Prishtina-Kosovo[Kosova]. -- President of Slovenia, Janez Drnovsek, said in a press conference in Kosovo capital Pristina that the only realistic option for solution to the Kosovo status is independence, which according to Drnovsek "already exists".
President Drnovsek was in Pristina for talks with the Kosovo Albanian leadership where he offered his home country, Slovenia, to host a negotiators meeting between Serbia, Kosovo Albanians and the international community.
In Drnovsek's opinion, everyone, including Serbia, will profit if the status of Kosovo is solved. Slovenia urges Belgrade authorities to accept Kosovo's independence through a series of informal meetings so that the specifics of the independence should emerge at a future point.
Meanwhile, says Drnovsek, a two-day informal meetings could be organized in Slovenia in order to "improve communication and to deal with mistrust" that exists between Kosovo Albanians and Belgrade.
Serbian officials have reacted with dismay to his comments. The president of Serbia-Montenegro, Svetozar Marovic, on Thursday canceled an upcoming visit by Janez Drnovsek over his comments, a statement from the president's office said. Marovic said he had "looked forward very much" to the Nov. 2 visit, meant to "improve friendly relations and strengthen already flourishing political and economic ties".
In a related note, local media in Kosovo have been reporting that the U.S administration is putting pressure on Macedonia and Montenegro to reconize Kosovo's Independence ahead of talks. According to a Serbian website the prime ministers of Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro might publicly embrace the prospect of an independent Kosovo at a joint meeting before November 10th, when status talks are expected to begin.
This weekend, Buckovski will meet with Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha to discuss bilateral relations and the issue of Kosovo's status. Berisha has already met with the Kosovo's UN administrator Søren Jessen-Petersen as well as Montenegro authorities.
On Sunday, Buckovski will go to Washington where he is expected to declare that Macedonia has dramatically improved its communications with Kosovo Albanian authorities.Yesterday Mr. Buckovski held a meeting in Skopje with Bajram Kosumi, Kosovo's Prime Minister. This series of seemingly coorditated events have made the Serbian leadership nervous. There is a sense in Serbia that this is an American and Albanian conspiracy to isolate the country and grant Kosovo independence. F.F