Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Kosovo premier vows to insist on independence despite pressure

Excerpt from report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 26 December: Kosova [Kosovo] Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi said that even if the international community insisted on a compromise he would not sign anything less than full independence.

"I will not accept such a thing and believe that other members of the delegation will do the same," Kosumi said in an interview to KosovaLive.

He said that all political parties in the parliament had the mandate to create an independent and sovereign state, and anyone who accepted making a deal on this issue went beyond that mandate. "There is no compromise about independence," Kosumi added.

He emphasized that there were some other issues to be discussed with Serbia, such as religious heritage in Kosova or individual links of Kosova Serbs with Serbia.

As for the status talks and their length, the prime minister said that there was a general consensus between the Contact Group member states, Kosova political factor and the neighbouring countries that this process should not last too long.

The prime minister said that they have achieved significant results in the implementation of standards, stabilization of democracy, privatization, attracting of foreign investments, and economic capacity building. "There is no doubt that we have invested a lot in the fulfilment of our dream," said Kosumi, adding that the beginning of the status talks was a result of the government's work.

3 comments:

Prince of Albania said...

"Vows to insist on Independence?"

He should not vow to "insist" on anything. He should simply reassert the fact that the people of Kosova are the only ones that can make a decision on what the final status of that region should be.

He has no other mandate whatsoever! And neither does anyone else for that matter.

The mere suggestion that there is a chance that the west would pressure the Albanian delegation into accepting anything less than what the people demand is sacriligious!

Sincerely, Prince of Albania!

teuta1 said...

the west has and will keep it's boot on the collective necks of albanians in kosovo for a very long time. it is your legacy, your future for having them fight your war for you....

Kristian said...

Teuta1

Don't worry the west is getting paid well for what they are spending. And it seems they will make sure of it with all the investment deals and not to mention (from what i've heard through the grape vine) all the uranium deposits which the US is mining.

Democracy comes with a price from the western perspective, but they forget to realize that democracy started in the balkans before it had any roots in the west! How Ironic they use our teachings and philosophy against us and use it as a means of extortion for our mineral resources.