Saturday, October 15, 2005

CG meets in Washington on 2 November, Ahtisaari in the Balkans several days later (Zëri)

Zëri predicts on the front page that after the Security Council meeting on 24th October, which is expected to support Annan’s recommendation for the start of status talks, the preparatory process for negotiations is expected to accelerate.

The paper quotes unnamed sources from diplomatic circles as saying that in a Presidential Statement the Security Council could call on Annan to appoint his special envoy on status.

Zëri also says that the Contact Group will have a highly important meeting on 2nd November in Washington, which will be hosted by US Under-Secretary of State Nicholas Burns. According to the paper, the Contact Group is expected to be the key decision-making international structure on Kosovo’s status, even though Marti Ahtisaari will spearhead the process of talks on behalf of the UN and Secretary General Annan.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Alleged Bin Laden Associate Assets Frozen

20 September 2005 | 13:03 | FOCUS News Agency

Tirana. The Bush administration moved Monday to financially incapacitate a man who allegedly worked with Osama bin Laden and others to provide support to terror networks in Albania, AP announced.
The Treasury Department ordered U.S. banks to freeze any bank accounts or other financial assets found in this country belonging to Abdul Latif Saleh, who holds Jordanian and Albanian citizenship. The order also prohibits Americans from doing business with him.
According to the department bin Laden provided Saleh with USD 600,000 to encourage the creation of "extremist groups" in Albania, the Macedonan Makfax reports. Saleh is also believed to be closely associated with groups in Albania with links to the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a terror group connected to al-Qaida, the department said.
Saleh founded an Albanian jihadist group that has been bankrolled by the Al Haramain Foundation, an Islamic charity with alleged links to al-Qaida, the Treasury Department said.
He also is believed to be associated with Yasin Qadi, a Saudi businessman, that the United States designated as a global terrorist in October 2001. The department said Qadi was an active fund-raiser for Saleh's jihadist group.
The department said that Saleh was expelled from Albania and that his last known residence was in the United Arab Emirates.