Event Title

Negotiations on the Normalization of Relations between Serbia and Kosovo: Constraints and Obstacles

Session

Political Science

Description

The process of negotiating the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo is one of the most important political processes for both countries, and in general for the Western Balkans region. Apart from influencing the normalization of relations between the two countries, it will be crucial for their journey towards European integration and will facilitate Kosovo's accession and participation in regional and global initiatives. Of course, for the start and the course of these negotiations, the role of the EU as a facilitator is of great importance. The process of negotiating the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo is the most important mediation enterprise for the EU. It is one of the most important political processes in the history of these two countries and for the Western Balkans as a whole. This process, besides affecting the normalization of relations between the two countries, and creating a spirit of cooperation, it will be decisive in their journey towards European integrations and will create Kosovo's facilities for membership and participation in regional and global initiatives. In this paper, during the analysis of this process, will be highlighted some facts and data which pose a challenge to its normal course of action, such as the lack of official documents and full transparency, ambiguity and the possibility of interpreting signed agreements, including even official versions of agreements, Serbia's unwillingness to recognize Kosovo's independence and its aggressive diplomacy, EU neutrality towards Kosovo's statehood, failure to realize and not implement agreements by parties etc. In the end, relying on the course of negotiations, on the need to reach a binding legal agreement for both sides and the prospect that this agreement would offer, we will try to provide the essential elements that must be in place in this legal framework.

Keywords:

negotiations, constraints, obstacles, EU neutrality, implementation, binding legal agreement.

Session Chair

Ridvan Peshkopia

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-550-19-2

Location

Pristina, Kosovo

Start Date

26-10-2019 10:30 AM

End Date

26-10-2019 11:00 AM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2019.102

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Negotiations on the Normalization of Relations between Serbia and Kosovo: Constraints and Obstacles

Pristina, Kosovo

The process of negotiating the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo is one of the most important political processes for both countries, and in general for the Western Balkans region. Apart from influencing the normalization of relations between the two countries, it will be crucial for their journey towards European integration and will facilitate Kosovo's accession and participation in regional and global initiatives. Of course, for the start and the course of these negotiations, the role of the EU as a facilitator is of great importance. The process of negotiating the normalization of relations between Serbia and Kosovo is the most important mediation enterprise for the EU. It is one of the most important political processes in the history of these two countries and for the Western Balkans as a whole. This process, besides affecting the normalization of relations between the two countries, and creating a spirit of cooperation, it will be decisive in their journey towards European integrations and will create Kosovo's facilities for membership and participation in regional and global initiatives. In this paper, during the analysis of this process, will be highlighted some facts and data which pose a challenge to its normal course of action, such as the lack of official documents and full transparency, ambiguity and the possibility of interpreting signed agreements, including even official versions of agreements, Serbia's unwillingness to recognize Kosovo's independence and its aggressive diplomacy, EU neutrality towards Kosovo's statehood, failure to realize and not implement agreements by parties etc. In the end, relying on the course of negotiations, on the need to reach a binding legal agreement for both sides and the prospect that this agreement would offer, we will try to provide the essential elements that must be in place in this legal framework.