Tuesday, August 23, 2005

SRSG: UN to decide about opening status issue in October

Several dailies carry an interview SRSG Søren Jessen-Petersen gave to Radio Free Europe.

‘There is no reason to delay status talks’ is the headline Zëri chooses to give to the interview they carry in entirety. ‘I know, and in fact I would not be surprised if ambassador Eide underlines a number of continuous difficulties. We are aware of these difficulties, but they are not issues and problems that can be solved in a blink of an eye, they simply need to be resolved. As I said earlier, for now, I do not see a reason to delay status talks’.

Koha Ditore reports that SRSG is expecting the UN Security Council to decide in October if conditions for opening negotiations on status talks have ‘ripen’. According to the paper, the SRSG also expressed his concern that Belgrade is not giving the green light to Kosovo Serbs to take part in political processes.

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