Monday, May 24, 2010
Unilateral Albanian actions to destroy the antennas in the five locations may not go unopposed. Leposavić is in the north and beyond the reach of the Kosovo authorities. Attacks in Gračanica and Štrpce would also be somewhat problematic. The Serbian government says attempting to remove the transmitters will not succeed and is “playing with fire.” State Secretary Oliver Ivanović also suggested that the Kosovo government is trying to distract attention from EULEX investigations into official corruption.
Speaking of Oliver Ivanović, according to the Pristina press of May 24, EU Special Envoy Giffoni has assured him that the EU – and he Giffoni – remains status neutral. This after EULUX declared the May 30 elections in Kosovo called by Serbia “illegal” and after Giffoni himself did the same a few days ago. Lajm said Ivanović made these comments after meeting with Giffoni in north Mitrovica on EU funding for projects. It is not known if the State Secretary believed what Giffoni told him.
UNMIK meanwhile made clear that because it remains status neutral, “it would not be appropriate for us to have any opinion … either way” on the elections.