OpEd

Naive against a known policy

This end of the year should be a wake-up call and a lesson to all parties involved that wrongs not yet done are better left undone.

It is a problem in today's political and security chaos related to Kosovo and Serbia.

Everyone who has business with the government in Serbia, and everyone who has business with it today, had business with it yesterday, is characterized by a certain strange naivety.

How can a political strategy known for so long, that it has become a boring constant, play with a world for decades. Belgrade never mutated to require a different approach, as, for example, do clever viruses that require the ingenuity of scientists for new vaccine variants.

It is not science that is required from Kosovo, from the EU and its countries or the USA. Albania does not enter here, as it seems a lost opportunity.

One might say geostrategy. She has been there forever. It cannot be abstracted away entirely, but more than that it cannot be used as an excuse for naivety. The war in Ukraine? It didn't exist a year ago. It cannot be abstracted today, but more than that it cannot be used as an excuse for naivety. Ukraine even highlights more the characteristic of Serbian politics since new situations draw more game for itself. Consequently, more naivety from the West that holds it in its embrace until it joins in approaching the new war in Europe.

What is naivety in this context?

Lack of skill, strategy, knowledge, courage, seriousness, interest...?

If we start from ourselves, i.e. from the approach of post-war Kosovo, the governments have burned the paper of the nineties. In any process with the internationals in the center or in the middle, Kosovo did not keep the context of the war up, but not down in the last "paragraphs". He denied himself the great truth for the construction of the narrative that would present him stronger in the new struggle for consolidation inside and outside. This was done for two decades and even now.

The institutions of Kosovo have never built it and do not even have a page on any platform for its truth. They have no evidence or list. List of the killed, the missing, the raped, the orphans, the disabled, the evicted, the burnt houses, the material damage. They have no numbers, names, regions, damage values, narratives. They have no pages that illustrate crime, loss, pain, separation, sad eyes, gaping skulls. They do not have pages for mass graves, number of bodies of people found, their confessions, age.

Kosovo officials and diplomats walk the world without a book about its truth. I don't know if they feel they are missing something when they represent him. I don't even know how many people know what happened. What I have seen in a discussion about the disappeared, when they were asked about the number, they turned their heads to the representative of the Humanitarian Law Fund for the exact figure.

A man whom I appreciate and love, in 2000 in the euphoria of our liberation, told me that the war is not over for the families of the missing. They will lose their daughter, son, father and mother the day the body is found. The loss for them happens in the war. This is the extreme of Kosovo with citizens, for whom the war has not yet ended and with institutions that have forgotten it.

In more than ten years of talks with Serbia, Kosovo made compromises for the future without the past. He forgave the zero point to a policy whose manipulations he not only knew but also experienced for decades. It gave him the opportunity to continue from there without having to change anything.

He did not experience this policy, but it was also well known by the West, which did not need to forgive him the zero point, but gave him the second chance with a softer approach than the first, perhaps, because the manipulations managed to make him feel guilty for the intervention of the end of the last century.

Here we are today, with a NATO force in Kosovo improvising and caught between Kosovo's incompetence on the one hand and the West's strange naivety on the other to get things done. There are a number of agreements, the result of negotiations without a strategy and without transparency, that have received the stamp of Kosovar institutions, the implementation of which would do more harm than good on the ground, and non-implementation is interpreted as institutional instability.

The year is ending with the same "shuttle" diplomacy that reminds us of the time of the war, to convince Serbia this time to order the tool it has in Kosovo, the criminal structures around the Serbian List, to remove the barricades from the northern roads. A situation that would have to illustrate to the West that if it continues to support the game of Serbian politics, which basically has the creation of more regions like the north through Kosovo, it will cause itself more trouble than stability in the future as claims. This, because with more such regions where the power of Prishtina would be relativized, Kosovo would turn into a habitat where barricades would multiply and the politics of manipulations would increase.

Many mistakes have been made during the last ten years, but even earlier with the Ahtisaari Package, which made it difficult for Kosovo, even so weak, to function. It was earlier and not just now in this end of December, the last time that the Kosovar institutions and the West understood the danger of easily dealing with a situation that determines the future of the citizens of Kosovo. Institutions must understand that they should no longer be a group of different individuals who either do not speak, or utter words, the weight of which destroys more than it fixes. This, first of all, to respect its own citizens. And the second, next to another side that not even a letter brings out without a purpose. This end of the year should be a wake-up call and a lesson to all parties involved that evils not yet done are better left undone.

We are entering a new year of uncertainty about the political future of Kosovo, security, the well-being of citizens hit hard by inflation, problems like never before in education and health. Festive days and many congratulations encourage hope among us, but let's be realistic, nothing good will happen if the institutions and citizens do not start to take their duties seriously.

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