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Koha Digest 80 (1995)

Koha Digest 80 (1995)

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According to Bukoshi, the reason why Kosova remained aside from
the peaceful efforts is the complication of the situation in
Bosnia and the concentration of the attention of the
international community on Bosnia and its priority to stop war
there. " In the meeting with two American officials it was said
that Kosova's issue was not forgotten at all. We were assured
that despite the fact that it wasn't part of the actual peace
conversations, it is an issue which the negotiating team and the
international community will include on the agenda by all means,
at one stage or another phase.
According to Bukoshi, the reason why Kosova remained aside from
the peaceful efforts is the complication of the situation in
Bosnia and the concentration of the attention of the
international community on Bosnia and its priority to stop war
there. " In the meeting with two American officials it was said
that Kosova's issue was not forgotten at all. We were assured
that despite the fact that it wasn't part of the actual peace
conversations, it is an issue which the negotiating team and the
international community will include on the agenda by all means,
at one stage or another phase.

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The weekly Koha (The Times) was published in Prishtina (Kosovo) between 1994 and 1997. Edited by VetonSurroi, a young Kosovar journalist and one of the pioneers of democratisation in former Yugoslavia, Kohasoon became a symbol of quality among the region's media. In 1997 it started to be published daily under thename of Koha Ditorë. With the kind permission of Mr. Surroi, Koha digests were originally posted onhttp://koha.estudiosbalcanicos.org.
- 1 -Koha Digest # 80EDITORIALTHE POLICE, THE SWALLOW OF POLITICS by VETON SURROI"He is not here, we haven't heard of this person", I was told by the duty policeman at thefamous "92", the place where one must first ask about an arrested person in Kosova. "He is probably in prison", said the policeman. In the prison, asked about the chance for AstritSalihu, KOHA's journalist to be there, the surprised guard negatively gesticulated shaking hishead and said: "We haven't received any of those. Ask the police!".On my way out through the iron doors of the prison, I could see the offices of the StateSecurity, the place where the person you are looking for is, after receiving two negativeanswers in the two previous places. Luckily enough, walking down the street I received thenews that he was not there any more and that he was enjoying relative freedom in a cafeteria.Astrit is another in the endless list of the people arrested in the evening who are left sleeplessand who is subjugated (after a couple of slaps and kicks) to political interrogation. Naturally,these cases have also happened to journalists, and not only after arrest. Ylber Hysa, who was persistently asking for the prorogation of the validity of his passport, was also summoned tothe offices of State Security to explain his political visions.Even though these "invitations" have become ordinary, people ask why, why now? It can be justly supposed that all things which are related to information are being followed closely: phone conversations of "interesting people", their bugging... The situation has reached the point in which it is very likely to believe that the offices of the political parties, especially theLDK have more microphones than Radio Prishtina in its best times. Then why theinterrogations?Because the police can know everything that is happening, as an event, but it can't know whatis going on in people's heads, what they thinks, what they believe. And this is something thatthe Serbian leadership is after. The Serbian leadership must make decisions about its future behavior in Kosova soon: it must know about every detail linked to Kosova.But, the police has done this always, as someone may say. What is the difference between the past and present interrogations? In the near past, the main focus of interest of the Serbian police was directed towards preventing nay physical resistance of Kosova Albanians (and allsorts of intimidation were used in this direction), today, with the fading of the war rhythm, the political arena is opened again. Here, the Serbian police, the continuance of the Eastern Bloctradition before the fall of the Berlin Wall, finds itself in a very uneasy position. The whole
 
- 2 - police of the Eastern Bloc, which should have defended the Communist regime - fell, becauseit didn't foresee the feeling of the people, the individual.Serbian policemen have still not understood that this can't be foreseen at all.Welcome to 1989.DAYTON - KOSOVABUKOSHI: ENCOURAGING MESSAGES FROM WASHINGTON - BUT NOT TOCAUSE EUPHORIA by LINDITA IMAMI / Washington"The purpose of this visit was to ask the American officials tonot neglect Kosova question", said Mr. Bukoshi.Bukoshi said that the issue of Kosova remains to be solved maybeimmediately after a solution or agreement is reached in Dayton."The American party is decided not to stop in Dayton, but the peace process should continue on, with the solution of other  problems in the Former Yugoslavia", said Bukoshi.According to Bukoshi, the reason why Kosova remained aside fromthe peaceful efforts is the complication of the situation inBosnia and the concentration of the attention of theinternational community on Bosnia and its priority to stop war there. " In the meeting with two American officials it was saidthat Kosova's issue was not forgotten at all. We were assuredthat despite the fact that it wasn't part of the actual peaceconversations, it is an issue which the negotiating team and theinternational community will include on the agenda by all means,at one stage or another phase.Bukoshi declared to KOHA that the American officials wereconveyed the concern due to the non participation of the Albanianrepresentatives in the peace conversations about the former Yugoslavia, which, after the Bosnian problem is solved, couldmake Serbia feel triumphant and make it become even more crueltowards Kosova; they were also conveyed the concern about the permanent and continuous repression and provocations, as is thecolonization of Kosova with Krajina refugees. "We gave our arguments why this issues should be included if a real peace andsolution for Kosova is really wanted".Commenting the American posture towards Kosova, following themeetings, Bukoshi declared: "The primary preoccupation of the
 
- 3 -government and other American forces is how to stop repressionin Kosova. This was confirmed and emphasized at the StateDepartment during the meeting with Kornblum. My impression is -without wishing to cause euphoria - that the message coming outfrom these meetings is encouraging: the Kosova question isidentified as the next problem to be solved".Asked whether the Americans will mediate in the eventualconversations about Kosova, Bukoshi said: "Since the peace process was transferred from Europe to the USA and the American party is playing a leading role in this process, we expressed our  belief that the Americans would be the most suitable to mediatein the peaceful conversations about Kosova. This was neither accepted nor refused. This problem should be perceived as aninitial attempt", said Bukoshi.Some analysts have stated that there should be a change of thestrategy in Kosova, new methods of a more active resistanceshould be found, differing from the peaceful resistance so far.In this regard, Bukoshi said : "The peaceful resistance of theAlbanian people can't be disputed. But the other extreme, toritualize this resistance within the new circumstances and theever more restricted space is not acceptable either. There are better ways of organization. It should be thought about it andother ways should be found, but without having to confront theSerbs. It is a task and obligation of all our political andintellectual forces to create mechanisms in this respect. Byorganizing ourselves, we must know that we impose ourselves asa factor and consequently, I believe that we would move somethings in a positive direction". Bukoshi thinks thatdemonstrations and protests are a legitimate right of a peoplethat seeks freedom. "During this process, and other process, thatof the education of the Albanian people has happened... Albanianshave become conscious that Kosova is an issue which can't beevaded and must be confronted by both the international communityand Albanians", concluded Bukoshi.DAYTON - KOSOVAA JOURNEY OF NO RETURN OF A FEDERATION by BATON HAXHIU / Prishtina(...) Lord David Owen writes about Kosova's position and thechances to settle this problem, as he sees it, the most delicateof the Former Yugoslavia, in his memoirs. He says that he was afriend of the Milosevic family. According to him, he had accusedMilosevic several times of being a greater-Serb nationalist and

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