Serbia and Kosovo: The Path to Normalisation

TitleSerbia and Kosovo: The Path to Normalisation
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsN.N.
Subtitle / Series TitleInternational Crisis Group Europe Report N°223
Pagination38pp.
Date Published19 February 2013
InstitutionInternational Crisis Group
Abstract

The ground shifted underfoot in Kosovo in December 2012. After years of posturing, punctuated by outbursts of violence, Serbia and Kosovo began to implement a landmark agreement on border control, opening joint posts at crossings that had been variously barricaded, circumvented or burned to the ground for much of the past two years. Bigger issues, including the courts, police and municipal structures in Serb-majority northern Kosovo, are now on the agenda of a high-level bilateral dialogue facilitated by the European Union (EU). The leaders of both states seem more ready than ever to compromise, but the northern Kosovo Serbs are staunchly opposed to integration, low-level violence is increasing, Kosovo nationalists are tense, and a spark could set off intercommunal fighting. Belgrade and Pristina should seize this chance to engage in a substantial discussion on the transformation of existing structures in the North and to offer a self-governing region that fits into Kosovo’s jurisdiction based on a flexible application of the Ahtisaari plan’s features. (from the Executive Summary) Download

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