(Prishtina/DTT-NET.COM)-The head of UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has rejected Friday’s request for Serbia’s government to prevent the appointment of new Prime Minister of UN administrated province, who is wanted by Serbian authorities for alleged war crimes.
Soren Jessen Petersen told radio Voice of America (VOA) that he is unlikely to prevent Agim Ceku from taking the head of Kosovo’s government.
"He has a lot of credentials, and I already know from many talks with him that he will focus a lot on the minority issues…So, they [the Serbian government] may not like it today. But they will like what they see in a month or two." Jessen Petersen said.
Serbian government warned on Friday that talks between Belgrade and Prishtina launched last month could be damaged if former chief of Ethnic Albanian guerrilla will lead Kosovo’s cabinet and urged the head of UN mission to forbidden his appointment.
“The international community through its representatives took the responsibility to create all the necessary conditions for the talks to be unhindered and held in line with the acknowledged democratic standards… The Serbian government is demanding from Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General Soren Jessen-Petersen to act according to his authorisations stated in the UN SC Resolution 1244 and prevent the appointment of Agim Ceku.” Serbian government said in a statement following an urgent meeting.
The second round of talks on minority self-rule plan at municipal level in Kosovo is scheduled for 17 March in Vienna, Austria.
The chief commander of former Kosovo guerrilla of Ethnic Albanians (Kosovo Liberation Army-KLA) Ceku was nominated for the post of Prime Minister of UN administrated province, as Bajram Kosumi last stepped down following the pressure from his party.
During the NATO air strikes, Ceku was the chief commander of KLA which fought against Serbian forces. Earlier he joined Croatian forces during the 1992-1995 war also against Serbian army.
After the war ended in mid 1999, Ceku took the command of the civil emergency structure, Kosovo Protection Force, which is comprised mainly by former KLA members.
Serbia issued an arrest warrant against Ceku in 2002 and charged him for alleged crimes against Kosovo Serbs during 1999 Kosovo war.