Saturday, August 4, 2007

Serbian Government Adopts Draft Rules For Kosovo Talks

BELGRADE, (Tanjug) - Minister for Kosovo and Metohija Slobodan Samardzic said that the Serbian government on Thursday adopted draft rules for the negotiations on the future status of Kosovo and Metohija which will be forwarded to the embassies of the Contact Group member states.

Addressing a press conference after a Serbian government ses sion, Samardzic said negotiations like the ones conducted in Vienna through the mediation of Martti Ahtisaari must be avoided. The rules of the ne go ti a tions must be clearly for mu lated, he said, which means that the subject of the negotiations, their duration and format must be defined.

It must not be permitted that the mediator in the talks has the possibility to break the rules of the negotiations, as it was the case in Vienna, the minister pointed out. The Serbian government is satisfied with the preparations for the talks that are proceeding within the Contact Group, Samardzic said, since Ahtisaari’s plan is no longer being mentioned as the topic of the negotiations. Samardzic declined to present the details of the draft rules of the negotiations adopted by the Serbian government to day, pointing out that “it would not be fair to present the details to the public before the members of the Contact Group are acquainted with them.”

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