NATO Troops ‘Ready to Act’ in Kosovo

Kosovo PM Vows 'Rule of Law' in Closing Border Crossings

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen today insisted that their occupation force is “ready to act” in Kosovo to ensure that the government there is able to take over northern border crossings and ensure that the Kosovar Serbs cannot trade with their neighbors across the border.

PM Hashim Thaci insisted that northern Kosovo, the vast majority of whose population is ethnically Serbian, has “no rule and law” and that the national government would have to take over the border crossings to enforce their ban on any and all trade.

The move comes as the Serbs returned to roadblocks near the border crossings to protest the ban on trade. Kosovo politicians blamed the Serbian government, accusing them of plotting to prevent the border closure.

The current row is part of a move since late July, when the national government attacked the border crossings, accusing local police of letting traffic through. NATO has backed the Kosovo government unquestioningly in the dispute, and has condemned calls by the nation’s Serbian minority to maintain ties with the homeland from which they never wanted to secede in the first place.

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