In Kosovo, Privatizations May Include Ex-UN
Officials Schook and Walker with Ramush
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
March 23 -- The Kosovo Trust Agency
has passed from the UN into Kosovar hands, Foreign Minister Skender Hyseni told the Press on March
23, and it will privatize
the "vast majority" of the underlying socially and publicly owned
enterprises. Waiting in line, sources tell Inner City Press, are
Haradinaj and with him, two American former UN officials in Kosovo,
Schook and William Walker. Inner City
Press on Monday asked the current head of the UN Mission in Kosovo,
Zannier, if there are any rules concerning former UNMIK officials
from the privatizations in Kosovo. Video here,
from Minute 1:12.
wasn't aware of any UN rules, only "professional ethics." He said that
while Schook is a private individual, "we'll also assess what he does
based on that," referring to undefined professional ethics. The UN had claimed to have anti-revolving door
beyond the usual conflicts of interest. The allegation is that Schook
information to Haradinaj, including about witnesses before the
Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Several ended up dead.
Now, the sources
say, comes pay back time, referring not only to the Kosovo Power Plant
(and other political projects), but even further privatizations. And
the UN has
nothing to say. There was a previous quashed probe of Schook by the
UN's Office of Internal Oversight Services; click here for one of Inner City
Press' previous articles on Schook and on the KTA.
Minister Vuk Jeremic, after predicting Inner City Press would ask "hard
questions," said he's heard of Schook's involvement as well, and that
the European Union's EULEX Rule of Law mission as well as the UN should
investigate. Video here,
from Minute 5:25. But EULEX cannot even agree to let the UN attend its
Belgrade, it emerged on Monday. Zannier said the UN would only attend
"two parties" agreed. Surprisingly, this did not mean Serbia and
Kosovo, but Serbia and EULEX.
Schook, at right, at UNMIK in 2007, Kosovo privatizations not shown
asked Hyseni about Serbian
President Boris Tadic's
complaint that the Mayor of Belgrade was barred from carrying
into northern Kosovo. Hyseni replied that these were "provocations,"
and that permission had to be sought from protocol officials of the
Kosovo. Jeremic used the word province with respect to Kosovo, and said
should be on hold pending the case before the International Court of
about the legality of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence.
on the other hand said he plans to
meet with at least 20 countries' representatives during the next two
New York, with an emphasis on countries which have not recognized
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Footnote: The disparate response
to the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo and that of,
example, Western Sahara, Abkhazia and South Ossetia has previously been
at the Security Council stakeout. More recently, a comparison that some
been has been to the situation of Tamils in northern Sri Lanka. There
points on which to compare, from 1999 -- when as some said Monday in
Council, NATO bombed Serbia for its military acts in its province of
to 2008, when the UDI occurred and major Western powers strong armed
countries into granting recognition. Now even on the humanitarian
Sri Lanka, these powers hardly push for a Council briefing, and others
Council try to block even this. To be continued.
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16, 2009 debate about Gaza
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City Press' December 24 debate on UN budget, Niger
Click here from Inner City Press'
December 12 debate on UN double standards
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City Press' November 25 debate on Somalia, politics
and this October 17 debate, on
Security Council and Obama and the UN.
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