Koha Ditore’s Brussels-based correspondent Augustin Palokaj quotes EU officials as saying that US Assistant Secretary Nicholas Burns in his speech on Kosovo said the same things that are the positions of the European Union. The only voice that is different from the others in the Contact Group is Russia’s.
EU representatives also said that Burns’ statement confirms that when it comes to Kosovo and its future there are no differences between Europeans and Americans.
Asked to comment on his eventual role in Kosovo, Norwegian Ambassador to NATO Kai Eide was quoted as saying, ‘I have read the same things as toy in the press and I have no comment’. Eide refused to say if he would accept the post if UNSG Annan decides to appoint him his special envoy for the assessment of standards implementation. On the same issue, an unnamed EU diplomat told the paper that Eide would be the right person for this job and that he would carry out the task with responsibility.
In a related article, the paper quotes two foreign political analysts as saying that the US and the EU are working for Kosovo’s independence. US analyst Ted Carpenter says that the US and its allies have decided to separate Kosovo from Serbia, and British analyst Tim Judah said the process was moving toward a conditional independence for Kosovo.