Tuesday, March 27, 2007

HOT OFF THE SHOW! Kosovo Independence & Persecution of Serbian Christians

Just one of the subjects I talked about on my LIVE show today...

US Troops have moved into Kosova, a part of Serbia, to protect Serbian Christians against Albanian Muslims, of which 90% of the population there now is Muslim. The Serbian Christians were able to go to church again with our troops’ protection. They are praying for the UN to deny a proposal for Kosavo to become independent fearing it would lead to greater persecution of Serbian Christians.

See more pictures here.

The Washington Times reports: Russia said yesterday that it was still considering a U.N. proposal giving de facto independence to the Serbian province of Kosovo, despite Serbian hopes that Moscow would veto the plan.

Technically still part of Serbia, Kosovo has been under international administration since the 1999 NATO-led war that ousted the troops of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. NATO intervened to halt what it said was an ethnic-cleansing campaign that killed 10,000 Albanians and forced 1 million more to flee their homes.

U.S. Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns is in Europe this week, conferring with NATO and EU officials in part to build support for the U.N. plan. U.S. officials say they hope to have a U.N. Security Council vote endorsing the proposal by June.

Serbian officials, who consider Kosovo the cradle of Serbian history, religion and culture, are banking on a Russian veto in the Security Council to block the independence plan.

The Parliament.com (EU) reports: The former Finnish president said on Monday that "independence is the only option that will bring political and economic stability to Kosovo", adding that a long history of hatred and mistrust between Kosovars and Serbs meant that staying a part of Serbia was not an option.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in New York that he fully supported Ahtisaari’s recommendation for an independent Kosovo supervised by the international community.

The EU and the US have welcomed the call, with EU foreign affairs chief Javier Solana calling for a UN resolution to clear the move by May.

US undersecretary of state Nicholas Burns chimed in, saying "it's time the Kosovars received their just due".

Under the Ahtisaari plan, Pristina would be allowed to have its own army, flag, constitution and apply for a seat at the UN.

NATO and EU troops would keep the streets peaceful while an EU envoy would oversee key government decisions.

I’m watching this with great interest as my father’s side of the family is Serbian.

See pictures of more examples of desecration of Serbian churches here.


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