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For several weeks now, RussiaToday have covered tensions on the border between the Serbs of Kosovo and Nato troops, the Kfor, who are there to ensure that there is not a repeat of previous horrors.

The Serbs want to join the European Union, whilst Kosovo’s declaration of independence has been met with predictable hostility from Belgrade and a lukewarm response from the Islamic world.

That the minority Serbs are treated appalingly in this tiny nation of ethnic Albanians is without a shadow of doubt.

The trouble is those very Serbs still don’t think they have done anything wrong.

When I was in Pristina some fives years after Nato’s intervention in 1999 to prevent ethnic cleansing of Albanian Kosovars, the scars of that time were everywhere.

At the top of the main hill running into the capital, a Serb Orthodox Church had been erected to symbolise the triumph of the Cross over the Crescent. It is still shiny and new even though the grass around it visuably demonstrated that it would not be in use any time soon.

Young Albanians – they are very young and very beautiful – went about their daily lives, even though many carried horrific stories.

One student at the American University told me that the Serbs had come to his village and taken his father away during the conflict.

He still didn’t know what had happened to him.

And it was commonplace to hear the story of Srebrenica, for the Albanians had taken to the hills fearing that fate awaited them as the European nations pondered about what they would do about Kosovo, just as they had done during the Yugoslav wars.

There is a statue in centre of Pristina of a warrior who had given his life for his people and killed many Serbs, as one Albanian told me.

No one seemed to care about this man much, in fact most Albanians give the impression that they just want to get on with life free of any conflicts.

Perhaps it’s time the Serbs started to do the same, they could begin by forgetting about that Battle on the Field of Blackbirds in 1389.

http://rt.com/news/kosovo-standoff-serbia-eu-529/