Summary of the week 12

KOmpilacija nedelje 12
Source: Kosovo Online

Adding up before voting, tallying after the census, and recalculating the wallet after the latest actions of Pristina. Everyone has their own calculations. At the end of the week, this week's compilation shows, we are mostly where we were before.

It was not a week for achieving historic results, but it was a time for some to take stock. For instance, we saw an overview of a year's work by the mayors in the north. It was hard to find someone who remembered a significant endeavor.

"I don't know if they even replaced a light bulb," says a resident of Leposavic, adding that "they certainly didn't bring a shovel of concrete, they built nothing."

However, that is not a reason for them not to stay in office until the end of their terms, believe political analysts. Among them is Nexhmedin Spahiu. He says the mayors haven't made many mistakes, because they haven't done anything.

"Since they did nothing, they remained perhaps the best mayors in Kosovo," says Spahiu.

If the goal was a hunt for money and banks, everyone would agree that it was fulfilled. We witnessed a dedicated pursuit to the last dinar. And after this week's action, when everything is summed up, there is no more. This final act also hinted at other intentions, believes Stefan Surlic, a lecturer at the Faculty of Political Sciences.

"We see that all previous rounds of dialogue were actually a cover for a pre-planned action by Pristina. To expel the dinar and make life as difficult as possible for the Serbs in Kosovo," explains Surlic.

The months-long campaign to adopt the Srebrenica Resolution was completed this week. Besides the victims, everyone declared victory.

Before the voting, Efraim Zuroff, the director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, warned:

"Believe me, in this way, with such relativization, the concept of genocide will completely lose its strength, it will become meaningless," said Zuroff.

The participants in the hours-long debate tried to point out the significance of the resolution text. In the days to come, it will be tallied: who was for, how many were against, and why the silence of those abstaining is important.

"Numbers are very important. Because it's actually a kind of wrestling between the West and what I would call sovereignist countries," says sociologist Vladimir Vuletic.

Without wrestling, but with extensions and threats of penalties, the census in Kosovo also concluded.

Hazbije Qeriqi from the Agency for Statistics doesn’t think that the boycott by a good part of the population will affect the overall, very high grade that, he says, the organization of the census deserved.

"We had," says Qeriqi, "minor challenges, minor ones. And we easily resolved them."

How minor the challenge was and who it will cost, we will find out in a few months. When we take stock.