SERBIAN – ALBANIAN NEGOTIATIONS ABOUT KOSOVO AND METOHIJA 2011 – 2013
The author points at the fact that fifteen years after the NATO intervention in 1999, the issue of Kosovo and Metohija status has not been resolved yet. Despite the fact that Kosovo has been recognized by 96 countries and almost all the most important countries of the West, the independence of Kosovo has come across great problems within the international community. The biggest one, of course, being the fact that without Serbia’s consent, Russia won’t let Kosovo have the UN chair. In addition, the self-proclaimed independent Kosovo has faced yet another serious problem. Namely, in the same way the Albanians did not want to accept the authority of Belgrade, so the Kosovo Serbs (who after the big persecutions by the Albanians during 2004 mostly concentrated in the north of Kosovo), did not want to recognize the authority of Pristina. On the other hand, great Western powers have conditioned Serbia’s accession to the EU with the so called normalization of relations with Pristina. And it is precisely between these two points – the UN chair for Kosovo and Serbia’s membership in the EU – that a fierce political and diplomatic battle has been fought for the last few years. The aim of this paper is to show what had been going on during the last few years of negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina and to anticipate possible outcomes of this difficult diplomatic and political struggle.
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