FRIDAY 12 October 2007 at 20:30 CET

Interview with Cristina Gallach, Spokesperson of Javier Solana


00:00 Exterior views of the European Council building in Brussels

On the agenda and the timetable of the negotiations scheduled for 14th October in Brussels


At the beginning the Troika will meet to prepare, to finalize all the arrangements which have been made since the last meeting in New York, and than after lunch the sides would be invited in. We expect to have a joint session and than most likely they are going to have sessions with each of them. Therefore it is an important day; important for the two parties, Prishtina and Belgrade, but it is also important day for the EU. The fact that face to face negotiations happen here in Brussels, in EU building is a sign of EU leadership in this process.


What we would like from this meeting is to get a clear sense of engagement, which we have seen since the process has started. We would like to see that this engagement is constructive and that there is an intensification of the meetings and that the two sides really advance to the key moment which is going to be in December. The role of Troika is going to be to facilitate, to create conditions for these advancements to take place. But definitely the Troika is determined to become much more active if this helps the work of the two sides.


Shots of the room in the EU Council building where the meeting will take place

Will the two parties have opportunity to react and comment on proposals of the other side?


The organization of the day we will leave to the troika and ambassador Ischinger. Yes the two sides are going to present their own proposals in a manner which should be very explanatory because long presentations have been foreseen for the two sides on the basis of what they want and how they see the future with the other side.

On the calendar of future meetings


We understand that one of the outcomes that are going to be presented to the both sides is future meeting – very soon after the meeting on Sunday and after that an acceleration of the meetings of the two parties until the 10th of December.

On possible international conference on Kosovo, “Dayton” for Kosovo?


I wouldn’t call it Dayton-like conference. I would say that at one point when the intensity of these meetings reaches a moment when it will be very clear to all of us that that is the key moment – that would become a gathering, some may call it a conference, but in any case it means that there is going to be a moment at the end of this period when the intensification will be so clear, with very active role of Troika – that it would maybe be perceived as a conference. But I wouldn’t call it a new Dayton, that’s wrong terminology.

Will ambassador Ischinger report to the Council of ministers on the 16th in Luxembourg?


The fact that the meeting on Sunday is so close to the ministerial meeting is very good. Immediately after Mr Solana will be departing for the meeting in Luxembourg. He will have exchange with ambassador Ischinger before. We expect all the ministers to have a debate on developments in Kosovo and work of the Troika and to send a very clear message of support to ambassador Ischinger himself and a message which can really stimulate the two sides to continue working intensively in order to hopefully reach an agreement.


Exterior view of the EU Council building in Brussels.