Text of report by Kosovo Albanian Kosovapress news agency website
Washington, 19 June: At a meeting today with the members of the US National Security Council, Prime Minister Agim Ceku said that the international recognition of the independence of Kosova [Kosovo] would generate political stability, economic progress, and a new dynamics for the entire region.
The head of the Kosova government said that an independent and democratic Kosova would be a strategic partner of the United States in the areas of energy and security. Focusing on the latter, the prime minister mentioned the role that the Kosova Protection Corps [TMK] would be able to play in tackling security challenges.
Ceku focused on the work of the Kosova government in dealing with priorities, such as the Standards, and in producing a positive vision of democracy in Kosova, which would be functional and designed to create favourable and safe environment for all Kosova citizens.
Jack D. Crouch, an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser, said that the United States remained committed to helping Kosova and expected it to develop democratic standards, such as multi-ethnicity and respect and tolerance for minorities.
At the meeting, Kosova President Fatmir Sejdiu focused on the status of Kosova and the work of the negotiating team.
Sometime today, the Kosova delegation is expected to meet with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Daniel Fried, assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, and Rosemary di Carlo, deputy assistant secretary of state, the Kosova Government Information Office has announced.
Source: Kosovapress news agency website, Pristina, in Albanian 19 Jun 06