Friday, March 18, 2005

Kosovo premier nominee calls for mutual recognition of borders with Serbia

Bajram Kosumi, candidate for Kosovo prime minister, said today that Serbia has to accept the borders of Kosovo, just as the Kosovo institutions will recognize Serbia's present borders.

Asked to what extent the problems of Albanians in southern Serbia were linked to the problems of Serbs in northern Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosumi told Presevo Television that "there are no links there".

"If Serbia takes a different stand on the problem of northern Mitrovica, and a completely different stand on the problems of Albanians in southern Serbia, then I believe that the reactions in this part of the Balkans, among the different nations of the former Yugoslavia, will have a domino effect, and then there will be a nightmare in Bosnia, the problem of Sandzak will erupt, as will the problem of the Hungarians in Vojvodina," he said.

Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova has proposed Kosumi for new Kosovo prime minister. [Passage omitted]

Source: Beta news agency, Belgrade, in Serbian 1810 gmt 18 Mar 05

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