Monday, November 14, 2005

Slovenian President upsets Serbia again

LJUBLJANA -- Monday – Slovenian daily Dnevnik states that the country’s president has one again found a way to anger Serbia.

“Janez Drnovsek, with his statement given on Kosovo which he has reiterated one again, has managed to make Belgrade bitter and anger Serbia once again.” Dnevnik writes in the article titled “Danke, Janez.”

In the article, the author writes that Drnovsek’s acts of stepping out on his own to voice his opinions on the Kosovo situation and its eventual outcome can be taken with a completely different connotation so many days after the fact.

“The fact that Drnovsek’s proposal for the status of Kosovo came from nothing more than presidential boredom, rather than being a result of cooperation between several people, alone proves the fact that the elements of Drnovsek’s solutions do legitimately exist in diplomatic spheres. This is also backed up by the fact that the institutions to which the proposal was sent to did not pass out or empty a truck load of trees and rocks on him. Therefore, floating up to the surface are coordinated actions, which for all of the involved parties shows in what direction the international dog’s paw is stretched out, but Drnovsek was the first to publicly say this, probably without much pressure being put on him by his fellow authors, he gave his final judgement for Kosovo independence.” the daily states.

“Of course, this is only one of the possible solutions, which will be discussed with others, any why people are angry about getting involved in internal situations and sabotaging the usually friendly relations between Serbia and Slovenia because of the government’s fears that Kosovo might have been gambled away by Milosevic already. Drnovsek and Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic, when looking at their stances on the Kosovo status and on possible solutions, are much closer to agreeing with each other than the Serbian political elite are willing to admit. Draskovic guarantees that Serbia does not want a political return to Kosovo, nor its police or soldiers in the region, to renounce all symbols that bare witness to the legal ties in the territory, but what Serbia cannot let go of, are the internationally recognizes borders.” Dnevnik writes.

The article continues, stating that “Representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church were more rational than the Serbian political leaders, because they did not close the door in Drnovsek’s face.”

It also claims that Drnovsek’s words have increased the tension in an already tense relationship between the president and Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel. The daily states that Rupel is angry because Drnovsek went out on his own to state his opinion on the matter while Rupel, who is leading the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, has been able to do little in Kosovo and has all of a sudden been overshadowed by the Slovenian President’s comments. B92,Beta

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