Belgrade, 21 October (STA) - Ivo Vajgl, the foreign policy advisor to
Slovenian President Janez Drnovsek, was not optimistic after Friday's
talks in Belgrade, where he presented Drnovsek's plan for the status of
Kosovo to Serbia-Montenegro officials.
The Serbian side was "hard and unyielding" about the independence of
Kosovo. "I don't think I convinced anyone that their arguments are flawed.
I was convincing people that they must negotiate," Vajgl told STA.
"Negotiations mean being ready for compromise and ready to defend it, not
attack it from the onset," Vajlg said, adding that the Serbian side was
very defensive about the status of the restive province.
According to him, the main objective of Drnovsek's nine-point plan is to
speed up negotiations on Kosovo, which are set to start after the UN
Security Council session of 24 October.
"The main reason why the president decided for that is to resolve a
problem which is a burden on the entire region, an obstacle to its
Euro-Atlantic integration and where it is obvious that the status quo only
means the situation in Kosovo is deteriorating every day," Vajgl said.
Vajgl noted that the outcome of the talks will probably be "a compromise
which no side will be 100% pleased with." "It is important that each side
prepares their people for a compromise, as the negotiators will have to
defend the outcome."
Vajgl also presented the proposal that Slovenia host a meeting on Kosovo,
but said that "the atmosphere is not right at this point."
Vajgl held talks with Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic and
Radomir Diklic, advisor to Serbia-Montenegro President Svetozar Marovic. He
is expected in Pristina later today.
His visit comes just a day after Marovic cancelled the planned visit by
Drnovsek to Serbia-Montenegro, scheduled for 2 November, because of the
Drnovsek's statement that under the appropriate conditions, independence
is the only realistic option for Kosovo.