12 December 2007
EU split over Kosovo widens
Good news on the Kosovo front: the split in the European Union's ranks that we reported on yesterday has grown. Now five EU members are opposed to the dismemberment of Serbia. They are Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. This should give heart to the Serbs that if war does come they will not have to face a united EU. Spain and Greece are NATO members, so perhaps even that body can be kept out of it officially.
At the same time the Russian position appears to have hardened, with a statement that any Kosovo declaration of independence that did not have the UN Security Council's approval would be illegal. That will not stop the declaration, but it might just be enough to further widen the division over the issue in Europe.
As far as the United Nations as a whole is concerned, Kosovo cannot be seated as a member without the approval of the General Assembly. Let us hope that Serbian diplomats are now working hard to try and persuade as many states as possible to vote against the territory's membership.
With luck, and with a Kosovo that is only recognised by the USA and its clients, the Russians may feel able to give the green light to Serbia so that she can put an end to this western aggression once and for all.