Romanian, Swedish foreign ministers discus Kosovo question

Other News Materials 29 February 2008 17:42 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - The Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and his Romanian counterpart Adrian Cioroianu held talks Friday in Bucharest over the situation in the western Balkans after the declaration of independence by Kosovo from Serbia.

Calling on Serbia not to isolate itself in reaction to widespread European recognition of the independence move, Bildt said, "it would be a shame if Serbia sank into self-isolation."

"We are however continuing the dialogue over Serbia's European perspective and over our differences of opinion over Kosovo," the Romanian Mediafax news agency quoted Bildt as saying.

Romania's government has refused to recognize Kosovo's independence, and local media have speculated that new EU-member Romania may attempt to play a mediating role between neighbour Serbia and the European Union.

Romania is supplying 175 police officers to the EU policing mission in Kosovo.