Because we just can’t get enough.
Imagine the US and Europe went to Putin tomorrow and said, “Vladimir, this Kosovo thing has gone on long enough. We want to get it off the table.
“So, we’ll agree to letting you annex Transnistria and those dangly bits down in Georgia. Abkhazia and, what, South Ossetia, right? All yours — they can join Russia tomorrow. All by free and fair referendum of course, cough cough.
” In return, we want you to sign off on Kosovar independence. No veto, no nothing. And full independence, too — ambassadors, an army, the works.
There is a possible concern with China too, but let’s handwave that. [handwave] China very rarely casts a veto anyway anyway — only five times in nearly 40 years — and could probably be bought off with a resolution condemning the Dalai Lama or some such. So say China abstains.
A strong resolution on Kosovar independence flies through both the Security Council and the General Assembly. A Kosovar ambassador would take his seat in the UN a few weeks later.
This would be:
A) Cool. The UN is the most important source of legitimacy in world politics. If the UNSC reaches an agreement, it can grant sovereignty, and that sovereignty is totally valid. Don’t look too closely at how the sausage is made.
B) Evil. Sell out the Georgians and Moldovans to a raw, old-fashioned grab for territory by Putin’s authoritarian and xenophobic Russia? That would be totally immoral.
C) Sensible. The EU has very little interest in Transnistria or Georgia, while Kosovo is a continuing pain in the butt. And Putin’s Russia may be obnoxious, but it’s not going away. Cutting a deal makes sense.
D) Irrelevant. Who cares what the UN says? Kosovar independence is about facts on the ground, not resolutions and recognition.