Video footage about “Operation Storm”, broadcast by Belgrade TV station B92 in August 2006, of Bosnian troops killing a Serb civilian, and of Croatian troops harassing a convoy of Serb refugees.
By Paul Mitchell:
US steps up push for Kosovo independence
13 September 2007
The promise President George W. Bush made in June to Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha that Kosovo would be independent by the end of 2007 has polarised Europe and antagonised Russia.
A meeting in Portugal on September 7/8 attended by European Union foreign ministers tried to present a common front during talks on the province’s status involving Kosovan Albanian and Serbian leaders. Most commentators believe the two sides will fail to reach an agreement by the December 10 deadline set by United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Kosovan Prime Minister Agim Ceku and Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic said they doubt the talks will lead to a compromise settlement.
Ceku declared, “The only development I expect is the declaration and recognition of Kosovo’s independence. This must happen immediately after December 10.”
The United States has announced it would immediately recognise Kosovo, hoping that it will have pressured a “critical mass” of EU countries by then to come on board.
Mr Ceku used to be the commander of the Albanian nationalist “Kosova Liberation Army” KLA, or UCK. The US State Department in 1998 called the UCK ‘terrorist.’ However, during next year’s war, the US government considered them ‘freedom fighters.’ Then, the UCK drove hundreds of thousands from Kosovo. Not only Serbs; also Turks, Roma, Egyptians, Bosnian Muslims, non nationalist Albanians, all Jews, etc.
War Criminal, Ally, or Both?
The KLA’s new leader, Agim Ceku, may have helped mastermind the most brutal ethnic-cleansing campaign in post-communist Yugoslavia’s history. Now he’s on NATO’s side in the war over Kosovo.
by Jeffrey Benner
May 21, 1999
The Kosova Liberation Army (KLA)’s new chief of staff, Agim Ceku, has been linked to two of the grisliest episodes of brutality in the ongoing war in the former Yugoslavia, perhaps even worse than the current Serb campaign against ethnic Albanians. Now he’s on NATO’s side in the war for Kosovo. Who is this man, and why is NATO making excuses on his behalf?
Ceku joined the newly formed Croatian military (HV) in 1991 during that region’s effort to secede from Yugoslavia. He quickly rose to the rank of brigadier general, and retired last February. Though it sounds lifted from a résumé, a short description of Ceku in Jane’s Defense Weekly credits him with helping to orchestrate Operation Storm and the Medak offensive, which involved the cleansing of ethnic Serbs from the Krajina region of Croatia, the deliberate shelling of civilians, rape, and systematic arson.