Serbia’s Foreign Policy Position in the United Nations Regarding the Kosovo Issue

Proroković, Dušan (2022) Serbia’s Foreign Policy Position in the United Nations Regarding the Kosovo Issue. In: International Organizations: Serbia and Contemporary World. Institute of International Politics and Economics; Faculty of Philosophy of the University of St. Cyril and Methodius, Belgrade; Skopje, pp. 472-481. ISBN 978-86-7067-306-9

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In the paper, the author discusses four key problems related to Serbia’s foreign policy course in the United Nations (UN) regarding the so-called Kosovo issue. The first problem concerns the current foreign policy dilemma regarding the unilateral act on the declaration of independence of the so-called Republic of Kosovo in 2008. In this regard, the author expresses the opinion that this declaration of independence was not adequate to legitimize the state status of the southern Serbian province in international relations. This is reflected first of all in the fact that this territory, which is under international administration, failed to secure membership in the UN, even though it had the broad support of the so-called allied countries. The second problem discussed in the paper concerns the meaning of membership in this universal UN organization. The author is of the opinion that the UN does not have a mandate to create or declare some entities that strive forindependence for states. All the more, according to his understanding, the orientation of Serbian foreign policy must be directed towards the protection of its own territorial integrity by stopping the admission to the UN membership of the so-called Republic of Kosovo. The third problem in this paper deals with the relationship between Serbia as a member state of the UN and the UN itself in the context of the international regulation of the status of the southern Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija. The fourth problem included in the text is a synthesis of the discussion on the so-called Kosovo issue. During the research, the author methodologically analyzed contemporary political, historical, and legal literature using the comparative method and analysis of the content of primary sources (acts of competent state authorities, decisions and resolutions of the UN and EU), relying on the realist theory of international relations.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: United Nations, Serbia, Kosovo issue, foreign policy, international organizations
Depositing User: Ana Vukićević
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2023 10:08
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2023 10:08

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