[Announcer] Minority representatives in Kosova [Kosovo] have expressed their dissatisfaction with the composition of the negotiating team appointed by President Ibrahim Rugova. They underline the fact that this is an exclusively Albanian team. The head of the Serb list for Kosova, Oliver Ivanovic, has announced that he will ask the Contact Group to enable Kosovo Serbs to be a third party in the status talks.
[Reporter Xhemajl Rexha] Representatives of the minorities in Kosova feel they were outwitted following the appointment of the negotiating team for the status talks by President Ibrahim Rugova. The representative of the Serb list for Kosova, Oliver Ivanovic, told KohaVision that they have been neglected.
[Oliver Ivanovic on the phone in Serbian with Albanian voice-over] We are faced with a situation where we need to act quickly. It is clear that President Rugova and the Albanian leadership do not want the Serbs to be part of the Prishtina [Pristina] delegation. Therefore the Serbs should maintain their position and present themselves as a third party in the talks. This should include representatives of the Serb list for Kosova as well as other Kosova Serb representatives.
[Reporter] Ivanovic said that he would submit this request to the Contact Group in the hope that they would take it into consideration. Member of the Assembly presidency and the parliamentary group 6+, Xhezair Murati, supports the initiative in principal but is unhappy with the exclusion of minorities from the delegation.
[Xhezair Murati in Serbian with Albanian voice-over] We disagree with the negotiating team on status because there are no representatives of other ethnic groups who consider Kosova to be their home.
[Reporter] Their request will be submitted during the first meeting of the assembly presidency. President Rugova made public the composition of the negotiating team which he will head himself. The members of the team are Kosova Speaker Nexhat Daci, Premier Bajram Kosumi, opposition leaders Hashim Thaci from the PDK and Veton Surroi from Ora. Blerim Shala, a publicist, will be the coordinator of the working groups for status talks.
Source: KohaVision TV, Pristina, in Albanian 1700 gmt 14 Sep 05