Koha Ditore reports on the front page that the international community is getting ready to launch the process of Kosovo’s status. Citing Western sources, the newspaper says that Kosovo is expected to be an eminent part in the agenda of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in the second half of September. The sources also said that although no one knows exactly when Eide will submit his report, there are ongoing preparations to respond to his recommendations without delay. Within these preparations, added the sources, SRSG Søren Jessen-Petersen will meet Annan in New York on 20 September to discuss the latest developments in Kosovo and future plans on the eve of Eide’s report. A joint meeting with Quint representatives is scheduled for 21 September in UN headquarters in New York.The paper’s sources say that Eide’s report is expected to be complex and that it will recommend the opening of the status process. Sources also told Koha Ditore that besides recommendations for talks, Eide could also make recommendations to correct certain flaws during and after status talks.
Zëri quotes on the front page a spokesperson for UNSG Annan as saying that he has heard that the meeting of the Contact Group will be held in New York but not in UN headquarters. ‘The meeting will be held at Germany’s Permanent Mission at the United Nations,’ added the spokesperson. In this meeting, the paper adds, Ambassador Eide will present for the first time the recommendations of his report.
The paper quotes UNMIK DPI Director Hua Jiang as saying that SRSG Jessen-Petersen will be going to New York to attend a few meetings, including the one held by the Contact Group. ‘I don’t know the details of the meeting,’ she added.