University of Pittsburgh
March 16, 2008

Pitt Faculty Expert Says Violence Against NATO Troops in Northern Kosovo Shows Dangers of Bush Administration's Unilateral Declaration of Kosovo Independence

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PITTSBURGH- Robert M. Hayden, director of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and East European Studies and author of "Blueprints for a House Divided: The Constitutional Logic of the Yugoslav Conflict" (University of Michigan Press, 2000), is available to comment on today's violence against NATO troops in Northern Kosovo.

"The violence against NATO troops in Northern Kosovo on March 17 shows the dangers of the Bush Administration's engineering a unilateral declaration of Kosovo independence, which was not and will not be accepted by the Serbs who live there," says Hayden, who is also a professor of anthropology, law, and public and international affairs.

"NATO has enough problems in Afghanistan and did not need to be involved in conflict in Europe, especially since this conflict was entirely foreseeable and is the direct result of the actions of the US administration."

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