Sunday, September 15, 2013


- Where is the European Union, where is Stefan Fule? 

by Sasha Uzunov 

To appease ethnic Albanian nationalist sentiment within the country, the Republic of Macedonia's Post Office is about to issue a stamp commemorating Rexhep Mitrovica, a staunch Albanian nationalist, (1887 - 1967) who was the Prime Minister of Albania's government under Nazi Germany from 1943 to 1944.

The link
to the Macedonian Post Office website offering the controversial stamp.

However, in a conflicting report in the Macedonian media, the Ministry for Transport and Communications, which overseas the Post Office, has said it does not support the stamp but the responsibility lies with the Post Office. Link to story is here

"On 6 November 1943, Berlin announced that a Pro-Nazi Germany Albanian government headed by Rexhep Mitrovica, an active member of the Balli Kombëtar from Kosovo, was formed. Mitrovica's cabinet, most of whom had credentials as nationalists as well as some German or Austrian connections." Link to source material

The Republic of Macedonia consists of about 70% ethnic Macedonians, and about 20 to 25% ethnic Albanians. Under pressure from NATO and the West, Albanian nationalist groups under Ali Ahmeti and his DUI party have pushed out other ethnic Albanian parties to share power in Macedonia's coalition government with, strangely and paradoxically, is VMRO-DPMNE, a Macedonian nationalist party. 

Lord Robertson shakes hands with Ali Ahmeti

During a short lived war in Macedonia in 2001, launched by Ali Ahmeti, Ahmeti's National Liberation Army fought the then Macedonian coalition government consisting of VMRO-DPMNE and DPA (Democratic Party of Albanians). Under pressure from NATO's Lord Robertson and the European Union's Javier Solana, Ahmeti was given a share of political power in Macedonia.

During World War 2, Macedonian Partizans fought Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Bulgaria and the Balli Kombetar (Albanian Balists) from 1941 to 1945.

The Bulgarian occupying forces were responsible for wiping out Macedonia's Jewish population.

Questions remain as to why such a stamp was authorised, considering Mitrovica's well documented links to Nazi Germany? And what action the current Macedonian coalition government and European Union Commissar and Balkan envoy Stefan Fule will take?

Photo (above): World War II - Macedonian Partizan units marching through the Macedonian town of Bitola in 1944. Some of these units in the Bitola-Prilep-Prespa-Aegean Macedonia regions fought some of the toughest and nastiest battles against Nazi Germany (1941-45), Axis allies Bulgaria (1941-44) and Fascist Italy (1941-43) and the Balli Kombetar (Albanian nationalists aligned with Nazi Germany).

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