Bazdulj: Pristina wants to get rid of the Serbs like Franjo Tudjman; the line of Serbian withdrawal is underscored

Muharem Bazdulj i Miloš Garić
Source: Kosovo Online

When Albin Kurti says he doesn't want the Community of Serb-majority Municipalities and that he doesn't want a new Republika Srpska in Kosovo, he indirectly says that he doesn't want the Serbs in Kosovo to have any real power, the writer, journalist, and publicist Muharem Bazdulj said in a new episode of the podcast Kontekst on the Kosovo Online portal. He emphasized that the process of Kosovo's independence is legal violence against Serbia, but apart from limited incidents, it is not realistic to repeat systemic violence as it was during the wartime conflicts.

"For us, in the Balkans, it was better when there was readiness for the elites of these nations to come to agreements without excessive external monitoring. The greatest Albanian writer, Ismail Kadare, said that the Balkans would be as the Greeks, Albanians, and Slovenes agreed. For him, this means that Bosniaks, Montenegrins, and Serbs are the same, even Bulgarians. We speak the same language, we understand each other with Bulgarians. The situation in which people would realize, with a healthy consciousness, that a Bosniak in Novi Pazar is closer to a Serb from Raska than a Muslim from Indonesia, if people understood that their daily lives depend on our relationships here, our lives would be better," Bazdulj pointed out.

He emphasized that the West wanted the status quo to remain in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina so that they could maintain their power of interventionism and presence.

"Serbia is asked to 'de jure' give up its territory. Why? What logic is there in which Serbia is the only country where you can create a sui generis case? When we talk to Western diplomats, we should only ask them to treat the territory of Serbia as they do with Hungary or Finland. Conditionally speaking, I think the time is now on Serbia’s side. Because there was a period just after the Kumanovo Agreement, then after the assassination of Djindjic, when it was thought that the unipolar world was so strong that nothing would go in Serbia's favor. But now there have been changes. Look at the field of demography. There used to be a significant disproportion between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo. Now we have a significant Albanian emigration and their birth rate is decreasing. There are no longer families with 6 or 7 children," Bazdulj noted.

He recalls that Serbia has been "swallowing bitter pills" and fulfilling signed obligations, while in Pristina there is still no elementary readiness to do what they committed to with the Brussels Agreement.

"Even their smarter intellectuals, like Veton Surroi, dispute the decision of their own Constitutional Court in the case of the Visoki Decani Monastery and the land that is supposed to be returned. They are proving to be an unreliable partner. But it's easy for us in Belgrade to talk about Kurti. In enclaves both south and north of the Ibar River, we have daily incidents and imposed undemocratic rule in the north. The biggest concern is that it seems that there is indeed an idea within the Pristina political elite that they would want a 'small Operation Storm.' In order to get rid of the Serbs as Franjo Tudjman did," the guest of the Kontekst warned.

Bazdulj says it is hard to imagine that China, Russia, India, Brazil, or Iran would decide to recognize Kosovo.

"Pristina remains with this semi-statehood, which does some work but doesn't do it to the end. In five to ten years, nothing drastic will change. There will still be a dysfunctional Bosnia and this type of Kosovo, which will not be integrated into the world order. But in the longer term, I think things are moving more in favor of the Serbs than against them. The line of Serbian withdrawal and compromises made to the detriment of Serbia has been underscored. Historical balances are shifting; these are long historical processes," Bazdulj emphasized among other things.

You can watch the entire conversation between the Kontekst editor Milos Garic and Muharem Bazdulj at the attached link.