UN Fears Serbs Will Disrupt A Free Kosovo (Or the UN Worries that the Serbs Will Turn Off the already inconsistent electricity)

The New York Times reported in an article published today by Nicholas Wood that the UN fears that Serbs will disrupt an independent Kosovo.  This is not really news.  What do you expect Serbia to do?  Throw a cocktail party?  Lay out the red carpet?

The real question is what kind of “disruptions” are the Serbs planning on undertaking and what the international community can do in response.  One of the main concerns for an independent Kosovo is power.  KEK (Koroporata Energjetike E Kosoves), which supplies Kosovo with 75% of the power, relies heavily on water supplied by the north — which the Serbs maintain substantial control over.  If the Serbs fulfill their promise to impose economic sanctions and to stop all trade, then — the argument goes — KEK will not have the ability to provide power to Kosovo consistently.

Of course, everyone who lives in Kosovo knows very well that KEK has trouble as it is now to provide consistent power.  So what is no power going to really solve when Kosovo is already dealing with an inconsistent power source?  The problem will be that Kosovars will blame the Serbs — when the real problem has to do with Kosovo politics on the issue of KEK.  Put simply, KEK can’t kick itself out of a wet paper bag.

The international community, as it has been  asked for some time, is to prop up Kosovo utilities so that it won’t have to rely on water sources controlled by the Serbs.  It’s a little too late now to start trying to find a compromise solution as to Kosovo’s woeful power issues.

U.N. Fears Serbs Will Disrupt a Free Kosovo

PRISTINA, Kosovo, Dec. 9 —

As Kosovo moves closer to declaring its independence, fears are rising that Serbia and Serbs in Kosovo’s north could take steps to try to disrupt the province’s shaky economy and scare off countries ready to recognize it as a sovereign state.  Senior United Nations officials say they are particularly worried that the Serbian government will direct Kosovo’s Serbs to disrupt most of the province’s power supply and assert partial control of the north by having Serb police officers break away from the province’s police force. Such moves could further inflame tensions between the province’s ethnic Albanians and Serbs, possibly leading to violence.

The United Nations is then expected to begin deliberations about its next possible step. Western diplomats in Brusselsand Pristina suggest the United Nations will invite the European Unionto replace the United Nations mission in the province, and leave it to individual countries to decide if they should recognize Kosovo as an independent nation.

Aid agencies, including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, have already drawn up contingency plans for an exodus of 5,000 to 100,000 refugees, many of which they expect will be ethnic Serbs..

While the Serbian government has repeatedly emphasized that it wants to avoid any violence in the province, it has promised to stop trade with Kosovo and begin economic sanctions if it declares independence.  United Nations officials say a trade cutoff would not be especially damaging because Kosovo already does most of its trading with Macedonia. But they are worried that economic sanctions could include disrupting the supply of electricity, which could cause major problems in an economy that already is one of Europe’s poorest.

The province’s main power plant, which supplies 75 percent of Kosovo’s electricity, runs on water supplied from the north, where Serbia still retains substantial control. In addition, Serbia could cut some of the province’s other power by stopping the transmission of electricity from Europe, which runs on power lines through Serbia.  Even more alarming, United Nations officials say, is the possibility that ethnic Serb members of Kosovo’s police force could quit and adopt Serbian uniforms, a move that might provoke attacks from hard-line ethnic Albanian groups.


4 thoughts on “UN Fears Serbs Will Disrupt A Free Kosovo (Or the UN Worries that the Serbs Will Turn Off the already inconsistent electricity)

  1. Ok, sorry didn’t read your article, I’d just like to inform you that I answered on your comment at my ‘Kosovo’ entry. Please take a look and answer back… Btw, I see that you’re writing a lot about Kosovo, where are you from?

    Link: Kosovo

  2. I’m just writing article on comment replies :-D, but you outrun me 🙂

    Well, I respect your opinion, but you can’t say that Kosovo deserve independence because this isn’t territory of America and America can’t decide what to do with Kosovo.

    After all, I admit that there were crimes against Albanians from Milosevic’s side, but I wasn’t supporter of Milosevic and you can see how he finished, but also Albanians did BIG crimes to Serbs. We will never live in peace (that’s the point), but it’s just UNFAIR to rip out Kosovo from Serbia. We have history there, our culture, our traditions, a lot things happened from 12th century until 21st. That’s like ripping out something important from your heart. It’s just like that for Serbs. You still didn’t tell me where are you from? I don’t know how to bring this feeling to you.

    And now Russia-Serbia thing. First, if you see history, we’re both Slavic people, and we call each other brother through whole history. They were supporting us into Turks wars, in World War I, World War II, through whole history and West countries (EU) wanted to conquer Serbia (first France, I mean on Napoleon, than Austria-Hungary, than Germany etc.), so count two and two and tell me who you will support from my site. Of course Russia…

    Yeah, of course that England supported us in World War I and France, but we learned just two history class ago that they were offering Italy and Romania our territories to join on Entente Powers side. That was also unfair, but we brought our territories back…

    Yeah, this is really nice to discuss about this. Thanks a lot 😀

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