France for new Kosovo talks without predetermined outcome

Diplomatic Advisor to the French President Jean David Levit said that he would advocate a compromise UN resolution that will pave the way for negotiations that will not have a predetermined outcome as in the recently expired initiative to grant independence to Kosovo led by Martti Ahtisaari.

Levit said that he sees an active participation of the Contact Group in the process stressing that new talks may not need to have an international mediator and suggested a possibility, in case of a mediator approach, that Ahtisaari may be replaced.

In his talks with the Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Bozidar Djelic, Levit reiterated that Serbia’s EU membership is a separate issue from the solution of the Kosovo status stressing that EU will not force Serbia to give up Kosovo in order to be a member.

Levit also reiterated the obligatory that Kosovo’s independence is “inevitable” while Djelic noted that Serbia will never accept independence.

France is part of the contact group and has its military contingent in Kosovo. Djelic rejected independence as unacceptable.

Commenting on the European commitment to solve the Kosovo status, Albanian separatist paper Koha Ditore says that “Many EU presidencies have come and gone that had Kosovo as ‘a priority’ but the status still remains unresolved”.

According to news service Beta, former Russian Prime Minister Yevgeniy Primakov suggested in the weekend’s editorial that Kosovo should be territorially split between Serbia and Albania.

“Serbia should get the parts of Kosovo populated by Serbs and where the monasteries are located. I believe that Belgrade would also agree with the decision,” Primakov was cited by Beta.

“If Serbs and Albanians do not find a compromise on the future status of Kosovo, then nothing else remains but to divide this territory. Such a division would be justified the more so, because security for the Serb population has not been created in Kosovo,” writes Primakov in the article entitled The Exit out of the Kosovo Labyrinth.
Source: Serbianna, UNMIK

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