Berisha: National unification of Albanians is inevitable, „great Serb Vucic“ is its biggest adversary

Salji Beriša Sali Berisha
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The realization of „national unification“ requires a „full understanding of the main allies“, but also „the liberation of neighbors from Albanophobia and the testimony of Albanians before the international community that this process further consolidates peace and stability in the region“, the former Albanian Prime Minister, Sali Berisha claims.

According to Berisha, the „national unification“ of Albanians is inevitable.

„The idea of ‘national unification’ as the guiding idea and the national ideal is dictated by the greatest European historical injustices toward Albanians and the division of their countries where they were an ethnic majority,“ Berisha said.

He alleged that this idea originated and took root in the late 1870s „amid the efforts of the great powers of that time to deny the existence of the Albanian nation, destroy it and divide its countries“.

The former Albanian Prime Minister underlined that the idea of „national unity“ came together in the years of the League of Prizren, noting that from that time until the last years of World War I – „Albanians shed rivers of blood for their unification.“

He revealed that Albanians had the opportunity to unite during World War II, adding that this did not happen „because Tito prevented it through the branch of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia, which was founded in Tirana under the name of the Communist Party of Albania, but also because of fragility, weakness, and the confusion of Albanian nationalism.“

After the liberation of Albania from the “communist dictators,” as well as the „liberation of the Albanians in Kosovo“, the issue of the Albanians „was put on the table of great powers“ – he added.

„Albanians in Kosovo shifted from peaceful resistance to armed guerrilla warfare. NATO enabled the liberation of Kosovo by air force. Albanians in Northern Macedonia managed to dictate the Ohrid Agreement at gunpoint. Albanians in Montenegro played a key role in Montenegro’s independence,“ he said.

Despite the „fundamental role of Albanians,“ Berisha claims that the main actors that defined these processes were „international friends and partners“.

Thus, in his words, the realization of „national unification“ requires „full understanding of the main allies“, but also „liberation of neighbors from Albanophobia and testimony of Albanians before the international community that this process further consolidates peace and stability in the region.“

Berisha, however, claims that the „main opponent“ of the idea of „national unity“ is the one who „promotes the same idea“ – the president of Serbia, „the great Serb Vucic“.

According to Berisha, Vucic is doing so „by denying the independence of the state of Kosovo, as well as through his territorial war-inciting pretensions towards it.”

„With these attitudes, which are completely based on the doctrine of Serb greatness, Vucic thus encourages a new confrontation between Serb aggressors and Albanians, which, despite the price, would end with the victory of Albanians over the Serb aggressor and their eventual unification.“

The idea of unification of Kosovo and Albania was once again brought to the fore just before Kosovo’s early parliamentary elections were held earlier this year. Albin Kurti also spoke about it – although much more discreetly compared to previous years.

Kurti saw a referendum as a means of realizing this idea, which would be held in Kosovo and Albania, but, as he claims, only in the event that it „does not provoke a third Balkan war“.

The director of the South Mitrovica municipal inspection, Fidan Ademi, who is a member of the Self-Determination, according to Pristina media reports, also sent a message on unification. Unlike Kurti, however, Ademi stressed that unification with Albania will “come to be either with a rifle or a referendum.”

Two days ago, the Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Selakovic criticized this message at a session of the UN Security Council, assessing that the Prime Minister of Kosovo has constantly threatened the unification of Kosovo and Albania in the past.

The leader of the AAK, Ramush Haradinaj, also spoke about a referendum for unification, citing it as the reason that Kosovo was being kept „isolated“ by the EU.

The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama also spoke of „unification of Kosovo and Albania“, or „removal of borders“ in the past, citing the same reason.
As early as 2015, Rama warned that Kosovo and Albania would „unite in the classic way“ if the European Union did not pave the way for Kosovo’s European integration and visa liberalization.

Commenting on Rama’s claims, the then Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hashim Thaci, said that these claims were not a threat to the European Union, but that it was a „reality that could be realized in the future and could be the result of Kosovo’s isolation from the EU.“

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