Thursday, June 01, 2006

NATO to reopen base in Serb north of Kosovo

BELGRADE, June 1 (Reuters) - NATO said on Thursday it planned to reopen a base in the mainly Serb north of Kosovo, as a decision nears on ethnic Albanian demands for independence for the province and fears grow of an angry Serb reaction.

"For operational reasons we see the need to reuse this installation," spokesman Col. Pio Sabetta told Reuters, without elaborating.

Diplomats say there may be a risk of a unilateral Serb move to partition the United Nations-run province if independence is granted. The United Nations has contingency plans for an exodus of Serbs if Albanians are granted a state of their own.

Sabetta said the last base in the north was closed "a long time ago" but KFOR peacekeepers had maintained "mobile facilities", or patrols.

The Kosovo daily Zeri reported that the strengthening of the military presence in the north was directly linked to fears of unrest when the fate of the southern Serbian province is decided in talks to conclude later this year.

Sabetta said there was "no direct link" to the talks.

He said the 17,000-strong KFOR force planned to reopen an old Belgian base in the north, a strip of land adjoining central Serbia, possibly within the month.

Diplomats say the U.N.-led talks, which began in February, could end in a decision by the U.N. Security Council to amputate Kosovo from Serbia, stranding 100,000 Serbs outside their homeland, outnumbered by two million ethnic Albanians.

The 38-nation NATO-led force has only a minimal presence in the north. Leaders of 50,000 Serbs living there warn they will never consent to live in an independent Kosovo.

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Kosovo's ethnic Albanian-dominated government welcomed KFOR's decision to redeploy troops in the north.

"It demonstrates a commitment to maintain security and control of the borders, especially now when Kosovo is going through the definition of its final status," said spokeswoman Ulpiana Lama.

Legally part of Serbia, Kosovo has been run by the United Nations since 1999, when NATO bombs drove out Serb forces to halt killings of civilians and ethnic cleansing employed by Belgrade in a two-year war with Albanian separatist guerrillas.

Around half the Serb population fled a wave of revenge attacks with the end of the war and NATO deployment. Serbs in the north have resisted U.N. overtures to integrate them with the rest of Kosovo, now run by Albanians under U.N. supervision.

The talks' U.N. mediators have ruled out autonomy for the Serb minority, fearing moves to partition the province would invite fresh violence and population movements.

The Belgrade daily Politika said on Thursday it had obtained a contingency plan by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to deal with up to 70,000 Serb refugees in the event Kosovo gets independence.

(Additional reporting by Shaban Buza in Pristina)

17 comments:

Dardania 2006 said...

In case the current Serb government decides to go on a War Criminal Production Campaign, NATO will stop them...nice, sweet..awesomeee

Cvijus011 said...

Finally somebody to effectivelly protect the Serbs from the Turko-Avar-Mongol hordes from such incidents as those of March '04.

Dardania 2006 said...

"Finally somebody to effectivelly protect the Serbs from the Turko-Avar-Mongol hordes from such incidents as those of March '04."

And you call me racist???

I am glad you didn't mention Albanians. At least we agree that Serbs are not in danger from Albanians.

Btw, did you know that Avars settled in Panonia? Ya smack there where Serbia is half way sitting...funny you mention that...

Cvijus011 said...

Do you know that the southest that the Avars reached is southern Albania. Doesn't it make you curious that all Avaric nations (ethnicities) have the ending -AR, eg BulgAR, HungAR, KhazAR and ShqiptAR?

Dardania 2006 said...

So we are brothers!!!!

Cvijus011 said...

I doubt it,

Look at the following SrbIN

Do you notice the difference between -AR and -IN?

Dardania 2006 said...

And that constitutes proof?

My, what about Albanian then? I see no AlbaniAR in it...

What do you study btw? Are you at university? If not yet, what do you plan to study?

Cvijus011 said...

"My, what about Albanian then? I see no AlbaniAR in it..."

How do you call your nation in your own language? ShqiptAR?

Btw, I have masters in Political Sciences and History from the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Sacred Dardanicum said...

We do call Shqipƫtar our selfs and we do not have any thing else connected to other nations

You servians came from Carpats and go back over there because there is no more plance in Balcans for you.

Dardania 2006 said...

Cvijus...you have studied Pol.Sci? Now its starting to make sense, alas a bit of sorrow starts to engulf my insides.

At first you claim such suffixes consist proof that Avars have given birth to nations such as Hungarian, Bulgarian, Albanian, yet you fail to see the physionomical characteristits.

I.E. Avar and Mongol features are more prominent among Serbs, infact they are completely missing in Romanian, Hungarian, Albanian, Bulgarian and Croat people. There are plenty of Serbs who look asian.

And btw, I love asian.. ;)

Now as to why I am saddned by what you study. You most probably will end up leaeding the political elite of Serbia. You are not Euro-Ready, you are still full of hate and "full of past". For everything you seek answers to the ancient times.

So tell me, how is the campus at Humboldt? Tell me about the university.

Mir said...

"You are not Euro-Ready, you are still full of hate and "full of past". For everything you seek answers to the ancient times."

LOL YOUR NAME IS DARDANIA and you are chastizing HIM on being in "ancient times".

And 'Euro-ready'? Please. If Yugoslavia couldnt stay together for more than 50 years because of differences what the hell makes you think the EU will last longer?

Kristian said...

Money is a dam good reason! You see in Yugo.. money was not the issue, but nationalism.

Each european country has its own identity so there is not identity crisis as in Yugo... And if I remember correctly 450 million ppl can make a hell of an economic bloc!

And the next development area is the balkans! The new economic development zone. The westerners are sure to get a hefty return on their euro's :)

Dardania 2006 said...

yep...and if you don't believe in the EU, then don't get so jumpy about joining it...

Yep I call myself Dardania, but I dont dwel on the past and hate you even though I have a very good reason for it. You see, unlike you, I saw the war in my country, I was subjected to racism from Serbs, do I hate you? Nope, I pitty you at worst, and want you to understand what you doing at best.

Mir said...

"yep...and if you don't believe in the EU, then don't get so jumpy about joining it..."

Ask yourself one thing. Why dosen't Switzerland want to join the EU?

"I was subjected to racism from Serbs"

You think I wasnt subject to it from Albanians?!? Racism is an everyday thing in the Balkans it's nothing new or 'horrible' in this area.

Kristian said...

Switzerland will never join! Its a neutral country and will remain so.

Plus if they join their banking system would have to conform to the union rules which its bank depositors or customers will not like and will deposit their wealth elsewhere.

Its neutrality is its uniqueness and its mountains are its solitude!

Dardania 2006 said...

Swiss might eventualy join if they are not informed enough, but as Kristian said, it would be the worse thing they ever did.

As for racism, it is a horrible thing and I doubt the Albanians kicked you out of your home, left you without education and threw military grade poison gas at your school...it is so lame what Serbia has done that you better be quiet and remember that these things one day will be tought in European schools, pray it does not get to it.

Mir said...

"Switzerland will never join! Its a neutral country and will remain so."

Thats what Yugoslavia tried to be.

"As for racism, it is a horrible thing and I doubt the Albanians kicked you out of your home, left you without education and threw military grade poison gas at your school..."

No its not what they did to ME. They cut off my granduncle's best man's ('kum' in Serbia) genitals off and tied him standing upright against a wooden post so he would bleed to death. He was just a businessman traveling through the European cities. This happened in Kosovo.

This happened when Tito was in power, and it didn't even make it into a newspaper. So I REALLY worry about what is happening TODAY that I dont hear.