Serbia has prompted fears of renewed violence in the Balkans by threatening to go to war to prevent Kosovo from breaking away. After a four-month effort to resolve issues failed, Kosovo is set to declare its independence as early as Monday. In response, an adviser to the Serbian prime minister vowed on state television that the nation would defend its territory "using all means," reports the Times of London.
“The State has no recourse other than war when someone does not respect the UN Security Council,” he said. His remarks provoked an angry response from a UN official who said mediators left "no stone unturned" in an effort to accommodate Serbian and Albanian demands. NATO foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss contingency plans in the event of renewed violence.