Text of report by Albanian TV on 31 January
Only independence for Kosova [Kosovo]: this was the view expressed by PS [Socialist Party] Chairman Edi Rama at a meeting with Serbian President Boris Tadic in Athens on Monday evening [30 January]. The PS sees no alternative for the solution of this issue apart from independence, which is also the wish of the Kosova people, Rama told Serbian President Tadic. The Socialist leader said that an independent Kosova was a condition for a stable and integrated Balkans, in which the ghosts of the past would no longer create problems. He described this as a very important moment for the whole Balkan region. Rama and Tadic also discussed relations between Tirana and Belgrade. Nevertheless, the conversation focused on the issue of Kosova's status.
Serbian President Boris Tadic also had a meeting with PDK [Democratic Party of Kosovo] Chairman Hashim Thaci. The meeting took place with the mediation of Jorgos Papandreou, PASOK [Panhellenic Socialist Movement] chairman and current Socialist International leader. Tadic said that he was in favour of a compromise solution for Kosova, which would not separate it from Serbia. For his part, Thaci stressed that full, unconditional independence was the only solution for the future of Kosova and the region.