Sunday, December 19, 2004

Premier Haradinaj against linking Kosovo status to Bosnian Serb issue

The newly-elected prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj, has said that connecting Kosovo's status to the status of the Bosnian Serb entity is undesirable.

"We do not want our status to be linked to other issues in the Balkans because we want to believe that our role is to contribute to peace and stability in the region," Haradinaj said in an interview for Television Bosnia-Hercegovina on Thursday evening [16 December].

Haradinaj reiterated several times that Kosovo's objective was to gain independence and that this objective had no alternative.

He said that defining the status of Kosovo would represent a contribution to solving outstanding issues in the entire region.

"I am confident that Bosniaks, who experienced war before us, will understand that we need friends in all countries in the world," Haradinaj said.

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