03 April 2006

Serbs will not accept independent Kosovo

UPI, Mar 10, 2006 2:03 PM


Serbia says it will not accept an independent Kosovo, which although under U.N. protection since 1999 remains a part of Serbia and Montenegro.


Serbia's intention was made clear by its foreign minister, who will be attending a meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union in Austria, reports the BBC.


Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic told the BBC he planned to deliver a message to his European counterparts that Serbia could never accept a fully independent Kosovo. He said such a step would be a humiliation for Serbia and dangerous to the whole of Europe.


The foreign ministers also will discuss how to keep Palestinian territories functioning under its Hamas-led government, the report said. Other issues on the agenda include EU policy on Iran, the situation in the Ukraine and the coming elections in Belarus.