|McCain calls for
Kosovo independence at Munich Conference
February 8, 2008
Front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination of the United
States, U.S. Senator John McCain today said that NATO should be the foundation
of "global order of peace" built on a "foundation of freedom" and said
that Kosovo should be recognized as independent.
"It is time to bring Kosovo - and the Balkans with it - out of the 1990s
and into the 21st century by recognizing Kosovo's independence. Eleven
years ago, that region was in flames, characterized by ethnic cleansing
and widespread violence. For the first time the region is today poised
to move forward, with final status for Kosovo and transitioning continuing
responsibilities there to increasing European control - at long last closing
the door on the region's painful past," says McCain's statement.
McCain also added a point on Serbia saying that "We must ensure that
Serbia can look toward the future as a modern and prosperous European nation.
The proud people of Serbia have turned aside the temptations of ultranationalism
in favor of moderation and a western orientation. The European Union has
taken an important step by offering to establish regular political ties
with Serbia, open up trade, and end visa restrictions. Now it can take
the next step by setting forth a path to EU membership."
Statement was made in lieu of his annual speech at the Munich Security
Conference, which he has attended for many years.