Monday, June 06, 2005

Kosovo institutions, parties welcome Eide's nomination as UN envoy

Text of report by Gazmend Syla entitled "Eide, good for all" published by the Kosovo Albanian newspaper Koha Ditore on 5 June

Prishtina [Pristina], 4 June: The appointment of Norwegian Ambassador to NATO Kai Eide as UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's special envoy for the comprehensive review of Standards in Kosova [Kosovo] is the best possible selection, representatives of political parties and officials of Kosovar institutions agreed on Saturday [4 June]. They expressed the view that Eide is a good expert on the circumstances in the country and they stated their conviction that with his review of Standards he will lead Kosova towards the phase of talks on the status which, according to them, will unavoidably mean independence.

The Kosova Presidency welcomed the decision by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and said that with this action the UN secretary general has taken the view that Eide, a diplomat who knows this part of Europe well, could be the man who could best do this job.

"Eide is the most suitable man to assess the progress in our country based on the international standards and Kosova's readiness to enter the final status. This status will unavoidably be independence," presidential spokesperson Muhamet Hamiti said.

Bajram Rexhepi, former prime minister of Kosova and senior PDK [Democratic Party of Kosovo] official, expressed the view that this is an extremely good nomination and that Eide is a principled man.

"I believe he will do the review right and will make many proposals on how the work will develop," he said.

Rexhepi, who as a [former] prime minister of Kosova had the opportunity to meet Eide several times, said that he believes Kosova will have no problems with him.

"There could be problems among us, but not with him," he told Koha Ditore.

The appointment of the Norwegian diplomat is good news for the Kosova government, prime ministerial spokesperson Daut Dauti told the media from Zagreb where he, together with Prime Minister Kosumi, is participating in an international conference on the future of the Balkan's integration into the EU.

According to him, the Kosova government believes that Eide will be objective and unbiased in realizing the comprehensive review of Standards because he had earlier showed his objectivity in his assessments in the report on Kosova after the events of March last year.

Gazmend Muhaxheri, member of the Kosova Assembly presidency and deputy of The Hour [Ora], said that he expected Eide's nomination. He added that Eide will come to Kosova to carry out a mission in which he will succeed.

"I believe that his work in the comprehensive review will lead Kosova towards the talks on status," he said.

The AAK [Alliance for the Future of Kosovo] also assessed as appropriate Eide's nomination by Annan as the key player in carrying out the comprehensive review of Standards.

"We expect a lot and we hope very much for a positive review at the right time and in the right way," AAK spokesperson Ernest Luma said.

According to him, this review will happen in conformity with the work and the commitment of the institutions and the citizens of Kosova to fulfilling the Standards.

The Serbian side also assessed positively Eide's nomination. SCG Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic said that he believes that this Western diplomat will assess positively whether Kosova has fulfilled the required Standards.

Kai Eide was appointed as special envoy for the comprehensive review of Standards on Friday [3 June] by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who described the Norwegian diplomat as an ideal man to carry out this task.

Koha Ditore sources said that Eide will start his work on 20 June. According to these sources, he will stay in Kosova for four weeks and he will have another four weeks to draw up his report. This report is expected to be concluded by the end of September, when it will be handed over to the UN secretary general.

In the event that this report results in a positive assessment of the fulfilment of the eight Standards that the international community has set for Kosova, then the negotiations about the future status of Kosova could begin.

Source: Koha Ditore, Pristina, in Albanian 5 Jun 05 p1

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