Why Is Tirana Silent About the Statements of Vucic?
Albanian Daily News
Published January 28, 2015



By
Prec Zogaj


There
is a great silence of official Tirana and its media about the statements of
Prime Minister Alexandar Vucic during his visit to Kosovo a few days ago. The
official reactions from Prishtina were weak as well. There was plenty to react
about. The visit itself was a continuation of a meaningless anomaly: the
Serbian Prime Minister enters a neighboring country as if he is visiting the
‘state’ of Serbs within Kosovo and the state of Kosovo, within Serbia. He even
avoided the protocol of official reception by his counterpart, Mustafa, and
other high state authorities of Kosovo. He did this to insult his hosts in
their house. There was a flagrant breach of the political and diplomatic ethics
between countries. With his standard agenda of non-reconciliation with the
independence of Kosovo, Vucic showed extreme insensitivity towards the
massacres of the Serbian army and police in Kosovo during the war against
civilians in the past. He did not even pretend to be sad about the tragedies,
misfortunes and wounds that his country has caused to Kosovo. He did not find a
way to distance himself from the crimes of his predecessors in Kosovo. Kondrad
Adenaur and Vili Brand have apologized on behalf of Germany for the crimes of
Hitler. Pope John Paul II apologized on behalf of Vatican for the crimes of
inquisitors. Such cases are numerous. States have continuity. Apologizing is a
moral act, despite the fact that a new government may not be responsible for
what has happened in the past. Apologizing does not fix the past. The fixing is
left to forgetting, Milan Kundera once said. But apologizing has a great
consolation effect. It is the acceptance of conclusions which have archived
atrocities. It is a promise and a blessing to live in peace and respect for one
another in the present and future. Language has different ways of doing this in
the Balkan languages, even in Serbian.



But
the language of Vucic had no nuance of the new trend and the new European
spirit, which is said to be present in our region. Even when he mentioned living
together with Albanians, it was clearly in the framework of the old concept of
Kosovo, as part of Serbia. Meantime, as was expected, he underlined the old
thesis of Serbian nationalism that Kosovo is the cradle of Serbia.



To
us, the silence of the Albania side is what needs to be questioned. Those who
praised Edi Rama for his visit to Belgrade, where he spoke the truth in the
presence of Vucic about the independence of Kosovo kept silent. All people in
Kosovo went out in the streets to greet the ‘international leader’, as the
media close to the government described it. Where are these voices now? Where
is the government?



It
is clear that the statements of Vucic in Kosovo are a payback for the
statements of Edi Rama in Belgrade. It’s getting even. But it’s not just this.
My impression is that both Prime Ministers have agreed to play volleyball with
the declarative nationalism and reap the results in their own countries. In the
future, Vucic will come to Albania to express his ideas. Rama has invited him and
has assured him that he will not be misunderstood. In this way, trying to
display and justify his exhibitionism in Belgrade, he leaves the stage to his
counterpart to do the same in Kosovo and Albania. All this sounds like a
Euro100 drone game in relation to the epochal development produced by the war
of NATO and Albanians of Kosovo for the liberation of Kosovo. This war brought
to light the uncontestable truth that Kosovo was an invaded country annexed by
Serbia. The war of the most powerful political and military power was based on
this truth. Myths have no more room in our times.



Vucic
and Serbia may be interested to continue with these old-fashioned nationalist
statements. Maybe, the Serbian society needs to be fed with these dead myths.
But we don’t need to be part f this game. In fact, this is at our disadvantage.



What
did the Conference of Berlin ask from leaders of the Balkans? What does
Washington and Brussels expect from the dialogue between Belgrade and Tirana?
It is common knowledge. They must work to put the past behind and look to the
future, for exchanges of reciprocal interest, for joint projects and programs,
for regional and European integration.


*Panorama
Newspaper



23.01.2015








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