Kosovo to Announce Independence in Days

January 25, 2008 06:00 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Recently elected Kosovan Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has announced that Kosovo will declare its independence in a matter of days. Serbia and Russia oppose the move.

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After a meeting with EU officials, Thaci told reporters "Kosovo is ready. We will proclaim independence very soon."

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

On 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.

Headline Link: ‘Kosovo’s Independence a Matter of Days Away’

Background: Kosovo independence “inevitable”; Serbia’s secret plan; the PDK party

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


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