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THE KOSOVO-SERBIA DISPUTE: CAN THE REGION HELP?

The Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG) hosted on June 11, 2020 a discussion via teleconference for a number of political observers from Kosovo, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and North Macedonia on what the Western Balkans countries can do to help the resolution of the Kosovo-Serbia dispute. The discussion revolved around the recent developments of the dialogue, the inevitable negative consequences of the widely rumored quick deal that could include territorial exchanges, and the need for regional partners to understand and advocate for the urgency of this matter. Furthermore, the participants stressed the impact that the involvement of the US and the EU has had in the dialogue, namely the Trump administration’s “superficial approach” to solve the dispute “to merely advertise it as a score of success” in the November presidential elections, and the EU’s vacillating attitude which has merely dragged the process so far. Here is the short report from the discussions.

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