Short novel after my last visit in Prishtina in October 2012. Novel about prejudices, fear, kindness, real life, impact of politics. Literary picture of Others, past vs. future.
Ten pages personal writers diary, after being in Prishtina after 20 years in atmosphere when Serbian Gouvermant says ‘Kosovo is a heart of Serbia, it is a part of Serbia according to the Constitution. In reality, Serbia lost Kosovo and wasting time from year to year. Albanians do not want to live with Serbs, the problem they declared independence without an agreement with the state of Serbia and that a part of the international community has accepted it. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) remains divided on this issue: of its five members with veto power, three (the United States, the United Kingdom, and France) have recognised the declaration of independence, while the People’s Republic of China has expressed concern, urging the continuation of the previous negotiation framework. Russia has rejected the declaration and considers it illegal. On 15 May 2008, Russia, China, and India released a joint statement calling for new negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina. Although EU member states individually decide whether to recognise Kosovo, by consensus the EU has commissioned the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) to ensure peace and continued external oversight. According to the Secretary-General, the “United Nations has maintained a position of strict neutrality on the question of Kosovo’s status”. On 26 November 2008, the UNSC gave the green light to the deployment of the EULEX mission in Kosovo. The EU mission is to assume police, justice and customs duties from the UN, while operating under the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 (UNSCR 1244) that first placed Kosovo under UN administration in 1999. As of late July 2008, UNMIK no longer provides the citizens of Kosovo with travel documents, while their ability to travel using the new Kosovan passport does not coincide with diplomatic recognition: for example Greece, Romania and Slovakia make it possible, despite not recognising Kosovo. The three neighbouring states that recognise Kosovo—Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia—all accept the Kosovan passport, which Serbia refuses.
Prishtina, Kosova, 2012.
Photos by Ljiljana Maletin Vojvodic
Newspaper article published in Danas, Belgrade, Novembre, 2012.
Passage from Albanian translation of Ljiljana Maletin text, 2013.