Text of report by Radio-Television Kosovo TV website on 11 May
The American stance has been re-emphasized once more this week that the solution to Kosova's [Kosovo] political status as the last unsolved issue in the region has to be achieved during 2006 even though difficulties have not been excluded during the negotiating process.
The solution is not going to be easy however - the issue of Kosova is the last open issue in the Balkans. If we solve it correctly than the entire region is going to be able to move into Europe, said Assistant Secretary Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried. He emphasized that now the request of Albanians for independence is known worldwide. According to our viewpoint, independence has to be merited and be based on the achievements and pledges for achieving European norms, said Fried.
He said that Serbia, for whom this period is going to be very painful, has to be offered a path to lead it towards Europe because Serbia cannot be treated as abandoned by all. The current government is democratic and cannot be held responsible for events that happened in the 1990s.
Source: RTK TV website, Pristina, in Albanian 11 May 06