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Serbia: Bloggers Discuss Kosovo Independence

Kosovo's parliament passed the declaration of Kosovo‘s independence on Feb. 17. This decision came as a consequence of unsuccessful direct negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo, which lasted for the past few years.

During Milosevic's regime, Albanian ethnic group was clearly expressing the desire to separate from Serbia. Albanians who live in Kosovo felt that basic human rights were endangered there because that NATO forces were bombing Serbia over 70 days in 1999.

Adopting the declaration immediately provoked many Serbs to organize mass protests in Belgrade and several other Serbian cities.

Dejan Stankovic, Serbian blogger, on his B92 blog (SRP) expressed his feeling regarding the vandalism in Belgrade on Feb 17:

Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica charged the U.S. President and his European followers for creating the false country Kosovo.
Serbia shall never recognize the independence of Kosovo.
Bombs are laid in the foundation of the false country, Prime Minister marked.
And the culmination: “A McDonald's restaurant in Terazije (Belgrade's street) was demolished.”
As wife divorces her husband, he decides to lose the dignity and humiliates himself.
I was ashamed of the smashing.

Dejan Jovic, a fellow B92 blogger, considers that Kosovo will never be independent and this situation is not a permanent solution. He wrote on Feb 17:

[…] If it happens, however, that some countries recognize Kosovo independence, I fear it will just lead to new problems, not to a permanent solution. Why am I so pessimistic?
Firstly, it is obvious that Serbia will not recognize Kosovo's independence. Serbia will treat Kosovo as its own territory. There is a broad political consensus about it among almost all parties. […]
[…] This situation will produce new political conflict with countries that have recognized the independence of Kosovo. […]
[…] Secondly, Kosovo issue is now a big problem even for Europe that agreed (did it agree?) to be a guarantor of public order and peace on that territory. At the same time, some countries, members of the EU, will not recognize Kosovo's independence and the question is who and how will make decisions about this mission in the name of Europe. […]
[…] Thirdly, if Republika Srpska tries to do what Kosovo has done (and decides to block to the state institutions), this will create a new crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina. If Russia, in that case, supports Republika Srpska, there'll be a new political conflict between Russia and the U.S. The Kosovo issue will be supplemented with the new Bosnia issue. That would mean no stability of Bosnia and canceling of all that was done so far. […]

On his B92 blog (SRP), Marko Jevtic invited Serbia's public to boycott Slovenia's shopping centers in Serbia. He wrote on Feb 18:

An e-mail, which was created by an intelligent person, has been circulating around the internet this days:

Slovenia hasn't yet decided officially about recognizing Kosovo's independence. Slovenia's government clearly wants to do that but Slovenia's business people are not happy because of their big investments in Serbia and a possible reaction of the Serbian public. Help business people to persuade Slovenia's government that it is not valuable to disturb the relationships with Serbia and make the investment risks for the sake of unnecessary recognizing of independence of Kosovo. We shall do the best if we demonstrate a decisiveness and begin a boycott of Slovenian merchandise and companies such as Mercator and Merkur. That would be a support for Slovenia's business people to resist their government. To accomplish this, don't go to any of Slovenia's shopping malls on Feb. 19 and 20. The goal of the boycott is to change the anti-Serbian politics of Slovenia's government, not to disturb the relationships between the two countries. And Slovenia's business people are strong enough to change the politics of their government, if they are motivated. So: motivate them!
And, of course, send this email to everyone you know. […]

Dejan Ristac, a B92 blogger, on Feb. 17, wrote ironically about Serbia's refusal to accept this situation:

[…] [Tennis player Novak], forget others Grand Slams, don't play tennis at the heart of the ecil until they stop dancing over Kosovo. […]

A few days ago, Maruska commented at one of the blogs and recommended:

[…] I have added a petition against Kosovo's independence to this web site:


  • besnik

    besi i totally agry with u GOD BLESS AMERICA for helping people that sufferd from serbian hand. And one thing that still gets me angry is that goverment of serbija is still trying to get its people to still fight a wars that they lost YES I SAID LOST slovenia, bosnia, croats,macedonia, and kosova and the world calls it last part of yogo nation i thing that will not be the case from what we see in serbija today with their leaders (KOSTUMICA) god knows what will happend in SANGJAK or VOJVODINA so wake up serbijans dont look to russia look west and learn from 4 or 5 wars u had and lost them all because russions will turn their backs on you. And u will be the most hated poeple on the world today wich last i check u were high on the list. GOD BLESS KOSOVA AND I WISH THEME THE BEST LUCK ON COMING YEARS AS THE NEWES EURO CONTRY AND WORLD.

  • B3rt1

    I cannot believe the Serbs are falling for the Russian con. The Russians are not opposing the independence of Kosovo in support for Serbia but rather for their own interests. They have already demonstrated that through the acquisition of the state owned gas and oil company NIS. Russia is and will be looking to use rather than help Serbia as a distribution platform for its gas and oil export to Europe and beyond. Wake up Serbs before its too late! One may consider the Ukrainians as Russia’s closest relatives but Russia has cut the gas supplies to them twice already leaving them to freeze in the middle of winter. Once Serbia is no use to them anymore the Russians wont give a sh**t about it and its people. Serbia’s place is in EU and so is that of Kosovo and the whole region.

  • bluerose799

    More than four IIIyrian Entities compose Albania.
    All of them speaks Illyrian language but with different dialects. Three first has a very distinct Illyrian dialect named GEGE and the rest has another Illyrian dialect named TOSKE.
    On 1912 they united in one single state and agreed to be named Eagle’s Land. SHQIPERIA.
    The foreign “SKOLARS” named Albania based on the name of only one of the Entities.
    This was not only Ignorance but also a big mistake of these “very educated Scholars“.
    The situation then was so critical for SHQIPETARET, so they accepted any injustice and compromise. This was the big price they pay to gain the independence. Of course many other Illyrian entities was ignored. This has been done in purpose to use Illyrian territories as a trade merchandise to please slavics, which in return were used in two wars. The Slavics paid their price. They lost 56 million people 1908 – 1946. Illyrian paid bigger price. They were spread over 5 different states.
    It’s about time to recognize the historical right of Kosova (Dardania) to have its destiny fulfilled-That is full independence. Kosova never was a Serbian province. It was there, since the times of birth of European civilization, a very distinct Dardanian/llyrian identity. Always populated by Dardanias who, although under constant pressure of forcefully migration by Serbian shovinism, Tito’s Yugoslavia & Milloshevic’s Serbia, still make up 92% of the population. They speak ilirian language with the dialect GEGE. Serbs always have been a minority there. We know that Serbs appeared in Balkans (then llyria) only by the 6th Century AD, and they speak a language more similar to Ukrainian then Russian. They have always been a minority and ‘the story’ of Kosova being the Heartland of Serbia is just a pure Serbian nationalist fantasy. Facts Speak Louder Than Words and Serbian’s Lies Will Collapse by Themselves. Serbs always have been considered as oppressors there, not just by Albanian majority, but also by other ethnic groups too. Serbs just occupied Kosova during the rise of the Serbian nationalism early 20th century from Ottomans, who by then were loosing the Balkans after 500 years of occupation. The borders of Kosova are well established and recognized. Now Kosova should be Free!
    To find the answer for the question “do you think Kosovo’s independence will strengthen separatist movements elsewhere”, please refer to:
    Erich Hartman – top ace of all the time. German Luftwaffe Bf 109 Pilot.
    Near the end of WWII, in early May 1945, Hartmann, then Gruppenkommandeur of famous Jagdgeschwader 52, and his Commodore, Hermann Graf, ground crew, family members, and other civilians, who had joined the squadron, seeking protection approaching Russian army, moved west in direction of territory already occupied by US troops. On May 8th, 1945, the soldiers and civilians surrendered to US troops in the region between Bavaria (German province) and Czech border. But on May 17th, the US Army delivered all of these German troops and civilians to the Red Army. How did the Russian troops treat the civilians? They tortured, raped German woman, children at least 12 years old. Some woman were shot after the rapes. Others were not so lucky. A twelve year old girl whose mother had been raped and shoot being raped by several solders. She died from these acts soon afterward. Then more Russian came, and it began all over again. During the night, entire German families committed suicide with men killing their wives and daughters, then themselves. This is the way the slavics treat the human been, the innocent civilians. This is the way the Serbs treated innocent Croatian, Bosnian and Dardanian civilians. If any entity of human been will be treated like that, then they are in title to ask and gain the independence.

  • Tim USA

    RE: David.

    No you’re wrong Kosovo refused Georgias recognition, cuz it was worthless, where is Goergian anyways?
    I ccan’t keep up with all these Russian new countries that poped up like mushrooms.

    It remind me of hemmm what was the latest dictatorship country to break up? Oh yeah used to be called Yugoslavia.

  • La nina

    Dear Besnik,

    How about you first master the art of writting?
    May be that your frustration will ease….

  • I am an American living in Europe for school, I am 21. This past week I traveled to Serbia. I have to say I had the best time in Serbia. Belgrade is an amazing city and unfortunately many do not know this. Our governments website www. state. gov even suggests that no American travel to Serbia and that it has just evacuated all non-emergency personnel from the embassy. It also says the embassy was heavily damaged, so I went by, simply a few windows were knocked out and there is some minor fire damage, which didn’t appear to be “severely damaged”, and when it was being covered as it was happening the headlines read “charred body found in U.S. Embassy”, of course to portray it as if an American had been killed. This charred body was not American, he was one of the protestors, and yet this minor detail was conveniently left out. However, McDonald’s got hit hard! More so than the embassy. The media shows picture after picture of “Anti-American sentiment”, all of which is a lie. There is a few small few who would even consider anything we call “anti-American”, there isn’t some huge movement against America, simply some youth who performed a political statement. We’ve seen worse at home. Monday night even happened to be the anniversary of the 1999 NATO bombing campaign which was said to be a time americans definitely should avoid Serbia. All I have to say is that people were very friendly and never minded talking to me in English, I was slightly reluctant at first to state where I was from due to all the media coverage. When people asked where I was from and I told them the U.S., they were even more friendly to me and shared many stories with me. KOSOVO JE SRBIJA!!!!!!!

  • Tim USA


    You don’t make any sense at all..

    As you know wether the Serbia likes USA or NOT who gives a shit?

    “there isn’t a huge movememnts against America”

    What a joke a movement against America how that possible by Serbia..

    Well it seems your big bootleg brother Russia isn’t doing much for you either, they can’t help themselfs forget about you.

    To get more to the point the Serbians hate USA, Europeans Nations just for tha facts that relised the truth and aligned with Kosova.

    Kosova is Free and that’s how’s going to be.

    To all the Serbs haters..


  • first off, your English is horrible and I can’t tell which side you are even on.

    and obviously you misunderstood the entire argument I was making, again, maybe it’s the English. I am not sure.

    and as someone mentioned above, I believe that Serbs may dislike the government, NOT the people.

    and you said I don’t make sense? you said “Europeans Nations just for tha facts that relised the truth and aligned with Kosova.”

    hmmm.. with the European nations that sided with Kosovo, just as many (including others outside the E.U.) sided with Serbia.

    get your facts straight, or at least or English, either way you’ll make more sense.

  • Tim


    ‘first off, your English is horrible and I can’t tell which side you are even on.”

    Shit! I know you aint talking… with you elementary school English.

    What side am I?
    damn you’re really DUMB!!!

    Obviously, not on the Serbian side, and I know poor people need help badly, fk-ing Russia can’t help them either Serbian PM went to Vietnam to complain about Kosovo that’s real scary they going to attack us with rice bags.

    “and obviously you misunderstood the entire argument I was making, again, maybe it’s the English. I am not sure.”

    You damn right! It is your retarded English son.
    You make no fk sense or whatsoever.
    They send you to school in Europe, but that aint working.
    Do your self a favor and drop out the school its a waste of money!
    You must have Serbian roots they fk-up and dumb as hell.

    “and as someone mentioned above, I believe that Serbs may dislike the government, NOT the people.”

    Serbes DONT like anyone even their own mothers(of course they hoe’s anyway)

    and you said I don’t make sense? you said “Europeans Nations just for tha facts that relised the truth and aligned with Kosova.”

    hmmm.. with the European nations that sided with Kosovo, just as many (including others outside the E.U.) sided with Serbia

    Oh man you crack me up with your stupidity, you’re too easy… Just do me a favor and kill yourself would you ?

    Do you know which EU member “supports” Serbia? Apparently not, well I’ll tell you the 3 countries which have the lowest GDP in EU( I’m sure you have no clue what that means)

    1. Greece has lied about their GDP and to date don’t meet EU standards
    2. Spain Same shit as Greece bootleg European member just to grow the EU.
    3. Romania which don’t belong in EU period! Way too poor.

    I’m talking for the World Powers such as:
    Germany, France, UK, Italy, US which recognised Kosova within days.
    The 12 most industrialised nations they count, not Greece “Olive country” and Spain, as well as Gypsy Romania. please..

    “get your facts straight, or at least or English, either way you’ll make more sense”

    Huh?? You’re making so much sense.. Translation anyone?

    OK that’s it…..


    If stupidity becomes over $100 a barrel I want drilling rights on Justin Wagner’s head.. LOL

  • Tim

    Nada Nada Nada:


    WOW, Do you know this phrase is copy written from the Serbian nationalist propaganda ?..

    Come on get a grip… Wake up and smell the coffee.

    Where have you been? War? Who? Serbia ?

    I wish the Serbs were so stupid to even provoke a war.
    That will make the disappearance of this hated race that don’t belong in Europe once and for all.
    Yes, I agree Europe need to clean up Serbian garbage. Its time, we should finish what e started in ’99

    You know Serbs can’t fight with your outdated Russian weapons, or their starving solders.

    Serbia lost all the wars, and got lucky not to get wiped out of the map.

    As I always say:

    Serbs eat your hearts out, and we enjoy it!!!!!!

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