Sunday, February 05, 2006

Draskovic: ICTY fugitives weaken Serbia's negotiating position

BELGRADE/WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2006 (BETA) - On Feb. 2 in Washington Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic spoke with U.S. Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns, who conveyed to him that Serbia's position in the Kosovo status talks would grow weaker the longer the ICTY indictees are not brought to justice.

"The messages were rather harsh, but not unexpected. There is no Partnership for Peace and NATO, Serbia's progress toward the EU is in danger and Serbia's negotiating position on Kosovo itself will weaken dramatically until the ICTY indictees are in The Hague," Draskovic said in a telephone statement to BETA.

According to Draskovic, Burns also said that unrealistic political demands regarding Kosovo -- all those ignoring the leading principles of the Contact Group, including the principle that there can be no return to the pre-1999 situation -- harm Serbia's negotiating position.

The Serbia-Montenegro foreign minister stressed that during the conversation he had "insisted sharply and firmly" that the territorial integrity of Serbia cannot be brought into question, as even NATO did not bring it into question after its victory over former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic.


Republic_of_Kosova said...

"as even NATO did not bring it into question after its victory over former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic."

VICTORY? I thought Great Vojvodina won!! I am saying this because I vividly remember the serbian popullation all cheering and celebrating as their tanks full of scum returned, all "SERBIA WON" screaming their lungs out.

America, should do the same with serbia as with terrorist..NOT negotiate with them.

Kristian said...

I have to find the article where the Leader of Kosovan serbs said that he regrets that the serbian kosovans didn't participate in the govt. and it is a huge political mistake on their part.

Anonymous said...

No Mr. Draskovic, it is Serbia's decades of agression towards its neighbors and losing one war after another that has weakend Serbia's negotiating position...

Prince of Albania said...

That, and the fact that they are responisble for 95% of all th victims of the Balkan Wars. How can you shake hands at the end of a negotiation when they are covered in blood?

Best Regards, Prince of Albania.