Kosovo: UN envoy applauds Pristina's decision to attend Vienna talks

10 October 2003

The head of the United Nations mission in Kosovo today welcomed the decision by Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova to attend talks next week in Vienna with officials from Serbia and Montenegro.

"I, along with the rest of the international community, applaud President Rugova's decision, which is an act of a truly responsible leader," said Harri Holkeri, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Kosovo and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK).

Mr. Holkeri yesterday reacted to reported reluctance of the provisional institutions of self-government to go to the 14 October meeting with Belgrade officials, by urging Kosovo to attend.

Also scheduled to attend are ranking diplomats from the so-called Contact Group - the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and the Russian Federation - as well as 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).

 

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