Serbian President Boris Tadic has said he will not allow his
country to be broken up, warning that conflicts could escalate if
Kosovo declares independence. Tadic, who is pro-West, also declared
Serbia’s interest in deepening its relations with the EU.
Hungary, concerned about the potential for renewed ethnic
tensions involving Hungarians living beyond its borders, maintains
the standpoint that Kosovo should have a negotiated settlement which
sees eventual autonomy for Kosovo but that leaders of the province
should hold off from any unilateral declaration. Moreover, Western
powers should not jump to recognise such a declaration.
Szekeres said the Serbian leader insisted on a settlement within
the framework of international law and the United Nations Security
Council was therefore pivotal to such a settlement.