WAR and a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing leads to a major refugee crisis. Global powers intervene in attempt to quell the bloodshed and implement an imperfect ceasefire stalemate. Eventually, events on the ground overtake the status quo and a new country unilaterally declares independence. A majority of United Nations members, but not all, recognise the independence of this new country – while others persist in denying the new reality for years.
Israel is the country in question, but much as the above scenario applies to the Middle East of 1948, so it corresponds with eastern Europe of 2008 and Kosovo.
It is hard to figure the logic behind continued reluctance to recognise the plain reality that Kosovo is a country that has already existed for seven years. In recent days the issue has resurfaced as voices from the European Parliament have begun openly calling for the five European Union members – Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Spain and Slovakia – that have still not recognised Pristina as a sovereign capital city to do so.
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