February 15, 2008 |
Serbia will use economic, political and diplomatic measures to stop Kosovo from declaring independence Sunday, but will avoid violence, Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic told an emergency Security Council session Thursday. Jeremic said at the closed-door meeting that allowing the province to secede would do "irreparable harm" to the notion of sovereignty, and would trigger secession by other disaffected territories.
February 14, 2008 |
The looming independence of Kosovo and promises of quick U.S. and European recognition have undercut and infuriated Russia at a moment when this oil-rich behemoth is eager to show that its global clout has been restored, analysts say. Russian officials have spent weeks issuing dire assessments of the United Nations-administered province's upcoming declaration of independence from Serbia, expected to be made this weekend.
February 9, 2008 |
Serbian President Boris Tadic made a last-minute plea to world leaders Friday to avoid recognizing an independent Kosovo, insisting that though Serbia remains committed to full integration with Europe, "we cannot accept the dismemberment of our nation." With the Serbian province now widely expected to declare independence Feb.
February 8, 2008 |
Kosovo plans to unilaterally declare independence from Serbia on Feb. 17, European and U.S. diplomats at the U.N. said Thursday. The move, though long expected, will be strongly opposed by Serbia and its powerful ally, Russia, triggering fears of renewed conflict in a region still haunted by Serbia's "ethnic cleansing" of Kosovo Albanians in the late 1990s.
January 13, 2008 |
To a muddy field lashed by razor-sharp winds, about 50 brave Serbs have come home. Their houses here on the edge of an ethnic Albanian town have been repaired, or new ones built. A few rows of wheat and corn have been planted. But there are no jobs, no school, and danger lurks. Graffiti from shadowy anti-Serb militias scar the walls of nearby buildings.
December 20, 2007 |
The Security Council on Wednesday ended its attempt to resolve the status of Kosovo because of Russian objections, leaving it to the European Union and NATO to foster the breakaway province's move toward independence without sparking new conflict in the Balkans. Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority plans to declare independence from Serbia early next year, with the backing of the United States and most European nations.