Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/kosovo : Eu Sticks to Its Guns on Kosovo Status

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/kosovo : Eu Sticks to Its Guns on Kosovo Status

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Following the failure of the G8 leading industrial countries to agree on the future status of Kosovo, the German EU Presidency has reiterated its position on the issue, making it clear that the EU still insists on the adoption of a UN resolution on the Serbian province without further delay.

"The Presidency of the EU reaffirms the view of the Union that the issue of Kosovo's future status remains the most urgent political problem in the Western Balkans. In the interest of the stability of Kosovo, Serbia and the entire region, this issue must be settled soon," said the Presidency, following a series of meetings among G8 leaders on Kosovo held at the summit in Heiligendamm on 8 June.

The German Presidency's statement came after French President Nicolas Sarkozy unexpectedly proposed on 8 June to postpone the Kosovo decision for another six months in order to give Russia's President Vladimir Putin some time to 'oblige the Serbs and Kosovars to negotiate and to avoid a split in the international community'.' If no agreement emerged, the UN plan, drawn up by Martti Ahtisaari, would be applied, he said. In other words, Sarkozy's proposal envisaged a delay of the UN vote on Kosovo's independence in exchange for Russia's recognition that Belgrade must give up its claim eventually. Ahtisaari's proposal provides for an internationally supervised independence for Kosovo. The Kosovo Albanians have backed Ahtisaari's plan and, on many occasions, firmly stated that they would only accept a status agreement granting Kosovo independence from Serbia. …

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