Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Serbia seeks UN support for World Court ruling on Kosovo

UNITED NATIONS: Serbian President Boris Tadic appealed to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday to back his country's call for a ruling by the International Court of Justice on Kosovo's disputed independence.... Economic Times

Video of Tadic's Speech at the UN, Addressing the UN General Assembly on
September 25, 2008.

Text of Boris Tadic's Speech at the UN (PDF Format)

Kosovo's envoy to Switzerland not welcome in Bern

Focus Information Agency

Pristine. The Swiss government has informed Kosovo that its newly-appointed representative in Bern is not welcome, a foreign ministry spokeswoman in the breakaway former Serbian province said Thursday, cited by AFP.

"The foreign ministry received information from the Swiss government that Mr Naim Mala is not preferred" as Kosovo's charge d'affaires in Bern, Albana Beqiri told AFP.

"There was no reason provided," she added.

Mala was among the first ten diplomatic envoys appointed by President Fatmir Sejdiu to mainly Western capitals that recognised Kosovo's independence from Serbia after it was unilaterally proclaimed in February.

Mala was politically engaged among Kosovo's Albanian diaspora in Switzerland where he was in exile during the 1998-1999 conflict between ethnic Albanian guerrillas and Serbian armed forces.

According to Kosovo media reports, his diplomatic appointment was refused by Bern because he had a police record in Switzerland.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008

IE:"Payback time as Kosovo chickens come home to roost"

Engaging with, not isolating, Russia is the path to avoiding further confrontation over South Ossetia and Abkhazia, writes Sir Ivor Roberts

BEHIND the war of words over the conflict in South Ossetia and the threat of a new Cold War lies a key strategic issue which should not have caught Western policymakers napping in their August somnolence.

South Ossetia and Abkhazia are among those frozen conflicts which Russia warned of if the West persisted in redrawing boundaries in the Balkans by recognising Kosovo's declaration of independence. The cases are two sides of the same coin in Russian minds.

If the West was prepared to support Kosovo's secession from Serbia and disregard internationally recognised borders, then Russia could do the same in respect of Georgia by recognising the borders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as those of independent states. Russia's strategy is brutally simple. Keep South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent buffers, and discourage its neighbours who aspire to Nato membership.....Read the Rest at IE