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INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT, TRANSFORMATION OF THE KOSOVA QUESTION AND ITS IMPLICATIONS

Mustafa TÜRKEŞ, Sait AKŞİT
2007 Milletleraras  
The K.osovo question is not simply an ethnic problem betvveen the Albanians of Kosova and the Serbs. It cannot be separated from the broader neo-liberai restructuring at the global level. This paper shows that the dialectical relationship betvveen the two, demands of parties involved and international engagement, helped reshape the question. Indeed, this dialectical relationship played an important role in the redefinition and reproduction of forms of international engagement as vvell as the
more » ... as vvell as the principles and concepts in the system of international relations from the early 1990s onwards. The international engagement in Kosova transformed the question rather than providing a settlement for it. It created precedents vvith the 'assertive multilateral' military 'humanitarian intervention' of 1999, turning Kosova into a protectorate of the international community by retrospectively legalizing the intervention through UNSC Resolution 1244. This paper argues that the Ahtisaari Plan that forms the basis of 'independence under international supervision' transforms the context of the Kosova question once more and creates further precedents rather than resolving the question through negotiated settlement.
doi:10.1501/intrel_0000000138 fatcat:dmbkkeozrbgrfl4qjolv25cnam