Friday, February 22, 2008

Kosovo Declares Independence, Serbs Attack in Protest

"We, the democratically elected leaders of our people, hereby declare Kosovo to be an independent and sovereign state. This declaration reflects the will of our people and it is in full accordance with the recommendations of UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari and his Comprehensive Proposal for the Kosovo Status Settlement.

We declare Kosovo to be a democratic, secular and multiethnic republic, guided by the principles of non-discrimination and equal protection under the law." (Full text of the declaration)

On Sunday, February 17, 2008, the Serbian-ruled region of Kosovo declared its independence. Most of the people living in Kosovo are Albanian, and no longer wish to remain under the auspices of the Serbs. The US is among many nations who quickly recognized Kosovo's right to exist as a sovereign state. In response, the US Embassy was attacked yesterday by angry Serbs. Demonstrators set part of the building ablaze after tens of thousands of people rallied against Kosovo’s independence in the Serbian capital.

Can peace come soon to this distressed region of Europe?

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