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Kosovo Minister Tells Other Secessionists, You're On Your Own, Solidarity is Only Emotional, Is Talking with Spain

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, July 29 -- Kosovo's Foreign Affairs Minister Skender Hyseni, at the UN on Thursday, was asked if he saw Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence, and its upholding by the International Court of Justice, as a precedent for others seeking independence.

  “No one should tie this to any other situation in the world,” Hyseni replied. He is in New York lobbying non-recognizing states, including five in the European Union, to now recognize Kosovo.

  Inner City Press asked Hyseni, given his arguments about what Kosovars suffered from Serbia, if Kosovo is in solidarity with other peoples which feel they have a historical right to their own state.

  “I'm getting your point,” Hyseni cut in. “I'm not going to mix my actions as Foreign Affairs Minister with my feelings and emotions.”

  If the response means that Hyseni personally feels such solidarity for other suffering peoples, but the Kosovo's foreign policy includes no such solidarity, it is problematic.

Hyseni (previously) at UN, solidarity not shown

Inner City Press asked Hyseni about Ukraine and Spain, which have said post-ICJ that they will not recognize Kosovo, and beyond Spain about four other EU members: the Slovak Republic, Romania, Greece and Cyprus.

Hyseni said “I am not aware of Spain saying it will not recognize... I am not aware of the statement on the part of Ukraine.” Both statements are on the record, as a Spanish journalist later pointed out.

Hyseni said he “discusses recognition” with his Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos, but not in Spain, and as to the other four EU non - recognizers that “we do get encouraging signals from those countries.” He said he did not want to say more, to make Serbia's foreign minister Vuk Jeremic's lobbying job easier.

Footnote: Inner City Press asked for an update on the violence in Mitrovica in early July, which Hyseni previously blamed on ethnic Serbs. Nearly a month later, does he have the evidence? “The investigation is going in precisely that direction,” Hyseni said. We'll see.

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At UN, Of Serbian Cell Phones in Kosovo and Transport Corruption, Jeremic Runs

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 17 -- "Kosovo cannot tolerate any longer so much lawlessness, " Skender Hyseni, Foreign Minister of Kosovo, told the Press on Monday. Inner City Press has asked Hyseni about this government's move last month to disable the repeaters of Telekom and Telenor, two Serbia-based cell phone companies, from providing service south of the Ibar River.

"Any company which seeks a license will be duly considered and eventually honored," Hyseni said. Video here, from Minute 2:50.

  Who provides cell service is a politically charged issue. Currently, according to Hyseni, 68 countries recognize the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo. He predicted the number will grow after the International Court of Justice rules on Serbia's case, which he said will be soon.

  The Serbs argue that regulating telecommunications should still be the responsibility of the UN, under Resolution 1244. After a Security Council meeting Monday about Kosovo, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin came out smiling. "Resolution 1244," he told the Press as he passed.

  Inner City Press asked Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic to, like Hyseni, take questions at the stakeout. Jeremic shook his head. "It was a good session," he said, gesturing back at the Council. Last Kosovo debate in January, Boris Tadic similarly declined to take questions.

Hyseni on May 17, Zennier in background, cell phone regulation not seen

  Jeremic on Monday might have been asked about the mass grave recently found in Southern Serbia, or whether Kovoso's participation in the upcoming EU - Wester Balkan conference in Sarajevo connotes increased recognition of the UDI.

  Perhaps he would have wanted to call for the ouster of Kosovo transportation minister Fatmir Limoj, whose office was recently raided by EULEX. Hyseni when asked by Inner City Press declined to speak on this, saying that the judiciary in Kosovo is independent, and that questions of corruption should be kept separate from "projects." Video here, from Minute 4:16.

  But if the alleged corruption was in the procurement for the project, how can they be separate? Watch this site.

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