Thursday, November 02, 2006

Kosovo premier says Russian stance on status "not constructive"

Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive

Prishtina [Pristina], 2 November: Responding to the Russian demarche sent to the EU member states that Moscow will not agree with any decision that will not be accepted by Serbia, Kosova Prime Minister Agim Ceku said that this stance is not constructive or realistic.

"We think that, regardless of this stance, Russia will preserve the unity of the Contact Group and the UN Security Council. I do not believe that Russia has this stance only because it wants to support Serbia," said Ceku.

Prime Minister Ceku said that direct meetings with Russian authorities were requested because of these dilemmas in order to clear up the stance of the Kosovar party, as well as to inform Moscow about the arguments of the Albanians.

Regarding the visit to Moscow, which was requested by the Kosova Government, Ceku said that the chief of the Russian office in Prishtina and the Russian ambassador in Belgrade have sent a letter to the Russian authorities recommending them to accept the visit.

"Our request was taken into consideration and we expect a quick answer," says Ceku.

Russia sent a demarche to all the EU member states, reading that "Russian Federation will not agree on any decision that will not be accepted by Belgrade, the Contact Group, or the Security Council."

Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 2 Nov 06

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