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Is The Balkan Powder Keg Being Primed For Yet Another Round?
Aleksander Vucic Says Serbia Is Ready To Compromise Over Kosovo
Newly appointed US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Wess Mitchell, recently made his first official trip to the Balkans. One of the main reasons for his visit was to deliver Washington D.C.'s new plan of strategy for the future of Kosovo-Metohija.
The US plan of action calls for the current security forces in Kosovo to be beefed up and converted into a full and complete Army of its own. It was made clear that there would be no option to Veto the decision. This was a total flip-flop in comparison to the former US policy in the region - a policy that required all minority nationalities to agree on such actions.
After visiting Pristina, the Capitol city of Kosovo, where Mitchell declared the US intentions for the Army in Kosovo, the US diplomat headed to the Republic of Serbia. It was only then that Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic, made the statement that Serbia is ready and willing for compromise on the matters concerning the Republic of Serbia and the integrity of sovereignty in Kosovo.
Resolving the issue with the independence of Kosovo is basically the biggest roadblock barring the way for Serbia to being officially accepted into the European Union. Kosovo's independence was unilaterally declared over a decade ago, a fact that the Republic of Serbia has been keen to ignore - apparently until now.
Mitchell, who has now visited Kosovo, Serbia, and Macedonia on his current tour of the Balkans, has painted the picture that a resolution of the situation would be a win-win circumstance for all parties involved. Albanians would have their independent nation finally and fully recognized globally as well as in the region, Serbia would have better chances to being admitted into the European Union, and the future generations of people living in the Balkans would benefit from having these old issues put to rest.
At least 115 countries have already officially recognized Kosovo as an independent nation over the past decade, however, Serbia, Russia, and many of their allies have not. Over one-tenth of a million Serbs currently, live in Kosovo and make up less than 1.5% of the population, only a small fraction compared to the number of Albanians which make up nearly 93% of the population at a count of around 1.7 million.
So, what will come of these recent political maneuvers made by the west and centered in the Balkans? Only time will reveal the true reasoning behind these shadowed agreements. Is the Balkan powder keg being primed for yet another round?
A top Serbian official has called for a compromise over Kosovo that could end a dispute hindering both Serbia and Kosovo...