Sunday, March 27, 2005

Serbia-Montenegro minister, UNMIK head discuss Kosovo status, Serb protection

Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic said after a discussion with UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo [UNMIK] chief Soeren Jessen-Petersen that the implementation of democratic standards in Kosovo had to imply a European degree of protection for the rights of Serbs and other non-Albanians, repair of demolished churches and monasteries, and decentralization of power.

"The essence of solutions for Kosovo lies in the formula: `more than autonomy, less than independence'. In dialogue with the Albanians and the international community, we will find a name adequate for this essence [of the formula], but we insist on the unalterability of the names of Serbia-Montenegro state borders with Macedonia and Albania," Draskovic said, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.

The statement added that Draskovic and Jessen-Petersen had agreed that "it was in the interest of Kosovo Serbs to participate in working groups and Kosovo institutions".

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