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    Serbia On Kosovo: New Talks — Yes, Independence — No
    News/Comment; Posted on: 2007-06-16 17:20:36 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    Serbia Rejects Another Round of Fake Negotiations With Predetermined Outcome

    According to Tanjug, Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, in talks with Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema on Friday rejected a proposal that Belgrade and Pristina resume negotiations that would result in the independence of Serbian Kosovo-Metohija province.

    The Italian Foreign Minister during a surprise visit to southern Serbian province and Belgrade proposed that the negotiations on the future status of Kosovo and Metohija between Belgrade and Pristina continue with a limited time-frame, with the ultimate goal that Kosovo should become an independent state, the Serbian government Press Relations Office announced.

    Prime Minister Kostunica rejected the proposal that the new negotiating process should in any way be conditioned with the acceptance of the independence of Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija.

    Serbia’s Territorial Integrity Non-Negotiable

    Kostunica stressed that Serbia will not negotiate the independence of its province, because any form of independence would present the most flagrant violation of the United Nations Charter, UN Security Council Resolution 1244, and the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia.

    Serbian Prime Minister pointed out that Serbia has launched a completely different initiative for new talks, and thus expressed clear readiness to take constructive part in the finding of a compromise solution that would be based on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia, the statement said.

    Reacting to today’s statements by special US envoy Ambassador Frank Wiesner and Italian Deputy Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema, Kostunica told reporters that negotiations with a set outcome are not negotiations at all. This is why, the Prime Minister added, I have rejected such an offer also during the talks with D’Alema.

    Emphasizing that Serbia wants to discuss a compromise solution that would range within the framework of the UN Charter and UN Security Council Resolution 1244, Serbian Premier said:

    “The talks with the predetermined outcome are not negotiations and we will do everything to use all the arguments Serbia has to search for a reasonable and understandable solution — without changing the borders, by respecting the territorial integrity of existing states and, within that, to resolve the issue of relations between the nations living in Kosovo and Metohija.”

    Serbia’s President Boris Tadic also told the Italian official that independence of Kosovo-Metohija was unacceptable for Serbia, and pointed to the need that the negotiations on future status of southern Serbian province be continued so that a compromise solution, acceptable for both sides, could be found, the President’s Office for Media Relations said in a statement.

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    News Source: byzantinesacredart.com


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