By Alex J. Bellamy (auth.)
This booklet explains the overseas engagement with the Kosovo clash from the dissolution of Yugoslavia to Operation Allied strength. It indicates how Kosovo was once intentionally excluded from the hunt for peace in Yugoslavia ahead of occurring to illustrate how a shaky overseas consensus was once solid to aid air moves in 1999. In doing so, it exposes some of the myths and conspiracy theories that experience built in regards to the conflict and explains the dilemmas dealing with actors during this unfolding drama.
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Given this belief, it seemed obvious to the European Parliament that as a constitutional entity, Kosovo should have been able to participate in the peace process. Outside the institutional framework created by the EC, a debate raged in the chancelleries of Europe about the merits of recognising the breakaway republics. This debate shaped the legal procedures for dissolution and effectively barred Kosovo from the peace process. What is 24 Kosovo and International Society remarkable though is how little thought went into the decision to exclude Kosovo.
The campaign, Operation Allied Force, was characterised by continuing disagreement amongst allies manifested most publicly in the debate about the deployment of ground forces. Nevertheless, NATO retained a remarkable degree of cohesion and after a three-week period of denouncing the Alliance and threatening retribution the Russian government came to play a vital role in the search of peace. Throughout these seven phases the relationship between events in Kosovo and international engagement with those events was mutually constitutive.
21 The Department’s spokesman, Margaret Tutwiler, emphasised the point that the sanctions applied to the entire territory of Yugoslavia. 22 Hawks such as Robert Dole opposed this indiscriminate application of sanctions. 23 However, members of the administration such as Ralph Johnson, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs, insisted that Dole’s proposals were flawed. 25 This was in contrast to emerging Western European thinking at the time. 26 This was due in part to the work of the international arbitration commission chaired by the French constitutional jurist, Robert Badinter.