09 October 2006

PACE Does Not Recognise Kosovo-KIM info

The point of this story is that PACE did not recognise Kosovo as an independent state, and that Russia had a hand in influencing this decision. This story is not without its implied support of Kosovo independence or a certain western-influenced antagonism against the current Russian government's(i.e Putin and his like-minded supporters) motivations about its interests in Kosovo-Metojiha.
Council of Europe did not dare to declare Kosovo's independence
PACE discussed Kosovo's status during its session yesterday. Council of Europe prepared a resolution actually proclaiming Kosovo to be an independent state specially for the session. However, PACE did not dare to create the precedent of Kosovo's international recognition this time. Yet, Kosovo will not be affected by this indecisiveness. PACE members believe the UN will soon confirm Kosovo's independence.
A supporter of a group called "Self Determination" attends a protest in Pristina, Kosovo, Monday, July 24, 2006. Top Serbian and ethnic Albanian leaders met face-to-face in Vienna, Monday, in unprecedented talks aimed at resolving the dispute over the breakaway province of Kosovo. At issue is whether Kosovo will become independent, as demanded by its ethnic Albanian majority, or gain broad autonomy but remain within Serbia's borders, as the Serb leadership insists.
Former PACE president Lord Russell Johnston prepared a report on the current situation in Kosovo. PACE was expected to adopt a resolution supporting Kosovo's independence. So, if that had happened, the Council of Europe would have become the first international organization recognizing the necessity to give independence to Kosovo. PACE invited Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha, President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Suleiman Tihich, and Serbian President Boris Tadic. Yet, it became known the latter would not arrive to the session in Strasbourg.
Boris Tadic is now in a very difficult position. On the one hand, he is pressed by the international community which calls for giving independence to Kosovo. On the other hand, Serbian public opinion cannot be reconciled to Kosovo's becoming a separate state. Serbia will hold parliamentary election in December, and it would be a political suicide for any Serbian politician to speak of Kosovo's independence now.
Russian delegation to PACE contributed greatly to deciding to discuss the situation in Kosovo without adopting a final resolution. In fact, Russian authorities will not mind at all if Kosovo becomes independent. Moreover, Moscow hopes that Kosovo precedent will later come in handy when struggling for the independence of Transdniestria, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia.
However, Russia does not want to offend its ally by overtly supporting Kosovo's independence.
Unfortunately, there was no traditional PACE voting on the Kosovo issue, because PACE refrained from adopting the resolution. Thus, it is impossible to find out now how many members are for, and how many are against giving independence to Kosovo. Yet, the discussion in Strasbourg showed many PACE members believe the UN will have the last say in the issue, and that the UN will not hesitate to ratify Kosovo's independence.