Serbs Threaten Kosovo War

Breakaway province might declare independence Monday
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2007 8:23 AM CST
NATO's Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, Brantz Craddock, arrives at the NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. NATO foreign ministers sought Friday to work out a united...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.