Monday, November 21, 2005

Mesic: Serbs in Kosovo like Albanians in Presevo Valley

In an interview for Banja Luka-based Nezavisne Novine newspaper, Croatian
President Stipe Mesic said Kosovo Serbs must fight for their position in Kosovo
institutions with the help of the international community, and added that the final
status of Kosovo would be settled through negotiations between Pristina and
Belgrade.

“Kosovo Serbs are concentrated in enclaves. When they ask for autonomy in those
areas, Albanians pose the immediate question – what will happen with Presevo
and Medvedja. Because what you ask for yourself you must be ready to give to
others,” Mesic was quoted as saying.

The Croatian President also said that it was “unreasonable to wait for Belgrade to
resolve the issue of Kosovo Serbs, because this could take too long and the results
are unpredictable.”

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