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KFOR Seals Off Kosovo's Northern Border

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008

The BBC reports that KFOR troops have temporarily closed two border crossings on Kosovo's northern border, effectively sealing it off from Serbia. The move comes a day after a coordinated attack on the posts by Serbian militants, who used bulldozers and explosives to destroy them:

The attacks on the crossings and the Nato response put the international community on a collision course with both Kosovo Serbs and the Serbian government, our correspondent says.

He says that what is emerging on the ground is a second Kosovo.

The report was unclear whether the Serbian militants came from the Serb or Kosovar side of the border. Meanwhile, Serbia's Minister declared his government's intention to take control of the border posts

Most of the concerns about Kosovo's declaration of independence had to do with the precedent it might set in other parts of the world. This kind of incident is a stark reminder that the move could easily degenerate into renewed violence. Frankly, it's surprising that the border posts were left vulnerable at such a sensitive time, especially since the independence announcement didn't exactly take KFOR by surprise.