"Frankfurter Rundschau": Ahtisaari's plan is facing failure

Published on May 5, 2007, makfax

Category: Growing International Opposition to Imposed Solution

Martti Ahtisaari's plan on the future status of Kosovo is likely to fall through, writes the German daily Frankfurter Rundschau.

The paper says that such an outcome is lurking after completion of the UN Mission's visit to Belgrade and Pristina.

"UN delegation came back to New York filled with skepticism", the paper says, adding that unofficial assessments suggest that the plan is unlikely to win the necessary 9 out of 15 votes at the Security Council in order to pass.

According to the newspaper, only USA, Great Britain, France, Belgium and Italy have voiced unambiguous readiness to back the plan. Peru, Panama and Qatar are floating, while South Africa, Congo, Ghana, Indonesia and China are against in principle, whereas Slovakia and Russia are strongly opposing the adoption of the document.

Frankfurter Rundschau underlines that after the visit to Belgrade and Pristina, the South African Ambassador in UN said that the situation on the ground was drastically different to the one described in the UNMIK's reports.

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