21 February 2008 – In an interview with the Swiss daily Tagesanzeiger, the Swiss MP and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Dick Marty, has urged not to recognise Kosovo’s independence, before it is guaranteed that minority rights are respected.

Marty warned against the simplistic view identifying Serbs collectively as culprits and Kosovo Albanians as victims. He also said he was truly wondering what are the guarantees for Kosovo Serbs and Roma in an independent Kosovo.

Marty heavily criticised the UN civil administration in Kosovo. The situation did not improved. The UN administration failed, Marty said. He also criticised the status negotiations. “These were never negotiations, but only a show,” Marty argued, suggesting that only the EU could have lead proper negotiations.

Romano Them

The interview is available at: http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/dyn/news/schweiz/843745.html