EU and NATO Should Remain in Kosovo: American Expert
Azerbaijan, Baku, 18 January /corr. Trend A.Gasimova / "EU and NATO should retain a robust monitoring presence in Kosovo to ensure that no violence breaks out after the declaration of independence," Jason M.K. Lyall, the expert of the Princeton University, reported to Trend via e-mail on 18 January.
At the beginning of January, the representatives of the EU and UN Security Council officially stated that the possibilities of the dialogue on Kosovo problem have exhausted and it is nonsense to continue talks. According to their position, thereinafter, the responsibility to resolve the Kosovo problem is being assumed by the European Union and NATO.
"I would ensure that the EU position monitors among Serbian minorities, especially in Kosovo's northern region, to ensure their safety. This would help keep the lid on conflict and would prevent the kind of abuses that might make Serbia intervene on behalf of Serb minorities. I also believe that the EU and the US should tie their economic relations with Kosovo to its continued observance of minority rights. In short, we should be thinking about managing the consequences of Kosovo's declaration of independence since there clearly is no diplomatic solution to preventing it that would be acceptable to all parties," the expert said.
Determining the status of Serbia within the UN Security Council has been locked and can not be found in the UNO, said the US permanent representative, Zalmay Khalilzad, after consultations in the Security Council. According to Khalilzad, Matri Akhtisaary's plan envisaging independent status for the border with Alban majority is the only solution which is being considered by the international community. In addition, the American diplomat said that yet it is not time to make a closing decision on the status of Kosovo.
The EU will send civil police to Kosovo to replace peaceful contingent of the UNO, the President of France, Nikolai Sarkozy, said last week. The leaders of the European Union made this decision jointly and it means inevitability of Kosovo's independence, Sarkozy said.