MOSCOW, April 14 (RIA Novosti) - Kosovo's status remains unclear after a recent meeting of Kosovo Contact Group delegates in Belgrade and Pristina.
The delegates agreed that Kosovo's final status should be discussed and accepted by all the negotiating parties, including Belgrade and the non-Albanian population in the autonomous region. It would be premature to make any forecasts, the Foreign Ministry press service said, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Chizhov, who attended the meeting from April 11 to 13.
Group members, represented by Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia, the United States and France spoke with the top leaders of Serbia, Serbia and Montenegro, Kosovo, the Kosovo-Albania opposition and Kosovar Serbs. UN mission head in Kosovo Soren Jessen-Petersen and Kosovo Force commander General Yves de Kermabon also attended the meeting.
The attendants heard the report on the implementation of the Standards for Kosovo plan, which, in compliance with Security Council resolution 1244,
serves as a basis for further discussions on the final status of Kosovo.
According to the ministry press office, progress is being made, but a final solution is still far off. Group members stressed the importance of protecting the rights of non-Albanians in order to establish a stable, multinational and democratic society in the region, as well as the decentralization of the local government.