Kosova [Kosovo] President Ibrahim Rugova has informed the public about the disease he is suffering from. We all wish him the best and hope he will recover. In the meantime, just like it could have been understood from the president's message and the many reactions that followed - from both Kosovars and internationals - this moment requires the entire society to focus on building consensus and unity so that the current process moves in the right direction.
No one, even in the international community, is sure what the pace will be of the process that was announced and started with the mission of Kai Eide [UN Secretary General's envoy on standards for Kosovo fulfilment], and what should be achieved with the conclusion Kosova's final status. However, the beginning of the end of the game seems to be very close. Even though there are no doubts among the Kosovars regarding the final goal - Kosova's independence - this does not mean that the game is over already, but rather that a lot more work is needed to arrive at that point. And, as many factors indicate, the hardest part of the political process is ahead of Kosova.
Therefore, consensus and unity among the political players are crucial for a right position of Kosova ahead of the opening of the major status issue. Consensus and unity are not only necessary for reaching the final goal - on which we all agree - but also for the ways to come to that. Only in this way can President Rugova's illness - which is seen by many as a factor that will delay the political process in Kosova - be turned into an engine to move it forward even quicker.
In his touching address on Monday [ 5 September], President Rugova opened the doors to everyone to create the necessary consensus and unity. It is the turn for others - not with statements, but with action.
Source: Koha Ditore, Pristina, in Albanian 6 Sep 05 p 3