Die Albaner aus den südlichen Bezirken serbiens Bujanovac Presevo und Medvedje verlangen autonomy innerhalb der Grenzen "Serbien und Montenegros" und stellen gleichzeitig die Plattform zur Realisierung der Pläne vor.

Albanian parties in southern Serbia draft platform demanding autonomy

Text of report by Serbian news agency Beta

Presevo, 26 December: Representatives of Albanian parties and local institutions in Presevo, Bujanovac, and Medvedja have today completed a draft political platform demanding autonomy for the three municipalities within the borders of Serbia.

Mithat Shaqipi, representative of the biggest Albanian party in southern Serbia, the Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA), told BETA that the new platform was based on a "referendum on the political and territorial autonomy of Albanians, held on 1 and 2 March 1992.

"The Albanians' demand in the proposed platform is therefore autonomy for the region of Presevo, Bujanovac, and Medvedja within the borders of Serbia," said Shaqipi, who is a member of the working group that drafted the platform.

Asked when the platform would be presented to the public, Shaqipi said the working group would meet tomorrow in Pristina meet with Veton Surroi and present him the platform. Surroi is a member of the negotiating team of Kosovo.

The platform contains an annex that says that Albanians in southern Serbia would demand unification with Kosovo should there be a chance in Kosovo's borders, BETA was told by a source from the five-member working group that comprises representatives of Albanian parties from southern Serbia.

Source: Beta news agency, Belgrade, in Serbian 1938 gmt 26 Dec 05