Tadic, Rugova to meet in Berlin? | 15:21 May 05 | B92

PRISTINA -- Thursday – Plans have been made for Serbian President Boris Tadic and Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova to meet in Berlin, Pristina daily Koha Ditore writes today.

According to the report, international officials believe that Rugova will do an about face and accept Tadic’s earlier invitation to talks. Quoting diplomats in Pristina, Brussels and Berlin, the paper claims that the meeting between the two presidents include a third party and that it would not touch on the final status of Serbia’s southern province.

“There’s a good chance that the much-talked-about meeting between Rugova and Tadic would be held in Berlin. The German capital has been chosen as the best solution, better than Vienna or Budapest,” writes Koha Ditore, quoting unnamed international officials.

Another Pristina daily, Zeri, claims that diplomats are reviewing two options for defining the final status of the province. The first would involve the secretary-general of the United Nations and the Contact Group while the other would see the leading role going to the UN Security Council.

Again quoting unnamed diplomats, Zeri writes that the first option is the more practical one. The second, the paper writes, is more problematic, with the Security Council appointing a special envoy to assess whether the province has reached the democratic standards demanded by the UN as a condition for the beginning of status talks.