Prishtina [Pristina], 20 May: The head of UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo], Soren Jessen-Petersen, said yesterday [19 May] upon returning from New York that he and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan are confident that Kosova [Kosovo] has made enough progress for comprehensive review of standards to go ahead.
But, Jessen-Petersen said that it remains to the UNSC to evaluate the progress during the session, which is scheduled for the end of this month in New York.
"This is a matter of how the Security Council will assess my report on progress and the Technical Assessment and it depends very much on statements in the Council," he said.
He has said that, as a result of the debate, the UN secretary general will be in a position to recommend that the comprehensive review be launched.
He also said that, in case of a positive evaluation of standards, the UN Secretary General will appoint a special envoy for status.
Jessen-Petersen made those comments last night at the Prishtina Airport upon return from New York.
He met there his compatriot, Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller. They have agreed that no option is excluded for resolving Kosova's status, including its independence, a stance that was reiterated by the Contact Group [United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy].
"The issue of Kosova should be resolved in that way, where all sides including the neighbours will be involved. Kosova needs peace, progress and economic development," the foreign minister said.
He also said that the comprehensive review of the standards should start as soon a possible in order for the process of resolving of status to start in autumn.
It may take five or six months, so in the spring we could enter into a process and have an outcome of Kosova's final status," Moller said, who will preside the UNSC.
Whereas the chief of UNMIK, Soren Jessen-Petersen has also reported that he will go to London next week to meet with the Contact Group. "We are going to discuss the progress with a view, once again, to have an agreed position, the Contact Group and the UN and UNMIK, and as a part of that meeting, we will finalize the report of the UN secretary general that will go to the council," he added.
Source: KosovaLive web site, Pristina, in English 20 May 05