Thursday, October 13, 2005

Tadic: It will be a difficult year for Serbia (Koha Ditore)

Koha Ditore quotes Serbian President Boris Tadic as saying that he doesn’t believe that the Major Powers will change their position vis-à-vis Kosovo. According to Tadic, the reason the Major Powers are insisting on the start of status talks is because they have no gain from prolonging the current situation and the military mission in Kosovo has a great cost for them.

“We must appeal for the respect of world and European standards. It will be a difficult year for Serbia,” said Tadic, adding that Serbia must enter negotiations with optimism and with a clear plan.

1 comment:

Prince of Albania said...

Pretty difficult Tadic, read below:

Kosovo independent next year? | 10:24 October 13 | B92

LONDON, PRAGUE -- Thursday – Kosovo will be independent under the condition of international control of democratic standards, Reuters writes.

According to the report, Kosovo could get independence next year, but will remain under international control.

Reuters quotes an unnamed senior European official as saying that while Serbia insists that Kosovo can only be autonomous, the international community wants to begin negotiations aimed at conditional independence.

There is consensus within the international community for this solution, says Reuters’ source.

The unnamed diplomat says that full independence could be offered to the province as soon as the standards imposed by the international community have been met and only when Serbia and the other countries in the region become members of the European Union.

Former US Balkan envoy James Dobbins says that the Contact Group believes unanimously that the time has come for negotiations on Kosovo’s final status.

“I think that every member state of the Contact Group agrees on the importance of beginning talks. Perhaps some are more ready for them than others. But I can say that, in that sense, there is an agreed position within the Contact Group,” Dobbins told Radio Free Europe.

He added that it is obvious that the international community will put conditions on Kosovo’s independence.

“If Kosovo wants to reach this goal, independence, it must offer guarantees and evidence of security for the minority. The international community will be in a position to judge whether the guarantees have been met.,” said Dobbins.

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