Friday, July 22, 2011

Tensions build up in Montenegro's ruling party

Podgorica - Years of internal strife within the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), which has ruled Montenegro for the past two decades, may finally be exploding into the public eye, a Podgorica newspaper reported Monday.

The newspaper, Vijesti, quoted sources from the government and the DPS as saying that the party's deputy leader and one of the most powerful politicians in the country, Svetozar Marovic, had offered his resignation.

In a letter to the party leadership, Marovic reportedly said that he was ready to step down after he found out that the Montenegrin secret police had been spying on his son, Milos.

Following that, he allegedly threatened to open a full-scale conflict within the party, dominated by longtime former Montenegrin prime minister, Milo Djukanovic.

According to Vijesti, government and DPS sources confirmed that Marovic, a deputy premier until last year, had sent the letter, but refused to make statements about it.

On an inquiry by the Serbian news agency Tanjug, however, Marovic denied that he had written the letter.

Marovic was a key player in the DPS' turn away from Slobodan Milosevic's regime in Belgrade in the latter half of the 1990s and Montenegro's drive for independence from Serbia, completed in 2006.

The DPS was then torn between a wing led by Djukanovic and the former Montenegrin president Momir Bulatovic, who remained faithful to Milosevic. Djukanovic triumphed with Marovic's help.

In December Djukanovic and Marovic resigned from the government, but have continued to seek influence behind the scenes.

Both men were implicated in massive corruption - Djukanovic was investigated in Italy in connection with cigarette smuggling and Marovic was named in scandals related to army procurement while he was president of the rump Yugoslavia.

Igor Luksic, a close ally of Djukanovic, took over as prime minister, with the declared primary goal of securing a date for the start of accession negotiations with the European Union.


Anonymous said...

Corruption: Montenegro V Ethnic Albanians
I mourn for the societal liberty of Montenegro when I see today that corruption has been imputed to many members of their government, as a result of their corruption, the Albanian politicians have been bartered for promise of office, and ultimately Montenegro has free hands to deny our legal national rights.

Anonymous said...

It will only be a matter of time before the DPS Empire crumbles. Whatever replaces it will have to seriously contend with many challenges, especially the growing frustration among the minorities and their place in Montenegro's future.

The Serbs will be a force to control, the Bosniaks are proliferating, and the Albanians ... well, who cares about the Albanians because they don't seem to care about their fate either.

Anonymous said...

Obviously there is not much happening in and about Malesia or else more relevant articles would be posted on this blog. Sorry but who gives a flying shit about the DPS?

Same thing on; the quality and content of their writings suck ass to the point where I want to call those children who post those comic articles and slap their pimple faces until snot shoots over Decic.

Why don't you guys combine your two latest articles -- DPS and Vasel Camaj -- and write a beautiful manifesto about both failures? OR why don't you wipe the shit from your eyes and publish something more relevant for us here in Malesia.

I have more aspiration from the Diaspora than these dumb-fucks from Tuz; yes that goes for the webmasters and picture-takers from too -- amateur to say the least. But then again there is not one smart enough to use a computer in Malesi or else a competing web site would have been created by now.

And one more thing: Hey shoqata "Malesia e Madhe" and 'Ded Gjo' Luli," learn to raise and spend money for more relevant projects that will have a long-lasting (positive) influence on Malesia! We don't need your $$ for parties that bring zezaks and drunken whores into our back-yards. Shameful.

Anonymous said...

Malesori: It's better to die fighting for freedom than to live life in chains.

Malesori: Better to die free in happiness than to live caged in fear.

Albanian Diaspora: Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.

To Montenegro: You can only be free if I am free.

Albanian Diaspora: A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you.

Albanian Diaspora: Albanians that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

To Malesia: If you're not ready to die for freedom, take the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary.

Political Prisoner (September 9, 2006): Montenegrin can beat me, torture me, and even kill me. Then they will have my dead body, but not my obedience.

Anonymous said...

Shpresoj se Malesoret ne vendlindje do ti lexojne keto thenje...

Anonymous said...

...and, the Albanian Diaspora to Malesia: Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

Anonymous said...

NORWEGIAN GUNMAN CONNECTED WITH SERB EXTREMISTS. Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, accused of bombing government buildings in Oslo and murdering scores of Norwegian youth, offered praise to Serbian ultranationalists in his political manifesto. Breivik cited NATO’s bombing of Serbia in 1999 as one motivator for his political beliefs. Breivik suggested he supported Serbia’s campaign in Kosovo as a measure taken to limit what he felt was a rampant “Islamization of Europe.” Breivik also wrote that he came into contact with Serbian nationalists first over the internet, before meeting with some in person. Breivik claimed to have met with a Serbian “war hero” who had killed “many Muslims in battle” on a trip to Monrovia, Liberia, where EU war crimes prosecutors could not reach him.

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“Washington now faces two broad policy choices: follow the EU in attempting to restore the old situation by coaxing Pristina to accept the status quo ante in the north and convincing both parties return to their limited talks. Or it could try to shape a new reality, either by changing the nature of the talks and focusing on the fundamental question of the future of the north; or by leading the EU in establishing Western control over northern Kosovo and the border with Serbia.”—Ambassador Morton Abramowitz and James Hooper on recent violence in northern Kosovo (The National Interest, 8/3/11).

Anonymous said...

VIOLENCE SHAKES NORTHERN KOSOVO BORDER. U.S. and EU officials recently criticized a decision made by Kosovo authorities to seize control of two border crossings between Serbia and Serb-dominated northern Kosovo. Government officials in Pristina issued the order to Kosovo’s special police to seize control of the border crossings following the failure of EU-facilitated talks between Kosovo and Serbia to resolve a long-standing trade dispute wherein products with Kosovo customs stamps are not allowed entry into Serbia. As a result, the government of Kosovo issued an order banning imports of products from Serbia into Kosovo. Similarly, the government of Kosovo issued an order to seize control of the border crossings to prevent Serbian goods from entering the country. However, the move into the north by the Kosovo police resulted in the death of one officer during a confrontation with Kosovo Serbs and sparked tensions throughout much of northern Kosovo, where Kosovo Serbs constitute the overwhelming majority of the population. Mobs of Kosovo Serbs attacked both of the border crossings, hurling firebombs and setting them on fire. Polish and American peacekeepers exchanged fire with the attackers. The violence is viewed as a setback for international efforts to broker a deal to allow Kosovo officials to take control of the border crossings following removal of roadblocks installed by Kosovo Serb residents.
Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci blamed the violence on leaders in Belgrade, stating that they have used the trade dispute and other means to push forward their stated goal of partitioning Kosovo along ethnic lines. Thaci asserted that Kosovo would defend its sovereignty and that Serbia’s partition goal will never be attained. In Belgrade, Serbian President Boris Tadic appealed for calm. Tadic warned that Serb “hooligans” who committed violence in the area would not be viewed as defending the Serbian people. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton urged both sides to exercise “maximum restraint” with respect to the border dispute. Ashton urged them to return to the negotiating table to pursue a peaceful resolution to the border issue and the underlying trade dispute. In New York, Serbian representatives to the United Nations called upon the UN Security Council to hold a special session to discuss the border violence. Members of the Security Council, however, rejected Serbia’s request, reflecting the view that they believe the EU is responsible for resolution of the matter. Following exchanges between NATO peacekeepers and local Kosovo Serbs, NATO has increased the number of peacekeepers it has in the region, including the deployment of reserves to the north. After a meeting between NATO’s KFOR commander General Erhard Buehler and Prime Minister Thaci, it was announced that NATO will patrol the border checkpoints until Kosovo and Serbia can agree on a way forward once bilateral talks resume in September.

DACIC OBJECTS TO KOSOVO RECOGNITION PRECONDITION. In a recent interview with Vecernje Novosti, Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic objected to reports that several EU members now insist that Serbia recognize Kosovo’s independence as a precondition of Serbian membership in the EU. Dacic pointed to Serbia’s recent successes in capturing and extraditing indicted war criminals Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic to the UN war crimes tribunal. Dacic then criticized EU members for appearing to change Serbia’s accession requirements. Dacic hinted that the EU must be careful not to alienate the Serbian public, who might otherwise choose leaders in the next elections who are less supportive of the country’s membership in the EU. Discussing northern Kosovo, Dacic pointed out that a potential partition of Kosovo would violate the Serbian constitution, which recognizes all of Kosovo as part of Serbian territory. Dacic also warned that without appropriate defensive measures by the Serbian government, he feared that Pristina might launch a new “Operation Storm,” forcibly attempting to integrate the north with the rest of the Kosovo.

Anonymous said...

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters’ Congressional Record Statement on the Actions of the Kosova Government and Border Patrol

August 2, 2011

Mr. Speaker – I rise today to address the recent violence in Kosova and applaud the actions of the Border Patrol of the Kosovar government. As a sovereign, independent state, Kosova deserves the right to protect its citizens and patrol its border. I strongly support Kosova for maintaining control over its border with Serbia. Since Kosova declared her independence in 2008, Serbia has consistently discriminated against Kosovars and prevented the region from accepting her legitimacy.

Recently, Kosovar authorities banned goods coming in from Serbia with the intention of countering their northern neighbor’s rejection of Kosova’s statehood and Serbia’s boycott of Kosova’s produce. It is vital that the Kosovar government re-establish territorial integrity within its borders. With increased uncertainty on her country’s northern border, Kosovar special police units launched an operation to gain complete control over the border crossing with Serbia to prevent the continued flow of illegal goods from Serbia. In order for Kosova to continue to join the developed world, it is necessary for them to have authority over their own economy. I also rise to express my gratitude for NATO peacekeepers that have arrived to maintain peace along the border.

I am proud to represent a large and vibrant community of Kosovar Americans in southeast Michigan. Many of my constituents have relatives along the Kosova/Serbia border and I know that they are deeply concerned about the security of their loved ones and the prospect for Kosova remaining an independent nation. Recognized by nearly 80 nations across the globe, Kosova deserves to be a player on the world stage and I stand with their freedom-loving people who thirst for true independence.

Anonymous said...

soccer match:
Albania 3 Montenegro 2 (August 10, 2011)

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Reeker: Kosovo will not be divided
A top US diplomat joins France and Germany in rejecting partition and calling for rule of law in the north.

"This is about rule of law," US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker said.
Partitioning Kosovo is not an option and Pristina has a legitimate right to govern the north, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker said on Wednesday (August 17th).

"Kosovo is a sovereign, independent country and has the right to extend its authority throughout its country," he told reporters after meeting with Prime Minister Hashim Thaci in Pristina. "This is about rule of law, which is such a fundamental, key concept not just here, but throughout all of Europe."

"What we need to do is to see lawlessness put out of the north or any part of Kosovo or the region," Reeker said, adding that all citizens would benefit as a result. "What has to be done is focus on establishing rule of law and institutions of government to help people to live more productive, more prosperous and secure lives that they are entitled to as citizens of this country."

As for the idea of dividing the predominantly Serb-populated enclaves in the north from the rest of Kosovo, Reeker said it was not under consideration.

"We have seen in other countries in the region, borders are set; there are not going to be changes of borders," the diplomat said. "US policy is very clear on that subject. Our colleagues, including the German foreign minister, were also very clear on that subject," he said. The German minister, Guido Westerwelle, said earlier this month that his country would oppose any attempt at partition.

"For us it is clear that the situation and territorial integrity in this region is decided; this means this is out of discussion for us," Westerwelle said. He also confirmed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pass on the same message during a visit to Serbia later this month.

Likewise, French Ambassador to Kosovo Jean François Fitou has ruled out the idea of separating the north.

"There will be no division," he said. "What we should see as important is the implementation of the Ahtisaari Package, fighting smuggling and organised crime, establishment of the rule of law and working for the integration of Kosovo into the EU."

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According to Kosovo political analyst Belul Beqaj, the statements by Reeker and other diplomats represent "a clarification of the position of the international community towards the territorial integrity of Kosovo and its sovereignty".

He said the EU has not achieved a unified position with regard to Kosovo and this was reflected in the northern crisis, as well as the ongoing issue of recognitions. "It caused unclarity and confusion," Beqaj told SETimes.

Thaci, meanwhile, has vowed to press ahead with efforts to establish governance by Pristina institutions, "making the courts functional, disbanding the criminal structures, and fighting the rest of the negative phenomena in that part of the territory of the Republic of Kosovo."

"This is to the benefit of all the citizens of Kosovo, without ethnic distinction. It is to the best of economical development, integration, peace and stability in the region," the prime minister said on Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

Albania sees influx of tourists
Tourists are flocking to Albania for their summer holidays.

Tourists enjoy the Albanian seaside at Vlore.
Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said on August 10th that his country has witnessed a tourist boom this holiday season, making tourism one of the most important sectors in the economy. Berisha said that as of August 8th, Albanian had been visited by 2.15 million tourists, which is over 400,000 more than last year.

Anonymous said...

Germany's Angela Merkel ties Serbian EU hopes to Kosovo

Mr Tadic urged Mrs Merkel to try to understand the situation in the western Balkans

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on a visit to Belgrade, has told Serbia it must normalise ties with Kosovo if it wants to join the European Union.

Serbian President Boris Tadic said the issue was "very complex", but that his country did not intend to "bring a new conflict into the EU".

Mrs Merkel is the first top Western leader to visit since war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic was seized in May.

The EU is due to mediate at new talks between Serbia and Kosovo next week.

Belgrade still regards the breakaway territory, which declared independence in 2008, as part of Serbia.

Tension persists and deadly clashes erupted this summer over the control of borders between Serbia and Kosovo.

"The summer was not so great and it led to events that we believed were in the past," Mrs Merkel said at a joint news conference with Mr Tadic.

'Achieve results'
After arriving from neighbouring Croatia, which is due to join the EU in 2013, Mrs Merkel referred to the bloc's law and order mission in Kosovo, Eulex.

Serbia has no illusion that it could bring a new conflict into the EU”

Boris Tadic
Serbian president
"If Serbia wants to achieve candidate status, it should resume the dialogue and achieve results in that dialogue, enable Eulex to work in all regions of Kosovo, and abolish parallel structures and not create new ones," she said.

Earlier, in Croatia, she had said her message to Serbia would be: "To join us at the table... you need to do something in return.

"One of the preconditions for Serbia is Kosovo, that relations between those states get normalised."

Responding on Tuesday, Serbia's president urged Germany to try to understand the situation in the western Balkans.

"Serbia is committed to finding a peaceful solution. We want to resume the dialogue and find a durable compromise," Mr Tadic said, adding that Serbia also wanted to retain "its principles and its integrity".

"I will be clear. We are facing a very complex issue with Kosovo. Serbia has no illusion that it could bring a new conflict into the EU."

Business interests
Serbia aims to be granted official EU candidate status later this year and to be given a start date for accession talks, the BBC's Mark Lowen reports from the Serbian capital.

This is the first visit to Serbia by a German chancellor in several years and is intended to encourage Serbia's government to maintain its pro-EU path, our correspondent says.

Germany was one of the first countries to recognise Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 and has been an outspoken critic of Belgrade's refusal to accept the split, he adds.

A large delegation of business leaders is accompanying Mrs Merkel in the hope of increasing Germany's already significant investment in Serbia.

German companies including Siemens have large factories in Serbia and there are plans to expand further.

Overall, our correspondent says, the German visit is a sign that Serbia is moving more into the European mainstream and that the West has its hand outstretched.

Anonymous said...

Hey i really appreciate this website. Montenegro will always be Albanian land. And its unfair how Albanians are bieng discriminated out there.

Anonymous said...

The current Montenegrin Government will never grant any political rights to Albanians. For the past 20 years, the same discriminatory approach toward Albanians has been roaming in air, and nothing has been done to improve the political state for the Albanians in Montenegro. Albanians have to demand more responsibly and aggressively their constitutional rights. Malesort know how to successfully organize their summer dance parties, but they fail to organize any rally that promotes their political rights! Just watch how this malesor is so frustrated…

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Anonymous said...

The statue of Ded Gjon Luli has no place to be positioned at the Church’s property; he belongs in the main square in Tuz. Someone needs to tell Pater Pashku, if he really wants to contribute something to the Malesia’s culture/history/religion, then he needs to build a monument of Pater Zefi- who was brutally assassinated by the Montenegrin secret police. Pater Zef justly belongs in the churche’s properties. Next to his statue waves the Montenegrin flag, it’s so humorous!

Anonymous said...

I AGREE! The statue of Ded Gjon Luli belongs in the main square in Tuz. He fought for the Albanian cause. You must understand that Pater Pashku is the right hand man of Montenegro Government!!!

They will use him to suppress any pro Albanian ideas/project from diaspora or within.

The idea of Ded Gjo Luli statue next to the Montenegro flag is a disgrace.

Would Adem Jashari statue sit next to a Serbian Flag in Prekaz or Pristina?

Malsors in Montenegro are a complete joke!

Someone needs to tell Pater Pashku, if he really wants to contribute something to the Malesia’s culture/history/religion, then he needs to build a monument of Pater Zefi- who was brutally assassinated by the Montenegrin secret police. Pater Zef justly belongs in the churche’s properties. Next to his statue waves the Montenegrin flag, it’s so humorous!

Anonymous said...

I AGREE! The statue of Ded Gjon Luli belongs in the main square in Tuz. He fought for the Albanian cause. You must understand that Pater Pashku is the right hand man of Montenegro Government!!!

They will use him to suppress any pro Albanian ideas/project from diaspora or within.

The idea of Ded Gjo Luli statue next to the Montenegro flag is a disgrace.

Would Adem Jashari statue sit next to a Serbian Flag in Prekaz or Pristina?

Malsors in Montenegro are a complete joke!

Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken, isn't there a statue of Gjergj Kastrioti at the Church of St Paul's in Michigan? What's the big issue here?

Although Ded Gjo Luli fought against Montenegrin agression, his main concern was the Ottoman Empire. With that said, I think it would be a complete joke if the Turkish flag was waiving near his statue. But it's not.

Unfortunately, your opinion is the majority opinion, when I speak to almost everyone I know, they think it's a joke as well.

I think it's a beautiful statue and I'm extremely happy that it was created. I'm just a little disapointed that it's surrounded by controversy.

Typical though...Albanians seem to always be divided. It's sad.

Tony said...

Don't even compare the reasons why the statues exist at the two different churches.

The Kastrioti statue in Rochester Hills is OK because how could it go anywhere else? Would you erect it in downtown Rochester? Absolutely not because there is no Abanian history in Rochester; KAstrioti didn't lead the Albanian heroes down Avon Road against the Otomans.

Conversely, in Malesia, Deda led an Albanian contingency against the Turks throughout what is today Malesia e MAdhe. When you go to Tuz, Triesh, Koja, Dushiq, Sukruq, etc., know very well that Deda trailblazed his way to push back the ill-minded Ottomans and reclaim our ancestoral land.

What is happening today to Albanians in Montenegro (by the Slavs) is the same thing that was happening to us for 500 years under Turk rule. If Deda were alive today he would summon Albanians and call for resistence against teh assimilation and emigration that is taking place en masse in Malesia e MAdhe.

Anonymous said...

I don't disagree that the statue should be in the center of Tuz BUT I do disagree with everyone who believes it shouldn't be at the church.

It's an issue of public property (center of Tuz) VS. private property (church) and the organizers need permission to erect a statue on public ground. They did not need permission (formal permission) to place the statue on their own church property.

Everyone's thought process is "if it's not at the center of Tuz, it shouldn't be anywhere" and that's NOT how you progress.

Maybe one day it will be moved to the center of Tuz but until then we should not create such a ruckus for the statue being placed on church grounds. We should be proud of the forward progress (however minimal it may be).

We seem to always find something wrong about everything.

THERE IS A STATUE OF DED GJO LULI IN TUZ...This is undisputed!!!

Stop bickering.