Serbia ready to talk with Kosovo PM despite trafficking row

15th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Serbian President Boris Tadic said Wednesday he was ready for talks with Kosovo's prime minister on outstanding disputes despite allegations of his involvement in organ trafficking, a report said.

Kosovo's decision to breakaway from Serbia in 2008 enraged Belgrade, which refuses to recognise the territory, but the two sides have agreed to EU-brokered talks to resolve issues related to its claim of independence.

"We have to negotiate with anyone whom Kosovo Albanians elect as their legitimate representative," Tadic was quoted as saying by Beta news agency.

Prime Minister Hashim Thaci's party won most seats in parliamentary elections in Kosovo on Sunday, although there have been allegations of fraud and it did not secure an outright majority.

A report by the Council of Europe alleges Thaci and other senior commanders of the ethnic-Albanian guerrilla Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) were involved in organised crime and organ trafficking during and after their 1998-1999 war with Serbia.

Tadic said the allegations should be examined and the international community "must take a stance", Beta said.

Confirming he was nonetheless ready to push on with the planned talks, he said: "We have no right on a personal opinion when we are representing public interest."

A date has not yet been set for the talks between Serbia and Kosovo.

© 2010 AFP

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