Response to “Kosovo’s ‘independence lite’”
Reuters, 26 Jan 2007 20:28:00 GMT

When the Kosovo will be independent than there are problems with Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia. Another aspect of this “problematic of indepence” is the ethnic territory from the kurds …

Darlan says:

“I don’t think there is a ready solution to the Kosovo mess at all, and just cutting it loose, as an independent nation, sets a very dangerous precedent. Especially since both sides have very strong emotional ties to the region (Kossovo was where the Serbs first fought for independence from the Ottoman Turks in the 14th century).

For example, Russia– which hates the former Soviet Republic of Georgia– is pressing for both Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two regions of Georgia in which non-Georgians form the majority, to leave Georgia. If Kosovo breaks off from Serbia, then South Ossetia and Abkhazia will probably be pushed to do the same from Georgia.

Furthermore, the Kurds in Turkey would argue very loudly that they deserve the same treatment. While I have a lot of sympathy for the Kurds overall, if the Kurds press for independence– by the same principle as Kosovo’s would-be independence– then the USA would be forced into an impossible, no-win situation of either supporting the Kurds against our erstwhile Turkish ally, or enraging the Kurds by denying them the same right.”

Source: Response to “Kosovo’s ‘independence lite’”


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