Vulin again: Demarcation with „Greater Albania“ in Kosovo is the solution

„I said what my opinion is, as part of the internal dialogue, it is demarcation. Demarcation with Greater Albania. Greater Albania must be stopped in Kosovo,“ said Serbian Minister of Defense, Aleksandar Vulin. In yesterday’s address to Tanjug, he was not precise about when, how and where the demarcation in Kosovo would happen, as he said, between „us“ and „Greater Albania“. But he added: “If it isn’t done, we will have destabilization, and nobody will know where it will lead.” “I think it’s time to do it, and I think it can certainly be done“; „In first place, I am most interested in what the Serbian people will say about it“ – he added also.

The idea of „demarcation“ is „only a basic idea“, he explained further:

„Which, of course, would have to be specially developed – and what would happen with Serbs who would not be part of this demarcation, and what about the obligations of the countries around us.”

The Minister of Defense had already sent an identical message on demarcation in February.

His statements followed the Kosovo media allegations on a discussion between Aleksandar Vucic, Edi Rama, and Hashim Thaci on the partition of Kosovo  and the exchange of territories along ethnic divisions. Thaci denied it later, while Sava Janjic, an Abbot at Visoki Decani warned that Serbs will disappear if a division were to happen. Aleksandar Vucic also denied that such conversations took place.

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The Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS) presented a study “A Story from the West Side proposing the following:

„A correction of the administrative line between Serbia and Kosovo“ in „a large part“ along the line of the current four municipalities in the North (North Mitrovica, Zvecan, Zubin Potok and Leposavic), and „without any idea of territory exchange“ with the Albanian population in the south of Serbia, which would be done under the auspices of the West; the adoption of a comprehensive agreement on the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia would follow; this could be realized in a wider format in the presence of Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia, in which the border disputes between Serbia and Bosnia and Croatia would be resolved, as well as other open questions that are consequences of the breakup of Yugoslavia and the wars in the nineties.“

Although the key proposal is „border correction“, the same organization points out that „this is not a proposal for the ethnic division of Kosovo because the majority of the Serb population in Kosovo lives south of this (northern) line.“

The same study also points out that it is „unnecessary“ for the authorities in Belgrade to base its policy in relation to Kosovo on the „production of a false fear of a Great Albania“, and that „the former fears that the correction of the borders of Serbia and Kosovo would cause a domino effect with potentially violent consequences in 2018, are no longer valid,“ since Montenegro and Albania are NATO members, Macedonia is „on its way to becoming a member“ of NATO, while KFOR and EUFOR are in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

„I would never make such an arrangement for demarcation in which it would be possible for Albania and Kosovo to unite afterwards, while the Serbs remain disunited. It would be hardly possible. So, these are all things that should be talked about. What I can say at the moment, what I consider to be the toughest, but the clearest thing is the demarcation between us and Greater Albania. Stopping the expansion of Greater Albania.“

The Minister of Defense says it „depends on many factors“ whether demarcation would be possible.

„In the first place, I am most interested in what the Serbian people will say about it, whether they agree or disagree, and then, of course, what the Albanians will say and what the great powers will say. The change in boundaries can never be done without great powers, simply, it is what it is. But if the great powers care for lasting peace in the Balkans, then they will have to set clear boundaries and they will have to stop the expansion of Greater Albania.“

„Every solution we bring will have to be confirmed by the people,“ he says, adding that „there is no hiding behind the people.“

At the same time, the Minister of Defense had a message for Europe:

„Once again, I want to warn Europe about Greater Albania, about the blood and soil policy, which is increasingly mentioned, about the policy that is necessarily in conflict with Serbs, but also with other people living on the road to the expansion of Greater Albania“; „I want to warn Europe to take Edi Rama seriously when he is talking about one country with a single president, no matter how much he denied it himself later, we see that customs have been abolished, between our AP Kosovo and Metohija and Albania, we see that a unique textbook is required for all children wherever Albanians live, then we see that in the countries in our neighborhood, Albanians, regardless of their number, are required to have the rights as if they were the majority population or half of the population, at the very least. And then we see that the borders are absolutely drawn.“

Aleksandar Vulin went one step further – believing that, „Europe must not repeat its mistake from the 1990s when it had military, El Mujahideen groups, in Bosnia and Herzegovina“, who „decapitated Christians in Ozren“.

Europe has no right to silence now, “it has no right to say that it does not understand that there are political circles that want to make a Greater Albania,” he added.

“Greater Albania is the greatest danger to this area, and if it is not stopped while there is still a political idea, it will have to be stopped later when it will be much more expensive and much, much more difficult,” the Serbian Minister of Defense concluded.

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