Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive
Prishtina [Pristina], 6 October: The chief of the Slovak diplomacy, Eduard Kukan, said today in Prishtina that the Slovak Government supports every political solution for Kosova [Kosovo] that is based on the will of its people and also on respecting of the will of minorities.
Kukan made these comments following his meetings with the head of UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] Soeren Jessen-Petersen and Kosova Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi.
The visit of Minister Kukan is taking place two months before Slovakia will become a member of the UN Security Council.
Kukan said that his country wants to be active in the status talks for Kosova.
"We believe that talks are important for the people of Kosova, region, and for the European countries as well. To achieve the right decision, we have to consider all the factors of the situation, but it is important to respect the will of the people, as well as the will of regional countries," the minister said.
He said that the negotiations will be very difficult and it is required good political will and compromise.
Responding to a question on whether Slovakia will recognize the independence of Kosova, Kukan said that Slovakia supports a European solution for Kosova. He emphasized that there are several forms of independence, however the final solution "should be acceptable for everyone, otherwise it will create potential difficulties in the future."
While Jessen-Petersen evaluated highly Slovak contribution in Kosova. He also said that he expects Slovakia to play a big role in the process of status determination.
Bajram Kosumi thanked Minister Kukan, Slovak government, and the Slovak people for their help to Kosova. He also said that he appreciates very much the readiness of Slovakia to provide assistance in the development of a banking system. "Slovakia has one of the most perfect financial systems not only in the region but also in Europe," said Kosumi.
Kosumi also said that the people of Kosova are willing to negotiate with the international community in building the state, as well as to discuss with Serbian Belgrade on the unsolved problems related to the religious and cultural heritage, minorities, etc.
Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 6 Oct 05