16 November 2006

Kosovo PM guarantees Serbs minority rights

UPI, November 3, 2006


PODGORICA, Montenegro, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The prime minister of Serbia's mainly ethnic-Albanian Kosovo province says Serbs will be guaranteed full minority rights, Serbian media reported.


Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku told reporters in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica Friday that Kosovo will be independent from the Serbian government in Belgrade in the very near future, Serbia's Beta news agency said.


After his talks with Milo Djukanovic, Montenegro's caretaker prime minister, Ceku said he expected Kosovo's future status will be resolved by the end of this year and the international community will keep on supervising the province.


Ceku said Serbs will govern the territories where they live and added, "Kosovo is their home, their country and I am their prime minister and therefore I feel responsible for them," Beta said.


Ceku and other leaders of ethnic-Albanians, who make up 90 percent of Kosovo's 1.8 million population, insist on independence from Belgrade, while the Serbian government in Belgrade says Kosovo will always be an integral part of Serbia.


U.N. administrators and NATO troops have been stationed in Kosovo to contain ethnic conflicts since 1999.