[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book I)] [May 13, 1998] [Pages 747-748] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]
Statement on the Situation in Kosovo May 13, 1998 I welcome the news that President Milosevic and Dr. Ibrahim Rugova will meet on May 15 in Belgrade to initiate a dialog without preconditions. As Ambassadors Holbrooke and Gelbard announced earlier today, the parties have also agreed to continue this dialog in a series of talks in Pristina. This is a sober first step towards resolving a very dangerous conflict that clearly has the potential to spill over into neighboring countries and destabilize the region. There is a great deal more to be done, however, before all the peoples of Kosovo enjoy the peace, security, and human rights they deserve. The parties face a complex challenge, but success is up to them. We expect each to make [[Page 748]] good their commitment to serious and productive dialog. We should be mindful of the difficult road ahead, but we are encouraged to see this process underway.