Text of report by "SJ" entitled "Total Collapse of Talks in Vienna"]Serbian newspaper Glas javnosti on 1 June
Belgrade, Vienna: "As the Albanian party refused to discuss any economic topics and insisted on maintaining utterly opposing views, the Vienna talks on Kosmet [Kosovo and Metohija] have been suspended and no date has been set for their resumption," said Dusan Celic, member of Serbia's team in charge of questions on assets and economy.
Serbia expects its proposal about changing the way for conducting the talks to be examined, with future status brought into the foreground, Celic told Glas.
"The reason is that yesterday's meeting showed that the talks cannot be conducted in segments. Speaking of assets, Albanians invoked the succession signed by the members of the former Yugoslavia in 2001, whereby all assets in Kosmet would remain theirs. We argued that those were Serbian assets now in the control of UNMIK [UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo]. The mediators would not take on a harsher stance towards the Albanian party, so they are to blame for the suspension of the talks," said Celic.
He said 700,000 land registry entries were usurped by Albanians and 17,000 complaints for damages filed by Serbs that were not in procedure, the obstacle being access to court due to security reasons.
"Yesterday's round of talks showed international mediators not well prepared for talks on assets and economy. For us, assets are the most important question together with freedom of movement and the right to live. The Albanian party came out with very extreme stances, even neglected Resolution 1244, trying to keep the talks focused on status only," said Celic.
The Serbian delegation returns today, while Albanians will remain in Vienna to discuss decentralization with mediators. We have learned unofficially that the mediators will try to influence the Albanians to soften their position. Presiding over yesterday's talks were Stefan Lehne and Albert Rohan, deputy to Martti Ahtisaari.
Source: Glas javnosti, Belgrade, in Serbian 1 Jun 06 p 2