Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Serbia to launch "political offensive" to prove Ahtisaari's bias on Kosovo

Text of report in English by Belgrade-based Radio B92 text website on 29 August

Belgrade, 29 August: [UN special envoy for Kosovo status talks] Martti Ahtisaari's recent comments regarding Kosovo were criticized at yesterday's meeting of [Belgrade's] status negotiation team.

The meeting, attended by Serbian President Boris Tadic, Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, Foreign Affairs Minister Vuk Draskovic, ended with very strong criticism of the UN special envoy for the Kosovo status talks, and with the announcement of a parliamentary meeting for the discussion of the Kosovo situation.

Serbia will not be asking for Ahtisaari to leave the position of the special envoy, but will begin a diplomatic offensive that will try and prove his subjectivity, officials said after a two-hour meeting.

Ahtisaari commented last week that the Serbian people are at fault for the current situation in Kosovo, as they are the historical successors of the [Slobodan] Milosevic regime.

Source: Radio B92 text website, Belgrade, in English 0719 gmt 29 Aug 06

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