Thursday, March 23, 2006

Ceku in Brussels

EU High Representative Javier Solana said in Brussels after talks with Kosovo
Premier Agim Ceku that it is very important as regards to standard implementation
in the province that there should be more action and less talk. Clear progress must
be achieved through actions in Kosovo so the negotiating process on the status of
Kosovo could progress, Solana stressed. When asked whether he agrees with the
position of British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, who recently stated that
Kosovo’s independence was unavoidable, Solana responded that it is not up to him
to speak about the outcome of the negotiations. Ceku underlined that much needs
to be done in Kosovo, especially in regards to integration of minorities. He said
that Kosovo Serbs must learn from their past mistakes, and that they should turn
towards Pristina for solving their problems, and take part in the public and social
life of the province.

Ceku said it was not probable that there would be violence in Kosovo in case the
solution of the status doesn’t satisfy the Albanian majority, but that such a
possibility could not be excluded. “I think there will be no violence and that the
solution will be as the majority wants in Kosovo and that the minority will accept
this solution as it will see it is in their interest,” Ceku told the press after meeting
NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

Ceku said that he has never committed or ordered war crimes and that his
conscience is clean. He said that war was imposed on the Albanians in Kosovo
and that he did what he had to do to protect his homeland. “And I am proud of
that. If Belgrade claims differently, that does not mean anything to me,” Ceku
said, answering to Belgrade’s allegations that he was involved in war crimes
activity. Speaking about the Kosovo status discussions, Ceku said that he is very
happy with the performance of the Pristina team so far. He said that a compromise
with the Serb side is possible, but it will depend on the steps taken by the UN
negotiators, adding that the Kosovo Albanians do not see any solution other than
independence as a viable one. “Independence is not supposed to take place after
five or ten years, but immediately after the discussion process,” Ceku said.

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