Letter: Greater Albania?

Sir: The expulsion of thousands of Serbian and Roma civilians from Kosovo by Albanians should come as no surprise. In the most likely model for a future Kosovan state, Albania itself, the existence of a substantial ethnic Greek population is officially denied and any agitation for recognition violently suppressed. Only a handful of other "foreigners"

are recorded.

This reflects the traditional exclusive and xenophobic approach for which Albania was famous for decades before its recent ascent to top position in the list of deserving causes.

The reduced and devastated territory of Yugoslavia by contrast retains a truly multi-ethnic society with constitutional guarantees, despite its reputation in the West. This even makes post-Dayton Bosnia look like a success!


London W6