Problems of Recognition

A developing story, of course, but the BBC is reporting that the US, UK, France, Germany and Italy recognizing or pledging to recognize the independence of Kosovo. Wikipedia is also quick off the mark with its entry on the now-official flag.

The EU has papered over its differences, with the common foreign and security policy consisting of saying that Kosovo “does not set a precedent,” and then leaving it to member states to decide their own relations with the territory. Spain is the biggest EU country withholding recognition; others in this group include Cyprus and Slovakia (worried about the Hungarian minority, one presumes, and given the approach of one of the parties in the governing coalition they may be right to, though a Köztásaság Kistranzdunaj (Republic of the Little Area Across the Danube) seems silly).

France has got to be a blow, considering it was the most pro-Serbian Western country during the conflict in 1999. If memory serves, some members of the French military were even charged with passing sensitive information to Serbia at about that time. French foreign minister Kouchner said that at some future date, both would be in the European Union together. I’m not sure that helps.

Consequences? Too early for me to say. It may indeed be a one-off, the last in the cascade of the former Yugoslavia.

11 thoughts on “Problems of Recognition

  1. How ironic: almost almost all the states that in 1913 approved giving Kosovo to Serbia are getting ready to recognize the independence of Kosovo, and almost all the states that opposed the cession of Kosovo to Serbia are not recognizing the new state.

    I wonder what were the Turks thinking when they announced they will recognize the independence of Kosovo.

  2. Spain should recognise Kosovo soon after their general elections in March, at least that’s what the Spanish officials have been saying in Prishtina to the Kosovar officials.

    Here is the interesting point:

    A Kosovar wishes to travel to Spain. S/he goes to the French embassy in the Kosovar capital Prishtina and applies for a Schengen visa. The visa is granted. S/he flies to Paris or preferably Bordeaux or Toulouse then catches a plane/train/bus/rental car or simply walks to Spain and enters the country legally 🙂

    I hope I don’t have to explain the moral of the story. The Europe is so united politically today that once the ice is broken…

    So, I say:
    Merci “le Roi” Sarkozy!
    Viva la Republique!
    Viva la France!

    I leave it to others to express their thanks to the US, UK and other historic allies of Kosova.

    Merci and au revoir!

  3. I wonder what were the Turks thinking when they announced they will recognize the independence of Kosovo.

    Two words: Northern Cyprus.

  4. Two words: Northern Cyprus.

    That makes sense …

    Then France must have thought of Haute-Navarre when they rushed to recognize Kosovo, US might be ogling New Brunswick, and Germany … oh, well …

    When I mentioned Turkey I was thinking of Kosovo as a former Turkish province that was given to Serbia by the same nice folks that are taking it away today, and hinting at the possibility that some Turkish diplomat might appreciate the irony.

    Now the question is: who is going to be next ? Ukraine ? Rumania ? Slovakia ? Mexico ? Spain ? Turkey ?

  5. For recognition you have the US, most of the EU, and most of the Muslim world. Against it: Russia, China, Indonesia, most of SS Africa, Argentina and Brazil.

    It’s going to go on for a while.

    Doug M.

  6. Montenegro broke away from Serbia in 2006. So why is it suddenly Kosovo which sets such an earth shattering precedent?

  7. Serbs just occupied Kosova during the rise of the Serbian nationalism early 20th century from Ottomans, who by then were loosing the Balkans after 500 years of occupation. The borders of Kosova are well established and recognized. Now Kosova should be Free!
    I can’t comprehend how a minority of 7% of the population, pretend to take off the land, the language, culture and the life of the rest of Kosova. Kosovars have the right to live free and independent in their land where they are born, generation after generation, live and will die.

  8. For Turkey, another word: Kurdistan

    Seriously though, whether a country recognizes Kossovo or not depend son how strong it perceives its position to be. If you want to be able to invoke international law, you cannot find yourself on the side that breaks it. If you think
    you can take care of your problems, you do not really need to care about international law and borders.

  9. The Slavic Socialism enabled Serbia, under the Milosevic regime, to rise to power on a platform of anti-Albanian racism, to brutally occupy Kosova for ten years, and to wage four wars of conquest in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosova that left more than 350,000 dead and more than two million homeless. Many of them died shortly afterwards because of (Lack of food-water, Combat situations, Forced isolation, Being close to Death, Lack of shelter, Torture/Abuse, Ill Health Without access to Medical care, Forced separation from family Members, Lost or kidnapped, Serious injury, Imprisonment-starved, Raped, Trauma events, Displacement during the conflict, Did not move, Internally displaced, Refugee.)
    Serbia’s military, paramilitary and police forces killed over 12,000 unarmed civilians, raped approximately 20,000 women, kidnapped over 3,000 people, a considerable number of whom are still missing, destroyed or damaged over 119,855 houses and seriously damaged the economy of KOSOVA. Serb forces have forcibly expelled near 1,000,000 Albanian Kosovars from KOSOVA, not counting 500,000 Internally Displaced used as human shield by Serbian troops, and more…(Around 90 % of the population are ethnic Dardanian, Serbian population accounted for 7 %).
    Serbian are surprised why the world community didn’t praise them for these actions and didn’t gave them a pat on the back.

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