Recently clashes between Serbian protesters and NATO peacekeepers have occurred in Kosovo, resulting in over 60 injuries. This represents the most significant violence witnessed in the region in over a decade.
About Recent Clash
- Occurred between: NATO peacekeeping soldiers and Serbian Protesters
- Occurred on: 29 May 2023
- Occurred at: Northern Kosovo
Cause for Current Tension:
- The tension in northern Kosovo stems from the broader ethnic and political divide between ethnic Serbs and Albanians.
- Ethnic Serbs, who constitute a majority in northern Kosovo, have attempted to block Albanian mayors from assuming control in local councils.
- The Serbian community boycotted local elections in April 2023, leading to a low voter turnout, and subsequently rejected the election results as illegitimate.
- Kosovo’s historical significance and declaration of independence in 2008 aren’t recognized by Serbia.
- Ethnic tensions between Albanians and Serbs date back, intensified by disintegration of Yugoslavia.
- NATO intervened in 1989 due to violence, resulting in international administration of Kosovo,
- Currently, 99 out of 193 United Nations member countries recognize Kosovo’s independence.
|India’s Stand on the Status of Kosovo
- India does not recognize Kosovo as a separate
- India’s stance is based on the belief that Kosovo does not fulfill the three principles required for recognition: a defined territory, a duly constituted government accepted by the people, and effective control over an area of governance.
- India maintains a position supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia due to their longstanding relationship.