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SERBIA STILL JUST WAITING FOR OBSERVERS TO MOVE OUT AS KOSOVO IS DECLARED INDEPENDENT
September 11 2012
Pristina, Kosovo – All across the world there are conflicts raging at any given moment. Some of those events are given a global stage, generally when they involve oil or the United States, but for the most part those conflicts just burn on without anyone paying attention.
In many ways the strife between Serbia and Kosovo really should have been one of those small, regional rifts. Politically and economically unimportant to the world at large, the battle for independence by the people of Kosovo should never have drawn the attention of the world but it did, tied as it was to the Bosnian conflict of the late 1990’s.
Now it appears, at least according to the people who have been paying attention to the country since that war ended more than a decade ago, that Kosovo has entered into a new stage, a new era and has fully earned the right to be declared an independent nation, a move that will lead to a draw down of international interest in the country, something Serbia has just been biding its time for, waiting patiently for, and now that time is almost at hand.
“The supervision of Kosovo is finished. The International Steering Group has decided to end the period of supervised independence,” said Dutch diplomat Pieter Feith who was helping to oversee the nation’s transition to a full state.
Serbia, of course, and Russia are not as enthusiastic about the future of Kosovo but quite smartly Serbian officials kept their mouths shut.
Serbia has long considered Kosovo a breakaway republic and has never accepted any notion of nationhood for the country so, like, war is imminent presumably.
“This is certainly good news for the people of Kosovo who have fought long and hard to try and get some semblance of independence and now they have it. They will of course now have to do the things that independent nations do like fight wars all by themselves which is exactly what they have been asking for all along. I don’t really see how that will work,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “They will find out in short order, I think, with the international community essentially abandoning them for good. They will have to do everything by themselves from this point forward, wherever that forward leads them, which is quite likely right into the hands of Serbia.”
Kosovo declared independence back in 2008 but that means nothing without international approval which they kind of have now.
“There are lots of people, lots of nations, that still regard Kosovo as a breakaway republic. In fact only 90 countries acknowledge them as an independent state out of like, I don’t know, like a thousand countries in the world. That’s nothing really and most of the countries who do consider them sovereign are far away and clearly want nothing to do with them anymore and that just is not going to help anything down the line. Well, it will help Serbia I guess,” continued Hander. “I mean they have to be thrilled that all the foreigners are finally getting out of their country, Kosovo I mean. It won’t be long now I think before the country is reunited under one government.”
It’s not clear what type of military power either Kosovo or Serbia has but it shouldn’t matter now that foreigners with real armies have left.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent