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The breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia plan to ask Russia and the UN to recognise their independence following Kosovo's move, Russia's Interfax news agency quoted leaders in the two regions as saying.
Kosovo's constitution is expected to be based on a blueprint for "supervised independence" proposed by UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari.
Russia blocked the Ahtisaari plan at the United Nations and Kosovo's independence was declared without UN Security Council approval. The council met again Sunday at Russia's demand, diplomats said.
The United States reaffirmed its strong backing for an independent Kosovo however.
"On Kosovo, our position is that its status must be resolved in order for the Balkans to be stable," US President George W. Bush said.
With an estimated unemployment rate of 40 percent and half its population under the age of 25, Kosovo will nevertheless remain highly dependent on massive infusions of Western economic aid.
An estimated 120,000 Serbs live in Kosovo, which is home to some of the most important shrines of the Serbian Orthodox faith. More than 220,000 others have left since 1999. Belgrade is imploring Serbs in Kosovo to stay put as an act of defiance.
Tyler_JC wrote:Why do I feel like this is 1914 all over again...
eastbay wrote:The final chance for lasting peace in the Balkans was lost when Clinton and Blair allowed The Albanians back into Kosovo from Albania and [s]allowed[/s] supervised the ethnic cleansing of nearly all Serbs from Kosovo.
This is a very dangerous move, no doubt. I sense war brewing everywhere.
btu2012 wrote:Kosovo independence is a very stupid move given the multi-ethnic nature of much of Central and Eastern Europe.
This is also likely to totally alienate Serbia from the EU, which will create serious problems for the Balkans later.
Tyler_JC wrote:What happens when the US decides it can't afford those bases in Germany anymore?
How is Europe going to defend itself against an imploding Middle East on its doorstep or a resurgent Russia?
But for the love of God, the Balkans went up in flames in the 1990s and the Euros couldn't do anything about it. If they can't figure out foreign policy, the European Union is going to have a hell of a time letting Turkey become a member.
Sorry, I'm just annoyed that the EU didn't plan this one out.
Tyler_JC wrote:Kosovo isn't ready for EU membership, that's for sure!
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