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UN Governor In Kosovo Urges Coalition

25 October 2004 -- Kosovo's UN governor has urged ethnic Albanian parties to forge a coalition following parliamentary elections there two days ago.

Soren Jessen-Petersen said yesterday that as soon as the results become official, he would like the political parties to accept them.

An unofficial count suggested that with more than 90 percent of votes counted, President Ibrahim Rugova's dominant Democratic League had polled 45 percent. Rugova has already claimed victory.

Rival Hashim Thaci's Democratic Party of Kosovo appears to have placed second with 26 percent.

Officials say ethnic Serbs -- a minority in the UN-administered Serbian province -- generally boycotted the poll. Reports said many Serbs said they did not feel secure going to polling stations.