Excerpt from report by Fatmir Aliu entitled "China and Russia - obstacles to Kosova's international telephone code" published by the Kosovo Albanian newspaper Koha Ditore on 29 September
Prishtina [Pristina], 28 September: Despite the great wish of Kosovars and the international administration in Prishtina, the issue of equipping Kosova [Kosovo] with its own international telephone code will not be realized for a certain period of time. This issue has lately been moved from the economic and political field to the diplomatic. It even went as far as the Contact Group member states, which requested an explanation from the International Telecommunications Union [ITU] as to why this process has been blocked.
In the letters exchanged between the UN Mission in Kosova and the ITU (Koha Ditore has copies of the correspondence), it is said that Kosova cannot have an international telephone code as long as its political status is not resolved and that it should continue using the same code as the one for Serbia-Montenegro [SCG] (+381).
Officials at the UN office in Prishtina asserted for Koha Ditore that official Belgrade has won this battle.
"Belgrade lobbied with the Russian and Chinese administrations not to equip Kosova with an international telephone code," a senior official from the UNMIK [UN Interim Administrative Mission in Kosovo] Legal Office, who wished to remain anonymous, told Koha Ditore.