Kosovo: UN mission chief invites leaders from Pristina, Belgrade for direct talks

7 October 2003

The head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo today sent out formal invitations to the leaders of Kosovo and Serbia and Montenegro to participate in direct talks next week in Vienna.

Harri Holkeri, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Kosovo and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK) said that he had also invited ranking diplomats from the so-called Contact Group – the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and the Russian Federation – to participate as facilitators in the dialogue.

NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson, European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana and Chairman-in-Office Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), have confirmed that they would be present in the meeting as guarantors, UNMIK said in a statement released in Pristina today.


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