The Kosovo Report: Conflict, International Response, Lessons Learned

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5 The Diplomatic Dimension
In 1998 and early 1999, the international community faced a deep moral and legal dilemma: the responsibility to avoid force if at all possible, and the demand to protect a victimized population against severe abuse of human rights and gross violations of international humanitarian law. The assessment after the fact of the choices made is inherently difficult, since it necessarily involves speculation on alternative paths that might have been attempted. This will not be the last time such a dilemma arises. We can best prepare for the future by taking an honest and critical look at the past.Such speculation and critique, however, must be anchored in an awareness of crucial factors over which the international community had very limited influence. For instance:
• fry policies and actions were clearly the fundamental cause of violence and unrest in Kosovo during the whole decade of the 1990s, and especially in the period between 1997 and 99. The Milosevic regime by its oppressive policies and misrule in Kosovo bears full responsibility for provoking a crisis of decision among concerned governments and within international institutions, especially the United Nations and nato. It is also accountable for the criminality of Serb official behavior in Kosovo itself.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Kosovo Report iii
  • Table of Contents v
  • Executive Summary 1
  • Address by Former President Nelson Mandela 14
  • Introduction 19
  • Part I - What Happened? 27
  • 1: The Origins of the Kosovo Crisis 33
  • 2: Internal Armed Conflict 67
  • 3: International War Supervenes 85
  • 4: Kosovo Under United Nations Rule 99
  • Part 2 - Analysis 129
  • 5: The Diplomatic Dimension 131
  • 6: International Law and Humanitarian Intervention 163
  • 7: Humanitarian Organizations and the Role of Media 201
  • 8: Kosovo: The Regional Dimension 227
  • 9: The Future Status of Kosovo 259
  • Part III - Conclusion 281
  • 10: Conclusion 283
  • Annexes 299
  • Annex 10 Index 369
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