Friday, December 09, 2005

News from UN-occupied Kosovo

EU urged to prepare possible Kosovo police mission
By Mark John, Reuters (Brussels)

Just boggles the mind as to what is acceptable "occupation" and what isn't. Anyone remember the rescue and liberation of Kosovo? Let's see... evil dictator commits genocide (not to be confused with mass graves of Shi'a or Kurds in Iraq, of course), ousting of evil dictator by military force, and occupation by non-Kosovo forces. Anything ring of familiarity?

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union should begin preparations for a possible move to take over the policing of Kosovo from the United Nations, foreign ministers of the bloc will be urged on Monday.

The proposal is part of a report by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn that makes clear that the EU seeks a leading role alongside others in the Serbian breakaway province once its future has been settled.

Hummm... how many years later and yet Kosovo has no settled future? No gov't to call it's own?

Instead they are a "protectorate" of the UN which "...does everything from maintaining law and order and supporting reconstruction of the province to basic civilian administrative tasks."

The EU could take on responsibilities in the police and rule of law and certain economic areas," said the report, a summary of which was seen by Reuters.

"Contingency planning for a possible ESDP mission on police and rule of law should start," it added, using the acronym for EU security and defense operations. The report will be discussed by EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday.

Evidently the internationalists prefer to stay in control of invaded countries rather than helping them set up their own elected governments. Makes one wonder, who is really practicing an "occupying" mentality?

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