Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Lantos: Kosovo will be independent in very near future

Washington, March 23, 2005 - A member of U.S. Congress, Tom Lantos, said that Kosovo will become an independent state in the very near future, and that it would be "unrealistic to expect" it to stay a part of Serbia .

In talks with reporters in Washington on March 22, Lantos said Kosovo will become a member of the EU "in several years" and rejected as unrealistic the idea of "joining an entity with more than 90 percent of Albanians to Serbia."

"I believe that the European allies and the U.S. will have a joint stand and that they would go in this direction together," said Lantos, who has proposed several times to the Congress to pass a resolution in support of Kosovo's independence, which was never accepted.

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