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March 19, 2008

Partition

Writing for Reuters, Shaban Buza, who clearly has no dog in this fight, cites "senior diplomatic sources" who claim Serbia's plan to govern ethnically Serbian areas of what was until a few weeks ago part of Serbia* is a form of partition.

"The proposal's goal seems to be the partition of Kosovo, literally for Serbia to govern in the enclaves," one source told Reuters. Another source in the U.N. mission UNMIK said this would be "a ratification of partition".

No. EU and UN sanction for an independent Kosovo is "a ratification of partition". If the sovereign territory of Serbia is not sacrosanct, then neither is the sovereign territory of Kosovo. Something Quebec might do well to remember.

* Yes, yes, I know. But such is to quibble. Christopher Hitchens offers an excellent and unsympathetic introduction to Serbia's case. I am simply in favour of forestalling more bloodshed for the sake of yet another line on the map.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 19, 2008 07:34 AM