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17 October 2017 13:25 (South Africa)

Serbia backs down on Kosovo

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Serbia backed a resolution at the UN General Assembly that called for dialogue between it and Kosovo. Serbia backed the resolution only after being strong-armed by the EU into softening its stance on Kosovo. Previously, Serbia had tabled a draft resolution which said that Kosovo's unilateral secession was unacceptable, and called for a "mutually acceptable solution for all outstanding issues". However, the stance was softened considerably when the EU warned that it could jeopardise Serbia's chances of gaining EU membership. In July, the International Court of Justice ruled that Kosovo's secession did not violate international law, and given that the US and EU have recognised Kosovo's independence, Serbia may have just been forced to give up its fight to keep its former province. Read more: The Guardian, The BBC and Reuters 

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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