K. Dailies cover the meeting of the UN Status Envoy Martti Ahtisaari with
senior EU officials.
“After June we will pass on to the most difficult but also the most important
issue,which is the definition of political status that Kosovo will have,”dailies quote Ahtisaari as saying after meeting in Brussels with EU Enlargement Commissioner, Olli Rehn and the European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso.
Zëri writes that Ahtisaari has also praised the Government of Agim Çeku
saying it is busy working on implementation of the Standards for Kosovo. While Barroso said that the ‘status of Kosovo is the most important issue in the world to be solved’, says the paper.
Koha Ditore reports that status negotiations will start in July – only following
the implementation of the Standards. “If we make pressure on Pristina about the
position of the minorities, then we will also need efforts and cooperation by the
minorities themselves as it takes two to tango,”
Express quotes Ahtisaari as saying that is impossible to have negotiations on
status in a parallel way with negotiations on concrete issues, and insists that
progress has been achieved in the talks so far.
Epoka e Re quotes Barroso as saying that time has come for serious
compromises. RTK reports that Ahtisaari refuses statements that the negotiation process is in crisis and says that it is not fair saying that nothing has been reached so far, while he considers right those who say that more should have been done in bringing parties closer.
The TV broadcaster also aired the appeal of Olli Rehn to Kosovo Albanians that
before the Status they should seriously start implementation of standards that
are related to minority protection and decentralization measures. Mr. Rehn
also urged Serbian authorities to be constructive during the negotiations process.