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Kosovo: UN Official Rejects Resolution On Border Pact


Pristina, 23 May 2002 (RFE/RL) -- The top United Nations official in Kosovo has nullified a resolution passed by the Kosovo assembly that condemns a border agreement between Yugoslavia and Macedonia. Kosovo's UN administrator Michael Steiner said before today's vote in Pristina that the measure was improper and would hurt the reputation of the Kosovo legislature abroad.

Out of 120 Kosovo lawmakers, the measure passed with 85 votes for and none against. Serbian legislators walked out of the vote.

Representatives of Kosovo's majority pro-independence ethnic Albanians had initiated the resolution, which rejects a border agreement signed in February 2001 by Macedonian and Yugoslav officials.

Kosovo is legally a part of Yugoslavia. Its assembly was created to govern Kosovo, but under UN and NATO supervision. The assembly has no official influence over border issues.

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