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Ongoing Pristina – Belgrade Talks: from Decentralization to Regional Cooperation and Future Perspectives.

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Author(s): Entela Cukani

Journal: European Diversity and Autonomy Papers - EDAP
ISSN 1827-8361

Issue: 4;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Pristina | Belgrade | decentralization | minorities | North Kosovo | Kosovo

ABSTRACT
On 17 February 2008, Kosovo declared independence, ending its nine years unresolved status. The principal goal was, and remains, the need to involve different communities in the state structures. The new state, which aims to fulfil all the obligations set by the Ahtisaari plan, is trying to complete the decentralization process the implementation of which continuous to face obstacles in the two main communities: the Serbs and the Albanians. This article discusses matters related to community acceptance of the decentralization process, the functioning of the parallel structures, the situation in North Kosovo and the on - going talks between Pristina and Belgrade. The article provides evidences that while the implementation of the decentralization process is the best possibility for Kosovo, it must not follow only an ethnic line.
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