AI: Imposed solution for Kosovo might pose a threat

Published on October 3, 2006, Amnesty International

Category: Violence Against Christian Serbs and Their Holy Places

Amnesty International (AI) warned that imposing a solution on the Kosovo's status might add fuel to the already inflamed tensions in the province and pave way to brutal violation of human rights in the future. AI urges the international community to undertake all necessary measures to ensure protection of human rights of all those living in Kosovo, moreover to place this issue in the focus of the negotiating process.

"Amnesty International is concerned at reports that if agreement cannot be reached, a final solution may be imposed without adequate consultation. Given the failure to date of the participants to the talks to reach agreement on any substantive issues, the organization is concerned that an imposed solution would exacerbate the already heightened tensions within Kosovo, and may lead to further violations of human rights", the report says.

The organization continues to urge that any final agreement must be arrived at in consultation with, and address the rights of, all communities in Kosovo -- including Albanians, Serbs, Roma, Ashkali, Egyptians, Bosniaks, Gorani, Turks -- as well as women, even if that consultation requires further time, the announcement adds.

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