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Failing Blueprint? The Indispensable Crossroad of a Transitional Administration in Kosovo

By Pater Ondrovič


There is at present little agreement between Belgrade and Pristina on the territorial consolidation of the current dispute. Military action in 1999 has resulted in deadlock. This paper sheds light on problem areas in the current theory of self-determination in international relations. It may stimulate debate on a final political and regional settlement between Serbia and Kosovo. To investigate whether a settlement could be achieved without huge international involvement I have analyzed particular parts of the current theory of international relations and found that two possible approaches applicable to the issue can be used. The findings indicate that the concept of autonomy and the concept of territorial exchange could be the most appropriate solutions. The concept of autonomy for Northern Kosovo offers the formalization of present relations, making progress with respect to the ongoing process of decentralization and the establishment of proper authorities in the area. In contrast, the concept of territorial exchange is the more dangerous solution bringing more problems and less stability. To speed up the process, the EU and the US should support current talks on technical issues between Belgrade and Pristina. It is necessary to submit the question of territorial consolidation for negotiation as soon as possible to normalize life in the Balkans

Topics: Autonomy, Kosovo, Territorial exchange, 2010 advisory opinion of the UN ICJ, Political science (General), JA1-92, Political science, J, DOAJ:Political Science, DOAJ:Law and Political Science, Political theory, JC11-607
Publisher: Masaryk University
Year: 2011
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