German FM disagrees with Serbian draft-resolution for Kosovo in UN

14:44, August 28, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle visited Kosovo Friday, during a regional tour in which he reiterated European perspective for the western-Balkan countries.

Speaking in Pristina after his meeting with Kosovo leaders, Westerwelle underlined that he doesn't agree with the way Serbia is handling Kosovo issue after the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

Serbia has drafted a resolution on Kosovo issue for the September annual sessions of the UN General Assembly, a move that is facing opposition from western countries that have recognized Kosovo independence.

"We thought that we should work for constructive third way or compromise," said Westerwelle referring to Serbian resolution, after his meeting with Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu, Prime minister Hashim Thaqi and Foreign Minister Skender Hyseni.

He stressed that the model and the value of EU is cooperation and not confrontation.

"EU is willing to support any direct talks and negotiations and we ask all the participants in this process to be cooperative, to be flexible enough for a constructive dialogue because we think that in a long term the western-Balkan states will have their future and their perspective in the EU," said German Foreign Minister.

Germany is the second country, behind the United States, with financial and military involvement in Kosovo. Over 1,500 German military personnel are serving in NATO-led peacekeeping mission ( KFOR) in Kosovo. Some hundred experts are serving in European mission for Rule of Law in Kosovo, EULEX.

Westerwelle underlined that his country will continue to support European perspective for Kosovo, in the same manner they do for other Balkan countries, but with a concrete precondition.

"There should be a clear progress, especially in the fight against corruption, organized crimes and a strong commitment to enforce rule of law," said Westerwelle.

Referring to advisory opinion of ICJ on Kosovo legality, Westerwelle asked five remaining EU countries to act in the way Germany did in recognizing Kosovo's independence.

"We ask them after the clear decision of the ICJ to follow majority in the EU. It is a clear majority," said Westerwelle.

During his visit in Kosovo, Westerwelle addressed Kosovo assembly in a special session.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Players of Iran throw up their coach Velasco Julio during the awarding ceremony at the 16th Asian Men's Volleyball Championship in Tehran, capital of Iran, Sept. 29, 2011. Iran won the champion after beating China 3-1 in the final on Thursday. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)
  • Greek artists burn copies of emergency tax notices during a protest against austerity measures in Athens, Greece, on Sept. 29, 2011. The Greek government is facing a new wave of protests as it introduces new austerity measures to obtain the sixth tranche of aids necessary to overcome the acute debt crisis.(Xinhua/Marios Lolos)
  • A winner of the 36th Miss Bikini International 2011 poses for a photo at the Olympic Sailing Center in Qingdao, a coastal city of east China's Shandong Province, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)
  • Staff members are in position at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 29, 2011. Commander-in-chief of China's manned space program Chang Wanquan announced Thursday night that the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module was successful. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
  • Champion of Miss Bikini from Poland receives trophy at the final of the 36th Miss Bikini International World Competition in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Sept. 28, 2011. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 28, 2011 shows autumn scenery of populus euphratica forests in Ejina Banner, north China's Inner Mongolia. The populus euphratica forests here, with an area of 390,000 mu, or 26,000 hectares, is one of the world's most famous populus euphratica forests. The golden leaves and sunshines here in autumn is able to attract more than 100,000 person-times annually. (Xinhua/Zhao Tingting)
Hot Forum Discussion