Kosovo developments - British Bn sent

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  1. Source: http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2005-03-08T113300Z_01_ULL839612_RTRUKOC_0_SERBIAMONTENEGRO-KOSOVO-HARADINAJ.xml
  2. Source: PA News via Scotsman: http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4225360
  3. Sssshhhhhh.....can you hear the elastic band stretching even more :roll:
  4. Indeed, DL

    Some background from a Guardian article in early Jan 05, which I posted at the time in another thread. Since then there has been time to prepare things (and Mr Haradinaj himself) as much as possible. But for that, it might have been better to initiate this at the coldest point of the winter. Weather reportedly below freezing today, but will be 'warmer' by Saturday.

  5. Latest from Guardian website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-4849315,00.html

    I am pleased to see that Mr Haradinaj, given his position as Prime Minister and the fact that he has always made it clear that he would surrender to any ICTY indictment, has been allowed to announce this himself to the media. According to the Guardian report, he has resigned as PM and will voluntarily give himself to the ICTY authorities in Holland tomorrow.

    Per my previous comment, this has every sign of having been carefully prepared. After the deadly and destructive riots of last April, it would have been madness not to.
  6. they always kick off when it's warmer. ie last year, the feb 200 riots/car bombings/RPG attacks

    a shame they're so willing to kill/be killed for a plot of land which is, undeniably HORRIBLE (at least pristina is/was). A family friend was back there in 2003, and I asked him if it had gotten any better since 2000 (when I was there). The answer? no. everythings the same. power/water intermittent, stray dogs, burning wheelie bins etc etc.

    what a dump. my condolences to 1 RGJ :)
  7. The problem with Kosovo is that we once again jumped in feet first into a conflict that we did not understand and got it all wrong.

    It is about time that the IC got stuck into the Albanians. From what I saw of what was going on they were getting away with murder and the world looked away. Never forget a Channel 4 Documentary after the war where all the KLA hoods were interviewed and said that they deliberately orchastrated situations to force the Serbs hands, then telling their own people to flee - we walked into a typical ambush for suckers!

    Good luck to the Chosen Men of 1 RGJ. Remember to carry your respirators and learn the lessons from 2 RGJ in Mitrovica (who didn't - not pleasant when there is CS flying about!) :evil:
  8. That's why I looked at the 5-day weather forecast, see earlier in the thread. The hope seems to be that this time, demonstrations will be on a scale which can be handled and has been prepared for, in contrast to last year's embarrassing performance by some national contingents. Hopefully the message has already got out in the majority community that any repeat of last year's violence, destruction, and ethnic cleansing will do their cause no good. Those minded to cause trouble may, however, feel that there are never any major consequences to their actions.

    To be fair, the majority of previous demonstrations over arrests/indictments of ex-KLA figures have been peaceful, and apart from last April there have been relatively few examples of serious civil disturbance outwith Mitrovica.

    I might have added "pity cdn_spr you didn't have the chance to see the beautiful old part of Prizren" - except for the appalling damage caused there in last year's riots. Great move.

    Good luck to 1RGJ.
  9. One of my oppo's has gone out there - with 1 RGR I'm led to believe NOT 1 RGJ! Could the whole thing be part of the B Liars' and TCH big scheme to get reelected? "Bringing peace and democracy to the Balkans with our brave troops", and then stabbing them in the back after the election? Just wondering that's all :roll:
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  11. Now they are away... it seems to be the norm to shaft the inf while on opps... probably sell of their bks for "new chav homes"... wonder why it's been kept so dark up to now???

    Come on Tony... say "sorry" again for us!
  12. Things seem to have been fairly quiet in Kosovo since Mr Haradinaj's resignation as Prime Minister and his departure to the Hague, the main reported incident being a probable grenade explosion outside the UNMIK compound in Pristina, injuring one person, but this has now been reported:
    full story at http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=582300