Letter: This is no way to protect Kosovars

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Sir: Serbian independence was won from the Ottoman Empire in 1878 at the Congress of Berlin. That settlement followed the Russian victory in the Russo-Turkish war of 1877, which was sparked by massacres (in Bulgaria) by Turkish forces - massacres which the Russians felt it was their humanitarian responsibility to prevent.

Serbian independence resulted from Russian intervention in the Balkans to prevent a humanitarian disaster. If Kosovo wins independence from Serbia as a result of Nato action, the Serbs can at least comfort themselves that the Kosovars are merely following in their footsteps.

JOHN RIDDELL

London SE3

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