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Post-Conflict Developments and Decentralization in Macedonia

Post-Conflict Developments and Decentralization in Macedonia Ivana Tomovska * Post-Confl ict Developments and Decentralization in Macedonia I. Ohrid and Beyond: The Ethno-Political Conflict Paradigm Th e aim of the article is to examine the development of the  confl ict, post-con- fl ict period and the processes of decentralization in the Republic of Macedonia. Th e shift of the understanding of the confl ict’s causes is necessary in order to generate a long-term, viable resolution. Th e current solution, the Ohrid Framework Agreement, represents the termination of violence; however, it does not fully address the issue of minority and human rights necessary to produce sustainable, positive peace and development. Th e second part of the article examines the processes of decentralization in Macedonia and the notion that decentralization in Macedonia was seen as a way to reduce ethnic tension. Th e theoretical framework will be taken from two groups of political science literature: general literature on ethno-political and group confl ict, to assess the situation in Macedonia prior to the  armed confl ict, and literature on normative principles for managing ethnic diversity. When the Ohrid Framework Agreement was signed in August , Robert Badinter, former president of the French Constitutional Court commented: “Th e http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Post-Conflict Developments and Decentralization in Macedonia

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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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Ivana Tomovska * Post-Confl ict Developments and Decentralization in Macedonia I. Ohrid and Beyond: The Ethno-Political Conflict Paradigm Th e aim of the article is to examine the development of the  confl ict, post-con- fl ict period and the processes of decentralization in the Republic of Macedonia. Th e shift of the understanding of the confl ict’s causes is necessary in order to generate a long-term, viable resolution. Th e current solution, the Ohrid Framework Agreement, represents the termination of violence; however, it does not fully address the issue of minority and human rights necessary to produce sustainable, positive peace and development. Th e second part of the article examines the processes of decentralization in Macedonia and the notion that decentralization in Macedonia was seen as a way to reduce ethnic tension. Th e theoretical framework will be taken from two groups of political science literature: general literature on ethno-political and group confl ict, to assess the situation in Macedonia prior to the  armed confl ict, and literature on normative principles for managing ethnic diversity. When the Ohrid Framework Agreement was signed in August , Robert Badinter, former president of the French Constitutional Court commented: “Th e

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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