Kosovo independence causes super-powers rift

Kosovo’s leaders are set to declare the Serbian province independent either today or tomorrow morning.

16th February, 2008

Kosovo’s leaders are set to declare the Serbian province independent either today or tomorrow morning.

But it is not likely to be a smooth transition. The province, which had been administrated by the UN, could end up controlled by the EU for the foreseeable future.

As the United Nations mission (in charge since 1999, when Nato drove out Serbian troops) packs its bags, the Brussels-run EULEX mission will step in with an 1,800-member...

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