Kosovo, Gen. Mini: “20 years ago I said we had to leave, today there aren’t the conditions”

“KFOR must guarantee security but be fair”

“Twenty years ago I said that it was necessary to leave, only that it is possible to do so only when there is a security situation. At this moment, thanks to all the mistakes that have been made before and to the direction taken by NATO and by the whole international community towards Serbia, this is not the time, rather the foreseen measures must be implemented”. Speaking to Adnkronos is General Fabio Mini, former commander of the Kfor mission in Kosovo from 2002 to 2003. “I had 37 thousand men – he says – at a certain point I pointed out that there were too many, that we were annoying, proposing to reduce the units certain, however, that they agreed to take on a higher risk. In that situation it was natural to be less but to have a ready force, available from outside. Now it has been established and is ready for use but it is a 20-year-old measure” .

“Serbia is no longer what it was twenty years ago, when people were available for a little peace of mind, I’m not saying to give Kosovo completely to the Albanians but to find a form of local government that would not completely violate their sovereignty, as happens today. It is true that the Serbs, now more nationalist, have never officially recognized independence nor will they ever recognize it. If at a certain point violence were to increase, what should NATO do, go back to bombing Belgrade? Because everything depends on the fact that we are on one side only, that of Kosovo, and we have to take the risks”.

So what can Kfor do? “It must guarantee security and, if it is threatened by someone, intervene. But be careful, since it is an internal and not an international issue, Kosovo is competent to intervene. You cannot start another war between NATO and Serbia to a Kosovo that they themselves consider independent. Kfor should have a fair address, one must not meddle between the two sides by taking sides of only one: the rights and errors of both sides must be recognized”. (by Silvia Mancinelli)