U.S. against elections in Kosovo, ambassador says (Večernje Novosti, March 8 )

BELGRADE — The U.S. supports Kosovo’s sovereignty, U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Mary Warlick has said.

She added that local election[s] in the north would bring representatives who would have no authority according to Kosovo laws.

“When Serbia carried out the voting in Kosovo in 2008, a special UN secretary general’s envoy stated that the elections and their result, just like the formed Serbian municipal institutions, had no legitimacy. Therefore, this is the issue we should address,” she told daily Večernje novosti.

The ambassador says that the issue of Kosovo’s status was “finished” as far as the U.S. was concerned.

The ambassador explained that the U.S. believed that Kosovo’s independence was a “special case” and that it should be treated as a precedent. [Freudian slip? Missing the word “not.”]

“One should keep in mind that the Kosovo Constitution provides protection to Kosovo Serbs…”

[That’s reassuring! They couldn’t be protected when the internationals were in charge, so it can only get “better” without them, right?]

The U.S. ambassador noted that the issue of Kosovo was something that the U.S. and Serbia saw through different eyes. […]

The U.S. came out with its statement against Serb elections in Kosovo’s north — complete with Albanian language such as this staple: “the issue of Kosovo’s status [is] ‘finished’ as far as [we’re] concerned.” Helping to explain our emphatic stance was this announcement from last week, in auto-translation from Vesti:

Albanians are threatening war if elections proceed (Beta/Ecumenical TV, March 15)

…Daily “Koha Ditore” carried a statement [by] Hashim Thaci that [the] Serbian [act would] provoke conflict with consequences for the whole region.

“Serbia provokes open conflict with the state of Kosovo, which may have consequences for the entire region and the overall international involvement in the region in the United States, and also NATO and EU,” Thaci said.

“Koha Ditore” and other journals report the reaction of international officials in the occupied territories over the decision to hold elections in the occupied territories of Serbia.

[From the] daily “Zeri”…according to a statement [by] Hajredin Kuqi “The government does not want to create the illusion that they will use the army or police in the north”, but will not “remain idle”.

“We will take all measures to defend the legal and constitutional order in Kosovo and will take all measures that do not harm the interests of Kosovo,” warned the House.

Dnevnik “Lajmi” writes that “the Kosovo government [will] use all constitutional means to prevent the holding of Serbian elections in Kosovo.”

The paper writes that force may be used, but it would be a last resort when other options have been exhausted and all legal remedies.

…[The daily] Epoka [printed that the] “caucus whip of the ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo, Adem Grabovci [said] that” severe bomb can explode. ”

In other words, the U.S. pushes Serbia to do or not do what the Albanians do or don’t want, since the expected result is Albanian violence. Whether we’re talking about elections in the north, or independence to begin with, as this 2007 flashback rather explicitly indicates:

In a recent Washington Post opinion piece, former US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke claimed that the forthcoming Kosovo Albanian violence if the world community does not grant them independence should be blamed on Russia because the Muslim Kosovo Albanian leadership believes that Russia should be blamed for their inability to become independent.

Ariel Cohen, “US should support Serbia, not Kosovo Albanian radicals, expert”

See also the Reuters article on this at the time: Holbrooke warns of Kosovo explosion if plan stalls (March 19, 2007)

Former U.S. Balkans peace broker Richard Holbrooke said on Monday that violence could explode in Kosovo as early as next month if Russia stalls a U.N. plan to give the breakaway Serbian province independence.

“If the Russians delay or dilute or veto it, then I’m afraid the long pent-up desire of the Albanians in Kosovo for a rapid move toward independence will explode into violence,” he said.
Ahtisaari sent his plan to the Security Council last week after exhausting efforts to achieve a negotiated solution between the Serbian and Kosovo Albanian governments due to Serbia’s total opposition to independence. [And not due to the Albanian’s total opposition to anything BUT total independence.]

NATO waged an air war in 1999 to force Serbian troops out of the province and put an end to two years of violence in which 10,000 Albanians died and more than one million Albanians fled. [800,000 KLA-enforced refugees became “more than one million.”]