Kosovo’s Prime Minister has threatened to walk out of this week’s talks with Serbia if the idea of independence is cast into doubt. Agim Ceku said the fresh attempt to bridge differences between Pristina and the Serbian capital Belgrade should not waste time discussing ethnic partition either: “Any proposal other than Kosovo’s independence is unacceptable. We want to the Troika to help us make progress on issues that we can reach agreement on, and not make new proposals. We should not waste time discussing independence or elements from Ahtisaari’s package.”
The so-called “troika” of envoys from the US, EU and Russia is due to begin a round of shuttle diplomacy later today. This latest dialogue has been forced on the West by Russia, which blocked a UN plan for EU- supervised independence. Serbia totally rejects the proposal but the two million Albanians living in the province will accept nothing less.