According to news media, the last talks between Kosovan and Serbian negotiators on the proposals by the UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari concerning the future status of Kosovo did not end well at all. C'est la vie. He takes the proposals to the UN Security Council now where Russia might be the only one of the Permanent Five to potentially veto it. Let's wait and see. From Reuters:
LONG TRAIN RIDE
The talks ended as hardliners in Serbia marked the first anniversary of the death in detention of Slobodan Milosevic, the Serb strongman whose repression of Kosovo Albanians in the 1990s led to fighting and NATO's first "humanitarian" air war. "We are putting an end to a dark chapter in our history," said Hashim Thaci, the former leader of the 1990s Kosovo Albanian guerrilla army. Kosovo Albanian politician Veton Surroi said: "The long train ride has arrived at the central station.'' Russia remains the only potential stumbling block. Serbia's fellow Orthodox Christian ally insists time be given for both sides to agree on a solution, but has pointedly avoided threatening the use of its council veto. Asked whether Moscow might veto the plan, Serbian President Boris Tadic replied: "That is going to be up to the Russians to decide what position they will take in the Security Council." Though it avoids the word independence, the U.N. envoy's blueprint sets out the framework for an independent state, under a foreign overseer and European Union police mission. It offers self-government and protection for the 100,000 remaining Serbs. The plan has won a frosty and at times violent reaction from some Albanians, who want clear and full independence. But Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu said they had accepted a '"painful compromise.""