Syria: Russia warns Kosovo against training Syrian terrorists

Posted: May 15, 2012 in International
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On last Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry has urged international bodies, which are operating in Kosovo, to prevent the region from turning into a training ground for Syrian terrorists, which are still called “rebels” in the West despite the enormous human rights violations and terrorism.

Some people of the external Syrian opposition visited Kosovo at the end of April to allegedly make a deal on exchanging experience in guerilla warfare against ruling authorities.

Although the ceasefire is the most important part of the six-point plan by Kofi Annan to decrease the bloodshed in Syria, it seems that some parts of the external Syrian opposition are not happy about the truce and still want to rely on violence. Even if one should believe the official statement about the visit to Kosovo by some external opposition figures.

Until now, the fractured external Syrian opposition was never able to form a real united front against the Syrian government and President Bashar al-Assad. Not to mention that more and more information and statements confirm that a part of the so-called “Syrian National Council” (SNC), based in Istanbul, Turkey, do not agree to the ceasefire and want to continue the fight against Syrian army forces.

While some opposition members have confirmed that a huge part of the „Syrian National Council“ (SNC) is known as Islamists, also e.g. Reuters has confirmed this. The German journalist Karin Leukefeld was also able to interview some Syrian opposition members, who want to remain anonymous.

These members of the opposition said to the German author Leukefeld that they absolutely “support the Muslim Brotherhood and the Damascus Declaration”. Both parts are well represented in the “Syrian National Council” (SNC).

The National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria (NCB), however, is allegedly “controlled by the Syrian regime” in the opinion of these opposition members. As Karin Leukefeld has also mentioned, these members are convinced that the representatives of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria (NCB) are “great liars”.

An important statement was also made in this interview. These members of the Syrian (external) opposition have also said that “who advocates for nonviolence serves the interests of the Syrian regime”. This could be a confirmation for the ongoing violations of the ceasefire by the “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) and other radical opposition forces. Not to mention the armed Islamist groups which have really no interest in a truce in Syria.

The Russian ministry, under the leadership of Sergey Lavrov, has published in a new statement that the talks between the Syrian opposition members in Kosovo and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) have covered not only the ways of organizing armed resistance groups against authorities but also the training of Syrian militants and fighters in Kosovo.

The Russian ambassador Vitaly Churkin condemned this information what he has also called “disturbing information” that Kosovo authorities had been “establishing contacts with the Syrian opposition to train (armed) insurgents” in Kosovo. Vitaly Churkin has told at a UN Security Council meeting on Kosovo that any training of Syria terrorists  would “run afoul” of the six-point peace plan and mission by the United Nations (UN) and Arab League (AL) envoy Kofi Annan.

“There are plans to use the areas [in Kosovo] that resemble the terrain in Syria. The possibility of setting up training camps at the former bases of the Kosovo Liberation Army [KLA] is also being discussed,” the Russian official statement said.

“Transforming Kosovo into an international training ground for armed militants may become a serious destabilizing factor that could extend beyond the Balkans,” the document said. “We urge international bodies operating in Kosovo to take all necessary steps to prevent these plans.”


The ethnic Albanian KLA fought a separatist war against the regime of President Slobodan Milosevic in 1998-99. About 10,000 people died in the Kosovo conflict. Kosovo has declared its independence from Serbia in February 2008.

Both, Serbia and Russia, have refused to recognize Kosovo’s independence. Russia supports Serbia in insisting that Kosovo remains a Serbian province. Ninety countries have already recognized the independence of Kosovo, including most of the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), which is also no real surprise.

During the war, the troops of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) have collaborated with troops of the NATO and were qualified by the NATO as so-called “freedom fighters”, of course. The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) was also connected to drugs and arms trafficking, which should be no real surprise.

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