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Serbia and Montenegro: Situation in Kosovo still very difficult

News and Press Release
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Belgrade, Aug 1, 2005 - Head of the Serbian government's Office of Media Relations Srdjan Djuric said that the situation in Serbia's southern province is not improving and that it is still very difficult.

"The problems are increasing and their solution is constantly being postponed. Serbian youths were again shot at yesterday in Kosovo, in the northern part of Kosovska Mitrovica," Djuric told the Tanjug news agency.

He highlighted that international officials also claim that the situation is worse than they expected, and added that the recently proposed pilot projects are also doomed to failure.

According to Djuric, it is clear now that the proposal of Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica to meet with Kosovo Prime Minister Bayram Kosumi in the province should have been accepted because in that way the solution of problems would have been initiated.

The Head of the Office of Media Relations stressed that Kostunica is still ready to meet Kosumi in Kosovo without imposing any conditions so that the dialogue and the solution of problems could finally begin.