Monday, October 24, 2005

UN council endorses start of Kosovo status talks


UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council on Monday embraced U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's recommendation that international talks be launched to decide whether Kosovo gains independence or remains a Serb province.

"The council offers its full support to this political process, which would determine Kosovo's future status, and further reaffirms its commitment to the objective of a multiethnic and democratic Kosovo which must reinforce regional stability," said a statement adopted unanimously by the 15-nation council.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in anticipation of the council statement, said he would name a special envoy this week to lead the talks and added it was likely to be former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, as expected.

Before the council vote, Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica warned it that Belgrade ruled out a process that could result in Kosovo's becoming a nation.

In a letter, however, Kosovo's prime minister, Bajram Kosumi, told the council that Kosovo's government in Pristina and the vast majority of its people felt the province should be granted independence.

In an apparent shift from past insistence on a complete break with the past, however, Kosumi added that Kosovo would welcome "the continued presence and involvement of the international community in our development."

In an interview with Reuters in Pristina, Kosumi said he expected an international "observation or advisory" mission after talks as "a psychological and practical guarantee for ethnic groups that their rights are observed."

The southern Serb province bordering Macedonia and Albania has been administered by the United Nations since Serb forces, accused of ethnic cleansing in a war with separatist guerrillas, were ousted by NATO in 1999.

Three months of NATO bombing that year forced Serbia's then leader, Slobodan Milosevic -- now on trial in an international tribunal in The Hague on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes -- to withdraw his forces.

Some 10,000 ethnic Albanian civilians died and 800,000 were expelled into neighboring Albania and Macedonia.


More than six years later, Kosovo Albanians are impatient for the independence they thought they had won in 1999. Most are fed up with a U.N. administration perceived as overbearing and unable to revive an economy crippled by war and neglect.

But March 2004 Albanian mob riots against Kosovo Serbs killed 19 people and destroyed hundreds of homes, undermining Kosovo leaders' stated commitment to a multiethnic


Diplomats say the West, though publicly refusing to back any particular solution, is preparing to push for "conditional independence" in talks that could last until spring 2006.

The West has all but written off Serbia's offer of broad autonomy as unworkable as the province's 90-percent Albanian majority flatly reject any return to Serb control, they say.

Kosumi's letter said Kosovo's final status "should be that of an independent state with the borders of Kosovo as they currently stand with neither partition nor cantonization."

Kosovo should be "a multiethnic, democratic and law-abiding place, which exists in peace and cooperation with its neighbors in the region and with the wider world," Kosumi said. "Within this broader vision, we are ready to elaborate more precise details of how Kosovo should be organized in both its institutions and its constitution."

Serbian premier Kostunica, however, called on the council to ensure Kosovo remained part of Serbia.

"I am convinced that the international community, embodied in the United Nations, will not succumb to threats of violence and permit a dismemberment of a democratic state and the undermining of the most basic principles of the international order," he said.

"I am convinced ... that no democratic and free state could accept this under any circumstances," Kostunica said.

Two key U.N. envoys, also appearing before the council, acknowledged Serbs and Kosovars were deeply divided over what the eventual fate of the southern Serb province should be. But they argued that resolving the issue would ultimately benefit both sides and bring more stability to the region.

"We all know that the positions of Belgrade and Pristina on the issue of Kosovo's status are far apart, but it will remain so until and unless it is resolved by an internationally managed process, and the sooner that is done, the better for the citizens in Kosovo and in the region," said Soren Jessen-Petersen, the province's U.N. administrator.

U.N. special envoy Kai Eide said he believed there had been a change in the region and Pristina and Belgrade now had a "shared expectation" that the status talks would begin.

"I am convinced that all will benefit from clarity with regard to what Kosovo will be," he said. "Such clarity will also remove an element of instability, which today hampers the political and economic development of Kosovo as well as of the region."


Anonymous said...

Zero comments? Really???

I would have thought the racist Serb comments would be flying left and right about how filthy we are and about how they are going to exterminate us!
Well I guess this is bad news for them so they wish to stay away.
Martyr or CTRL C CTRL Z and whatever else we affectionately call you Copy and Paste this mothafucka!!!
I thought you said that status talks would never start! Well sorry to dissapoint you son.

Anonymous said...

I guess they are seems that they can't fake it even with their hahaha-s anymore...or probably they are creating new lies about Kosova and publish them in vikipedia...and then post them here and try to bullshit with their miths about Kosova...
actually i think it's only one serbian asshole posting around here...the others already know what the talks will bring...he will post again under different names as Zorica, Zoran, Jelovan, Tarzan and so...What name he will use this time?
I say greek helenic patriot...

Anonymous said...

No, they all are out there looking for jobs since they will need money to pay the war reparations for damages caused to Kosova by Serbia during a century of occupation.

Anonymous said...

Wow his dudes a loner he writes 2 himself at least we have jobs lol.

Anonymous said...

last poster, what the hell are u talkin about?

Anonymous said...

To Kostunica. Are you reading this? Shajt happens, get over it.

Anonymous said...

Are Serbs in Kosova the equivalent of Sunnis in Iraq? With their voting record, it surely looks like.

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Anonymous said...

finally a visionary that sees between the serbo crap...........

Kosovo “Serbia’s problem” | 12:32 October 25 | Beta
PODGORICA -- Tuesday – Miodrag Vukovic said that Kosovo is Serbia’s problem and that Montenegro and its impending independence have nothing to do with it.

The Montenegrin ruling Democratic Party of Socialists official said that this was further confirmed by the UN Security Council’s decisions made yesterday to begin Kosovo status talks.

Vukovic told the Beta news agency that he is afraid that the Serbian Government is completely unprepared for the discussions and that all it has is a pathetic patriotic concept that Kosovo is a part of Serbia.

Anonymous said...

dear sheep fuckers I cant wait for the day that u finally do steal kosovo, something taht was NEVER yours! serbia will finally get rid of its cancer!!!! now u can kill each other in peace! take care u scumbag muslim dirt!

Anonymous said...

aleluja! martyr finally changed his mind. he finally realized that kosova is gone.

btw, what we do to the sheep is our internal state matter. serbia should respect our sovereignity or otherwise will have to kick out the ambassador.

Anonymous said...

If we're talking about animal fvckers then Serbs are the number one. Plenty og goat fvckers in that $hitty landlocked country of theirs. Kosova was never part of Serbia. The goat fvcker got it as a present from the Russians. It was part of Jugoslavia, not Serbia.