Saturday, July 14, 2007

Russian FM says Ahtisaari unfit to be negotiator

MOSCOW-Russia's foreign minister suggested Friday that the U.N. envoy overseeing talks on Kosovo's status is biased and questioned his ability to foster a fair settlement of its dispute with Serbia.

Sergey Lavrov was responding to published remarks by U.N. envoy Martti Ahtisaari that said Russia would diminish its international stature if it were to block negotiations on the future of the breakaway Serbian province, presumably by vetoing a potential U.N. resolution.

Lavrov said he had not heard Ahtisaari's comments, published Thursday in a Finnish newspaper, but that they would be "out of place."

"If such an announcement lowers someone's international status, it is not Russia's," he told reporters. Read the Rest at Serbianna

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