Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Slovenia reportedly offered to host talks on status of Kosovo

There have been no concrete talks about negotiations on the final status of Kosovo being held in Slovenia, although the government has offered such an option to the sides involved. This is according to a source in the delegation accompanying Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel during his visit to Albania on Monday [11 April].

The STA asked for comment after the daily Delo reported on Saturday that that the negotiations on the final status of Kosovo could be held at Brdo pri Kranju, a government mansion some 20 kilometres north of Ljubljana.

The same option was indicated in Monday's edition of the Kosovo daily Koha Ditore.

According to the Delo report, the leader of the largest opposition party in the province, the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Hashim Thaci, when asked whether he would be ready to take part in talks in Belgrade, said that he would seriously consider if he was invited by Serbian President Boris Tadic.

Thaqi said that a different location should be chosen and that he would not feel too good in Belgrade. Asked whether he would be ready to go to "Brdo, for example, which is mentioned as a possible location", Thaci said: "Let's say. However, the final status of Kosovo must be determined here, in Pristina."

Source: STA news agency, Ljubljana, in English 1840 gmt 11 Apr 05

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