Ahern Defies Russia And Serbia Over Kosovo

Speaking in Vienna today, the Irish Taoiseach has told the Organisation for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) in Europe that it is not an expression of hostility to recognise Kosovo as a state.

Today’s statement indicated Mr Ahern’s position on the matter - due to be decided soon - on recognition of Kosovo - favouring the US and France's position - despite Russia and Serbia's vehement opposition to Kosovo receiving such formal recognition.

Mr Ahern also spoke of the Lisbon Treaty saying it would enable the EU to continue and enhance its peace keeping role on the world stage.

He also said he would be working hard at home to secure a 'Yes' vote in the coming referendum for the treaty, suggesting the 'No' camp were resorting to scaremongering and “nonsense arguments”.

The Cabinet recently approved the wording for the Lisbon Treaty referendum. An outline detailing the treaty is expected to be published early next week.

He said he looked forward to the people giving a strong endorsement to the EU treaty, which has received much early criticism from opposition parties in the Dail.

On more domestic affairs, Mr Ahern spoke of the departure of Mr Ian Paisley jnr, and the new appointment of Jeffery Donaldson as a junior minister. He also said, that despite the departure of Paisley jnr, he hoped the First Minister, Dr Paisley, would be around for some time to come.

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