Monday, June 20, 2005
Swiss Foreign Minister Pleads for Kosovo’s Independence in Belgrade
Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Ray stated upon meeting with her SCG counterpart Vuk Draskovic in Belgrade last Friday that the principle of standards before status was becoming counterproductive and that the time for the beginning of dialogue on the status of Kosovo was coming. She emphasized that Switzerland supports some kind of formal independence of Kosovo and the respect of an agreement between Belgrade and Pristina, with the honoring of minority rights in the province. She stated after talking to Serbian President Boris Tadic that Switzerland "does not favor Kosovo's unconditional independence," and stressed that there would be no compromise concerning standards in Kosovo, especially concerning minorities. To the head of the Coordination Center for Kosovo (CCK) Nebojsa Covic she told that the "road to Kosovo's formal independence should not be confused with essential independence or some kind of sovereignty," thus confirming the stance her country presented at the last session of the UN Security Council dedicated to Kosovo and claiming that "a return of Kosovo to Serb sovereignty is neither desirable nor realistic. Nevertheless, the evolution toward Kosovo's formal independence must happen under close international monitoring, as well as through negotiations with the authorities in Belgrade, as this independence cannot be imposed on them," Belgrade electronic media reported.
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