Karel De Gucht in London for talks

14th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 November 2007, BRUSSELS - The Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht has met with his British counterpart, David Miliband, in London.

15 November 2007

BRUSSELS - The Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht has met with his British counterpart, David Miliband, in London.

Kosovo, a former Yugoslav province where the Albanian majority is now seeking independence formed the main topic of discussion.

The outgoing Belgian Foreign Minister conceded that the caretaker government could not really take a position on the issue of Kosovo, but he is confident that there would be a new Belgian Government by 10 December.

This is the date on which the troika, the EU, the US and Russia present their report on the future of Kosovo to the UN Security Council.

Mr De Gucht thinks it is unlikely that a negotiated solution will be on the table by 10 December.

The Belgian Foreign Minister said that in such a situation he would not be able to accept that Russia prevents the EU from acting in Kosovo.

Mr De Gucht insisted that the issue was a European problem on European territory.

Other flashpoints
The two ministers also discussed the civil war in Afghanistan, Iran's nuclear aspirations and the general situation in the Middle East.

Mr De Gucht told a news conference that his British counterpart shared many of his views.

[Copyright Flanders news 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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