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Contested StatehoodKosovo's Struggle for Independence$
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Marc Weller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566167.001.0001

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Further Negotiations and Unilateral Independence

Further Negotiations and Unilateral Independence

(p.220) 13 Further Negotiations and Unilateral Independence
Contested Statehood

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In the face of opposition mounted by Serbia and Russia, Ahtisaari's Comprehensive Proposal was shelved in July 2007 and replaced with an entirely new round of negotiations. While Belgrade sought to offer Kosovo very wide-ranging autonomy, Prishtina proposed a bilateral treaty on international cooperation. However, the failure of these negotiations paved the way for Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence on 17 February 2008, coordinated with key states of the EU, the US and some other governments. This action triggered counter-measures by Belgrade, supported by Russia. The action elicited a very mixed response from the international community, evidenced in the report of the UN Security Council meeting convened on 18 February 2008. Although much energy was expended in reassuring the international community that Kosovo was a special and unique case that would not serve as a precedent, it is arguable that Kosovo constitutes the first genuine case of ‘remedial self-determination’.

Keywords:   declaration of independence, autonomy, remedial self-determination, Russia, Serbia, EU, Ahtisaari, Comprehensive Proposal, Prishtina

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