Four Reasons Against Demarcation
By By Ilir Kulla
Albanian Daily News
Published September 1, 2016

In Kosovo, there is a fundamental problem with the issue of demarcation and the power of internationals. First, the problem has to do with a final juridical division between the two states of former Yugoslavia, where the parties have got one-another acquainted with their respective borders. Second, this has to do with the new border re-determination, which includes the forced expropriation of a great number of individuals and families as well, without being compensated, and this is completely in favor of another country.

A similar situation would be if for example, hundreds of owners of pastures, forests, and homes of Albanians in Hasi of Rugova would lose their property if the inter-state border would be revised and that space would be passed to the Hasi people who are on this side of the border. So, this question creates even a not-so-small social-economic conflict. Third, what is the reason why this border must be revised; the reason that is given is that Montenegro must enter in NATO. Kosovo does not hinder Montenegro to enter in NATO, because even if it wanted, it cannot do that. Also, the borders of Kosovo are borders which are being protected by NATO, so they are NATO themselves, and so, the alliance does not have this as a definitive condition for membership or as a necessity. Fourth, Kosovo practically has lost one-fifth of its territory in the north, and that part will never be returned to Kosovo again in reality. Also, the internationals have imposed a little Serbia within the territory of Kosovo, through the so-called Association of Serb Municipalities, with the claim that this sacrifice of Pristina would contribute for a final agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, with a recognition of Kosovos independence by the latter, which has not happened yet. The supporters of the current agreement of demarcation say that this must happen because its the internationals who are asking for this. The question arises, if, God forbid, the internationals ask Kosovo to return back to Serbia, what would it do?

I hope that this unfair agreement of demarcation will be rejected by the Parliament of Kosovo and a new fair and worthy agreement is reached.





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