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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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The Holbrooke Agreement and the OSCE Verification Mission

The Holbrooke Agreement and the OSCE Verification Mission

(p.95) 7 The Holbrooke Agreement and the OSCE Verification Mission
Contested Statehood

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Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Holbrooke negotiations in more detail. There was growing anxiety within the international community over the escalating humanitarian emergency in Kosovo and over FRY/Serbian non-compliance with the mandatory demands of UN Security Council resolutions. Against the background of growing pressure for humanitarian intervention by NATO, the US dispatched Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke to Belgrade for direct high-level negotiations with Milosevic. Although an ‘11-point’ bilateral framework agreement was ultimately concluded, it is argued that this was unclear and ill thought through. Crucially, exclusion of the Kosovo delegation from negotiations had permitted the inclusion of provisions that were fundamentally unacceptable to Kosovo. When these provisions were incorporated into the second Hill draft, to act as a framework for subsequent negotiations, it was felt by the Kosovar delegation that the entire settlement process had been critically undermined.

Keywords:   non-compliance, Serbia, Holbrooke, negotiations, Hill process, 11-point framework agreement

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