Serbia to resist external pressure in Kosovo dispute
Serb premier Vojislav Koštunica says no pressure or promise of reward can force Serbia to give up its right to preserve its sovereignty.
“Any Serbian prime minister would respond the same way to any suggestion that Serbia should renounce a part of its territory in return for some other benefit,” he declared. Koštunica stressed that Serbia would not, under any form of pressure or offer of incentive, waive its right to preserve its sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized frontiers. Brown had earlier said that Belgrade’s hopes of joining the EU could depend on its readiness to accept Kosovo’s right to independence.British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said yesterday that Serbia's goal to join the European Union could depend on whether Belgrade was prepared to accept Kosovo's “right to independence.” Speaking before a Parliamentary Select Committee, Brown called on Serbia to "strike a deal" over Kosovo’s future status, the AP news agency reported. Brown stressed that Downing Street was in favor of the province’s supervised independence, together with guaranteed rights for the Kosovo Serbs. (B92)
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