BRITNEY ZAPATERO: Oops, he did it again. First Iraq, now Kosovo. Spain is unilaterally pulling its troops:
Spain will withdraw its hundreds of troops from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Kosovo in the next few months, an official said Thursday.The alllies are jumping mad:
Defense Minister Carme Chacon made the announcement during a visit to the Spanish base at Istok in Kosovo.
"After 10 years of great work, the mission has been completed and it is time to return home," the ministry quoted Chacon as saying.
NATO appeared annoyed on Thursday at Spain's withdrawal decision, which came with little warning to Spain's allies.What a disgrace.
NATO spokeswoman Carmen Romero told The Associated Press in Brussels that the alliance's secretary general, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, had been informed of the Spanish decision prior to its announcement but felt that such a move "should have been taken as a result of a decision within the alliance."
She added that NATO does "not yet" consider that "political and security conditions are in place" in Kosovo.