Czech diplomat likens Kosovo crisis to Munich 1938

A former human rights rapporteur on Yugoslavia has condemned international pressure for Kosovo independence.

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A former human rights rapporteur on Yugoslavia has condemned international pressure for Kosovo independence. Czech diplomat Jiri Dienstbier said that international pressure for Kosovo to be granted independence was similar to “capitulation in the Munich manner.” Czech diplomat likens Kosovo crisis to Munich 1938 In Munich in 1938, the Great Powers allowed the Sudetenland province of Czechoslovakia to be ceded to Hitler’s Germany in a vain attempt to avert war. This continues to be one of the great traumas in Czech and Slovakian contemporary history. “It’s capitulation. They (the U.S. and the EU) are trying to dispense with the problem in a ’Munich’ manner in the 21st century, for a piece of territory to be broken off on ethnic grounds,” explained Dienstbier in an interview for Czech national radio, condemning the fact that Kosovo’s status was being settled by according it independence. The diplomat reiterated that it was humiliating for Serbia that “the world continues to blame them for what happened in the Balkans, even though the other protagonists in the conflict were equally to blame.” Dienstbier concluded by saying that the result of today’s presidential elections would depend on turnout.

Czech diplomat likens Kosovo crisis to Munich 1938

In Munich in 1938, the Great Powers allowed the Sudetenland province of Czechoslovakia to be ceded to Hitler’s Germany in a vain attempt to avert war. This continues to be one of the great traumas in Czech and Slovakian contemporary history.

“It’s capitulation. They (the U.S. and the EU) are trying to dispense with the problem in a ’Munich’ manner in the 21st century, for a piece of territory to be broken off on ethnic grounds,” explained Dienstbier in an interview for Czech national radio, condemning the fact that Kosovo’s status was being settled by according it independence.

The diplomat reiterated that it was humiliating for Serbia that “the world continues to blame them for what happened in the Balkans, even though the other protagonists in the conflict were equally to blame.”

Dienstbier concluded by saying that the result of today’s presidential elections would depend on turnout.

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