Tuesday, October 11, 2005

"Jo standarde [No standards]": although the writing is in the same style as that of the Vetevendosje (Self-determination) organisation's graffiti, one of their members denied their involvement in this dismissal of the United Nations' policy of "standards before status", in which Kosovo would be denied a final decision on status (which would, implicitly, be independence) [until it had achieved certain human rights standards]. The policy of "standards before status" has been singularly unsuccessful, because it punishes civilians for not preventing the acts of gangsters and terrorists who the UN itself has been unable to suppress; it has been supplanted by a policy of "standards with status", in recognition of the fact that it is only with security that the ethnic Albanian majority will feel safe enough to once more live alongside their Serb and Roma former neighbours [so the state could achieve those human rights standards].

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