I didn't say that Albanian
political parties were part of this hidden hand but with their lack of experience of these complex processes, they have created a perception in the world that it is Albanians
that are keeping Macedonia from joining NATO and this is at the moment the worst possible favor Albanians
can be done.
Macedonian priests say they are particularly surprised that this plans have been revealed after they decided to allow the holding of a religious service in the Albanian
language in the memory of Kristo Bageri and of other services if believers request them.
Orhan Pamuk's book "Istanbul-Memories and the City" in Albanian
was introduced at the Albanian
"Within a year of her visit," notes Emma Johnson, "she had become a national hero in Albania, praised by both Christians and Muslims, and was featured on Albanian
postage stamps and in its history books."
Sava Janjic of the Decani monastery in Kosovo, "Kosovo Albanians
have an obsession to create an ethnically clean Albanian
state, and believe that as long as there is a single Serbian Orthodox church either from the Middle Ages or the modern age, they would never be able to say Kosovo fully belongs to them." They see churches and monasteries also as marks of Serbian culture, statehood, and tradition" (National Post, Apr.
The riots were fueled by rumors--demonstrated to be utterly false--that a gang of Serbs with dogs had driven three Albanian
boys into a river, where they drowned.
After months of escalating clashes between Macedonian security forces and armed Albanian
guerillas demanding greater rights for the country's Albanian
minority, a shaky, ceasefire holds while the country's leaders debate a last-ditch peace plan.
Italy is the destination of choice for many Albanian
Serb forces have tried to suppress Kosovo's ethnic Albanian
rebels for more than a year.
Besa calls upon the Albanian
government to be more concerned about Albanians
in Macedonia who are still neglected in many areas of the state and are still being regarded as 20 percent.
I am a completely apolitical person, an ethnic Albanian
intellectual, successful in her career of an artist, told Nova Makedonija's reporter.
* According to constitutional law experts, any broader use of the Albanian
language, even if it only concerns technical use in official documents between ethnic Albanian
civil servants, is unconstitutional and in contravention of the law on use of languages of ethnic communities and stands for promotion of the Albanian
language into a second official language in the country.
In 1994, when the KLA was an embryonic menace, France's Observatire Geopolitique Des Drogues (a counter-narcotics bureau working with the European Commission) reported that "heroin shipment and marketing networks are taking root among ethnic Albanian
communities in Albania, Macedonia, and the Kosovo province of Serbia, in order to finance large purchases of weapons destined ...