Thursday, November 17, 2005

Kosovo Sets Independence As Goal For Talks With Serbia

PRISTINA (AP)--Kosovo lawmakers Thursday adopted a resolution stating that they will accept nothing less than independence in the U.N.-mediated talks on the future of the province.

The lawmakers, under pressure from U.S. and European diplomats, backed down from an earlier intention to unilaterally declare independence as they discussed their position in upcoming talks on the province's long-term future.

The 10-point resolution set the stage for a bitter political fight in the talks with Serbia, which insists the province shouldn't gain independence but rather enjoy broad autonomy within the current union that replaced Yugoslavia.

The approved resolution stated the province will accept nothing less than full independence and sovereignty for Kosovo, which has been run by the U.N. since mid-1999.

"The will of the people of Kosovo for independence is not negotiable," the resolution said.

The resolution, which will serve as the basis of the political platform for the ethnic Albanians in the talks, also welcomes the future international involvement demands that every move by Kosovo's negotiators be approved in the parliament or by referendum.

The Serbian government Tuesday unanimously adopted a resolution rejecting independence for Kosovo in the U.N.-mediated talks expected to begin next month.

Sabri Hamiti, a senior member of the ruling Democratic League of Kosovo, said the toning down of the Kosovo position came after "immense pressure" from Western diplomats.

U.S. and European diplomats had warned ethnic Albanian leaders that they would consider a declaration of independence unilateral and wouldn't accept it. The top U.N. official in Kosovo, Soren Jessen-Petersen, has the power to declare such a declaration illegal.

Serbian representatives in the province's assembly continued their boycott.

However, in Kosovo's northern, ethnically divided city of Kosovksa Mitrovica, some 200 Serb representatives of a self-styled council of Kosovo Serb municipalities adopted their own declaration warning that if the province became independent, that would be the "final stage in the cleansing of Serbs" from the province.

It will constitute the "greatest pogrom of Serbs in history," the declaration said.

Kosovo has been run by the U.N. since the end of the NATO air war that halted Serb forces' crackdown on separatist ethnic Albanians.

4 comments:

Michael Petersen said...

If Albanians Wanted to clean Kosovo from serbs or other minorites thaey can do it whenever they want UMNIK is not what it stops them.

But I belive that many Serbs and Gjypsies who have killed Albanian woman and children are fearing a independent Kosovo becouse of the trials that wait them for war crimes.

An independent Kosovo I for all people living there exept War Criminals.

The jails are waiting for them whoever that might bee.

Michael Petersen said...

If Albanians Wanted to clean Kosovo from serbs or other minorites thaey can do it whenever they want UMNIK is not what it stops them.

But I belive that many Serbs and Gjypsies who have killed Albanian woman and children are fearing a independent Kosovo becouse of the trials that wait them for war crimes.

An independent Kosovo I for all people living there exept War Criminals.

The jails are waiting for them whoever that might bee.

republic_of_kosova said...

micheal petersen, you sound like a foreigner person so you will agree with me more then anyone else. Why shouldnt they get indicted if they participated in any sort of mass graving/massacre, killing? The serbs in serbnica(srbnica) should go to jail, why not, they helped the serbian military massacre that whole village. ANyone who has practiced working in slaughter house needs to get trialed, even ashkali's. BTW thats also TREASON that they practiced.

"An independent Kosovo I for all people living there exept War Criminals." <--YOU

I don't agree, an INDEPEDENT KOSOVA is for all, but this KOSOVO deal, sorry never heard.

LONG LIve the Republic of Kosova

Dardania 2006 said...

List of things Serbia must fulfil:

1) Arrest and handover of all known war criminals
2) Investigation of all known military, police, special police and paramilitary personel present in Kosova from 1989 - present
3) Compensation to the victims families for the murders and rapes
4) Compensation to the state of Kosova for the lost, stolen and destroyed damage
5) Compensation to NATO for all loses suffered due to the support for Milosevic

5 point agreement, of course you will note Kosovar independence is not on the list, this is un-negotiable.