Viewing cable 06PRISTINA854
Title: KOSOVO: UNMIK STILL WAIVERING ON THREE-MONTH

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 PRISTINA 000854 
 
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DEPT FOR DRL, INL, AND EUR/SCE, NSC FOR BRAUN, USUN FOR 
DREW SCHUFLETOWSKI, USOSCE FOR STEVE STEGER 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/10/2016 
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SUBJECT: KOSOVO: UNMIK STILL WAIVERING ON THREE-MONTH 
TRANSITION 
 
 
Classified By: COM TINA KAIDANOW FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D). 
 
¶1. (C) SUMMARY:  At the October 4 meeting of the Steering 
Group for Future International Arrangements, UNMIK presented 
a "work in progress non-paper" (forwarded to EUR/SCE) with 
timelines for transition and identifying an action office for 
many of the items.  According to various UNMIK 
representatives, the Department of Peace-Keeping Operations 
(DPKO) in New York remains convinced that transition will 
require six to nine months, not the three months envisioned 
in UNMIK's draft transition paper.  SRSG Ruecker averred that 
70 percent of the items in the paper can definitely be 
completed within three months, 15 percent might be able to be 
completed in three months and the remaining 15 percent would 
likely take longer than three months.  While an improvement 
on UNMIK's previous draft, this latest version fails to set 
out the specific actions that must be carried out to transfer 
the specified competencies.  UNMIK would like initial 
comments to its draft transition non-paper by mid-October. 
END SUMMARY. 
 
UNMIK's Draft Paper Envisions Three Month Transition 
 
¶2. (C) SRSG Joachim Ruecker chaired the fourth meeting of the 
Steering Group for Future International Arrangements on 
October 4, attended by representatives from UNMIK, UNDP, 
OSCE, KFOR, EU, EC and USOP.  UNMIK presented its "work in 
progress non-paper" on transition planning and 
implementation.  The document contains timelines for 
transition and identifies action offices for most of the 
items.  Ruecker asked for reactions regarding the planning 
assumptions and the document's comprehensiveness (rather than 
its substance) within a week.  He also asked that the 
non-paper and reactions for now be kept within the Steering 
Group because the draft document has not been fully vetted 
with DPKO at UN headquarters in New York.  Several UNMIK 
officials confirmed that DPKO remains convinced that the 
transfer of UNMIK's remaining competencies to the Kosovo 
government and the proposed International Civilian Office 
(ICO) will require a six to nine month transition, vice the 
three-month transition proposed in UNMIK's plan.  PDSRSG 
Steven Schook called on the ICO to maintain pressure on DPKO 
to agree to the shorter transition period. 
 
¶3. (C) SRSG Ruecker said that approximately 70 percent of the 
action items in the plan can be completed within the 
three-month period set out in the draft, an additional 15 
percent might be achievable within three months, and the 
remaining 15 percent would likely take longer.  Both Ruecker 
and Schook were adamant that everyone present understand that 
after the 90-day transition period, UNMIK goes away and no/no 
remnants of it will remain.  Schook emphasized that issuance 
of travel documents could not be resolved within three months 
and expressed concerns several times during the meeting over 
the need for clear security arrangements in conjunction with 
KFOR. 
 
UNOSEK Agrees 
 
¶4. (C) Visiting UNOSEK representative Bernhard Schlagheck 
said he had met with UNMIK officials on October 2 (without 
any representatives of the ICO team present) to discuss 
UNOSEK's current thinking on the future international 
presence as contained in the draft settlement documents. 
According to Schlagheck, UNOSEK's plan is for a 90-day 
transition period after the issuance of the final status 
agreement, after which the settlement will be implemented. 
During this transition period, he said, UNMIK will continue 
with its UNSCR 1244 mandate unless the UNSC decides 
otherwise, and Kosovo's existing Constitutional Framework and 
laws will still be in effect.  UNOSEK would prefer that the 
incoming International Civilian Representative not be in 
Kosovo during the transition period. 
 
OSCE Head: New Constitution/Electoral Law During Transition 
 
¶5. (SBU) The head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo Werner Wnendt 
 
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told participants that the Kosovo Assembly should adopt a new 
constitution and a new law on local government during the 
transition period.  If the Kosovo government cannot adopt a 
new constitution by then, Wnendt said, the SRSG will amend 
the existing Constitutional Framework, which will remain in 
effect until a new constitution is adopted. 
 
¶6. (SBU) Wnendt also said Kosovo should hold both local and 
central elections no later than November 2007, noting that to 
postpone them any later would require a new decision by the 
SRSG.  Wnendt said that Kosovo needs a new election law -- 
which he said should be drafted in concert with the new 
constitution -- as well as a new voter list.  He assured 
everyone that elections could be organized in as little as 
four months (vice the six months we have heard from his 
staff), so long as the voting remains on a closed rather than 
an open list basis.  He explained that registration is not a 
problem in a closed system, but is in an open list system 
because voters would have to register by district.  In a 
brief discussion of the advisability of simultaneous 
municipal and central elections, participants were split on 
whether holding both at the same time would increase 
participation of or widen the impact of any boycott by Kosovo 
Serbs. 
 
¶7. (C) COMMENT:  While an improvement on an earlier draft, 
UNMIK's new transition paper still does not spell out how 
competencies are to be transferred, nor is it clear that DPKO 
will sign off on a three-month transition timeline.  Other 
issues include our fear that the OSCE is too far ahead of its 
planning on the new constitution before at least some of 
Kosovo's Serbs are on board and the international community 
has a coordinated response.  We will include these and other 
comments to UNMIK on the transition paper by mid-October and 
would appreciate any input from EUR/SCE.  END COMMENT. 
 
¶8. (SBU) U.S. Office Pristina does not/not clear this cable 
in its entirety for release to U.N. Special Envoy Martti 
Ahtisaari. 
KAIDANOW