Thursday, June 29, 2006

UN Official: Independent Kosovo No Nightmare For Serbs

PRISTINA, Serbia (AP)--Kosovo's outgoing U.N. chief said Thursday that ethnic Albanians' dream of independence for the province must not become a nightmare for the Serb minority.

Soren Jessen-Petersen's plea came on his last day as the head of the U.N. mission in this province of 2 million, the status of which is being decided in U.N.-sponsored talks between the rival ethnic Albanian and Serbian communities.

"Your dream should not be a nightmare for others," Jessen-Petersen told Kosovo's mainly ethnic Albanian lawmakers during his farewell speech.

Kosovo, which officially remains part of Serbia, has been administered by the U.N. and patrolled by international peacekeepers since mid-1999, when a NATO air war halted a crackdown by former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic's forces on separatist ethnic Albanians. The province's ethnic Albanian majority wants full independence, but Belgrade insists it retains control.

An estimated 10,000 ethnic Albanians were killed in Kosovo's war. After the end of the war, tens of thousands of Serbs fled the province in the face of reprisal attacks and threats from ethnic Albanians.

Those Serbs who remain live mainly in heavily guarded, isolated enclaves.

International officials have suggested some form of independence for the province - which Serbs consider the birthplace of their national identity - is the most likely outcome of the U.N.-mediated talks taking place in Vienna, Austria.

After serving for two years as the chief administrator in the U.N.-run province, Jessen-Petersen conceded that one of his greatest failures was the inability to bring its bitterly divided communities closer.

While acknowledging that the life of Serbs and other minorities remains hard, he blamed authorities in Serbia for discouraging the minority Serbs from participating in Kosovo's political life, which they have been boycotting since the worst anti-Serb violence rocked Kosovo in 2004.

Jessen-Petersen said that "major challenges" in the fields of rule of law, economy and in trying to ensure the multiethnic character of Kosovo will remain even after the status decision is reached, likely at the end of 2006.

Jessen-Petersen, a Danish refugee expert and former European Union representative to Macedonia, was appointed to the post in June 2004 and has been the longest-serving of five U.N. chiefs since the end of the war.

A lawyer, he has been assistant high commissioner for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, as then chairman of a European Union initiative to manage population movements in the western Balkans. [ 29-06-06 1502GMT ]

17 comments:

Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

The UN and Peterson allowed one war criminal to take power and then they allowed another one. The Albanian leadership that comes from the KLA is totally hostile to the Serb community and the Serbs will never be safe as long as KLA people are allowed to lead. As long as KLA people are allowed it is guaranteed to be a nightmare. If KLA people are not banned from politics as they should be the province should be partioned because KLA people hate and kill Serbs and try to destory every last serb monument and drive out Serbs.

NYoutlawyer said...

Maybe albanian kosovo will not be fully independent. What do others get from this story? It's starting to get very interesting.

Belgrade. The EU is preparing a package of measures that should make the authorities in Belgrade willing to accept limited sovereignty of Kosovo, Serbian newspaper Blic informs.
Serbia shall be offered to sign an agreement on stabilization and association with EU, eased access to funds and investments, but also moderation of The Hague Tribunal ultimatum.
'The Contact Group has already agreed about limited sovereignty for Kosovo. The European members of Contact Group have given it to USA to speed up the matter. Washington wants the Kosovo issue to be settled as soon as possible', an international diplomat close to the Contact Group told Blic.

Fellow Peacekeeper said...

Why is Petersen using the future tense?

Kosovo is already a nightmare for Serbs (and the Ashkali for that matter). Has been for over 6 years.

He doesn't realise? Or doesn't want to admit it?

mitrovica pika pika said...

Kosovo is already a nightmare for Serbs "

Serbs created that nightmare!

NYoutlawyer said...

http://www.blic.co.yu/

Read up albos. "LIMITED sovereignty", it doesn't sound too bad.

mitrovica pika pika said...

"LIMITED sovereignty"- shovel it up your ass!

NYoutlawyer said...

LIMITED sovereignty, that's what the Contact Group is proposing to shovel up albo asses, not my idea. I am just the messenger.

Your mighty albo kosovo dreams are fading fast, sorry albaniacs.

Have a happy 4th of July though, at least you have independence here. One out of two ain't bad.

mitrovica pika pika said...

the messenger usually gets a black cock up his ass!Which probably you would enjoy.

Fatos said...

Some of you seem to have misunderstood the "limited sovereignty" comment. Limited sovereignty does not mean that Serbia will get to control anything in Kosova. Limited sovereignty is used as a reminder that the world will be watching over Kosova in areas such as human rights. We all know this is very unnecessary; on the other hand, they need to use some obscure terms to define independence for Kosova so they confuse Serbian masses.

Serbs In Kosovo are in Danger said...

Serbs wouldn't be confused when Serb refugees from Kosovo start entering every major Serbian city!

NYoutlawyer said...

We understand quite well fatso. Don't make yourself and other albos to be so intelligent, you're not. Limited Sovereignty means just that, albo kosovo will have limitations set in place, there won't be some kind of trial period.

And regarding human rights issues, yes, you will be under a microscope. As you well should be. Keep in mind who will be leading the government.

Kristian said...

To: Serbs are in danger




Serbs wouldn't be confused when Serb refugees from Kosovo start entering every major Serbian city!


If you really look at the numbers the majority of those serbian refugees come from other regions of the FROY. Not Kosovo/a!


Take a calculator and try to figure out the number of refugees that came from Kosovo/a and also take into consideration how many left when the army left, which were not forced out but left voluntarily, then add the number of who were intimidated to leave, finally subtract that from all the other regions of FROY.

You'll find out that the number of refugees from Kosovo/a is smaller then what your trying to portray.


To: Nylawyer



Limited Sovereignty means just that, albo kosovo will have limitations set in place, there won't be some kind of trial period.

Limited sovereignty is a trial period. It is limited bc the Territory of Kosovo/a hasn't yet met all the standards that were set out by the UN administration. It is also limited in the fact that it will not be a fully sovereign country till all those standards are implemented and fully exercised.

It also means that it will not belong to SERBIA either! So either way, it will not belong to serbia nor will Kosovans have a seat at the UN untill they meet their obligations.

I hope that clarifies your understanding of what "LIMITED" means.

Pathetic for a lawyer in not understanding the meaning of such a term.

Peace to all!


And yes a Happy 4th of July to all that celebrate it :)

NYoutlawyer said...

All terms are open to interpretation until they become law. And your interpretation, and yours alone, makes some sense but, is not reality. Albanian Kosovo will be a LIMITED soveriegn nation. It will not have total authority over entire Kosovo, it cannot. If the West gives Kosovo that, and we know what the result will be, the West will be responsible for the "Ethnic Cleansing" of minorities that will ensue, and they will not leave themselves open for that scenerio.

Let's see what transpires but, my guess is a form of partition, with obligations to both sides. Maybe I am wrong, maybe it will be an independence with a "Trial Period'.

NYoutlawyer said...

BTW, thanks Kristian for calling me pathetic, that is how concrete dialogue between adversaries is reinforced.

NYoutlawyer said...

Another BTW, what will happen if Albanian Kosovo fails during it's trial period, will it's independence be taken away? Do you really believe such an act would happen?

OK, enough, I am going on a small trip, peace to all.

Fatos said...

The following is CUT and PASTE from the comments above that I think answer the question of NYoutlawyer and the rest here:

NYoutlawyer said...
The Contact Group has already agreed about limited sovereignty for Kosovo.

Fatos said...
Limited sovereignty is used as a reminder that the world will be watching over Kosova in areas such as human rights.

NYoutlawyer said...
We understand quite well fatso. Don't make yourself and other albos to be so intelligent, you're not. Limited Sovereignty means just that, albo kosovo will have limitations set in place, there won't be some kind of trial period (a contradiction of the first sentence:).

Kristian said...
Limited sovereignty is a trial period.

NYoutlawyer said...
Albanian Kosovo will be a LIMITED soveriegn nation. It will not have total authority over entire Kosovo, it cannot.

Maybe I am wrong, maybe it will be an independence with a "Trial Period'.

Fatos said...

NYoutlawyer said...
And regarding human rights issues, yes, you will be under a microscope. As you well should be. Keep in mind who will be leading the government.

SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH KOSOVA BECOMING INDEPENDENT THEN? I GUESS WE SETTLED THE ISSUE OF MINORITIES BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY, WHICH HAPPENS TO BE THE ONLY ARGUMENT THE SERBIAN GOVT HAS AGAINST KOSOVA'S INDEPENDENCE.