Saturday, November 12, 2005

Slovene president presents his status plan in Kosovo

Text of report in English by Slovene news agency STA

Pristina, 12 November: Slovenian President Janez Drnovsek outlined his Kosovo status plan during a visit to the restive province on Saturday [12 November]. Drnovsek met representatives of the UN Mission to Kosovo (UNMIK) and Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova, while also visiting several Serb Orthodox monasteries.

Kicking off the visit in Pristina, Drnovsek met senior UNMIK representative Jean Dussord and his team to present the details of the nine-point plan for the future of Kosovo, which envisages independence for the province given that certain conditions are met.

According to Drnovsek's foreign policy adviser Ivo Vajgl, who accompanied Drnovsek on the visit, UNMIK representatives stressed that they value Slovenia's contribution to international efforts to ensure stability in Kosovo.

Vajgl said that UNMIK officials believe negotiations on the future status of Kosovo will demand a high degree of willingness from both Serbian and Kosovo officials to compromise, as well as a need for all parties who are familiar with the situation to contribute to a final solution.

UNMIK officials believe that maintaining status quo would be the worst solution for Kosovo, as it would only lead to greater problems, Vajgl told STA.

Meeting Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova, Drnovsek stressed the importance of protecting the Serb minority in the province and giving it sufficient autonomy. Part of this includes the protection of sacred Serb sites, he said.

Drnovsek pointed to his proposal that a number of key Serb sites be given ex-territorial status and provided international protection as part of the efforts to settle the status of Kosovo.

Continuing his visit, which came at the invitation of the Serb Orthodox Church, Drnovsek visited the 14th century Orthodox monastery at Gracanica, as well as Orthodox monasteries at Pec and Decani, which are earmarked for ex-territorial status under his plan.

Drnovsek's visit comes just two weeks after his official visit to Serbia was cancelled by the Serbian authorities in the aftermath of his unveiling of a plan for the status of Kosovo.

While Serbian leaders were angered at his statement that independence was the only realistic option for the province, Kosovo Albanians said his proposal was less than what they demand.

Drnovsek went on the visit despite advice from the Slovenian Foreign Ministry against it. The ministry, which has distanced itself from Drnovsek's plan, said on Friday that the visit should not go ahead because the head of the UN Mission to Kosovo (UNMIK) Soeren Jessen-Petersen is not expected to be in the province.

Source: STA news agency, Ljubljana, in English 1525 gmt 12 Nov 05


Chris Blaku said...

The arrogant Serbians cannot afford to cancel official meetings with prosperous nations, but they of course work by different standards of logic and reason.

Chris Blaku said...

The Slovene president is taking a courageous step in advocating the independence of Kosova outright, and his opinions are being echoed privately in the elite political circles of every Balkan nation.

It is interesting to counter Serbia's claim that an independent Kosova destabilizes the Balkans (even though parades have been known to destabilize the Balkans, so go figure), with the direct or indirect support for Kosovar independence by nearly every Balkan nation, save for Serbia and Greece. The real destabilizer in the region has proven to be, time and time again, the Serbians. In fact, one can venture to predict that the suggested annexation of Republika Srpska by Serbia is an impending conflict that is bound to spark violence. Of course, that would not be out of character for the Serbian nation or its people, who will rush to find fabricated historical justification from their historians and immoral religious justification from their corrupt Church.

Kosovar2006 said...

The Serbian goverment is being isolated more as the time draws closer to the day when Kosova will be declared an independent State.
Thinking about it I have never read or heard a serbian prespective on how Kosovo gaining independence will make the reagion less stable.I would like to express disappointment in Croatian goverment of not having a clear view on this issue (have they forgotten that they had in their army ranks albanians that protected Croatia from invasion by serbs) that includes Bosnia as well.

Ron said...

What does he mean by saying"key Serb sites be given ex-territorial status and provided international protection" This is nothing more than partition of Kosova in to too many pieces with no control over them. This is bull shit and we should not agree on that. They should be protected OK but they will be protected by the Kosova Government and teh people of KOsova and may be some international observer but by no means we should be giving those sites this special status which is equal with partition of KOsova.

Michael Petersen said...

Kosovo should not become independent state because it threaten the old sites in Kosovo.

That's what I read about every day.

But when I studied Albanians from Kosovo they expressed that those sites in Kosovo are build earlier than the Slav/Russian invasion of southeastern Europe.

Recent studies have shown that Albanians are among the first groups of Christians in Europe and that those old churches in Kosovo was builded and used by Albanians and any educated Albanian respect them as their own and as a part of Kosovos Rich History. Of course there is alvay little boys who like to burn houses, church and mosques but those are ewerywhere in the world.

Albanians are a old nation living in Balkans and 70% of Albanians are Muslims after the oarsman empire.

A last thing the biggest defender of Christianity in Europe is George Kastrioti From (Vlore Albania)who held back Turks For 25 years. Like some historians used to say that if Gjorge Kastrioti did not stopped the Turks In Albania for 25 years There would Mosques in Berlin

Chris Blaku said...

During Ottoman control, the Serbian holy sites and shrines were protected by Kosovar Albanians without compensation nor credit, merely because of the Albanian codes of honor that demand respect for your neighbor.