Pristina _ “Forget the six points, it is not applicable in Kosovo,” Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said during a tour of rural areas, saying the UN plan is against the will of Kosovo’s people.
He added that the plan goes against the Constitution and sovereignty of the Republic of Kosovo, and the document is the work of Serbia.
Prime Minister Thaci, together with deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuci and other cabinet members, visited hundreds of citizens in the village of Recan, promising them the development of various projects there and the surrounding area.
Last Wednesday the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Ban’s report on wrapping up the world body’s mission in Kosovo and begin the handover to a EU mission.
The six-point plan for the deployment of EULEX, as Ban’s recommendations are called were initially opposed by Kosovo, which unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in February and has been recognised by most European Union member states, because the plan is based on UN Security Council Resolution 1244.
This resolution, passed at the end of the 1998-1999 conflict between Serb forces and Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian majority, refers to Kosovo as Serbia’s southern province, not as an independent state.
Serbia insists that the EU cannot deploy a new civilian mission in Kosovo to replace the UN administration unless the mission is neutral in status and does not put into action the plan of former UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari – which envisages internationally-supervised independence for Kosovo.
Belgrade also insists that the mission must be confirmed by the UN Security Council, in which it has a strong ally with veto power – Russia.
The plan envisages the gradual replacement of the administrative UN mission in Kosovo, UNMIK, which has been in the province since 1999, with an EU civilian mission of police and court officials.
Pristina had presented its own rival four-point plan which calls for the deployment of EULEX, according to the plan stated in Kosovo’s independence declaration, the Kosovo constitution, and the Ahtisaari plan.