13 July 2007

Albania thanks U.S. for supporting Kosovo plan

XINHUA (CHINA), 2007-02-25 05:35:17


TIRANA, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berishaon Wednesday expressed his full gratitude to the United States for its support of the UN special envoy's plan on the solution of Kosovo's final status.


Berisha told visiting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Rosemary DiCarlo that international community should also consider giving economic aid to Kosovo, which faces poverty, unemployment and other serious social and economic problems.


UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari presented last week a plan in Belgrade and Pristina which Kosovo embraced while Serbia rejected out of hand for the very reason that it would pave the way for Kosovo's eventual independence.


For years, Albania has been the strongest supporter of Kosovo's independence, although it said it had no territorial ambition over the province.