"In fact the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 authorizes international organizations, including the European Union to establish international civil presence in Kosovo," he said.The resolution "authorize UN secretary general, with the assistance of relevant international organizations, to establish an international civil presence in Kosovo" to oversee "the transfer of authority from Kosovo's provisional institutions to institutions established under a political settlement," Barroso added. Under Resolution 1244, he said, the international mandate in Kosovo could continue "unless the Security Council decides otherwise."
* The EU is planning to deploy a civilian mission of more than 2,000 police and legal personnel to help the transition from UN administration to local rule in the ethnic Albanian-dominated Kosovo, which unilaterally declared independence from Serbia on Sunday. Serbia and Russia, both strongly oppose the independence, said that the EU mission violates UN Resolution 1244 and international law. EU says Kosovo intervention legal
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that the European Union (EU) has violated the international law by sending its mission to Kosovo, local media reported. "The EU mission is being sent there in violation of international law. The EU is sending its mission to Kosovo unilaterally, without a sanction of the UN Security Council, with the task of ensuring the supremacy of law, Lavrov said, describing the fact as a "bitter irony."
"We are being told that Resolution No. 1244 is the basis for sending the EU mission and for the unilateral proclamation of Kosovo's independence. This is not true," Itar-Tass quoted the minister as saying. It is common knowledge that the talks of seeking a political settlement for the Kosovo issue were artificially disrupted due to outside interference, he added. Lavrov stressed that Serbia's territorial integrity was reiterated not only by Resolution No. 1244, but also by Resolution No. 1785 of the UN Security Council. Spokesman of Russian Foreign Ministry also said on Wednesday that EU's move of sending mission to Kosovo lacks legal basis.
* Moscow warned the danger of such a move, saying it could undermine the foundation of global peace and stability that has been built over decades. On Tuesday, Lavrov reiterated Russia's position on Kosovo's independence in a telephone conversation with United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, saying Russia will not acceptable Pristina's unilateral declaration of independence. Russia, Serbia, it violates International Law
I have to agree that like everything else the chief idiot does it does break International law and he can care less as long as he gets his way and finds his excuse to get his Forever War going and Serbia and Russia promises to help that here!
America and other Western nations issued a sharp rebuke to the Serbian Government yesterday, after the worst riots in Belgrade since the fall of Milosevic led to the burning of the US Embassy and attacks on those belonging to Britain, Germany, Croatia and Turkey. The European Union promptly froze all further discussion of a new partnership with Serbia until the situation had calmed down, and US missions across the Balkans were put on high alert. The riots, prompted by anger at the West's recognition of Kosovo's independence, were blamed by the Serbian authorities on “hooligan elements”, but were clearly incited by nationalist politicians. Vojislav Kostunica, the Prime Minister, had earlier called a rally against independence a “magnificent” demonstration of Serb feeling.
Russia, which has fiercely opposed the independence declaration, blamed the West for not anticipating the reaction. Its envoy to Nato said in frustration that Moscow might have to turn to “brute military force” to make itself heard if Nato overstepped its authority in Kosovo. Much of this is probably bluff. Western governments anticipated trouble, must remain on alert in the Balkans and will need to hold their nerve in the coming weeks. What matters is that the Serbian Army remains in barracks, and that Russia has made it clear it would not become involved in any armed conflict over the breakaway province.
The flashpoint is in Kosovo itself. Thousands of Kosovan Serbs, swelled by kinsmen from across the border, clashed with United Nations police yesterday in Mitrovica, the main town in the three northern Kosovo provinces where most of the 100,000 ethnic Serbs live. They are hoping to thwart any attempts by the Albanian majority Government in Pristina to exercise authority over them, swearing continued allegiance still to Belgrade. Their case may indeed find support not only in Russia: those European Union countries worried by the Kosovan precedent may argue that if the province's independence is accepted as a special case, the logic of the Serb provinces joining Serbia should also be accepted. Bush says Serbia must come to terms
There will be no coming to terms here either. As well as bush's middle east interference leading to a total breakdown before it encompasses the world. That will be the case here to. This is just beginning! As Bush stupidly says Serbia should accept his intervention and he will hold them accountable to protect his instigation, Serbs enact a plan to Sabotage Kosovo and you can be sure Russia is sanctioning this!
* One week since the declaration of independence, Serb authorities in north-western Kosovo are pushing hard to eradicate all institutions with any connection to the new state. And they are telling a cautious and already weakened UN mission, in its last months in office, that it should allow this - or face dire consequences. ** There is genuine Serb grief over the loss of Kosovo, but there is also a carefully calibrated plan to win important parts of it back, and to sabotage Kosovo as an independent state. The tools available include violence against property - grenades thrown at UN, EU, and Kosovan justice ministry buildings, and the carefully planned and executed burning down of two border and customs posts on 19 February. Privately, Serb leaders in the north say this is just the beginning.
What is different about Serb nationalism today, compared with the 1990s, is that for the moment its enemy is not the other nations of the Balkans. The enemy is instead those countries which recognize an independent Kosovo. The following I see as valid bones of contention and they will not be resolved. Customs posts: Serb leaders say they will not tolerate their continued operation, as the institutions of a sovereign state. But wait a minute, Bush said you have to accept what he wants!
Slobodan Samardzic, the minister for Kosovo in the Serbian government, described their destruction this week by mobs as "legitimate". Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica is not sponsoring paramilitaries today, as the government did during the 1990s, but they are sponsoring violence against UN and Kosovan government property. "The aim is to portray Kosovo as a state of criminals," Mr. Samardzic says. This is very complex and convoluted. I invite you to read the whole thing. Serbia advocates Sabotage
* Bush seems to purposely seek out the the most tenuous unstable parts of the world create division and say he must have his way. What the hell is wrong with this idiot? You have to believe division and creating his Forever War is his ulterior motive. No one can be this stupid! I reiterate: Even as I watch Bush ignore all common sense in his drive to totally control us and the entire World I never seem to be blown away by Bush's in your face ignorance of world order and what anyone thinks as he pursues his creation of a new societal, middle east, and World (dis)order! Bush will not quit as he has the entire world in turmoil and it is just beginning. He will soon have more than enough cause to Declare martial order to control us and fight his future wars! We must come together if we are to save our country.