B92, May 09, 2004
Powell receptive to Kosovo plan
WASHINGTON -- A number of thorny issues were on the agenda for a meeting in Washington today between Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic and US Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Draskovic aide Ognjen Pribicevic told B92 that the discussion covered the situation in Kosovo and Belgrade’s obligation to cooperate with the Hague Tribunal.
During the course of the discussion, Draskovic presented the Serbian Government’s plan for the decentralisation of Serb communities in Kosovo.
Pribicevic said that the Development Plan for Kosovo had been met with great interest.
"I think that it was very significant for them that Minister Draskovic emphasised that the plan is a starting point, and that it wasn’t presented on a take-it-or-leave-it basis but as a basis for further discussion," he told B92.
There were no concrete conditions set in relation to Belgrade’s cooperation with the Hague Tribunal, said Pribicevic.
However Powell emphasised that it was essential that all indicted war crimes suspects are available to the tribunal.
Draskovic is scheduled to travel to New York on Tuesday to present the Serbian Government’s Kosovo decentralisation proposal to the UN Security Council.