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The 1999 Kosovo War and Kosovo today
Written by Dr. Elton Demollari 23 Mars 2023
March 24, 1999 marks one of the most important events in modern Albanian history (I'm not talking about Kosovo's history, but I'm emphasizing Albanian history). It is the day when the largest military organization in the world, NATO, led by the United States of America, launched an air bombing campaign against Serbia and its military targets, which had been furiously attacked by Kosovo and its indigenous population. Milosevic with his spear forcefully displaced the Albanian population, which has been autochthonous for thousands of centuries, from their homes. In this war, 848,000 Albanians were expelled from Kosovo, where most of them came to Albania and where we, the Albanian people, opened the doors of our homes and hearths for a long time. This bombing campaign lasted from March 24, 1999 to June 9, 1999, the day when the agreement on the military withdrawal from Kosovo was reached and a day later the NATO Committee ratified the agreement and suspended military air operations. Besides the atrocities and the expulsion of the Albanian people of Kosovo from their lands, the other reason for NATO's attack on Serbia was the non-signing of the Rambouillet Agreement with complete awareness by Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic. NATO's main official goal was to force the government of Slobodan Milosevic to withdraw its army from Kosovo and thereby prevent further human rights violations by Serbia in the future, such as the Racak massacre, which had been committed in early, because all the diplomatic methods and ways to not aggravate the situation further and to bring the solution of the Kosovo problem on the right track had been exhausted and exceeded. According to statistics, 15,000 people were killed during this war, of which 1,500 were KLA fighters, 1,008 were Serbian soldiers and policemen, and the rest were ordinary civilians. But during the war, as usually happens in any such case, about 5,000 people disappeared, the fate of some of them has been clarified to this day, but the number of unexplained cases is even greater, because until today the Serbian state has not has shown his willingness to help clarify these shadowy cases. It is among the most glorious wars in modern world history, because the popular will and determination of the Albanian population of Kosovo to defend themselves and their country from the sworn enemies for centuries and the brutal cruelty of the power and military machinery of Milosevic's Serbia were placed in front of them. The will of the Albanian people of Kosovo was united around the KLA, this regular army, which was strongly supported by both the Albanian state and NATO. While today the KLA has been targeted by the international community and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which has targeted the leaders of the former KLA and tried them for alleged war crimes committed against the population. local and Serbian, when it should be the opposite. Here we can mention the charges brought against KLA members Fatmir Limaj, Haradin Bala, Isak Musliu, and Agim Murtezi in 2003 for crimes against humanity, which were rejected with convincing arguments. The charges were related to the prison camp run by the accused in Llapushnik from May to July 1998. Also former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj as well as KLA fellow fighters Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj. were accused by this court of crimes against Serbs. But again these accusations were dropped immediately after some time. The anti-Albanian Swiss politician Karla Del Ponte in 2008 published a book in which she alluded that, at the end of the war in 1999, Kosovo Albanians trafficked organs of Serbs from a village in Albania. Specifically, Del Ponte had expressed his suspicion that the KLA of the Kosovo Liberation Army had kidnapped about 300 Serbs in the summer of 1999 and had removed their organs to resell them further. According to her, there was enough evidence for an investigation at the International Court of Justice, but these serious accusations were extinguished without starting well from the beginning. Because neither Del Ponte nor the journalist Michael Montgomery, who was investigating the case, found any sufficient evidence of organ removal. Prompted by Del Ponte's book, the Council of Europe, led by Swiss MEP Dick Marty, issued a report accusing Hashim Thaçi and other former KLA leaders of involvement in illegal organ trafficking and involvement in contract killings and other crimes based on "substantial evidence". They continue to be unjustly imprisoned on idiotic and baseless charges that are not true at all. And this happens only to cover up the terrible crimes of the Serbs and the mass graves found in Serbia and Kosovo. And to place on a scale the just war of the KLA and the Albanian people with the monstrous crimes and mass murders of the Serbs against the local population. This politician has always pursued an anti-Albanian agenda to the detriment of the Albanian people of Kosovo and its cause in the world. Therefore, the time has come for the European Union to correct all the mistakes it has made all these years towards Kosovo and its issue, because the EU has not yet put the dots on the "i" regarding this issue, because the situation, in which Kosovo is still after all these years, even after the "unsigned" Ohrid agreement between Kurti and Vucic (the most meaningless agreement, where mutual recognition is not sanctioned at any point), it shows that this issue continues and will continue to go to a dead end. To laugh and to cry. Therefore, the most appropriate prognosis would be that the first violin in this matter is no longer the EU, but the USA. She should take the leadership scepter, because Albanian credibility towards the EU regarding this issue is always decreasing and will always be a big minus for us. Because the EU continues and will continue to play with two gates. Very unfortunate. Therefore, our policy of both Albanian sides should be united with each other, because Kosovo is still at a dangerous crossroads. Until when??? but the USA. She should take the leadership scepter, because Albanian credibility towards the EU regarding this issue is always decreasing and will always be a big minus for us. Because the EU continues and will continue to play with two gates. Very unfortunate. Therefore, our policy of both Albanian sides should be united with each other, because Kosovo is still at a dangerous crossroads. Until when??? but the USA. She should take the leadership scepter, because Albanian credibility towards the EU regarding this issue is always decreasing and will always be a big minus for us. Because the EU continues and will continue to play with two gates. Very unfortunate. Therefore, our policy of both Albanian sides should be united with each other, because Kosovo is still at a dangerous crossroads. Until when???