02 May 2009

Sacred and Secular History of Kosovo Rewritten?

History books for Kosovo Serbs to be rewritten
Apr 28, 2009
Kosovo Serbs will soon be forced to learn history that is rewritten according to the so-called Ahtisaari Plan which Serbia did not accept nor has that plan passed the UN Security Council.

The so-called ministry for education of the ethnic Albanian separatist government plans to re-examine history textbooks written in Serbian and come up with suggestion on how to rewrite them.

“The purpose, function and mandate of the commission has been foreseen by the Ahtisaari Plan. According to it, it is the task of the commission to review the educational program in Serbian language and to change it in line with the constitution of Kosovo,” said Enver Hodzaj who was placed in charge of the commission.

The so-called constitution of Kosovo believes that they are an independent sovereign country while the separatist ethnic Albanian government has widely disseminated historical myths that Albanians are allegedly the original Illyrian inhabitants while Serbs, whom separatists consider to be intruders, have allegedly built their churches on top of the ancient Illyrian temples. Some ethnic Albanian separatists, on the other hand, believe that they allegedly predate even the Illyrians and believe that they are the descendants of Dardanians.

Hundreds of Serbian churches have been demolished by the ethnic Albanian separatists since 1999 while the province has been emptied out of ethnic Serbs.

EU representative in Kosovo, Pieter Feith said that people have a right to education in their own language and expressed support for the ethnic Albanian separatist commission to rewrite the history books for the Serbs.

“This allows the communities to develop and save their tradition as well as their history,” said Feith.

EU also supports the initiative to rewrite history for Serbs.

Members of the commission are Agim Hiseni, Nehat Mustafa, Armend Tahisuljaj, Ivan Cukalovic, Bratisav Zrzevic, Ljubisa Sipic and Kristoff Predier.

April 28, 2009

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