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Title: SYG BAN EXPRESSES FULL SUPPORT FOR AHTISAARI TO

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07USUNNEWYORK1382007-02-20 16:16:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY USUN New York
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SUBJECT: SYG BAN EXPRESSES FULL SUPPORT FOR AHTISAARI TO 
SECURITY COUNCIL 
 
REF: USUN 00097 
 
¶1.  (SBU) At a February 15 lunch with Security Council 
Permreps, SYG Ban said he fully supported Special Envoy 
Ahtisaari's status proposal and the "intended way forward." 
Ban described the situation as being at a crucial crossroads, 
for which there could be no undue delay or derailment.  He 
said he was urging Belgrade and Pristina to engage 
constructively with Ahtisaari on a compromise solution. 
 
¶2.  (SBU) South African Ambassador Kumalo said the Kosovo 
issue would be particularly difficult for Africans and the 
manner in which the SYG transmitted Ahtisaari's proposal to 
the Council would be important.  South Africa saw three 
difficult aspects to the issue: the precedent established 
through a Security Council resolution that splits a sovereign 
state; adherence to the NAM principles of territorial 
integrity and sovereignty; and that there should be no reward 
for Kosovar impatience.  Kumalo said the NAM position would 
take into account the basic principles of territorial 
integrity and sovereignty. 
 
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