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Serbia Not Ready to Let Kosovo Go

January 15, 2008 05:33 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Reports suggest that if Kosovo declares its independence as expected, Serbia will cut the power supplies and impose a trade embargo. America and Europe are working to facilitate a painless split against Russian opposition.

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According to The Washington Post, the Serbian government met on Jan. 14 and adopted a plan that includes “cutting off electricity supplies and blocking power routes for the province, which buys 40 percent of its power from Serbia, as well as a trade and goods embargo.”

In the event of a split, former Kosovo Liberation Army leader Hashim Thaci will lead a coalition government, which comprises two of the largest ethnic Albanian parties.

Thaci, who is currently prime minister of the autonomous province of Kosovo, stated, “Today we are at the most important crossroads of our recent history. We are preparing to declare independence in the first part of this year and make Kosovo independent.”

In Europe, there are fears that the expected unilateral declaration of independence will reignite old conflicts between Kosovo and Serbia.

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, thousands of Serbs in Kosovo protested the European Union’s offer to send an 1,800-strong peacekeeping force to protect government infrastructure should Kosovo announce its separation.

Serbia may ask the UN Security Council for an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice to block such a move.

Headline Links: Serbia’s secret plan

Related Topics: Obstacles to independence

Historical Context: Balkan wars

The break-up of Yugoslavia
NATO’s involvement

Related Links: UN recommends independence

Opinions & Analysis: Assessing Serbian and Kosovan claims

Reference Material: The International Court of Justice

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