Monday, May 22, 2006

US envoy tells Kosovo leaders to resolve ethnic minority issues before status

Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 22 May: US Kosova [Kosovo] envoy, Ambassador Frank Wisner, said today in Prishtina that the status should be resolved within this year, but added that Kosovar leaders should resolve all issues having to do with minorities first.

Wisner met today Kosova's senior officials and the Negotiating Team. "The US view is that the solution on status should be reached and that within this year. In the meantime the Kosovo delegation should resolve all issues having to do with minorities in order the status process move according to the agenda," Wisner said.

He called on the negotiating sides to continue without hesitation to address status issues set out by [UN envoy] Martti Ahtisaari.

He said that he and President Sejdiu agreed that it should continue with addressing the issues on negotiations table, such as the reform of local government, cultural heritage, economy and other issues having to do with the rights of minorities.

President Sejdiu voiced content with the meeting. He said that he welcomed an increased US commitment to the status process.

Sejdiu said that he has discussed with the US diplomat about Vienna talks and the need for acceleration of the status process. "We also discussed about culture and religious heritage - the topic of the upcoming meeting with Belgrade in Vienna and about our commitment to minorities and about this issue to be addressed according to acceptable international standards," he said.

Wisner also met with the chairman of the Democratic Party of Kosova [PDK], Hashim Thaci. Thaci evaluated highly the US stance on the developments in the negotiations process, and in particular the commitment for conclusion of status process within this year, "which is also the will of Prishtina".

"The US and the entire international community have same commitment as far as resolving of Kosova's status and democratization of our country. I am confident that if we will continue with the current commitment of implementation of Standards, and be as affirmative as possible in guaranteeing the communities rights and in guaranteeing Kosova Serbs rights, the trust towards Kosovar policy will grow more and more," he said.

This afternoon, Wisner will be meeting with the representatives of non-Serb minorities. He will also have a meeting with the Serb political representatives.

Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 22 May 06


Kosovo Serbs are in Danger said...

Ceku is intent on genocide. Serbs live in ghettos and are attacked daily-there areas must be aligned with Serbia and not a KLA terrorist government of Kosovo.

Albanians want the resolution to be a Serb-free Kosovo. They are intent on genocide.

heku said...

You're a bit too extreme. I think that you didn't have a good lecture of what's going on on the field.

Ceku is not an extremist and you should read non panslav newspapers to get informed about it. He was involved in military operations of course but he never killed just for revenge or for the pleasure of killing how your nationals actually did...

Serbs think they have infused information. Change your canal, true is in diversification and not in panslavism.

Kosovo Serbs are in Danger said...

Ceku is a bit too extreme.

NYoutlawyer said...

ceku is a war criminal, end of story. you albanians should unlock your lips from his prick for a minute, and learn the truth about that terrorist. just because the UN installed him, does not make him innocent.

If you want serbians to admit there crimes, then albanians must do the same.