02 April 2007

Kosovo talks team to reject UN envoy's package if independence not included

BBC Monitoring Europe (Political) - January 19, 2007 Friday


Text of report in English by independent internet news agency KosovaLive


Prishtina [Pristina], 18 January: The spokesperson for the Kosova [Kosovo] Negotiation Team, Skender Hyseni, said today that the Kosovar side will not accept any package by Ahtisaari that does not include independence.


According to him, independence is the key issue of this process, adding that there will be no changes.


Hyseni said that people of Kosova are aware of the stance that we will not agree about anything else, except the independence of Kosova.


Hyseni furthermore said that the purpose of this process was to reach the independence of Kosova, adding that there is no need to add more to what was initially said in the preamble document presented in Vienna that "everything is acceptable and applicable, only in the independent and sovereign state of Kosova".


On the other hand, some say, that after Ahtisaari presents the package, there might be other consultations as well, but not similar to talks in Vienna, since Prishtina believes there is nothing to be negotiated with Belgrade.


Source: KosovaLive website, Pristina, in English 18 Jan 07