Sunday, July 22, 2007

UN Fails to Pass Kosovo Resolution

With Russia remaining firm that they would not approve a resolution that Serbia did not agree to, the issue of Kosovo's status is temporarily leaving the UN Security Council. Negotiations will take place under the supervision of the Contact Group, which Russia is a member but has no veto power. Both Serbia and Russia seemed pleased that the resolution failed and are looking forward to continuing the negotiations. Serbia and more recently Russia questioned the UN Envoy for Kosovo Ahtisaari on whether or not he was truly unbiased.
With the UN failing to push through a resolution, Kosovo's leaders are looking to make a unilateral declaration. The target date set by Kosovo PM Agim Ceku is November 28th, which strangely also happens to be the day neighboring Albania celebrated their independence. Hmmm?!

And please forgive any obvious formatting or spelling errors over the next several weeks as I am home in the US and borrowing computers, I am actually working on the code rather than using a webpage editor. There also won't be any real good personal Kosovo stories but you can check out my travel pages as I am doing quite a bit of jet setting around!