|ALBANIAN TERRORISM AND ORGANIZED CRIME IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA
Albanian terrorism in Kosovo and Metohija (K&M), as well as in the municipalities
of Preševo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, is linked to different types of organized
crime. It represents a permanent danger to the safety of the population and
political stability, not only in our country, but also in other countries in the region.1
The strategists of these activities want to ensure the legalization of their criminal
activities and accumulated wealth and to enable the establishment of Greater
Albania or Greater Kosovo in order to complete the territory they consider
Albanian ethnic space and spread their internal market and, in proportion to their
economic power, secure the political influence and participation in the top
administrative state bodies on the territory.
Support of violence and permanent disruption of stability in the Balkans make it
possible for the scenario to be effectively implemented in practice. Having
established cooperation with the criminal organizations, the strategists of terrorist
activities have strengthened their political position which they use for exerting
pressure on the overall Albanian population as well as on autochthonous
Albanian political subjects, enforcing collaboration and concessions.
Thus, the public gets the impression of complete homogeneity of the Albanian
nationals and their unison endeavors toward a common objective. However,
interests of some criminal organizations are hidden behind the political,
ideological and national motives for the establishment of a unified Albanian state
(regardless of whether they call it Greater Albania or Greater Kosovo). They tend
to take part in the current processes of political and economic transition, i.e.
transformation of the region as a whole, and to legalize their criminal operations.
Albanians, particularly those from Kosovo and Metohija, have developed a sense
of collective identity which is a necessary prerequisite for organized cri