As is the case for the system in place for minority rights and intercultural dialogue, more needs to be done - and not simply “instituted” - in order to realise the full potential of south Serbia.
TransConflict Serbia is pleased to announce the results of a survey, entitled 'Minority Rights and National Minority Councils', conducted as part of our project, ‘Promoting and strengthening the role of the Albanian and Bosniak National Minority Councils (NMCs)’, which is supported by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This article focuses on drawing some conclusions from the South Serbia experience that could be applied more generally to area-based development programming in conflict-affected regions.
Following on the heels of a declaration demanding the "unconditional withdrawal" of the Gendermarie from southern Serbia, ethnic Albanian politicians have called for the establishment of a separate 'Presevo Valley region'.
A grenade attack on the Gendarmerie near Bujanovac, in southern Serbia, has exposed the fragility of the region and the need for tangible steps to improve relations between the security infrastructure and the various local communities.
A declaration by the Preševo municipal assembly calling for the "unconditional withdrawal" of the Gendarmerie highlights the extent of mistrust and insecurity felt in southern Serbia.
After an absence of almost three-years, Albanian leaders from southern Serbia have returned to the Co-ordination Body for Preševo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, after an agreement was reached on restructuring the Body's composition and competencies.