Two reports:

UN may remain for “limited duration,” Kosovo president tells Ban (June 17)

Pristina - President Fatmir Sejdiu…told the United Nations that its mission would be allowed to remain in Kosovo for a ‘limited duration’ after governing it for eight years.

‘We take note of your decision to have the UN perform certain limited residual functions in Kosovo,’ Sejdiu said in the letter also that was released to local media.

Sejdiu responded to UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s proposal last week to reshape the UN presence in order to reflect the new developments.

The new facts include Kosovo’s declaration of independence, its new constitution and the European Union mission, the EULEX, which was deployed, but amid legal and diplomatic controversy, to help Kosovo implement laws while taking first sovereign steps.

Ban acknowledged that his hands were tied as the UN Security Council remains divided over Kosovo - the West endorses its independence and Serbia’s ally Russia blocks it.

Kosovo on Sunday started enforcing its new constitution, which however makes no room for a UN role. Pristina wants EULEX, a lighter, law-enforcing mission deployed by the European Union to take over.

‘We understand that the UN will continue to perform, for a limited duration, rule of law functions … until the European Union is able to perform its operational role,’ the letter said.

Sejdiu stressed that UN would have to consult Pristina for ‘viable arrangements.’ […]


Dear UN,
Thank you for all your help.

p.s. Get out.

p.p.s. If you have to stay longer, you’ll have to be my bitch.

Kosovo’s president pledges to cooperate with extended UN mission

Kosovo’s government will cooperate with an extended United Nations mission, the president said Tuesday, though Kosovo officials eager to assert their declared independence have said they want the U.N. to fully withdraw by autumn.

The European Union had planned to send a policing and judicial mission to replace the U.N. after Kosovo’s constitution came into effect, which happened Sunday.

But Russian officials worry that handing that authority to the EU — many of whose member nations have recognized Kosovo’s declared split from Serbia in February — would help cement Kosovo’s claim to independence.

Serbia is against Ban’s plan, saying only the Security Council can make changes to the U.N. mission.

Kosovo’s constitution came into force on Sunday. The document gives the government sole decision-making authority. However, Kosovo’s leaders have conceded they will not be able to exercise their authority in Kosovo’s north, controlled by the Serb minority.

Kosovo Serbs have ignored the declaration of independence and are to set up their own assembly by the end of June and deepen the territory’s partition.

Amid fears that tensions could spill over into the rest of the Balkans, NATO deployed 600 more British troops to the north to quell any violence.

And just a follow-up to the item about the second recent attack on UN officials in Decani after UNMIK dared try to un-steal stolen church property. I hadn’t blogged about the original attack which, according to the translated report below from the Serbian news agency Tanjug, involved UN officials and a Serb returnee:

Media in Kosovo say that behind the attack are a group of veterans from KLA gathered around Abdullah Mushkoljaj who personally threatened Patrick Buse, a UNMIK official who left the district of Decani a few days ago.

Attacks on UNMIK offcials and a Serb returnee to Decani, Bozidar Tomic last month, have had serious repercussions for returning of Serbs because, as the media reports, a group of Serbs that announced that they will return on Monday have cancelled their plans because of security.

The report asks the following question:

Sources in Kosovo media say that the attack on Peres has caused serious concern among Serbian population in Pec region and the monastery of Great Deacni and are asking how will they be protected when the international officials are not.