Zëri quotes US Senator George Voinovich as saying that there is
consensus in the Contact Group that the final status of Kosovo will
be independence. “I must say that the most certain epilogue is
Kosovo’s independence and I think that Belgrade must prepare for
this possibility. However, Kosovo will not gain independence until it
doesn’t meet certain requirements of the international community,” said
Voinovich, who, according to the paper, is of Serbian origin.
Voinovich also considers that an independent Kosovo, if it is multiethnic
and a free society, would not destabilise the region. “What would destabilise
the region is the continuation of the current situation,” he added.