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Albania Says Kosovo Wants Conditional Independence


http://gdb.rferl.org/F306B867-5CFC-4475-ACE3-B5AA893DDEF1_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/F306B867-5CFC-4475-ACE3-B5AA893DDEF1_mw800_mh600.jpg 22 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Albanian Foreign Minister Besnik Mustafaj has called for the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo to be allowed to choose conditional independence from Serbia and Montenegro.

Late on 21 September, Mustafaj told the UN General Assembly that "a conditional independence of Kosovo" would "permit the international community to observe for a certain period of time the full development of Kosovo institutions and its society serving as a guarantee for the Serbs and other minorities."

Serbian Assistant Foreign Minister Miomir Udovicki criticized Mustafaj's statement, saying it "does not contribute to the much-needed cooperation between Belgrade and Tirana or to stability in the region."

The United Nations has administered Kosovo since a 1999 NATO bombing campaign to halt Serb repression of its ethnic Albanians.

Kosovo's 90-percent Albanian majority increasingly wants independence, but Serbia is opposed.

(Reuters)

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