Monday, 18 February 2008
Reasons to cheer in Kosovo and Cyprus
Two reasons to cheer in the world today. First, Kosovo has moved to independence with a minimum of Serbian interference. Britain and NATO, thanks to Tony Blair, were prepared to defend the Kosovan people from a repetition of what happened in Bosnia . And the birth of the small, new republic is an important success for liberal interventionism. Second, the Cypriot elections have brought hope of a peaceful settlement on that long-troubled island. The Turkish Cypriots, with strong encouragement from Ankara, have wanted to negotiate in recent years. Now, at least, with change on the Greek side, a resolution is possible.