If only this had been done in Srebrenica

The UN acting tough, I mean. In Kosovo today, the AP reported, “Danish military police said they exchanged fire with protesters as they helped evacuate wounded fellow officers … The town is divided between Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority and the Serb minority, which fiercely opposed the declaration of independence and is furious...

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Serbian reaction – Final spasm or first tremor?

Well written, these phrases, from the NYTimes: “the feelings of anger, sorrow and betrayal over the loss of Kosovo cut across all segments of Serbian society. The world is waiting to see whether the riots on Thursday were the final spasm of anger in Serbia or the first tremor in a new Balkan earthquake. The […]

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Is Russia upping the ante on Kosovo? Is the EU? NATO? The UN?

The Associated Press is reporting just now that ” Serbia’s minister for Kosovo, Slobodan Samardzic, crossed the border Monday to visit Serb communities in Kosovo. The top UN official in Kosovo, Joachim Ruecker, said he allowed Samardzic into Kosovo on the condition that he issue a public statement ‘making it very, very clear that ...

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UNSC meets on Kosovo without results – to be continued

News reports indicate that, as the Associated Press reported: “The Council met for 2 1/2 hours in New York in the second day of an emergency session on Kosovo but was unable to agree on a resolution or joint statement regarding Sunday’s declaration of independence”. The AP added that “[UNSG] Ban opened Monday’s Securit...

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Nick Burns on Kosovo's Independence

It’s probably fair to say that fewer states have recognized Kosovo today, a day after its Declaration of Independence, than had been expected or hoped.  Many are probably holding off until the results of an open UN Security Council meeting that is to start today. Today, Nick Burns took questions from journalists in various parts […]

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China angry with Taiwan's recognition of Kosovo

In a long and tantalizingly-titled article (“Superpower Divide over Kosovo Widens“), the Associated Press is reporting that China is angry with Taiwan’s announcment that it recognizes Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence. Did Taiwan receive one of the 192 letters that the Kosovar leadership sent out yesterday asking for reco...

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Russia asks for emergency UN Security Council meeting on Kosovo

Kosovo’s parliament declared independence on Sunday. The Associated Press reported from Pristinia, KOSOVO that the speaker of Kosovo’s parliament declared that “Kosovo is a republic — an independent, democratic and sovereign state” — and the announcement was greeted with a burst of applause. This AP report said that &#...

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Kosovo may declare independence Sunday

A report just now from the Agence France Press says that “Without giving their sources, several newspapers in Pristina reported Saturday that the declaration would come around 3:00 pm (1400 GMT) on Sunday to the strains of ‘Ode to Joy’, the anthem of the European Union. Street parties and fireworks would follow, although Prime Min...

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U.S. now appears to openly back Kosovo's independence

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice told journalists at a pre-holiday press conference in Washington on Friday 21 December that “the fact is that Kosovo and Serbia are never going to be a part of the same state again. I think that’s quite clear.” What could be clearer? After months and years of following a […]

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December 10 deadline has come and gone — what will Kosovo do?

Speculation is rife. Kosovans will wait until elections in Serbia, so as not to help elect extreme Serbian nationalists. Kosovo’s aspirations for independence will aggravate Russia’s relations with the Europeans. And on and on… Here is one comment from Belgrade, sent to an email list today: “Kosovo Albanians … support ...

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