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The Guardian has a pro-independence opinion piece by a Kosovan journalist, Kim Bytyci, who among other things says that Kosovo is a special case and its independence does not set a precedent for anywhere else. (Never mind that Putin has already linked Kosovo with Abkhazia, Transdnestria and South Ossetia.)

Her argument about why Kosovo's Serbs should not in turn form a separate entity could just as well be invoked against Kosovan independence itself:

Organised disobedience and attempts to revise borders along ethnic lines - in effect, partition - in a region full of "ethnic" pockets, could easily lead to a domino effect. One need not look as far as India and Pakistan to see the consequences of such attempts. We saw what happened in Bosnia in the 1990s. Europe cannot afford a repeat.

Incidentally, Bytyci's byline describes her as a 'Kosovan Albanian from Serbia'. Perhaps she is from the Presevo valley.
by Gag Halfrunt on Mon Feb 18th, 2008 at 02:29:48 PM EST
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