Monday, July 18, 2005

Intl community to increase pressure on Belgrade and Pristina

The leading article in Koha Ditore notes that the attention has returned to Kosovo, as there are only several months until the completion of the assessment of standards that could lead to talks on Kosovo’s final status. Citing diplomatic sources in Brussels, the paper says next week Pristina and Belgrade could be put under a new wave of international pressure.

The paper notes that EU and NATO officials have reiterated their calls for Pristina and Belgrade to be more serious about the importance of the current situation. Scheffer and Solana call on Belgrade to give the green light for Kosovo Serbs to return to Kosovo institutions. Solana will visit Pristina on Wednesday and remind Kosovan leaders that the assessment of standards is not a foregone conclusion and that dialogue with Belgrade and decentralisation cannot wait much longer.

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