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|No-one can call the international
mediator David Owen a Serbian friend. In his own book "Balkan Odyssey",
this war criminal was openly admitting that the prime purpose of his infamous
"Bosnian peace plan" that he proposed (together with Cyrus Vance)
was TO DENY THE RIGHT FOR SELF-DETERMINATION TO THE BOSNIAN SERBS.
This is why one can believe even more when the same Davin Owen says in his book that Kosovo Albanians wanted secession and secession only - long ago. Who is to believe now the propaganda that Kosovo Albanians got "radicalized" as result of Milosevic's actions?
This was almost SIX YEARS AGO:
SECESSION IS NOT NEGOTIABLE
Kosovo the world wanted the Kosovar Albanians to talk to Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia (FRY) government about autonomy, but that as yet has never
been undertaken because THEY WERE ONLY READY TO CONSIDER SECESSION.
In the Balkans, intransigence is believed to be the only stance to pay
off. A special Kosovo Working Group, chaired with considerable dedication
by Ambassador Ahrens, with my deputy Peter Hall and Cy Vance's deputy Herb
Okun also participating, met on SIX occasions between 30 September and
1992 during a time when [Yugoslav]
Prime Minister Panic and some others in FRY government WERE READY TO CONSIDER
SOME SERIOUS ARRANGEMENTS FOR AUTONOMY. Even so, the Albanian delegation
found immense difficulty in forgoing their claim for IMMEDIATE INDEPENDENCE,
FOR THERE ARE FEW GRADUALISTS IN THE ALBANIAN LEADERSHIP. Their leader,
Rugova, was himself softly spoken and apparently reasonable but AT NO TIME
DID HE *EVER* GIVE ME THE IMPRESSION THAT HE WOULD SETTLE FOR AUTONOMY.
Prime Minister Panic was desperate for the Albanians to put up candidates
for the election at the end of December (1992), for otherwise the Kosovo
seats would go by default to the Serb nationalists like Seselj. Yet despite
having this political leverage the Kosovo Albanians continued to boycott
all... elections on principle, even though they were bound to win... The
reason is that they are NO LONGER EVEN INTERESTED IN A MOVE FROM BELGRADE
to return Kosovo to something like the autonomy enjoyed under Tito. THEY
ARE READY TO *WAIT* UNTIL THEY CAN JOIN UP WITH ALBANIA...
They waited - for six years - for America to do the job for them: to disarm and - through sanctions starve Serbian people, while, at the same time supplying Albanian terrorists.
Mr. Owen adds (the same page - quote):
How in the world could Kosovo Albanians negotiate from a position of force? Who, so powerful, was protecting them and giving them promises that everything will go their way? We know the answer. Don't we?
The truth belongs to us all.
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Last revised: June 24, 1998