Sunday, February 24, 2008

Kosovo independence: An important precedent

The following was received from a brother.

On 18/2/08 Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, said that the West had crudely broken international law by supporting Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence, which Russian diplomats say will stir up strife in the Balkans. Russia , Serbia and several other view Kosovo’s independence as a violation of UN resolution 1244 and fear that this will set precedence for secessionist movements across the world to demand independence. There is no question that the West under the leadership of the US has weakened both international law and the UN its principal proponent. The Kosovo war of 1999 was fought by the West outside the ambit of international law. Again in 2003 the UN was bypassed as the Anglo-American war machine invaded Iraq . Now, Kosovo’s declaration of independence has gravely undermined the credibility of international law and exposed the nefarious intentions of the West.

The Muslim world should not view these developments with anguish or demand equal treatment for other Muslim lands under occupation. Rather, they should renew all efforts to re-establish the Khilafah, which will exploit the precedence of Kosovo’s independence to truly liberate all Muslim lands from the clutches of the colonialist powers.

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