Sunday, May 14, 2006

European "source" says shift in Russian position "essential" in Kosovo process

Text of report by Agron Bajrami entitled "Status will be decided by November, with or without Serbs" published by Kosovo Albanian newspaper Koha Ditore on 9 May

Prishtina [Pristina], 8 May: The Kosova [Kosovo] status negotiations will conclude in November, while the solution that is decided on will be implemented even if Belgrade does not accept it. A reliable source in Vienna, who spoke on the condition of not being named, has said that this is the firm stance of [UN] chief negotiator Martti Ahtisaari.

"Ahtisaari is convinced that he will finish his job by the end of November," the senior European official said.

According to the official who made these comments during an informal meeting that was also attended by a Koha Ditore representative, the Serbs should come to their senses and accept the messages on Kosova status that have been sent to them for several months by international officials, because the opinion that predominates in Martti Ahtisaari's team and other international circles is that Belgrade will not accept the solution, and therefore the international community is preparing to move forward even without the Serbs' consent.

Moreover, the senior European official said, signs are emerging that the Kosova Serbs have started to become frustrated by Belgrade's rigid stance. Some Serb representatives from Kosova, whom the source did not want to name, have told European officials that they are "fed up" with the current situation and that now "we only ask for guarantees of security and autonomy," and that they would accept a solution agreed upon in Vienna.

Furthermore, the source went on to say, an essential point is that a change has occurred in Moscow's stance regarding the solution for Kosova.

"Until recently, Russia supported the option of dividing Kosova in two... [daily's ellipsis] but now it has changed its stance, and it is no longer an obstacle," the source said, explaining that from now on Moscow will try to reposition itself so as to secure a favourable position in the existing political disputes in the territories of the former Soviet Union. Moreover, the source said, "The Russians have said all this to [Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav] Kostunica, but he is pretending not to hear."

This radical change in the Russian position was confirmed by another West European diplomat who attended the Contact Group meeting in London on 31 January where a private message was drawn up, which was later delivered by US envoy Frank Wisner and John Sawers, political director at the British Foreign Office.

"It was a surprise for everyone when the only Russian opposition was their statement that they would not be able to sign a private message. They simply said that the others could send that message, but Moscow could not be seen as an open supporter of it," the diplomatic source told Koha Ditore. He added that that was in complete contrast to the position the Russians had held until then.

In the meantime, the senior European diplomat said that it is likely that now Russia will request that a solution be reached in Vienna instead of its being dealt with in the UN Security Council, where Russia and China could use their veto. That is to say, Kosova's independence is supposed to be voted on in the UN General Assembly, and if it is not done there, Russia would be able to say that it could not prevent Kosova's independence.

But while it seems that Moscow has already agreed with the framework for resolving Kosova's status, the Western allies see the implementation of the solution in a slightly different way. According to a diplomatic source, most Europeans insist that independence should be delivered to Kosova gradually - over a period of at least three years, meaning that Kosova would not get a seat in the United Nations immediately, but would be able to exercise that right later.

"It is the Americans who want everything to conclude in November," the source said, explaining that this might be linked to their desire to withdraw from the region, and may also be because Washington faces congressional elections in November, and a closed chapter in foreign policy would help President George W. Bush and his administration, which anticipates other US engagements outside US territory, especially in Iraq, to be part of the election debates.

Martti Ahtisaari himself indirectly confirmed the trend in the Kosova status negotiations on Monday [8 May] in Bulgaria, where he stated that a solution will definitely be found by the end of this year.

"It is no surprise that we are not seeing progress in the talks right now," he said after a meeting with the chief of Bulgarian diplomacy, Ivaylo Kalfin.

"What matters is to see whether it is possible to create the conditions in Kosova where the minorities - not only the Serbs but also others - can live comfortably, before we come to the talks on status," he said.

Source: Koha Ditore, Pristina, in Albanian 9 May 06 pp 1, 3

24 comments:

Fellow Peacekeeper said...

Aha, the Russian regime is prepared to sell Serbia down the river, but not where their own public would see it (the scurity council)?

One wonders how much that source actually knows .... interesting anyway.

gujgli said...

"Some Serb representatives from Kosova, whom the source did not want to name, have told European officials that they are "fed up" with the current situation and that now "we only ask for guarantees of security and autonomy," and that they would accept a solution agreed upon in Vienna."

Such a idiocy.

If there are extremists among Serbs, that would be Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija so this credible source can be only that idiot Slavisa Petkovic, well paid ace from Ceku's sleeve.

heku said...

Bla bla bla...

Youre fucked up and thats the truth.
Dardania? Love it or leave it!!!!

mitrovica pika pika said...

http://www.savekosovo.org/default.asp?p=6
Serbs playing he muslims-are-evil card.Desperation or just a plain pathetic use of peoples fears. Will it work. I guess we shall see by november.

Cvijus011 said...

mitrovica picka picka

you still haven't answered the 4 questions.

To refresh your memory:

1) What are the skulls on your flag for?

2) What are ther swords on your flag for?

3) What bad memories do you have from your childhood?

4) What relationship do you have to your mother?

I would be very satisfied if you just answer the first two questions

AlbanianThrough&Through said...

After being prompted on another blog to visit the site www.savekosovo.org I then and found this page also: http://www.savekosovo.org/default.asp?p=4&leader=0&sp=48

What a load of rot! I was born and raised in an English speaking country but have been living in Kosova since the time of the war 1999 when I came here to…let’s say “help out” during the war and I have not seen one such key ring with osama bin laden on it for sale anywhere here, for if I did, being the true Albanian patriot that I am, I would beat the vendor to an absolute PULP making him soory he was ever even born!

Unfortunately there are a lot of filthy serbs out there that are making life harder for the remaining serbs in Kosova with such dirty under-handed propaganda. Nobody believes this anyway.

Albanian Through and Through

Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

Moreover, the senior European official said, signs are emerging that the Kosova Serbs have started to become frustrated by Belgrade's rigid stance. Some Serb representatives from Kosova, whom the source did not want to name, have told European officials that they are "fed up" with the current situation and that now "we only ask for guarantees of security and autonomy," and that they would accept a solution agreed upon in Vienna.



THAT IS TOTAL KLA NONSENSE PROPAGANDA. B.S.

Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

Moreover, the senior European official said, signs are emerging that the Kosova Serbs have started to become frustrated by Belgrade's rigid stance. Some Serb representatives from Kosova, whom the source did not want to name, have told European officials that they are "fed up" with the current situation and that now "we only ask for guarantees of security and autonomy," and that they would accept a solution agreed upon in Vienna.


THAT IS NONSENSE-KLA TERRORIST PROPAGANDA. Serbs are not going to live under genocidal madman Ceku-will leave first or die by his army.

mitrovica pika pika said...

For serbs logic is an absurd notion.
their logic of hate seems to be predominant and now they are betting it all on a link between osama and KLA. Can you say shit-for-brains.

Cvijus011 said...

Mitrovica picka picka,

please answer the questions.

Is it that so hard for your brain? Ooops, that's another question. Stick better to the above four questons please.

mitrovica pika pika said...

" Who lives in Kosovo?
Kosovo’s total current population is believed to between 1.8 and 2 million. The uncertainty is due to the presence of an unknown number of Muslim Albanians who have illegally entered from adjacent Albania, as well as the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Christian Serbs and other non-Albanians. Since the removal of about two-thirds of the pre-1999 Christian Serb population (plus other non-Albanians, such as Roma, Croatians, Goranci, Jews, Turks, Egyptians, and others), Christian Serbs in Kosovo number something over 100,000. Almost all the rest are Muslim Albanians. "

Anoher gem brought to you by the imbecilic serbs.
here is a better picure one

Ethnic groups in Kosovo
Year Albanians Serbs(1.) Others
1948 68 % 24 % 8 %
1971 74 % 18 % 8 %
1981 77 % 13 % 9 %
1991 82 % 7 % 5 %
2000(2.) 88 % 7 % 5 %
2005(2.) 92 % 4 % 4 %
(1.) including Montenegrins
(2.) estimated data Ref: Statistical Office of Kosovo,
World Bank (2000), OSCE (2005)

Cvijus011 said...

Come on mitrovica you shka,

Why are so afraid to answer these four questions:

1) What are the skulls on your flag for?

2) What are ther swords on your flag for?

3) What bad memories do you have from your childhood?

4) What relationship do you have to your mother?

mitrovica pika pika said...

Here is another gem: of a moronic logic

What would be the impact of making Kosovo an independent country?

A decision by the international community to forcibly and illegally detach Kosovo from sovereign Serbia would have no validity under any known concept of international law and diplomacy. Doing so would fatally undermine the rule of law in international affairs. It would lead to the elimination of the remaining Christian Serb population from Kosovo, creating a mono-religious (Muslim) and mono-ethnic (Albanian) state. It would establish the principal that once a militant Muslim minority resorts to violence in a majority non-Muslim country, they are “entitled” to detach the area where they are concentrated and create a new state where they can persecute and uproot the non-Muslims. Worst of all from the standpoint of the United States, it would strengthen global jihad terrorism [link 4 Islam] and organized crime [link 5. Crime] by empowering the KLA leaders as the government of a new rogue state, from which they can operate with impunity. Detaching Kosovo from Serbia to create an independent Muslim Albanian state, along with the withdrawal of the international presence, would be a major step toward the KLA’s goal of a greater Albania in which the KLA would be the ruling authority. Moreover, Kosovo, as an independent rogue state would become and even greater danger to the rest of Europe as a base of terrorist operations linked to al-Qaeda. Logistical support for the terrorist bombs in Madrid and London has been traced to the Balkans, to Bosnia as well as to Kosovo.

Now if you visit the site the name "Kosovo" is a link to a Julia Gorin aricle who also serves on the board of this abominable club of failed comics.talk about objective. Its like asking David Irwing about the holocaust.

opinions are like assholes eveybody has one said...

cvijASS would you stop with the same thing over and over and over again. since we are asking questions why dont you answer me why is your priest (pop); in this video http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8399080813244347471&q=bosnian, blessing cetnik paramilitary troops before they go on to kill thousands of men, women and children in Srebernica. for those of you that dont understand what they are talking about they keep cursing at these kids, kill four of them make the other two carry them and then kill them too. one of their last wishes before they were executed was to drink some water, that's it WATER you fucking cetniks. and at the end after these kids are already dead they waste rounds of ammunition at their dead bodies just because they still have three rounds in their clip. Warning: this video is uncut and un-edited there is executions taking place.

Cvijus011 said...
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Cvijus011 said...

Dude we are talking here about Mitrovica picka picka, so you can be of use and answer the questions for him.

Come Mitrovica picka picka, don't be a shka, answer at least the first two questions.

Cvijus011 said...

Here's a sample of albanian heroism and tolerance, God forbid any nation that has anything to do with them:

http://www.savekosovo.org/default.asp?p=3&leader=0&sp=49

Fellow Peacekeeper said...

Independence for Kosovo would set rather a bad precedent.

The original war with Serbia was on very shaky ground legally, and the UNSCR resolution is quite clear about the rights of Yugoslavia, and self government for Kosovo in that resolution is limited to within Yugoslavia. I imagine the key US fudge will be that without Montenegro, there is no Yugoslavia (or some US weaseling to that effect).

Otherwise it has to go through the UNSCR, which is rather too public for Russian backstabs.

Interesting (and not in a good way).

ilir said...

If any of you read the latest Contact Group statement, a part of which Russia is, then you should not be surprised, as this is an old (5 months ) news Look at the link where it specifically says in the January statement that "Ministers look to Belgrade to bear in mind that the settlement needs, inter alia, to be acceptable to the people of Kosovo."(http://www.state.gov/p/eur/rls/or/62459.htm)
The people of Kosovo, more than 90% of it want one thing, and that will happen: FORMAL RECOGNITION of the independent country of Kosova. Live with it. best,

Mir said...

"1948 68 % 24 % 8 %"

Isnt that around the time Tito allowed Albanian flow into Kosovo to pressure Albania not to join coniform?

ilir said...

1968 was the time when exclusively professors from the Univeristy of Tirana and Prishtina were allowed to exchange students and teachers. 1948 is a time when Kosovo was ruled by Serbs in the most brutal way, where Chetniks massacred the population, and ethnically cleansed those who allegedly "collaborated with Nazis." Hence that large number, from a census made by serbs. This is not the topic here. Face it, Russia is letting Serbia down, yet again. Live with it.
Note to the admin: I propose you promptly delete the comments which use swearings and offenses based on nation and race. Thank you.

ilir said...

For those who are interested to know even clearer what Russian position is right now, officially expressed by the spokesperson for Russian Foreign Minister, read the link below, citing a part of it:
"Kosovo edging closer to independence. It is obvious that the process of Kosovo becoming independent has already gone very far."

http://www.b92.net/english/news/index.php?nav_id=34924&style=headlines

Russia is a democratic country, of course they are not going to get in a conflict with the whole world. Live with the reality.

gujgli said...

ilir,

Russia is a democratic country, of course they are not going to get in a conflict with the whole world. Live with the reality."

If you're quoting someone, don't use parts and then manipulate.

-Asked what the Russian federation’s stance would be if the UN Security Council proclaimed Kosovo independent today, Kaminjin said that Russia believes that the UN Security Council must maintain an administrative position in Kosovo and tie itself directly to the status process and the regulation of the implementation of international standards in the region, the direct participation of Belgrade in the status discussions, with a variety of status questions and no limitations on the discussions or final deadlines.

It is obvious that the process of Kosovo becoming independent has already gone very far. However, we are convinced that, under these circumstances, a solution for the problem in Kosovo can only be found with taking the interests and thoughts of Serbian side into consideration.” Kaminjin said.-

Maybe you try with russian version if you don't understand english.

Anyway, Russia will get in conflict with US and EU if their interests are in danger. Look at Iran. Point for us is to show Russia that they have interests in blocking the KaM independence.

Of course, everything can be done violently and with no UN justification, but we are talking here about international law, are we?

ilir said...

Once a gazzelle was caught by a lion, and while being eaten would close her eyes and say "Gosh I hope I am dreaming", ├ćesop's fables.
You obviously think the gazelle should keep her eyes closed. Hope you understand the fable. No further comment, gujgli.