№ 57 - Consolidation of Kosovo State and Belgrade’s Response Cover Image

№ 57 - Konsolidacija kosovske države i reakcije Beograda
№ 57 - Consolidation of Kosovo State and Belgrade’s Response

Author(s): Author Not Specified
Subject(s): International relations/trade, Inter-Ethnic Relations, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Helsinški odbor za ljudska prava u Srbiji
Keywords: Kosovo and Serbia;
Summary/Abstract: After independence declaration Kosovo entered the phase of state consolidation. While trying to prevent it at any cost, official Belgrade channeled all its diplomatic energy into lobbying against Kosovo’s international recognition. Its turning to the International Court of Justice for an advisory opinion about the legality of Kosovo’s independence is meant for the same purpose. What Belgrade really wants to achieve is a fresh round of negotiations with Prishtina, which would hopefully result in Kosovo’s partition: the Northern Kosovo would go to Serbia. Therefore, Serbian media have been more and more playing on the thesis about the Greater Albania. They are invoking the findings of a Gallup poll showing that the great majority of Kosovo Albanians (70 percent) take that Kosovo and Albania should unite, whereas 47.3 percent of interviewees in Kosovo and 39.5 percent in Albania believe this would become true in foreseeable future. Historian Cedomir Antic holds it only logical when it comes to Albanians. In fact, by showing understanding for Albanians’ aspirations Belgrade wants to strengthen its argumentation for Serbs’ demands: partition of Kosovo (as well as for similar feelings when it comes to Republika Srpska).

  • Page Count: 21
  • Publication Year: 2010
  • Language: English, Serbian