Parties in Serbia and Kosovo and Metohija (2000-2008) Cover Image

Партије у Србији и Косово и Метохија (2000-2008)
Parties in Serbia and Kosovo and Metohija (2000-2008)

Author(s): Uroš Šuvaković
Subject(s): Political Sciences, Government/Political systems, Transformation Period (1990 - 2010)
Published by: Институт за политичке студије
Keywords: Kosovo; Serbia; first decade of 21st century; program party attitudes;

Summary/Abstract: Two changes have determined the change of program attitudes of political parties in Serbia regarding the problems at Kosovo and Metohija: a) putting the southern Serbian province under the temporary directorate of Organization of United Nations in 1999, which was done by the resolution 1244 of the United Nations Security Council; that ended NATO aggression to our country and simultaneously the whole political process of solving this problem was internationalized maximally, while OUN was completely involved in its further solving; b) political changes of the 5 October 2000 in Serbia brought to power those political parties that had been opposition in the previous decade and with such a status they did not pronounce on Kosovo problem much, even at all; and when they did that, they usually followed attitudes of western governments with this regard; during that previous decade their program- political attitudes have evolved from pleading for canceling autonomous provinces in Serbia, with suggesting of the whole variety of radical- nationalistic and chauvinistic measures, to pleading for a wide autonomous of province. Many political parties in Serbia have officially adopted completely new party programs in the first years of 21st century. Those that have not done that have performed a revision of the existing program documents, through various congress resolutions, declarations and similar. Various more or less extreme requests from the beginning of the last decade of the 20th century appeared to be not only populistic, based on the speech of hatred, but also unrealizable. However, abandonment of such attitudes have gone to another extremity with some parties, which have brought them to anti- Serbian program- political positions with attitude in favor of recognizing independence of Kosmet. Apart from them, some new, after 5 October, parties in Serbia represent such the attitude. Identification of such political attitudes at non- minority parties (parties that do not represent only national minorities) in Serbia was inconceivable before 5 October 2000. The historical sequence of events has confirmed the serious foundation of program attitudes of those political parties that have consistently pleaded for implementation of autonomous of Kosmet within Serbia. Keeping that in mind, it is justified to conclude that endeavor for preservation of Kosovo and Metohija within Serbia will continue to be one of the global social goals of Serbia in future also, with giving to this province so called status of substantial autonomous.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 393-420
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: Serbian