Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Kosovo: parties still remain far apart in deciding future status, Annan reports

13 June 2006 – Despite some progress in talks to decide the final status of Kosovo, the parties remain far apart and compromise is crucial, Secretary-General Kofi Annan says in his latest report on the Albanian-majority Serbian province, which the United Nations has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting.

“I echo the calls made for both sides to demonstrate flexibility, generosity and a spirit of compromise in the talks,” he writes of the dialogue between Kosovo Albanians and Serbs which began in Vienna in February under the auspices of UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari and have been held about twice monthly since.

“Though initial positions will naturally differ, mutually beneficial arrangements can be found if both sides pursue negotiations in this manner. Without such an approach, progress will be difficult and neither side will benefit,” he adds.

Independence and autonomy are among options that have been mentioned for the province, where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1. Serbia rejects independence and Kosovo's Serbs have been boycotting the province’s local government the ‘Provisional Institutions,’ a fact Mr. Annan laments in the report.

“It is equally essential that the Kosovo Serbs rejoin the Provisional Institutions at all levels and actively engage in them,” he writes. “Remaining outside the Institutions will not bring their communities any benefit, and in fact negatively affects their ability to bring meaningful improvements into the lives of their communities.”

He voices concern at reports of pressure on Kosovo Serbs to withdraw from the Institutions and calls on Serbia to facilitate, not to hamper, their participation.

As he has in previous reports, he stresses the need for implementation of the so-called Standards, eight targets that include building democratic institutions, enforcing minority rights, creating a functioning economy and setting up an impartial legal system.

He welcomes efforts by Kosovo’s new Prime Minister Agim Ceku to accelerate the process, calls on the Kosovo government to tackle the challenges in their implementation without delay, and cites the Serbs’ unwillingness to participate in the Institutions as “an increasing obstacle” to their fulfilment.

“Real progress in this regard (the Standards) remains an essential factor in determining progress in the political process to determine Kosovo’s future status,” he says.

Mr. Annan stresses that reconciliation remains essential and although all communities have a role to play in that effort, the principal responsibility rests with the majority. He welcomes the increased outreach to minorities, particularly the Serbs, and voices disappointment that so few of those who fled in the aftermath of the ouster of Yugoslav troops have so far returned.


Dardania 2006 said...

Kjo jave eshte vjetori i perfundimit te terorit, dhe Partiat tona jane shembul dhe ideal i cdo qytetari...TURP TURP TURP

Me efikas jane Eskimezet me zgjidh problemin e naftes ne Afrike Jugore sesa "elita politike" me ndertu nje rruge.

NYoutlawyer said...

What fucking language is that, Afrike?

Looks pretty freaky.

NYoutlawyer said...

albo through and through - does that mean you are pure shit? And dardania, what the fuck are you all about? Are you living in some ancient land? You motherfuckers are really freaky. No wonder albos have never, and never will, get anywhere. Independence will not be your salvation, living in the 21st century may help.

NYoutlawyer said...

Good work UN, on top of things as usual. Now I see why they are pushing for albo kosovo independence quickly. The UN is fed up with this shit and wishes it never set foot in that albo cesspool. God help the poor innocent displaced people of that region. They did not want a war but, it was thrust upon them by power hungry fuckers.

UN Lacks Money To Return Serbs to Kosovo

PRISTINA, Serbia (AP)--The U.N. said Wednesday it lacks EUR30 million for projects intended to help the return of Serbs and other refugees to the disputed province.

In this file photo (2004) a NATO soldier is evacuating Serbian children out of a Kosovo village that was later burned down by Muslim Albanians.
Sandra Mitchell, the U.N. official in charge of returns, urged donors to step in and provide the funds to help bring back to Kosovo tens of thousands of Serbs and other minorities who fled after the war.

The big funding shortfall is partly motivated by donor skepticism that Serbs might not agree to return to the U.N.-run province before there is clarity on its long-term status.

Mitchell insisted that displaced Serbs and others are willing to return now, provided certain conditions are met, such as improved infrastructure, jobs and access to education and health care.

"There are a lot of people who want to return, but there are no funds available," she said. "We simply do not have the money."

Currently projects costing some EUR11.5 million are ongoing, Mitchell said.

Tens of thousands of Serbs and other minorities fled Kosovo after the end of the war in 1999, following attacks by vengeful ethnic Albanians. Talks to resolve the province's status are currently under way in Vienna.

Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

The fact is simply that any Serbs who stay in Kosovo after independence will be killed by KLA murderers in charge like Ceku. He is an evil murderer of Serbs and might just go around Serbs areas chopping off heads and limbs of Serbs during the night. Driking their blood like the horrible monster he is. He is evil, he is horrible. He must be removed by the UN. He is a neo-nazi facist murderer who will do awful things. I am just waiting for the stories of what evils he does to Serbs.