Serbs protest in Brussels

25th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

The protesters fear that the recognition of Kosovan independence will have consequences elsewhere in Europe.

Several hundred Serbs held a demonstration in Brussels on Sunday. The Serbs are unhappy that Belgium plans to recognise Kosovo as an independent state.

The protesters say that last Sunday's unilateral declaration of independence by the Kosovan Parliament contravenes international law.

One of the demonstration’s organisers, the Serbian historian Alexis Troude, told journalists that the declaration of independence contravenes the UN Charter, UN resolution 1244, the 1975 Helsinki Final Act and the Serbian constitution.

The protesters also fear that the recognition of Kosovan independence will have consequences elsewhere in Europe.

"Today it's Kosovo, but tomorrow it could be the Basque Country, Corsica, Sud-Tirol (Italy) or why not? Brussels”, one of the protesters told the Belgian press agency Belga.

So far 10 of the 27 EU member states have officially recognised Kosovan independence.

Nine others, including Belgium, are likely to follow suit.

Sunday's demonstration was organised by the Serbian Institute for Public Diplomacy, a non-profit origination that promotes Serbian interests in Europe.

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