Sunday, May 08, 2005

Kosovo premier ready to discuss technical issues with Serbia, not status

Prishtina [Pristina], 6 May: Kosova [Kosovo] Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi has expressed his readiness to invite Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica to a meeting to discuss various issues of a technical nature.

"I could invite him to a meeting and I am very interested in meeting him. I have not heard that he had asked to meet me, but I would like to meet him and discuss many issues. I have not received any real invitation from him for a meeting," Kosumi said.

However, the Kosova prime minister said it should produce concrete results, not just serve "as propaganda for either side or be used for political point-scoring".

"I would like to know how he sees the issue of technical dialogue. I am very interested that this dialogue between Kosova and Serbia should be fruitful and bear results, not just words and propaganda, because that would contribute to the resolution of the problems in the future, too," Kosumi said.

A dialogue between Prishtina and Belgrade was initiated a year and half ago with an official high-level meeting in Vienna, which was followed by talks on issues of mutual interest at the level of working groups.

So far, talks have been going on in three areas that are relevant to the two countries - the fate of the missing, return of displaced and the electricity issue.

Meanwhile, according to Kosumi, every possible meeting that his counterpart Kostunica agreed to would be political but, according to Kosumi, the meeting will not discuss the final status of Kosova.

"Any meeting between the two prime ministers is political and there is no way to avoid that and I am not trying to. I have never said that I want to avoid that, but I have said that I will not meet to discuss the final status of Kosova. I am prepared to discuss any other issue with Serbian politicians and find solutions to concrete problems," Kosumi said.

Source: KosovaLive web site, Pristina, in Albanian 6 May 05

1 comment:

Deshar said...

By the mid-19th century Turkey was in the throes of the "Eastern Question," as the peoples of the Balkans, including Albanians, sought to realize their national aspirations. To defend and promote their national interests, Albanians met in Prizren, a town in Kosova, in 1878 and founded the Albanian League of Prizren. The league had two main goals, one political and the other cultural. First, it strove (unsuccessfully) to unify all Albanian territories--at the time divided among the four vilayets, or provinces, of Kosova, Shkodra, Monastir, and Janina--into one autonomous state within the framework of the Ottoman Empire. Second, it spearheaded a movement to develop Albanian language, literature, education, and culture. In line with the second program, in 1908 Albanian leaders met in the town of Monastir (now Bitola, Macedonia) and adopted a national alphabet. Based mostly on the Latin script, this supplanted several other alphabets, including Arabic and Greek, that were in use until then. The Albanian League was suppressed by the Turks in 1881, in part because they were alarmed by its strong nationalistic orientation. By then, however, the league had become a powerful symbol of Albania's national awakening, and its ideas and objectives fueled the drive that culminated later in national independence. When the Young Turks, who seized power in Istanbul in 1908, ignored their commitments to Albanians to institute democratic reforms and to grant autonomy, Albanians embarked on an armed struggle, which, at the end of three years (1910-12), forced the Turks to agree, in effect, to grant their demands. Alarmed at the prospect of Albanian autonomy, Albania's Balkan neighbours, who had already made plans to partition the region, declared war on Turkey in October 1912, and Greek, Serbian, and Montenegrin armies advanced into Albanian territories. To prevent the annihilation of the country, Albanian national delegates met at a congress in Vlor'. They were led by Ismail Qemal, an Albanian who had held several high positions in the Ottoman government. On Nov. 28, 1912, the congress issued the Vlor' proclamation, which declared Albania's independence. radio kosova