Serbian whitepaper, Albanian Terrorism and Organized Crime in Kosovo-Metohija
Published by the Serbian government, September 2003
Disclaimer and assessment of information
On this website, you can read the Serbian whitepaper Albanian Terrorism and Organized Crime in Kosovo-Metohija, published by the Serbian government in September 2003. The document is very thorough, and as far as I can assess, the information is mostly factual, even if it is only presenting the Serbian side. However, I also think the Serbian government’s analysis of the Pan-Islamic factor is exaggerated.
When I first published this document in 2005, Western intelligence agencies struggled to gather correct information in Kosovo, the Serbian security services have very long and good experience in the region. Western intelligence within UNMIK Police was weak, while the military intelligence capacity within KFOR was better. I have inside knowledge about KFOR because I served as a press officer in KFOR HQ from January to July 2000.
However, the turnover is quite high in the military intelligence agencies, and one of the major problems has been that the intelligence has not been sufficiently coordinated. In KFOR, there are different national intelligence cells from different countries, and sometimes their loyalty is with their respective countries and not KFOR. Furthermore, the Serbian services are not as dependent on translation as the international intelligence services.
When you are reading this document, you have to be aware that this document is totally one-sided, and in making this information available, it should not be read as support of Serbian crimes and policies against Kosovo Albanians in the 90s. In this document, all UCK (Kosovo Liberation Army) activity is described as terrorism, but all sides were guilty of terrorism during the conflict.
Although some of the UCK activity could be described as a liberation struggle against an oppressive Serbian regime, I don’t believe in UCK as a liberation movement. The Serbian whitepaper does an excellent job in outlining the criminal intentions of UCK and links to the top of Kosovo Albanian politics and institutions like the Kosovo Protection Corps (now transformed into the Kosovo Security Force) and Kosovo Police today. Organized crime is and will be a major problem for Kosovo in the future.
Although some of the UCK activity could be described as a liberation struggle against an oppressive Serbian regime, I do not doesn’t believe in the UCK as a liberation movement. The Serbian whitepaper does an excellent job in outlining the criminal intentions of UCK and links to the top of Kosovo Albanian politics and institutions like the Kosovo Security Force and Kosovo Police today. Organized crime is and will be a major problem for Kosovo in the future.
Another weakness of this paper is also that the information is old, but it would be very interesting to see what kind of intelligence Dick Marty possesses in his investigation of organ trafficking in Kosovo. He has been in close contact with Western intelligence services, and they have more updated information that the Serbian government provides here. Read the very interesting interview with Marty, Witness Safety Could Hamper Kosovo Organ Trafficking Investigation.
The Serbian whitepaper is published without any further comments.
Belgrade, April 6, 2011
1. Continuity of terrorist organization of Albanian extremists
2. Characteristics of ANA activities
3. Data on the victims of violence in Kosovo and Metohija
4. Organized crime
5. The role of Albanian emigration
6. Pan-Islamic factor
Part two: List of terrorists and members of organized criminal organizations in Kosovo and Metohija
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