25 January 2007

Russia Asks EU To Withdraw Support Over Kosovo

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By StaffJan 24, 2007
Russia may veto a U.N. resolution declaring Serbia's mainly ethnic-Albanian Kosovo province independent of Belgrade, a Russian lawmaker said.
Konstantin Kosachev, head of a Russian delegation attending a parliamentary session of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, Wednesday asked EU lawmakers to withdraw their backing of a draft proposal supporting Kosovo's independence, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Kosachev said the Council is not competent to support an independent Kosovo, and it is the U.N. Security Council that should decide on the future status of the province.
Moscow officials have suggested Russia may oppose a U.N.-produced resolution on Kosovo's independence, as it could encourage some of independence-seeking former Soviet regions.
Martti Ahtisaari, U.N. special envoy to Kosovo talks between Serbs and ethnic-Albanians, is to discuss his proposal on the future status of Kosovo with foreign ministers of the six-country Contact Group in Vienna Friday.
Next week, Ahtisaari is to have talks in Belgrade and Pristina, before he produces a final version and submits it to the Security Council for approval in March or April. (c) UPI