Excerpt from report by Radio-Television Kosovo TV on 9 May
[Announcer] The Contact Group is going to impose a solution for Kosova's [Kosovo] status and this solution is going to be in favour of the majority in Kosova, it was said today in a debate "Kosova During and After the Talks" organized by the private university Academy of Fine Arts - AAB.
[Reporter] Some sound minds are knocking at the doors of Belgrade to prepare its people for two traumas that they will be facing very soon - the independence of Montenegro and of Kosova, Deputy Prime Minister Lutfi Haziri said today before AAB students. Other participants were former Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi and Kosova Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic. According to Haziri, Kosova is in the year of status and talks are inevitable. Even though the first round of talks with Belgrade has been deemed unsuccessful, Haziri believes they were successful when differences in principle are huge.
[Deputy Prime Minister Lutfi Haziri] The talks are being conducted under the principle: There can be no agreement until there is an overall agreement. The document on decentralization will be frozen; it will be part of the final package on status that will be discussed at the so-called meeting of elephants, the major meeting that will deal with the final status and internal dispositions. What is Kosova offering in this context? It is offering constitutional guarantees for ethnic groups.
[Reporter] The Prishtina [Pristina]-Belgrade talks are proving that they cannot end, thus the Contact Group in the end is going to impose a solution for Kosova status which will be in favour of the majority, said former Prime Minister Rexhepi who compiled the plan on Mitrovica [Kosovska Mitrovica] that was presented at the Vienna talks.
[Bajram Rexhepi] A realistic request was made to have an urban centre where they could have different public services. The issue of health is solved with the regional hospital, the issue of the university and many other services. There is no perfect plan for Mitrovica; this was perhaps a plan which both sides would have accepted.
[Reporter] According to Ivanovic there are very few chances of accepting an imposed solution. The problem lies in the fact of what is going to happen after the definition of status.
[Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic in Albanian] One should not bet everything on one card, that is not how you play. That is not risk, it is stupidity. To tell you the truth this is not how people should be treated. Think of what is going to happen in the autumn, if there is independence and what if there is no independence? What will you have to eat? Think today, because autumn will arrive very quickly. [Passage omitted]
Source: RTK TV, Pristina, in Albanian 1730 gmt 9 May 06