Text of report in English by Belgrade-based Radio B92 text website on 15 July
Pristina, 15 July: UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] head Soren Jessen-Petersen has said that he wants the discussions for the final status of Kosovo to begin as soon as possible. After returning from a trip around Europe, Petersen told reporters in Pristina that the more Kosovo prepared ahead of time for the discussions, the more prepared it would be to deal with the challenges which awaited it. Petersen added that the talks needed to begin as soon as possible because when the international institutions leave, they will be replaced with the Kosovo institutions. The UNMIK chief added that the European institutions were following the progress of standard implementation in Kosovo and that some worries existed. "Decentralization is not coming along as we would have liked it to and this is why there are many European nations who are worried. Everyone wishes to see greater progress with the return of refugees. In order to reach these goals, besides the Albanian majority, Serbs must be engaged in the process as well," Petersen said.
Source: Radio B92 text website, Belgrade, in English 0900 gmt 15 Jul 05