Saturday, October 29, 2005

Leaders in Kosovo plan strategy ahead of talks on province's final status

PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leaders met Friday to begin work on a negotiating strategy for the start of talks next month that they hope will lead the disputed province to independence from Serbia.

The meeting ended, however, with no apparent agreement on how they would approach the talks.

The team led by Kosovo's ailing president, Ibrahim Rugova, includes the province's prime minister, two opposition leaders and the head of the legislative assembly.

The five leaders hold widely differing views on many issues and have clashed in the past over the direction the negotiating team should take.

Friday's meeting ended with no announcement of a joint position to take into the talks.

One of the participants, opposition politician Veton Surroi, said more work was needed and offered a hint that the meeting included some heated exchanges.

"I hope that in our next meeting we will have more creativity and understanding for each other's ideas and more tolerance," Surroi said.

Western diplomats and U.N. officials have expressed frustration that the bickering ethnic Albanian leaders have lagged behind in preparations for the talks.

The negotiating team met for the first time three weeks ago and said it will push for independence in the long-awaited talks to settle the province's final status.

The launch of negotiations on Kosovo's future was approved this week by the U.N. Security Council. They are expected to get underway in November, as soon as an envoy is appointed to lead the process.

The negotiations are sure to be tough. Kosovo, which has been under U.N. administration for the past six years, has formally remained part of Serbia-Montenegro, the union that replaced Yugoslavia.

Ethnic Albanians, who make up 90 percent of Kosovo's 2 million people, want nothing short of full independence. They argue that Serbia has lost the right to govern the province following the war that left an estimated 10,000 ethnic Albanians dead.

Serb leaders, however, insist on keeping at least some formal control over the troubled province -- a place many Serbs consider the heart of their nation.

The United Nations has administered Kosovo since NATO's 1999 air war against Yugoslavia. The NATO bombardment forced former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to end a crackdown on rebel ethnic Albanians in Kosovo and relinquish Serbia's control over the province.


teuta1 said...

and march 17th 2004 shows that albanians haven't the right to rule kosovo.

Dardan said...

In a spamming' mood today, aren't we?

arianit said...

Martyr, the guy that would confuse himself with being from Texas and Britain but is really a Serb from NY has morphed into Teuta.

Dardan said...

Heh, if he is in NY, no wonder he is concealing his identity. NY Servians always say that they are Croatian or Bosnian so they don't get their ass kicked by Albanians.

illyrianboy said...

The last post was funny. And 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...


ali_pashai said...

you know i have to admit i am sick and tired of politicians making a lot of noise just to justify why they get paid so much money. what in the world do they have to get together for and go over the "plan" on how to negotiate. there is no plan. there should not be a plan. there cannot be a plan. the only reason why we'll have these talks is for serbia to be calm that its citizens in kosova won't be harrased. like i said i am sick and tired of this bs. everyone knows the outcome. we will ask for unconditional independence and we'll get a conditional one. meaning if in 5 years (give or take) if there'll still be harrasment and insecurity for kosova's serbs then they'll have the right to chose to unite to serbia. that is it. it doesn't take a genious to figure it out. you have serbs coming here and almost ten years after the whole ordeal not only they don't appologize for what they did but still claim kosova as serb. how could we albanians live along such divious neighbours in peace? and what is this no more kosova? montenegro parts of serbia and even up to croatia used to be our land, dardania. why call only kosova dardania when it should apply to the whole region. i am from epiri and proud to say so. The greeks can claim that epiri is greek and every albanian orthodox is by default a greek but i say north of greece which used to be epiri is albanian and i am orthodox and am in no way greek. coming back to our problem kosova is an albanian name. kosovo is a serbian pronounciation trying to make it look not albanian. Piro is albanian name, calling him Piros doesn't make him greek. one word to kosovar politicians there is time for diplomacy and there is time for firm actions. there is nothing to be diplomatic about now. if you read serbian newspaper all they do is talk sh.. why in the world should we be understanding. all i see is a russian wanna be state. some form of control. what is that? what the f... is that? can someone from these now it all serbs who write in these blogs explain to me what the f... some form of control means?