Several thousand members of Kosovo’s Serbian minority have protested in the divided town of Mitrovica. They are warning the European Union they will reject its planned “supervisory” mission if the Albanian majority declares independence. “If there is a God, Kosovo will stay in Serbia,” said one man. “If need be, we’ll defend it by all means.”
“We’ll see,” said a woman protester. “But I hope for the best.” Another man said: “We’re worried. We hope they’ll find compromise in New York. We have to hope for the best.”
The protest comes a day before the UN Security Council meets to discuss the way forward after Serb-Albanian negotiations failed. With Western backing, Kosovo’s 90 percent ethnic Albanians are set to declare independence next month.