Rugova "The One Person Who Could Unite"

Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds has expressed this country’s condolences on the death of Kosovo’s President Ibrahim Rugova, who lost his battle with lung cancer Saturday.

Freivalds says Rugova was a unifying force among the Kosovo Albanians, and his death is a blow to the current sensitive negotiations for independence from Serbia.

Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, who served as an EU and UN envoy in the Balkans, says in his blog that “with the loss of Ibrahim Rugova, Kosovo loses the one person that at critical times could unite and moderate its otherwise very divided political scene”.

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