Daniel Halliday
Jun 9 · Last update 2 mo. ago.

Is there a solution to the on-going ethnic tensions in Kosovo?

Following this week’s clashes after an aggressive police raid in the predominantly Serb region of Northern Kosovo, is there a solution in sight for the long simmering ethnic tensions in Kosovo? What is the history behind the tensions in this new country, and why is Northern Kosovo still a disputed region? reuters.com/article/us-kosovo-security-idUSKCN1SY0QS Picture: 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography: Fleeing Kosovo by Carol Guzy, Lucian Perkins and Michael Williamson
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This problem links back to the fall of Yugoslavia – when Serbia allowed Christian states to declare independence, but when Muslim states such as Bosnia attempted the same - genocide was conducted, and the same is true of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Around 15,000 Albanians died in Kosovo, as the majority of the region is inhabited by ethnic Albanians but remains a region of Serbia. The city of Mitrovica in the North is divided along the river Ibar with Albanians inhabiting one side and Serbs the other. The Kosovo region should be split and each part correctly attributed to the country of which the majority belong to, then Kosovo declaration of independence should be amended and accepted by Serbia to allow for this and allow the people of this region to be reunited with their pre-Yugoslav national culture.

newsblaze.com/thoughts/opinions/history-proves-kosovo-was-never-part-of-serbia_40079 theconflictarchives.com/news/2018/12/4/the-divided-city-in-kosovo-threatening-stability-in-the-balkans

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Kosovo’s independence is recognised internationally as the only option for peace in this region, and unless Serbia recognises Kosovo as such tensions between Serbians and Kosovo Albanians will never diminish. Kosovo has always existed in some form, despite who has been the ruling force over the region, and in this modern climate they have a right to independence as a historically distinct people group if that is what they desire, which since 2008 has been the case. Independence is probably the only way to begin repairing ethnic divides between Serbs and Albanians in the country and the first step to forging a new Kosovar national identity, anything else would lead to continued tension down ethnic lines.

foxnews.com/story/u-n-envoy-independence-only-viable-option-for-kosovo

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