Ex-U.S. ambassador to UN criticizes U.S. Kosovo policy
Source: VOA, Tanjug
WASHINGTON -- John Bolton is higly critical of Washington's approach to Serbia as a whole and Kosovo in particular.
Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the UN, told Voice of America yesterday that he hoped the United States will not recognize a unilateral proclamation of Kosovo independence, but assessed, however, that things seem to be going in that very direction, and voiced fear that this could bring more harm than benefit to the Balkans.
Such a decision, reached under the threat of violence, would actually represent an award for bad behavior, Bolton said.
He added he believed that the two sides should resolve the Kosovo issue at the negotiation table.
"Ever since the disintegration of Yugoslavia, we have been trying to ensure stability in the Balkans, but we have not succeeded in this completely and a number of issues have remained unresolved," Bolton continued.
"However, it seems to me that the last thing we should do is plant a seed of future conflicts yielding to the pressure of this or that side," he assessed.
Bolton said he believed that the State Department had been pushing "an anti-Serb policy for over 15 years now."
"When Yugoslavia was falling apart and when Milošević was pursuing his policy, it was only logical that we opposed such a policy," he pointed out.
"Unfortunately, [our] partial policy continued although there is no logical explanation for it any longer," Bolton concluded.
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BERLIN -- The international community's latest Kosovo status solution idea continues to cause different reactions.
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BELGRADE -- The majority of citizens feel that Kosovo autonomy within Serbia is “the fairest outcome of the negotiations.”
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PRIŠTINA -- The assembly in Priština Tuesday withdrew a proposal to debate issues linked to the province's status.
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utorak 30.10.2007 | 22:03 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (16) | Send comment
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utorak 30.10.2007 | 16:58 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (39) | Send comment
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utorak 30.10.2007 | 16:35 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
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utorak 30.10.2007 | 15:07 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
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utorak 30.10.2007 | 13:46 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Ministry of Defense Monday says six Serbian Army (VS) soldiers will take part in an international exercise in Austria.
utorak 30.10.2007 | 13:04 | Source: Beta, Tanjug, International Herald Tribune | Comments: (27) | Send comment
WASHINGTON, PRIŠTINA -- The U.S. State Department has denied claims that a new administrative plan for Kosovo is being formulated.
utorak 30.10.2007 | 10:50 | Source: Beta | Comments: (5) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Nenad Čanak refutes accusations that his party are separatists, and says he will sue any media that calls them so.
ponedeljak 29.10.2007 | 17:06 | Source: B92, EU Observer | Comments: (14) | Send comment
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BELGRADE -- The Interior Ministry (MUP) is unaware of any separatist activities being conducted by the League of Vojvodina Social Democrats.
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BRUSSELS -- Olli Rehn spoke to Carla Del Ponte yesterday by telephone about Serbia’s cooperation with the Hague.
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VIENNA, BELGRADE -- The International mediating Troika will meet in Vienna today to discuss the Kosovo negotiating process.
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BELGRADE -- Serbs in Kosovo should "fully boycott" the upcoming elections in the province, an official said Sunday.
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BELGRADE -- According to reports and expectation, the election date should be revealed this week.
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić (DS) says Kosovo is a challenge to Serbia's path towards a better future.
nedelja 28.10.2007 | 15:32 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (8) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Serbia should be a militarily neutral country, the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS) main board decided today.
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BELGRADE -- Belgrade Kosovo team member Goran Bogdanović says that multienthicity is a "non-existent category" in the province.
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VIENNA -- A Kosovo Albanian leader has chosen Christmas as the benchmark for the declaration of the province's independence.
nedelja 28.10.2007 | 12:34 | Source: B92, Beta | Comments: (28) | Send comment
BUJANOVAC -- A human rights group says police in the region are conducting "systematic repression over ethnic Albanians."
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NOVI SAD -- The Vojvodina provincial assembly president says "disparaging" Vojvodina could lead to "great dissatisfaction."
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HAMBURG -- Božidar Đelić wants the international community to exert more pressure on the Priština delegation during the Kosovo talks.
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subota 27.10.2007 | 12:08 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (15) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Jelko Kacin says that the EP thinks Serbia could become an engine for the whole region in European integration.
subota 27.10.2007 | 09:33 | Source: B92, Tanjug | Comments: (12) | Send comment
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petak 26.10.2007 | 17:00 | Source: FoNet, Beta, Tanjug | Comments: (51) | Send comment
LONDON -- Wolfgang Ischinger may propose a solution for Kosovo’s status based on a 1972 agreement between West and East Germany.
petak 26.10.2007 | 14:59 | Source: Beta | Comments: (20) | Send comment
PRIŠTINA, LJUBLJANA -- Returning from a tour of the Balkans, Dimitrij Rupel was prohibited from flying over Serbian airspace.
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LISBON -- Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday called on the West to show restraint over the future status of Kosovo.
petak 26.10.2007 | 12:22 | Source: FoNet | Comments: (20) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Dušan Proroković said that Kosovo Serbs should boycott the province's elections scheduled for November.
petak 26.10.2007 | 10:25 | Source: Beta | Comments: (32) | Send comment
NOVI SAD -- Radivoj Stepanov says that Serbia could "lose Vojvodina as well" if Belgrade "continues its centralist politics."
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BELGRADE -- Božidar Đelić’s request for Serbia to be released from its Kosovo debts is contrary to the negotiating team’s position.
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BELGRADE -- Despite the continuing dispute over the election schedule, it’s looking ever more likely that December will be the chosen date.
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BRUSSELS -- The European Parliament adopted a report on Serbia encouraging full cooperation with the Hague Tribunal.