UN ambassadors strolling through a street in Kosovo. From right to left: US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, Head on UN Mission in Kosovo Joachim Rycker, French ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière and Vitaly Churkin ( far left) from the Russian mission to the UN. Kosovo media report that the Russian ambassador went to extraordinary lengths to hide from the media. He hasn't said a single thing to the media during the two day mission to Kosovo.
In keeping with his bizarre behaviors of leaving a hall if there are people he doesn't agree with, Mr. Churkin was the only ambassador who refused to attend a meeting with non Serb minorities.
Xhazair Murat and Zylfi Merxha, members of Kosovo Parliament representing non Serb minorities, who were present at the meeting, were quoted as saying that they were surprised to see Mr. Churkins seat empty. According to media reports Churkin refused to attend a meeting when he learned that all non Serb minorities were strongly pro independence.
Propaganda Coup Fizzles
In another bizarre but related story, Kosovo daily Express reports that bus loads of Serbs from the Kosovo town of
The propaganda coup fizzled when it became evident that most of the Serbs protesting at the border were actually living in Kosovo. The UN delegation refused to visit the border citing “logistical” difficulties.