ROMANIA OPPOSES KOSOVO INDEPENDENCE

PanARMENIAN.Net
01.02.2008 14:18 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Romania's President Traian Basescu urged NATO
allies Thursday to refrain from encouraging Kosovo's plans to declare
independence from Serbia, saying more time should be given to find
an agreement.

He warned that a declaration of independence without an agreement
with Serbia or full backing from the United Nations would violate
international law and set a dangerous precedent for separatist groups
elsewhere.

"What message are we sending to multiethnic societies, or to others
that are facing ethnic issues?" Basescu said.

"We could be violating the UN charter and Helsinki Act which have
guaranteed 60 years of peace in Europe," he continued.

Other European Union nations, including Spain, Cyprus and Slovakia,
also have misgivings about independence for Kosovo, ITAR-TASS reports.