Friday, May 13, 2005

Does UNMIK have a Plan B if idea for Kosovo Forum fails?

Zëri weekly newspaper carries an article on the idea for the Kosovo Forum and the recent development surrounding it.

In the introduction to the article, Zëri says that the Forum was supposed to be an outlet for dealing with major political tensions in Kosovo and for reaching a strategic consensus, but it has instead turned into a source of political disagreements in Kosovo.

Citing sources close to UNMIK, the weekly newspaper reports that the meeting between SRSG Jessen-Petersen and PDK leader Hashim Thaçi proved that things were not going well as far as the Forum is concerned. Thaçi insisted that the Forum should be a decision-making body, even if this requires amendments in the Constitutional Framework.

The paper says that chances for the quick creation of the Kosovo Forum have reached a point of no return. The main problem seems to be that UNMIK has no alternative plan. No one knows what will happen if the idea of the Forum fails.

‘The way Kosovars are organized today, it will be very difficult for them to overcome the challenges of the process for the resolution of Kosovo’s status,’ Zëri concluded.

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