24 June 2008

Angola: Head of State Sends Message to Serbian Counterpart

Luanda — President José Eduardo dos Santos sent on Monday a message to his Serbian counterpart, Boris Tadic, regarding the unilateral declaration of independence of the provinces of Kosovo and Metohija, under the administration of the United Nations.

A note from the Angolan Embassy in Serbia, checked by ANGOP, states that the letter was handed by the chargé d'affaire of the Angolan diplomatic mission in that European country, Vicente Muanda, to the advisor of Serbian President, Jovan Ratkovic.

During the meeting, adds the source, the Serbian presidential aide thanked the Angolan for the message and informed of his President's participation in the African Union (AU) Summit, scheduled for 29-30 June in Shamel Sheik, Egypt.

At the AU summit, he explained, Serbia will call the attention of participants about the dangers of the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo, even to the preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of African states.

He also spoke about the intention of President Boris Tadic to meet his Angolan counterpart, in the fringes of the African Union Summit, to analyse and discuss matters of bilateral interest.

On his turn, Vicente Muanda considered as positive the evolution of the negotiations that will lead to the formation of the new Serbian government.

He reiterated the solidarity of President Eduardo dos Santos and Angola to Serbia, in regard to the preservation of the sovereignty and integrity of that European country, which includes Kosovo.

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