Lajcak: Kosovo solution "within region"

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak said that the solution for the Kosovo problem needs to be found within the region.

(KosovoCompromise Staff) Wednesday, May 19, 2010

He confirmed once again that he had "no ambitions of personally offering a plan for solving the Kosovo problem".

"For me it is important for the European Union to be active regarding these questions and to look at the regional, not only the individual context related to every country," Lajcak told Belgrade daily Vecernje novosti.

Asked how the Kosovo problem might be solved in the context of European integrations, when some countries such as Slovakia have not recognized it, while others have, Lajcak said that the answer to this question "must be found within the region".

"If the regional atmosphere changes, if there is better communication, then it will be very simple for other countries as well. Our national stance is known, but it is not hostile towards the residents of Kosovo. We are present there diplomatically, through our soldiers, police and development help," the Slovak minister said.

He added that every EU member-state chooses its own system and relations, adding that "what we want is to see regional cooperation and communication. Because it will be hard to speak seriously about ambitions within Europe if there is no normal communication between neighbors."