Political analyst from the Kato Institute in Washington D.C., Doug Bandow, called for Kosovo independence, but to have the areas of Kosovo which are populated by a Serbian majority remain part of Serbia-Montenegro.
Bandow, who is former special advisor of former US president Ronald Reagan, told Voice of America that the solution for Kosovo will be “of a compromising nature” and that for the best results two things will be necessary: the discussions need to begin without any prerequisites and that there most be no options ruled out without talking them through first.
Bandow claims that although it will be nearly impossible to uphold the Serbian sovereignty in Kosovo because of the large Albanian majority of the region, it is still unfair to the Serbs living in Kosovo to declare it an independent state.
In his opinion, one option is to “give independence to the Kosovo Albanians, which is what the majority wants, and to have the sectors with majority Serbian populations, such as the northern region and the parts where Serbian churches are located, remain part of Serbia-Montenegro.”
Explaining his plan, Bandow says that two divisions will be made.
“The first will be the giving of independence to Kosovo, separating it from Serbia. The US has actually started that process and accepted it, so why couldn’t we divide Kosovo as well? In other words, if Kosovo becomes independent, that does not mean that the entire territory should become independent, because the Serbian population and cultural landmarks must be taken into consideration.” Bandow said.