Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Contact Group Troika in Belgrade on Friday

MOSCOW, LONDON -- The Russian member of the Kosovo talks Troika says the Contact Group envoys will be in Belgrade on Friday.

Alexandar Botsan-Harchenko confirmed reports that the group would meet in London a day earlier, and added the agenda for the visit to Serbia was still worked on.

Beta learned from a source close to the Kosovo Ministry that the authorities in Belgrade do not consider the arrival of the Troika as the start of the negotiating process.

Instead, it will be a chance to determine clear rules and format for the talks, the source told the agency.

Wolfgang Ischinger, Frank Wisner and Alexandar Botsan-Harchenko, members of the recenlty formed Kosovo negotiations Troika, will hold separate meetings with President Boris Tadić, Prime Minister Vojislav Koštunica and Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić.

Earlier, UK Foreign Office spokesman Brian Jones said in a phone interview to Beta that the meeting in London Thursday will be held at the level of political directors and will be attended by the members of the Troika.

Jones also said that "the usual topics" in the process of solving the Kosovo issue would be discussed at the meeting.

After Russia's opposing to adopt the resolution on the Kosovo status based on the proposal of special envoy Martti Ahtisaari, the UN Security Council decided to leave the Kosovo status negotiations to the Contact Group.

(Source : B92.net)

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