Serbia asks Kosovo leaders not to speak at UN Security Council

Serbia has asked the UN Security Council to ensure Kosovo Albanian leaders cannot speak at a critical December 19 meeting on the future of kosovo, according to a letter.

Serbia asks Kosovo leaders not to speak at UN Security Council
The council meeting that day will take up a report due to be submitted on international mediators' efforts to bridge the gap between Serbia's offer of broad autonomy and the Kosovo Albanian demand for full independence.

Leaders of Kosovo's 90% ethnic Albanian majority, backed by Washington and EU member states, say they will declare independence within months now that last-ditch talks have failed to reach agreement.

Serbia's main ally Russia, which opposes independence and has blocked previous Security Council action on Kosovo, insisted this week the council should have the final word on the future of the province.

In a letter to the Italian president of the council dated Tuesday, Serbian Ambassador Pavle Jevremovic officially requested that Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica attend and make a statement at the December 19 meeting.

In the letter to Italian Ambassador Marcello Spatafora, Jevremovic claimed that under existing constitutional arrangements for Kosovo, its representatives could attend Security Council meetings but without the right to speak.

"I would appreciate if you ensured full respect for the provisions," he said.

Washington and most EU states see Kosovo's independence from Serbia as the best option for stability in the Balkans.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Aralık 2007, 16:39