West Side Story: resolving Serbia-Kosovo line could end Balkans impasse


A correction of the de facto border – or “administrative line” – between Serbia and Kosovo could be the precursor to a comprehensive agreement on Serbia’s border disputes with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia, amongst others, according to a new report from the Belgrade-based Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS).

WEST SIDE STORY proposes to correct the administrative line between Serbia and Kosovo “more or less along the present four municipalities in the north of Kosovo (Northern Mitrovica, Zvecan, Zubin Potok and Leposavici) inhabited mainly by the Serbian population,” writes CEAS director Jelena Milic. The proposal could end the current impasse on the issue “bearing in mind that the current format of negotiations under the auspices of the EU has reached a complete standstill,” she adds. RTWT

Affiliated with the NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, the Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies works under the motto “Progress, Determination, Influence.” Its research interests include Russian and authoritarian influence on the Western Balkans, security sector reform and transitional justice in the Balkans, and contemporary Serbian, regional, and trans-Atlantic foreign and security policies.

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