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Sweden urges Belgrade & Pristina to consider Kosovo plan "constructively"

Published fredag 2 februari 2007 kl 14.34
International peacekeepers patrol the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica, in northern Kosovo.

Serbia has already rejected the UN envoy’s plan for the breakaway province.

Former Finnish President, Martti Ahtisaari, is proposing Kosovo be allowed to have its own flag, national anthem and access to international bodies, but without using the word ”independence”, to which most Serbs are totally opposed.

90 per cent of people in Kosovo are ethnic Albanian but 100,000 Serbs still live in the province, which has been run by the UN since 1999, after the end of a war between separatist ethnic Albanian guerillas and Serbian troops sent in by Slobodan Milosevic to counter insurgency.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who is a former international envoy to the Balkans himself, says he hopes both Serbia and Kosovo Albanian leaders look at the proposal carefully, and that they will be prepared for a dialogue on ”concrete matters”. He also says he is glad the long process to determine Kosovo’s status is coming to an end.

Serbian President, Boris Tadic, said on Friday the plan opens the door to independence, which Serbia will not accept.

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