Letter: Balkan quarrels: common sense and lost causes

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Sir: David Branson's suggestion that Kosovo's Albanians should be granted independence is incomprehensible (Letters, 30 December). Kosovo has been an integral part of Serbia for more than a thousand years and it holds the seat of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The fallaciousness of this theory of secession based on numerical superiority (as is the case with the Albanians of Kosovo) can best be accentuated by applying the concept closer to home.

Thus, hypothetically speaking, would England allow Kent (with the Church of England's episcopal seat in Canterbury) to secede, because an immigrant minority there had become a majority through its higher birth-rate?

Yours faithfully,


London, W12

30 December