Big power mediators present Kosovo report to Pristina, Belgrade

Big power mediators arrived Monday in Belgrade to present the draft report on failed Kosovo talks which the UN Security Council is due to debate later in December.

Big power mediators present Kosovo report to Pristina, Belgrade
The so-called troika of EU's Wolfgang Ischinger, US envoy Frank Wisner and Russian Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko has already presented the report to the Contact Group for Kosovo and would also show it to Pristina leaders later Monday.

The Contact Group comprises US, Russia, Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy. As the troika, it is divided over Kosovo, with only Russia supporting Serbia's view.

Belgrade and Pristina politicians - who represent the Albanian majority in the province - failed to come any closer during four additional months of negotiations, formally ending on December 10.

The troika report does not include any proposals defining the future status of Kosovo, Ischinger said in an interview released by local media on Monday.

He refused to divulge details, saying that the report would remain secret until it is handed to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

Washington wants Kosovo to go independent under international supervision, but Russia has blocked that path in the UN, leaving doors open only to unilateral and bilateral moves.

Most EU countries, including the big members, also endorsed the monitored independence plan shot down by Russia in UN earlier in 2007, but the 27-nation bloc has failed to reach a consensus.

Kosovo Albanians, who elected a new assembly last month say the talks ended and expect politicians in the upcoming government to make good on their promise with a swift proclamation of independence.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Aralık 2007, 17:54