16 November 2006

Serbia offers just and sustainable solution for future status of Kosovo



Source: Government of Serbia

Date: 02 Nov 2006


Belgrade, Nov 2, 2006 - Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said during today's talks with Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli that the people of Serbia voted for the new Constitution at the referendum, which clearly confirms that Kosovo-Metohija is an integral part of Serbia, in line with the UN Charter.


Kostunica underlined that Serbia proposed a just and sustainable solution for Kosovo's future status, based on fundamental principles of international law and the UN Charter, and that is substantial autonomy within Serbia.


Rutelli welcomed the adoption of the new Constitution of Serbia, adding that it is very important for Serbia.


The two officials agreed that Serbia and Italy have traditionally close and friendly relations. It was underlined that cultural cooperation between the two countries is at a very high level and that Italy has done a lot concerning visa relaxations for some categories of Serbian citizens.


Kostunica and Rutelli said that economic relations between the two countries are also very good and that they should be further improved. The first next step in that direction is the opening of the House of Italy in Belgrade in December, which will be opened by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Massimo d'Alema.