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The Proposed Territorial Exchange between Serbia and Kosovo

Serbia and Kosovo have initiated a process of territorial exchange that could have serious repercussions, both in the Western Balkans and internationally. Historically speaking, territorial exchanges have a mixed record. In some instances, these projects have inaugurated periods of protracted cooperation and reconciliation. However, on a number of occasions, such agreements have had devastating consequences and have led to carnage, violence, and ethnic cleansing. Whereas Serbia and Kosovo have the sovereign and democratic right to engage in a genuine dialogue and decide on adjustments to their borders, it is important for the international community to pay close attention to the dynamics of the process and to consider the stability and security of the wider region should this project materialize.

The Proposed Territorial Exchange between Serbia and Kosovo
The map shows the exchange of territory between Kosovo and Serbia as discussed by the leaders of the two countries.
 

Vučić's Proposal

 In February 2018, former US President Bill Clinton congratulated the people of Kosovo on the 10 th  anniversary of their independence from Serbia. By way of a warning, he emphasized the fact that the youngest country in Europe needed to strengthen the rule of law and the protection of minorities. one that  same year in July, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić reintroduced the idea of ​​an exchange of territories between his country and Kosovo. According to this scheme, Belgrade would acquire direct control over the northern part of Kosovo and, in return, Serbi

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