14 February 2007

Serbian premier asks Ahtisaari to condemn Albanian separatism

Serbian Press Agency SRNA, Bijeljina, 10-12-2006 11:49:19


BELGRADE - Serbian prime minister Vojislav Kostunica has requested a response to the question why UN special envoy Martti Ahtisaari has never yet condemned terrorism by Albanian separatists in accordance with his mandate and responsibilities as an international mediator.


In a public statement Kostunica pointed out that Ahtisaari has the strict responsibility of immediately and unambiguously condemning every form of threat, especially acts of terrorism such as the dynamiting of railways.


"We must know what it is that is preventing Ahtisaari from carrying out his responsibilities," said premier Kostunica.


He reminded that in the past Ahtisaari has leveled serious charges against the entire Serbian people, undoubtedly due to prejudices he cannot escape, while at the same time "silently observing terrorism by Albanian separatists".


Kostunica emphasized that the Serbian Government certainly will not remain silent on Ahtisaari's performing the responsible duties of international mediator in this fashion.


"It is critically important that whoever holds the position of international mediator for talks on Kosovo and Metohija is unbiased, objective and always very sharp in condemning terrorism by Albanian separatists," concluded the premier.