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4th Aug 2020

US opposes EU candidate for Kosovo administration

Despite unanimous support from the enlarged EU, Swedish UN ambassador Pierre Schori is not expected to become the new chair of UNMIK, UN Interim administration mission in Kosovo.

According to the German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau, Mr Schori is seen as "too critical towards the US" and would therefore face strong opposition from Washington.

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  • Another clash between US and EU? Washington opposes the nomination of Swedish UN ambassador for the next head of UN administration in Kosovo (Photo: EUobserver)

The UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, UNMIK, needs a new chairman from August 2003 when the mandate of the current head of the mission, German Michael Steiner, ends.

Mr Pierre Schori has unanimous support from Russia and the enlarged EU that is expected to have 25 members from May 2004, reports Frankfurter Rundschau.

However, the former Swedish deputy Foreign affairs minister and leader of social democrats in the European Parliament is seen as "too critical towards the US" and "too sympathetic" towards such countries like Cuba and Nicaragua.

The official reason for opposing Mr Schori's nomination is the fact that Sweden is not a NATO member.

Another obstacle would also be the fact that Mr Schori is representing Sweden. The US does not want another" reports the Swedish media, referring to the UN chief weapons inspector.

The decision on the new head of UNMIK will be taken by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. But it is unlikely that Mr Annan would go against the will of the US, the German newspaper wrote.

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