Posted by ChrisG on 17 February, 2008 at 7:39 am. 6 comments already!

The story is still developing. After 14+ Years of UN/NATO/EU involvement in the Former Yugoslavia, Kosovo has declared independence from Serbia and the region has a great potential for slipping back into civil war.

From a poorly written Yahoo/AP feed

PRISTINA, Kosovo – Kosovo declared itself a nation on Sunday, mounting a historic bid to become an “independent and democratic state” backed by the U.S. and key European allies but bitterly contested by Serbia and Russia.

“Kosovo is a republic — an independent, democratic and sovereign state,” parliament speaker Jakup Krasniqi said as the chamber burst into applause.

Across the capital, Pristina, revelers danced in the streets, fired guns into the air and waved red and black Albanian flags in jubilation at the birth of the world’s newest country.

Serbian President Boris Tadic reacted by saying his country will never accept Kosovo’s “unilateral and illegal” declaration.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo declared itself a nation on Sunday, mounting a historic bid to become an “independent and democratic state” backed by the U.S. and key European allies but bitterly contested by Serbia and Russia.

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