Serbian minister questions Kosovo PM's future

15th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic questioned Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci's future Wednesday following the publication of a report implicating him in trafficking organs of Serb prisoners.

"I have no plans to meet that person (Thaci)," Jeremic said following talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

"I do not know what future that person has, if one takes into account the Council of Europe report," Jeremic said in televised remarks.

The Council of Europe identified Thaci as one of the key players in the traffic of organs of Serb prisoners after the 1998-99 conflict there.

In Pristina, the government of Thaci dismissed the report as fabrications designed to smear the country's leaders.

But Jeremic said the report revealed "the terrible realities of Kosovo," whose independence remains unrecognised by Serbia's traditional partner Russia.

Lavrov said that Russia was "very alarmed" by the Council of Europe report and demanded its immediate public discussion.

"This report cannot remain sealed," Lavrov said. "We must try to ensure that it is disseminated as broadly as possible."

Lavrov also reaffirmed Russia's position on Kosovo, stressing that a 1999 UN Security Council resolution made the province into a neutral region under United Nations control.

He also stressed that any solution to the conflict should found through direct dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, without the influence of foreign players.

"We support the need for a dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, whose frameworks alone can find the long-term solution for Kosovo -- a solution based on a real, mutually-acceptable compromise," the Russian foreign minster said.

"Foreign participation in this process should be extremely well-considered and balanced."

© 2010 AFP

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