Durres Meeting, Psalm No.29 and 'New Yugoslavia'
By Sadri Ramabaja
Albanian Daily News
Published August 28, 2017
Albanians, at least half of them, for nearly a century had tried firsthand what it’s like to have Belgrade as their imposed political capital. They have now made up their mind as a nation, like the other nations of free Europe, with their political will, to share sovereignty with Brussels, but not having again Belgrade as point of reference!

On December 19, 2006, the Free Trade Agreement was signed between the Western Balkan countries in the framework of Central Europe Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA).
CEFTA is an international economic organization that was established with the purpose of preparing the former communist countries of Central and Southeastern Europe toward a faster and more natural adhesion to the European Union (EU).
The lack of a clear geopolitical agenda of the EU for Southeast Europe, especially for Albania and Albanians, gave birth to improvised policies, such as the Berlin Process.
Meanwhile, the Berlin process led to the birth of the "Common Western Balkans Market" (TPBP), in the form of the former Yugoslavia once created by Tito, minus Croatia and Slovenia, but plus Albania and Kosovo.
Kosovo enters this camouflaged “New Yugoslavia" with a more specific status, since Belgrade, in the framework of the so-called inner dialogue, is preparing to adopt the "two Germanys" model, considering the border between Serbia and Kosovo as an administrative boundary, while presenting this position as a contribution to peace and security in the region. Of course this allegedly flexible attitude of Belgrade is expected to be rewarded by Brussels!
"Trieste Summit" of 12 July, where the first agreement for "The Common Western Balkans Market" (CWBM) was signed, may be described as the official date of the birth of the Regional Economic Zone, which seems to be the most acceptable denomination than any other name that would be more openly associated with the New Yugoslavia!
The informal meeting that took place in Durres, where the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama hosted Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, Montenegro's Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zvizdic, along with the “Godfather” of this creature, Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Cyril Muller, the World Bank's Vice-President for Europe and Central Asia, generated no hopes that similar fabricated agenda may enable forward steps related to the multiannual action plan for the Regional Economic Zone for which they agreed at the Trieste Summit.
“We have an action plan with 115 points in function of this transformation involving the movement of goods, services, capital, skilled workers, which will make the region much more attractive than what it is currently,” Prime Minister Rama pompously emphasized.
But neither he nor the Serbian Prime Minister, (I won’t even mention the outgoing dwarf Prime Minister of Kosovo), did not dare talk about the political agenda that would make this economic agenda credible!
Brussels now clearly understands that the "nice words" addressed to the peoples of Southeast Europe are no longer sufficient. Other powers, such as Russia and Turkey, even China, have shown interest in the framework of new geopolitical repositioning. Their presence, especially Russia’s and Turkey’s, is remarkable, especially in Serbia.
But, in spite of this, Commissioner Hahn again said, using the same language of a cold-blooded diplomat, as Steinmeier once did in Kosovo ("Standards, before the status"!), while stressing that “the time when it will it is possible for the Western Balkans to achieve economic and democratic standards for entry into the EU has not yet been determined”.
"Quality and not speed in the integration process. The EU has invested heavily in the Western Balkans and the result will be its European integration," he said in Durres, creating uncertainty over any approximate deadline.
His colleague Wolfgang Petritsch, an Austrian career diplomat, a expert of the circumstances in the Western Balkans, was even more specific saying that "Kosovo needs over 30 years to reach European standards"!
Until the next meeting in the framework of the Berlin process, expected to be held in London next summer, the inner dialogue farce over Kosovo launched by Serbian President Aleksander Vucic, but also the blockade that the political puppet in Pristina are making to the nation’s factorization, will have been stored in history folders.
Anyway, the London meeting agenda will include the public political component. Until then I expect the ideologues of this process to learn the lesson No.2 “Father, do you remember Psalm 129?” However, until then, the Father will have full attention to Psalm No. 129, which expressly states “Look ahead, aim higher, there you will gain the glory”.
The moral of this lesson: In your field of action you must always be well-informed otherwise you may lose good opportunities.
Albanians, at least half of them, for nearly a century had tried firsthand what it’s like to have Belgrade as their imposed political capital. They have now made up their mind as a nation, like the other nations of free Europe, with their political will, to share sovereignty with Brussels, but not having again Belgrade as point of reference!




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