Thursday, November 02, 2006

Serbian aide warns Ahtisaari against "secret deal" with Kosovo Albanians

Text of report by Serbian independent news agency FoNet

Belgrade, 2 November: Serbian prime minister's adviser Aleksandar Simic today told FoNet that if it was true that UN special Kosovo envoy Martti Ahtisaari had made some secret plan with the [Kosovo Albanian] separatists in Pristina, behind Serbia's back, then he must know that this paper was absolutely worthless.

"It is especially worthless if it is made and if it is not in line with the UN Charter, and also if it disrupts the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia," Simic emphasized, noting that "Serbia will never allow experiments with international law on its territory".

He warned that the UN special envoy's task was not to draft secret papers, but rather that Ahtisaari was obliged to organize talks during which obligatorily acceptable and compromise solutions would be reached, which "should not violate, but respect and value the tenets of international law".

"The government of Serbia, this one and every future government, as well as all other state institutions, are fully obliged by the popular will which confirmed the constitution, which clearly defines Kosovo-Metohija as an inalienable part of Serbia. Therefore, each paper by Ahtisaari must contain this fact," Simic emphasized.

Source: FoNet news agency, Belgrade, in Serbian 1341 gmt 2 Nov 06

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