Setting Kosovo Free: Remaining Challenges

TitleSetting Kosovo Free: Remaining Challenges
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleInternational Crisis Group Europe Report N°218
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsN.N.
Number of Pages35
PublisherInternational Crisis Group
CityPristina/Istanbul/Brussels
Abstract

Kosovo has implemented much of the Ahtisaari plan – the blueprint for its democracy, providing substantial rights for Serbs and other minorities – and deserves to be fully independent, but there should be no slippage, and remaining parts of the plan should be honoured. The Pristina government mostly abides by it, and many Serbs south of the Ibar River now accept its authority, obey its laws and take part in political life in a way unimaginable four years ago. These achievements are threatened, however, by the tense Kosovo-Serbia relationship, declining Serb numbers and Pristina’s frustration at its inability to extend its sovereignty to the Serb-majority northern areas and to achieve full international recognition. A surge in ethnically-motivated attacks shows peace is fragile. The government should remain committed to the Ahtisaari requirement for minorities. But the plan was not meant to work in isolation and cannot be separated from the overall Kosovo-Serbia relationship. Belgrade needs to earn Pristina’s trust and acquiescence for its continued involvement on Kosovo territory, especially the south. (from the Executive Summary) Download

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