What has been planned for years seems to be drawing very near: the independence of the (now still) Serbian province of Kosovo. It's mainly inhabited by ethnic Albanians, major religion is Islam as opposed to the mainly Eastern Orthodox Serbs. Anyway, with most European countries and the United States saying that they will recognize an independent state of Kosovo they have a good position. One of the countries reluctant to accept this is Spain; their Basque region has no fewer reasons to be independent. All-in-all, there are plenty of regions worldwide that have similar claims. Russia in particular is a staunch opponent to the independence plan, probably at least in part because of it's own unruly provinces of Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan, and North-Ossetia.
I would like to hear everyone's opinion on this. Do you think their is sufficient justification for Kosovo's independence?
if they want it,they should get it there should be a vote.its gona lead to more bloodshed if its put of anymore
6th May 2007
Maybe, but it should go a lot more slower, if they just get away like this it will just cause a stability decrease. But on the other hand supporting this new country could give america a new sphere of influence. I think that's why EU supports it now too.
Undoubtedly there is still a sort of spirit of trying to push Russia's influence further east. I think that all-in-all, independence is probably necessary. The Kosovarians will not want to wait any longer. But it's true that it could create be problematic for stability not only of the Balkans, but of other regions with similar situations worldwide. I'm thinking particularly of the Caucasus. Georgia, Azerbaijan, and especially Russia have their own, very similar problems with such breakaway provinces. If they didn't want it to seem like they have double standards, the EU and the US would have to recognize those, as well. And what about Xinjiang in China? And the Muslim regions in the Philippines?
7th December 2003
I think people should have the right to determine for themselves which state they want to belong to. Everything else is tyranny.
I agree with that, although overall I believe the world splitting up more and more is a bad thing. It's more important that different peoples learn to get along rather than isolating themselves. However, separation is sometimes a necessary first step. For example, I don't think there's any way the Israel/Palestine conflict can be resolved that does not involve the independence of the territories. In Kosovo, it may well be the same.
7th December 2003
It may be not good for the economy of the large state, but I think eventually a very large number of very small states could help dissolving cultural or international barriers. If there are 500 mini-states within a country it would involve too much effort to come up with prejudices against each one of them and patriotism within such a mini-state would be more of a joke than the serious thread it can be in large states.
True. After all, the EU is built on all kinds of different states and cultures, and despite what people complain about has been essential for Europe to achieve the position it has now. The short-term consequences are what can be more problematic.
Heaven's gonna burn your eyes
16th April 2005
I'm not sure of the viability of a separate Kosovan state, and I would expect some sort of federation with Albania (though a Romania-Moldova situation may occur).
Nevertheless, I think Kosovans have the right to live in their own nation.
Independance has now been claimed, and it has resulted in the bloodshed that many foresaw and predicted. UN forces have moved in to attempt to help keep the peace, which is another debate altogether.
We can just hope that the violence dies down and people get more used to the idea of an independant Kosovo.