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Serbian President Gets UN Green Light To Visit Kosovo

11 February 2005 -- The UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) today agreed to Serbian President Boris Tadic's planned visit to the province this weekend.

UNMIK spokeswoman Marcia Poole said the international administration gave Tadic the green light to stay in Kosovo for two days.

Tadic is planning to visit Serbian enclaves for two days from 13 February but required permission from the UN, which has administered the mainly ethnic Albanian southern Serbian province since the end of the 1998-1999 war.

It remains unclear whether Tadic will meet any senior international or local officials during the visit, which his office has described as a way of showing his support for the Serbian minority in Kosovo.

The province remains technically part of Serbia but the Kosovar Albanian majority insists on independence.