CIA's prediction in 1979 about creation of Great Albania

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 Although nowadays the Balkans may not be the most important focus of the American Intelligence Agency, in the 1970s the Balkans were once a minefield not only for the CIA but also for the entire world.

The CIA has carefully analyzed the Albanian politics of Kosovo's independence, the brutal methods of Aleksandar Rankovic and the permanent goal for the creation of Great Albania.

The report titled "Yugoslavia: The Problem of Kosovo" has been "stamped" in April 1979, as the Serbian newspaper "Kurir" writes, in an article dominated by nationalist tones.

In an analysis of the Kosovo issue, which was handed over to the US State Department at that time, the agency investigated the Albanian-Serbian problem in the genesis and predicted Kosovo's future in Yugoslavia after Tito.

In this document, the CIA argues that:

Although the Serbian-Croatian rivalry leads in Yugoslavia, the Serbian-Albanian rivalry is under development, which will have just as important an impact on how Belgrade will be at the forefront of the problem of national minorities."

The CIA is also convinced that despite the Serbian efforts at that time to block economic aid and to lower the degree of autonomy, Albanian nationalism was getting stronger and stronger.

The US agency also emphasizes the role of Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha, pointing out that:

Enver Hoxha's regime in neighboring Albania considers Kosovo as an entity under Yugoslavia's provisional control ... Although there is no evidence of foreign activities in Kosovo, the situation has already been prepared for foreign interference."

The CIA analyzed that the powerful currents of Albanian nationalism would pass on to the Serbian government and that the creation of Greater Albania will greatly increase the problems in the Balkans.
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