As the government of Kosovo announced its independence, Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica of Serbia told his nation the action was illegal and thus null and void. “Kosovo’s unilateral declalration of a false state is the final act of a pollicy that started with the NATO agression against Serbia in 1999.” He blamed “NATO’s military interests” as the cause of Kosovo seeking to become an independent nation. Kostunica most strongly attacked the United States as the main culprit in the action and claimed it forced the European Union to “trample on the principles it is built upon.” One assumes he referred to preventing regions from seceeding from a mother nation.
President Bori Tadic issued a statement saying his govenment would do all in its power to “annul the self-styled and illegal declaraiton of Kosovo’s independence.” But, he cautioned his people to remain calm and avoid provocative actions.
Obviously, no nation enjoys the prospect of witnessing a piece of its territory leave the national entity, but Serbians apparently have forgotten their brutal policies and concentration camps for Muslims in the 1990s. Part of the problem is having the people of Kosovo seek to remain part of Serbia was failure on the part of its government to accept responsibility for murders committed against civilians during the fighting.