Letter: Kosovo shame

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The Independent Culture
Sir: I was disturbed to read of children being murdered in the Kosovo conflict. But there are important issues never raised, which are a key to ensuring a fair reporting balance.

Kosovo wants to secede, a trend initiated by Slovenia and quickly followed by Croatia in 1990. Where was the West's support for the Krajina Serbs in 1990 when the Croats began the entire Balkan conflict? Recall that just like Kosovo, Krajina (90 per cent Serb) wanted to secede, but was prevented by Croatian forces, bringing back frightening memories of the wartime Pavelic regime for many Serbs.

Why does the West cry out on behalf of Kosovo when it sat in silence as fascist Croatian forces overran and slaughtered Serb civilians in 1990? This is the second time this has happened this century.

HUGH W GLEAVE

London N10

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