HomeMEDIA RESOURCES20072 February 2007 - NATO PA PRESIDENT WELCOMES AHTISAARI'S PLAN PRESENTATION [PRESS COMMUNIQUE]
2 February 2007 - NATO PA PRESIDENT WELCOMES AHTISAARI'S PLAN PRESENTATION [PRESS COMMUNIQUE]
Bert Koenders, President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, welcomes the presentation today in Belgrade and Pristina by UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari of his proposal for the resolution of the status of Kosovo.
The President of the NATO PA believes that the proposal's constitutional, economic and security provisions are truly aimed at contributing to the development of a multi-ethnic, democratic and prosperous Kosovo.
Mr Koenders fully supports the UN-led process to resolve Kosovo's future status and welcomes the fact that, according to Mr Ahtisaari's plan, NATO will continue to lead the international military presence providing a safe and secure environment throughout Kosovo. This important role of NATO requires the urgent attention of the Member States. Mr. Koenders also welcomes the idea of appointing an International Civil Representative, double-hatted as the EU Special Representative, and sending a ESDP mission which will monitor, mentor and advise on all areas related to the rule of law. He strongly encourages close NATO-EU cooperation on this issue.
Throughout the years, the NATO PA has developed very good working relations with both Serbian and Kosovar parliamentary institutions, and Mr Koenders is very willing to offer the good services of the Assembly to promote the dialogue and compromise needed to resolve this important question.