Skip to comments.Serbia returns to the offensive over Kosovo
Posted on 03/23/2008 3:17:10 PM PDT by kronos77
BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica on Sunday accused NATO peacekeepers and United Nations police of using "snipers and banned ammunition" to quell a Serb riot against Kosovo's independence.
"It was the international forces," he told the daily Vecernje Novosti in an interview, referring to a riot in the Kosovo Serb stronghold of Mitrovica last Monday in which a Ukrainian U.N. policeman was killed and a Serb badly wounded in the head.
"Obviously, the situation in Kosovo is very difficult and there are reasonable and unreasonable people. The battle is on for the whole of Kosovo," Kostunica said.
When the powers which back independence for the majority Albanian province realized that Serbia would never recognize it, "they displayed force," Kostunica said "brutal force, snipers and banned ammunition".
U.N. police and NATO troops raided a U.N. court building on Monday which had been occupied by Serb protesters, including Serbian interior ministry officials, according to the U.N.
The U.N. and NATO say the violence was instigated by Belgrade. They say Serbs threw grenades and Molotov cocktails and fired automatic weapons in a deliberate attempt to kill.
Serbs say one man now in a coma was shot by a NATO sniper. Kostunica's "banned ammunition" charge refers to plastic bullets.
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Kostunica is now a caretaker premier. His coalition collapsed this month over his hard-line policy of rejecting closer European Union ties until the EU reverses its recognition of Kosovo.
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The U.S., the U.N. and NATO are all determined to shoot the Serbs in the back as the Serbs try to stop the establishment of an independent muslim nation whose purpose is to gain a base of operations for the spread of islam into civilized Europe. It’s a disgrace.
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