Saturday, October 29, 2005

Ahtisaari says NATO should retain Kosovo role

HELSINKI, Oct 29 (Reuters) - NATO should retain its security role in Kosovo regardless of the disputed province's future status, the man expected to lead talks on whether Kosovo remains part of Serbia or becomes independent said on Saturday.
Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, slated to become United Nations special envoy to lead talks on Kosovo's status, said he favoured no particular model for solving its problems.
In an interview with Finnish national broadcaster YLE, Ahtisaari, 68, declined to speculate on what the eventual solution would be, or how long it would take to achieve it.
"Time will tell whether it will be a compromise, and what kind of a compromise it could be," Ahtisaari said.
"It is a difficult situation, as there are still some armed groups that are not under control and it is important that NATO retains its security role, no matter what the solution."
Military alliance NATO, which has a 17,100-strong peacekeeping force in Kosovo, acknowledged earlier this month that an armed group in western Kosovo was stopping and searching cars at night, but dismissed them as bandits.
Local newspapers said a group calling itself "The Army for the Independence of Kosovo" had threatened U.N. officials and was demanding immediate recognition of independence for the province, whose population is 90 percent ethnic Albanian.
Kosovo has been a U.N. protectorate since NATO ended the 1998-99 guerrilla war by bombing Yugoslavia to compel Serbia to withdraw its forces, which had been accused of ethnic cleansing.
Kosovo's Albanian majority increasingly wants independence, but Serbia -- which says the province, home to scores of Orthodox religious sites, is sacred land -- is opposed.
The U.N. Security Council earlier this month embraced its Secretary-General Kofi Annan's recommendation that international talks be launched to decide whether Kosovo gains independence or remains a Serbian province.
"(Finding a solution) has to start from first listening to the different parties, even if their views are fairly well known. Then we need to discuss with them how these problems could be addressed," Ahtisaari said.
"There is still a lot of basic work to be done before any kind of specific discussions can begin," he said, adding it was important to first create a working group for the task.
Ahtisaari, 68, made his mark in international diplomacy as point-man for the European Union when he persuaded then-Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic to accept NATO's terms for ending the Kosovo air campaign.
Most recently he grabbed the international limelight when he organised and hosted talks this year between Indonesia's government and the Free Aceh Movement, who signed a peace deal in August to end 30 years of armed struggle.
Ahtisaari's appointment as special envoy to Kosovo had been expected this week, but he said in the interview it now looked as though it would come towards the end of next week.

12 comments:

arianit said...

Sacred land? That's such b.s.. Serb Orthodoxy is a vodoo religion. Let's take Stefan Decanski, a king that supposedly built the Decani Monastery. He tried to kill his father St. Stevan Uros II and his mother so he was blinded and sent into exile by them. After Decanski came to power, his son, St. Dusan, overthrew and jailed him in Zvecan where Decanski was subsequently killed.
All of these guys are saints in the Serb Orthodox Church. You can even kiss Decanski's hand if you happen to be by Decan. His body is preserved in a sacrophagus and shown to visitors.

teuta1 said...

albanians should refrain from trying to rewrite serbian history.

Dardan said...

Or is it vice versa...

Teuta, go suck an albanian cock, will ya? That way you'll choke and refrain from speaking nonsense.

Confucius said...

confucius thinks teuta is just a serbian that is using an albanian name to post on this blog, if teuta is albanian then i would like to see her write something that actually makes sense (in albanian)

teuta1 said...

ah yes, the flower of today's albanian culture shows its ugly face---care to murder me as you did so many of your own who disagreed with your irrdentist aspirations? not all albanians agree with murder and rape of their own.

teuta1 said...

confucious? he is chinese...they don't agree with the creation of a second albanian state, idiot son.

arianit said...

I didn't rewrite anything. I just paraphrased lines from Serb history textbooks. Of course, those same authors are not baffled at the paradox of criminal saints but instead just passingly mention them, or should I say swept them under the rug. That's their problem anyways and I respect Serb right to pray, learn about, and admire whomever they want, but to use those saint-criminals to deny my freedoms and force me to study them is a disgusting way to use history and religion.
Maybe being Albanian and atheist it's hard for me to look at this issue from a Serb's perspective.

P.S. That "irridentist" word is straight out of the Tanjug manual of style.

Confucius said...

well "teuta" i just thought since you, a serb, have a right to take an albanian name why shouldn't i have the right to chose any name i want. hell i can be gorbachev if i wanted, and as for the support of china, we dont need it baby this is a done deal. oh yeah what hapenned to the part where i asked you to post something in albanian retard

Confucius said...

confucius thinks that teuta has a big albanian dick in her mouth that's why she can't say anything in albanian

illyrianboy said...

Please when you refer to "teuta1" (not "teuta") do it in the form of "CopyPaste" since i believe it is the same person known to us as CTRL+C CTRL+V or Martyr. Please don't refer to him/her as teuta, cos I think that that we shouldn't appease a sacrilege commited by him/her.

teuta1 said...

How easy it is to cause a row amongst the simple minded. Thank you all for the humor---as sad and disgusting as it may be. Cudos albanians for showing the 'flower' of your nation right here for all to read.

Confucius said...

"teuta1" i got one big flower for you hehehe, as for disgusting... well there is nothing new i can teach a serb(ian) about disgusting