Forced to Flee (IV)

BERLIN/PRIŠTINA (Own report) – Germany is significantly responsible for helping create the conditions causing tens of thousands to flee from Kosovo. This has been confirmed by an analysis of the development that seceded territory has taken since NATO’s 1999 aggression, in which Germany had played a leading role. Prominent German politicians have also played leading roles in establishing Kosovo’s subsequent occupation, helping to put the commanders and combatants of the mafia-type Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) militia into power in Priština. They created social conditions that have drawn sharp internationally criticism. In 2012, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reported that organized crime continues at “high levels” in Kosovo. The Council of Europe even discerns some of the highest-ranking politicians, including a long-standing prime minister, as being members of the Mafia. Poverty is rampant. After 16 years of NATO and EU occupation, around one-sixth of the children suffer from stunted growth due to malnutrition. Germany has played an important role in organizing the occupation. If it were not for cash transfers refugees send home, many Kosovo families would not be able to survive. In the first semester of 2015 alone, more than 28,600 found themselves forced to apply for refugee status in Germany – with little chance of success. Berlin is now seeking more rapid ways for their deportation.

Geostrategic Objectives

Kosovo, from whence people have been fleeing in droves, has been a German foreign policy focus for the past two decades. The Federal Republic of Germany had first sought to separate that region from Yugoslavia / Serbia to have it become an independent nation. Berlin had seen this as an appropriately durable means for seriously undermining Belgrade – a traditional opponent of German policy in Southeast Europe – while creating a new loyal ally, the Kosovo state, on the southeastern European periphery. By around 1992, the German intelligence service BND began cultivating its “first contacts” to Kosovo’s “militant opposition,” reported Erich Schmidt-Eenboom, an intelligence service expert.[1] This soon developed into a close relationship including arms deliveries and training for the mafia-type Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) militia, which had been founded in 1996. Once it had destabilized Serbia’s southern province, Kosovo, using terrorism in 1998, the KLA went on to serve as NATO’s ground troops, during NATO’s aggression on Yugoslavia, beginning March 24, 1999.

Under German Supervision

This is of particular significance because, in accordance with the primary role played during the war on Yugoslavia, the KLA could subsequently lay claim to important administrative functions in occupied Kosovo – which were granted by the occupying powers. Germany enjoyed an exclusive position among those powers, accounting for seven of the 20 commanders of NATO’s KFOR occupation troops – more than any other country. Two of the United Nations’ administrators (UNMIK) were from Berlin’s establishment: Michael Steiner (2002 – 2003) and Joachim Rücker (2006 – 2008), each having set important trail blazers for Kosovo’s secession.[2] It was during their administrations that the former KLA fighter Bajram Rexhepi (2002 – 2004), and KLA commanders Agim Çeku (2006 – 2008) and Hashim Thaçi (since 2008) have served as Kosovo’s Prime Ministers. Steiner supported Thaçi, and Rücker, Ramush Haradinaj, a notorious ex KLA commander in their efforts to avoid prosecution for their suspected crimes. (german-foreign-policy.com reported.[3]) As the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) retrospectively summarized a few years ago, under the UNMIK, the “political extremists and combat-tested underground fighters” of the KLA, who are “tightly interlinked with organized crime” obtained “under international supervision, political respectability as elected parliamentarians or newly selected officials.”[4]

For more on this theme: Forced to Flee (I), Forced to Flee (II), and Forced to Flee (III).

Full article: Forced to Flee (IV) (German Foreign Policy)

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