Saturday, May 07, 2005

UNMIK chief says Kosovo president ready for talks with Serbian counterpart

[Announcer] UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] chief Soeren Jessen-Petersen has said that Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova said he was ready to meet Serbian President Boris Tadic at an international conference in the presence of international officials.

Jessen-Petersen said the finalization of the meeting between the two highest-level officials of Kosovo and Serbia was being worked on.

He did not want to talk about any details that diplomats in Kosovo discussed regarding Paris as the possible meeting place for the presidents of Kosovo and Serbia, during a donor conference on demolished monuments in Kosovo.

Otherwise, Jessen-Petersen expected the talks on the future status of Kosovo to begin in the autumn.

Kosovo Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi is ready to invite Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica to a meeting to discuss matters of a technical nature. I do not know whether he asked for a meeting with myself, although despite the wish to have a meeting to discuss the many issues, I have not received a proper invitation from him, Kosumi said.

The Kosovo prime minister said that this meeting should bring about specific results and should not be used for propaganda [purposes] or for political point-scoring.

Source: Radio B92, Belgrade, in Serbian 0700 gmt 7 May 05

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