Serbian FM urges Arab countries to recognize Israel
BBC Monitoring Europe (Political) - November 5, 2006, Sunday

Excerpt from report by Bosnian Serb news agency SRNA

Tel Aviv, 5 November: Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic has said today after a meeting with the top state Israeli leaders that a precondition for a lasting peace in Kosovo is for the Albanian side to accept the UN Charter on inalienability of borders, RTS [Serbian Radio-TV] has reported.

"A condition of all conditions for reaching a lasting peace is for the Albanian majority to accept the UN Charter. If they do so, our delegation will approach negotiations [on Kosovo's status] with willingness to compromise to the maximum," Draskovic said during a joint news conference, adding that Serbia seeks Israel's support for its stance.

[passage omitted: he met Israeli PM]

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that she believes in compromise and negotiations, that is, in a solution which is not imposed.

Talking about the situation in the Middle East, the Serbian foreign minister said that in order to reach a lasting regional peace, it is necessary for all Arab countries to recognize Israel. [passage omitted]

Source: SRNA news agency, Bijeljina, in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian 1524 gmt 5 Nov 06

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