Dear Brethren and Friends,
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UNs Kosovo plan to allegedly focus on minority rights
January 24, 2007 5:13 AM
STRASBOURG, France-The chief U.N. envoy for Kosovo, Martti Ahtisaari, said Wednesday his plan for the future of the restive Serbian province focuses on minority rights protection and envisages a strong international presence.
Ahtisaari, who has mediated yearlong talks between Serbia and Kosovo's ethnic Albanians on the province's future, is expected to present his recommendations to Western governments and Russia in the coming days. He will then offer the plan to Serbian and ethnic Albanian leaders Feb. 2.
Human rights focus versus enforcement: Kosovo Albanian government has been focusing on human rights of Christians yet a Bishop needs an armed international escort to view desecrated Christian graves.
"My settlement proposal focuses strongly on the protection of minority rights. It provides the foundation for a democratic and multiethnic Kosovo in which the rights and interests of all communities are firmly guaranteed and protected by institutions based on the rule of law," Ahtisaari told the Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly.
"It also forces a strong international civilian and military presence within a broader future international engagement in Kosovo," he said.
Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority is pushing for independence from Serbia, while Serbian leaders and the Serb minority in the province want it to remain within Serbia's borders.
The province has been under U.N. control since mid-1999 and is currently patrolled by a 16,000-strong NATO-led peacekeeping force.
EU diplomats have said Ahtisaari is widely expected to recommend some form of conditional independence for Kosovo. Ahtisaari did not reveal more details of his plan to the Council of Europe.