The European Council of the Piedmont Regional Council, in collaboration with the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Albania in Turin, the European Federalist Movement and the Piedmontese federation of AICCRE, organized a seminar at Palazzo Lascaris, via Alfieri 15 - Turin on the topic "The Balkans. A European challenge ".
Before the seminar began, a minute's silence was made in memory of the victims of Thyssen Krupp of Corso Regina Margherita.
The seminar proposed a political and economic analysis of the Balkan region with a consequent debate on the protection of civil and minority rights in the perspective of joining the European Union. Davide Gariglio, president of the Piedmont regional council and Vincenzo Chieppa, councilor secretary delegated to the European Council, started this meeting by introducing all the other European and South Eastern European political personalities.
Mr. Gariglio, in his introduction to the seminar, considered a moment of reflection about the Balkans, dwells on a quote by Churchill: "The Balkans produce more and more history than they can digest" alluding to the last 15 years that have characterized these countries 'East that look to Europe as a resource of the future and which in turn looks to them as an opportunity for political and economic development.
Mr Chietti takes the floor again, worried about the dissolution process of the former Yugoslavia and the fact that it has not yet stopped ”. This important reflection continues the secretary of the Piedmont regional center of the European Federalist Movement, Alfonso Sabatino who, referring to Mario Alberini, whose political thought is based on the basic principle that the course of history is represented by the ever-increasing integration of humanity, says: "We want to be agents of peace" and strongly criticizes the inability of Europe to deal with the problems of the Balkans, supporting a burden on the ever-increasing conscience.
Sabatino encourages change, democracy, the "coup", the courage to make strong choices in the face of such a crisis. He firmly believes that the Ahtisaari Plan (UN mediator) is insufficient for a future political-institutional evolution of Kosovo.
The Balkans says: "they are within the European borders and therefore we must deal with them"! The word then goes to Federico Mallone, researcher for CIRPET (Interdepartmental Research Center on Emerging and Transition Countries) of the University of Turin.
He spoke of an economic integration, for the purpose of political cooperation. Speaking of Kosovo, intervenes on Opportunities and obstacles in the path of joining the European Union, Ana Urosevic first counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Italy, which explicitly explains all that at the level of cooperation and politics the Republic Serbian has designed about the situation in Kosovo and all that it cannot achieve, namely its independence, due to geopolitical factors that consider it "an integral and inalienable part" of the country; "For Serbia - he says - all forms of independence are unacceptable, since the stability of the region would be dangerously threatened; the integral part of a sovereign state would be torn without its consent, which would become a previous danger with an inevitable domino effect.
While the Serbian community in the region, for years a victim of ethnic cleansing by extremists, would face new expulsions until its final disappearance ". He also says that a Serbian team offered an autonomy solution to Kosovo: "We do not want to govern Kosovo, but have a fair amount of governmental power over it"; Statement that is criticized and corrected by Mr. A.
Sabatino. Ms. Urosovic, the ministerial advisor, cultural attache at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Italy Milisav Savic, integrates even more strongly and in a non-diplomatic way, who has taken the responsibility for the words that he said, because he was not his, he hit the harmony of the seminar affecting historical facts and persecutions, accusing Albanians of ethnic cleansing, exploitation and torture of Serbs in Kosovo and other highly debatable arguments, which in the opinion of all did not take place in a meeting where reigning be dialogue.
The president of the Mergimtari Association of Turin intervenes immediately after, expressing the desire of all the Albanians of the world, in a positive and peaceful turn, where the past remains such and the future can recur better. With the same fervor, the president of the Albanian Youth Association also intervenes, and in a direct manner, asks those present to act on this sad situation in Kosovo and to finally let the young people free to live their life outside of these sad and not constructive events.
The second part of the seminar sees a "round table" on the theme "Unity in diversity", chaired by the Albanian Honorary Consul Giovanni Firera, who strongly wanted this meeting and who gives the floor to the editorialist of Shqip, Tirana Mustafa Nano, who rather than being an Albanian, he speaks as an analyst and presents us with a picture of Albanians from Albania today, who in their hearts have lost their confidence in what are the political actions of the former Kosovo, hoping that he too the situation in Kosovo can be resolved peacefully and constructively.
Arrived a little late because of public transport, Mr. Gianfranco Martini, supports Nano's thesis of the surrender of the Albanians about all this and encourages the young students present in the classroom, who have come from different high schools in Northern Italy, saying indirectly to them, but more explicitly to teachers not only teachers, but also educators, who must participate with greater intensity in current world events, knowing the history of these countries in a more direct and in-depth way, which concerns above all today's Europe and of tomorrow.
"A black hole," says Mr. Martini, referring to the Balkans, and speaks of the political responsibilities of various European nations, which have benefited from them as a "shoulder", as a bridge with the East and which they have forgotten about. Mr Nordahl, Bulgarian Honorary Consul, also spoke in a positive way about economic and political cooperation with their neo-community state.
The word finally passes, but not least, to Mr. Besim Beqaj, president of the UNMIK / Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, who, speaking a little in Albanian, in perfect English and Croatian, managed to explain his reasons in an absolutely diplomatic way . "Kosovo must continue its agenda and will be an independent country at the beginning of the 2008". It looks forward to the entry of Kosovo into the EU as an independent region and the commercial and economic links with the countries with which it currently cooperates.
At the end of the meeting there was a moment of debate where, in a restricted manner, there was an opportunity for discussion among those present, where the desire for economic collaboration and peace emerged.
"Today's world needs people who have love and fight for life at least as intensely as others strive for destruction and death." Gandhi
Author: Joana Gjinaj
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