Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Serbian PM says UN envoy's Kosovo proposal doomed if not in line with UN Charter

Text of report by Serbian TV on 1 November

[Presenter] Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica has assessed that [UN special Kosovo envoy] Martti Ahtisaari's proposal for solving the Kosovo-Metohija problem is doomed well in advance if it is not in line with the UN Charter and if it violates the principle of Serbia's territorial sovereignty.

The Serbian government did not receive Ahtisaari's draft for solving the Kosovo-Metohija status, nor did we have any opportunity at all to discuss it with him, Kostunica told Tanjug.

He assessed as worrisome that Ahtisaari has so far held only a single meeting with the Serbian and Albanian side, but now had a draft which has never been discussed. Ahtisaari has not at all manage to organize serious talks over the past year, Kostunica emphasized.

Source: RTS 1 TV, Belgrade, in Serbian 1400 gmt 1 Nov 06