Thursday, May 18, 2006

Montenegrin independence to contribute to regional stability - Kosovo leaders

Text of report by Montenegrin Mina news agency

Podgorica, 18 May: Kosovo Albanian leaders expect that the bloc for independence will win in the Montenegrin referendum and stress that Pristina will respect the will of the majority.

Although they say that they do not see a direct link between the processes in Kosovo and Montenegro, they say that "both states' aim is to separate from Serbia".

Montenegro's independence is a realistic option which will contribute to stability and close cooperation between the countries in the region," Pristina media have quoted [Kosovo] Prime Minister Agim Ceku as saying.

Kosovo negotiating team spokesman Skender Hyseni shares Ceku's opinion and is quoted as saying that Montenegrin citizens, especially ethnic Albanians, will make the right decision.

"Montenegrin Albanians will realize their rights easier if Montenegro becomes independent," former Kosovo Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi has said.

Source: Mina news agency, Podgorica, in Serbian 1020 gmt 18 May 06

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