According to Koha Ditore, PDK leader Hashim Thaçi says that the SRSG has no mandate over the political status of Kosovo and has called the statement of UNMIK chief, Søren Jessen-Petersen, for a compromise between Pristina and Belgrade, as hasty and problematic.
‘If he had in mind a compromise that implies less than independence for Kosovo, then his statement was hasty and problematic, but if he meant independence for Kosovo, then I agree that independence is a compromise for the people of Kosovo,’ Thaçi said for Koha Ditore.
According to Thaçi there should be no negotiations with Serbia on the political status of Kosovo. ‘There should only be negotiations with the internationals on the way to build the state of Kosovo and not about what status Kosovo should have. There is only one solution for Kosovars and that is respecting of the will of the people of Kosovo for an independent and sovereign state. Any other solution will be in complete contradiction to the will of the people of Kosovo,’ Thaçi said.
Referring to the statement of the SRSG that Kosovo institutions are lagging behind Belgrade in their preparations for status talks, PDK leader said that ‘working groups have been set up and they should accelerate the process of implementation of Kosovo’s statehood, not of negotiations with Belgrade. If the lack of preparedness of the current Government is being talked about in relation to status, then the current Government should not be identified with the will of the people of Kosovo,’ said Thaçi.
Thaçi also said that ‘no sheet of paper will be put on the table of talks unless all KLA senior officials were first released from UNMIK’s prisons,’ adding that for the people of Kosovo they are heroes and are innocent.