Gulf Times, UAE
THE HOPE of a negotiated end to the Kosovan situation has again disappeared with the renewed violence. Negotiations which had scarcely got off the ground broke down some weeks ago. The increasingly popular KLA is insisting on being involved in the negotiations. Its insistence is hanging like the sword of Damocles above the head of the "moderate" Kosovan "president", Ibrahim Rugova, who advocates a pacifist settlement. Belgrade has no intention of talking with the KLA, who it describes as a "terrorist organisation" while urging the rest of the international community to do the same
THE WEST realises that there are dangers in supporting Kosovar independence. Albanians in Macedonia might be emboldened to join a greater Albania, and other regional ethnic entities might demand their own states as well. The US and its allies should at least spare the world the spectacle of Western diplomats pretending to work for a solution that does not exist. Milosevic has proved to be a master at engineering crises to suit his own ends. Now he's killing Kosovars again. No one can blame them for not trusting him.
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