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Independence without Standards? Kosovo’s Interethnic Relations Since 1999

Independence without Standards? Kosovo’s Interethnic Relations Since 1999 Joseph Marko* I. Introduction: The Political Context With UN Security Council Resolution and the establishment of the United Nations interim Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in , interethnic relations in Kosovo between Kosovo Albanians and Kosovo Serbs have--also historically--shifted to a totally new and different political basis. After Kosovo was occupied by Serb troops on the eve of the first Balkan war in ,1 Kosovo remained (with the exception of the period of the two World Wars) part of the general "Yugoslav" state constructions, and up to now, it has been perceived by all governments in Belgrade as part of Serbian territory. The pendulum in interethnic relations between Serb-dominated governments and the Kosovo Albanian majority population swung between outright suppression and discrimination for most of this period combined with attempts on one hand to reverse the ethnic composition through settlement of Serb colonists in the s and again from to , and to guarantee the strong status of territorial autonomy within the Socialist Republic of Serbia under the federal Constitution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) of on the other. Politically, this constitutional status meant not only self-governance of the autonomous province with a fully-fledged legal and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Independence without Standards? Kosovo’s Interethnic Relations Since 1999

European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online , Volume 5 (1): 219 – Jan 1, 2005

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Brill
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Copyright 2007 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1570-7865
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2211-6117
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10.1163/22116117-90000046
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Abstract

Joseph Marko* I. Introduction: The Political Context With UN Security Council Resolution and the establishment of the United Nations interim Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in , interethnic relations in Kosovo between Kosovo Albanians and Kosovo Serbs have--also historically--shifted to a totally new and different political basis. After Kosovo was occupied by Serb troops on the eve of the first Balkan war in ,1 Kosovo remained (with the exception of the period of the two World Wars) part of the general "Yugoslav" state constructions, and up to now, it has been perceived by all governments in Belgrade as part of Serbian territory. The pendulum in interethnic relations between Serb-dominated governments and the Kosovo Albanian majority population swung between outright suppression and discrimination for most of this period combined with attempts on one hand to reverse the ethnic composition through settlement of Serb colonists in the s and again from to , and to guarantee the strong status of territorial autonomy within the Socialist Republic of Serbia under the federal Constitution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) of on the other. Politically, this constitutional status meant not only self-governance of the autonomous province with a fully-fledged legal and

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2005

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