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The UN Security Council and Informal Groups of States$
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Jochen Prantl

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199287680

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199287686.001.0001

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Kosovo: Quint, G‐8, and Troika

Kosovo: Quint, G‐8, and Troika

(p.209) 7 Kosovo: Quint, G‐8, and Troika
The UN Security Council and Informal Groups of States

Jochen Prantl (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter illustrates the extreme case of conducting crisis management outside the UN framework without explicit authorization of the Security Council. It argues that despite the marginalization of the Security Council in the management of the crisis, the institution continued to exert a pull on the players to seek post-hoc legitimization of the settlement. The prospect of re-involving the United Nations constituted an important precondition for the resolution of conflict. Ancillary to the first point, G-8 and Troika were instrumental in providing a platform for the re-involvement of the United Nations. Exiting the UN framework allowed the use of military force, which the Western Alliance considered necessary to achieve political outcomes. The retreat to informal settings such as Quint, G-8, and Troika allowed the merging of the military and political track of conflict management that had been disconnected.

Keywords:   Article 24 crisis, Yugoslavia, G-8, Kosovo, legitimacy, loyalty, military force, Quint, Troika

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