Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel, the OSCE
chairman-in-office, has welcomed the formation of a new government in
Kosovo and called on all parties in the province to continue to work
together and build on the already achieved progress.
Speaking to the press after his meetings with top Kosovo officials, Rupel
called on the new government of Prime Minster Bajram Kosumi to assume full
responsibility for stability in the province.
Moreover, he urged the government to keep efforts to construct a
multi-ethnic Kosovo on track, the OSCE said in a press release.
Rupel also said now was not the time to burn bridges, but to work together
to ensure a European future for the Balkans.
"It is important for the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government to
make progress on Standards based on a commitment to building a
multi-ethnic Kosovo," Rupel is cited as saying by the OSCE.
Rupel met Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova, newly-appointed Prime Minister
Bajram Kosumi, Speaker of the Kosovo Parliament Nexhat Daci and the UN
Administrator in Kosovo Soeren Jessen-Petersen.
This is Rupel's second visit to the province since he assumed his one-year
stint as OSCE chairman at the beginning of January.
The visit is a continuation of Slovenian attempts to achieve progress on
the Kosovo issue, which comes as part of heightened efforts for stability
in the Western Balkans.
Slovenia has promised to pay special attention to SE Europe and its needs
during its stint as OSCE president.