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Shala, Blerim


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Dnevnik - Slovenia | 30/07/2008

The faltering recognition of Kosovo

Since Kosovo's declaration of independence on 17 February 2008, 43 of the 192 member states of the United Nations have recognised the state. However, recognition by further countries has now come to a standstill. The Slovenian daily Dnevnik analyses the causes. "The prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, has optimistically declared on several occasions that the country would soon be recognised by more than 100 states. ... But since June 13 (the date of the latest recognition of Kosovo by several states) there have been no other countries willing to join the ranks of the 43 countries that have accepted the existence of Kosovo as a state. And there are several reasons for this. ... The Islamic countries most of which one would expect to recognise the new state do not want to do so because they believe Kosovo is a creation of the West, and above all the United States. Numerous African and Asian countries have their own problems with territorial claims and fear that Kosovo could be held up as an example for separatist movements in their own countries. ... So Kosovo's diplomat's have a lot of work to do in the next few months if they want the number of states that recognise the country to increase."

Dnevnik - Slovenia | 01/07/2008

Confusion over missions in Kosovo

Blerim Shala, editor in chief of the Albanian weekly Zeri, comments in the online edition of Dnevnik newspaper on the confusion surrounding UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's instructions for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). The head of the Mission Lamberto Zannier does not have a clear picture of his future role, Shala writes: "By mid-October everything is supposed to be ready for UNMIK to withdraw and EULEX to take over ... but nothing will come of this. For Ban Ki Moon, under great pressure from Russia, has decided to alter the plan to the effect that the UNMIK direction will continue to make the decisions on a number of security and political matters in Kosovo. From now on Zannier is likely to face great difficulties on different political fronts."

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