Excerpt from report by Slovene television on 20 October
[Presenter] A few minutes ago, the authorities in Belgrade responded with harsh criticism to the statement which Slovene President Janez Drnovsek made yesterday about independence being the only realistic option for Kosovo. Serbia-Montenegro President Svetozar Marovic cancelled Drnovsek's visit to Belgrade which had been planned for the beginning of November.
President Drnovsek today sent a plan for the Kosovo status negotiations to [UN] Secretary-General Kofi Annan and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
[Reporter Polona Fijavz] President Drnovsek yesterday presented his thoughts on the unclear and complicated Kosovo status. Today, he put forward a specific plan for solving this question. The plan, which he sent to Annan, Barroso and the presidents of states involved in the Kosovo contact group, envisages:
[Drnovsek] I think that security will first of all have to be provided for the Serb minority in Kosovo. Kosovo Serbs should enjoy a relevant level of autonomy so that they will be able to put forward their interests within Kosovo's parliament and government. I am of the opinion that a special status should be granted to Serbian historic monuments in Kosovo.
[Reporter] The plan envisages that Kosovo bodies would take over all authorities from the international community within 18 months. Parliamentary, government and presidential elections should be called in that period of time. According to Drnovsek's plan, smaller international forces would stay in Kosovo for further five years. If basic conditions are met, Kosovo would in that time be granted international legal status.
Drnovsek's plan also includes the EU which would prepare an economic development plan for Kosovo so that Kosovo would be able to survive economically and become economically independent. [Passage omitted]
Source: Television Slovenia, Ljubljana, in Slovene 1700 gmt 20 Oct 05