Koha Ditore reports that the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has turned down UNMIK’s request for an international telephone code for Kosovo with the excuse that the international administration “doesn’t exercise the sovereign right over Kosovo”.
An official of the UNMIK Legal Office, who preferred to remain anonymous, told the newspaper that Belgrade lobbied at the Russian and Chinese embassies in order to prevent Kosovo from getting an international telephone code.
The official also gave Koha Ditore background information on the correspondence between the ITU and UNMIK on the matter. SRSG Søren Jessen-Petersen according to the source has said he will ask UNSG Kofi Annan to resolve the issue. In fact, the SRSG reportedly presented the issue to Annan and the latter promised him a quick resolution. “The Secretary General has taken over this issue. He has taken the initiative and I support him. We are now waiting for a response from the ITU, which we hope will be positive,” the UNMIK chief told Koha Ditore.