Kosovo actually gets remembered


With Israel, Iran and Iraq grabbing the spotlight these days, we’ve forgotten about Kosovo. What we hear about it is usually about as clear as the words in the video. (First part of video may NOT be safe for viewing at work.)

Dink passed along the editorial below. He and the wife are living in Kosovo. They are working for an NGO implementing peace and democracy in the region. That’s a comfy job that will be steady work for years to come.

New York Times:
Navigating Kosovo’s Future
Published: August 18, 2006

The 1999 war over Kosovo left the former Serbian province in political
limbo, postponing the question of possible independence for another
day. That day is now at hand, and the main question facing the
international community is not whether Kosovo will become independent,
but when and how. Status talks are expected to conclude in the next
few months, with the United Nations Security Council to rule on the
issue by the end of the year.

The original plan was for Kosovo’s political leaders to demonstrate
their ability to govern responsibly before formal discussions of
sovereignty could begin. They haven’t really done so, although they
have made some grudging moves under international pressure.

Yet as a practical matter, Kosovo’s international wardship cannot be
extended indefinitely. The most promising way to encourage further
progress is by moving ahead to a carefully conditioned form of limited

The most critical issue, now as ever, is guaranteeing the rights of
the ethnic Serb minority. Any independence arrangement will have to
assure minorities a substantial role in government, particularly in
sensitive areas like the Justice Ministry.

For the first few years at least, the powers of Kosovo’s new
government must be strictly limited. An international authority will
have to monitor the government’s fulfillment of internationally agreed
conditions, paying special attention to issues like the rule of law
and minority rights. A few thousand NATO-led troops should remain in
Kosovo with the power to intervene when necessary to compel

Most of the countries with troops in Kosovo would prefer to bring them
home now. But Kosovo’s march toward independence is going to remain
difficult and dangerous for years. The need for a continuing armed
international presence should be non-negotiable.


2 Responses to “Kosovo actually gets remembered”

  1. dasc Says:

    I hear Croatia is a really nice place now. Everythings still cheap and the locals are pretty good about following their newfound ideology of ‘live and let live’. I guess that’s what wars fought over piddling little ethnic differences will do for a culture. Teach the survivors not to fuck with each other.

  2. vincere al lotto Says:

    vincere al lotto…


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