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Rugova Makes Rare Public Appearance


http://gdb.rferl.org/cc160564-911d-4cf9-9e54-412d343dcbb5_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/cc160564-911d-4cf9-9e54-412d343dcbb5_mw800_mh600.jpg The president is thought to be critically ill (file photo) (CTK) 23 December 2005 -- Kosovar President Ibrahim Rugova, who is battling lung cancer, made a rare public appearance today appearance today after meeting with Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi.


The 61-year-old Rugova recently underwent a series of tests that sparked rumors that he is in critical condition.


Rugova told reporters that Kosovo's independence from Serbia is the main objective in 2006. UN-mediated talks on Kosovo's future status are expected to begin formally in January.


Kosovo is a Serb province under UN administration. Most Kosovo Albanians want independence for the province, while Belgrade says it must remain part of Serbia.


(AFP)




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