By James Ker-Lindsay
In February 2008, Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia. used to be this the ultimate bankruptcy within the break-up of Yugoslavia and the winning end to the Balkan Wars of the 1990s? Or used to be it only one extra improper flip within the route to balance within the Balkans which has set a perilous precedent for local clash in the course of the international? whilst the UN safety Council approved negotiations to figure out the ultimate prestige of Kosovo in October 2005, such a lot observers hopefully anticipated the Serbian province to develop into an self sustaining kingdom by way of the top of the subsequent year. despite the fact that, the method didn't pass as deliberate. Kosovo: the trail to Contested Statehood within the Balkans charts the process the prestige approach from 2005 to the current and analyzes how and why it went so very wrong. This transparent and perceptive account could be crucial examining for someone with an curiosity within the contemporary heritage of the Balkans or in foreign clash answer.
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34 However, while reports emerged that the atmosphere at the discussions was good, and some progress had been made, as expected no major breakthroughs occurred. Soon afterwards, Ahtisaari flew to Belgrade for further talks with Serbian leaders. At this stage the Serbian position was weak. Quite apart from the general concern about the consequences of trying to deny the Kosovo Albanians independence, the Serbian position was undermined by several other factors. The most important of these was Belgrade’s failure to hand over General Ratko Mladić, who was wanted for trial at the ICTY in The Hague for suspected war crimes during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The moment for action had come. Despite the fact that there was no UN Security Council resolution authorising force, on 24 March, just days after the withdrawal of the KVM, NATO launched Operation Allied Force, a bombing campaign targeting a range of strategic targets in Serbia. 29 Although the initial belief was that HISTORICAL BACKGROUND 15 Belgrade would quickly capitulate, this did not happen. Instead, the air campaign resulted in a full scale humanitarian crisis. In retaliation against the attacks, Milošević now ordered Serb forces to step up their operations against the Kosovo Albanian population.
50 The message was reinforced in May 2002, when the Kosovo Assembly passed a resolution annulling a controversial border agreement that had been between Yugoslavia and Macedonia – despite calls from the EU and UN not to do so. Although the new SRSG, Michael Steiner, had been a strong advocate of NATO intervention in 1999, and was known to favour ‘conditional independence’,51 he could not let such an obvious challenge to Resolution 1244 stand. 53 However, it was also an important signal of the degree to which pressure for a status decision was now growing.
Kosovo: The Path to Contested Statehood in the Balkans by James Ker-Lindsay