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Kostunica: Ahtisaari is outside his mandate

Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said today during the talks with the US Special Envoy for Kosovo-Metohija, Ambassador Frank Wiesner that the proposal of UN Special Envoy Martti Ahtisaari is unacceptable for Serbia.

Kostunica said that this proposal does not proceed either formally or in terms of content from the negotiations on the future status of Kosovo-Metohija conducted so far. Instead of making a proposal on the future administration of the province, Ahtisaari opened the question of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia without any authorisation and proposed snatching away a part of its territory.

The Serbian Prime Minister said that this proposal is contrary to the UN Charter, the Serbian Constitution and basic principles of international relations, as well as to the international practice of solving disputes within states.

Ahtisaari also failed to take into account numerous proposals made by the Serbian negotiating team in the proposals of the solution contained in the annexes of the document, Kostunica pointed out.

Asked by Wiesner how he sees the continuation of this process, the Serbian Prime Minister said that Serbia first has to constitute its state organs that will proceed from the recently held elections, which is a practice in all democratic states.

Kostunica insisted that in order to continue negotiations, as proposed by Ahtisaari, it is necessary to convene Serbian parliament that will bring decisions on that issue. The Serbian Prime Minister said that Serbian parliament will be constituted immediately following the termination of the election process.

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