talks with top EU officials following death of Rugova
BRUSSELS, Belgium-Martti Ahtisaari, the U.N. envoy appointed to head
talks on Kosovo's future was to hold talks with top European Union officials
Friday, to assess the way ahead after the death of Kosovo President Ibrahim
Rugova's death has left a leadership vacuum in the disputed province
and talks meant to start this week on the future of Kosovo were postponed
until next month.
Ahtisaari was to meet with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who
on Thursday urged Kosovo politicians to quickly appoint a new leader.
"Political leaders must display unity and responsibility," Solana said
at Rugova's memorial service in Pristina. "There is great deal of work
to do and there is no time to lose."
Ahtisaari, a former Finnish president, was also to meet European Commission
President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn,
who was to unveil a new draft policy paper on forging closer ties with
the Western Balkans. His paper is to be studied by EU foreign ministers
at informal talks in March.
January 27, 2006 4:35 AM