Friday, August 10, 2007

Priština to seek independence guarantees

PRIŠTINA -- Agim Ceku says Priština will present its negotiations platform as it meets the Contact Group Troika Saturday.

“The core principles of this platform are well known: independence is not negotiable, and neither is Kosovo’s territorial integrity, while the Ahtisaari package has been closed, and cannot be further debated,” Kosovo’s prime minister said.

According to him, Kosovo is ready to continue talks even though its top officials deemed them unnecessary.

Ceku added the Priština negotiating team will let the Troika know unequivocally that, as far as it was concerned, the coming round of talks will be “the last delay” in settling Kosovo’s status.

“We will seek guarantees that a decision on Kosovo’s independence will be made after 120 days [of talks],” Ceku was reported as saying.

The three Contact Group diplomats representing the EU, U.S. and Russia are in Belgrade today, and will travel to Priština tomorrow.

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