Saturday, April 08, 2006

Serbia criticizes European parliamentary group's "closed" seminar on Kosovo

Text of report by Serbian independent news agency FoNet

Belgrade, 8 April: The chairwoman of the Coordination Centre for Kosovo-Metohija, Sanda Raskovic-Ivic, has criticized today's "Future of Kosovo" seminar organized by the ALDE group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [PACE], assessing it as unacceptable that one political group within the PACE, the Liberal Democrats, had initiated a closed seminar on Kosovo's future.

The closed nature of the seminar stems from the fact that no parliamentarian from Serbia-Montenegro is a member of a political party with a liberal-democratic orientation, and organizers of the seminar declined offers from parliamentarians and Serbia-Montenegro state institutions to take part in the seminar and present information and essential concepts to the participants, Sanda Raskovic-Ivic said in an open letter to the Serbia-Montenegro mission in Strasbourg.

There is no justifiable reason, as Sanda Raskovic-Ivic put it, for Liberal Democrats to enter into a discussion concerning the territory of a democratic and internationally recognized sovereign state which is also a Council of Europe member state.

She reminded the public that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan had paid special attention to the issue of solving Kosovo's status by appointing its special envoy [Martti Ahtisaari] to lead negotiations aimed at reaching a just solution, while negotiations included both Belgrade and Pristina teams.

"Contrary to this tactful and wise approach established at the highest level, this ALDE group seminar can only be seen as partial and unbalanced," Sanda Raskovic-Ivic noted.

She urged international players to use their authority to draw the organizers' attention to the principles of democracy and exchange of opinions, and convene this seminar repeatedly, but only after they ensure participation by Serbia-Montenegro representatives.

Source: FoNet news agency, Belgrade, in Serbian 1342 gmt 8 Apr 06


fauna said...

"The closed nature of the seminar stems from the fact that no parliamentarian from Serbia-Montenegro is a member of a political party with a liberal-democratic orientation..."

Liberal democrats in Serbia?
Do they even know what Liberal Democrat means in Serbia?

I'm sure the Serbs will be invited for a right-wing extremist radicals of Europe seminar. Heck, they'd even dominate


Getting slammed once again

Anonymous said...

Thats typical,the serbs tried all forceful means in the former republics of yugoslavia.Now they pretend they are a moderate voice,when the future of kosovo is being discussed

Republic_of_Kosova said...

i don't kow if the Albanians were allowed in the siminar, but if they were, than the serbians should have been allowed in as well...
but my question to the serbs in this forum is, DO you think one seminar will make a difference?

cvijus said...

hey one seminar is one seminar, it will not really influence the processes that are already underway. Especially one seminar in the Council of Europe which is symbolic institution. But whatever, let's see what suprises will the future bring us.

republic of kosova, I agree with you. If albanians were invited to the seminar, than it would be fair that the Serbs also be present there.