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Privatization of Albanian Monuments to be sold, by Tirana for Albanian Boss

Dienstag, Januar 31st, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012


Porto Palermo (Panormo) to be sold, by Tirana for Albanian Boss

Mysterious Investments, continue to threaten The Himara Region

The Albanian government has decided to sell about 40 items of cultural monuments of Albanian State, for which the Ministry of Culture, has made ​​nearly sales prices.

In objects that are targeted for privatization, is the castle of Porto Palermo (Panormo) for which efforts are to be bought by Boss Albania, in Tirana.

Development Plan the Himara Region, also includes Castle which is emerging in sale, and tunnels of Albanian Navy submarines.

According to sources from Himara main requirements for privatization, there are several companies that are investing mysterious stains just in tourism development plan of the Himara Region, which is expected to be approved next month in Tirana.

Annyway, the Civil Society, the orthodox Church and Community, stand against the Albanian Government and municipal administration of Himara, for the development of this plan.

As are published, all civil society organizations and communities Himara in the Diaspora, have considered this plan, as economic vassalage and attempt to change the ethnic composition of the Himara Region.31 Jan 12 / 10:43:16

Privatization of Albanian Monuments Opposed

A proposal to sell off some 40 castles and towers has encountered stiff opposition among archeologists and historians.

Besar Likmeta

BIRN Tirana

Albania Castle | Alexandr Zykov/ Flickr

The plan, spearheaded by the head of the Institute of Monuments, Apollon Bace, envisages the sale of 99-year leases to private companies.

These will then have the right to turn the historic sites into bars, cafés and inns while investing in their restoration.

In an interview for the daily newspaper Shqiptarja, Bace maintained that this is standard practice „all over the world“. He says it is also backed by Prime Minister Sali Berisha and the Minister of Culture, Aldo Bumci.

However, the proposal, which could be acted on as soon as next month, has drawn a fierce response from historians, archeologist and architects, some of whom accuse the authorities of failing to safeguard the nation’s heritage.

“The proposal from the Ministry of Culture to give concessions for cultural heritage monuments is an awful idea,” historian Auron Tare said.

“The state’s rejection of its responsibilities for cultural heritage and the transfer of this responsibility to private hands is testimony to the collapse of state institutions,” Tare said,  adding that the consequences “will be unimaginable and unrecoverable”.

The Institute of Monuments has in the past rented two medieval castles to private companies and Tare maintains that the results of this exercise were poor.

“If the authorities cannot even control two single projects, the question is how will they be able to control more monuments?” he asked.

Castle of Clarendon, wie es

geplant durch die Ministerium Mafia rund um die LSI Banden.

Das Ministerium MTKRS Banditen Mafia, Schutz unverändert keine Guter Kultur, Alte Stätten – “Zone Touristik”

28.1.2012: MTKRS – Mafia: SKANDALI: Pse 40 kala dhe monumente të Shqipërisë do të “shiten” nga Instituti i Monumenteve?

update: 20.2.2012

18 FEB 12 / 16:33:34

Privatizing Albanian Castles Worries Heritage Experts

Historians and archeologists oppose plans to let entrepreneurs turn ancient monuments into bars, cafés and motels.

Fatmira Nikolli

 BIRN Tirana

Illyrian and medieval castles in Albania could be soon turned into bars and restaurants according to a government plant to lease cultural monuments to local businessmen. 

According to the plan unveiled in late January by the head of Albania’s Institute of Monuments, Apollon Bace, some 40 monuments would be leased for a period of up to 100 years, mainly because the government is unable to preserve them.

Bace says detailed plans for the use of these monuments will determine which parts of them are suitable for commercial activities and which parts should not be touched.

Rich with monuments dating back to Roman times, Albania has struggled for years to preserve them properly, as government after government failed to invest enough in restoration. 

However, the proposal, which could be acted on as soon as next month, has drawn a fierce response from historians, archeologist and architects, some of whom accuse the authorities of failing to safeguard the nation’s heritage.

They point to the fact that two castles privatized under the previous Socialist government have not been preserved properly, and they argue that other monuments could have the same fate if the latest government proposal is finalized.   

“The Ministry of Culture’s proposal to grant concessions for cultural heritage monuments is an awful idea,” historian Auron Tare said. 

“That the state is rejecting its responsibilities for cultural heritage and transferring this responsibility to private hands is testimony to the collapse of state institutions,” he added. 

Bace, from the Institute of Monuments, declined to be interviewed for this story, but Enton Derraj, an adviser to the Minister of Culture said the accusations made against the project were politically motivated. 

“Any interventions in these monuments will be carried out in accordance with the international treaty on restoration of cultural monuments,” Derraj said.    

The ruins of the Illyrian castle of Akrolisit, close to the town of Lezha were leased ten years ago to a local businessman, Gjovalin Kadeli, now a Socialist MP in parliament. 

For the past decade the ruins have housed a number of mobile phone antennae built on a concrete platform, which preservation specialists say has damaged the site. 

However, Kadeli defends his investment, arguing that what he bought was only a ruin, so talking of a “castle” makes no sense. 

“I bought it lawfully and there was no castle there, just a two- metre-high wall, which they call a castle,” he said. The antennae have been put up on a hill and not on “the castle,” Kadelli added. 

The medieval castle of Lekurs, close to Saranda, has also been the object of controversy after it was leased 12 years ago. The new owners restored it but also added a bar and a restaurant. 

Cultural heritage specialist have complained repeatedly about the restoration of the monument, now owed by Vangjel Tavo, an MP for the Socialist Movement for Integration. 

Lulzim Iljazi, manager of the Lekurs castle and its bar and restaurant, dismisses complaints that the monument has not been properly preserved. The accusers just want the castle for themselves, he says. 

“We have worked a lot on this castle and everything has been done to preserve its historical value,” Iljazi said. 

Gjergj Frasheri, a well known Albania archeologist, says that what has happened with leased out cultural monuments in the past should serve as a lesson. 

He believes transferring more monuments to private hands will be a mistake as Albanians are notorious for carrying out building work for which they have no planning permission. 

“Albania is a country of [hundreds of thousand] of buildings built without permits, where neither the state nor the law punishes people who build illegally,” Frasheri noted.

“Damage to monuments damages our historical record, and it is irreparable and unrecoverable,” he added. 

Auron Tare, historian and former director of the Butrint Archeological Park, agrees. 

“If the authorities cannot even control two single projects, the question is how will they be able to control more monuments?” he asked.

This article is funded under the BICCED project, supported by the Swiss Cultural Programme. 

Nikola Gruevski and Macedonian Reporter Targeted for Not Cheering Team – Kosovo Fines Officials For Not Declaring Assets

Freitag, Januar 27th, 2012

27 Jan 2012 / 09:34
Macedonian Reporter Targeted for Not Cheering Team

Journalist comes under fire for not showing enough patriotic pride in country’s sporting achievements.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic

SkopjeA news portal seen as close to the Macedonian ruling party has taken a well-known journalist to task for failing to show sufficient pride in the country’s recent sporting success.

Citing remarks on his Facebook wall, Kurir published an article on Wednesday entitled “Euphoria Bothers Borjan Jovanovski” in which it claimed that the reporter was obviously „bothered“ by the national team’s success in the European Men’s handball Championship.

“While the entire nation is united and celebrates the successes of our players… someone is obviously bothered by this euphoria”, the article said.

Jovanovski is something of a hate figure to officials of the ruling VMRO-DPMNE party of Nikola Gruevski.

He was the object of a personal attack from the Prime Minister last year. In an interview for MIA news agency, Gruevski accused him of working with the EU to denigrate the country.

Vesna Shopar, communications professor at the Macedonian Institute for Media, MIM, says he is clearly being targeted again.

“Anyone who speaks differently from the discourse dictated by the government is immediately put on the wall of shame,” she said.

After the premier’s attack last year, the journalists union, the ZNM, reminded Gruevski that it was not his job to comment on the work of individual journalists.

This time the head of the ZNM, Naser Selmani, told Balkan Insight, “We will review this text and decide whether to react”.

Earlier this week there was another dispute concerning journalists when several sporting federations and fan clubs took offence at the allegedly unpatriotic remarks of journalist Branko Geroski.

In his Sunday column called “Let’s Cheer and Hate Each Other”, written for the Plusinfo news site, Geroski criticized Macedonian fans who chant offensive slogans about ethnic Albanians….

Joke Show in Kosovo: fine for 300 €

27 Jan 2012 / 09:06
Kosovo Fines Officials For Not Declaring Assets

Pristina’s Minor Court has punished senior public officials for not honouring a deadline to declare their assets, fining most of them 300 euros

Fatmir Aliu


Marty: EULEX powerless, ad hoc structure needed – shine of incompetenz

Donnerstag, Januar 26th, 2012


Marty: EULEX powerless, ad hoc structure needed

FRANKFURT — CoE Rapporteur Dick Marty said that the EU mission in Kosovo, EULEX, in its current incarnation, is powerless to investigate organ trafficking.

Dick Marty (Beta)

Dick Marty (Beta)

The Swiss senator advised for an ad hoc judicial structure to be set up, which would be located outside of Kosovo, should be created specially for the purpose.

In an interview for the Serbian language news site Vesti based in Frankfurt, Germany, Marty said there is a danger that the whole story could go no further than the support his report received in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.

„An ad hoc judicial structure needs to be created – established specially to investigate the organ trafficking and located outside of Kosovo, which would have the right to apply measures to protect witnesses and their families – just just during the process, but afterwards as well. The witnesses have so much to say that their lives would not be worth much afterwards if their identities were revealed,“ Marty said.

„I do not think EULEX, the way it is forced to operate today and the way it is organized, can conduct a serious investigation. Besides, if we look at the justice systems and the international judiciary in the region, these structures have not been able to protect witnesses. As soon as there is a high-level case or a case that touches a certain level in the criminal hierarchy, testimonies become not just difficult, but impossible to obtain. Witnesses and their families are intimidated, and some have been killed,“ he stressed.

Noting that „some people might be satisfied with simply passing the resolution, as a virtual statement that nothing will come of“, he said that a structure should be established that would be efficient in uncovering the truth.

„The strong vote of support is an important step, but it is just one stage, which will be irrelevant unless there is a well prepared follow-up, and unless there is a political follow-up. I see this as the main danger,“ Marty warned.

Dick Marty’s accusation

The investigation about the suspicions raised for human organs traffic in Albania during the war in Kosovo, has brought for the second time in Tirana the EULEX Chief Prosecutor, Ambassador John Clint Williamson.

Williamson’s mission is based on the Council of Europe resolution of 25 January 2011, with the object: “Investigating the accusations for inhuman actions and illegal traffic of human organs in Kosovo”.

The EULEX prosecutor’s requests were not made public after the meeting with the Albanian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edmond Haxhinasto. In the press release, the Haxhinasto declared that he ensured Mr. Williams for the full support and cooperation of the Albanian authorities, in order to guarantee a complete and all-inclusive investigation, since EULEX is the only official organ that has the jurisdiction, capability and capacities to investigate the issues raised by the report.

The EULEX Chief Prosecutor held a meeting with Prime Minister Berisha. Part of the Chief Prosecutor Williamson agenda was a joint meeting at the British Embassy in Tirana premises with the ambassadors of USA, GB, and other EU countries accredited to Tirana.

The accusations for human organs traffic during the war in Kosovo turned into a diplomatic issue after the Swiss EMP, Dick Marty, accused the former KLA leaders of being involved. Marty claimed that these operations were held in two KLA bases in Albania. The accusations were rejected by Prishtina and Tirana, while the Albanian authorities showed their readiness to cooperate in an international investigation about this matter.

Bulgaria announces names of 24 new ambassador-designates

Donnerstag, Januar 26th, 2012

Bulgaria announces names of 24 new ambassador-designates

Wed, Jan 25 2012 13:56 CET


Bulgaria announces names of 24 new ambassador-designatesDimitar Tsanchev

Photo: Krassimir Yuskesseliev

Bulgaria announces names of 24 new ambassador-designatesKonstantin Dimitrov, left, and Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov

Photo: Krassimir Yuskesseliev

Twenty-four ambassador-designates, including two current deputy foreign ministers, were nominated at a meeting on January 25 2012 of Bulgaria’s Cabinet.

Deputy Foreign Minister Konstantin Dimitrov has been named ambassador-designate to the United Kingdom and Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitar Tsanchev as ambassador to the EU.

The Foreign Ministry’s permanent secretary, Radi Naidenov, has been nominated as ambassador to Germany.

Nikola Kolev, former chief of staff of the armed forces and former chief of staff of ex-president Purvanov, has been nominated as Bulgaria’s ambassador to The Netherlands.

The nomination of the ambassadors by Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s centre-right Government is part of the process of changing the face of Bulgaria’s diplomacy abroad, which was reiterated at July 25 talks between Borissov and President Rossen Plevneliev. Plevneliev, as head of state, has pledged not to appoint any ambassadors who collaborated with the country’s former communist-era secret services.

The full list of nominees, as announced, is:

* Albania – Dimitar Arnaudov
* Bosnia and Herzegovina – Angel Angelov
* The Vatican – Kiril Marichkov
* Germany – Radi Naidenov
* Greece – Emiliya Kraleva
* Egypt – Roumen Petrov
* Italy – Angel Cholakov
* China – Plamen Shukerliev
* Kuwait – Plamen Ulshevski
* Romania – Alexandar Filipov
* The Netherlands – Nikola Kolev
* Serbia – Angel Dimitrov
*  Bulgarian representation to the UN in New York – Stefan Tafrov
* Macedonia – Ivan Petkov
* Austria – Elena Shekerletova
* Belgium – Veselin Valkanov
* Hungary – Biserka Benisheva
* The United Kingdom – Konstantin Dimitrov
* UN – Geneva – Ivan Piperkov
* Brussels, Bulgarian representation to the EU – Dimitar Tsanchev
* Yemen – Boris Borisov
* South Africa – Katya Deleva
* Slovakia – Margarita Ganeva
* Ukraine – Krasimir Minchev

Several of Bulgaria’s embassies abroad have been headed by charges d’affaires after the Dossier Commission revelations about serving diplomats who had been involved with Bulgaria’s communist-era State Security.

Further nominations of ambassadors are to be made in the coming three weeks, Foreign Minister Nikolai Mladenov said.

EIU – Balkan Experte: ‚Cover-Up of Protestor Deaths ‚Blow to Albania’s Reputation‘

Dienstag, Januar 24th, 2012

24 Jan 2012 / 14:01
Cover-Up of Protestor Deaths ‚Blow to Albania’s Reputation‘

Gabriel Partos, an analyst with the Economist Intelligence Unit, tells Balkan Insight that allegations of a high-level conspiracy to cover-up the murder of protestors during the January 21 riots is a further blow to Albania’s already tarnished reputation.

Besar Likmeta


Gabriel Partos | Photo courtesy of the Economist Intelligence Unit

 Q: What picture of Albanian democracy and rule of law emerges from the arrests of three state officials for the murder of protestors and conspiracy to conceal evidence during the January 21, 2011 riots?

A: The new charges are very serious, because they allege a high-level conspiracy within government circles to cover up what appears to have been criminal activity. The charges represent a further blow to Albania’s reputation for upholding the rule of law.  It’s a reputation that has already been seriously dented in recent years by the disputes over the results of the 2009 parliamentary elections and the 2011 mayoral elections in Tirana, the killings of the four demonstrators and by the failure of the legal system to produce any convictions of prominent figures who’ve been charged with corruption.

Q: Prime Minister Sali Berisha considers the January 21, demonstration to be a coup d’état orchestrated by the general prosecutor, the president, the secret service head and the opposition. He recently threatened to arrest the general prosecutor and the president when they leave office. Should the EU tolerate this sort of behavior from an aspiring candidate state or speak out forcefully against it?

A: Threats to arrest senior officials involved in law enforcement or the judiciary would appear to be a serious interference with justice. It’s incompatible with the separation of powers between the executive and the judiciary, which is a cornerstone of democracy.

The EU tends to choose its words carefully, and it rarely speaks about forcefully, unless it’s dealing with major threats to international peace or large-scale repression by dictatorial regimes. With an aspiring member such as Albania it has different, constructive relations. But its views in relation to Albania are very clear, and Albania’s failure for two years in a row to secure the status of a candidate for EU membership is evidence of the EU’s standpoint on this issue.

Q: What impact will the attacks from Prime Minister Sali Berisha against the general prosecutor and the president have on Albania’s EU bid?

A: Albania has no chance of securing EU candidate status until it changes direction. That requires, among other things, the resumption of a constructive dialogue between the government and the opposition, an end to political interference with the judiciary and a genuine attempt to tackle corruption.

The conditions are not too onerous–after all, Montenegro, which started its EU integration process much later than Albania, has already secure candidate status, and is expected to open EU accession talks in June. Incidentally, the decline in democratic standards in Albania has been highlighted by various international surveys, including the EIU’s recently published 2011 Democracy Index, which has tracked Albania’s slide to 87th position (out of 167 countries) from 84th place in 2010 and 81st in 2008.

Interview mit Gabriel Partosh, auf Albanisch

Gabriel Partosh: Prishja e provave nga qeveria, goditje për reputacionin e dëmtuar tashmë të Shqipërisë
24 Janar, 2012 | 

23.1.2012: House arrest, for: Albanian Republican Guard Head Ndrea Prendi, the killer of the world crime Boss: Salih Berisha

23 Jan 2012 / 19:21
Three Arrested for Murder in Albania Deadly Riot

The head of the Republican Guard, his driver and an IT expert from the premier’s office have been placed under house arrest as part of the probe into a deadly protest in January 2011.

Besar Likmeta

In a press conference late on Monday, General Prosecutor Ina Rama announced that her office had ordered the arrests.

The protests on January 21, 2011 turned into a riot when several hundred opposition marchers attacked the police barricade set up to protect the Prime Minister’s office, using sticks, stones and Molotov cocktails.

Police responded with tear gas, water cannons and later with live ammunition fire, leaving four protestors dead and dozens wounded.

Prosecutor Rama explained that ballistics tests carried out in the laboratories of the FBI show that one of the bullets found in the body of one of the murdered protestors had come from the weapon of the Republican Guard head, Ndrea Prendi.Tirana

Republican Guard Head Ndrea Prendi was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Haft Befehle rund um den 21. Januar 2011 in Tirana gegen: IT- Chef: Armando Kasa, National Guard Chef: Ndrea Prendi und seinem Fahrer: Margit Kume 

DW: Wenn Volks Terroristen die “Kultur der Straflosigkeit” in Albanien zelebrieren

Die Peinlichkeit im Null Funktion Staat, wenn die Ilir Meta / Spartak Braho uralt Mafia, die Justiz kauft 

SZ-Journalist Enver Robelli: Albanische Politik Prominenz: “Sizilianischer Mafia-Stil” nach Franz Kafka 

Enver Robelli: Aventura shqiptare e Fatos Nanos dhe Sali Berishës 

International Terrrorists – Mafia boss get new identity behind with Albanian biometric passports 

Die dümmsten im Balkan vergessen die einfachsten Dinge nach einem Monat: wie eben Salih Berisha, der erneut nach einem Monat, die Verhaftung der Generalstaatsanwältin und des Präsidenten Bamir Topi ankündigte, nachdem Selbige die Fakten der FBI Beweise akzeptierten und Haft Befehle beantragten, gegen den IT Chef von Salih Berisha und seinem National Guard Chef: Ndreau Prendi

In Albanien arbeitet eine Idioten Mafia, welche zugleich der dümmste Banditen Club der Welt ist und Hunder Mal schlimmer als Gaddafi.

EU verbietet dem Gangster Salih Berisha, weitere Angriffe auf die Staatsanwältin, Staatspräsidenten und Geheimdienst Chef 

Stupid „Vetevendosje“ protests and Kosovo buckles down to become visa-free

Dienstag, Januar 24th, 2012

Kosovo buckles down to become visa-free


Now that the dialogue is under way, Kosovo faces a road of reforms and challenges.

EU Kommissarin Cecilia Malmström
By Linda Karadaku for Southeast European Times in Pristina — 21/01/12

„Whether, and how soon, citizens obtain the privilege of visa-free travel will depend entirely on Kosovo’s continuing efforts to implement reforms…,“ European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström said. [Laura Hasani/SETimes]

After launching a dialogue with the EU on visa liberalization this week, Kosovo now faces the difficult task of meeting the required criteria to make the visa-free process a reality.

Although the government is enthusiastic about the challenge, some analysts are wary.

„I think the biggest challenges for us in this process will be the prevention of illegal migration and the requests for asylum. Several countries in the region that have visa liberalisation are at risk [of losing it] due to the extended number of asylum-seekers from those countries,“ Kosovo Minister for European Integration Vlora Citaku told SETimes.

The Union lifted visa requirements for Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro in December 2009, and Bosnia and Herzegovina and Albania in 2010.

Aside from these issues, the country must „implement substantial reforms in key areas such as the security of travel documents; border, migration and asylum management; public order and security issues — notably the fight against organised crime and corruption; and fundamental rights issues related to the freedom of movement,“ European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström said Thursday, as she launched the talks.

But, Citaku says, the government has been working for two years to prepare for the dialogue.

Kosovo has launched the civil registry, has started to distribute biometric passports, has approved the strategy for the reintegration of repatriated persons and has approved the national strategy to fight illegal migration and action plan on the implementation of integrated border management.

„We are prepared in many criteria which countries in the region have fulfilled in a very advanced phase of the process,“ Citaku told SETimes.

But some say the reforms go beyond obtaining visa liberalisation.

„Kosovo should address challenges in the border control sector, inter-state organized crime, repatriation and reaching technical and technological standards in the administrative system. But also improving of the political image and [improving] the economic situation of the country,“ Agron Bajrami, Kosovo columnist, editor-in-chief of daily Koha Ditore told SETimes.

„These are probably the biggest challenges because these are real and deep problems which have not been addressed — they are also the stain that burdens Kosovo’s name in almost every quarter of the world. [Dealing with these issues] will go beyond the time frames and political frames of visa liberalization.“

Kosovar Civil Society Foundation European Integration Programme Co-ordinator Fatmir Curri said that the process is dependant on timing, and fulfilling of the criteria in the guide.

„The guide is expected to be finalised by the European Commission this spring,“ Curri told SETimes.

While Prime Minister Hashim Thaci expressed optimism and the readiness of his government to fulfill the criteria in a record time, many of Kosovo’s citizens are indifferent about the talks.

Limited logistics, cold weather ends Vetevendosje protests


For the second straight weekend, supporters of the Vetevendosje (Self-determination) Movement gathered at two border crossings to protest a lack of implementation of the reciprocity agreement with Serbia. But this time, the protests were peaceful.

By Linda Karadaku for Southeast European Times in Pristina — 23/01/12

Vetevendosje members protest in the town of Podujevo, close to the Merdare border crossing point between Kosovo and Serbia on Sunday (January 22nd). [Reuters]

The opposition Vetevendosje (Self-determination) Movement wrapped up its protests at the crossings with Serbia, in Merdar/Merdare and Dheu I Bardhe/Bela Zemlja, after midnight, saying police restrictions and the very low temperatures had made it impossible to remain.

Vetevendosje ended its main protest in Merdar/Merdare at about 1:35 am, after Kosovo Police had arrested activist Veton Dragusha, who had been handling logistics. „In a sign of responsibility for the wellbeing of the protesters, the leaders of Vetevendosje Movement asked them to disperse in a quiet way,“ the movement said.

„The peaceful protest to protect the Republic, for the domestic products and against Serbia, will continue in the future, in other forms as well,“ Shpend Ahmeti, deputy chairman of the Movement told protesters and reporters at Merdar/Merdare.

Politika aktuale e Kosovës po e qon vendin në qorrsokak dhe vetëvrasje!

Nga Asllan Dibrani

Edhe dita e djeshme me plot acar, me një petk te bardhe nga dëbora Vetëvendosën nuk e zmbrapsi, por përkundrazi, u grumbulluan në forma masive drejt dy pikave Merdare dhe Dheu i Bardhë ku u mbajtën protestat . Protesta paqësore e Lëvizjes Vetëvendosje, duke qëndruar në këto temperatura të ulëta dhe duke e solidarizuar dhe ndihmuar edhe nga populli me ushqim, pije, batanije, e mjete të tjera logjistike, që janë më se të nevojshme për qëndrimin e protestuesve në këtë mot të ftohtë me moton, mbrojtjen e Republikës se Kosovës të abuzuar, përdhunuar , anashkaluar dhe nëpërkëmbur nga Politika e Serbisë.

Pamje e protestës se 22.01.2012 në afërsi te pikës kufitare Mendare te Podujevës.

Kjo politikë , pjesërisht e përkrahur edhe nga disa të huaj, po mjerisht duke mos e penguar as Qeveria aktuale e Kosovës nën presionin e politikes se Euleksit përfaqësues të shteteve të Evropës qe monitorojnë në Kosovë.
Protestat ishin po me të njëjtin pretekst bllokimi mallrave serbe në Merdar dhe të Dheu i Bardhë, dy pika kufitare, këto me Serbinë qe depërtonojnë mallrat serbe ,po mos te flasim për Mitrovicën , qe atje po cenohet e drejta dhe sovraniteti i Kosovës nga një grusht qytetaresh serb qe 13 vjet, ne mos funksionimin e shtetit tonë.

Në protestat e vetëvendosjes, pjesëmarrje masive nga te gjitha anët po edhe të huaj!
Pjesëmarrja ishte masive nga te gjitha qytetet e Kosovës po edhe nga Shqiperia , Maqedonia , Presheva e gjetiu , po edhe të huajt siç ishte i madhi dhe i pa vdekshmi Ish-ambasadori i OSBE-së në Kosovë, shefi i Misionit të OSBE së në Kosovë, William Walker i cili u prononcua pro Vetëvendosjes.
walker kosovo
Pamje e shefi të Misionit të OSBE së në Kosovë, William Walker i cili u prononcua pro Vetëvendosjes.

Protestuesve iu është bashkuar lideri i Lëvizjes Vetëvendosje, Albin Kurti dhe Florin Krasniqi, por edhe zyrtar tjerë te VV qe hera – herës dhanë opinionet e veta për protestën . Në këtë protestë ishin edh e policia të qetë dhe pjesa dërmuese ishin në bashkëveprim dhe mirëkuptim me protestuesit. Në kalimin e kohës nuk dihet se me urdhrin e kujt, por tek Dheu i Bardhë, afër vendit ku po protestohet, Policia e Kosovës ka konfiskuar materialet logjistike, të cilat do ta bënin të mundshëm mbarëvajtjen e protestës presione te ndërprerjes se protestës largimin e Autobusëve etj…

Të zbatohet“reciprociteti ndërshtetëror Serbi -Kosovë”!

Synimet e VV janë që të zbatohet“reciprociteti ndërshtetëror Serbi -Kosovë”, me qellim trysnie për tu bllokuar mallrat serbe për të hyrë në Kosovë. Sipas pamjeve në teren , protesta e Vetëvendosjes dha rezultate, sepse asnjë kamionë apo automjet tjetër me mallra serbe nuk është futur në Kosovë nga Serbia .Nga ana tjetër nga policia dhe organet qeveritare thuhet se kane hyre 4 apo 5 kamion dhe po zbatohet qarkullimi i kamionëve me mallra serbe të Serbisë normalisht . Nga kjo edhe një naiv mund ta kuptoj një injorancë apo pa pjekuri qe në një farë mënyre sikur krenohen qe janë furur ne Kosovë këta kamion me mallra serbe?! Janë futur apo nuk janë futur nuk është me rëndësi për ditën e djeshme, por në këtë mënyrë po provokohet masa ,populli dhe vet aktoret e protestës qe me vendosmëri e kanë arritur qëllimin, qe ta ngrisin vetëdijes e masës që me Serbinë duhet të bëhet një politikë ma konstruktive në praktikë, me qellim te demaskimit te saj ndaj sovranitetit dhe pavarësisë se Kosovës. Me prononcimin organeve te policisë apo edhe nga Qeveria se hynë 5 kamion nga Serbia për Kosovë ishte një gjë e pa mundshme qe as miza nuk kishte mundësi pa e pa turma dhe mjetet e informimit , qe vazhdimisht gazetarët raportonin se asnjë mjet nuk u fut këndej!… Prandaj kjo është ndesh me politiken aktuale të qeverisë se Kosovës ,qe në këto momente sikur nxitet një e keqe qe ti humb vetes besimin nga populli.

Politika aktuale e Kosovës po e qon vendin në qorrsokak dhe vetëvrasje!

Politika vetëvrasëse aktuale e Kosovës po e qon vendin ne qorrsokak, pa parametra , pa vizione ,pa projekte qe ti kundërvihemi politikes hegjemoniste të Serbisë, ndaj Kosovës. Vetë të besueshmit dhe të zgjedhurit e popullit, në vend ta menaxhojnë dhe ta zhvillojnë vendin, këta veprojnë në të kundërtën, ku si pasojë e një politike në sektorin e bujqësisë kanë mbetur djerrinë pjesa dërmuese e tokës pjellore në Kosovë. Qëndrimet arrogante të Qeverise se Kosovës me dirigjimet e politikes serbe të përkrahura nga Euleksi përfaqësues te Evropës është i pa pranueshëm siç i lenë prodhimet e Kosovës, qe janë shumë të shijshme të shëndosha kualitative dhe radhiten ne klasën e parë, qe mund tu konkurroj prodhimeve të shteteve në Evropë. Politika shqiptare kundër Serbisë duhet të jetë një sinjal i përbashkët i shqiptarëve qe ta demaskojmë atë qe Serbia e bëri qe 100 vjet kundër shqiptarëve. Politiken tu lemë ta udhëheqin ata qe ende po i shërojnë plagët, profesorëve, intelektualëve ish te burgosurve politik dhe luftëtarëve , për ta çliruar vendin ishin malum mal , e cepem cep të Kosovës. Forca e bënë fuqinë andaj te bashkohemi, „një për te gjithë te gjithë për një“. Ti lëmë interesat personale, ta përqafojmë atë qe është primarja (vetëvendosja, për fatin tonë).

House arrest, for: Albanian Republican Guard Head Ndrea Prendi, the killer of the world crime Boss: Salih Berisha

Montag, Januar 23rd, 2012

 Primitiv Idiot Mafia Boss in action – Super scandal again: Berisha said that after the general prosecutor leaves office, he will carry out his own investigation and arrest her and President Bamir Topi

Press: US-Ambassador Alexander Arvizu, Ina Rama

23 Jan 2012 / 19:21
Three Arrested for Murder in Albania Deadly Riot

The head of the Republican Guard, his driver and an IT expert from the premier’s office have been placed under house arrest as part of the probe into a deadly protest in January 2011.

Besar Likmeta



Republican Guard Head Ndrea Prendi was arrested on suspicion of murder.

In a press conference late on Monday, General Prosecutor Ina Rama announced that her office had ordered the arrests.

The protests on January 21, 2011 turned into a riot when several hundred opposition marchers attacked the police barricade set up to protect the Prime Minister’s office, using sticks, stones and Molotov cocktails.

Police responded with tear gas, water cannons and later with live ammunition fire, leaving four protestors dead and dozens wounded.

Prosecutor Rama explained that ballistics tests carried out in the laboratories of the FBI show that one of the bullets found in the body of one of the murdered protestors had come from the weapon of the Republican Guard head, Ndrea Prendi.

“To avoid the discovery of the truth and benefitting from his official position, Prendi changed the barrel of his gun with that of another Republican Guard member who was also under investigation, his driver Margarit Kume,” Rama said.

“It’s proven beyond any doubt that Prendi shot 11 times into the crowd during the protest, and one of the bullets was found in the body of one of the victims, Faik Myrtaj,” Rama added.

Apart from Prendi, prosecutors ordered the arrest of his driver Kume, and of the head of the IT department of the prime minister’s office, Armando Kasaj.

“Examinations carried out in FBI laboratories have proven beyond any doubt that the server, where footage from the security cameras in the prime minister’s office was stored, was copied to external drivers and deleted after the protest,” the general prosecutor said.

Albania’s General Prosecutor Ina Rama

Another Republican Guard officer, Agim Llupo, has been in prison since February 14, 2011, accused of the murder of another protestor during the rally.

Based on the nature of the crimes and the flight risk of the suspects, prosecutors asked the Tirana District Court to keep the three suspects imprisoned. However, Judge Shkelqim Mustafaj, who reviewed the arrest warrants, ordered house arrest for Prendi, Kume and Kasaj.

Albania’s procedural and criminal code state clearly that for persons suspected of murder, judges must order imprisonment at least until the trial ends.

General Prosecutor Rama said that they believed that judge’s ruling was not in consideration of the evidence and her office will appeal it.

Responding to the arrests, Prime Minister Sali Berisha relieved the head of the Republican Guard from duty, while lashing out at the general prosecutor for ordering his arrest.

One year after the deadly riots, Berisha still considers the event to be a coup d’état orchestrated by the general prosecutor, the president, the secret service head, the opposition and four journalists.

“The prime minister considers the general prosecutor to be part of plan to overthrow the government on January 21, 2011,” Berisha’s office said in a statement on Monday.

Police clash with a protestor druing the opposition rally on January 21, 2011

In an interview on local broadcaster Vizion Plus on Friday, Berisha said that after the general prosecutor leaves office, he will carry out his own investigation and arrest her and President Bamir Topi.

Prosecutors are still investigating the murders, the organisers of the protest and the violent demonstrators that attacked the police, as well as government officials that are suspected of destroying evidence of the deaths.

General Prosecutor Rama explained that prosecutors had asked the state police, which are controlled by Berisha, to conduct the probe into the organisers of the protest, but the police said they had found no evidence.


Salih Berisha entliess heute Ndrea Prendi – National Guard Chef, nachdem Haftbefehl ausgestellt wurde

Im Moment laufen noch Presse Konferenzen mit Details, von Ina Rama! Umgehend startet erneut der Steinzeit Kommunist, Terrorist, extrem krimineller Mafia Boss: Salih Berisha, seine Attacken erneut auf die Generalstaatsanwaltschaft, weil in seiner kranken Verbrecher Denkweise, seine Nord Albanischen Banditen und Mord Kohorten Straffrei sind.

Wie es so üblich ist bei den Tropoje Banditen der National Guard, schiesst man auf unbewaffnete Zivilisten, je nach Tages Laune. Die Miltanz ist allgemein bekannt:Der National Guard Chef: Ndrea Prendi, hat wie das FBI feststellte, direkt den friedlichen Zuschauer – Demonstrant: Faik Myrtaj erschossen und versuchte dies durch Löschung der Video Dateien (Überwachungs Kamera) auf den Servern des PM zuvertuschen. Ebenso wechselte er den Schlag Bolzen an seiner Waffe, um Patronen nicht ordnen zukönnen. Die heute Abend erfolgte erneute Ausführung bei der Staatsanwaltschaft, sagt nun Nedrea Prendi, das er vor einem Jahr in die Luft geschossen hätte. Albaner vergessen Alles, was auch auf die Bildung schliessen lässt und dem IQ. Vor einem Jahr wurde folgende Aussage gemacht von Ndrea Prendi: “ich habe keine Schüsse abgegeben”!

 Vor wenigen Tagen, verkündete der kriminelle Pyschopat: Salih Berisha, noch die Verhaftung von Ina Rama an, sobald der Staatspräsident ausgewechselt ist.

Haft Befehle rund um den 21. Januar 2011 in Tirana gegen: IT- Chef: Armando Kasa, National Guard Chef: Ndrea Prendi und seinem Fahrer: Margit Kume

60 neue Eurofighter für Griechenland – Greece-Arms Deals: Does Merkel Trade “2nd Bailout” for “60 Eurofighter”?

Sonntag, Januar 22nd, 2012

Greece-Arms Deals: Does Merkel Trade “2nd Bailout” for “60 Eurofighter”?

From time to time there are similar leakages in the European media. That Greece’s lenders, preferably the Germans and the French, put Athens under pressure for lucrative arms deals. There has been talk about German submarines, French frigates and American Apache helicopters. The latest story by German Weekly DIE ZEIT  speaks of multi-billion-euro arms contracts, once the debt-ridden country receives the next aid tranche, estimated to be € 80 billion in  March 2012.

DIE ZEIT quoted an apparent middleman, a frequent visitor at the Greek Defense Ministry, making these allegations.

Fine Weapons for Athens – Frigates, tanks and submarines: Saving Packages By-Pass The Greek Military.  And Germany benefits.

The man knows the wish-list of the Greek Defense Ministry by heart: up to 60 fighter aircraft fighter for maybe € 3.9 billion. French frigates for about four billion euro,  patrol boats worth 400 million euros. So much is necessary for the modernization of the existing Greek fleet. Then it still lacks of ammunition for the Leopard tanks , but also two American Apache helicopters need to be replaced. Oh, and one would like to buy German U-boats, total price: two billion euros.

What the man,who goes in and out at Greece’s Defence Ministry, says sounds absurd. A State which is on the verge of bankruptcy and is supported by billions of the European Union wants to buy tons of weapons?The man in the Athens café is often seen in pictures next to generals of the Army or Defense officials, he often speaks with these guys on the phone, so he knwos what he’s talking about. He knows how sensitive the issue is, and would therefore not be named in the article. Even he holds these arms purchases as not communicable. But things could soon change, he says: “If Greece get paid the next tranche of aid, with € 80 billion expected, in March, there is a real opportunity to conclude new arms contracts.”

Quoting several Greek and German sources, DIE ZEIT wrote that the Greek government wanted to order 90 Eurofighters from Germany back in 1999 and that even than Foreign Minister Joschka Fisher (Greens) tried to persuade the Greeks. In fact, every once in a while the German government was trying to remind the Greeks of their Eurofighter needs.

Angela Merkel in the years 2005-2007.  Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (FDP) tried to secure the Eurofighters deal even in the spring 2010, just weeks before the Greek bankruptcy. The Greeks did not make any deal and few weeks later Westerwelle told a German newspaper that “Before there is any discussion about aid to Greece , that the country does its full homework on consolidation policy.”

Many German arms companies profited in the last years from the Greek defense needs: 223 Tanks-equipement Typ M109 and one Submarine (Class 214) total worth 403 million EUR, arrived in Greece in 2010! Krauss-Maffei Wegmann delivered 170 Leopard-2 Tanks for 1.7 billion EUR. Thyssen-Krupp delivered submarines, Eurocopter helicopters and Diehl BGT missiles.

Yes, Greeks are proud that their army is equipped with German products! But DIE ZEIT article triggered some negative reactions in Greece and three MPs from left-wing Democratic Left party, submitted a question to Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, asking whether such allegations are true and whether German Chancellor Angela Merkel has set the Eurofighters deal as precondition for the second bailout (

“Ptisi & Diastima”, the older and well respected Greek Defense magazine states:

“Today, there is not even the slightest indication of such deal. To those who check the facts even in a elementary way … the absurdness of this article becomes apparent. Nor the question in the Parliament can serve as any evidence to the truth of these allegations. In our opinion, this question is good proof of the contrary.”, the website of another Greek Defense Magazine, contacted Die Zeit and the author of this article. in its article commenting this story says:

“Regarding the essence of the article, the € 4 billion cost for the purchase of 60 Eurofighter mentioned in the German newspaper is completely inaccurate. In the preliminary agreement signed in 2001 for the acquisition of 60 +30 Eurofighter aircraft the cost given for the 60 fighters was € 5.52 billion and this was in 2001!

The unit price of the aircraft in 2001 prices were close to €92 million and this is the cost of the aircraft alone, without his weapons, technical support and spare parts. In any case, the € 4 billion cost as stated in the ‘valid’ reportage of «Die Zeit» is not sufficient for the purchase of 60 Eurofighter aircraft, the unit price for which now reaches € 120 million without weapons and without support. In the agreement that Saudi Arabia recently signed for 72 Eurofighter the cost rouse to €15 billion (over € 200 million per unit!).

The fact is that for the next 10 years the HAF cannot acquire new fighter aircraft as it will raise the budget of the ministry to exceptional levels.

A senior officer of the HAF characterized the reports of the German newspapers «Kronen Zeitung» and «Die Zeit» “As noise without any substance”.

Indeed, typical of the inaccuracy (being polite here) of the «Die Zeit» article is that it states that the budget of the Greek Army rose by 18.2% (?) in 2012! When shared the facts that the defense budget has declined by 35% from 2008 to 2012 to the journalist of the German newspaper in charge of financial reports her comment was … resounding silence …”

Full Die Zeit Article in google translation in ZeroHedge

Griechenland-Krise Top-Journalist warnt vor Mafia-Übernahme!
Griechenland-Krise Top-Journalist warnt vor Mafia-Übernahme!


Man druckt sich ja selbst sein Geld, weshalb die USA jeden Krieg mit Luft und wertlosen Dollars finanzieren.

In allen 30 DAX Firmen, haben heute das Ausländer die Mehrheit, weil man mit Nichts, so die Firmen Anteile aufkauft.

So sieht die Beute Aufteilung im Irak auf, wo dann Verwandte der Politiker in den Aufsichtsräten sitzen.

irak öl

Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq

Kosovo, a student outcry about Pristina University professors

Sonntag, Januar 15th, 2012

In Kosovo, a student outcry about Pristina University professors


The student parliament charges Pristina University academic staff with absenteeism, saying it undermines both the quality of education and university standards.

By Safet Kabashaj for Southeast European Times in Pristina — 14/01/12



photoSome students say Pristina University professors are frequently absent. [Safet Kabashaj/SETimes]

Pristina University professors are absent significant periods of time on the job, according to research conducted by the university’s student parliament.

The research identified 83 academic staff members who consistently missed lectures they were scheduled to deliver, exams, student consultation sessions and other activities.

Data shows professors who are concurrently active in both politics and academia have the worst record, student parliament leader Mentor Hasani said. The data is being discussed at length on several Kosovo blogs by Hasani and other students.

Some of the most senior officials — such as Justice Minister Hajredin Kuqi, who is a law faculty lecturer — and Economic Development Minister Besim Beqaj, top the list, according to Hasani.

„If they continue to be absent, we will take other steps in stopping this approach, which is damaging academic quality, damaging students‘ education as well as [wasting] the Kosovo budget,“ he added.

The student parliament plans to present the results to university administrators as a means of improving professors‘ accountability.

The professors tried to put pressure on the Kosovo media, according to Hasani, but the research results were published, ensuing in a widespread public debate on the quality of instruction and services, low academic criteria and allegations of unqualified staff, and student registry irregularities.

Kosovo MP and Constitutional Law and Philosophy Professor Arsim Bajrami is a rare professor who publicly commented, saying the students should verify the data before publishing it.

„I am forced to consider as completely incorrect the results of the questionnaire, which supposedly alludes to my absence in the academic process,“ Bajrami said, adding he has encouraged students to actively participate in the university process.

Lavdime argues the situation in academia reflects the country’s overall environment. „It is indicative of Kosovo’s post-war values,“ she said.

Among the proposals to improve the situation is the one by Mirsie, who suggests that to overcome systemic abuse at the university, the institution must start from scratch.

„Pristina University should be dissolved for one or two years, and start from the beginning, in order to be able to achieve results,“ she said.

Some commentators suggest legal sanctions for what they describe as the professors‘ disregard for academia. Curbing the practice of professors with links to political parties holding several jobs concurrently, Daut argues it is necessary to adopt a law that would „limit one person [to] one job“.

Others, like Ardian, are against officials holding academic positions altogether. „All these personalities exercising high office duties should resign their university jobs. It is shameless the way the justice minister and the constitutional court president violate basic legal and moral principles.“


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Ekonomiksi1 speaks for those who contest the research and charge the authors with political interference. „The student parliament manipulated with questionnaires that it distributed through the faculties, and I do not trust this because there are political interests in the background.“

Flamur argues professors are not the only ones at fault. „Students are responsible and should be blamed for this, because of their lack of courage [to react in a timely manner]. Remember the courage of students in the 1980s and their actions for change in the former Yugoslavia.“

„Students should be happy not to see and hear some professors. Simply, they do not deserve to be seen and heard,“ Bardh Sokoli said with irony.

Still others like Ilir contest the credibility of the students themselves. „How many illiterate students have graduated? How many are involved in student organisations? How many enrolled there without fulfilling the criteria?“

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Afghanistan – Turkey, Balkans at the Drug-Trafficking Crossroad

Freitag, Januar 13th, 2012

1 Ton heroin to germany: Kurd drug boss: Abdulselam Turgut

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Turkey, Balkans at the Drug-Trafficking Crossroad

Given its location straddled between Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East, Turkey acts as a central transit route for drug trafficking from Iran and Afghanistan to European countries.

About 80% of Afghan-poppy derived heroin flows through Turkey and the Balkans on its way to Western Europe. The UN calls this „the Balkan Route“.

„The Balkan Route remains a main corridor of heroin trafficking to European countries,“ Hamid Ghodse, president of the UN International Narcotics Control Board, told SES Türkiye.

Ghodse says there is an „increasing diversity in the methods and routes used in the trafficking of heroin to Europe“.

Turkey is affected by three main heroin drug trafficking routes: the Southern Balkan route, the Northern Balkan route and the Eastern Mediterranean route.

In 2010, Ghodse says the quantity of heroin seized in Europe trafficked along the Northern Balkan Route through Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria decreased compared to the Southern Balkan Route to Italy via Greece, Albania or Macedonia.

The vast majority of drugs crossing the Turkish border are destined for transit out of the country.

In Ankara, officials say their national, regional and international efforts against drug trafficking are effective — even more successful than EU countries.

Behsat Ekici, chief of police at the Department of Anti-Smuggling and Organised Crime of the Turkish National Police, told SES Türkiye they have launched a total of 140 large-scale international operations within the last five years, which „have played a key role in the collapse of the international drug networks“.

„Turkey’s commitment in the fight against drugs continues increasingly,“ he says, adding that in the past few years Turkey alone has seized more than twice the amount of heroin than the 27 EU countries did.

In 2010, he says, 81,200 drug operations were carried out by national law enforcement agencies throughout the country, which ended in the arrest of 125,208 individuals for involvement in drug crimes, yielding 12,960kg of confiscated heroin.

Ekici emphasises that this is „incomparably higher“ that in neighbouring countries, such as Greece and Bulgaria, which confiscated 520kg and 365kg of heroin during the same period, respectively. „The risk to smugglers that comes from Turkey’s operations has led to less use of the Balkan Route by the smugglers,“ he added.

However some regional analysts, such as Ioannis Michaletos, an Athens-based researcher at the World Security Network Foundation, say anti-narcotics co-operation among Greece-Turkey-Bulgaria is not ideal.

Drug trafficking should be prevented globally, „because it is not only Turkey or Greece’s problem, but it also encompasses other countries as well, such as Afghanistan, Iran and Western Europe“.

Ethnic-based organised crime groups and diaspora networks are believed to help move the drugs along their destination throughout the route.

The so-called „Albanian organised crime“ has steadily become a major distributor of heroin in the Balkans and EU.

„The presence of other strong criminal networks such as the Italian Dragetta, the Montenegro clans, Turkish drug kingpins, Russian and Caucasian criminal cells and Serbian narcotics groups, should not be overlooked,“ Michaletos says.

On the other hand, Kurdish populations in the tri-border area of Turkey-Iraq-Iran facilitate narcotics contraband. Iran and Turkey have a visa free regime, and border controls along the porous border are lax or easily evaded.

Back in the Balkans, widespread public sector corruption is also another major issue for drug trafficking.

„The Balkan countries have way too many strong and organised criminal groups concentrated and operating in the same region,“ Michaletos says.

„Illegal organised prostitution rings in the Balkans are directly related to narcotics, since police investigations in several countries have revealed over the years that the drug dealers first raise capital by illegal prostitution, before venturing into the narcotics trade, which is even more profitable,“ he told SES Türkiye.

Michaletos says special attention should be paid to co-operation between security and police forces in the region against money laundering. Above all, he adds, political will is needed to enforce a regional anti-narcotics policy.

Matteo Albertini, a researcher at, is concerned that some local mafia groups, such as Italian groups, are finding new allies in Balkan states, which could move the drugs from the Middle East and Turkey to the EU.

However, the analyst believes that the entrance of Bulgaria and Romania in the Schengen Zone will enforce the control of the shores of the Black Sea, a traditional access point for drug smugglers in the Balkan Peninsula.

Hajrudin Somun, former Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) ambassador to Turkey, emphasises that drug smugglers find it easier to operate in countries that are politically unstable like BiH and Kosovo, or that score poorly in fighting organised crime, such as Bulgaria and Romania.

„There are some joint regional countries‘ police actions against the drug trade and trafficking, but more ‚political will‘ is needed for linking such activities in an organised chain of co-ordination,“ he told SES Türkiye.

Somun says Russia has shown a special interest in co-operating with the Balkans countries to cut off drug routes, particularly going through Kosovo.

Meanwhile, according to the Turkish police research, drug traffickers have started using some other alternative routes to Europe, such as from Iran and Pakistan to Britain. Ekinci says Turkey has launched several joints operations with the British government against them.

For Hamid Ghodse, it is important that governments take action, „albeit [it is] never enough to combat drug traffickers, as indicated by the seizures.“

He reminds that some countries, such as Romania and Bulgaria, have recently undertaken certain positive initiatives to strengthen their drug strategies and the fight against drug abuse and trafficking.

„Although the initiatives at the national and regional level are commendable, cross-national co-operation, collaboration, shared responsibility, and sustainability of actions are essential and paramount to the success against the drug traffickers,“ Ghodse says.

He highlights that more needs to be done against corruption, and says effective law enforcement to curb supply is needed. Also, he says comprehensive drug demand reduction is the cornerstone of a good drug control policy and strategy.