Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Serbian President proposes Kosovo Parition

Moscow – Boris Tadic has proposed the creation of two entities in Kosovo as a solution for the future of the province.

The Serbian president, speaking in Moscow last night, told media that he had presented this position in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said the process of decentralisation could result in the creation of separate Serbian and Albanian entities, and that the Serbian entity could have a special relationship with the central institutions of Serbia, while international relations would be conducted by the Kosovo institutions.

Tadic said that he believe that Russia would have a constructive and realistic attitude within the Contact Group.

“Serbia respects the rights of Albanians, but wants a peaceful resolution and wants to defend its legitimate national and state interests in Kosovo,” he said.

Putin, speaking to Tadic, said that the disintegration of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro should not be permitted before the Kosovo problem had been resolved.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Russian president, having heard that about 200,000 Serbs have fled Kosovo, said that when Albanians fled Kosovo the whole world had spoken of humanitarian catastrophe, while now the whole world is silent.

Tadic also advised Putin that an independent Kosovo and new borders in the region would set a precedent which could destabilise the Balkans and all of Europe. B92

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