Kosovo talks need to keep eye on region’s stability

Talks on determining Kosovo’s future status should closely involve its neighbors and aim at promoting stability in the region, Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis said yesterday. Molyviatis, who is on a two-day trip to Pristina and Belgrade, met yesterday with President Ibrahim Rugova and Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi along with other officials in order to exchange views on the future of the region. Molyviatis is leading a three-member regional delegation, under the auspices of the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) along with officials from Romania and Croatia. The Greek minister said that the principals adopted by the international community will serve as a basis for upcoming negotiations regarding Kosovo. «There should be no strict timetable with regard to the process. But we also believe that once the process has begun, it should end at the right time,» he said. The UN has sponsored a process to determine whether Kosovo should gain independence or remain a self-governing entity with Serbia-Montenegro. The talks, which will be led by Finnish former president Martti Ahtisaari, are expected to begin next month.