Thank you for the article ``Balkan Dominoes Could Tumble Back on Serbia Province,'' Dec. 13. The article made me feel as if I were sharing my concerns for the right to self-determination with my fellow brothers. It has been a long time since I have read an article about Kosovo.
It has already been predicted that the next flare-up in the Balkans - an explosive region - would involve the Albanians, the expected flash point being Kosovo, the Serbian-occupied region with a population 95 percent ethnic Albanian.
A ``quiet ethnic cleansing'' of Albanians has been under way in Kosovo. Nevertheless the world's hesitation and silence go on, as Serbia plunders. Because of the Serbs' current stronghold in Kosovo, there has been no need to spark an open conflict in that region, as in Bosnia or Croatia. They have already occupied Kosovo with scattered military checkpoints.
The leader of Kosovo, Ibrahim Rugova, is trying very hard to solve Kosovo's crisis by peaceful means, but time seems to be running out. The unarmed Albanian population is about to revolt. A failure to stop the Serbian aggression will most likely mean a greater war. Kosovo must not be sacrificed as Bosnia has been. It must survive as an independent country. It's time to deliver justice toward the Balkan nations. Ilber H. Gashi, Chicago
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