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British troops patrol Kosovo-Serbia border as tensions remain high

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ThubanToday 07:28 am JST

Serbia's territorial integrity and national sovereignty was illegally violated.

Since the UN was formed in 1945, there was no change in borders by military force, until Kosovo was taken from Serbia by a bombing campaign in 1999.

Russia agreed to KFOR so cry me a river.

That created the precedent which other countries can point to when they want to change borders by force.

No there is no such thing as following a precedent for breaking the law.

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Since the UN was formed in 1945, there was no change in borders by military force, until Kosovo was taken from Serbia by a bombing campaign in 1999.

A comment that conveniently ignores the war crimes by Serbian forces at Sarajevo and massacre at Srebrenica. Part of the UN charter is to stop the sorts of genocides the Serbs were committing against the Kosovars.

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Looking at those photos makes me think of the stories and photos of my fathers US Army division that was sparring with "Tito's Partisans" at the close of WWII over a contested region that was controlled by Italy before WWII but with Yugoslavia claimed. There were British, US and Soviet troops in the region along with Tito's forces. The UN was supposed to hold a plebiscite to determine which nation controlled what but some territories remained disputed into the 1970's. hey would march whole infantry divisions through cities, soldiers carrying full ammo belts and double bandoliers of ammo, an M-1 Garand and a side arm, two hours for the entire division to march past any one point, as a show of force. My dad would tell me about being sniped at constantly and never being able to trust anyone there. They'd talk nice to you one minute and shoot at you the next. He had a low opinion of both the Soviet and British forces he encountered, considering both to be crude and ill mannered.

Decades later a fellow I grew up with on our street served in the region with the UN. When he returned my father and he exchanged "war stories". My dad was just shaking his head listening to our neighbor, remarking how nothing much changes and how they will seemingly always be "back stabbers".

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Desert TortoiseToday  10:05 am JST

Since the UN was formed in 1945, there was no change in borders by military force, until Kosovo was taken from Serbia by a bombing campaign in 1999.

A comment that conveniently ignores the war crimes by Serbian forces at Sarajevo and massacre at Srebrenica. Part of the UN charter is to stop the sorts of genocides the Serbs were committing against the Kosovars.

The dictator Milosevic was lying out the fanny about the Bosnian Muslims, Kosovars and others and then committed the genocidal crimes on them that he 'WAH' ed about. That's what fascist pigs always do. Look at trump in the USA for a more recent example.

a battle between the authorities and armed Serbs holed up in a monastery turned a quiet village in northern Kosovo into a war zone on Sept. 24.

And now some Serbs desecrated a house of worship by converting it into a battleground. A place of violence.

It's been over 20 years since NATO intervened. Kosovo is an independent nation now, with ethnic Albanians and ethnic Serbs and more. If these ethnic Serbs can't accept that then they should get the funk out and go to Serbia.

Kosovo is for the Kosovars.

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The Kosovo example has set a precedent.

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JJEToday 05:05 pm JST

The Kosovo example has set a precedent.

The UN charter still exists and wars for territory are still wars of aggression.

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It's relevant to mention the fact that the "guerilla uprising" mentioned in the article was financed and backed by foreign sources.

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The sensible course of action would be to transfer the ethnic Serb lands back to Serbia.

Clearly the most logical, long lasting solution.

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JJEToday 05:28 pm JST

The sensible course of action would be to transfer the ethnic Serb lands back to Serbia.

Clearly the most logical, long lasting solution.

I don't think transferring half of Mitrovica to Serbia and some majority Albanian areas to Kosovo would magically satisfy Serbia. At least not overnight.

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That's why it's imperative to transfer the ethnic Serb lands to Belgrade and not one square inch to Pristina.

The former is capable of doing something and the latter isn't.

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JJENov. 26 06:18 pm JST

That's why it's imperative to transfer the ethnic Serb lands to Belgrade and not one square inch to Pristina.

The former is capable of doing something and the latter isn't.

Doing what? Ethnic cleansing?

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No. Not an indiscriminate Gaza-style warcrime.

Other Serb enclaves may become a bit restive unless it is sorted out peacefully.

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JJENov. 26  05:28 pm JST

The sensible course of action would be to transfer the ethnic Serb lands back to Serbia.

Clearly the most logical, long lasting solution.

> TaiwanIsNotChinaNov. 26  05:45 pm JST

JJEToday 05:28 pm JST

The sensible course of action would be to transfer the ethnic Serb lands back to Serbia.

Clearly the most logical, long lasting solution.

I don't think transferring half of Mitrovica to Serbia and some majority Albanian areas to Kosovo would magically satisfy Serbia. At least not overnight.

The ethnic Serbs in Kosovo need to start acting like Kosovars and quit their whining and wah-ing. Kosovo is not exclusively ethnic Albanian and the brutal savage sassymouth fascist Milosevic is dead. The Serbian regime got their butts kicked in 1999 and Milosevic was toppled and arrested for his war crimes the following year. In 2006 the final split occurred, Serbia and Montenegro officially and finally went their separate ways.

Kosovo is now an independent republic of its own merit. It's not just for ethnic Albanians either. The ethnic Serbs there need to quit whining and quit stirring up trouble there. It's not 1999 anymore, it's 2023. If they can't accept these things and go on then they should get the funk out of there.

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