Thursday, November 30, 2006

Kosovo: Entering The Home Stretch

Kosovo: Entering The Home Stretch
By Patrick MooreRFE/RL -- News Analysis
(RFE/RL)PRAGUE, November 28, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The international community has put off settling Kosovo's final status until shortly after the Serbian elections slated for January 21, 2007. But the delay seems unlikely to affect the outcome, which will in all probability be a conditional independence.By late 2005, the leadership of the UN, at the recommendation of special envoy Kai Eide, concluded that leaving Kosovo's political status unresolved had become a major source of problems for the province and the region as a whole.The continuing uncertainty had already played a role in the triggering and spread of violence among some of the ethnic Albanian majority in March 2004 and remained a potential source of future unrest.The lack of clarity also discouraged the investment necessary to deal with large-scale unemployment and jump-start the economy among people who have often displayed sharp business acumen when provided with a clear legal framework, as Kosovars have done in countries like Croatia, Switzerland, or Germany. more...

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