Σάββατο, 16 Δεκεμβρίου 2017

Serbia prepares to change course on Kosovo

Map of the Kosovo area, including Albanian population and transport routes
Kosovo is a tangle of nationalities, borders and transport routes that Serbia needs to cut loose before it can join the European Union (source: macpixxel for GIS)
  • Serbia’s president wants to recognize Kosovo as a precondition for joining the EU
  • He must overcome serious opposition, plus an alternative plan for a territorial swap
  • Recognizing Kosovo would provide important economic as well as political benefits
For more than a century, peace in the Western Balkans has depended on relations between its two biggest peoples: the Albanians and the Serbs. Their territorial dispute over Kosovo, which has raged since Serbia annexed the territory at the end of the Balkan Wars (1912-1913), has created a permanent condition of instability.
But a decade after Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia (under cover from a United Nations mission and the NATO-led Kosovo Force-KFOR), the first signs of a realistic approach are coming from Belgrade. Last summer, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic called for a “broad national debate on Kosovo,” which could make for a hot political winter. 

 https://www.gisreportsonline.com/serbia-prepares-to-change-course-on-kosovo,politics,2415,report.html