Saturday, April 01, 2006

Estonia supports Kosovo’s independence

This one is from a Russian news Agency Regnum. I made some minor changes to make the article more readable in english.

On March 30, during a meeting of foreign ministers of Estonia and Albania, the idea of granting sovereignty to Kosovo was supported. Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated, interviewed by the Estonian Radio, that both Estonia and Albania trust UN Representative, former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari in conducting the talks on Kosovo status, and looking for the solution of the question. “If granting independence to Kosovo is such a solution, Estonia will be ready to support it,” stressed the minister.

The Albanian Foreign Minister Besnik Mustafaj stated that the solution of Kosovo problem is possible on basis of existing realities: “Ethnic Albanians, who advocate sovereignty, make up majority of Kosovo population,” stressed Mustafaj.

It should be reminded that Mustafaj’s visited Estonia after the two countries established diplomatic relations. The countries agreed to activate bilateral contacts. Estonia has intruduced a visa-free regime for Albanian diplomats in March 2006; two Estonian counselors – one from the Economy Ministry and one Justice Ministry – are now in Albanian capital Tirana. Albania relies on Estonia’s contribution to sign associative treaty between Albania and European Union in summer 2006.

© 1999-2006 REGNUM News Agency

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