Monday, December 10, 2007

Where Now for Kosovo?

The deadline expired today. Are we now counting down to a unilateral declaration of independence, or a fresh round of talks?

Ever the optimist, Greece's Ambassador to the United States Alexandros Mallias argues that the Thessaloniki Processprovides the best way forward for preserving regional stability.

My thoughts, written for the journal "New Serbian Political Thought", on why the U.S. stance towards Kosovo contradicts established American policy on dealing with new democracies as well as on the preference for maintaining territorial integrity.

Kosovar seperatists have fought for an autonomous province, both violently and through passive means, such as immigration and births. Kosovo is historically and culturally Serbian; if the Mexicans in the U.S. state of Arizona decided to beak off from the U.S. and form their own speratist state, would the U.S> allow that to happen without consequences?
Americans don't acknowledge this at all; it is just those backward Balkan folk who need this intervention.
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