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Unified position on Kosovo declaration appears unlikely

THE RULING Slovak National Party (SNS) has refused to support a draft parliamentary declaration on the future status of the Serbian province of Kosovo prepared by the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ).

Instead, the SNS has submitted its own draft resolution to parliament. Although both drafts reject an independent Kosovo against the will of Serbia, Rafael Rafaj, the head of the SNS parliamentary caucus, said the documents differed substantially.

“Although we appear to share the same goal, the motives and tools of both declarations are different,” Rafaj said. While the SNS declaration would represent the opinion of the Slovak parliament, the SDKÚ draft would oblige the government to present a certain viewpoint in any international forum.

The SNS believes that it is enough now to send an unambiguous message to the world, as the future of Kosovo is still being considered and the plan of the UN envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, is just a starting point for further negotiations, the SITA news agency wrote.

Rafaj said he expected that the ruling coalition would discuss the SNS proposal and would decide whether to convene a special parliamentary session.

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