f report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive
Prishtina [Pristina], 21 July: The chairman of the Serb List for Kosova [Kosovo] and Metohija [SLKM] Oliver Ivanovic, said that the list has made it clear to the EU high representative for the common foreign and security policy, Javier Solana, that, under the current circumstances, Serbs cannot join the institutions of Kosova.
Ivanovic made these comments after a meeting between Serb political representatives and Solana and a party meeting.
Explaining the SLKM's decision, Ivanovic said that Serbs' lives have not improved at all since the boycott began.
"UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] has provided only superficial support and not in practice. It has done nothing for decentralization, and Kosovar institutions are demonstrating that they know more about talking than working," he said.
Ivanovic stressed that SLKM members are aware that the decision is very risky. But he said that Belgrade - having discouraged Kosovar Serbs from participating in Kosovar institutions - will bear the consequences.
After meeting with Solana, UNMIK Chief Administrator Soeren Jessen-Petersen voiced his surprise at the SLKM's accusations.
"Even when Serbs were not participating in the institutions, we conveyed their concerns [to the Kosovar institutions] and were in touch with them. I believe that choosing not to participate is a mistake," he said.
Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 21 Jul 05