Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Kosovo warned against declaration of independence

PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro, Nov 15 (AFP) -

International peace brokers Tuesday warned Kosovo deputies against a brazen declaration of independence following media reports that the parliament will debate a motion on breaking away from Serbia.

The four main parties representing Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority had agreed to vote in favour of a measure spelling out their intention to declare the territory independent, local media said.

The resolution was put together before long-awaited talks on the future status of Kosovo, whose ethnic Albanians, comprising almost 90 percent of the province's two million population, are demanding independence from Serbia, which Belgrade strongly opposes.

But foreign powers in the United Nations-administered province said they were pressuring the party leaders to drop the motion.

"The Contact Group will not support any unilateral decision ahead of the talks," Philip Goldberg, the head of the United States mission in Kosovo, told reporters after meeting parliamentary speaker Nexhat Daci.

The so-called Contact Group of foreign powers has overseen peace efforts in the former Yugoslavia since the communist federation collapsed in the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

"I have been telling them clearly... that if they adopt a text as a guidance to the negotiating team, that's fine," said Soren Jessen-Petersen, the chief of the UN mission in Kosovo.

"If they adopt a text which is not in the form of a guidance, calling for let's say independence, that is a unilateral declaration that goes against the Security Council resolution 1244, and also goes against the principles adopted by the Contact Group," he told AFP.

Resolution 1244 refers to the Security Council decision defining Kosovo as a UN protectorate after a NATO bombing campaign ended a crackdown by Serbian forces against Albanian separatists in June 1999.

The parliamentary resolution was "not valid because the Security Council resolution is the one that right now provides the mandate here," Jessen-Petersen added.

But Daci told journalists the province's parliament was "obliged to respect the will of the Kosovo people."

The resolution was initiated by Kosovo's leading opposition Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) and was backed by the Democratic League of Kosovo, the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo and the Ora Party.

"The PDK insists that Kosovo's assembly institutionalises the will of Kosovo citizens for an independent and sovereign state as soon as possible," said PDK spokeswoman Vlora Citaku.

"For the PDK, the approval of this resolution is very important because it serves as a guidance to the Kosovo negotiating team in the status talks," she said.

11 comments:

arianit said...

So much about "spreading freedom abroad," Amb. Goldberg. :(

Kosovar2006 said...

It's ok we are calm and collected at the moment.

The more of this bullshit we take in (and god forbid the end results being negative) The bigger the explosion will be.

Konaction said...

We can have a platform/resolution for the talks in what our deputies say that the only possible solution for Kosova Albanians which consists 90% of the Kosova population.

We cannot bring a resolution which says that Kosova can be independent, cause it's in conflict whith 1244.

These are two different things.

Zenman said...

I do not see why UNMIK makes a big deal out of this when in fact serbs just past their own resolution.

Zenman said...

I do not understand why UNMIK has to make a big deal out of this resolution. In fact serbs just past one of their own. So, why should'nt our parliament be allowed to reinstate the will of their own people.

ivan said...

Zennman, its because Kosovo is officially under the document 1244 still in Serbian borders under the protectorat of UNMIK. Serbia on the other side is an independent country.

Artan said...

x Ivan:
Let me enlighten you a little bit. Kosova under resolution 1244 is/was part of Yugoslavia (i.e. a state that now does not exist.... and if you really want to call SCG a successor of that state, then SCG is not Serbia, right? Correct me if I'm wrong here)
Anyway, no need for me to waste time and explain you smth that I’m sure you know very well by now. I'm also sure that you are following the news, and know that 1244 will soon become history, that
Kosova is (soon) to become the 192nd Member State of the UN, and
that Serbia is in big s... when your beloved Radicals will come to power in 2006.
I just hope that they will not completely isolate you from the rest of the world.
I would really feel sorry about you then.
But as the old saying goes, you get what you deserve.

Good luck and good night my friend!

arianit said...

Ivan is Macedonia :). Other points stands.

Artan said...

Whatever! He sounds like a serb to me :)

Chris Blaku said...

Ivan might still be sour after I eradicated his misconception that today's Macedonian Slavs had any inkling of relation to the Ancient Macedonians of Philip and Alexander, he turned from Pro-independence to anti-independence. Such a sudden turn for the worst Ivan?

oskar said...

Artan,
Don't know where you live but I can tell you Europe is pretty tired of the Kosovo albanians. In six years since de-facto independece they haven't gotten their act together or been able to stop ethnic progroms on Serbs and Roma. Instead, Kosovar albanian politicians make vague and not so vague threats about violence if they don't get all of their demands fulfilled while at the same time asking for more money.

Kosovo has become Europe's no. 1 organized crime centre with everything from narcotics, arms and women to couterfeit goods.

Sure, Kosovo will probably get some kind of de-jure independence as well, but as long as it doesn't shape up when it comes to minority rights, organized crime and political maturity, it will remain completely sealed off from Europe.

It's the hard and sad truth that Kosovo is on its way to becoming an independent but failed state, a kind of Europe's Colombia or Afhganistan.

So, please, grow and start taking responsibility for yourselves instead of focusing on the faults of your 'enemies'.