A Settlement for Kosovo
A Settlement for Kosovo
How to Relaunch the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue
How to Relaunch the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue

A Settlement for Kosovo

To the Editor:

"Still Troubled After All These Years" (editorial, March 3) says that "work should begin immediately on a settlement" for Kosovo, but it does not say what that settlement would look like in international law. The truth is, the world has been avoiding this thorny problem for six years.

You say the solution should "include a semiautonomous zone for the Serbs," but do not define what that zone would be semiautonomous from. You also reject independence for the province. Does this mean that the Kosovo Albanians would just live in the international limbo of United Nations administration indefinitely - with no access to foreign lending and investment, and thus very high unemployment?

The riots last year against Serbs and other minority groups were indefensible. But recognizing that social unrest has underlying causes and charting a path to a settlement to begin dealing with those causes does not "reward bad faith." Independence may well be the best way to get a functioning state that produces real benefits for people, including Kosovo's Serbs. When people have responsibility, they tend to behave more responsibly.

Let's hope that the calm response to date of the Kosovo Albanians to Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj's indictment and resignation ("Kosovo's New Chance," editorial, March 9), together with his own dignified exit, may mark precisely that society's turning point toward responsibility.

How to Relaunch the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue

Online Event to discuss Crisis Group's report "Relaunching the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue", in which we discussed what currently stands in the way of a new status quo and what it will take to relaunch the process with the Pristina elections in view.

Thirteen years after Kosovo broke away from Serbia, the two countries remain mired in mutual non-recognition, with deleterious effects on both. The parties need to move past technicalities to tackle the main issues at stake: Pristina’s independence and Belgrade’s influence over Kosovo’s Serbian minority.

In this conversation, we discussed what currently stands in the way of a new status quo and what it will take to relaunch the process with the Pristina elections in view.

How to Relaunch the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue (Online Event, 28th January 2021)

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