Serbia FM: 'The widest possible autonomy in the world' to Kosovo

Serbia FM Jeremic said Kosovo could be given "the widest possible autonomy in the world" to meet Albanian independence demands.

Serbia FM: 'The widest possible autonomy in the world' to Kosovo
Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic has said he believes a compromise solution can be found in settling the future of the disputed province of Kosovo.

Speaking in an exclusive interview BBC interview broadcast late Wednesday, Jeremic said that Kosovo could be given "the widest possible autonomy in the world" to meet Albanian independence demands.

He told the BBC's Belgrade correspondent that Serbia was even ready to give up certain "sovereign prerogatives."

The province of Kosovo, currently part of Serbia, has been governed by the United Nations since the conflict there ended in 1999.

A new round of talks is due to take place between Belgrade and the Kosovo Albanian leadership after moves to introduce independence were blocked at the UN Security Council.

Jeremic acknowledged that there was still a large gap between the negotiating positions of Belgrade and of the Kosovo Albanian leadership but he said compromise was possible.

A further round of negotiations is expected to begin shortly, with representatives of the United States, Russia and the European Union presiding.

"We are prepared to give up a lot of things, but they (the Kosovo Albanians) also need to be prepared to give up something," said Jeremic.

DPA
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