Kosovo’s End Game

Kosovo is expected to declare independence within the next month. Russia says this could trigger instability in other nearby breakaway regions.

After more than eight years under a UN protectorate, and centuries of ethnic wrangling, Kosovo seems on the verge of settling its political status—sort of. On December 10, a UN deadline for settling the Serbian province’s “final status” seems all but certain to pass without a clear resolution. The United States and many EU supporters of a supervised Kosovo independence plan are deadlocked with veto-wielding UN Security Council member Russia, which wants Kosovo to remain part of Serbia. At some point after December 10, Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians, the overwhelming majority of the province’s population, say they will unilaterally declare independence (AP). What might happen after that remains anyone’s guess, but international troops are bracing for possible violence (VOA).

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