Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Kosovo Serb leader promises imminent return to Assembly, not government

[Announcer] The chairman of the Serb List for Kosova [Kosovo], Oliver Ivanovic, has said today that Serbs will return to the Kosova Assembly after the UN Security Council meeting, which he characterised as a key factor. Ivanovic said they would not join the government since it was working for the independence of Kosova and independence was not a good solution for the Serbs.

[Oliver Ivanovic speaking in Albanian throughout] Following the Security Council [meeting] I think we will sit down once again and decide what to do. We are part of the institutions even now, we have been participating in the working groups, we have participated and will continue to participate in parliamentary commissions and we are awaiting the moment when we will participate in the work of the Assembly as well.

I am not sure about the government, it is still unknown but I think we will look into that soon as well.

[Unclear question]

[Oliver Ivanovic] It depends. The government has a programme and is working towards Kosova's independence, and we do not think independence is a solution for anyone.

Source: KohaVision TV, Pristina, in Albanian 1800 gmt 24 May 05

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