and stability in the
Balkans, the draft says.


BELGRADE, July 16 (Beta) - Head of the Serbian Return coalition caucus
in the Kosovo assembly, Rada Trajkovic, denounced on July 16 two U.S.
congressmen's motion for recognition of Kosovo's independence by the
United States, expressing her opinion that such a move would have a
"domino effect" in the Balkans.
"Albanian lobbyists are beseiging the offices of American congressmen
and senators. In contrast, our country has not yet succeeded in
protecting its interests even through the institution of the ambassador
in the United States, let alone in preventing such lobbying," Rada
Trajkovic told the Jagodina TV Palma Plus.
Belgrade media reported that congressmen Tom Lantosh and Benjamin
Gilman submitted a resolution to the Congress's international relations
committee calling on the Washington administration to publicly
recognize the independence of Kosovo.

Subject: Sen. Lantos and the Heroin Mafia are in full swing
Date: Tue, 01 Oct 2002 12:30:05 -0400
From: "minja m."

Dear Brothers and Sisters, this is not a drill.
Sen. Lantos and the Heroin Mafia are in full swing. Please circulate
this appeal among direct contacts and friends. Perhaps the best way is
to call your friends here in U.S. by phone and when you secure their
commitment, e-mail this kit to them.
It's all a numbers game. The more people start the chain, the more
calls we will make. please run the extra mile to get as many of your
contacts who are U.S. citizens to respond.

/received from Fr. Irinej Dobrijevich/


Help Block House Resolution 467: "Independence for Kosova" [sic, Kosovo]

Washington, DC - On Thursday, June 27, 2002, Representative
Benjamin Gilman (R-NY) and Representative Tom Lantos (D-CA) introduced
House Resolution 467, recommending that the House of Representatives
should its declare support for the independence of Kosovo. Due to
pressures exerted, voting
has been postponed until after the summer recess, following Labor Day.
It falls upon the shoulders of the entire Serbian American
community, together with other concerned individuals, to do whatever is
necessary to block this resolution. The suffering of our brothers and
sisters in Kosovo continues at an alarming
rate as all traces of our beloved Orthodox Church, Serbian culture and
heritage continue to be wiped out, and the return of expelled Serbs is
If the force of the US House of Representatives rallies behind this
resolution, the goal of keeping Kosovo in its rightful place within
Serbia will become increasingly difficult.
What Can We Do?
Urge your family members, friends, and any others willing to assist and
urge them to contact their representative on this matter.
Call or fax your representative-in a responsible manner-and urge
him/her to not consider this resolution as complimentary to the
promotion of stability in Southeast Europe.
To contact your representative, dial (202) 225-3121 and ask for
your representative, or call their home offices.
Phone Script:
(When calling, make sure to ask for the staff member responsible for
foreign affairs and explain that you are a concerned constituent. If
that member is not available, please leave a written or a voice-mail

Hello, my name is ____________,
I am calling to voice my objection to House Resolution 467 as
proposed by Rep. Benjamin Gilman and Rep. Tom Lantos, calling for
support of Independence for Kosovo.
Today, under the Albanian majority, dwindling Serbian and other
non-Albanian populations populations in Kosovo live in fear; churches,
monasteries, and cultural monuments continue to be systematically
destroyed; and the return of expellees to their homes in Kosovo is
virtually non-existent. Granting independence to Kosovo will only serve
to further fragment an already unstable region by promoting the known
cause of
international terrorism, which also threatens our own homeland
As your constituent, I ask you to please defeat this initiative and
preserve Kosovo as a multicultural province within Serbia.
I thank you in advance for your concern

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SRES 144 Biden's bill urging support for "the right of the people of
Kosova(SIC) to determine their political future"


U.S. SENATE (Introduced in Senate)


1st Session

S. RES. 144
Expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States should
declare its support for the right of the people of Kosova to determine
their political future once Kosova has made requisite progress, as
defined by United Nations benchmarks, in developing democratic
institutions and human rights protections.


May 14, 2003

Mr. BIDEN submitted the following resolution; which was referred to
the Committee on Foreign Relations


Expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States should
declare its support for the right of the people of Kosova to determine
their political future once Kosova has made requisite progress, as
defined by United Nations benchmarks, in developing democratic
institutions and human rights protections.

Whereas paragraph 1 of Article 1 of the International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights, to which the United States is a party,
recognizes that all peoples have the right of self-determination;

Whereas Kosova was constitutionally defined as an autonomous region in
the First National Liberation Conference for Kosova on January 2, 1944,
this status was confirmed in the Constitution of the Socialist Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia adopted in 1946, and the autonomous status of
Kosova was preserved in the amended Yugoslav Constitution adopted in

Whereas prior to the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, the
autonomous region of Kosova constituted a political and legal entity
with its own distinct financial institutions, police force, municipal
government, school system, judicial and legal system, hospitals, and
other organizations;

Whereas, in 1987, Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic rose to power
in Yugoslavia on a platform of ultranationalism and anti-Albanian
racism, advocating violence and hatred against all non-Slavic peoples
and specifically targeting the ethnic Albanians of Kosova;

Whereas Slobodan Milosevic subsequently stripped Kosova of its
political autonomy without the consent of the people of Kosova;

Whereas the elected Assembly of Kosova, faced with this illegal act,
adopted a Declaration of Independence on July 2, 1990, proclaimed a
Republic of Kosova, and adopted a constitution on September 7, 1990,
based on the internationally accepted principles of self-determination,
equality, and sovereignty;

Whereas in recognition of the de facto dissolution of the Yugoslav
federation, the European Community established principles for the
recognition of the independence and sovereignty of the republics of the
former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia;

Whereas a popular referendum was held in Kosova from September 26 to
30, 1991, in which 87 percent of all eligible voters cast ballots and
99.87 percent voted in favor of declaring Kosova independent of the
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia;

Whereas, during the occupation of Kosova, which began in 1989 and
ended with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military
action against the regime of Slobodan Milosevic in 1999, the ethnic
Albanians of Kosova were subjected to brutal treatment by the occupying
forces, and approximately 400,000 ethnic Albanians were forced to flee
to Western Europe and the United States;

Whereas in the spring of 1999 almost 1,000,000 ethnic Albanians were
driven out of Kosova and at least 10,000 were murdered by Serbian
paramilitary and military forces;

Whereas Slobodan Milosevic was indicted by the International Criminal
Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and extradited to The Hague in June
2001, to stand trial for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and
genocide in Kosova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia;

Whereas on June 10, 1999, United Nations Security Council Resolution
1244 mandated an international civil presence in Kosova, ending the
decade-long Serbian occupation of Kosova and Milosevic's genocidal war

Whereas the people of Kosova, including ethnic Albanians, Serbs,
Turks, Roma, Bosniaks, Goranis, and Ashkalis, held free and fair
municipal elections in 2000 and 2002 and a general election in 2001 to
elect a Parliament, which in turn selected a President and Prime
Minister in 2002;

Whereas, with 50 percent of the population in Kosova being under the
age of 25, and the unemployment rate currently being between 60 and 70
percent, there is an increasing likelihood of young people entering
criminal networks, or working abroad in order to survive unless massive
job creation is facilitated by guaranteeing the security of foreign
investments through the establishment of the rule of law and
functioning institutions in Kosova;

Whereas for the first time since the end of the conflict, refugees
from ethnic minority communities in Kosova have started to return to
their homes in substantial numbers, although those refugees are still a
small fraction of the number of people that left in 1999;

Whereas most ethnic Albanian elected authorities in Kosova recognize
that substantial efforts toward reconciliation with ethnic minorities
are needed for the long-term security and participation in government
institutions of all citizens of Kosova;

Whereas leaders of the Kosova Parliament have publicly committed to
developing a western-style democracy in which all citizens, regardless
of ethnicity, are granted full human and civil rights and are committed
to the return of all refugees, whatever their ethnicity, who fled
Kosova during and after the conflict;

Whereas Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic of Serbia called for the
return of Serbian forces to Kosova and for talks on the status of the

Whereas, on February 25, 2003, representatives of a Serbian minority
coalition in the Kosova Parliament called for the establishment of a
Serbian Union in northern Kosova;

Whereas the international community has made clear that it will
support neither monoethnic government institutions, nor the partition
of Kosova;

Whereas the tragic assassination in Belgrade of Serbian Prime Minister
Zoran Djindjic on March 12, 2003, underscored that criminal nationalist
elements remain a destabilizing factor in the region and an obstacle to
reform efforts;

Whereas the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary
General in Kosova has initiated a dialogue between the authorities in
Belgrade and in Pristina on issues of practical concern;

Whereas the Serbian Government on April 17, 2003, declared as
`unacceptable' the plan put forward by the Special Representative to
devolve powers to the elected officials in Kosova;

Whereas following his address to the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe Permanent Council on May 8, 2003, the Special
Representative of the United Nations Secretary General stated that
`Kosovo Albanians are being more assertive about competencies and
status issues while at the same time Kosovo Serbs are concentrating on
developing monoethnic structures';

Whereas Deputy Prime Minister Covic on May 9, 2003, again dismissed
the assessment that the time has come to begin to discuss the final
status of Kosova;

Whereas United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 stated that
the main responsibilities of the international civil presence in Kosova
include facilitating a political process designed to determine Kosova's
future status and, in the final stage, overseeing the transfer of
authority from Kosova's provisional institutions to institutions
established under a political settlement; and

Whereas the only viable option for the future of Kosova is one that
reflects both the needs and aspirations of its entire population: Now,
therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that the United States

(1) recognize the danger that an unnecessary delay in the resolution
of Kosova's final status would pose for the political and economic
viability of Kosova and the stability of Southeast Europe;

(2) publicly support the goal of a democratic government in Kosova in
which human rights, including the rights of ethnic and religious
minorities, are respected;

(3) to achieve that goal, call for holding a referendum, under
international supervision, on the future status of Kosova, once Kosova
has made further progress in developing institutions of democratic
self-government, establishing the rule of law, facilitating the return
and reintegration of refugees into local communities, and protecting
ethnic minorities, in accordance with the benchmarks established by the
United Nations;

(4) work in conjunction with the United Nations, the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization, the European Union, the Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe, and other international organizations to
assist Kosova to meet the United Nations benchmarks that are the
necessary conditions for holding a referendum on the future status of
Kosova and to facilitate the implementation of the form of government
determined by the people of Kosova; and

(5) continue to provide assistance, trade, and other programs to
encourage the further development of democracy and a free market
economic system in Kosova.


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Bota Sot: Interview:
Committee Member for Foreign Relations in the American Congress:
Independent Kosovo - Solution for Peace and Stability


Independent Kosovo – Solution for Peace and Stability

Joseph Crowley, Committee Member for Foreign Relations in the American
Congress, in an interview for Bota Sot:

2002-11-13 16:01:41

The trial against Milosevic has adjourned because of health reasons,
i.e. there are chances to end up similarly to some of former nazi
leader after the World War II. Do you think this can influence
processes in Kosovo and harm achievements made so far?

Personally, I’m for the independence of Kosovo. I see this as the most
important thing in the region. But work should be done in order to
achieve this. The main aim is creation of independent institutions,
presidency, assembly and government. To create a legal state, which
proves that it fights crime, corruption and drugs, a state for
everybody, majority and national minorities and a state of peace and
security in the whole region. All these are the key of what we want for
independence of Kosovo. An important point for Kosovo is trial against
Milosevic. I follow it and I want it to go till the end, no matter his
health, because finishing it is a big point for the international
community and also for the future of Kosovo.

Do you think Kosovo has given its proof and that it deserves what it
asks for? Is it time for the international community to act differently
and say its word?

Yes, Kosovo is giving good proof for to the world in many fields for
some time. One of these proofs is voting in the post-war Kosovo. For
me, the independence is the only solution to show how is peace and
security. To show that there will be no genocide anymore in Kosovo,
there will be no long lines of displaced people from their homes but
there will be peace and security for everybody living in Kosovo.

/Source: Balkan Report/