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Forging unity on Kosovo independence bid top priority at one-day EU leaders summit - International Herald Tribune

European Union leaders, keen to avoid the mistakes of the past, will try at a summit Friday to forge unity on how to handle Kosovo's bid for independence from Serbia without inciting new violence in the Balkans.

Memories of deep divisions over the Balkan wars in the 1990s -- which led to the union's inability to prevent the fighting -- still haunts EU capitals.

But the union remains divided over whether to recognize Kosovo's independence, putting at risk an administrative takeover of Kosovo from the United Nations, a mission that needs the backing of all 27 EU states.

On the eve of the summit, Swedish Premier Fredrik Reinfeldt said it would be best to wait until after the presidential elections in Serbia before recognizing Kosovo's independence. The Serbian election is scheduled for Jan. 20, with a possible runoff on Feb. 3.



"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 12:39:17 AM EST
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A lose - lose situation if ever there was. The lack of honesty by the two groups of peoples involved over the reasons why the the other side absolutely does not trust their intention means that, whatever happens, there will be violence and refugees.

Equally, such is their level of denial that they would rather blmae outside bodies such as NATO, EU, US & Russia than look to their own intransigence and behaviour.

So not only will they not help themsleves, but they will distrust anybody who tries to ease the necessary transitions.

What a mess !!

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 06:42:03 AM EST
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Why should they trust outside actors who have been equally as nefarious in their plans to "help" these two peoples?

I can point to at least 10 acts of calumny and deceit from NATO, the US and the EU that have wreaked havoc in the region. The lesson learned is obvious: international diplomacy is a game of lies, not a game of rules.

Operation Horseshoe, the ponzi pyramid scheme in Albania, Operation Storm, Dayton's quid pro quo, the Rambouillet negotiations, the 2004 Mitrovica riots, the arrest of Ramush Haradinaj, William Walker's presence as OSCE envoy, etc.

All these events orchestrated by the US, the EU and NATO have sent precisely the wrong signal to both Serbs and Albanians.

Have a look at this article: These are precisely the type of events that produce a complete lack of dialogue in the region:

http://www.innercitypress.com/ictykosovo121007.html

by Upstate NY on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 10:34:32 AM EST
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