B92, June 28, 2005
Kosovo independence "fuel for regional fire"
BELGRADE -- Serbia-Montenegro Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic is to meet the deputy head of UNMIK, Lawrence Rosi during a two-day private visit to Kosovo which UN officials in the province have described as private.
He has warned that independence of Kosovo would lead to independence of the Republic of Srpska, the Serbian entity of Bosnia-Hercegovina.
"Independence would mean automatic independence for the Republic of Srpska on the same principle," said Draskovic, adding that in contact with world headers he insists on the principle of the same standards always being applied and insisting that resolution of the Kosovo problem within Serbia would stabilise Bosnia.
"Serbs in the Republic of Srpska should get everything Albanians get in Kosovo. The world understands that the future status of Kosovo must be the result of compromise and an unconventional solution. Worst of all would be to impose a proclamation of Kosovo independence. There’s not a politician in Serbia will sign a document on the independence of Kosovo, and the proclamation of independence against the will of Serbia would immediately lead to problems in Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Albania. It would be a fire and there would be plenty of fuel for the flames," Draskovic told Belgrade daily Blic.