Belgrade, 20 September: The chairwoman of the Coordination Centre for Kosovo-Metohija, Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, today said that Kosovo Serbs should be part of the Serbian state delegation in the forthcoming negotiations about Kosovo's status. On the other hand, a member of the Kosovo Assembly's Presidency [currently boycotting the parliament], Oliver Ivanovic [head of Serb List for Kosovo-Metohija], believes that they should make up a separate delegation.
"It would be wrong to split, because this would mean that Kosovo is not an integral part of Serbia, but rather an independent state," Raskovic-Ivic told journalists during a street campaign by the Democratic Party of Serbia [DSS, headed by Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica] in central Belgrade.
Ivanovic told the Social Democratic Party [SDP, headed by former Coordination Centre chief Nebojsa Covic] that the Serbs from Kosovo should set up "an authentic and autochthonous delegation which would synchronize its activities with Belgrade officials".
"There is some sympathy for this, as well as concrete proposals from international community representatives," Ivanovic said.
Asked to comment on Sanda Raskovic-Ivic's statement about the necessity of having a single delegation, Ivanovic said that he had enough of symbols.
"Mrs Raskovic is speaking about symbols and I am speaking about practical matters. We have paid a handsome price for symbols so far. This would not be the first time, as we are already taking part in the work of Pristina's working groups, and this was defined in 1999 [as received]," Ivanovic explained.
Source: FoNet news agency, Belgrade, in Serbian 1256 gmt 20 Sep 05