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“Kosovo je Srbija” (‘Kosovo is Serbia’) T-shirt worn by a man on a bus in Belgrade, Serbia
Private Dealings Behind Closed Doors Are A Recipe For Future Conflict
A century ago, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson decried the practice of secret agreements between political leaders as a cause of conflict and war. In view of the horror of World War I, and with a view to establish a world order based on international cooperation, justice, and law, he demanded in his famous ‘Fourteen Points’ of 8 January, 1918 “open covenants of peace, openly arrived at, after which there shall be no private international understandings of any kind but diplomacy shall proceed always frankly and in the public view.”
Today, secret agreements threaten Kosovo whose very existence as a state is the result of an international engagement that was driven by Wilsonian ideals of human rights and humanitarian intervention, multilateralism and democratic self-government.
Kosovo’s President Thaci and Serbia’s President Vucic are talking about an agreement on ‘border adjustment’ which is nothing more than a euphemism for exchange of territory and partition. While both presidents openly talk about ‘border adjustment’ between Kosovo and Serbia, they do not disclose what they mean by that…
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