Thursday, January 27, 2005

Modalities for Kosovo status resolution to be considered soon - UNMIK head

"Early this year we should start to reflect informally on the principles and modalities for status talks," SRSG [Special Representative of the Secretary General] Soeren Jessen-Petersen was quoted as saying in his speech addressed to the European Parliament, and conveyed by his special adviser Kim Freidberg.

SRSG Jessen-Petersen could not attend the conference for subjective reasons.

Freidberg said that there is the risk of attempts to derail the process by various means. "We cannot exclude provocations or violence by those who do not wish to see movement towards status resolution."

"I think it is clear that we are now moving closer to the resolution of the status issue, which is important not only for Kosovo but also Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania and the wider region. Status resolution will help Kosovo with its difficult economic and social situation, and, frankly, would also allow Belgrade to focus on its own economic and social priorities," Jessen-Petersen was quoted as saying.

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