NATO and France have welcomed UN diplomat Martti Ahtisaari’s roadmap for the future of Kosovo after he unveiled a draft version in Vienna. The UN proposes Kosovo should remain under international supervision for the near future but should acquire the trappings of statehood at a later date.
Kosovo’s 90 percent Albanian majority demands nothing short of independence from Serbia, something Ahtisaari’s outline stops short of mentioning. The UN wants to soothe tensions at this early stage in the negotiation process. Lack of information is the concern on the streets of Pristina. “We know as much as the newspapers give us. They say Ahtisaari’s plan is good for Kosovo. I hope so,” said one man
Serbia has offered Kosovo a form of internal independence within Serbian borders. Ahtisaari, after consultation with both sides, is to convert his blueprint into a final proposal for a UN Security Council resolution in March.