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Argument: Kosovo is too underdeveloped for independence

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*[http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20051101facomment84603-p10/charles-a-kupchan/independence-for-kosovo.html Charles Kupchan (it should be noted that he actually supports Kosovar independence for other reasons) writes in the November/December edition of Foreign Affairs] that, "By any measure, the political conditions in Kosovo fall well short of the standards that the international community has set as preconditions for moving to final-status negotiations. Serbs do not enjoy freedom of movement, one of the main reasons that only a handful of those who fled since 1999 have returned. The process of decentralization meant to empower local communities has proved stillborn. Political and legal institutions have yet to mature, stymied by infighting among political parties, crime and corruption, and patronage systems deeply embedded in the clannish structure of Albanian society. Poverty is pervasive, with unemployment topping 50 percent even among ethnic Albanians. An inadequate power supply makes for daily blackouts, and Kosovo's uncertain political status leaves it unable to attract the foreign capital it needs to invest in basic infrastructure." *[http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20051101facomment84603-p10/charles-a-kupchan/independence-for-kosovo.html Charles Kupchan (it should be noted that he actually supports Kosovar independence for other reasons) writes in the November/December edition of Foreign Affairs] that, "By any measure, the political conditions in Kosovo fall well short of the standards that the international community has set as preconditions for moving to final-status negotiations. Serbs do not enjoy freedom of movement, one of the main reasons that only a handful of those who fled since 1999 have returned. The process of decentralization meant to empower local communities has proved stillborn. Political and legal institutions have yet to mature, stymied by infighting among political parties, crime and corruption, and patronage systems deeply embedded in the clannish structure of Albanian society. Poverty is pervasive, with unemployment topping 50 percent even among ethnic Albanians. An inadequate power supply makes for daily blackouts, and Kosovo's uncertain political status leaves it unable to attract the foreign capital it needs to invest in basic infrastructure."
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 +*[http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/01/29/europe/letter.php Celestine Bohlen. "Kosovo's independence won't end its struggle" Bloomberg News. January 29, 2008] - "...this region's almost nine-year struggle to secede from Serbia might have been the easy part of independence. The hard part for Kosovo, set to declare its freedom soon, will be to stimulate its damaged economy, repair its roads and generate enough electricity to keep the lights on."

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  • Charles Kupchan (it should be noted that he actually supports Kosovar independence for other reasons) writes in the November/December edition of Foreign Affairs that, "By any measure, the political conditions in Kosovo fall well short of the standards that the international community has set as preconditions for moving to final-status negotiations. Serbs do not enjoy freedom of movement, one of the main reasons that only a handful of those who fled since 1999 have returned. The process of decentralization meant to empower local communities has proved stillborn. Political and legal institutions have yet to mature, stymied by infighting among political parties, crime and corruption, and patronage systems deeply embedded in the clannish structure of Albanian society. Poverty is pervasive, with unemployment topping 50 percent even among ethnic Albanians. An inadequate power supply makes for daily blackouts, and Kosovo's uncertain political status leaves it unable to attract the foreign capital it needs to invest in basic infrastructure."

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