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27 March 2014

American News Media Ignores "Bogus Information" Given by Obama in Speech on Crimea & Kosovo

President Barack Obama delivered a speech in Brussels, Belgium where he made the following declaration:

". . . Kosovo only left Serbia after a referendum was organized not outside the boundaries of international law, but in careful cooperation with the United Nations and with Kosovo’s neighbors. None of that even came close to happening in Crimea."

The only problem with Obama's claim is the Kosovo referendum which was organized within the boundaries of international law, and in careful cooperation with the United Nations, never happened.

Three international scholars fact checked Obama's statements, and all said the American President was incredibly wrong.

Milos Subotic, the International Relations Officer of the University of Pristina, Kosovo told Breitbart London, "During his yesterday speech in Brussels, President Obama showed a lack of knowledge of the political situation in Kosovo. Kosovo never organised any kind of referendum, but the Assembly of Provisional Institutions of self-government of Kosovo made a unilateral declaration of independence on February 17th 2008.

"The declaration of independence has been recognised by approximately one hundred states, however Serbia and many countries have also showed their opposition to declaration of independence, most notably China and Russia. What Kosovo did was not in line with United Nations and that’s confirmed by the fact that Kosovo is not member of UN."

Kassam and Walker (26 March 2014). Exclusive: Obama's 'Incredible Mistake' Over Phantom Kosovo Referendum. Breitbart London. Retrieved on 27 March 2014.

Daniel Hamilton, a Britain-based Balkans expert, and Dr. James Ker-Lindsay, a Senior Research Fellow on the Politics of South East Europe at the London School of Economics, both echoed Milos Subotic's words.

"I think one must assume that this was indeed an error. However, it really does seem to be an incredible mistake to have made. Surely there must have been someone at hand who would have known that there was no UN organised referendum in Kosovo. It really was not that long ago," Ker-Lindsay said.

"It’s no secret that Balkan geopolitics is a complex and confusing game – but one would hope the White House speechwriters would check their facts before presenting the President of the United States with bogus information," said Hamilton.

Despite this glaring error in Obama's knowledge of European affairs, the American news media has yet to raise questions on how such a bogus line made it into a presidential speech on the world stage.

Most mainstream media coverage on American television today is focused on Obama's visit to Vatican City, and his meeting with the Pope.