Verhagen: "Kosovo division acceptable"

28th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

Verhagen: "Kosovo division acceptable"

28 August 2007

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said Tuesday that he thought a compromise by Belgrade and Pristina to divide up Kosovo would be an acceptable solution to the stand-off over the Serbian province's future status.

"If both parties agree on it, and it is a workable solution, then division is acceptable for me, but only under the umbrella of the UN Security Council,"
Verhagen told Dutch public Radio 1 Tuesday from Belgrade while on a two-day visit to Serbia and Kosovo.

Verhagen is the first European Union foreign minister who has said that a possible division of Kosovo into a Serb-dominated and an Albanian-dominated part is acceptable.

On Thursday the EU envoy for the Kosovo talks, German diplomat Wolfgang Ischinger, will meet with other members of the "troika" comprising the European Union, United States and Russia seeking a durable solution to Kosovo's future.

Earlier this month Ischinger indicated he would accept any compromise Belgrade and Pristina could reach on Kosovo, including dividing it up, but his comments caused a storm of criticism.

"What I am trying to do is give an extra push to what the troika is trying to do: to get Serbia and Kosovo to come up with workable solutions," Verhagen told Radio 1.

"The most important thing is that there is a solution that is supported by both parties, that is agreed to by the UN Security Council and that is workable," he added.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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