Poland defends ethnic rights in Kosovo

Sunday, 9 April, 2000

Poland's Foreign Minister, Bronislaw Geremek, has warned that the violation of the principles of a multi-ethnic Kosovo could threaten the stability of the whole European continent.

Mr Geremek, addressing a conference in Bulgaria of European countries hoping to join the European Union, said that the idea of bringing about a multi-ethnic society in Kosovo should be defended -- along with the rights of the Serbs.

It is estimated that some two-hundred-thousand Serbs -- most of the original Kosovo Serb population -- have fled the province.

They've been vulnerable to attacks by the Albanian population in the aftermath of the withdrawal of Serb forces. Those countries attending the meeting were Poland, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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