Wednesday, April 05, 2006

SRSG briefs Athens meeting of Contact Group and SEECP on Kosovo

PRISTINA – Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) Søren Jessen-Petersen today participated in a meeting in Athens with the Contact Group and South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) member states. He was accompanied by Mr. Arben Qirezi, Principal Political Advisor to the Prime Minister of Kosovo.

Addressing the meeting, the SRSG welcomed regional co-operation and the positive influence of regional partners on attempts to stabilize the region. He stressed the need to settle the status of Kosovo in the interest of regional stability and co-operation, and in the interest of the region in integration into Euro-Atlantic structures.

“The new political leadership in Kosovo, including the new Prime Minister, has injected new momentum into Standards implementation,” the SRSG said, “We all want to see this continue to translate into real results, including on minority issues.”

The SRSG said, “Building confidence and reassuring minorities is the responsibility of all Kosovo Albanians, but in order to be fully effective it also requires a constructive engagement by Belgrade.” He added that recent moves by the Co-ordination Centre for Kosovo (CCK), which had already resulted in the departure of many Kosovo Serbs from PISG institutions, was most unhelpful and contrary to the wishes of the International Community for a multi-ethnic Kosovo.

Furthermore, the SRSG briefed the Contact Group and SEECP representatives on recent developments in Kosovo, including the stable security situation and democratic transition to the new Government and its actions since taking office. He asked SEECP members to fully include Kosovo in any regional initiatives.

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