PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro, June 13 (AFP) - The special envoy of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Kai Eide, arrived on Monday in Kosovo to carry out a comprehensive review of UN set standards, whic h might lead to talks on the province's final status.
"My report will not focus only on the standards implementation but also the general political situation in the place," Eide said upon his arrival. Eide, who is Norway's ambassador to NATO and has an in-depth knowledge of the Balkans, met the UN mission (UNMIK) chief Soren Jessen-Petersen on arrival. Jessen-Petersen said the UN envoy's recommendations to the UN secretary general would be very important but added that "the outcome is to the very last extent now up to the performance of the authorities."
Ahead of the visit Kosovo newspapers on Monday called Eide "a standards inspector," adding that he was considered to be completely independent even from the UN authorities in the province. The UN Security Council decided in May to review this summer Kosovo's implementation of internationally- set democratic standards that are a condition for the opening of final negotiations on the province's status between Belgrade and Pristina.
Talks on Kosovo's final status are expected to start in September at the earliest if the province meets benchmarks in areas such as multi-ethnic democracy, respect for human rights and security.