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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he considered Martti Ahtisaari’s statement about the lowering of Russia’s status in the United Nations as inappropriate
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he considered Martti Ahtisaari’s statement about the lowering of Russia’s status in the United Nations as inappropriate. “Such statements lower someone else’s status, but not Russia’s’” he told reporters on Friday. Ahtisaari made a statement the Finnish newspaper Lansi Savo to the effect that Russia’s blocking the talks on Kosovo would impair its status. “I did not hear this statement, but I consider it inappropriate,” Lavrov said after his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Friday. “The status of Mr Ahtisaari is defined by his mandate as a special envoy of the UN General Assembly that was also approved by the Contact Group and the UN Security Council and that envisages the preparation of proposals for a review,” Lavrov said. “If one of the sides cannot accept these proposals, the negotiations should be continued and assistance to these negotiations secured,” he said. Commenting on a new draft resolution on Kosovo, Lavrov said there was the “need to continue the negotiations on Kosovo’s status without predetermining their results”. “The problem of predetermination of Kosovo’s independence has not been lifted. We can support only a resolution that will be acceptable for both sides. No consensus is seen as yet,” Lavrov stressed. “A conclusion shows through the tricky intricacies of the diplomatic language that Ahtisaari’s plane in fact comes into force in 120 days regardless of the sides’ coming to agreement or not,” he said. “It is necessary to continue the negotiations without predetermining their results, in whatever fine wording it is apparelled. The main thing is to give an answer to the question as to how to lead the sides to the negotiation process aimed at achieving results.” The period set by the UN Security Council’s resolution on Kosovo for the negotiations of Belgrade and Pristina is smallish, Lavrov said. At the same time, he stated assets of the new draft resolution, in particular the fact at it “calls for the continuation of the negotiations of the sides and does not mention the automatic advent of the province’s independence”. “The draft resolution is voluminous. Besides, there are a couple of supplements to it. We will rapidly examine everything. The problem is too serious. There must be no ambiguities,” Lavrov said.
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