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How the EU betrayed Ahtisaari and Kosovo (Koha Ditore)

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The paper’s Brussels-based correspondent Augustin Palokaj writes in an opinion piece: “Declarations of independence are unilateral in their nature: an entity declares its independence. The declaration of Kosovo’s independence is the least unilateral, because it was made in coordination with the international community, after an international process that involved the three key international organizations (UN, EU and NATO), as well as the active participation of super powers, Russia and the United States of America. From negotiations to the declaration of Independence, everything was adjusted to the European Union and the roles planned for it. However, in the end, the EU betrayed Ahtisaari by lacking unity to support his proposal and betrayed Kosovo by remaining status neutral. To this day, Kosovo has met its obligations from the Ahtisaari Package, whereas the EU has not only experimented with its not-so-successful presence in Kosovo but has also failed to act on its political obligations. In this way, the EU cannot treat Kosovo the same way it treats other countries in the region and it is not helping Serbia either by creating the impression that they can still find a solution that it is not independence for Kosovo. This lack of clarity persists even ten years after the declaration of Kosovo’s independence”.

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