Bildt: Kosovo Solution Must be "Stable and Sustainable"

In Belgrade on Thursday, Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt said that a solution for Kosovo needs to be ”stable and sustainable” and urged Serbia’s leadership to seek a compromise in international talks on the future of the separatist region.

Meeting with Serbia’s President Boris Tadic, Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and other top officials as part of his Balkan tour, Bildt said if a solution was not found, both Serbia and Kosovo could be dragged down.

Prime Minister Kostunica issued a statement after meeting with Bildt, rejecting any secession because it would ”violate international law -– and the principle of territorial integrity of states.” Bildt, a veteran of Balkan affairs called on the parties involved to ”work toward narrowing differences.”

Bildt was U.N. special envoy for the Balkans in 1999-2001, and in 1995-1997 served as the international community’s High Representative for post-war Bosnia, overseeing the peace process in the war-torn former Yugoslav republic.

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