- Bosnia and Herzegovina
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I am struck in rereading the Serbia/Kosovo agreement that it is called “First Agreement of Principles Governing the Normalization of Relations.”
A continued frozen conflict over north Kosovo is not the best option. It would have been better for the EU to break itself free of the German/US axis and broker a real compromise approach.
The prime ministerial drama in Brussels has finally come to an end, at least for this season.
Prime Ministers Hashim Thaci and Ivica Dacic can’t be enjoying having to deal with each other in Brussels while they pretend to show mutual courtesy.
Dacic's contradictory statements suggest that he understands public opinion better than any of his predecessors.
Instead of nationalistic weeping, the Serbian nation should be presented with a more pragmatic question: Do they want Kosovo as a province, when it is evident that they cannot rule it with the oppression imposed on Albanians for nearly two decades?
There is a phenomenon that is readily associated with swathes of Kosovo’s post war politicians. In diplomatic terms it is known as “corruption”. For me and many of my fellow citizens it is nothing short of robbery.
The International Steering Group’s decision to free Kosovo from the shackles of supervised independence is unquestionably significant.
Pristina, a city densely populated by locals, wannabe-locals and internationals, recently marked its thirteenth anniversary of liberation from Serbian forces. But has that occupation not just been replaced by another, albeit less murderous, version?
And once again, I am talking about international officials in Kosovo, who have one message for Kosovars, another for Serbs and a third for their bosses.
For a Kosovar, traveling to Belgrade is a challenge in more than one way. The trip from Prishtina to the capital of Serbia is both thrilling and very “balkanski”, as we use to say when describing anything that fits the Balkan category.
No means no! This is the slogan of worldwide anti-rape campaigns. Simple, clear, concise; when you say no, you mean no, and others should respect that. But in the part of the world where we live, the Balkans, we’ve witnessed people countless times – albeit in a different context - saying “No” when they mean “Yes” and, especially, “Maybe.”
When the UN General Assembly was voting on Serbia’s resolution to send the Kosovo case to the International Court of Justice, I was surprised how cool I remained. It was not even close to how I felt last year when the Security Council was debating Kosovo’s future.
It’s now clear the International Court of Justice, the ICJ, will be asked by the only authorised body, the UN General Assembly, to rule whether Kosovo’s independence was in line with international law.
Georgia is Serbia, South Ossetia and Abkhazia are Kosovo, i.e a unique case, Moscow is Washington, Russia is NATO and Serbia is done over, whichever way you look at it.