Today the UN General Assembly will consider the resolution proposed by Serbia on the status of Kosovo at the end of July. For days, Brussels has been pressing Belgrade and yesterday Serbia has agreed to change the text of the resolution, presenting one agreed with the EU countries 27.
Serbia would send the amended text of the resolution proposal presented at the end of July on the status of Kosovo to the UN last night, following the advisory opinion of the International Court of the Hague that considers Kosovo's declaration of independence legitimate. The online editions of Kosovar newspapers Koha and Serbian Blic have made it known.
The new text takes note of the Hague opinion and of the EU's readiness to facilitate dialogue between disputants, which is considered important for peace, security and stability in the Balkan region. The change came after the continued pressure of Brussels on Belgrade. In recent days, William Hague, British Foreign Secretary, warned the President of Serbia, Boris Tadic, to withdraw the resolution, otherwise he would have questioned the integration of his country into the EU. By accepting, the United Kingdom would become Belgrade's biggest supporter in the EU in the future. The same message had arrived at the Serbian institutions by the German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle. Yesterday it was Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs who received President Tadic in Brussels to reach an agreement, reached in extra time and according to the Serbian newspaper Blic, the EU would offer Serbia to negotiate on the status special to be granted to the North and the enclaves in southern Kosovo.
The July resolution proposal, in considering Kosovo's independence unacceptable secession for the solution of territorial disputes, called for dialogue between the parties and included in the provisional agenda of the 66th annual session of the UN General Assembly, namely in September of the 2011, the actions to be taken for the status of Kosovo after the Hague opinion. In truth, what seemed to gain more time, in the considerations defined the unacceptable secession. It is on this point that the EU has worked and that in the new text it has been removed.
Albanian and Kosovar activism
For their part, the Albanian and Kosovar diplomacies have taken action to carry out the international recognition of Kosovo and obtain consensus against Serbia's July resolution at the UN. Last week, the Albanian Foreign Minister, Ilir Meta, on a tour in support of Kosovo in Central America, was in Honduras, when his Honduran counterpart called the Kosovo Hyseni to tell him that his country had recognized the former Serbian province . Instead, the President of Kosovo, Fatmir Sejdini and the Foreign Minister, Skënder Hyseni, arrived in New York a few days ago to meet with representatives of the countries that have not yet recognized Kosovo and convince them to vote against the Serbian resolution. Also active on this front is Bexhet Pacolli, the Kosovar billionaire of Swiss citizenship, now head of a political force in Kosovo, which has organized dinners with representatives of some Arab and Caribbean countries. Last Tuesday, Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, on an official visit to Katar, after gaining recognition from this country, said that Kuwait and Oman will do so very soon. The reactions
In a press release issued yesterday evening, High Representative Catherine Ashton warmly welcomed President Tadiç's statement on the next steps in the UN. Ashton recalled that the new resolution proposal is supported by Serbia and the 27 members of the EU and is a result of common commitments on Belgrade's European future. "After the vote of the UN General Assembly, it is important that the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo can begin," concludes the High Representative.
The Serbian institutions reiterate that in the modified text the independence of Kosovo is not recognized. Tadiç stated that the text is a compromise that aims at dialogue, resulting from the work of many countries, some of which have not recognized Kosovo. Furthermore, in a press release, the Belgrade government wanted to point out that the text is in line with the decisions of the Serbian Parliament of 26 last July, which gave the green light to the first motion for a resolution.
Kosovo's reaction was not long in coming. Defining the July resolution as a lost cause from the start, Kosovar Prime Minister Thaçi warned that if Serbia could present it again, it would coordinate the actions to be taken with the international community that supports Kosovo. Technically, with the presentation of the new text, there should be no amendments. At that point, with the resolution approved by the UN, the EU will be a negotiator in the difficult dialogue between the two European countries.
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