Kosovo gives up its Republic

Kosovo and Serbia will reach another agreement in early February. Robert Cooper, the EU facilitator of talks between Pristina and Belgrade, has drafted conclusions on Kosovo’s representation in regional...

Kosovo and Serbia will reach another agreement in early February. Robert Cooper, the EU facilitator of talks between Pristina and Belgrade, has drafted conclusions on Kosovo’s representation in regional initiatives without obstructions from Serbia.
Pristina, KOSOVO – by Vedat Xhymshiti
| Thursday, January 26, 2012 | The IndependenT NewsweeK |
According to ‘Koha Ditore’, “the agreement, which will be reached in early February, will be a painful compromise as the Government of Kosovo has agreed to be represented in the region without the term Republic, while Serbia has agreed that the tag of Kosovo’s representation will not include UNSC Resolution 1244”.
Kosovo’s chief negotiator Edita Tahiri confirmed to the paper on Wednesday that Pristina has agreed for Kosovo to be represented in the region without the term Republic and with a footnote.
This reality reflects the current situation in the region. In addition to Serbia, Kosovo has yet to be recognized by Bosnia, Romania and some other South-East European countries. These countries cannot refuse to cooperate with Kosovo,” Tahiri was quoted as saying.
The effort for the footnote
Another Kosovo daily ‘Express’ reports on the front page that the EU facilitator of the technical dialogue, Robert Cooper, will arrive in Pristina today from Belgrade. The paper notes that Cooper is trying to convince both parties to reach an agreement on Kosovo’s representation in regional initiatives. Serbia is insisting that this should be done through UNSC Resolution 1244, whereas the Kosovar side prefers this to happen without preempting status.
However, due to severe weather conditions, R. Cooper, has canceled his rotating trip to Kosovo.

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Vedat Xhymshiti; is an independent journalist and war correspondent. He has reported on a number of Middle Eastern conflicts from the Arab Spring in 2010 to the current Syrian civil war. He has been published in various media including Der Spiegel, NY Times, TIME, Paris Match, Le Monde ect. He is specialized in International Relations and Diplomacy. Xhymshiti is also a print media critic, a columnist for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, and founder of THEFrontliner.net

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