Press coverage on first day of Ahtisaari’s visit to Pristina
The leading story in all daily newspapers is the arrival of UN Status Envoy Martti
Ahtisaari to Pristina. Koha Ditore quotes Ahtisaari as saying that he is pleased that
immediately after being appointed to the post, he has the opportunity to come to
Kosovo and to meet the parties that will participate in status talks. “I can’t wait to
meet the leaders here, today and tomorrow,” the Status Envoy is quoted as saying.
“I am happy that we are starting the resolution of Kosovo’s status,” Ahtisaari is
quoted as saying on the front page of Zëri.
Dailies report that yesterday Ahtisaari and his deputy Albert Rohan have met
SRSG Søren Jessen-Petersen. Today Ahtisaari and his deputy will meet the
Kosovan Negotiations Team and representatives of the Serb minority. According
to Koha Ditore, the former Finnish President will stay in Kosovo until
Under the headline ‘Martti, the Compromise’, Express reports on the front page
that Ahtisaari and Albert Rohan began negotiations on the status of Kosovo on the
anniversary of the Dayton Accord.
‘The chief negotiator is here – Negotiations have started’, reports Epoka e Re on
the front page. The paper also notes that the Kurti-led Movement for Self-
Determination has awaited Ahtisaari with slogans.
In a separate article, Epoka e Re quotes US Under-Secretary of State Nicholas
Burns as saying, “Ahtisaari goes to Pristina with the full support of the US.”