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Photo Round-Up From Kosovo

October 13, 2010

Also see the post below for photos of Secretary Clinton doing some shopping and visiting the statute of President Clinton.

In no particular order:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves to the journalists after her arriving at the Pristina's airport on 13 October 2010 during her one day visit to Kosovo

US ambassador in Kosovo Christopher Dell gestures behind US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in front of the ortodox monastery Gracanica,near Pristina on 13 October 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with Serbian bishop Teodosije at the garden of the ortodox monastery Gracanica, near Pristina, Kosovo

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci during their joint press conference in Pristina, Kosovo, on 13 October 2010

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan permalink
    October 13, 2010 5:58 pm

    Great photos- Some of these aren’t even on daylife! Good finds!

  2. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    October 13, 2010 11:36 pm

    Almost like being there — thanks!

    On an entirely unrelated topic, I was watching the rescue of the Chilean miners on TV and listened to the Chilean President list all the heads of state from whom he had received telephone calls. He mentioned about ten Presidents of South American countries first, then David Cameron and a few other European leaders, as I recall…but no mention of Obama. Did Obama’s handlers forget to put that on his agenda? Seriously?! Or does Chile have some reason to snub Obama? Either way, not good.

    • PCFS permalink
      October 14, 2010 5:15 am

      Carolyn, I saw that also. No mention of the President of US calling the Chilean President. Tho on campaign trial Obama did speak about the miners safe rescue and the millions of people around the world watching and praying for their safe recovery.

  3. October 14, 2010 5:25 am

    I don’t know if he called Chile’s POTUS. I saw that the WH issued a statement and as PCFS said he did speak about it on the trail. Lets hope he had the presence of mind to personally call though.

    I think that some countries in South America are sort of disappointed in Obama though too (join the ever-growing club). He seemed to initially promise better relations with even the more leftist countries (we usually just like the far right ones) but that hasn’t really panned out. But I don’t know if that’s the reason.

  4. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    October 14, 2010 10:06 pm

    Hillary was asked whether she watched the rescue during the interview stacy posted, and I thought she rather pointedly mentioned that the US had sent equipment and manpower to assist (something the Chilean Prez failed to mention). Hm.

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  6. February 24, 2012 3:33 am

    Kosovo (or Kosovo and Metohija in Serbian or Kosova in Albanian) was the political center of mediaeval Serbia and makes the very essence of Serbian spiritual and cultural identity and statehood since the Middle Ages up today.The biggest number and the most important of Serbian Orthodox mediaeval monasteries (for instance, Gracanica, Pecka Patrijaršija and Visoki Decani) are built exactly in Kosovo and the headquarters of Serbian Orthodox Church – Patriarchate established in 1346 was located (till 1766) in the city of Pec in the western portion of Kosovo province called Metohija. The capital of Serbian Empire proclaimed in 1346 was also in Metohija in the city of Prizren which is known in Serbian history as the “Imperial city” or “Serbian Constantinople”.The cultural and demographic strength of the Serbs is best illustrated by the presence of 1.500 monuments of Serbian culture. Numerous outstanding noble Serbian families used to live in this province (known as “Old Serbia”), as families Brankovic, Hrebeljanovic, Music, Vojinovic, some of which were the inceptors of Serbian dynasties. In addition, a great number of Serbian noble castles existed all over Kosovo with rich aristocratic life going on inside their walls. They were also meeting places of Serbian nobility and centers where important political and other decisions have been taken and places attended by foreign envoys and outstanding guests from the noble foreign ruling families. In Svrcin castle, for example, the famous Serbian Emperor Dušan (1331-1355) was firstly crowned king in 1331, and Pauni, famous for its beauty, were favoured place of Serbian king Milutin (1282-1321) – a founder of monastery of Gracanica. In Pauni in 1342 Serbian Emperor Dušan had received Jovan VI Kantakuzin, one of the pretenders to the Byzantine throne at that time. Nerodimlja, with the strong fortress over the castle, was favourite residence of Serbian king Stefan Decanski (1321-1331) who built up the famous monastery of Visoki Decani in Metohija – a meeting place of western (Roman Catholic) and eastern (Byzantine Orthodox) architecture styles.The term Metohija means the land in possession of Serbian Orthodox Church and according to the archival documents the Serbian historians claim that c. 70% of the territory of Kosovo and Metohija was in legal possession of the Serbian Orthodox Church till 1946 when the new Communist authorities “nationalized” the land of the church under the policy of agrarian reform and delivered it to Albanian peasants.However, contrary to Serbian case, for Albanians Kosovo is not central national land: moreover it is just peripheral for the very reason they started to settle Kosovo from Albania only after the First Great Serbian Migration from Kosovo in 1690 during the Austrian-Ottoman War (Vienna War) 1683-1699. That Albanians, contrary to Serbs, are not aboriginal people in Kosovo clearly is showing the first preserved Ottoman census (“defter”) in Kosovo and Metohija done in 1485, i.e. only 30 years after this province became occupied by the Turks and included into administrative system of the Ottoman Empire (in 1455). By analysing the personal names and place names from this document already ex-Yugoslav linguists claimed that it is obvious that only 2% of them are of Albanian origin. However, after the First (when c. 100.00 Serbs emigrated from Kosovo to Southern Hungary) and the Second (during the new Austrian-Ottoman War in 1737-1739) Great Serbian Migrations from Kosovo ethnic composition of the province gradually was changed for the reason that Ottoman authorities invited neighbouring loyal Muslim Albanians from North and Central Albania (the speakers of the Geg dialect) to settle this depopulated province. Consequently, according to official Serbian statistics made immediately after the Balkan Wars 1912-1913 when Kosovo became re-included into the state territory of Serbia it was 50% Serbs and 50% Albanians living in this province. There are three reasons for such population change: 1) constant Albanian immigration to Kosovo and Metohija from Albania during the Ottoman time, 2) permanent Albanian terror against the local Orthodox Serbs (for instance, 150.000 Serbs are expelled from Kosovo in the years 1878-1912), and 3) higher Albanian birth-rate than Serbian one. Differently to Serbian case, Kosovo (except during the WWII) was never part of Albanian state that was, by the way, established for the first time only in 1912. Thus, undoubtedly, Serbs have pure historical rights on Kosovo in comparison to Albanians (like Lithuanians on Vilnius and Trakai areas in comparison to the Poles).However, for the mediaeval Albanian history Kosovo is of no importance: no one Albanian feudal lord or dynasty originated in Kosovo, no Albanian religious shrines (churches) in Kosovo, and mostly important, no Albanian place-names in the province. Even today, 90% of place-names in Kosovo and Metohija are of Serbian origin – even in Albanian language the name for the province (Kosova) has Serbian-Slavic root/origin: Kos (blackbird).Turkish-Ottoman invasion from the mid-14th c. (1354) means a fatal turning point in Balkan and Serbian history during the second half of the 14th c.The military advance of the Turks towards the Central Europe via the Balkans was a rather slow process. Serbian ruler prince (known in Serbian epic songs as the “emperor”) Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1370-1389) and Serbian nobility in the famous battle of Kosovo on June 28th, 1389 did everything to stop the Turkish invasion towards the South Eastern Europe. It was not only a clash of two armies led by their rulers Serbian prince Lazar and Turkish sultan Murat I (1362-1389), who both are killed during the battle, but also a clash of two civilizations, one Christian-European one and Islamic-Asiatic one.

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