UN ambassadors have taken a tour of Kosovo, before deciding on the fate of a western-backed plan to grant the province independence from Serbia. The 15-member delegation from the UN Security Council says it is on a fact-finding mission to the Albanian-majority territory. “We expect to stay in our homes,” said one Serbian, “but life is very hard. We’re in a ghetto, in a prison here.” “If Kosovo becomes independent, we will all go,” said another.
The tour by the UN ambassadors is seen as a concession by Nato countries to Russia, which is against a plan by UN mediator Martti Ahtisaari. The West is confident it has enough support in the council for independence with EU supervision, although it is not clear if Russia would use its veto. “We don’t want the Serbs back,” said an Albanian woman. “Look what they did to us. They killed my son, who was only 22.” Russia is supporting Serbia in its calls for more talks, but the West says 13 months of dialogue have been exhausted.