The Tiraspol Times is reporting today that, in a initial vote taken on Tuesday, only four of the fifteen countries on the UNSC have lined up to support an independent Kosovo.
While the article doesn't mention which ones, it does mention the growing interest of the US Senate:
Meanwhile, in the US Senate, a bi-partisan draft resolution submitted by Joseph Lieberman, Joseph Biden and John McCain will urge president George W. Bush to step up the heat in the United Nations, increasing US pressure in the UN Security Council to have Kosovo declared an independent state.
The UNSC is only in the beginning stages of formal discussion, but it's not exactly an auspicious beginning. The fall-back position, of course, is for Kosovo to declare independence unilaterally and hope that friendly countries will recognize the new state.
Such a move would make Kosovo a member of a small club of countries around the world which exists as de facto independent countries but which have limited international recognition and are not members of the United Nations. Taiwan is the best-known example of such countries, but the group also includes the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Somaliland, Abkhazia, Transdniester (Pridnestrovie) and Western Sahara, among others.
It has been my contention all along that the plan currently before the UNSC was merely an official stalking horse for a unilateral independence bid. News earlier this week indicate that Kosovo's immediate neighbors would recognize and independent Kosovo regardless of UNSC action. Many of the EU countries would follow suit, but by no means all.
There is no easy way out of this mess. There are other countries with similar, though not equal, claims for independence. The UN is treading on dangerous territory by being a part of a forced solution in Kosovo. We'll have to watch as this drama unfolds and see what happens.