|US may freeze Kosovo
October 29, 2007
Diplomats at the US State Department are considering a moratorium on
the status of Kosovo for next 12 years along with plans to inject huge
sums of money to pay off Kosovo Albanians in hope that the pay-off would
help the collapsed economy, reveals Kosovo Albanian newspaper Express.
An unnamed State Department official told this newspaper that US faces
an option of recognizing Kosovo Albanian separatist demands and thus cause
numerous global problems or postpone the status for some later date and
relax regional tensions.
"There are two issues in front of us: to recognize the independence
of Kosovo together with a group of states, while causing major global and
regional problems, a solution that will not lead to a better economy for
your country; or to give up formal independence for several years, by relaxing
the entire region, but this solution would serve as a catalyst for Kosovo’s
economic development," the unnamed source is quoted as saying.
This new possible American approach comes amidst direct talks, led by
an international Troika, between Serbian officials and Kosovo Albanian
separatists who have issued an ultimatum that they will unilaterally declare
independence on December 10 irrespective of anything that is proposed at
the status talks.
The amount of the American pay-off to the Kosovo Albanian side is rumored
to be about 7 billion Euros.
However, according to the German representative of the negotiating Troika,
Wolfgang Ischinger, a negotiated solution is possible before December 10,
but that would require a willingness to compromise.
"We are not thinking about independence as something unrestrained. Instead,
Kosovo will continue to be supervised by the presence of EU and NATO missions,"
However, Kosovo Albanian negotiating member, Veton Surroi, called on
Kosovo Albanian institutions to set the independence date, adding that
it should be after the end of the negotiations led by the Troika.
"We have arrived at a point where we are tired of negotiating and need
to make decisions," Surroi said.