Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Albanian Speaker says independence "sole solution" for Kosovo'

Text of report in English by Albanian news agency ATA

Tirana, 28 August: Albania has always played a constructive, but not a paternalist role for Kosova [Kosovo], Assembly Chairwoman Jozefina Topalli said at the European Forum "Quest for Certainty and Security", under way in Alpbach [Austria].

Responding to one of the Serbian government representatives about Kosova issue, Topalli said that "during all these years we have supported Kosova's independence as the sole solution to the region's stability, naturally, taking into consideration the respect for the rights of the minorities, decentralization, and the strengthening of the institutions."

"The Albanians, not only geographically but also in their identity and roots, feel European. We are absolutely committed to fulfilling the European aspiration also through the EU support," she said, in relation to Albania's European perspective.

Source: ATA news agency, Tirana, in English 1944 gmt 28 Aug 06

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