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XIV. Supervised Independence

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Supervised independence would trade international recognition of statehood for a commitment by the newly independent entity to certain permanent or temporary limitations of its sovereignty or the exercise of its sovereignty. According to the Ahtisaari Comprehensive Proposal, it was foreseen that Kosovo would enshrine in its constitution a number of important provisions established in the proposal. The proposed new institution of the International Civil Representative and the International Steering Group of governments and organisations overseeing the transition would have continued to enjoy certain prerogatives for a period yet to be agreed. The failure of the Ahtisaari package to gain acceptance by Serbia, and by the UN Security Council, complicated the application of the scheme of supervised independence. The Secretary- General confirmed that, pending guidance from the Council, UNMIK would continue to exercise its mandate under Resolution 1244 (1999).

Keywords: Ahtisaari; Kosovo; Resolution 1244 (1999); Serbia; supervised independence; UN Security Council; UNMIK



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