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Contact Group Statement

Released by Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
September 3, 2004
Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro

Following meetings and the release of the Contact Group’s statement on September 2 in Pristina, the Contact Group met on September 3 with Serbian President Tadic, Prime Minister Kostunica and State Union Foreign Minister Draskovic. The Contact Group welcomes full and constructive engagement with the Government in Belgrade on ways to ensure the security and full representation of the Serb community in Kosovo. The Contact Group remains fully committed to working with partners in Pristina and Belgrade to achieve this, and to supporting the work of SRSG Soren Jessen-Petersen in this regard. The Contact Group affirmed its commitment to work closely with the SRSG, and its support for the SRSG’s intent to launch new discussions aimed at addressing security issues in Kosovo. The Contact Group remains committed to achieving a Kosovo where all communities are free to live, work and travel without fear, hostility or danger and where there is tolerance, justice and peace for everyone.

The Contact Group reaffirms the democratic right of all Kosovo’s inhabitants to live freely in peace and security. The Contact Group affirmed its commitment to continuation of the Direct Dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina to open the way for progress on confidence building measures.

All communities in Kosovo are encouraged to participate in Kosovo’s upcoming elections, as full participation is in the long-term interest of Kosovo. Participation is the best way to ensure that the voices of all Kosovo’s communities are fully heard.

The Contact Group’s discussions with leaders in Belgrade covered concerns regarding reform of local government in Kosovo. The Contact Group recognizes the interests of Belgrade in this matter. As work continues in Pristina to further the devolution of authority to local government in Kosovo, the Contact Group proposed an opportunity for the Government in Belgrade to discuss its views on security and local government with all parties. Ultimately, any solution must be agreed by, and work for, all communities within Kosovo.


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