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National Minorities in Interstate Relations: Turning Menace into Promise

National Minorities in Interstate Relations: Turning Menace into Promise Natalie Sabanadze* National Minorities in Interstate Relations: Turning Menace into Promise It has become customary for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) to come up with general recommendations on issues that have been recurring in his work and have had a direct relevance to the fulfi llment of his confl ict prevention mandate. Th e latest in the series of the HCNM Recommendations are Bolzano/Bozen Recommendations on National Minorities in Inter-State Relations. Th e title includes the name of the city in which they were launched in October of  and which has come to symbolize a lasting and peaceful resolution to the question of a German-speaking minority in Italy. Th e HCNM’s choice of Bolzano as the launching place was certainly intentional. It was meant to demonstrate that even as sensitive and contested an issue as that of kin-minorities residing in a neighbouring state can be turned around from a threat to internal stability and regional security into the promise of peace and prosperity. My purpose here is to describe the origin and the nature of these recommendations and to highlight their relevance for the confl ict-prevention institution such http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

National Minorities in Interstate Relations: Turning Menace into Promise

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
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10.1163/22116117-90001650
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Abstract

Natalie Sabanadze* National Minorities in Interstate Relations: Turning Menace into Promise It has become customary for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) to come up with general recommendations on issues that have been recurring in his work and have had a direct relevance to the fulfi llment of his confl ict prevention mandate. Th e latest in the series of the HCNM Recommendations are Bolzano/Bozen Recommendations on National Minorities in Inter-State Relations. Th e title includes the name of the city in which they were launched in October of  and which has come to symbolize a lasting and peaceful resolution to the question of a German-speaking minority in Italy. Th e HCNM’s choice of Bolzano as the launching place was certainly intentional. It was meant to demonstrate that even as sensitive and contested an issue as that of kin-minorities residing in a neighbouring state can be turned around from a threat to internal stability and regional security into the promise of peace and prosperity. My purpose here is to describe the origin and the nature of these recommendations and to highlight their relevance for the confl ict-prevention institution such

Journal

European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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