Zëri carries an editorial as lead story on the front page and quotes Western diplomatic sources in Pristina as saying that the second half of January will be characterized by very dynamic work by Ahtisaari and his team.
It has been known since his arrival that January will be an important month for the process of solving Kosovo’s status. It seems that the key word of the Contact Group and Ahtisaari’s preoccupation is decentralization. And it is one of the issues that the Kosovo side is going to draft its offer.
Above all, says the article, on 16 January another meeting between the Contact Group and Martti Ahtisaari at the level of political directors is expected to take place in Vienna, to be followed by a meeting in London on 31 January at the level of diplomatic chiefs of the Contact Group member states.
In the meeting in Vienna Ahtisaari and the Contact Group representatives are expected to talk abut the initial materials prepared for the concrete issues and for bringing again face to face the local government ministers of Kosovo and Serbia, Lutfi Haziri and Zoran Loncar. This latter meeting expected to take place on 23rd of January.
It is known, says the article further, that the effort to meet these ministers in December did not succeed, because among other things, it was not properly explained as to who was supposed to be the host of the meeting: UNMIK with the Government of Austria, or Ahtisaari as UN envoy for Kosovo status. Now it is known that since decentralization has entered the package of talks, at least from the international perspective, Ahtisaari is the supreme authority.