Relations between the government and opposition parties have begun a fragile recovery. A dialogue negotiated by the Balkan group since March 2016 has put party leaders in touch and convinced the opposition to stop disrupting the Assembly. In this case, the hard work of civil society and local actors has yielded more lasting results than visits by high-level international actors. Traditionally, Kosovar leaders have relied on international countries to resolve their conflicts. This specially developed initiative is a welcome start. The issue of ownership is one of the main areas of dispute between the official Belgrade and Pristina. The Washington agreement provides for a solution to the issue of the operation and management of Lake Gazivode/Liqeni i Ujmanit, for which a feasibility study will be carried out. On 27 April, about 200 protesters stormed their parliament after the election of an Albanian politician. More than 70 people were injured in clashes inside and outside Parliament. The country`s large Albanian minority waged a small and short war against the central government in 2001. Veterans of the conflict did not fight the police until May 2015, with many loss of life. But while Macedonia is on the brink of bankruptcy, its internal conflict has little to do with inter-ethnic tensions: it is between two predominantly Macedonian parties, the ruling far-right VMRO-DPMNE and the opposition Social Democrats (SDSM). The country has been a candidate for EU membership since 2005, when it was the head of the Western Balkans package.
How did she fall behind? All previous agreements have been packaged as agreements between Serbia and some external players – the UN or the EU – as substitutes for Kosovo. This is the first high-level agreement between the two states and shows that Serbia can treat Kosovo equally. It is a kind of de facto recognition of Kosovo, and it may be its greatest long-term importance. Whatever happens, it is now easier to imagine that Serbia will one day formally recognize the independence of its former province. Nevertheless, the thaw in relations between Belgrade and Pristina remains fragile and easy to reverse. The two capitals should make improving bilateral relations a priority and not let the lingering disputes over northern Kosovo hinder them. Improving relations between states is far more important than the administrative details that govern the North. “Dialogue is the only real way to find a lasting solution to the Kosovo issue,” he said. He thanked the U.S. government for its efforts to facilitate an economic standardization agreement and said such progress was essential to improving daily life throughout the region.