Tuesday, December 26, 2006

What's next for Kosovo?

I hope you had a good Christmass. This article on Kosovo seems pretty good. Further we have some interesting news from the region. Plus, we have a new war in Africa.

What's next for Kosovo?


With Belgrade and Pristina unable to bridge their differences over Kosovo's future, a decision on status is now up to the international community. That poses its own set of challenges.

By Robert C. Austin for Southeast European Times – 26/12/06

Regional stability in Southeast Europe depends ultimately on the resolution of Kosovo's status, a process which the UN Security Council formally launched in late 2005. Several rounds of talks under UN auspices were then held between Kosovo Albanian and Serbian representatives, in the hope that a solution acceptable to both sides could be reached. That hope has not borne fruit. The Kosovo Albanians want nothing less than statehood. The Serbian side, meanwhile, has stuck to its refrain of "more than autonomy but less than independence", though it remains unclear what this would amount to in practice. In October, Serbian voters approved a constitution which describes Kosovo as an integral part of the country. more

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