Sunday, December 30, 2007

Gorbachev on Kosovo

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, has weighed in on the brewing situation in Kosovo.

According to the RIA Novosti news service, Gorbachev stated that neither the European Union nor NATO has the authority to push for Kosovo's independence from Serbia.

"For the first time in history, two organizations are trying to assume responsibility for the future of a country -- Serbia -- which is not a member of either of them," Gorbachev said.

Key members of the European Union have promised to recognize Kosovo's declaration of independence, while NATO will act as a regional security force. Action from the United Nations is not expected because Russia has vowed to block any recognition of Kosovo in the UN Security Council where Russia has veto power.

Serbia, and Russia, argue that recognition of Kosovo would be against current international law.
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