Prishtina [Pristina], 18 November: If Serbian President Boris Tadic said that Kosova [Kosovo] could be divided, then he made a statement that is in contradiction with the entire world, the head of UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo], Soeren Jessen-Petersen, said.
He reconfirmed the stance of the international community that there will be no division of Kosova. "I do not know exactly what Tadic said in Moscow. But if media reports are accurate, because they are not always accurate, then he gave a statement which is in contradiction with the clear stance of the UN Security Council, Contact Group, and the European Union because everyone keeps saying that there will be no division of Kosova," Jessen-Petersen emphasized.
Jessen-Petersen's statement comes only one day after the Kosova media cited Tadic as saying that if the status talks lead Kosova towards independence, then Serbia will have a new plan - the plan for the division of Kosova.
Speaking on the resolution passed yesterday by the parliament, Jessen-Petersen evaluated it as a responsible decision of the parliament. "I said yesterday that the Assembly has shown responsible. It has provided a mandate to the delegation of Kosova as the basis for its platform for the upcoming status talks. This is the role of the Assembly and, what is more important, the Assembly has acted in accordance with its mandate and responsibilities," he said, adding that it does not belong to him to comment on the resolution's content.
Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 18 Nov 05