Belgrad – Phristina: It looks like talking to people from another planet

Interview with Borislav Stefanovic
It looks like talking to people from another planet
Tamara Spaic | 05. 07. 2011. – 00:02h |

‘Occasionally I had an impression that I was talking to people from another planet. The talks were very difficult because every sentence and stance from our side were completely opposite to what the Albanian side was saying. There is a huge wall between us and those solutions helped that it becomes a little smaller and allow us finally cooperate for the welfare of all people who live in Kosovo/Metohija and mainly the Serbs. Without those solutions most of them would slowly but certainly leave as they are doing today’, Borislav Stefanovic, Chief of the Serbian team in negotiations with Pristina says for ‘Blic’.

A day after Stefanovic returned from Brussels and negotiations in which the sides had agreed about freedom of movement and exchange of copies of birth certificate books, he was met with accusations by the opposition and even threats with criminal charges for violation of the sovereignty of Serbia.

‘If we were speaking about the 90s and condemning the war crimes, they were speaking about occupation and genocide. We have not agreed about what happened, let alone about what we want in the future. They want and they attempted to get full confirmation of independence, confirmation that Serbia does not exist in Kosovo. We managed to oppose that’, Stefanovic says.

Q: What have you exactly agreed about? Will Serbia recognize documents of the State of Kosovo?

‘Personal identity cards, traffic and driving licenses shall be used in future but only with a certificate that shall be given by Serbian Home Ministry at the administration line. That card shall bear the date and place of entrance and shall be used for administration checking only. Without it the documents shall be invalid. In the certificate there shall also be written that that document does not prejudice the future Kosovo status. This is a legal confirmation for us that the documents shall be used for transit only. This means that all people who have our citizenship will be allowed to move freely without affecting our position regarding the status. The so-called ‘Kosovo passports’ shall not be valid’.

Q: What would affect the status?

‘Only if Pristina would put a stamp on some of those documents’.

Q: What about registration plates?

‘Only registration plates issued by the UNMIK with the ‘KS’ letters shall be valid. This does not apply for plates with the ‘Republic of Kosovo’ inscription. This shall make it possible for the Serbs living south of the Ibar River to use registration plates neutral in view of the status since the UNMIK registration plates have gone out of use in the meantime’.

Q: Why is there no agreement over the cadastre?

‘Belgrade suggested making of a mechanism which would lead to harmonization of two cadastres. The Kosovo cadastre is full of forged data. We suggested solution which understands a body to work on it. If somebody from Pristina says this is my house and my land, and we have someone expelled from Kosovo who has valid ownership document, then we shall make a mechanism by which the owner shall be put in a position to have his/her property and possession at his/her disposal. The Pristina team made here, for inexplicable reason, a step backwards, but this does not mean that an agreement is not going to be reached next time.

Q: Recognition of diplomas is something that is in favor of the Albanians only?

‘This process shall go in two directions. We cannot recognize a diploma in which it is written ‘The Republic of Kosovo’. We suggest that nostrification of diplomas is made by university in the neighborhood, for example the one in Podogorica. In such a case our institutions would recognize the nostrification and not the diploma. Proposal by Pristina side is that nostrification is done by some international organization, not clear which one, or a non-government organization, what is unacceptable for us’.

Belgrade, Pristina agree on freedom of movement


The Belgrade and Pristina negotiating teams in Brussels drafted agreements on freedom of movement and birth records.

By Igor Jovanovic for Southeast European Times in Belgrade –04/07/11

Abkommen am Balkan: Serbien und Kosovo einigen sich


 Die Bürger der früheren serbischen Provinz dürfen nach den Neuregelungen mit ihrem Personalausweis nach Serbien reisen, berichtete der serbische Verhandlungsführer Borislav Stefanovic im staatlichen Fernsehen in Belgrad.

Sonntag, 03. Juli 2011

Die Präsidentin des Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga.

Serbien und das Kosovo haben erstmals eine Reihe von Abkommen miteinander geschlossen. Die Vereinbarungen beziehen sich unter anderem auf den Reiseverkehr sowie die gegenseitige Anerkennung von Schulabschlüssen, wie die Europäische Union am Samstag mitteilte. „Vor allem die Einigung auf Bewegungsfreiheit ist wichtig“, sagte EU-Vermittler Robert Cooper. Beide Seiten vereinbarten zudem, Daten über Geburten, Heiraten und Todesfälle untereinander auszutauschen.
Erstmals seit der Abspaltung des Kosovos von Serbien hatten beide Länder im März wieder Gespräche unter EU-Vermittlung aufgenommen. Die Regierung des Kosovos hoffte, dadurch die angeschlagene Wirtschaft des Landes wieder in Fahrt zu bringen.

Indictments on Organ Trading against Citizens from Turkey and Israel

MedicusPRISTINA, Kosovo — As to international and Kosovar media a special prose- cutor from the European Union (EU) Rule-of-Law mission in Kosovo (EULEX) filed indictments against two citizens from Turkey and Israel. Yusuf Sonmez and Moshe Harel are accused of „traf- ficking in persons, organized crime and unlawful exercise of medical activity“ EULEX states. According to EULEX spokesman Blerim Krasniqi „Warrants for their arrest have been issued by the District Court in Pristina and both suspects are subject to international wanted notices, issued by Interpol“. Read the rest of this entry »

Verurteilung in Albanien, von Wahlfälscher Commissionären der Salih Berisha Mafia Partei PD

Zum ersten Male, wurden Wahlfälscher in Albanien verurteilt, welche Hunderte von falschen Wahlzetteln ausfüllten, im Ausland lebende Albaner, waren plötzlich in einem Mysterium anwesend und wählten usw..

Alles Wahlbeobachter der Mafiösen Organisation des Salih Berisha, Sokol Olldashi, Lulzim Basha und Co., welche sich Demokratische Partei nennt: PD

Besonders gut bekannt, ist diese Art von Wahlfälschung vor allem durch Skrapari Bande LSI Partei des Ilir Meta, wobei Lefter Koca, sich in Durres in Spitale gleich die Stimmen zusammenkauft, indem er kleine Schulden in Mini Supermärkten bezahlt.

Aus dem Kosovo, sind vor allem rund um Haradinaj und Sami Lushtaku, sogar Filme bei youtube zu finden, das nachträglich Wahlurnen gefüllt werden, sogar im Beisein des US Botschafters Dell, der sowieso nur ein Mafiöser Vertreter der Drogen Kartelle ist.

Albania Election Commissioners Jailed for Fraud

Court jails five former commissioners for having falsified votes in the 2009 general election

05 Jul 2011 / 08:37.

Besar Likmeta


Election officials seal ballot boxes at the village of Lazarat near Gjirokastra during Albanian parliamentary elections | Photo by : OSCE/Ann Larsson

Five election commissioners from the ruling Democratic Party in the 2009 parliamentary elections in the village of Ruzhdie in Southern Albania, were sentenced to seven months’ prison each and fined 450,000 lek (€3,190) on Monday for election fraud.

Three other opposition commissioners were also sentenced by the court in the city of Fier to pay fines of 150,000 lek (€1,070) for abandoning a polling station on polling day.

The case of the village of Ruzhdie was the highest profile case of election fraud from the June 2009 disputed parliamentary elections, which the Democratic Party of Prime Minister Sali Berisha narrowly won.

An investigation found that the Democratic Party commissioners falsified signatures and filled in ballots for hundreds of voters that were not present on polling day.
A good part of the voters whose ballots were filled in were residing outside the country as economic migrants in Greece.

The votes cast in Ruzhdie during the 2009 poll were not included in the final tally for the electoral zone of Fier, after a court challenge from the opposition resulted in them being disqualified as invalid.

The Socialists have repeatedly argued that similar cases of fraud were widespread during the 2009 elections while the ruling Democrats maintain that the situation at the polling station at the village was unique and only occurred after opposition commissioners abandoned the polling station.

Berisha’s Democrats and the Socialist opposition, headed by Tirana mayor Edi Rama, have been locked in a power struggle since the end of the June 2009 parliamentary elections.

The Socialists allege that Berisha stole the elections through voter fraud while the Democrats reject the accusations and maintains the polls were the best the country has held.

Court sentences Ruzhdie commissioners
04/07/2011 19:40

Court sentences Ruzhdie commissioners

35 months in prison and a fine of 2.25 million ALL is the sentence given by the Court of First Degree in Fier District for five former members of the Electoral Commission in Ruzhdie.

The judge panel did not take in consideration the request of Prosecutor Çlirim Sino, who asked one year in prison for each defendant.

The judge of this case, Roland Jaupaj, decided to sentence for power abuse, falsification of electoral documents, election secrecy violation, and for voting more than one the citizens Bujar Kararaj, Shezai Kararaj, Veledin Myftaraj, Robert Myftaraj and Pellumb Myrto with 7 months in prison and a fine of 450,000 ALL.

While citizens Qazim Aliaj, Pëllumb Ferzaj and Ervin Myftaraj, commissioners of the opposition, were fined for 150,000 ALL.

The decision of Judge Jaupaj also fined Elmaz Donaj with 100,000 ALL for voting more than once.

SP: a big chance for the Albanian justice
04/07/2011 15:10

SP: a big chance for the Albanian justice

For the Socialists, the Electoral College has the historical opportunity to bring justice with their decision, by „stopping all boxes without ballots and ballots without boxes“, as MP Saimir Tahiri declared. According to the Socialist Party, the facts are very clear, written and filmed, which show the manipulations that were made after the voting process of May 8th elections.

“The Electoral College has not only the legal and constitutional obligation, but also the moral one, to resist to the pressures and interests of this government only by respecting the law and by following the precedents set by this College itself, with the same quantity of facts, even less. The Electoral College declared as invalid the elections in some communes and municipalities, for saving the democratic process. The Albanians are waiting the establishment of their will in front of the mad inequality of this government, which has now proven with everything that is trying to manipulate votes in order to use their power to steal the wealth of the Albanian people”, Tahiri declared.

Mr. Tahiri added that Albania is not trying to manipulate only the result of the elections, but also to falsify the rule of law and legal equality.

On the other side, the ally of the Socialist Party, the leader of Law and Justice Party, Spartak Ngjela, stated with a radical tone that the Electoral College has to decide the way it will chose

Monday, July 4, 2011


Albania, customs and the car sales tax are removed


The government has decided to remove customs and sales tax for the domestic vehicles and therefore it is expected that vehicle prices in the domestic will decrease.

Ministry of Finance has prepared a new formula and soon will sent the draft to the assembly government to be voted along with changes in the budget, reports TCH.

According to the draft, people who import a vehicle from abroad will not pay any duty, but it will be replaced by another tax, which will be paid every year, when commissioning the machine.

The new tax is based more or less to the same formula as that of the import tax, but since it will be extended over the years, the amount to be paid each year is ten times lower than the existing taxes, which in some cases was more expensive that the price of the vehicle itself.
Even the new tax again depends on the number of years of use of the cylinder of the vehicle.