Wednesday, February 01, 2006

US envoy says wants Kosovo status resolved in 2006

PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) - United States envoy for Kosovo said Wednesday his country wants talks on the future status of the disputed province to be closed this year.

Frank Wisner, who represents the U.S. in the team mediating the negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo on the future of the province, said he brought "the full support" of his country to "make certain that the negotiation that is underway is completed, and completed during the course of this year 2006."

He arrived in Kosovo a day after diplomats from the so-called Contact Group -- United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Russia -- urged for a resolution to the problem to be reached before the end of the year.

The diplomats also said they hoped Belgrade would "bear in mind that the settlement needs ... to be acceptable to the people of Kosovo" and that Pristina would recognize the importance of a multiethnic solution.

The Contact Group had already agreed on a set of guiding principles on the future of Kosovo, which set out that the province cannot return to its pre-1999 status, when it was under direct Serb rule, or be partitioned along Albanian and Serbian ethnic lines. It also ruled out any new union between Kosovo and other countries in the region, such as Albania.

A statement issued by the government after the meeting with Wisner, said the talks could be held around Feb. 20, in Vienna, the Austrian capital.

The negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo had originally been scheduled to start last Wednesday. But they were postponed until February following the death of Kosovo's President Ibrahim Rugova from lung cancer on Jan. 21.


ivan said...

Kosovo and Metohija
2.2.2006 17:43 BELGRADE, (Tanjug) - UNMIK Deputy Chief Larry Rossin has informed Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Bishop Teodosije, at a meeting in Pristina, that UNMIK would undertake all measures, together with the temporary Kosovo institutions, to protect the church lands in Djakovica where a monument to the KLA (Kosovo Liberation Army) was recently errected with the backing of the local government.

Anonymous said...

That's no church land. Thare used to be a munument to Bratsvo-Jedinstvo (some partisans throwing shoes) until 1996 when then-local government gave it to the Serb church and taxed every car in Gjakova to build the church. In every sense of the word that church reeked occupation and theocracy.

Anonymous said...

Church for whom??? There are no serbs in Gjakova. Well, not anymore...

Republic_of_Kosova said...

Never will there be shkije in Gjakova, look up the root-meaning of the word Gjakova.

Gjak stands for blood, Gjakova lost too many heroes to have filthy beograd scum.

I tell you there will never be an orthodox church ever. Christian churches yes, but none that called forth of killing/massacring of people.

Chris Blaku said...

The Serbs can have all the churches they desire, once they personally recognize and institute a formal separation of church and state. The Serbian Orthodox church is a nationalist extension of the radical Serbian elements that caused four wars in a decade, all of whom Serbia lost.

Additionally, it is amusing to find that one of the chief agreements of the Contact Group as to the outline of the Kosovar talks is that union with any other nations, namely Albania, be out of the question.

Prince of Albania said...

Chris, I couldn't have said it better my self. The Serbian Orthodox Church is a political entity more than anything else. It has been at the forefront of Serb nationalist policy. It is also directly responsible, on both local and national levels, for many massacres. The priests of the Grachanica monastery openly preached mass murder and expulsion of Albanians before and during the NATO bombing of Serbia. The Serb Orthodox Church is also responsible for the shielding of the most wanted man in Europe, Ratko Mladic. Hardly God's task, I would say!

Good observation on the Contact Group's principles as well. Basically they are telling us we can not unite with Albania once we are independent. The problem here is that sovereign nations have a democratic right to hold referendums. If we hold such a thing in Albania and Kosovo once independence is achieved the world can hardly object. I would wait until 2012 to unite though. Let things cool off and also unite on the 100 year anniversary of Albanian statehood.

Kristian said...

Prince of Albania

Sounds good but if we enter the EU block it hardly would matter. Just a line on a map. Once independence it ahcieved borders will seem superficial. Economic ties will be set up, the road from durress to kosovo/a is being built. the border that seperates us won't really matter.

Prince of Albania said...

Yeah, but it will look much nicer on the map when we unite.
Plus this way we won't have to have two National Soccer Teams.
Divided We Fall, United We Stand!

Best Regards, Prince of Albania.

Anonymous said...

Yea really, the main reason after the EU thing would be the football team thing. Together we could kick some ass.
Now, what we should think about doing is to set up a Federation running from Albania down to Austria... of course skipping Serbia. We surround Serbia, and stop trading... overtax anything being shipped in or out of the country. Loan them money to offset their poverty, and then 5 years later ask for it back. When they cannot pay, we take over their industry and slowly starve them. We'd be doing them and the world a favor.
Oh and for the final humiliation, we beat them in football.