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Kosovo Remembered
American Journalism Center - Commentary ^ | May 14, 2010 | Alma Lama

Posted on 05/14/2010 8:15:54 AM PDT by bs9021

Kosovo Remembered

Alma Lama, May 14, 2010

AJC Commentary: Although it made the nightly news so often in the 1990s that many Americans could name it more easily than they could their states’ capitals, to a generation of news junkies in the United States, Kosovo is simply another foreign locale they would be hard-pressed to pinpoint on a map.

With the aid of NATO forces, the United Nations (UN) and the United States (U.S.), Kosovo won independence from neighboring Serbia and its autocratic leader Slobodan Milosevic, now deposed and deceased. Now it is an independent country, recognized by most of the important states in the world, including the U.S. and 23 out of 27 nations that belong to the European Union.

But the new baby is facing a difficult upbringing. Russia supports Serbia, its so- called “small brother” and the process of getting recognition from the international community is difficult for Kosovo. Serbia, with the help of its big-power ally Russia, has vowed to block Kosovo from getting a United Nations seat.

Now a total of 68 countries, around a third of the total number of UN members, recognize Kosovo. Yet and still, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) is analyzing the legitimacy of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence in 2008 at the request of Serbia, which still considers Kosovo a breakaway province.

Some countries on the world have already handed down their opinions and the ICJ decision is expected in July. But until then the processes of recognition is in stagnation because some countries, still neutral on Kosovo status, want to decide after that....

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TOPICS: Government; Politics; Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: foreignrelations; kosovo; opinion; serbia

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