Kosovo Declares Independence
Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia today as it declared itself an independent democratic nation. A democratic nation according to this article.
"From this moment, the political position of Kosovo has changed," announced the
speaker of parliament, Jakup Krasniqi, after a unilateral declaration of
independence was adopted by lawmakers through a show of hands.
"We are now
an independent, free, sovereign and democratic country. Congratulations to all
This could change the landscape in the Balkans. The former Yugoslavia has been a mess for some time. It will be interesting to see how Serbia reacts to the new nation to its south.
"We declare Kosovo to be a democratic, secular and multi-ethnic republic, guided
by the principles of non-discrimination and equal protection under the law,"
read the key paragraph of the nearly 1,200-word text
This could prove quite interesting. How is this "secular" republic going to deal with the large Catholic population? There could also be a sizable Moooslem population. How will the new nation address them? Ol' BC doesn't have enough of a grasp of the political climate in the area to know what to expect. One thing can pretty much be certain - someone, probably of somewhat unsavory character, will see an opportunity in Kosovo. How will the new democracy respond?
Just a thought.