Kosova: Building a Kosova For All
Kosova’s prime minister, Hashim Thaci, has urged Serbs living in Kosova to stay and play an active part in building a new Kosova.
Below is an article by Agence France-Presse published on NASDAQ.com:
Ethnic Serbs would be a welcome part of Kosovo when its expected independence from
"I will work very closely with the Serbs to persuade them to remain in their homes, their properties...Kosovo is their country too," Thaci told the private Skai channel in an interview aired late Tuesday [15 January 2008].
"Independent Kosovo is not only a country for Albanians, but also for Serbs, Montenegrins, Bosnians, Turks, and all who live here," he said, ahead of a United Nations Security Council meeting on Kosovo Wednesday [16 January 2008] which he is to attend.
Ethnic Serbs make up fewer than 10% of Kosovo's population, and like the Serbian government they oppose independence for the province which has been under U.N. administration since a North Atlantic Treaty Organization air war against
Thaci said when he was a leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army in the late 1990s, it was to oppose "
"We are very proud of them," he said. "We want to work with them and build a new relationship, a new Kosovo."
Thaci said he would "very soon" begin lobbying for international recognition of Kosovo's independence, and work closely with the
Both Thaci and Serbian President Boris Tadic are to attend Wednesday's [16 January 2008] Security Council meeting in
Officials have cautioned that the meeting isn't intended to reopen stalled direct talks between the two leaders on Kosovo's future status.