The 2 December Demonstration
Author: Albin Kurti
Uploaded: Tuesday, 09 December, 2008
As EULEX deploys throughout Kosova - amid a welter of conflicting statements by EU, UN and US spokespeople, Serbian or Kosova politicians, and independent commentators, concerning the real significance of the deployment - one factor that cannot be ignored is the apparently widespread view reflected in recent popular demonstrations.
On 2 December, the day on which EULEX officially begins to operate in Kosovo, the second demonstration against the 6-point plan of Ban Ki-moon and for sovereignty is being organized by Lëvizja Vetëvendosje!, Çohu, Thirrjet e Nënave, Rrjeti i Grupeve të Grave të Kosovës, Rrjeti Rinor i Kosovës, Aksioni Qytetar Fol '08, Iniciativa për Progres and many other organizations.
This is the statement explaining the goal of our demonstration: Against the 6 Points, for Sovereignty
The 6-point plan of Ban Ki-moon is being implemented in Kosovo. These 6 points put Serbia deep inside our territory. Kosovo is being internally partitioned, and EULEX will manage this partition. With this plan, the will of the people of Kosovo for an independent state is being violated and the territorial integrity of Kosovo is being endangered. This plan makes it impossible for Kosovo to function as a democratic state and to develop economically.
The mission of EULEX will disembark in Kosovo according to the 6 Point Plan of Ban Ban Ki-moon despite Kosovo's NO.
EULEX is coming to Kosovo under Resolution 1244 and under the umbrella of UNMIK. It is coming after receiving the approval of Serbia, neutral towards status, and so against the independence of Kosovo. EULEX will have executive powers over the institutions of security, rule of law and customs of Kosovo. This mission will not submit to the law and will have immunity from criminal punishment in Kosovo. It will not be accountable to us. Therefore this plan and this Mission should be refused in its entirety and without any compromise. This plan should be refused not only by saying NO, but also by fulfilling the will of the citizens of this country for an independent and sovereign Kosovo. As is defined in Clauses 1.1 and 2.1 of the Constitution where it states that the Republic of Kosovo is an independent state, united and indivisible, and respectively that its sovereignty derives from the people.
We demand to be a normal country, a democratic country where for serious issues the people decide through a referendum. We demand that Kosovo be like other independent countries governed by sovereign institutions chosen by the people, of the people and for the people. The minorities of Kosovo are citizens of Kosovo, their rights are guaranteed by international conventions which apply in Kosovo in their entirety. We want political, economic and social development and progress and not partition and continual negotiations about what Kosovo should be.
The institutions of Kosovo should not have the Ahtisaari Plan as a political position at a time when Serbia does not recognize the independence of Kosovo and maintains parallel structures there. This plan divides Kosovo on ethnic lines, and in its institutions and its territory. The 6 points are a supplement to the plan and not in opposition with it.
This country is ours, of all the people of Kosovo, and our responsibility. It is absolutely unacceptable for Kosovo to take permission from Belgrade. The state of Serbia should leave here and never return. The proposal of Serbia incites new partitions in the Balkans.
We invite all the citizens of Kosovo to join us in a demonstration and to oppose in a peaceful manner the 6 points that threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kosovo.
We will make our voice be heard! Tuesday, 2 December - all in Prishtinë.
We will defend the Republic of Kosovo as an independent, sovereign, democratic, united and indivisible state!
Albin Kurti leads the Vetëvendosje! Movement, which opposes the international administration of Kosovo. This text was published on the New Kosova Report website (www.newkosovareport.com), 1 December 2008