No G8 deal yet on Kosovo

8th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

HEILIGENDAMM, Germany, June 8, 2007 (AFP) - The Group of Eight countries have not yet agreed a proposal for a six-month halt to negotiations on the future status of Kosovo, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday.

HEILIGENDAMM, Germany, June 8, 2007 (AFP) - The Group of Eight countries have not yet agreed a proposal for a six-month halt to negotiations on the future status of Kosovo, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday.

"The sherpas (diplomats) and the political directors have worked for several hours overnight on Kosovo. For the time being, the necessary progress has not been made," Sarkozy told journalists at the G8 summit.

"Without doubt we will talk about it this morning," Sarkozy said, ahead of the final day of talks with the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Sarkozy on Thursday proposed a six-month pause for reflection on the future status of Kosovo to his G8 counterparts, including Russia which opposes UN plans to grant the ethnic Albanian province supervised independence from Serbia.

"My proposal is that Russian President Vladimir Putin first recognise that an independent Kosovo is an unavoidable prospect," Sarkozy said Thursday.

Then "after six months, either Belgrade and Pristina have found a better status, or the one proposed by (UN envoy Maarti) Ahtisaari applies," said the newly elected French president, who is attending his first G8 summit.


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