Ruecker: Situation in Kosovo getting out of control

UNMIK Chief Joakim Ruecker has called on the international community to find a solution for Kosovo quickly.

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  1. how come? until late mr. rücker told with his reports to un sc that kosovo was some kind of new switzerland (prospering, safe, multiethnik, etc.) and within a few weeks all of this beautifull work is gone?
    (raso, 3 July 2007 12:42)

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  2. 1) If UMIK can't maintain law and order in Kosovo then maybe he shold leave the job to the Serb and Russian armies

    2) If there is unrest, then Kosovo should not be granted independence as it shows that Agim Ceku and his buddies have no control over the country and therefore cannot guarantee Serbian security as they promise they will.
    (PB, 3 July 2007 13:03)

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  3. Regardless of Bush Putin talks,regardless if Albanians alone proclaim independence R 1244 of SCUN is still on and Kosovo is Serbia and that will be very hard to change. If violence really breaks out on massive scale and KFOR and UNMIK show that they can not control it, who will have right to stop Serbian forces to protect Serbs in province? Don't forget one line in 1244 where is stated that small number of Serbian military and police personal will be allowed back to Kosovo in hundreds not thousaunds. Question is also how do you describe hundreds?is that 999 troops max or is it 1999 troops max? it is about mathematics too.
    (Srba, 3 July 2007 13:06)

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  4. Situation is not getting out of control... it seems a deal has been reached and now this alarm bells are just a way to give Russia a face-saving way out. It serves also as a reason for the EU to step up its gear. Albanians (and serbs) can control themselves. Remember all the 'spolntaneous' popular rallies of the nineties... they were all state-sponsored Yoghourt REvolutions... We will see some developments in the coming days...
    (John 2, 3 July 2007 13:24)

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  5. The problem is that Ruecker (just as his predecessors) has adopted the hat of Santa Claus - pretending to be the guy who brings Kosovo aid and independence. Now he has to do his real job: peacekeeper. He has to tell the people that he does not have the power to give independence; he has to ask the tough questions about refugee returns and minority rights and he has to have a serious look at the police and KFOR.
    (Wim, 3 July 2007 13:53)

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  6. The situation will not come out of control. Kosovars will very soon change the way on how to deal with the situation which, will finalize the process towards independence if the international community do not move.
    And to respond some of you above: if Kosova is part of Serbia why it does not control the territory, where is the Russian army, they left some times ago. If the resolution 1244 is in force, than how do you control the border between Kosova-Albania, Kosova-Macedonia and Kosova-Montenegro.
    (RH, 3 July 2007 13:58)

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  7. situation is getting out of UNMIK CONTROL,that makes quite a difference!Yes indeed the credibility of unmik puppets is, as vetevendosja put it, egal to zero...
    the trouble for unmik and the foreign representation is to have peopel who can control the mass,and sure now they have nobody...even Ceku and thaci have lost their credibility among albanians.
    (lili, 3 July 2007 14:07)

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  8. This is just more bluster by the powers that be to try to create a drama that the decision must take place or violence will occur.

    Smoke screens and mirrors is all it is and the UN can always ask for more trrops if there is indeed a need - at the peak there were 60,000 trrops so if they feel it is required then surely they would have bolstered up - the fact that they have not suggests it is just a ploy. I mean NATO the pre-eminant military global organisation would be discredited utterly if they did not surpress any violence immediatly - that is what they are therefore after all!!!!

    In fact UNMIK should be concetrating on stepping up the opportunity for the 240,000+ refugees to be able to return not trying to scare them away with such scaremongering!!!
    (Princip, UK, 3 July 2007 14:15)

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  9. Dear all, Let us try to be more realistic. Kosovo people (mainly Albanians) are waiting for ages to get free from the Serbian (state) structural discrimination. Let any state try to say to Swiss people that they should be under Serbia (who started at least 4 wars in last 15 years) because Serbia can not live without your territory(but it does not care about 90% of people there), and you will see the reaction of peaceful Swess people. You do not have to me a rocket scientist to realise that there is no chance for Serbia (with police or army) come to Kosovo. The time change, all the world (except Russia, Belarus,Cuba,spokepersons of bin-Laden)respect the will of the Kosovars(people living in Kosovo). Why Serbia can not be as Germany and accept that they have done every bad thing they could and now is the time they should accept that responsibility and leave other nations live a normal life, having in mind that this will enable them to be normal also (but not a Holy Nation I am afraid).
    (ylli, 3 July 2007 14:24)

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  10. If Joakim Ruecker is worried about Albanian extremists then he should do his job and recommend their removal so that the 16,000 NATO Pact soldiers can do what they were supposed to have done eight years ago: implement UNSCR 1244.
    (good afternoon, 3 July 2007 14:32)

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  11. Raso, PB, Srba and other serb camp;
    You don't have a clue what is going on right now. Preperations are in making as we speak for EU to take over the mission from UNMIK. This means that Kosovo/a will get supervised independence regardles of what serbia and russia thinks. Actually ,Russian President Putin has agreed with Bush and a diplomatic move will be made in such a way so Russia could save face despite all promises to serbs and will go along with USA. This is the secret that you guys don't know it yet. I have allready submitted my resume to EUTP (Europian Union planning team). The conversion from UNMIK to EU it will take place very soon. Sooner than you think. Kosovo/a is getting divorced from serbia once and for all.
    (M.Miller, 3 July 2007 14:42)

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  12. Situation in Kosovo is “getting out of control” of unclear situation and as a result declare of independence or unification with Albania will occur soon.
    (Behar, 3 July 2007 14:46)

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  13. I'm afraid I have to go along with the general sentiment here so far. If the situation is getting out of control as Ruecker said, perhaps his organization, and the governments he works for, shouldn't have painted so rosy a outlook for Kosovo so quickly. The idea that territory would simply and easily be taken away from a democratic and sovereign country, and that the government of said country would simply agree to it, is the height of bureaucratic insanity. If you're going to promise someone everything but the kitchen sink, you had better damn make sure you can easily provide what you propose. If not, you're creating your own problems.

    Your mess Mr. Ruecker, you're problem. Not mine.
    (Mike, 3 July 2007 16:05)

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  14. All of you pro-Albanians here - how the hell do you know what Putin & Bush have been talking about? Were you at Kennebunkport?
    (KOCMET, 3 July 2007 16:30)

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  15. once again I would only ask: who is getting nervous here?

    it´s the Albanians and UNMIK...

    my dear fellow citizens of albanian ethnicity, just dare to play the violent card...it would be a great mistake. internationals would have the duty to prevent every breach of UNSCR 1244!
    in the end it´s quite clear, without any moral or legal right Albanians are simply reduced to the threat or use of violence.
    that´s all. that´s the naked truth.
    (Jovan, 3 July 2007 16:34)

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  16. "I have allready submitted my resume to EUTP.... Kosovo/a is getting divorced from serbia once and for all.
    (M.Miller,)"

    I have also submited my CV to WorldCom but just when I was sure that they will take over few UK companies entire bussines colapsed. As for divorce I am not sure that you posted in right section of news. Here we speak about situation in Kosovo getting out of control not about divorce, and BTW if that divorce is ready why then this warning from UNMIK?If Albanians are sure about divorce why then UNMIK have to beg for help around world? Something is not going by Albanian plans in other words. As for EU mission, Serbia is fine with it, Russia too nobody cares is it UN or EU it is about birocracy anyway.UNMIK is failure I guess that EU will not be better.Question is how to remove 1244 Resolution and as I said before that will not happend or will be very hard-impossible. I never saw any serious explanation from Albanian or pro Albanian posters here(b92) how they planing to have independent state when the most important document RSCUN1244 say that Kosovo is Serbia? Unilateral proclamtion of independence will not get you anywhere, check quality of life and standard in NCyprus for example...
    (Srba, 3 July 2007 18:25)

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  17. @m.miller

    russia made it clear when it will allow eu to take over in south-serbia: when eu acknowledges terr. integrity of serbia.

    now that is face-saving, but for eu.

    if there are unilateral moves from eu and serbia wouldn´t react, then russia will grab itself half of georgia and the only pipeline to europe surpassing russia.

    you see what a real superpower (and not selfproclaimed ones) is made of: they are winning in every scenario.
    (raso, 3 July 2007 21:01)

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  18. Ruecker, do not be afraid. Just let the Albanians run wild like they did in 2004. And you can keep your troops in their barracks, like you did in 2004. What are you afraid of? Only the local innocent people can be harmed.
    (jerseyshore, 4 July 2007 02:25)

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  19. Anything beats being under Serbia or in any way connected to Serbia, even the Northern Cyprus you are talking about.
    This is what Albanians from Kosovo/a have been telling you. In the end its better to live in poverty but on your own, then in poverty and treated like a dirtbag (under Serbia).
    Kosovo/a was the poorest region in Jugoslavia. What makes you think things are gonna be different this time around? Kosovo/a Albanians being rich is a big problem for the Serbian state. Rich means assertive, means independent minded, means having means to secure political gains for themselves. What Serbia wants is poor Kosovo/a Albanians whose life is unbearable in Kosovo/a so that they will live or be slaves to the Serbs and the Serbian state, so that they will have no means to get what they want.
    That is why anything other than having any connections to Serbia is good; even if it means being poor and independent.
    (johny, 4 July 2007 05:16)

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  20. If a single Serb is harmed by the albans... now or another terrorist attack in the states like the DIX SIX. Kosovo wont even get autonomy.
    (Cvele, 4 July 2007 19:53)

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  21. It is alarming how, at present, the living standard in Kosovo for most citizens remains very low. Political parties are seen with distrust and parliament is seen as arena where highly placed politicians manipulate the situation at the public cost. Kosovo is not merely holding the region’s progress back, it is having a negative impact. Obviously, this problem is leading to an alarming fracture between Western and South-East Europe. Thus, the message for the European Union, which remains the most trusted international institution in the region, is to move on and think seriously how to approach both sides, Serbian and Albanian, with a clear framework for the EU membership, as soon as possible.
    Branislav Radeljic
    (Branislav Radeljic, 16 August 2007 22:57)

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