EU foreign ministers urge Serbia and Montenegro
to resume dialogue on Yugoslav federation
The ministers expressed their concern over the ongoing
serious violations of the ceasefire and the lack of
progress in the dialogue between the Serb authorities and
ethnic Albanians in Southern Serbia. NATO decided on 14 May
to hand the last part of the buffer zone between Kosovo and
the rest of Serbia back to the Yugoslav army to increase
the pressure on the ethnic Albanian guerrillas, who use the
5 kilometre buffer area as their stronghold.
The Council also welcomed the progress
made under the United Nations authority towards the
finalisation of the legal framework for provisional
self-rule in Kosovo. The UN set the election date in Kosovo
for 17 November, setting the stage for
autonomy of the province.
EU foreign ministers also condemned
separatism and nationalist violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
They said that the only way forward for the country is
reconciliation, peace implementation and European