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Kosovo: Americans first to withdraw their soldiers from KFOR

Americans first to withdraw their soldiers from KFOR

At the moment there are about 6,000 soldiers in Kosovo/Metohija. In countries that they are coming from, there is pressure that they return home. The strongest criticism is in Germany, the country that presently has 1,900 of its soldiers deployed in KiM. The reason for cutting of contingent is in the costs. The American contingent shall most like be cut to minimum during next year.

However, permanent political and security instability is reality in Kosovo/Metohija and that is why the local Serbian population is of the opinion that cutting of the number of soldiers is a dangerous process. For example, there were almost no incidents in the Village of Osojane during presence of the Spanish contingent there. After the Spaniards left in 2008, thefts and attacks have become permanent. Few months ago a local Serb was killed.
The truth is that the KFOR remained in Kosovo/Metohija longer than initially planned. This UN mission is assigning its authorities in continuity onto local security bodies. The latest example is the case of the Devic Monastery earlier guarded by the French soldiers and today by Kosovo police.
‘There is permanent criticism that KiM costs more than it should. On the other hand the mission might turn out to fail since peace is not guaranteed here. Additional problem is that the present engagement of this number of soldiers is higher than it should be’, ‘Blic’ source from the mission says.
The question of engagement of the German soldiers is presently on agenda of the German Bundestag. In one of the most recent letters there is written that a part of German soldiers is under huge pressure because they have been deployed there for more than a year and a half. Kosovo Albanians do not hide that they would like the complete KFOR leave except the Americans whom they see as a guarantee for their safety. At the moment the American contingent has 600 soldiers and there is no doubt that their presence shall be cut to minimum.
‘The American contingent is not interested in taking part in daily activities of the KFOR. On the other hand however, Americans would like to keep their presence in Kosovo. Nevertheless, cutting of the number of soldiers can be expected next year after election of new administration’, Blic source says.
To Brussels there is another fact is far more important and it is that the EULEX mission has turned out to be unsuccessful. Also the communication between the KFOR and the EULEX is not at a desired level. As Blic learns, the KFOR does not restrain from sending such information in messages to its command….

http://english.blic.rs/In-Focus/8656/Americans-first-to-withdraw-their-soldiers-from-KFOR

Kosovo Terror Training Camps Re-Open for Syrian Rebels

 Kososo – Macedonia – Preveso Terrorist Clans: Terrorist Boss Yhavit Halili: 47 page NATO secret Report

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Albanian Secret Service Chief Fatos Klosi in 16.5.1998 in der “Albania” durch den Albanischen Geheimdienst Chef Fatos Klosi: KLA (UCK) is financed by Bin Laden

Foreign Intelligence Services Have Information For Connection Of Ex-Leader Of Army For Kosovo Liberation Hasim Taqi With Osama Bin Laden Belgrade, February 11, 2002 – Foreign intelligence services, including the US one, have information for the connections of the ex-leader of the Army for Kosovo Liberation /AKL/ Hasim Taqi with Osama bin Laden, the today’s edition of Glas javnosti daily says. The
ex-chief of the Albanian National Intelligence Service Fatos Klosi
confirmed bin Laden has been in Albania in the 90-ies where he had
organized training camps for the AKL fighters.

The candidate for President of Kosovo and leader of the Democratic
Union of Kosovo Ibrahim Rugova also has information in regard of the
connections of Taqi with bin Laden. After the announcement of the
election results Rugova promised to make public the evidences for the
terrorist activity of its political opponent.

The “friendship” between Taqi and bin laden has begun in 1996.
According to the sources of the daily, in the period 1996-2001 bin
Laden has invested some USD 200 M in activities, related to different
criminal deals in Kosovo.

Story of the Day 2001-10-24       Interpol has information that the Albanian terrorists have links with Al Qaida organization and its leader Osama Bin Laden, London-based newspaper the Independent reads. The Independent reports that Interpol’s investigation team was claiming that Osama Bin Laden was related to the Albanian criminal gangs, which have wide network of trafficking in weapons and people, prostitution and racketeering throughout Europe. Interpol also has information that recently people from the Albanian criminal circles met with leaders of the Algerian terrorist organisations. The Albanian police reported that Osama Bin Laden was also present at that meeting. According to information from Interpol, one of Bin Laden’s military commander was appointed for head of the elite terrorist units of the Kosovo Liberation Army, during the Kosovo conflict in 1999

http://www.southeasteurope.org

A combination of chaos and poverty in Albania paved the way for Bin Laden to move in. The Times of London quoted Fatos Klosi, the head of the Albanian intelligence service, who said that bin Laden sent terrorists to Kosovo. Using the front of funding a “humanitarian agency,” bin Laden muscled into Albania as far back as 1994.

Kosovo Terror Training Camps Re-Open for Syrian Rebels

by grtv

 

 

A delegation of Syrian rebels has made a deal with Pristina authorities to exchange experience of partisan warfare. Syrian opposition is sending militants to Kosovo for adopting tactics and being trained to oust President Bashar Assad’s regime.

On April 26, a delegation of Syrian opposition members made a stop in Pristina on their way from the US to hold talks on how to make use of the experience of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in Syria, reports Associated Press.

So far, a poorly-organized Syrian opposition has proven unable to self-organize and form a steady front against the forces of President Assad. Terror tactics used by militants allow them to kill military and governmental officials, but do not help to hold positions against a regular army.

“We come here to learn. Kosovo has walked this path and has an experience that would be very useful for us,” says the head of the Syrian delegation Ammar Abdulhamid, a Syrian-born human rights activist and dissident. “In particular, we’d like to know how scattered armed groups were finally organized into KLA.”

Syrian opposition leaders have promised to immediately recognize Kosovo once they seize power in the country.

“We’re in vital need of joint actions as a coalition opposition,” stressed Ammar Abdulhamid, a long-time opponent of the Syria’s President Bashar Assad. In 2005, he left Syria to settle in the US.

The training camp on the Albanian-Kosovo border that has welcomed Syrian attendees was originally organized by the US to help the KLA train its fighters.

The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was considered a terrorist organization by the US, the UK and France for years until, in 1998, it was taken off the list of terrorists with no explanation given. The KLA used to have up to 10 per cent of underage fighters in its ranks.

There were numerous reports of the KLA having contacts with Al-Qaeda, getting arms from that terrorist organization, getting its militants trained in Al-Qaeda camps in Pakistan and even having members of Al-Qaeda in its ranks fighting against Serbs.

The same horrors that were witnessed during the war in Kosovo are now apparently being prepared for the multi-confessional Syrian population by Islamist Syrian Liberation Army trained in Muslim Kosovo in the middle of Europe.

The Syrian Liberation Army group that actually formed the delegation to Kosovo has been fighting with the Syrian government for over a year now. This stand-off has claimed well over 9,000 lives, about half of them Syrian servicemen, law enforcers and officials.

Lately, the militants have been squeezed out of the Syrian cities and their positions along the Syrian-Turkish border. Being unable to turn the tide independently, the Syrian Liberation Army has been addressing to its foreign sponsors to start a military intervention into Syria to topple President Bashar Assad.

However, researcher and GlobalResearch.ca contributor Benjamin Schett told RT the Syrian rebels would not learn much in terms of military tactics from the KLA.

“The so-called Kosovo Liberation Army – this terrorist group – had in fact already been defeated by the Serbian army in 1998.”

Schett says that once Serbia agreed on a ceasefire, pulled back troops, and let in OSCE observers, the KLA used this situation to intensify their attacks so as to provoke a military reaction.

He continued that by presenting themselves as freedom fighters and victims to the Western media, the KLA secured a Western intervention in March 1999 after they staged a fake massacre in Račak.

Schett believes the Syrian rebels would go to Kosovo for knowledge in public relations techniques. He says despite their lack of military prowess, they were adept at making the Western public believe they were fighting for a justified cause amid reports they had committed a slew of war crimes and human rights abuses.

Marauder and ethnic-cleansing tactics

Wiping out local minorities after an extensive NATO air-strike were the only combat tactics the KLA had mastered and the only thing the Syrian opposition can really learn from them, foreign affairs editor for the US-based Chronicles magazine, Srdja Trifkovich, told RT.

RT: Just what might the Syrian opposition learn at these camps?

Srdja Trifkovich: Well, first of all I don’t think they can learn much from the KLA veterans in terms of combat efficiency because the KLA was singularly unsuccessful in its rebellion against the Serbian security forces until the NATO bombing. They started their terrorist ambushes in 1997. They intensified their activities in 1998. But all along it was atrocity management that they wanted, for instance, the famous case of Racak where the combat victims were presented as innocent civilian dead slaughtered by the Serbs.

But even during the bombing the Serbian forces maintained full control of all of the key population centers and they even kept the roads open. It’s only that the KLA came in after the Serbs started withdrawing under the terms of the ceasefire with NATO. And even then they were not engaging in combat, they were acting as marauders ethnically cleansing non-Albanians. So the first point is that there is nothing to learn in terms of combat efficiency and in terms of actually organizing a successful guerilla force.

RT: Words that have been associated with the KLA – assassination, terror, bombings – is that really the kind of thing that the Syrian opposition wants to be associated with?

ST: It seems that they don’t care, because I understand that Ammar Abdulhamid, one of the Syrian opposition leaders who came to

3.5.2012: Die „Aracinovo“ murder friends of the terrorist: Ali Ahmeti: Macedonians Charge Five For Skopje Killings

Demonstration in Skopje: friends of murders, killers, terrorist

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Die „Aracinovo“ murder friends of the terrorist: Ali Ahmeti: Macedonians Charge Five For Skopje Killings

News 03 May 12 / 08:33:14
Macedonians Charge Five For Skopje Killings

Macedonian police have pressed terrorism charges against five people for the gruesome murders of five people in Skopje on April 12, three of whom have been arrested.

Sinisa Jakov-Marusic

BIRN

Skopje

Macedonian police | Photo by: AP/Boris Grdanoski

Police Minister Gordana Jankulovska said on Wednesday that the authorities have charged five men for the brutal murders on the outskirts of Skopje, three of whom have been arrested.

The three men, all ethnic Albanians, were seized during yesterday’s police raids.

“Two of them are at large” and are believed to have fled to neighbouring Kosovo, the minister said.

Police believe that three of the men carried out the killings and two helped them escape from the crime scene.

Not revealing the identity and ethnicity of the alleged murderers, Jankulovska only said that two were brothers from Skopje aged 32 and 33 and one other was 27. Local media reported that the suspects are Alil Demiri, Afrim and Agim Ismailovic.

The European Union delegation to Macedonia on Wednesday urged the authorities to bring the killers to justice “regardless of the ethnic or religious background of the victims and perpetrators”.

The bodies of Filip Slavkovski, Aleksandar Nakjevski, Cvetanco Acevski and Kire Trickovski, all aged between 18 and 20, were discovered on April 12 near Zelezarsko Ezero on the northern outskirts of the capital, a popular fishing destination.
The bodies had been lined up and appeared to have been executed with firearms.

The body of 45-year-old Borce Stevkovski was a short distance away from the rest.

The news of the killings raised tensions in the ethnically divided country after rumours spread that the killers were ethnic Albanians.

On Tuesday police rounded up 20 allegedly radical Muslims in an operation in several villages around the capital. During the raids they seized firearms and other weapons, some of which they believe were used in the murder.

Those not directly implicated in the Skopje killings will now face lighter charges for illegal possession of weapons.

Macedonia’s head prosecutor, Ljupco Svrgovski, said his office will demand the severest penalties for the murder suspects. “When it comes to such grave crimes the law prescribes life in prison,” Svrgovski said.

All main political parties have expressed support for moves to solve the case.

The country’s junior ruling party, the Democratic Union for Integration, DUI, said that ethnic Albanians should not be collectively blamed for the murders.

 http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/five-accused-for-skopje-slayings


Macedonian Police Exclude Mafia From Skopje Murders
5 young people executed with firearms in macedonia

26 Apr 12 / 12:04:05
Macedonian Police Exclude Mafia From Skopje Murders

5 Personen rund um kriminelle Albaner aus der Terroristen Stadt: Aracinovo, sind verhaftet, angeklagt! Davon 2, welche den Taetern zur Flucht halfen. Einfach zum Morden los gefahren, und wohl Verwandt mit kriminellen Albaner Familien, die sich dort illegal niedergelassen haben.

03 Maj 2012 – 08:48 | Rajoni
mord albaner

Zbardhen emrat e 5 të akuzuarve për vrasjen në Smilkovc
Zbardhen emrat e 5 të akuzuarve për vrasjen në SmilkovcSHKUP- Ministria e Puënve të Brendshme të Maqedonisë ka bërë publike emrat dhe fotot e pesë personave të dyshuar për vrasjen e pesëfishtë në Smillkovcë të Shkupit. Të akuzuar janë: Halil Demiri 27-vjec nga Haraçina dhe vëllezërit Afrim Ismailovic 32-vjec dhe Agim Ismailovic 33-vjec nga Hasanbegi.

Fejzi Aziri 54-vjec dhe Rami Sejdiu 24-vjec akuzohen se anë ndihmuar autorët e krimit. Ndërkohë, që Afrim Ismailovic dhe Halil Demiri janë në arrati, raporton INA.

Ministrja e MPB-së, Gordana Jankullovska deklaroi sot se këto persona janë anëtarë të grupit kriminal që kanë kryer vrasjen. Sipas versionit të Ministrisë, tre vrasësit më 12 prill rreth orës 20.00 në afërsi të fshatit Smilkovc të Shkupit kanë kryer vrasjen e pesëfishtë me anë dy pushkë automatike dhe një pistoletë dhe se më pas kanë ikur në drejtim të një lokacioni tjetër me makinën “Opel Omega”, që më pas ilegalisht kanë kaluar kufirin drejt Kosovës.
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5 young people executed with firearms in macedonia

04 May 12 / 10:19:30
Macedonia Seeks Skopje Killers Through Interpol

Interpol’s help is needed to track down two of the five suspects for the killings near Skopje, police say.

BIRN

Skopje

Police Minister Gordana Jankulovska | Photo by: AP/Boris Grdanoski

Macedonian police have asked Interpol to step in after two of the five suspects it believes killed five persons near Skopje fled the country.

Police arrested three of the men in raids this week, namely Agim Ismailovic, 32 Fejzi Azirij, 54, and Rami Sejdiu 24.

But Interpol’s help may be needed to track down Alil Demiri, 27, and Afrim Ismailovic, 33, both from Skopje.All five are ethnic Albanians.

The earlier three were arrested in Tuesday’s police operations around the capital and now face murder and terrorism charges.

An investigative judge in Skopje has meanwhile detained for 30 days nine of a group of 20 alleged radical Islamists, all ethnic Albanians, whom police arrested on Tuesday in relation to the murders.

A woman in whose house the police found an arsenal of weapons was released the same day while the court released the other ten arrested men after 48 hours.

The brutal slaying of five men near the capital on April 12 raised ethnic tensions between Macedonians and the large Albanian minority after rumours spread that the killers were Albanians.

Police discovered the bodies of Filip Slavkovski, Aleksandar Nakjevski, Cvetanco Acevski and Kire Trickovski, on the northern outskirts of the capital at a popular fishing destination.All the victims were aged between 18 and 20.

The body of 45-year-old Borce Stevkovski was a short distance away from the rest.

On Thursday police minister Gordana Jankulovska said that they had determined all the circumstances about the murders but would wait for the trial before revealing details.

Police photo of the two murder suspects who are still at largehttp://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/macedonia-seeks-murder-suspects-trough-interpol

Killers, murders must be free: Albanian Cultur

Presheva, protest against arrests
05/05/2012

 

Presheva, protest against arrests

Thousands of Albanians from the Presheva valley gathered to protest against the arrests undertaken by the Serbian Police.

The protesters held slogans against the arrests made on what they called mounted charges for terrorism or war crimes.

“The propaganda in Belgrade is that every Albanian is a terrorist, hence we say that we are all terrorists”, declared one of the organizers.

The Serbian Police has arrested eight Albanians at the Presheva Valley, five of whom on war crime charges and three others of petty crimes. The Serbian Interior Minister, Ivica Dacic, warned that the arrested people are related with the 2001 war of the Liberation Army for Presheva, Medegia, and Bujanova (UCPMB).

Official Tirana reacted after the arrests at the Presheva Valley. The Albanian Foreign Ministry condemns the arrests:

“Returning the rhetoric and accusations during the campaign, for the so called war crimes in Kosovo, only for political benefits, damages the democratic standards and the inter-ethnic coexistence in the country”, the reaction says.

This Friday, the Prishtina government considered the arrests as something that damages peace and stability in the entire region.

Presheva, protest against arrests Thousands of Albanian protesters against Serbian police

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Macedonia Mass Murder Trial Witnesses ‘Saw Gunmen’

Witnesses in the politically-charged case known as ‘Monster’ recalled hearing late-night shooting but could not identify the defendants as the gunmen.
Sinisa Jakov Marusic
BIRN
Skopje

The lake near Skopje where the murder took place | Photo by: AP/Boris Grdanoski

The three fishermen who testified told the court hat they were near the murder site at the Smiljkovsko Lake on the night of April 12, 2012, when five people were killed.

They said they saw armed men approaching them.

“When it started to get dark, we headed home… A man appeared dressed in black, [wearing a] bullet vest and [holding] a gun in his hands. He asked us our names and told us to run or he would kill us,” Ahmet Bekir testified.

Another fisherman, Kemal Nesim told the court that while they were running, he heard gunshots coming from the lake.

The prosecution claims that the killings were a terrorist act intended to provoke ethnic turmoil and the case has raised tensions in the country.

So far, four of the six defendants, Agim Ismailovic, Fejzi Aziri, Rami Sejdi and Haki Aziri, have pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges.

They were held when police arrested 20 allegedly radical Muslims during an operationlast May in several villages around the capital.

The two other suspects, Alil Demiri and Afrim Ismailovic, remain at large.

When discovered, the bodies of Filip Slavkovski, Aleksandar Nakjevski, Cvetanco Acevski and Kire Trickovski, all aged between 18 and 20, were laid out in a line and appeared to have been executed.

The body of 44-year-old Borce Stevkovski was found a short distance from the others.

The fishermen said they saw other armed men at the site but failed to recognise any of the four defendants in the courtroom…….
http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/witnesses-saw-armed-men-at-skopje-s-mass-murder-site

„Azotara“ Mafia and Hundreds of drug dealers charged in Serbia

Hundreds of drug dealers charged in Serbia

27/04/2012

Police found eight house laboratories for the production of marijuana.

By Biljana Pekusic for Southeast European Times in Belgrade — 27/04/12

 

 

photoSerbian police found 3.2kg of various narcotics ready for street sale. [Reuters]

The arrest of 200 suspected drug dealers in a massive sweep by Serbian authorities targeting marijuana, heroin, cocaine and amphetamine sales was the most recent strike against illegal drugs in Southeast Europe.

Raids were conducted April 19th in 180 locations throughout Serbia, as police confiscated weapons, money and illegal drugs.

“The aim of this action is to suppress narcotics sales in the vicinity of primary and secondary schools,“ Serbia Interior Minister Ivica Dacic told SETimes.

Security forces searched houses, apartments and about 30 cafes near schools. They found 3.2kg of various narcotics ready for street sale, as well as eight unregistered guns and a large quantity of ammunition. Sixteen cars were seized, including two that had been reported stolen.

Police in Sopot arrested Zeljko Vujic, 35, and found 2.7kg of heroin.

Five suspected drug dealers were arrested in New Belgrade, and police believe the group was part of a larger operation that allegedly had its own laboratory for the production of methamphetamines. Authorities said they also found chemical products and equipment for the production of drugs.

Serbia’s raid is the most recent in a series of police actions to stem the tide of illegal drugs. Police in the region commonly co-operate and jointly plan such operations.

“We have a daily exchange of information and drug criminals are under joint police escort in the region,“ Milorad Veljovic, Serbia police director, told SETimes.

Earlier this year, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Serbia and Croatia co-operatated in an investigation into the region’s major drug gangs. The operation, under the code name “Kozara,“ was conducted at the request of the BiH Prosecutor’s Office, while Serbian and Croatian police handled the investigation and arrests.

setimes.com

‘Azotara’ destroyed in trade with wheat and fertilizers

‘Azotara’ destroyed in trade with wheat and fertilizers

‘The investigation over trading with wheat has gone further. There is suspicion that ‘Azotara’ has lost about EUR 20 millions… »

Farmers, ministry reach agreement on subsidies

Friday 27.04.2012 | 09:23 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment BELGRADE — The Agriculture Ministry and dissatisfied farmers from Vojvodina and central Serbia have reached an agreement in principle on subsidies.

Macedonian Police Exclude Mafia From Skopje Murders

 5 young people executed with firearms in macedonia

26 Apr 12 / 12:04:05
Macedonian Police Exclude Mafia From Skopje Murders

The murder of five men near Skopje earlier this month was not a mafia killing carried out in retaliation for police actions against them, a senior Macedonian police official has said.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic

Skopje

Scene of the crime near Zelezarsko Ezero | Photo by: AP/Boris Grdanoski

Ljupco Todorovski, chief of the police’s Public Safety Bureau, excluded a mafia role in the slayings at a regional meeting of police chiefs in Budva, Montenegro.

“Mafia retaliation is excluded as a possibility,” Todorovski said on Wednesday, adding: “We have leads so I think we will solve the case.”

Todorovski’s remarks come after several days of police silence about the gruesome murders that took place on April 12.

The police found the bodies of Filip Slavkovski, Aleksandar Nakjevski, Cvetanco Acevski, Kire Trickovski and Borce Stevkovski at what looked like an execution scene.

The latest remarks appear to have ruled out one of two main theories concerning motives for the murders, one of which was that the mafia killed the men in retaliation for this month’s massive police action against organized crime, known as “Detonator”.

As part of the action, police busted racketeering and gambling rings in Skopje and in other towns, apprehending several dozen people and suspending at least 13 police officers for their alleged involvement. More than a hundred gambling machines were confiscated.

The other popular theory blames the murders on members of the country’s large ethnic Albanian minority.

Tensions between Macedonians and the Albanian minority spiralled after a rumour spread that the killers might have been Albanian.

Four days after the killings, several hundred young Macedonian hooligans in Skopje clashed with police, battling to stop them from entering the parts of the capital where Albanians live, seeking revenge.

Police demanded restraint, repeating that no evidence has emerged concerning the nationality of the killers.

One day after the murders, police found a car, believed to have been used by the killers to flee the crime scene.

Todorovski hinted that the police had found DNA material in the car but asked for more time for proper analysis.

World Bank Offers Macedonia $100 Million
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wikiSpooks: Terrorist counrty Kosovo: UNMIK Forensic Report Organ Trafficking

a new website, over the Kosovo terrorist croup: KLA – UCK and secret files

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    the german: bribes in greece A bribery scandal tough times ahead for Greece’s military.

    Defence spending next on the chopping block in Greece

    20/04/2012

    A bribery scandal plus austerity measures equals tough times ahead for Greece’s military.

    By Andy Dabilis for Southeast European Times in Athens — 20/04/12

     

     

    photoThe military held a parade in Athens last month to mark Greece’s Independence Day. [Reuters]

    The country was already rocked by a money-laundering scandal implicating a former defence minister accused of accepting as much as 47m euros in bribes to approve contracts for missiles and a German submarine that turned out to be faulty. Now Greece worries about deep cuts in defence spending, planned as part of a new round of austerity measures.

    Greece is surviving on a first round of 109 billion euros in rescue loans from the EU-IMF-ECB Troika, which has approved a second bailout of 130 billion euros, but only on condition that Greece continue with pay cuts, tax hikes, slashed pensions, and the firing of 150,000 state workers over the next three years. And as Greeks gear up for a May 6th election to choose a new prime minister amid a fractured political landscape that could lead to another coalition government, the Troika has warned another 12m euros in cuts is needed.

    That means that Greece, whose defence spending of about 4.3% of the country’s $301.8 billion GDP is the highest percentage in Europe, has to look to what has long been considered untouchable — military expenditures. The cuts could be as much as 30% over the next few years, a figure some analysts said could weaken Greece’s ability to defend itself and keep out unlawful immigrants. Spending critics say this is manageable, as Greece has no real enemy.

    “Greece is trying to keep pace with Turkey’s spending in armaments but there’s a lot of expenditures that aren’t necessary … It’s a Cold War mentality,” Ioannis Michelatos, who heads the Athens-based Institute for Security and Defence Analysis, told SETimes.

    But John Nomikos, a counterterrorism analyst who heads the Research Institute for European and American Studies in Athens, said he fears the country will be at risk. “Because of the financial crisis, it’s going to compromise Greek security, not only defence security but domestic too,” he told SETimes. “What we need now is a Greek Homeland Security … Turkey is a problem to us but illegal migration is a bigger threat and this will affect security on the borders,” he said, concerned that cutbacks will reduce patrols.

    Greece’s military has remained well-funded, even after the brutal austerity measures began two years ago. In 2006 it was one of the biggest arms importer in the world, behind only China and India, and was ordering missiles, submarines and other arms at the same time the country was cutting pension benefits and taxing the poor. If defence spending had been only 1.7% over the last 20 years it would have saved a total of 52% of its GDP, according to British newspaper The Guardian.

    Greece frequently cites provocation from Turkey, including incursions by Turkish jet fighters that necessitate mock dogfight retaliation from Greek jets, as a major justification for defence spending. But Turkey is a NATO ally and has proposed mutual arms reductions, which Greece rejected. Foreign relations between the countries have warmed over the last decade and Greece supports Turkey’s long-delayed bid to enter the EU.

    Retired Vice Admiral Vasilios Martzoukos, president of the Hellenic Institute for Strategic Studies, acknowledged the economic crisis requires defence cuts but told SETimes, “The only criterion … is based on economics and logistics.” He said, “Turkey constitutes a direct military threat for both Greece and Cyprus … Turkish demands, which oppose international justice, international treaties and UN resolutions, threaten Greece’s integrity. The weakening of Greek armed forces with only economic criteria would pose a high risk not only to Greece’s safety, but also to Europe and the West.”

    The Hellenic Air Force said it would retire much of its aircraft, including Mirage 2000s, and put the purchase of helicopters on hold for three years, downsize or close a number of bases, and cut back on maintenance. Greece’s economy is floundering so badly now that interim Defence Minister Dimitri Avramopoulos had to put on hold a US offer to give Greece 400 used M1A1 Abrams tanks because he didn’t have the 10m euros needed to transport them.

    A report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute suggests that a four-year defence spending binge, which finally ended late last year, ranked Greece 10th internationally. It had been as high as fourth before an 18% cut from 2002-2006 when arms orders started ramping up again. The online news site EU Observer reported that Greece had purchased over 1 billion euros‘ worth of arms from EU countries as it was negotiating its first bailout two years ago.

    ……….

    Setimes

    Die Griechische Schiffswerft für U-Boote, an der Thyssen beteiligt ist, hat noch 180 Millionen € Schulden an Deutsche Rüstungs Konzerne, welche wohl durch einen Verkauf an eine Dubai Investment Gruppe verkauft werden soll. Dubai ist die Geldwäsche Zentrale der Welt, wo anscheinend im Moment die Netzwerke zusammen laufen.

    Unsere Deutschen Lobbyisten der Politik machen anscheinend nur diese Art von Geschäften, um Profi Bestechungs Firmen wie Thyseen, EADS und Co. Natürlich immer KfW und Hermes Kredite und Bürgschaften, welche dann wieder der STeuerzahler berappen darf.

    Monday, March 1, 2010
    Greek Shipyards & Submarines – Solution Reached?
    The Greek government announced that the Skaramanga Shipyards (Pireas) have been sold to the Abu Dhabi Mar Group (ADM). The new structure will see ADM hold 75.1% of shares with Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems (TKMS) retaining a 24.9% stake. It is hoped this development will safeguard the future of the shipyards and (most of) its employees.

    There has been much speculation about what guarantees the Greek Government has given ADM with regards to future orders for the Hellenic Navy.

    Hopefully this decision will lead the way to have the Type 214 submarine issue solved as well. DefenceNet reports that the most likely outcome will be for only 3 of the 4 existing subs to be accepted, with the first built (Papanikolis) being put up for sale by TKMS. One additional sub could be built to make up for this. Also, a further two subs are likely to be built to offset for the upgrading of two older subs which has been judged to be technically and economically not justifiable. These two subs were originally to be Type 209 subs with Air Independent Propulsion but, according to DefenceNet, it is looking more likely these will be Type 214 subs instead.

    DefenceNet also reports that 4 to 5 Corvettes are likely to be ordered. This requirement by the Navy seems to have been pushed to the top of the list as an incentive to ADM. Also, it seems that 400 employees are likely to be let go in the future but in a staggered fashion so as to avoid unrest.

     

    aus Balkanforum

    Partner der Deutschen Rüstungs- und Lobby Mafia verhaftet: Akis Tsochatzopoulos Ex-Verteidigungs Minister von Griechenland

     lt. der Anklage Schrift, flossen 4,5% er Auftrags Summe, rund um HDW – Ferrostahl mit dem U-Boot Kauf, an Griechische Beamte. Der damalige Verteidigungs Minister hat 108 Immoblien usw.. Alles wurde beschlagnahmt.

    Auch die korrupte damalige Ehefrau von Friedbert Pflüger,  Margarita Mathiopoulos,  (Doktor Titel aberkannt, weil M.M. eine billige Betrügerin ist) Beide die grössten Deutschen Kriegs Treiber, mit Klaus Naumann, waren in korrupte Rüstungs Geschäfte mit den Griechen verwickelt u.a. für den Britischen BAE Rüstungs Konsern, Klaus Naumann, für die Franzosen. Margarita Mathiopoulos, läuft unverändet frei herum in Deutschland.

     Die Drecks Geschäfte der Deutschen Rüstungs Lobbyisten in Griechenland.


    Immer für Krieg, Betrug und Rüstungs Lobbyismus gut: Margarita Mathiopoulos, welche auch schom Willy Brand stürzte.

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    HDW stoppt U-Boot-Deal mit Griechenland
    Erschienen am 22.09.2009 | dpa-AFX

    U-Boot vom Typ 214 – Griechen zahlen nicht (Foto: dpa) Die zu ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) gehörende Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH hat U-Boot-Verträge mit dem griechischen Verteidigungsministerium gekündigt. Grund dafür sind ausstehenden Zahlungen in Höhe von rund 524 Millionen Euro. Die Verträge zwischen HDW in Kiel sowie Hellenic Shipyards (HSY, Athen), die ebenfalls zum TKMS-Verbund gehören, und dem griechischen Verteidigungsministerium waren in den Jahren 2000 und 2002 unterschrieben worden. Von den ausstehenden Zahlungen entfallen 300 Millionen auf HSY. Beide Unternehmen wollen ein Schiedsverfahren einleiten.

    U-Boote mit Brennstoffzellen Der erste Auftrag umfasste den Bau von vier U-Booten der Klasse U214 mit einem Brennstoffzellenantrieb für die griechische Marine. Alle vier U-Boote seien mittlerweile fertiggestellt, teilte TKMS mit. Der zweite Bauauftrag umfasste die Modernisierung von drei U-Booten der Klasse 209, die ebenfalls auf Brennstoffzellentechnologie umgestellt wurden. 2006 hatten HDW und HSY dem Verteidigungsministerium das erste U-Boot der Klasse 214 angeboten.

    Griechen lassen U-Boot links liegen Der Kunde habe das Boot nicht abgenommen, obwohl es alle Leistungsnachweise erbracht habe und diese teilweise sogar deutlich übererfüllt worden seien, teilte TKMS mit. HDW und HSY hätten über mehr als zwei Jahre Gespräche mit der griechischen Regierung geführt, die keine Lösung brachten. Für HDW und HSY sei eine Fortführung des Vertrages aus wirtschaftlicher Sicht nicht länger vertretbar.

    Werft in Griechenland modernisiert Seit dem Erwerb der griechischen Werft Hellenic Shipyards im Januar 2005 habe ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems HSY modernisiert und ausgebaut. Heute verfüge Griechenlands größte Werft über die modernste Fertigung konventioneller U-Boote im Mittelmeer-Raum, hieß es.

    http://boersenradar.t-online.de

     Tsochatzopoulos taken in over alleged failure to declare property to authorities

    Former Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos was arrested on Wednesday in connection with charges of failing to declare a property he owns in central Athens on his origin of wealth (“pothen esches”) form in 2010.

     

    19.07.2010 09:26 Uhr
    Ferrostaal-Schmiergeldaffäre: Schlimmer als bei Siemens

    Das Programm zur Amnestie bei Ferrostaal zeigt: Die Dimension der Schmiergeldaffäre übertrifft sogar den Korruptionsskandal bei Siemens. Die Folgen der Affäre sind nicht absehbar.

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    Folgen der Affäre nicht absehbar

    Aber auch in anderen Ländern drohen dem Unternehmen rechtliche Konsequenzen. Neben der bayerischen Staatsanwaltschaft untersuchen auch Fahnder in Portugal, Griechenland, Argentinien und Ägypten Geschäft von Ferrostaal. Im Fokus stehen dabei Verkäufe von U-Booten und anderen Marineeinheiten, die Ferrostaal für die Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) eingefädelt hat. HDW gehört heute zu Thyssen-Krupp, war in der fraglichen Zeit aber in anderen Händen. Die Folgen der Schmiergeldaffäre auf das Geschäft von Ferrostaal sind bislang nicht absehbar. Kunden wie Giesecke & Devrient haben die Bindung mit den Essenern gelöst, andere erwägen das.

    ….
    http://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/industrie/ferrostaal-schmiergeldaffaere-schlimmer-als-bei-siemens;2620452

    Bombing Gangster Rudolph Giuliani in Belgrad

    Dragan Đilas in Mali Mokri Lug (Tanjug)

    Belgrade mayor accuses Giuliani of „supporting bombing“
    Friday 20.04.2012 | 14:07 | Source: Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment BELGRADE — Belgrade Mayor Dragan Đilas said on Friday that „Rudolph Giuliani should not speak about Belgrade’s future as a man who supported the bombing of Serbia“.

    Aleksandar Vučić and Rudolph Giuliani (Tanjug)

    Opposition party hosts ex-New York mayor
    Friday 20.04.2012 | 12:25 | Source: Beta | Comments: (4) | Send comment BELGRADE — Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has stated that he was not paid by the opposition Serb Progressive Party (SNS) to come to Belgrade.

    Diplomats had to be against Serbs

    Diplomats had to be against Serbs
    Former UN envoy during war in Bosnia/Herzegovina (BiH) Tornvald Stoltenberg said twenty years after beginning of war in that…»

    CEZ – Gov’t practices are hurting investments in Albania, firm says

    Nečas goes to bat for ČEZ

    Gov’t practices are hurting investments in Albania, firm says

    Posted: April 18, 2012

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    Nečas goes to bat for ČEZ

     

    Walter Novak

    The government has intervened after energy giant ČEZ complained of problems with an Albanian acquisition, an electricity distribution company in which ČEZ is heavily invested, now posting big losses.

    ČEZ says Albanian regulators boosted power prices 91 percent with a tax at the beginning of this year. The tax drove up costs for the state-owned electricity producer, which has a monopoly on electricity supplies to ČEZ Shperndarje, the ČEZ-owned electricity distribution company. As a result, ČEZ Shperndarje has posted increasing losses since January. ČEZ said it can’t pass the price increases on to customers.

    Prime Minister Petr Nečas, who visited Albania with ČEZ CEO Daniel Beneš April 16 to discuss the disagreement with Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha, said all disputes can be resolved through negotiations.

    „We are interested in the success of Czech companies and ČEZ’s acquisitions here in Albania. I have been assured today the Albanian government is also interested in the acquisition being a success,“ Nečas told reporters at a press conference in the capital, Tirana.

    Following weeks of negotiations, ČEZ Shperndarje agreed with the Albanian government in early March to share the losses. The agreement required that ČEZ invest additional funds in ČEZ Shperndarje in exchange for having the tax decision reversed; however, no acceptable regulatory conditions have been set that would ensure ČEZ Shperndarje can be profitable, according to ČEZ.

    „ČEZ Shperndarje cannot continue operating for much longer while making such financial losses,“ ČEZ spokeswoman Eva Nováková said. „A solution must be found in the coming weeks.“

    The World Bank provided a 60 million euro (1.5 billion Kč/$79 million) guarantee on loans for the project, which could be called in if the Albanian government fails to honor its obligations.

    ČEZ and its Albanian distribution company can also try to claim compensation from the Albanian government for all the losses and damages incurred by the regulator’s tariff increase, Nováková said.

    „ČEZ is not happy about the steps currently being taken; nevertheless, it has the obligation to protect the company’s value for investors and shareholders,“ Nováková said.

    „ČEZ Shperndarje has also continued its negotiations with the Albanian authorities and hopes to find an amicable solution.“

    Nečas noted that as the largest shareholder of the World Bank, the United States should also take an interest in resolving ČEZ’s Albania problem. http://www.praguepost.com/business/12850-necas-goes-to-bat-for-cez.html

    Immer im Betrugs Sumpf, rund um den Gangster des Ilir Meta, der von der Deutschen Mafia mit Joschka Fischer, als Reformer in 1999 verkauft wurde. Warnungen von Personen vor Ort, wurden ignoriert und das peinlichste lieferte der Deutsche Lobby Verein DAW vor Ort ab, obwohl er vom Steuerzahler finanziert wird. Tiefer und krimineller gings halt nicht mehr mit Deutschen, rund um die Deutsch-Albanische Wirtschafts Gesellschaft, inklusive als Motor für die Visa und Drogen Mafia.Der NATO finanzierte US Fund for Peace, hat diese Verbrecher Kartelle aufgebaut.

    CEZ, die Albanische Strom Versorgung im Mafia Regierungs Betrugs Sumpf 

    Die Mafiösen Geschäfte des Ilir Meta Strohmanns: Kastriot Ismailaj mit dem Energie Erzeuger CEZ in Albanien

    Albanien kommt mit den militanten Berufs Verbrechern der Skrapari Bande rund um Ilir Meta, LSI Partei nicht zur Ruhe. Der Mega Betrug der CEZ, beschäftigt die Medien:

    Kastriot Ismailaj
    http://www.gazetatelegraf.com

    Nun liegt die absurde Urteils Begründung der gut bekannten korrupten Verfassungs Richter vor im Falle des Skrapari Mafia Bosses Ilir Meta (und dem von FBI Experten bestätigten Video), eine Legende des Verbrechens, bereits vor über 10 Jahren. siehe der Ilir Meta, Ex-Staats Sekretär Almir Rrapo u.a. wegen Mord, Drogenhandel usw.. Aber das nächste Betrugs Geschäft wurde geoutet, in dem seit über 10 Jahren gut bekannten Albanischen System der Politik Mafia. Weil diese privaten Universitäten fest in Hand von kriminellen Clans sind, will die Mafia Regierung, alle lizensierten den Staatlichen Schulen gleich stellen, kurz finanzieren, was das System krimineller Bildungs Minister mit der Gestalt des Genc Pollo, mehr wie deutlich macht. Die “Wilson” Schule in Tirana ist auch so ein Fall, krimineller Banden, welche vor Monaten in geschützten Tirana Park, grosse Bäume fällte. Absolut alle US Schulen und Universitäten sind daran beteiligt, das man Diplome und Studien Gänge vertreibt, wofür weder geeignete Ausbilder, noch eine Lizenz vorhanden ist.

    Der Gangster Boss Ilir Meta, fester Partner der Deutschen FES (u.a. Christoph Zöbel) und Martin Schultz bis vor kurem, obwohl seine Verbrechen inklusvie Drogen schmuggeln vor über 10 Jahre schon bekannt waren, ist in einen weiteren extremen Betrugs Skandal verwickelt, über einen weiteren seiner Strohleute: Kastriot Ismailaj, einem Bar Besitzer in Tirana, wo Ilir Meta und seine Frau, öfters einkehrt. Die SPD und Todesschwadronen, Mörder, Drogenbosse als Partner, ist bestens dokumentiert, was ein Martin Schultz, auch mit der Ukrainischen Mafia so treibt, wie ebenso prominente Journalisten dokumentierten. Der Deutsche Mafia geführte Lobby Verein DAW, mit direkten Verbindungen zu Ilir Meta, Dritan Prifti, da bleibt keine Auge trocken, wenn es auch um Kinder- Drogen Handel und Non Stop Betrug und Bestechung geht. Martin Schultz, soll wie Videos zeigen, aus der General Staatsanwaltschaft 70.000 € Bestechungs Geld an diese Banden gezahlt haben, Anfang 2010, wo dann die Frage der “Schwarzen Kassen” aufgeworfen werden muss.

    Auftritt der Albaner

    Noch Ende der achtziger Jahre, also fast 30 Jahre nach der Unabhängigkeit, produzierte Kipushi mehr als 140 000 t Zink pro Jahr. 1993 wurde die Ausbeutung wegen Misswirtschaft und Ersatzteilmangels eingestellt. Vier Jahre später stürzte der Rebellenchef Laurent-Désiré Kabila den langjährigen Diktator Mobutu. Noch während Kabila im Busch auf seine Machtübernahme hinarbeitete, vergab er die Schürfrechte in Kipushi an eine amerikanische Gesellschaft. Doch zehn Jahre später rosteten die teuren Ventilatoren, Pumpen und Aufzüge des Bergwerks vor sich hin. Die erhofften Auslandsinvestitionen blieben aus. Dabei birgt der Boden unter Kipushi eines der weltgrössten Vorkommen an Zink und Germanium, wie die Weltbank in einem Bericht schreibt.

    Weil Kongo nicht über die Mittel verfügte, um das Bergwerk wiederherzustellen, begann Gécamines 2006, nach einem neuen finanzkräftigen Partner Ausschau zu halten. Rund ein Dutzend Unternehmen bewarben sich für das ausgeschriebene Joint Venture, unter ihnen United Resources. Die zu dieser Zeit erst wenige Wochen alte Firma hatte ihren Sitz an der Schmeriker Privatadresse von Edwin Rüegg, der am selben Ort eine Karosseriewerkstatt betreibt. Rüegg ist albanischer Honorarkonsul in der Schweiz und war bis vor kurzer Zeit Verwaltungsratspräsident der Briefkastenfirma, die sich inzwischen in eine Holdinggesellschaft umgewandelt und bereits zweimal den Namen geändert hat. Das Aktienkapital betrug bei der Gründung gerade einmal 100 000 Fr. Es gehörte zu 98% einem albanischen Geschäftsmann namens Kastriot Ismailaj in Tirana……………

    http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/wirtschaft/aktuell/schweizer_briefkastenfirma_erwirbt_mine_in_kongo-kinshasa_1.1973888.html

    Der CEZ Energie Versorger in Albanien, tauscht sein Management aus

    Desorganisation, keine Profesionalität der Mitarbeiter (viele mit gekauften Schul Zeugnisse und ohne Ausbildung), führen nun dazu das der Leiter des Energie Unternehmens CEZ ausgetauscht wird, wobei die Schuld in der Mentalität der Albaner liegt. Jeder ist “Experte”, aber von was, wissen die selber nicht. Ausserdem ist die Regierung pleite, und kann die Strom Rechnungen ihre Staats Firmen, wie der Ministerien nicht bezahlen. Viele sind wie auch in Deutschland bekannt ist: unfähig zum logisch denken, wie zum arbeiten und Betrug und Unterschlagung, gehören zur Lebens Philosophie, vor allem bei Nord Albanern. CEZ, hat absolut keine Geld mehr um Strom einkaufen zukönnen.

    Dështoi me planin, shkarkohet kreu i CEZ
    02/02/2012 08:05

    02 Feb 12 / 11:52:24
    Albania Power Company Seeks Emergency Funds

     

    Berisha, affairs with the Serbian mafia

    The Albanian Prime Minister, Sali Berisha, is accused of cooperation with the Serbian mafia in the energy sector, with affairs that have damaged Kosovo.

     

    16.4.2012: Kosovo Medien, werfen Salih Berisha vor, die neue KfW – Leitung zu sabotieren mit der Serben Mafia

    Abgründe der KFW Geschäfte mit der Prominenz der Balkan Mafia wie: Damir Fazllic, Vuk Hamovic, Shkelzen Berisha