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Contested StatehoodKosovo's Struggle for Independence$
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Marc Weller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566167

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566167.001.0001

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The Vienna Final Status Negotiations

The Vienna Final Status Negotiations

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(p.191) 12 The Vienna Final Status Negotiations
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Contested Statehood
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Marc Weller (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566167.003.0012

The framework for the Vienna negotiations on Kosovo's final status, which took place over fifteen rounds during 2006, was established by the UN Security Council, and there was a presumption that once commenced, the talks should not be blocked by any party. The Contact Group issued ten ‘guiding principles’, which set the red lines to be imposed by the mediators and concerned, inter alia, human rights, protection of cultural and religious heritage, regional stability and economic development, and the acceptance of continued international supervision. This chapter traces the unfolding of negotiations themselves, detailing the format of the talks, outlining basic positions, and presenting an in-depth analysis of the conduct and content of discussions. The resulting draft Comprehensive Proposal of 2 February 2007 — covering status, construction of the polity, community rights, international presence and the Special Envoy's recommendation for ‘supervised independence’ — was welcomed by Kosovo, but rejected by Serbia.

Keywords:   Vienna negotiations, final status, Comprehensive Proposal, Ahtisaari, supervised independence, guiding principles

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