Tuesday, May 23, 2006

UN chief praises Kosovo delegation's "constructive approach" at Vienna talks

Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 23 May: The head of UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo], Soeren Jessen-Petersen, said that everyone is pleased with the constructive approach of the Kosova [Kosovo] delegation in Vienna talks, however there is a feeling in international circles that Prishtina could do even more.

Jessen-Petersen made these comments following a meeting with Kosova Prime Minister Agim Ceku, whom he briefed on his visit to New York and Washington, where he found a strong support for processes in Kosova.

"Prishtina has a constructive approach in Vienna talks, but there is a feeling in Washington, which they share with chief Mediator Martti Ahtisaari, that more could be done," said Jessen-Petersen.

Jessen-Petersen voiced optimistic that Martti Ahtisaari will report on the good progress achieved on the ground.

The head of UNMIK said that in UN he discussed the issues raised by the representatives of the UCK [Kosovo Liberation Army] war associations.

Jessen-Petersen also announced that Prime Minister Agim Ceku will attend the UN Security Council session, which will be focused on the fulfilment of the standards.

Prime Minister Agim Ceku voiced content over the successful visit of the head of UNMIK, as he evaluated it. According to him, Jessen-Petersen has properly addressed the concerns and demands of Kosovars.

"The SRSG [Special Representative of the Secretary-General] also brought good news of establishing an office in Brussels which will facilitate Kosova's work in addressing the demands for EU integration," said Ceku.

Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 23 May 06

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