Excerpt from report by Serbian independent news agency FoNet
Belgrade, 19 February: Only the [UN] Security Council has a mandate to solve the Kosovo-Metohija issue, the head of the Serbian government press service, Srdjan Djuric, said today, adding that the special envoy to the UN secretary general, Martti Ahtisaari, has no mandate to determine the province's final status, [and to do so] even before the talks have started.
Reacting to Ahtisaari's latest statement [that Kosovo will eventually become independent], Djuric said that "this is not the first time that the decisions reached by the the Contact Group at its session on 31 January are being wrongly and incorrectly reported".
"Our public and the international public is familiar with the integral statement issued after the meeting and, quite simply, by reading these decisions, one can see that Ahtisaari is actually wrongly and incorrectly adding things to the Contact Group's statement," Djuric said. [Passage omitted]
Source: FoNet news agency, Belgrade, in Serbian 1557 gmt 19 Feb 06