05 May 2007

Envoy's Kosovo status plan 'illegitimate': Serbian PM

Agence France Presse, 02 fĂ©vrier 2007  17:02

BELGRADE, Feb 2, 2007 (AFP) Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostuncia on Friday rejected a UN envoy's proposal on Kosovo's future status as "illegitimate," Tanjug news agency reported.

"Martti Ahtisaari has had no mandate to deal with the state status of Serbia and to encroach on its sovereignty and territorial integrity," Kostunica said in a statement carried by Tanjug.

"His proposal violates the UN Charter and principles of international law on which peace and stability in the world is based. That means Ahtisaari's proposal is illegitimate," he said.

"Nobody has given him such a mandate, especially not Serbia as a sovereign, democratic and European state."

Kostunica had earlier Friday refused to meet the UN envoy on his visit to Belgrade to present the plan, angered by his decision to come while Serbia had a caretaker government following January 21 elections.

Kostunica is a moderate nationalist leader renowned for his fierce opposition to Kosovo's possible independence, which his government and many Serbs consider the cradle of their history, culture and religion.
His statement added that Serbia's new parliament would have to decide on what further steps to take in line with the country's recently approved constitution, which declares Kosovo as an integral" part of the country.