Monday, December 05, 2005

Burns Says US Opposes Division Of Kosovo - Report

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP)--U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said in remarks published Monday Washington opposes the division along ethnic lines of Kosovo, a Serbian province now administered by the U.N. and the North Atlantic Traty Organization.

"We do not believe partition (of Kosovo) could be a solution. We are opposed to that," Burns told leading Slovene daily Delo. "We oppose any change to the borders of Kosovo. We oppose changes of borders in the Balkans in general."

U.N.-mediated negotiations on Kosovo's future status are expected to begin in January. Although still officially a province of Serbia, Kosovo has been administered by the U.N. since a 1999 NATO bombing campaign halted the Serbian crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists.

Belgrade and Kosovo's Serb minority want the province to remain within Serbia's borders, while the province's majority ethnic Albanians seek full independence.

European Union officials have said the province cannot return to being directly ruled from Serbia. They also oppose the idea of its partition between Serbs and ethnic Albanians.

Burns said the U.S. "fully supports" Martti Ahtisaari, the U.N. envoy who is to lead the Kosovo talks.

The status quo in Kosovo "cannot be has to be changed," he said.

Washington believes that "the only people who can make a decision on the future of Kosovo are the people who live there: the Kosovar Albanians, the Kosovar Serbs as well as the Serbian government, of course," Delo quoted Burns as saying.

However, he said, "you have a situation where 90% of Kosovar people are Albanians, and their views have to be listened to and respected," he said.

Burns is in Ljubljana at a meeting of ministers of the 55 members of the top trans-Atlantic security agency the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires


thetruepatriot said...

Why is it that the opinion and will of the overwhelming majority (92% to 94%) of a particular region of the world is not taken into account, listened to and/or allowed? Is it because this particular majority is weak? Is it because it is poor? Is it because it is in some way/s different from the rest of the larger part of the world it belongs to, or is it something else??? Let me ask one simple question...and I hope some bright spark might be able to answer it honestly, in plain English and without any crappy philosophical balderdash.

*What do you think the USA or Great Britain would do if they were in the same situation the Albanians of Kosova are in today?


Dardania 2006 said...

The US would fight to the last man, so would the UK and Russia and China.

China sent almost 1 mil to die just because the Americans got close to the Yallu river in North Korea, Russia sacrificed thousands to fight, first the French, then the Nazi invasion.

Its cause we are "weak" but only in the eyes of Russia, Europe and US. In the eyes of Serbia we're also seen as such but its an underestimation. I think Serbia is not aware of what it's dealing with.