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Solana Criticizes Kosovo For Delaying Reconstruction

7 June 2004 -- The European Union's foreign-policy chief, Javier Solana, today criticized ethnic Albanian leaders in Kosovo for delaying the reconstruction of Serbian homes destroyed in ethnically motivated riots in March.

Solana said the government's obligation to rebuild the homes cannot be put off. Nineteen people were killed and some 3,000 Serbs displaced in the March riots.

Solana also condemned the latest violence in Kosovo, the killing of a Serbian teenager in a drive-by shooting two days ago. "A society where kids of 16 years old are killed is not a healthy society," he said. "That society does not belong to Europe."

Solana also met with Kosovo's outgoing UN administrator, Harri Holkeri, who announced he was stepping down two weeks ago under pressure. No successor has been appointed.

Kosovo is a Serbian province but has been under United Nations administration since 1999.


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