This is a post I was thinking about a very long time the last year, but because too busy with other conflicts, I delayed the documentation.
I was thinking about the latest Latin American spontaneous moves to declare the recogniziting of a Palestinian state "within the 1967 borders": (alphabetically) Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Uruguay. Chile and Paraguay are preparing to do it soon. And I was thinking, again, about the situation of Kosovo, a state who self-declared independence in February 2008, facing various system and structural problems, as well as the lack of elites. There are, of course, different shapes of the cups of tea, and the regions are having a different profile. But I was curious if the pioneers of independence proceeded similarly in the case of Kosovo, where most part of the current political leaders used to be part of the UCK, with a limited record of terrorism and repression in comparison with Hamas.
Let's have a look at the arguments:
Argentina declared that it will not recognise it because "it supports the principle of territorial integrity".
Brazil pledged that a peaceful solution for the issue of Kosovo must continue to be sought through dialogue and negotiation.
Bolivian president Evo Morales, refused, on February 2008 to recognize Kosovo's independence and compared the separatists with the leaders of the Bolivian states who have demanded greater autonomy.
Ecuadorian authorities promised they would carefully examine the developments in the area.
Uruguay expressed its official point of view in March 2008, according to "Ultima Noticias", as follows: "Uruguay has not recognized Kosovo's declaration of independence, because doing so would not be in in accordance with its required three pillars of recognition: the principle of territorial integrity of states, achieving a solution through dialogue and consensu, and recognition by international organisations".
Diplomacy, intelligence and caution are required in both cases and Che Guevara-like games might have unexpected boomerang effects.