Thursday, June 01, 2006

Serbian status platform is an anachronism - Kosovo presidential aide

Text of report by Radio-Television Kosovo TV website on 31 May

Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu's senior political advisor Muhamet Hamiti has said that the Serbian platform for solving Kosova's [Kosovo] status is an anachronism in that it attempts to salvage some kind of governance over Kosova. The statement continues that a democratic, independent and sovereign Kosova with aspirations to integrate into North Atlantic and European structures is the firm position of the institutions representing the people of Kosova.

The time has come for international recognition of Kosova's independence. This has to happen this year, ending the process started by the international community for determining Kosova's final status. Kosova has been on the path towards independence since 1990 at a time when Milosevic was carrying out wars to create a grater Serbia with a wide consensus from the people of Serbia. The Belgrade political elite continues to please itself with diplomatic manoeuvres in the belief that they can keep nominal sovereignty over Kosova. All projects for a greater Serbia are an anachronism, as is the latest Belgrade project. The idea that Kosova could return once again to where it was is risible and totally wrong, morally and politically; they [the projects] are only there to please the illegitimate wishes of a side that caused a war with the aim of imposing its violent will over Kosova. Kosova and Serbia have to one day be equal parts of the European family. Kosova wants to be there and it will be there. Let Serbia decide for itself if it wants to take this path, said the statement by President Sejdiu's senior political advisor, Muhamet Hamiti.

Source: RTK TV website, Pristina, in Albanian 31 May 06

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