French FM calls for European unity on Kosovo

"We are waiting for a positive solution which will bring an agreement from both sides. But no matter what the solution will be, the unity of Europe has to be maintained.

French FM calls for European unity on Kosovo
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner called on Europe to show unity over the Kosovo question at a meeting on Tuesday with his Romanian counterpart Andrei Cioroianu in Bucharest.

Kouchner stressed the European position over the breakaway Serb province is not necessarily the same as that of Russia or the US.

"We are waiting for a positive solution which will bring an agreement from both sides. But no matter what the solution will be, the unity of Europe has to be maintained.

It would be a defeat for European politics if a split occurs between the groups who would recognize an independent Kosovo and those who would not," the French foreign minister said.

On Monday Romania's President Traian Basescu argued against an independent Kosovo. However, in Romania the premier decides on the direction of foreign affairs.

Basescu's statement came after the government of Romanian Premier Calin Popescu Tariceanu officially agreed to the Kosovo plan of UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari. In January, Ahtisaari recommended internationally-supervised independence for the southern Serbian province.

The Albanian majority population of Kosovo seek independence from Serbia, but Serbia and her ally Russia oppose this, offering only extensive autonomy.

New talks between Serbian and Albanian officials on the future of Kosovo began last week, after negotiations mediated by the UN for much of last year proved futile.

DPA
Last Mod: 04 Eylül 2007, 14:33
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