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Contact Group Meeting on Kosovo

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
Washington, DC
September 20, 2005

September 20, 2005
New York

1. The Political Directors of the Contact Group – Germany, France, Italy, the Russian Federation, United Kingdom and United States of America – and representatives of the European Union met with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Kosovo, Soren Jessen-Petersen, and the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, Ambassador Kai Eide, as well as with representatives of NATO and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations on 20th September 2005 in New York to discuss the ongoing comprehensive review of the situation in Kosovo.

2. The Contact Group discussed with Ambassador Eide his rounds of consultations, particularly in Kosovo and Belgrade, and his preliminary findings. The Contact Group also heard an assessment of the situation on the ground from Soren Jessen Petersen.

3. The Contact Group fully supports the work of Ambassador Eide and looks forward to his comprehensive review. Should progress be deemed sufficient, we expect the Secretary-General to make appropriate preparations so that the status process could be launched before the end of 2005, and that the Security Council can endorse this launch. In this context, the Contact Group reaffirms its Key Messages delivered by Political Directors during their visit to Belgrade and Pristina in April 2005 on principal goals which will govern the way ahead in determining the settlement of Kosovo's status in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1244, and in realizing progress of the region as a whole towards Euro-Atlantic integration.

4. The Contact Group urges the leaders of Kosovo to increase their efforts to ensure the implementation of standards at all levels and to ensure that commitments undertaken are translated into concrete action. It also urges the Belgrade authorities to do their utmost to facilitate this process. Recalling the last report on Kosovo of the UN Secretary-General of 23 May 2005, which acknowledged the overall forward momentum in the Standards implementation, the Contact Group agrees with Ambassador Eide’s assessment that more progress is needed to establish in Kosovo a multi-ethnic, stable and democratic society founded on the rule of law. Standards implementation is not just about getting to a status process; it must be at the heart of Kosovo's future. Further progress on Standards must therefore be made now and during the future status process once it is launched.


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