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Should Kosovo be independent?

Contents

Background and Context of Debate:

Kosovo viability: Would an independent Kosovo be a viable state?

Yes


No

Violence? Would Kosovar independence reduce violence in Serbia?

Yes

No

Right to independence? Does Kosovo have a right to independence?

Yes

No

International stability: Would independence for Kosovo have destabilizing effects in the region?

Yes


No


On-the-ground realities: Are on-the-ground realities in Kosovo supportive of independence?

Yes

  • Kosovo is 90% Kosovar, making independence a definite option.

No


Serbian public: Where does the Serbian general public stand?

Yes

Claim the "new" Serbia wants to move away from Kosovo: Agim Ceku, Prime Minister of Kosovo, "Succeeding in Kosovo", Washington Post, 12/12/06 - "There are two Serbias today. The modern Serbia understands that Kosovo is moving on, and has come to terms with this reality. This Serbia is focused on Europe and on reviving Serbia's economic potential and, with it, the well being of Serb citizens."


No

Serbian Government: Where does the Serbian government stand?

Yes

  • Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic: According to Charles Kupchan 11/05, "Only one high-ranking Serbian politician, former Foreign Minister Goran Svilanovic, has publicly endorsed letting Kosovo go."

No

  • Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica.[1]
  • President Tadic.[2]

Where do the other key players and organizations stand?

Yes

No

Present and source here the public positions of other key players and organizations weighing in on this debate.


International Community: where does the international community stand?

Yes


No

  • Claim that the United States opposes dividing states by ethnicity:Daniel Byman, Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation, 2000 - "Under the UN resolution that ended the NATO war, Kosovo remains a part of Serbia. This status accords with U.S. preferences, as Washington has long opposed partition in principle, particularly if it leads to ethnically based states. Embracing the American ideal - that all peoples can live together regardless of racial, ethnic or sectarian divisions - Washington has consistently opposed the deliberate creation of ethnically homogenous states."

Subquestion

Yes

No

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