Sunday, May 22, 2005

UNMIK chief confident in UNSC's approval of Kosovo standards

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

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not a chance in hell with Greece, Russia, Romanian, France and China on the UN security council.

Anonymous said...

And what do all these countries gain from supporting Serbia? Nothing...

Anonymous said...

HAhahahha Romania....if it didn't already have independence, it's standards for one would probably be lower than Kosova's.

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Anonymous said...

It's Kosovo not Kosova. It never has been Kosova and it never will be.

Anonymous said...

Yes it has always been Dardania.

Anonymous said...

Its not a matter of supporting Serbia... China has to think about Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Russia has to think about Chechnya, Ingusthia and other provinces. Voting for Kosova(o) independence would send the wrong message to those insurgent groups.

Anonymous said...

That is why it won't even go to the security council...Like it or not, there is only one Boss in this world and that is the USA.....What USA says goes...simple as that.....

and BOSS no. 2 is EU (Great Britain lead).....and we all know that they are with the U.S...

It will all be sorted out before/if it even reaches the Security Council.......You don't have to be Einstein to know that the U.S only uses the Security Council when it needs it and knows the others will either vote or obstain....

You don't have to be Einstein to know that Russia, China, and whoever else are only there to make up the numbers when and where required.

Conclusion:

What the U.S wants will happen.....

Anonymous said...

Please don't put Kosova in the same group with Chechnya. The Chechen conflict is far too complicated, Taiwan is China but Nationalist China, Tibet is occupied, and Hong Kong is China and will always be, but Kosova is not Ingushetia or Chechnya.

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