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The Kosovo Conflict Once again Yugoslavia is in the mist of turmoil The Kosovo Liberation Army supported by most ethnic Albanians is openly rebelling against Serbian rule The tension in Kosovo is the result of explosive growth of the Albanian population Although Serbs administer power over Kosovo it is approximately 90 Albanian The result has lead to resistance to Serbian control and an aim for Albanian independence Conflict is not new to this historically unsettled part of the world but yet the globe watches to see NATOs reaction The question then remains how should NATO countries respond and with what action if any should be taken NATO NATO the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was established in 1949 and currently contains 19 state members Its main focus is defending its members and creating wider stability throughout the Mediterranean and Euro-Atlantic area NATO decisions are made on the basis of consensus after discussion with all member nations It does not have a dominant authority and therefore decisions must be made by all member countries and action only taken when all are in agreement NATOs most current controversial issue is the Kosovo conflict Until recently threats have been the only military action NATO has now begun bombing the area because no significant effort was made toward peace The ironic situation leaves many unanswered questions Does NATO have full support from its members Is there a dominant power influencing NATO Why is peace so importance for the region Are the Western countries acting avariciously Cause for Concern A great international concern is that Kosovo will spark dispute in other nearby regions Robert Austin wrote in the article Albania and Kosovo Roots of Instability that both Macedonia and Albania are politically and economically vulnerable to spillover effects from the Kosovo crisis The locations of Macedonia and Albania make them prime sights for the cross-border transferral of weapons guerrillas and the many refugees Macedonia currently
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