Kosovo’s Final Status Negotiation Process: A Way Out or Cul de Sac

Date: 2008
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Kosovo's path towards independence proved to be a difficult, elongated and complex process that entailed political as well as legal implications that are argued by many scholars, and analysts nowadays.
This paper gives an overview of the highly intricated negotiation process over Kosovo’s final status, encompassing a short historical analysis of the political events that finally led to the declaration of independence. The declaration of independence accelerated the international community to manage the consequences of this rather legitimate act by minimizing the disruption to the world public order but at the same time protecting the human rights. Kosovo’s statehood is supported and recognised as well as denied by different states and actors. In this light, the paper tries to address the reaction of individual states, as well as legal complications of UNMIK’s withdrawal and EU mission deployment with a special focus on the political and legal implications.

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