KOSOVO–SERBIA DIALOGUE: Windows of Opportunity or a House of Cards?

March 5, 2013

European Union-Facilitated Dialogue Between Kosovo and Serbia was initiated by the UN General Assembly Resolution 64/298, adopted in September, 2010. The resolution, sponsored by Serbia and the 27 EU members, called for a process of dialogue between Belgrade and Prishtina. The initiative came shortly after International Court of Justice issued its opinion, stating that ‘the declaration of independence of Kosovo adopted on 17 February 2008 did not violate international law’. Request for the ICJ opinion was initiated by Belgrade itself in an attempt to deny the legality of Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence, which Serbia refuses to recognise.Initially, the EU-mediated Kosovo–Serbia dialogue was labelled as ‘technical’ because of insistence on the part of the Kosovo government that there are to be no political discussions with Serbia, and that ‘political dialogue is not on the table’ in Prishtina, Brussels and Washington. This position has changed with time, reflecting the content of the dialogue, which, in reality, was entirely political since its inception.

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KOSOVO–SERBIA DIALOGUE: Windows of Opportunity or a House of Cards?

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