MINELRES: Fwd: Minority rights before independence recognition, Swiss MP says

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Minority rights before independence recognition, Swiss MP says

21 February 2008 - In an interview with the Swiss daily Tagesanzeiger
the Swiss MP and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of
Europe, Dick Marty, has urged not to recognise Kosovo's independence,
before it is guaranteed that minority rights are respected.

Marty warned against the simplistic view identifying Serbs collectively
as culprits and Kosovo Albanians as victims. He also said he was truly
wondering what are the guarantees for Kosovo Serbs and Roma in an
independent Kosovo.

Marty heavily criticised the UN civil administration in Kosovo. The
situation did not improved. The UN administration failed, Marty said. He
also criticised the status negotiations. "These were never negotiations,
but only a show," Marty argued, suggesting that only the EU could have
lead proper negotiations.


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