Pristina, 7 July: Croatian President Stjepan Mesic on Thursday [7 July] arrived in Pristina where he held talks with the first deputy of the UN Civil Administrator of Kosovo, Lawrence Rossin, who was his host given that Administrator Soeren Jessen Petersen was on an official leave.
After the talks, the Croatian head of state said that citizens of Kosovo and its institutions should be those that would decide on the status of Kosovo. [Passage omitted]
Mesic told reporters that he would like to see that his visit would contribute to better understanding in the region, which is, he added, in the interest of Croatia, too.
"An unstable Kosovo means the unstable region, but we want the region to turn towards Europe," he said.
The Croatian head of state said that citizens and institutions of Kosovo should be those that would decide on Kosovo's status, and that a solution should be sought in negotiations between Pristina and Belgrade with the assistance of the international community.
Asked by a reporter whether he supported the independence of Kosovo, Mesic said that citizens of Kosovo should give an answer to this question.
In this context he stressed that no solution should be imposed by force. [Passage omitted]
Source: HINA news agency, Zagreb, in English 1100 gmt 7 Jul 05