Mead, Alice

Alice Mead
3 December 2004Feature

Alice Mead argues that the UN mission in Kosova was doomed from the start and should be called what it is — a "multinational failure".

The political/social situation in Kosova in autumn 2004, which most people call by the acronym UNMIK, is a conglomerate, a complex overlay of five years of inadequate solutions and stop-gap measures.

Each decision taken since June 1999 has had only short-term goals, a means to justify the end of not-deciding, and each unprincipled step failed to promote solutions and structures that are stable andjust, being founded, as they are, not on principles but by appeasement.