New round of Kosovo talks should end process, says US Ambassador

US Ambassador to Serbia Michael Polt said that the upcoming negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina would be the final phase in determining the future of Kosovo.

New round of Kosovo talks should end process, says US Ambassador
United States Ambassador to Serbia Michael Polt said on Thursday that the upcoming negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina would be the final phase in determining the future status of Kosovo.

Polt said that while Washington does not believe that the new talks have the potential of making any significant progress, it was willing to give the negotiations one more try before wrapping up the process.

Officials from Serbia and Kosovo have already had a year of negotiations over the status of the province, which ended in the drafting of a proposal by UN Kosovo Envoy and mediator Martti Ahtisaari, which called for Kosovo receiving an internationally- supervised form of independence.

As far as the international community is concerned, the European Union and US support Ahtisaari's plan and together have drafted a resolution for implementing the plan after 120 days of extended negotiations.

The plan was expected to be submitted to the United Nations Security Council for adoption.

However, Serbia has Russia on its side, which has the right of veto in the Security Council and has rejected every proposed resolution, demanding that only a solution acceptable for both Belgrade and Pristina would be acceptable to Moscow as well.

Since Russia is blocking the finalization of Kosovo's status through the United Nations, many believe that Kosovo's fate would eventually be decided by the Contact Group, of which both the US and Russia are members.

Polt did not rule out the possibility of a unilateral recognition of Kosovo's independence if the new phase of talks falls through, stating that such a move would be "a united action of all countries and people who agree that it is the right way to move ahead."

He added that if Serbia had not blocked the resolution through Russia, the question would have been solved already and "we would have been able to move forward and turn towards the brighter futures of Serbia and Kosovo in Europe, and in good relations with the US."

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Temmuz 2007, 19:31
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