Monday, May 30, 2005

The team that decides (Express)

Express reports that the United Nations will lead negotiations on Kosovo’s final status, but adds the organisation hasn’t made yet the necessary preparations for this process. The paper quotes UN officials as saying that the likeliest version is to appoint a Special Envoy of the Secretary General who would then appoint his team. An agreement has been reached that the envoy will be a European, and his team will consist of representatives of the Contact Group.

As far as negotiations on final status are concerned, the paper says that the prevailing opinion in the UN and the Contact Group is that shuttle diplomacy will be used in this case instead of a conference like the one in Dayton or Rambouillet.

The most often mentioned diplomat for the post of envoy for talks is former Finnish President Marti Ahtisaari. The paper carries a picture of Ahtisaari riding a bike.


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